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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 1965, Mason City, Iowa Gemini 7 mission in TBE ASSOCIATED PBEU of theiDay Tell Frank Borman andJim we still want to come up and see them Gemini 6 command pilot Walter M Schirra Jr tells Mission Control after liftoff failure delays pursuit of Gemini 7 m space Mission Status Gemini 7 time in orbit tops 200 fit hours as crew awaits new Gemini 6 launching set for am GSTWednesday Goal before Gemini 7 descends is 14 days and 206 orbits of earth Problems Experts try to determine what caused an electrical plug to fall prematurely from the base of Gemini 6s Titan 2 rocket with the result that a ataglance false signal automatically shut down the engines No hint of worries for Gemini 7 Astronauts Status Borman and Lovell both are allowed comfort of flying outside pressure suits in underwear while they await next attempt by Gemini 6 to overtake and fly in formation with them SEE STOUY PAGE 2 ii The newspoper that makes all North lowans neighbors HOME EDITION 10c ft One MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 13 IMS Associated Press Full lense VOL IDS No 241 Pholofax COMMANDER IS HOME Air Wing Commander Harry Gerhard hugs two of his daughters after his arrival Monday at OceanaNaval Air Station Commander Ger hard was the first to land on US soil from the Carrier Independence which is coming back from duty in Viet Nam Sfiip home NORFOLK YaJtf The aircraft carrier Independence came home from war Mondayto an emotional welcome that bespoke pride in her mission and offered solace for her losses She tied up in the rain and fog at her naval base pier minus 18 men and 16 planes that had sailed with her to Viet Nam waters seven monthago Thousands of wives children and parents streamed aboard the big ship for a justbefore Christmas reunion And the joy of re turn all but blanked out the near tragedy that Sunday when a ruptured fuel tank of a plane leaving the carrier for its shore base spewed a sheet of flame along the flight deck Just before the families boarded the ship and official welcome was extended by naval state arid city officials who had landed aboard the carrier in Hampton Roads in helicopters The navy unit commendation was p r e sented to the ship and her air wing by Vice Adm Waldemar F A Wendt deputy command er in chief of the Atlantic Fleet for exception ally meritorious service during her five months of combat operations in the South China Sea Wendt presented the Legion of Merit to the ships skipper Capt John E Kennedy for his role during combat operations in southeast Asia Virginia Gov Albertis S Harrison sent a message saying the officers men of the Independence had acquitted themselves with great honor and are entitled to the plaudits of the Also present to extend congratulations and a welcome were Vice Adm Paul D Ramsey deputy chief of naval operations for air and Vice Adm Charles T Booth commander of the Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Force The official ceremony was held on a star board deck edge elevator above the thousands of people who stood on the rainswept pier Many carried homemade welcome signs and CARRIER turn to 2 Decision on Asmasher site near WASHINGTON AP The Atomic Energy Commission is getting closer to a decision on where to locate its atom smasher Fourman teams have com pleted special inspections of the 85 sites still in the running and are turning their reports over to the National Academy of Sci ences The academy is to recom mend five or six of the loca tions to the AEC An AEC spokesman said the academy recommendations arent expected before the end of January Two sites considered are in eastern Iowa Inside The Globe This curious little follow is of more than 450 mink on a Gordo County mink ranch For a story on him and companions see 21 Iditwials 1M 11213 1711 North Iowa news J Latest markets 2f City news 2021 Comks23 Ctoar Lake news23 Classified pages2427 Yule sales going up Spending reported up here Buying more quality items Theres more money aroum than last year to spur Christ mas buying Mason City retail ers agree Buying of better quality higher ticketed mer chandise is strengthening buy ing which is weakened by the unseasonable weather You dont sell overcoats am boots when the temperature is in the 50s and we have rain in stead of snow Christmas buying started earlier than ever this year anc theres a definite trend to higher quality With cold clear weather the next two weeks we expect to top all records Theyre buying luxury items and with the federal tax gone were showing a big gain Those were typical replies to a telephone survery Monday o Mason City retail store man agers Percentagewise Christ mas business ranges from down about 5 per cent in most depart ment stores to up 30 per cent in a jewelry store There is general agreement that good winter weather until Christmas will Jive everyone at least an even break with last year and most an increase Here are some of the replies when asked to compare with ast years Christmas listed by ype of store Department store Were down a little because of the fog and warm weather Winter coats count up fast in the receipts We expect to pick it up when the cold and snow arrives Hardware down about 5 per cent because of the weather but its surprising how many people were in town de spite the fog Those in town are buying and theyre buying bet ter stuff Department Were up about 10 per cent because we were better prepared this year with more merchandise and a Jttle more space to display more goods Jewelry Were up 32 per cent Our inventory was up a third at the start of the Christ mas season and its selling Theyre definitely buying better quality Department Were up about 3 per cent We had the biggest November ever Theres a definite trend to better qual ity Home furnishings have been unusually good for this time of year Hardware store Were up about 5 per cent Its amazing the number of people who come to town despite the fog fortu nately it didnt extend too far south We had a very busy Sat urday Our inventory was up and that helped this year Department store Were down about 5 per cent Tires batteries and overcoats dont sell in warm weather But we were up last week in spite of the weather Expensive toys are selling better Color television is holding up the appliance de partment which is hot selling quality appliances otherwise Department Were up about 15 per cent Expensive toys are real good and theyre buying better quality clothing But we have lots more traffic than a year ago Department store Were about even because of a drop SPENDING Please Turn to 2 Reindeer with cold hose For good little boys and girls there are six CollieShepherd puppies waiting to be taken home for Christmas Two of them are demonstrating a familiar Christmas activity at the Mason by Jo Moore Stewart Srr pet Shelter It will be first come first served says Mrs William Black more Her telephone number is 4231702 Cheer Fund gifts listed on receipt HE C h r i s t m a s Cheer Fund has reached and sur passed its goal in each of the last 40 years only be cause Mason City ans and their friends refuse to lave it otherwise They will not ermit the needy or the tempor arily downandout to go wanting nthis great season of the year There is no husbanding Of do nations for artificially dramatic astminute going over the top All donations are listed as they re received The only excep ions are those from persons in dicating a preference to conform o a certain day or date such as a memorial to a departed ovcd one This years campaign is off to a slightly faster start than a year ago when the fund was slow in getting off the ground So the pace of giving must be in creased if the goal of is o be met by Dec 24 Todays list sees a number of old Twentieth Cen ury Club Cerro Gordo Federa ion of Labor East State Street Club Midland Club Rotary lub as well as individuals AM gifts regardless of siie are appreciated Groups of young people intend ng to raise money through cer tain projects asked to first clear with Family Service Inc 619 First National Bank Build ing so as to avoid duplication Bring your contribution to the GlobeGazette or mail to Christmas Cheer Box 271 Mason City Iowa 50401 PEN THEFT HEYWOOD England AP Thieves broke into a Sunday School here Sunday and made off with 60 ballpoint pens Em bossed on each was May the Lord forgive your sins CHEER FUND GOAI SII Previously reported The Frank Kahler Twentieth Century Club In memory of Jay Joel and Jimmie from their grand parents MM Wlllard Hretrster From Ti Mrs Selmer Glnthner Central Heights YON Club From Jim and Joe From Squeak Ventura Cerrn Gordo Federation of Labor AFLCIO Midland Club Employes of Sloyles Print Ine Co Rotary Club East Stale Street Club THE DAYS TOTAL TOTAI TO BATE STILL NEEDED GIVING DAYS EFT n Boumedienne in Moscow for visit MOSCOW AP Col Houari Boumedienne arrived Monday on his first visit to a foreign coun try since he overthrew Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella last June Boumedienne came to discuss continuance of Soviet aid to Al geria A number of economic of ficials accompanied him North Iowa Weather outlook Considerable c I o u d i ness through Tuesday Rain or snow likely Tuesday Monday night near 30 Highs Tuesday 3540 Weather on Page 2 Kill 1000 Reds in fiveday fight SAIGON South Viet Nam task force of US Ma rines and Vietnamese troops teamed against the Viet Congin a fiveday battle south of Da Nang estimated Monday ground and air strikes have killed about 1000 of the Red enemy Action was dwindling Marine patrols moving through hills in the Que Son sec tor found a guerrilla training area and some warehouses full of gray and black cloth obvi ously designed for manufacture of the flimsy pajamas many Viet Cong use as uniforms The claim about enemy casualties was not broken down as to direct attack artillery fire and aerial bombing Whether it would be borne out by body count remained to be seen Major ground fighting else where also ebbed US briefing officers said the Viet Cong may be pulling back to their jungle hideouts to recover With partially clearing skies US warplanes resumed raids on North Viet Nam after a two day lull blamed on bad weather Air Force F105 Thunderchief and F4C Phantom jets blasted two bridges northeast of Dicn Bicn Phu set a fivebuilding military complex in the same area aflame and cratcrcd the approaches to another bridge on a main highway 130 miles north west of Hanoi a US spokes man said Navy pilots claimed another bridge two storage areas and four antiaircraft sites 14 miles northwest of the coastal town of Dong Hoi he added In the battle area south of Da Nang US Marines and South Vietnamese troops hunted a Viet Cong regiment on the sixth day of Operation Harvest Moon but the foe refused to show him self Since the fighting began around a valley 20 miles south of Da Nang the Leathernecks counted 198 Viet Cong killed 76 captured and 287 suspects de tained Marine spokesmen said Officers regarded the lull warily I dont think the major fighting has started said the US Marine commander in Viet NamMaj Gen Lewis Walt US officials took consid erable satisfaction at the sur render of a 22man Viet Cong platoon with 11 weapons to men of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade at Vo Dat 60 miles northeast of Saigon They coun ted the defection as a major achievement for US intelli gence and psychological war fare experts and Vietnamese national police who negotiated the surrender It was described as the big gest Viet Cong defection in many months In the Marine action the Leathernecks took over the high ground near the rice hamlet of Quc Son Air Force B52s from Guam pummeled the suspected lair of a Communist regiment in the area 350 miles northeast ol Saigon for the second time since the operation began lasl Wednesday Walt said the attempt to en circle and wipe out the force of 2000 hardcore Communist troops had been launched to forestall an attack on the Marine beachhead at Chu Lai 52 miles southeast of Da Nang The Viet Cong were planning to attack our positions and we felt we should attack first and destroy their capability he said However the Viet Cong struck first and inflicted heavy casualties on two South Viet namese battalions before the Marines got into the action As the eightengine bomber roared back toward Guam more than 2000 miles away the Marines pushed forward to as sess the results of the saturation bombing Russians rap Red Chinese MOSCOW The Soviet Union in its bluntest tirade against Communist China since Premier Nikita S Khrushchevs ouster 14 months ago says Peking has sabotaged the sacred cause of communism in Viet Nam The Soviet Communist party newspaper Pravda charged editorially Sunday that Mao Tzetungs regime deliberately refused to take joint action with the Soviet Union and other Communist countries against Amer ican aggression in Viet Nam which is extending a di rect threat to world peace Instead Pravda charged Pekings leaders are in Teasing activities to widen the breach between the Soviet Union and Red China Outlook is bright in Iowa Record high sales seen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa merchants report that etail buying for Christmas this ear may produce record high talcs lowans are shopping early and pending more for the luxury terns an Associated Press sur vey showed Monday Some merchants felt that more winterlike weather would have boosted sales but they con ede that the warm weather has helped too People can get out thats the thing said the manager of a major DCS Moines store Only in Keokuk saddcnd by a Thanksgiving Eve explosion that killed 18 persons was shopping started later in the season than usual The blast came during a square dance attended fay 60 to 70 persons Nearly everyone in town knows a family who had at least one member killed or injured in the blast This has dampened Christmas gaiety Merchants in DCS Moines Waterloo Sioux City and Clin on said color television sets are a fastselling gift item this year rom nearly everywhere came thae gifts are costing more because the buyers are seeking more expensive items and belter quality in lower priced items For youngsters several mer chants report demand for such hings as kits construction sets and toy workshops Others say battery operated toys are top sellers One reported war toys moving quickly while another said there appeared to be a re duced demand for such things as toy weapons Here are some townbytown iurvey results major dc artment store managers said ales should approach record highs The warm weather has mrt us in tires batteries etc mt it has helped tremendously n gift items Overall it has lelped tremendously one said Another reported sale of more olor TV sets and small appli ances than ever before and a otal over last Christ mas on the footsteps of a very ucccssful November Waterloo Merchants say oior TV sets are the most pop ilar single luxury item Buyers began going to stores early and Accord sales appear likely Fort Dodge Mos business men think mild weather helped ales although some disagree tlany look for record high bus ness volume Davenport Retailers sur veyed were nearly unanimous in redictions of record high sales olume this season Shopping egan early with a surge the vcckend after Veterans Day Dne park ng ramp revenue in November 20 per cent above Novem er 1964 Iowa estimates all for sales 1 to 15 per cent bovc last year as shopping tarted early Sioux City Store managers ay toys home furnishings olor TV sets and stereo music ystcms lead the gift list Shop ing started early I 1 Days Ull A
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