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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                6A Tht Cfdir Cmttte: Nov. 24, Expected for Dinner SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) Father Floyd Lotito expects persons for dinner Thanksgiving and again on Christmas. The Franciscan priest and his colleagues at St. Anthony dining room, which recently'served iis II millionth free meal to the needy, take such crowds in stride. "1 guess we are probably the biggest dining room of its Father Lotito said. "I certainly don't know of one bigger. I remember once that the news media made a big deal over a hall in New York serving meals one Christmas. That's what we serve ev- ery day." Annual food requirements for St. Anthony arc huge, including pounds of meat and pounds of po- tatoes. All of the dining room's support comes from thousands of individual donors and volunteer workers. It receives no help from city, state or federal government, nor from the Arch- diocese of San Francisco or the Franciscan Order. "Something moves these people to help St. Anthony month after month, year after year." said Father Alfred Bocddeker, the dining room's executive director who founded the facility 24 years ago. "Perhaps, it's something that says: 'Just do it once more.' "So much is often wasted on administration. Most of our assistance goes directly to the poor." The priest said St. Anthony dining room began in a form- er machine shop and with the help of trade union members it was transformed into a modern cafeteria. Donations were made by food retailers, produce market brokers and food companies. Father Lotilo, the deputy executive director, said the (lin- ing room has been hit by the country's economic troubles. "About a year ago we noticed that the daily number of diners jumped about 500. with the majority elderly and many more He said the stereotype of the average diner as an alcohol- ic nn longer holds, if indeed it ever did. "We found out years ago that only 23 percent fell into the alcoholic class and lhal is diminishing with more and more of our people the elderly living on fixed incomes." The elderly poor can just about stretch their money until about (he third week of the month, he said, and then they have tn head for St. Anthony. Alvll Van Wagner, 70, cats often at St. Anthony. "I could not exist without he said. "I'm very careful about spending money but I'm broke after three weeks into the month." There are no questions asked of the dining room's "clients." "During the hippie days, some of our donors threatened to cut off help because they were upset over Father Lotito said. "We just told them we don't ask questions so don't know the hippies from anyone else." The pricsl was .asked why St. Anthony was so successful. "You can see God's.hand at work. We are just the middle men." he said and then added: "After all, this is the city of St. Francis and I'm sure this is where he would be." Book Buying Is for the Rich Only in Hong Kong HONG KONG (UPI) When a friend asks to borrow a book in Hong Kong the re- quest is not taken lightly, es- pecially-if it's for a hardcover copy of a current'bestseller. Owning books is almost limited to only the rich but the high prices have nothing to do with inflation. Books have al- ways been expensive in the British colony and it looks as if they always will be at least 40 percent more expensive than in Britain or the United States. For example, "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence" from Knopf sells for in the United States but costs the equivalent of in Hong Kong. Beth Gubersky, a soft- spoken, trim Bostonian who manages the Harris Book Co., store in the downtown Prince's building, says cus- tomers will pay the price if they really want the book. Hong Kong's two bookstore owners are not making money chopsticks over teacup, she says, but average only about 10 percent profit. There are five English bookstores in the city of almost 4.5 million peo- ple. And they are owned by only two companies: Harris or Swindon's. Mrs. Gubersky cites a number of reasons for- high markups and low profits. Market potential is' small since only 10 percent of the population reads and writes English and only about 2 percent of those fluent in Eng- lish buy books." The Weather is one factor ('.'books get mold on them in the. damp and the. transitory nature of the Eng- lish-speaking population is another. "Government serv- ants get fringe benefits rather than cash so they don't have the money to buy she said. And people about to leave the colony are reluctant lo stockpile bulky books. The dealers also say they have to pass on their own high operating costs. Mrs. Gub- ersky said she lays out 41) percent more than what she would pay for the same foo- tage on the U.S. East.Coast lo rent the small room where she has done business for six years. Arid it costs to stock a have to keep thai much on the shelves'." Buying books is also a hit- or-mlss.'transaction. Publish- ers won't accept ihe return of exported books, sn IT a book doesn't sell, the store" almost literally has lo eat it. Open Monday Night 'til 9 PARK FREE In bur Storeilde Lot or use the Park Shop and Ride Shop Plan FINE HOME FURNISHINGS 3 days only to save on 3 carpets i of your choice. sq. yd., rea. sq. For 3 days only, you can save per square yard on any of these first quality carpets in our stock. Choose a jazzy shag, a hi-lo random shear, or a luxurious plush. 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Cnhn will start immediately to contact volunteers to head key phases of the project, Mrs. Honsell said. "It will also be a county- wide educational Mrs. Honsell said, "It is ex- pected that more than volunteers will be participat- ing and will be calling on their neighbors to deliver in- formation about cancer and how families can help protect themselves against it." Both Cohn and Nance were active in the 1974 crusade with Cohn serving as vice-chair- man and Nance as special gifts chairman. Cohn also is a member of the board of the Linn county ACS chapter. The giant squid Archi- tcuthis sp. has the largest'eye of any living animal. David Cohn Group Outgrew Phone Booth SAN FRANCISCO (AP) More than doctors, social other profession- als will attend the North American Congress on Alcohol and Drug Problems here In December. Sen. Harold K. Hughes (D- a recovered alcoholic and chairman of the meeting, said, "This is a far cry from the day I quit drinking 20 years ago. You could have used a phone booth for a meet- ing of all the people in respon- sible positions who were in- terested in alcoholism and drug abuse." "Amana Christmas11 "An Aniuna Christmas" will be the featured exhibit at the Cedar- Rapids Art center during the month of December On display will be antique toys, handiwork, quills, Christmas decorations and many other Items that are part of the Amana heritage. The exhibition attempts lo recapture the essence of an Amana Christmas as It would have been experienced in ear- lier years. The exhibit was conceived and designed by Stun Wiederspan, director, and Tom Lawler, Art center staff, with the assistance nf Mrs. Adnlph Schmieder and Mrs. Alex Meyer, Middle, and Mrs. Herbert Hayes. High Amana. The exhibit will open next Sunday, Dec. 1. from 2 lo 0 p.m. [or the public. A privale membership showing will be held that same day [mm ti to 8 p.m. Tho Aniana society, a pletlslic sect reacting against Lu- theran orthodoxy, originated In Germany in 1714. A group of about 800 riiighiled lo America in 1842. They settled in Ebe- nezer, N.Y., near Buffalo, and established the Community of True Inspiration. In 1855 they moved to Iowa where acres of land were eventually purchased some 20 miles southwest of Cedar Rapids. The group assumed the name "The Amana Church Society" and adopted a system of communal organization administered by elected elders. The Amanas were reorgan- ized in 1932 as the new Amana Society, communal practices were dropped, stock was issued in the profit-sharing society and private enterprise established. The Amana Church So- ciety continued as the religious foundation. Today a variety of shops and restaurants In the seven Amana villages Amana, East Amana, West Amana, South Amana, Middle, High Amana. and Homestead are popular stops lor tourists. There's A Fine Selection Of Cars And Trucks In The Want'Ads Daily Three, Monday Night Magic o 'til 9 Choose Now For Christmas Gifts! RIDGEWAY Grandmother Clock 6 Feet Tall Complete with Westminster Chlmesl 00 399 Convenient Terms Precision made iWest German movements. Westminster chinos. Overlay solid brass dial. Chimes quarter hours. Self adjusting hour gong and Westminster tune. Beautiful 6-fool high fruitwood cabinet. Makes a perfect glfl for your home that will be enjoyed for years. Travel Alarm Clock 5 In Leather of Tan, Red, Blue or Green. 30-Hour Wind. Imported Famous Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Runs 24 hours on a winding. Bird appears, 'cuckoos hours and half hours. Handsome carved Black Forest case. 95 Free Gift Wrapping Uso Our Plan 8-Day Mantle Strike Clock Dependable 8-day wind movement, classic styled mantle clock with West- minster chimes. This is a gift !hat will bring pleasonl memories of Christ- mas 1 974 for years to come. Cordless Clock With Sconces Regular Battery operated elec- tric clock with 2 match- ing sconces makes a beautiful Christmas gift for any home. Cordless Plaques Regular Easy TormV Battery operated, cordless wall clack with 4 matching plaques makes a beautiful decorator ensemble. Accurate time keeper, ideal Christmas gift for your home. 8-Day Wind Chime Clock Closilc Styling Precision Made 95 Handsome classic styled wall clock. 8-day wind movement. Chain pull weight wind. Gra- cefully shopped, with easy to road dial. En- hances boouty of your room, accurate lime koopor. THIRD AVENUE AT FIRST STREET S F DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS   

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