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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ON THIS DATE in 1803, a flag-raibing ceremony at New Orleans marked the official transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to the United States.  Miiifiusarsr' Tho Best Carpet Buys Are At Carpetiand U.S.A. Orville Wright: First Holiday Air Traveler Bob Considine Harmony Hawks President Is G. B. Brown G. B. Brown was installed Thursday night as president of the Harmony Hawks chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. He succeeds Robert Colon. Other new officers include Hank Bierie, administrative vice-president; .Ion McVay, program vice-president; David Ladd, secretary’; and Gil Janes, treasurer. Board members are Tom Read, Mark Oppold, Merrill Aitehison and Harold Miller. Twenty Firms Signed Up for “Native Son” Twenty firms have agreed to participate in next Friday’s Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Operation Native Son" at the Town House motor inn. This is the largest representation in the event’s 10-year history, according to program chairman W. David Faltis. “Operation Native Son", coordinates! by the Chamber’s personnel managers committee, provides employers and college seniors on Christmas vacation an opportunity to discuss employment possibilities. Registration will begin at noon next Friday, with interviews scheduled between I and 4 p.m. Pre-registration may be accomplished by writing to the Chamber office. Faltis listed the following fields in which the participating firms have expressed interest; Accounting, business administration, claims adjusting, computer science, data processing, economics and engineering. Also, industrial relations, management, marketing, sales, teaching and property and casualty underwriting. Federal and state jobs will also be included. Coin Company Agrees To Pay Back $240,000 LOS ANGELES (AP) — A silver and gold coin dealer has agreed to repay up to $240,000 to customers and to cease claiming to purchase coin commodities unless purchases are actually made. The dealer, United States Precious Metal Exchange Inc., is now in receivership. The city attorney’s office had filed a consumer protection suit against the firm, its president, Sheldon Katz, and board chairman, Max Salow. The firm, which agreed to a stipulation approved by Superior Court Commissioner Harold Boisvert, admitted no wrongdoing in the agreement. The firm is to repay about 13d customers on a monthly installment basis. The consumer suit asserted the company took money from customers Ult instead of buying coins only bought futures contracts on coins on margin from third parties in the firm’s name. Margin calls forced the company to go broke, the suit stated. The suit also said the company falsely claimed to store coins for customers. The company agreed to make no such claims in the future. By Bob Considine NEW YORK - The lines are endless at the ticket counters of the nation’s air terminals. Countless thousands of travelers will make it home by Christmas, and a certain number of them will complain about the temperature of the wine they’ll be served by the pretty girls aboard the $27 million Boeing 747 at 34.000 feet and OOO m p h. I wonder how many will pause to remem ber another Christmas season traveler. A young fellow named Orville Wright. On Dec. 17, 1903, he sent a telegram to his father, Bishop Milton Wright of Dayton, Ohio, from a windswept weather and sea rescue station at Kitty Hawk, N. C. It read: “Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty-one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty-one miles longest 57 seconds inform press home Christmas." Prime Trade The world’s first heavier-than-air flights performed by Orville and his brother Wilbur, whose prime trade was selling and repairing bicycles, was hardly an instant thunderclap of a news story. Bishop Wright, their proud press agent, was chagrined. His diary of Dec. 18, 19(13, notes: “The (Cincinnati) Enquirer contained flaming headlines on the Wrights* flying. Dayton Journal and Gin. Tribune contain nothing! — though I furnished press reporter the news." The media began to catch on quickly enough after that. Orville’s diary for Dec. 19 of that year concerned itself chiefly with the fact that their flying machine and tools had by then been packed for shipment to Dayton by horsedrawn wagon and rail. But he addl'd: “Capt. Jesse Ward (of the weather and rescue station) brought telegrams from Norfolk correspondent of N. Y. World asking price for exclusive rights to pictures and story, and one from editor, Woman’s Home Companion, wanting pictures. Later in the day, Mr. Daniels brought over another batch. N. Y. World wanted a (HIO-word account telegraphed to them. Scientific American wanted pictures. Century magazine wanted exclusive account and pictures,” By Tuesday, Dec. 22, Bishop Wright was pleased to note in his diary, “I was at home all day. Reporters wert' calling and asking for pictures of the machine and the boys . . ." (Wilbur was 36, Orville 32.) On the same day he wrote to a skeptic, of which there must have boon already millions: lnrerrrct Report “My sons are expected under the parental roof — always their home — within a few days, when they will read your letter of the 19th inst. The Norfolk dispatch (AP) was evidently a friendly, though incorrect report. My sons say their four successful flights the 17th instant were ‘from the level.’ (The dispatch said the machine was launched down an incline.) “There are two screw propellers directly behind the double-decked aeroplane and none under it for uplighting it. (The dispatch said that one of the ‘6-bladed propellers’ was located under the planet to give an ‘upward force.’) “To get under headway they laid a single rail track straight down the hill, but began flight from the level. Their progress was ten miles per hour against a twenty-one-mile wind; hence, counting still air, their flight was 31 miles an hour. I do not know the distance of each several flight, but from the time maximum of 57 seconds no one flight could have exceeded a thousand feet ... All reported as to what Orville or Wilbur said is not so unlikely, but probably mythical.” (The Virginian-Pilot had quoted W ilbur as shouting, “Eureka!" after his own first flight.) Orville wired his mother from the Chesapeake and Ohio depot at Huntington, W. Va., on Doc. 23, “Have survived perilous trip reported in papers. Home tonight.” “They came at 8:00," the Bishop duly recorded. “They Panama, U.S. Forces Increase Rapport had some interviewers in (he way but suppressed them," Two days later, the bishop summed up the historic week-that-was with a simple heartwarming line in his diary: "We dine as a family ..." Stapleton Heads Chamber Bureau Keith Stapleton has been elected chairman of the Chamber of Commerce civic bureau for 1975. He succeeds Milton Carlson. Other new officers include: Hall Koontz, program chairman; Gregory Hapgood, attendance chairman; Reginald Watters, program vice-chairman; and Vent Hudek, attendance vice-chairman. Elected to the executive committee* for three-year terms were William Bergman, Marlette Jenson and Hapgood. The civic bureau schedules and coordinates general membership meetings and special projects. Indian Rescuer Receives Medal LONDON (AP) - Abraham Starr, a 33-year-old Canadian Indian who saved two young children from a fire and tried unsuccessfully to save a third, has been awarded the 1974 Stanhope gold medal for the bravest deed of the year, the Royal Humane Society said. The citation said that Starr, of the Canadian department of Indian affairs, went into a blazing house* at Heron bay Indian reserve, Ontario, on May 3 and fought his way through intense heat and thick smoke to make the rescue. PANAMA CITY (UPI) -Despite stringent criticism of the American military presence in the Canal Zone by Panama's foreign ministry, U. S. and Panamanian armed forces are working more closely together than ever. The rapport is such that a high-ranking U. S. army officer said he foresees no difficulty for a combination of ground forces from both nations to defend the canal under a planned treaty. The cooperation between Panama’s 7,800-man national guard and the U. S. military may not be surprising because of Panama’s obvious proximity. But in the torrent of politically-motivated rhetoric about the “Yankee gorillas” on Panamanian soil it is frequently overlooked. Training Exercise The latest instance of quiet cooperation was a three-month combined training exercise at the national guard’s Rio Hato training site about IOO miles southwest of Panama City. Three U. S. army battalions from Fort Clayton in the Canal Zone trained with three Panamanian national guard companies, totaling about 600 men plus some staff officers, on simulated air strikes, airborne assaults, rope climbing exercises and an air mobilization operation. “One of the main goals was to give the Panama national guard an over all look at how U. S. forces function under a combat situation," said Chief Warrant Officer Henry Groce, liaison to the one hundred ninety-third infantry brigade. Combined civic action, communications, mapping and medical assistance projects are also conducted regularly without fanfare. Mid-East Farce Last March, 195 guardsmen were given a three-week crash course at the U. S. army's jungle operations training center at Fort Sherman prior to departure for Israel. Panama has contributed four companies to the U. N.’s Mid-East peace-keeping force. The guardsmen also received driver and mechanics training for Jeeps and armor and mine instruction from a U. S. army mobile assistance team At the invitation of U. S. military authorities, 20 guard officers toured the U. S. air national guard control and reporting center for “Operation Black Hawk," the canal’s air defenses. The Panamanians also visited U. S. missile installations on coastal islands and Vulcan antiaircraft cannon. While Panama’s civilian policy makers denounce the Canal Zone military schools as a flagrant violation of the 1903 Canal Convention, Panama’s military continues to take advantage of the schools. .Army School An average of 200 Panamanian officers and enlisted men graduate annually from the U. S. Army School of the Americas at Fort Gulick, the inter-American Air Forces Academy at Albrook air force base and the Small Craft Instruction school at Rodman naval support activity. All but one of Panama’s general staff officers have taken at least one course at the Canal Zone schools. Chief of Government Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos took four, including a 42-week command course at Fort Gulick. Some Panamanian noncommissioned officers serve as guest instructors at the Spanish-language School of the Americas. The collaboration reaches down to the police level. In Panama, the guard is responsible for police as well as military activities. Colonel Rodrigo Garcia, deputy guard commander, told a visiting group from the U. S. War College recently that the possibility of joint national guard-Canal Zone police patrols was being discussed. And on Sept. I, Capt. Guillermo Ferrufino was assigned a desk in the Balboa, Canal Zone, police station as the first Panamanian liaison officer. ON THIS DATE in 1969, President Juan Valasco of Peru signed a contract for copper development by a U.S. company despite objections by leftists and Communists. ON THIS DATE in 1813, the U.S. congress established a system of internal revenue to raise money. Growing Gift Ideas from TfleacL__ an&lawh Send the tie SEASON'S GRAETER $12.50 < t, and up Beautiful flowers. festive gieens," holiday candles... the Sen.son'a Greeter capture* the \Try spirit of Christmas. But there s more. We've-designed a whole world of floral gifts for Christmas ••gifts for every one on your list. And well send them al moat arty" where the FTO way Sr*, call or visit us today.    * Get kl Pc-it i jct: iii I *    f lo- mam a male like Gk'iiitmai! We h.'> poinsettias to q t-.dan Christmas he<v:s So make bs your NmJ-Qua-ters for e.-t'y bloom-rn' need' Ca l or st >p in today. Christmas is getting Closer. © t ITM WM* HUAWhf Other beautiful blooming plants: Azaleas, Mums, Cyclamen. Beautiful Hanging Planters filled with ferns or vines Terrariums Miniature gardens in glass rflOWCR and GARDEN SHOP! 5008 Center Pt. Rd. N.E. Desk and Cactus Gardens Large Green Plants in decorative pots Ferns, Orange Trees, Palms, Scheffleras and many more Blooming African Violets Blooming Christmas Cactus Hanging pots and macrame cords Terrarium and Bonsai Tree kits Air Ferns Just Received! a new shipment of decorative Hager Pots Wicker & Wrought Iron Plant Stands Christmas Special Red Compote with Pompons & Holly *5“ sup 1974 DECEMBER 1974 SUN. I 8 MON. 2 TUES. WEI). 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