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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 8 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., July t2, 1974 •■ll Jose Lopez Rega: Peron’s Powerful ‘Gray Eminence' — UPI Telephoto Bubbles with Grace Bubble gum seems to be a little out of place amid the grace and beauty of ballet but I 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. Society for Women Features Witch Tells 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 One". “Witchcraft is a very old religion,” Mrs. Bloom said. “We feel it 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 important.” Mrs Bloom is the wife of a carpenter and has two sons, aged ll and 13. But she refuses to discuss her private life say. mg she tries to keep it separate from her activities as a witch. Mrs Bloom said withcraft teaches the follower to use his psychic senses, which lie dormant in most people all their lives “People just don't understand the power they have in their own minds," 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, this is a last resort,” she added Love is CX- j> . . . kissing her, knotting you may catch her cold. »* U J Hi CM* — * 1 Iff* bt tat a-orIn T — •< Economist Predicts Stable Meat Prices Bv 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. W hile 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 average of $1.50 per pound, Futrell recalled. But for the rest of 1974, retail beef prices will probably be* “something close to IO percent under that. That would put us somewhere around $1.35 — pretty close to where the prices are now.” Lower Fall Prices He warned that “there is a possibility of a little up movement 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 ICA journal — a publication of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Assn. — Futrell predicted a 3 to 4 percent increase in beef supplies in the next five months. He also thinks Americans will be eating more beef. Futrell expects beef consumption to recover to as much as 113 pounds per person per year, on the average. He said consumption dropped Hi 2 pounds last year from 1972 s average of IIH pounds. There also are indications of “large supplies of beef into 1975 ” The farm economist said slaughter of cattle for the first three months of this year rose I percent But beef produced was up 2 percent because average market weights were higher. 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 supplies of Australian beef reaching America But Futrell said, “Australian cattle producers are kind of holding off the way U. S. livestock men have at times — they aren't selling a lot of stock because of price conditions “And so 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 In* a shot in the arm for the American cattle industry. But Putreil believes that. “American producers have ahead of them a fairly large supply of l»eef coming on over the next year and a half or so That may cause some problems Increase in Supply Looking into 1975, the economist said. “I think we do have the probability of some further increase in beef supplies That will “probably keep the lid on prices “Whether we get much downward pressure for lower prices. I wouldn't want to say right now One variable in the price equation is the margin, or spread of costs to bring meat from the farm to the dinner table “The margin in farm retail has been quite a Int wider in recent months than it lias been previously In other words, it is costing more to bring meat to the consumer. 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. Burden Humbert, A, and Mrs. Charles Klinge, B. Winners in 9-hole competition were; Mrs. Phil Morris, A; Mrs Feddersen, B; Mrs. Robert MeGannon, 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, James Phillips, Paul Ridge. Russell Jensen. James Hasley and Ben Trickey. 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 F'arland, presidential, Mrs Robert North, A; Mrs Len Henning, B; Mrs Alvin Burns and Mrs Gerald Ashley C. and Mrs. Dan Lemon, I) Approaches were sunk bv Mr> Burns. Mrs Joe Seda and Mrs North Squaw Creek Play scheduled for Thursday was canceled due to the weather By Phil Newsom When Argent ions speculate about w hat the stars may have in store for them and for Argentine President Isabel Peron they may be asking literally about Argentina’s most influential astrologer. He is Jose Lopez Rega. a pale-faced man of 57, a practicing astrologer and author of a book on the subject called “Alpha and Omega A Message for Humanity”. Among moderate Peronists he is thoroughly disliked, sometimes described as a Rasputin and as a “gray 'eminence.’’ Left-wing Peronists have threatened him with death But none can deny that among the few people really close to Peron and to Peron’s widow, the first woman president in Latin American history, Lopez Rega was and remains the closest Mrs. Peron confirmed it when she retained him in the powerful post of presidential private secretary, the same post he held under Peron Recent 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 19H5 during one of her trips to Argentina as Peron’s emissary. He 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 w hen work kept her husband in Buenos Aires and on official and private trips abroad He was with her when she visited Europe in June and on a trip to China in 1972 When the president appeared in public, Lopez Rega usually stood only a few feet behind, watching him with unbroken gaze He is expected to perform the same duties for Mrs Peron Peronism Pledge Like other Peronists, Lopez Rega has pledged himself to Peronism and in a national television broadcast appointed himself the chief interpreter of the “thoughts of General Peron.” In the early days of taking over her presidential duties, Mrs. Peron has been described as showing a surprising amount of independence from the various factions surrounding her. military and leading Peronists. There is a feeling that she may be building support of her own. Nonetheless, it is obvious that Mrs. Peron, a 43-year-old one-time professional dancer, politically inexperienced and with no political base of her own, will be the 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 20(1 deaths have been attributed 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 Girl Sues Firm For Gumboils LOS ANGELES (IPI) - A 9-year-old girl’s pique at a shortage of gumbalis in a toy gumball machine led to a $2,500 court settlement Wednesday by the Tarrson Co. Carol (Menard, daughter of a lawyer, complained to the state attorney general s office that the box containing her toy gumball machine bore a picture showing it filled with gumbalis while ai tuallv there were only seven iii it The attorney general sued the company for false advertising The company settled bv a stipulated judgment, admitting no wrongdoing but agreeing to pay $1,750 iii civil penalties, $750 m stale court costs and promised to state on the packages the number of gumboils actually included Informers Heads Shaved by Mob BELFAST. Northern Ireland (AP) - F'our hundred angry Roman Catholics shaved the heads of two 15-year-old Catholic girls with placards on them reading “informer “They were crying and covered in spittle, said a British army spokesman after a patrol rescued the girls in the Lowers Kails area of Belfast Wednesday “They were ob-v louslv terrified out of their minds.” The army said the girls reported a group of masked men kidnaped them and held them captive for three days The Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army announced that it had kidnaped th'* girls It said they admitted Collecting money from the army for information which resulted in the arrest of 15 people The army said it had no knowledge that tile two girls had been informers PORTLAND. Ore (AP) - I don't care what anybody dites to us. we're not going to live in sin,” 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 $90 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 wedding 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 draped with a king sized coverlet But fiscal reality has bruised the bliss Combined social security and welfare payments for the two totaled $412 a month when they were single. Now they total $322 Their monthly rent is $408 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 light,” Armstrong said Thursday. “And I won t start now . I don't care what they take away from us. I’m 84 and almost blind and Beulah's 82. 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 administrator of the Portland social security office. “But I can only interpret the law as it is written If the law is changed, that would be another matter entirely.” Financial Consequences He added “It is my judgment that the Armstrongs were not aware of the financial consequences 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 financially," 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 go?” I was born and reared here, right down by the river, and I worked hard all my life," said Armstrong. But now I’m thinking this country is a hy pocrite country. I hey want us to live together without being married There must be millions of old folks doing just that across the country." Switched to a rowboat’’ Si'll your motor with a fast, result getting Classified Ad! Dial 398-8234 Bv Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Odd that a minister should call on you with a problem but since I am involved, I can’t make an impartial judgment, hence this letter:    tj    .    ,    ., Our 20-year-old broke the news to us last night that she is getting married in eight weeks. Then came the following shock She doesn t want to Im* 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 rejected most of her earlier religious training. so any attempts to change her mind would probably alienate her further. If your daughter is as anti-establish ment as I 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 home—only when they are gone. Can you give me a tip on how to ask them0 NEIGHBORS DEAR NEIGHBORS: Don't ask them. Ifs possible that they want neither the legal nor moral responsibility they would incur should a swimming pool accident occur in their absence. • * • DF]AR ABBY: I need the advice 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 2fi, intelligent, pretty and has a beautiful figure. She holds a responsible position and keeps a meticulous apartment 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 I) 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 up0 Women like her aren’t easy to find What should I do? 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 You can’t have it beth ways. Considerate Gunmen Leave Meal Money PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) -How do you know you’re being robbed by a considerate thief, unless you ask? Ed Bignell did, and got lucky Two gunmen held up the Antique Inn Wednesday, getting $700 from tile cash register and $300 from the patrons When they got to Bignell. he demanded to know how they thought lie was going to pay for his meal if they left jinn broke The bandits gave turn $20 bark Advpr The Best Carpet Buys Are At Carpetland U.S.A. MANAGER And Full and Part Time Sales People A new lade* ,p<>colty \*o'r leutonnrj min*, a ort special vin df«t**t and tpo'Hweat * ta open on AjgvU I tt at linda!* Pi na ll you would Me to tom t>..tor* t all 391 6447 o’ 393 0068 lot a po tonal interview .Lindale Plaza, Ibm III 11 III led her bow much you care on your Anniversary Send her favorite Dowers. KREBS FLOWER SHOP *^2424 18th St. SW 363-2081 * J v ;

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