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Des Moines Register (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Des Moines, Iowa S is the old folks waited patiently for Westmoreland the bookseller by Robert i Sun Ariz the last Imperial commander of the nation was lost somewhere on the circular streets of this retirement town where old people live out their circular Days in the blameless the general is a Book Salesman now because the War he fought went he was coming to sell some but he was he was the 70 or so aged people who awaited him in the customer club room of a savings and loan association Here were not disturbed As the hour passed for the advertised appearance of William Westmore they know it is easy for a stranger to get lost on streets that Circle Back to their own beginnings like memories of time just who was he an old lady whispered to her Sun City is a place of the past people Are not so much who they Are As who they he was the commanding general in Vietnam said the the War we said the said the old i told you about that Many of the marriages preserved in the dry warmth of Sun City have lasted More than 40 passion is replaced by lovers have become tending one another like displays in a the old lady paused to eat the cookie and drink the cup of Coffee provided by the savings and loan As everybody else says we lost she wait till you hear what Westy has to said the old ruffling up his copy of the Wall Street journal to end the a Young Advance Man from the publishing House came Forward and spoke softly to the old As though he feared they might be the general has just he went to the wrong he will be about 20 minutes when the general finally arrived he walked into the room rubbing the heels of his hands he looked about several aging men half Rose in their seeming to Hope that someone would ten shun these were the retired military officers in the Westmoreland was dressed in a Pinstripe the eyes that had so often seen the Light at the end of the Tunnel in Vietnam Are deep and darkly set in his they look out and around with bruised As though the Man within had been mugged in what he thought was a decent he was like the chairman of a failing company who has come to explain Why the dividends wont be he Doest look like a general such a Nice looking the old lady whispered to her but everyone in the audience knew that Westmoreland a fourstar when he in his opening comments my wife and i have just spent a week As the House guests of Bob and Delores it was the retired officers in the audience their ladies William Westmoreland they seemed charmed to learn that Bob Hope remains the ultimate judge of military ill bet he knows the John the old lady will you shut up said the old leaning Forward to catch the generals words i guess in the Man who became infamous during the Hullihan everybody thought 1 was in but i Only had a piece of in warmly received on campuses he five years they threw stones at the general began to Pace around the rubbing his hands As he explained that he has written a a Soldier president Kennedy hooked in he the idealistic framework make any Bear any he talked about the Kennedy or group and seemed to want to say but the record of american Rothschild auction gets million England a Mentmore meant More and More and More pieces were on and More Money was taken just under from Baron Mayer de rothschilds old country seat Mentmore towers than at any estate auction Ever More Money than Ever was paid for a clock a 1730 Augsburg timepiece that Doest cuckoo but has almost everything including a Cross legged Oriental figure on an engraved cupid inside and a Meissen Tea set in a More was paid for an artefact of for Sevres for for victorian and More was paid for a Hal dozen lesser known old what it meant beyond that was and throwing a heritage to the carpet some conservationists called some Continental dealers said it afforded a Chance for Europe to retrieve treasures that Rothschild bought at fir Sale prices a Century the end of an epoch in the history european said Art historian Francis the laudable of hideous answered some the ultimate auction said a Man from so Thebes did nobody disagreed with that numbers More suited to astronomy than a persons House raced each other in lights across the computerized Board that showed bids in six currencies to the auction teat at sent More 50 Miles Dorthy it of in a nine Day that coded a 1767 mechanical Orange tree with it Cooke Fried pipe Organ to play Calls for its perching Bird a frivolity on a scale now hard to imagine fetched the top Price of the Marie Antoinette writing desk from Versailles went Back Home for an Antiques reporter from Phila checked the Swank shops of London Mayfair and found there for the Pound Sterling equivalent of an ornate clock similar to one that sold at Mentmore for four times As it was As if the Barons treasures ennobled every Doorstop and soap dish in the Dow Natheel 80room brass and Wood coat hangers fetched up to each As souvenir Hunters charged into the waning Days of the two damaged pillows brought and a 200yearold Chest in about 18 Wormy bits and pieces Cost its buyer 57 times its its crazy that people should pay such prices for this said the dowager countess of if i had thought this was going to happen i would have had a i hate to think people were bidding More than they could the seventh Earl of Selling his Rothschild great grandma thers collection to meet inheritance taxes on his fathers showed no emotion As the crates moved out to Europe or America with pieces that might have Felt the touch of Disraeli or Matthew Arnold or Heury weve known All our lives we could never keep this House he said we have a perfectly Good House in Scotland with 100 or 200 years More tradition thac this one and about of third or on half the sue Mentmore is up for the estate agents think it might bring military forces never having lost a War remains he the military didst lose this War the audience seemed to sense that the general must have Bob Hopes prior agreement on this Point and everyone a aging Man snapped up out of his chair As the question period he stood at such rigid attention that his buttocks sucked in the seat of his sir he would the general be pleased to How the politicians interfered win the prosecution of the sir Westmoreland shadowed eyes seemed to come As though he heard again the clinic of heels in a military briefing but you people ask the Best questions he he clenched his fist and made a Wayto Goguts gesture in the but the gesture was soft and As though the general feared he might have to recall the Young Advance Man came Back into the room carrying a Box of he let the Box Down on a table with a the general looked startled to recall that he is now Selling he sat at the table and signed books for the Man who had asked the question from the audience stood at attention As the general signed his sir thank sir he the Advance Man picked up the books remaining unsold and the general again rubbing his hands he drove off into the circular streets of Sun Iowa author Buhren Din at Stanford a Bruce Well known author and former editor of the new has died at Stanford medical Center after falling at his Home three weeks Bliven was reared in and was a frequent lecturer in the state in bygone seven dollars that How much More it would Cost to replace a Home tomorrow than do you have enough insurance on your to Jive comae i Well help you Figur it we make h work for you hours free theater passes limit 1 per adult Cin Tomei while sofa Row in plaid pattern 100 Early american sold Floral pattern Nylon plastic etagere value 7 piece Dinett smart Spanish now dining room by i Las lighted 4 Side chairs Ami Oval to now portable bar by Lane which has storage and set of now traditional Green rushed velvet lounge chair by Hickory now 199 country style Oak dining room by set includes lighted Oval table and 4 Side chairs now White velvet Sec Uwi with Loose Stratford Lay away for fathers Day at 11 7 Simmons hide Abed with inner Spring mattress Herculo now 349 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