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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 8 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri.. July 12. Jose Lopez Rego: Peron's Powerful 'Gray Eminence' lobbies with Grace Bubble gum seems to be a little out of place amid the grace and beauty of ballet but 1 9-year-old Lisa Frantz, a Florida State university dance major from Miami, says the chewing helps her to relax while she's working out. But even the fine form and body control of a ballet dancer can't control a bubble that has reached its capacity, at right. But Lisa isn't bothered by the mishap as she keeps her poise and finishes her movement. Swan Lake will never be the same. Witch Jells Of Power Of Psychic GREEN BAY. Wis. (AP) Mary Bloom is a young housewife and mother. She is also the high priestess of a coven of Green Bay witches who says most people have the wrong idea about witchcraft. Mrs. Bloom said the witches she knows do not ride brooms, have wild orgies or worship the devil. Rather, she said, most modern witches regard witchcraft as a religion. They call it Wicca, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "Wise "Witchcraft is a very old Mrs. Bloom said. "We feel il predated all others. It had its beginnings in the very early tribes." She said history has been unfair to witches, painting them as evil old hags often subservient to the devil. But she emphasized many witches worship no one or no image, although some worship Satan. "We have no god or devil." she said. "We feel that the human being is of himself im- portant." Mrs. Bloom is the wife of a carpenter and has two sons, aged 11 and 13. But she refuses to discuss her private life say- ing she tries to keep it separate from her activities as a witch. Mrs. Bloom said withcraft teaches Ihe follower to use his psychic senses, which lie dor- mant in most people all their lives. "People just don't unders- tand the power they have in their own she said. "Everyone has psychic power. We feel that an individual lives more fully by having a balance between the body, mind and spirit. You rarely find a person in witchcraft who is melancholy." She said witches do have the power, through their psychic ability, to control events and people around them. "However, ihi- i- a la-t resort." she added. kissing her, knowing yon may catch her cold. Economist Predicts Stable Meat Prices By Charles Roberts AMES (AP) Housewives stretching food dollars to put some beef in the family diet can plan to pay current prices for the rest of the year, an economist predicts. While beef prices probably will not rise very much in the next five months, they are not expected to drop significantly either, said Gene Futrell, an Iowa State university economist. Last January and February, shoppers were paying an- av- erage of per pound, Futrell recalled. But for the rest of 1974, retail beef prices will probably be "something close tn III percent under that. That would put us somewhere around SI.33 pretty close to where the prices are now." Lower Fall Prices He warned that "there is a possibility of a little up move- ment this summer and probably some lower prices this fall." But on the average, "We won't see any big changes in retail beef prices through the balance of this year." The economist believes beef supplies will increase. Writing in the latest issue of the 1CA journal a publica- tion of the Iowa Cattlemen's Assn. Futrell predicted a :i tn 4 percent increase in beef supplies in the next five months. He also thinks Americans will lie eating more beef. Futrell expects beef consumption to recover to as much as 113 pounds per person per year, on the average. He said con- sumption dropped fiV2 pounds last year from 1972's average of 116 pounds. There also are indications of "large supplies of beef into 1975." The farm economist said slaughter (if cattle for the first three months of this year rose 1 percent. But beef produced was up 2 percent because average market weights were high- er, due to delayed marketings. The foreign beef market is changing, too. he explained. Diminished Competition Europeans are producing more beef this year. Futrell said, and the .Japanese cut beef imports substantially because of a balance-of-payments problem. Because of diminished competition from Europe and Japan, economists thought that there would be greater sup- plies of Australian beef reaching America. But Futrell said. "Australian cattle producers are kind of holding off the way U. S. livestock men have at limes they aren't selling a lot of stock because of price conditions. "And sci it doesn't look like we'll be importing as much beef from Australia as we did last year." Diminished supplies of beef imported from Australia would seem to be a shot in the arm for the American catlle industry. But Futrell believes that. "American producers have ahead of them a [airly large supply of beef coming on over the next year and a half or so. "That may cause some problems." Increase in Supply Looking into the economist said. "I Slunk we do have Ihe probability of some further increase m beef siipplie- That will "probably keep the lid on price-. we get much downward pres-ure iower prices. I wouldn't want In say right now One variable in the price equation i- Ihe margin, or spread of costs to bring meat from the farm I" the dinni-r ta- ble. "The margin in farm retail ha- hern ;i inl in recent months than it ha- lieen previously In other words, i'. is costing more to bring meat in the consumer. r Girl Sues Firm For Gumboils !l-year-old girl's piqiic at a shortage of gumballs in a toy gumball machine led to a court settlement Wed- nesday by Hie Tarrson Co. were only m n The at- torney general sued the cum- pany for false The company settled liy a stipulated judgment, admit- Carol Genard, daughter of a img no wrongdoing lint agree- lawyer, complained to the state mg to pay in civil penal- attorney general's office that ties, in stale court costs the box coiilaiiiing her toy and promised -UN on Ihe guinball machine bore a pic- packages the number ol tun- showing it filled with balls actually included. Elmcrest Twenty golfers participated in play Thursday. Mrs. Robert Young was 18-hole medalist and Mrs. Lon Feddersen was medalist for 9 holes. In 18-hole play, winners were: Mrs. William Travis, championship: Mrs. Burdell Humbert. A, and Mrs. Charles Klinge, B. Winners in 9-hole competition were: Mrs. Phil Morris. A; Mrs. Feddersen, B; Mrs. Robert McGannon. C, and Mrs. Tony Rude. D. The Mines. Klinge, Leo Plotz, Travis. Young and Kenneth Pack- ingham had birdies. An approach was sunk by Mrs. Plotz and Mrs. George Tschetschot won the guest prize. Hostesses were the Mines. Plotz, Charles Raines, .lack Bouse, .lames Phillips, Paul Ridge. Russell Jensen. James Rasley and Ben Trie-key. Twin Pines Hostesses for play Thursday were Mrs. Otto Wiedersberg and Mrs. George Tolbert. Mrs. L. VV. Haerther was medalist. Flight winners were: Mrs. Richard Hagerman and Mrs. Wayne Farland, presidential: Mrs. Robert North. A; Mrs Len Henning, B; Mrs. Alvin Burns and Mrs. Gerald Ashley, j C. and Mrs. Dan Lemon. D. i Approaches were sunk by Mrs Burns. Mrs. Joe Seda and Mr- North. Squaw Creek Play scheduled for Thursday was canceled due to the weather. By Newsem When Argenlians speculate about what the irs may have in store for them and for Ar- iin.i.. Isabel fVron thev may be .i-Miig literally about Argentina's most [iuenual astrologer. He is Jose Uipez Kega. a pale-faced man of a practicing astrologer and author of a ik on the subject called "Alpha and Omega: A Message for Humanity" Among moderate )h' is iliiiriiiirflily disliked. StUDi-- '.lines described as a Kasputin and as a "gray eminence." Left-wing 1'eronists threatened him with death. Hut none can deny that aiming the few people really close to Pi-roil and to Peron's widow, the first woman president in Latin American history. Kega was and remains the closest. Mrs. 1'eron confirmed it when she retained him in the powerful post of presidential private secretary, the same post he held under I'enm. Recenf Influence Lopez Rega claims to have been a "servant" of Peron's cause for 35 years but his position of influence is more recent. He met Isabel in 19U5 during one of her trips ui Argentina as Peron's emissary, lie asked her help in arranging a meeting with Peron if he went to Peron's exile headquarters in Madrid at his own expense. She did so with the result that Lopez Rega became superintendent of the Peron household and finally superintendent of everything from Peron's schedule to the silver service to be used at dinner. He accompanied Mrs Peron on vacation when work kept her husband in Buenos Aires and on official and private trips abroad. He was with her when she visited Europe in June uud on a Iriu lu China in When the president appeared in public, Kega usually stood only a few feet iiehmd. liUu ultk utltirukra He is expected to perform the same duties for Mrs Peron Peronism Pledge Like other Peronists, Hega has pledged himself to Peronism and in a national television broadcast appointed himself Ihe chief interpreter of the "thoughts of C.eneral Peron In the early days of taking over her presidential duties, Mrs. i'eron has been described as showing a surprising amount of independence from the various factions Mil-rounding her, military and leading IVronists. There is a feeling that she may be building support of her uwn. Nonetheless, it is obvious that Mrs. Peron, a one-time professional dancer, politically inexperienced and with no political base of her own, will be Ihe central figure in a political tug-of-war. No Political Structure Peron never permitted talented men to rise to challenge him and his death leaves the country without a political structure. The Peronist party is torn between left and right and some 200 deaths have been attribut- ed last year to gun battles between the two. Kidnapings of foreign business men for huge sums of ransom have frightened off foreign investment and the country faces huge economic problems. In the midst of all of these is Lopez Rega, who is accused of organizing the youthful militant right wing as his own private army. Spencer Armstrong, 84, and his 82-year-old bride, Beulah, of Portland, Ore., explain their plight to Fred Adams, a social security director. The pair will lose much of the social security and welfare benefits they received as single persons, because of federal regulations. Elderly Couple's Welfare Cut May End Matrimonial Bliss Informers' Heads Shaved by Mob BKLFAST. Northern Ireland (AIM Four hundred angry Roman Catholics -haved 'he heads of two 13-year-nld Catholic girls with placard- "p. them reading 'They were cry 10u' and covered in spittle." -aid a Bri- tish army -poke-man after a patrol rescued the girls in the Lowers Falls area ut Belfa-t Wednesday "They were nh- loii-ly terrified out of their miiid- The arm.', said the L'lrl- reported ,i group of masked men kidnaped them and held Ihem captive three day The Provisional wing ol the Iri-h Republican Army an- nounced that it had kidnaped th" It -aid they admitted cnllei-ting from Un- lor which rc-ni'.ed If; 'he .jITc-l ni i') PORTLAND. Ore. don't care what anybody does to us. we're not going to live in says 84-year-old Spencer Armstrong- Armstrong and his 82-year- old bride. Beulah. found out this week that their combined social security payments will be S90 a month smaller than they were when both were single. The difference means the couple won't be able to afford the monthly rent at McKenzie Manor. Event of Year The two octogenarians were married last April in a wed- ding that was the social event of the year at the rest home. There were rings, crepe paper, wedding bells and two twin beds held together by ('-clamps and drapeil with a king-sized coverlet But fiscal reality ha- bruised the bliss Combined social security and welfare payments fur the two totaled S41'J a month when they were single. Now they to- tal S322. Their monthly rent is S4IIS What the old couple will do next isn't certain. Armstrong, deeply religious, insists he won't live in sin in order to meet his financial obligations. 'Nothing But Truth" "I never spoke nothing but the truth in my life nor did nothing wrong, not even run a red Armstrong said Thursday. "And I won't start now. 1 don't care what they take away from us. I'm 84 and almost blind and Beulah's S2. Maybe they just want both of us to kick off." Armstrong, feisty and toothless, took his case to a social security hearing but got little sympathy. "i don't want to sound like a heartless bureaucrat." said Fred Adams, assistant ad- ministrator of Ihe Portland social security office. "Bill I can only interpret Ihe law as il I- written If the law is changed, that would be another matter entirely." Financial Consequences He added: "11 is my judg- ment that the Armstrongs were not aware of the financial con- sequences of their marriage." Ava Hood, manager of the home, said she isn't ready to evict the old couple. "But I have no idea how we're going to keep them afloat finan- cially." she said. Mrs. Armstrong said she doesn't know what they will do if they have to leave. "That's what I'm asking this administration." she said. "Where do they expect these old people to "I was born and reared here, right down by Ihe river, and I worked hard all my life." said Armstrong. "But now I'm thinking this country is a hypocrite country. They want us to live together without being married. There must be millions of old folks doing just that across the country." Switched tn a rowhoai1' Sell your motor with a fast, result getting Classified Ad' Dial Hv Abigail Vail Buren 'DEAR ABBY: odd that a minister should call on you with a problem but since I am involved. 1 can't make an im- partial judgment, hence this letter: Our L'll-ycar-oid in OKI' III.' news to us last night that she is getting married in eight weeks. Then came the follow- ing shock: She doesn't want to be married in our church. She doesn't want me (her father) to perform the marriage ceremony. She doesn't want any of her brothers in the wedding party. The only part she wants me to play is to give her away. My wife is crushed and said: "All our daughter wants from us is to pick up the tab for the wedding. She was reared in our church. Should we try to change her mind? HER PARENTS DEAR PARENTS: No. She appears to have rejeeted most of her earlier religious train- ing, so any attempts to change her mind would probably alienate her further. If your daughter Is as anti-establish- ment as 1 think she is, the tab won't be much. DEAR ABBY: How do you ask a neighbor who has a lovely big swimming pool which is seldom used, if you can use it sometime? These neighbors are gone more than they are home. Their swimming pool is always in excellent condition and it .just goes to waste. We have six children who would love to swim in it and so would we. We would bring our own towels and lunches, and wouldn't leave a trace that anyone was even there. We wouldn't expect to use it when they were when they are gone. Can you give me a tip on how- to ask them? NEIGHBORS DEAR NEIGHBORS: Don't ask them. It's possible that they want neither the legal nor moral responsibility they would incur should a swim- ming pool accident occur in (heir absence. DEAR ABBY: I need the ad- vice of a wise and objective person. I'm a recently divorced male (30) who is torn between settling down with the right girl this time and enjoying the freedom of a swinging bachelor life. I wasn't looking for a wife so soon, but I found one who would be super. She's 26, intelligent, pretty and has a beautiful figure. She holds a responsible position and keeps a meticulous apart- ment. She's a great cook and can iron a shirt like my mother. But best of all, she loves and understands me. She makes more than I do and has saved most of it. Besides all this, she doesn't smoke (neither do 1) or drink, or use bad language. I really think I love her, but I hate to jump into another marriage so soon. Would I be a fool to pass her up? Women like her aren't easy to find. What should I do9 ON THE FENCE DEAR ON: The girl you describe sounds like a gem. But don't marry her (or anyone else) while you're yearning to swing. Yon can't have it both ways. The Best Carpet Buys Are At Carpetland U.S.A. MANAGER And Full and Part Time Sales People .Lindale Ploio, Considerate Gunmen Leave Meal Money PASADENA, Calif. (IJPII How do you know you're being robbed by a considerate thief, unless you ask'.' Kd Bignell did, and got lucky. Two gunmen held up the Antique Inn Wednesday, get- ting from Ihe cash register and from Ihe patrons. When they lo Bignell, he demanded in know how they Ihnuiilit he was noing to pay for his meal if they left him broke. Tin- nave him back. Tell her how much you care on your Annlverwirv. Send her lavorile Mowers. KREBS FLOWER SHOP 18th St. SW 363-30111
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