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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2t THI UTHWIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 17, 1972 Liked to bluff Truman loved to play poker Tony Vaccaro is a retired Associated Press writer who was a Washington re- porter during President Truman's years in the White House. By TONY VACCARO WASHINGTON (AP) President, politician and po- ker player. That was Harry S. Truman. The man from Missouri loved to play poker more than anyone I ever met And he liked to play ''wild" games- games where the deuces or Trudeau expresses sympathy OTTAWA CCP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said Tuesday that former U.S. president Harry Truman is still remembered with affection by the Canadian people. In a message to President Nixon, he expressed sympathy for the death of Mr. Trjman early today. He also asked that this message be conveyed to Mrs. Truman and her family. "President Truman well known to Canadians and we re- call with affection his visit to Ottawa in Mr. Truceau said. "He exemplified to Cana- dians. American warta-heart- edness and close family life. "In addition, we recall the courage and effectiveness with which he discharged the burden of his high office at the close of fee Second World War and his great efforts for peace and post- war reconstruction." E-Tternal Affairs Minister Mit- chell Sharp sent a mes- sage to State Secretary William Kogers. one-eyed jacks were wild. high-low games, seven-card and three-card. Truman usually played for the sheer joy he got out of the game. He got a bigger kick out of bluffing someone out of a pet than he did from wind- ing up the winner. For all his plain speaking, cuss words and :em hell" reputation. Truman was a religious man. "I pray God I can measure up to the task.'' he told me as we rode together in a lim- ousine April 13. 1945. the day after Franklin D. Roosevelt's death at Warm Springs. Ga. Later that day. he told re- porters: "I don't know if you newspaper men ever pray, but if you do, please pray for me NEVER HELD GRUDGE Truman' was a friendly man. calling thousands of people by their first names. Ee had a quick temper but never held a grudge. When music critic Paul Hume of the Washington Post found fault with daughter Margaret's voice, he wrote to Hume that, if they ever met. need a new ncse and plenty of beefsteak and per- haps a supporter belcvr." After Truman left office. Eume wrote a column prais- ing the president for his sup- port of Washington's National Svrnphonv Orchestra, Truman wrote another letter to the critic. This one was warn and friendly. Long after he retired to his home "in Independence. Mo.. Truman said: ''I've never had any personal political enemies." Ee could net understand wbv DOiincal ooconents took then 43. in 1960. "Senator." he asked in a speech before the convention, "are you certain that you are quite ready for the country or that the coun- try is quite ready for you in the role of president in Truman name was confusing offence when he eked them. "Politics is the greatest game on earth.'-' he said once. OPPOSED KENNEDY Truman opposed the nomi- nation of John F. Kennedy, to typesetters INDEPENDENCE. Mo. CAP) Harry S Truman had no middle name arid it caused no end of confusion, particu- larly to typesetters. Ee signed his full name with a continuous stroke that allowed no use of a period after the S. and it was com- monly assumed he preferred it that way. The middle initial stood, he said often, for either one of his Shippe Truman and Solomon Young. A reporter once asked about his or nor.e. "'It doesn't matter to me. one way or as you like." he sale. The period appears on sta- tionery of the Harry S. Tru- man Library in Indeoendence. on the cover page of the three books he wrote, the jacket of the biography written by daugh- ter Marsaret. TIGHT SPOT SANDHURST. England fCP) Army cadets at a training school in Berkshire have found a novel method of keening warm during winter combat ex- ercises. They're going into ac- tion wearing women's lights under the regulation kit. One said the tights were more effec- tive than long-Johns issued by the army "because they keep in much more heat." When the convention nomi- nated the senator, however, Truman said: "Every time he talks. Jack Kennedy makes me more cer- tain he ought to be presi- he has the stuff of greatness." As president. Truman was the man who decided to drop the atom bomb, to send American troops into Korea under a UN banner and to re- call Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Truman ordered the bomb- ing of Japan in the belief that it would shorten the war and save lives. am convinced it did just that." he said shortly before leaving cilice. "It was a hard order to give because of the deaths that would be inflicted. But. because I was convinced it would save many thousands more lives, there was only one answer." The Korean war. Truman said, "was toe first real test for the United Nations. A de- cision had to be made then and there whether the peace- loving nations would pool their forces to resist aggres- sion." The president's removal of MacArthur prompted an out- at home and a 42-day con- gressional investigation of the incident involving the popular general. But Truman, who said he removed MacArthur because he was "unable to give his wholehearted support to the policies'' of the United States and the United Nations, stuck to his decision. In 1960. he wrote that be should have removed Mac- Arthur two years earlier. The one-time farm boy's prime concern was peace. Discussing bis administranon. he said in 1951: "I hope it will be remembered fcr its sincere effort for world peace. And. if we can get through this effort without a third world war, I think that is what it will be remembered fcr." rl SIMPSONS 18 Month Guaranteed 10W30 Motor Oil 2 gaL tin Ask Simpeons-S'sra Diehard starts yonr car most other winner. Meet; end exceeds car require- rrer.fs. Use some oil oil yecr 'round. 44 Reg. tTT Free Battery Installation and Qiecks. SIMPSONS SEARS MAN OF MANY HATS Once c hcberdcsher, Harry S. Trurncn never lost his flair for dress. He is shown here in en assortment of sporty hcts that he adopted. In 1947, the Fashion Foundation of America listed him among the 10 best dressed men of that yecr. Truman remained un-nerved about assassination a INDEPENDENCE, Mo. CAP) When two Puerto Pa- can nationalists tried to as- sassinate President Truman in Washington's Blair House on Nuv. 1, 1530. the calmest man around was Truman, "A president has to expect such things." he told an aide. Less than in hour Isler, Truman went out in public to dedicate a monument at Ar- lington National Cemetery. Two White House guard and one of the assas- in the gunplay as the Puerto Ricans tried to storm the temporary presi- dential resilience. Truman lived in Blair House from 19-42 until early 1952 while the White House extensively renovated. Truman had been taking a i lunch-time nap in his under- clothes when the shooting be- gan. He appeared at a second fleer window to see what was going on but heeded a frantic "Get back: Get Ths sunmen had E> proacrea Biai opposite directions. One stooged in front of the en- trance, whipped cut a Ger- man automatic pistol and cpar.ed fire on Pie. Donald EirczeU. a guard standing nearby with his back partly turned GUARD HEARD CLICK The first shot failed to fire, possibly saving BirdzelTs life. The guard heard the click, pulled" out his gun, and cashed into Pennsylvania Avenue to draw fire away from Blair House. Birdzeli was still firing when he went down, a bullet through each kr.se.' rriin and c'-her guards oosned fire. it was over, five ir.sn lay on the strest. Griselio Tcrresola. cr.e of the consciratcrs. was dead. Pte. Les'.e Coffeli. one cf the Housp cisd a short time later of rni A-bomb victims forgive Truman at Sirnpsons-Ssars you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or monty refunded and free SERVICE STATION HOURS: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily Thursday, and Friday until 9 p.m. Centre Village 2nd Ave. and 13bt St. N. Telephone 328-9231 I TOKYO fReute-0 Patients I suffering from after-effects of I the world's first atomic bomb I attack do not hold Harry S Tru- man responsible for the j tragedy, a doctor said in Kiro- i shiraa Tuesday. Dr. Fumio Shigeto, head of the Atomic Bob Hospital in j western Japan, was speaking on j behalf of 156 patients, sotne of i them close to death. Central plan for laundry discussed PICTURE BUTTE (HNS) At the recent meeting of the Picture Butte Municipal Hospi- al, the administrator brought the board up to date in regards to central laundry progress at Lethbridge. All iinen to be purchased be through the central division so that it will conform with the laundry plan. November occupancy was ?J.6 per cent. There were 539 treatments in physiotherapy and 174 x-rays. Considerable discussion took place in regards to the nurses residence. It is planned the front section will be made into a three-bed- room apartment. There w i 11 still be rooms for three nurses, if required. r Ke said they blamed the war itself but not the president or the American people for the bombing. Hiroshima officials believe nearly 200.000 people were killed by the Aug. 6. 1345. bombing, alth.ou.gh the official toll is about 80.000. Government officials here ex- pressed condolences on the death of the former president arxi described him as a great i They said Japanese in gen- era! in post-war years did not consider the late president re- sponsible for the 'Truman, who assumed office in the last days of the war after I the death of President Franklin D. Roosebelt, ordered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki trree days later. afier his military advisers warned the U.S. could suffer up to a million casualties in ari i.n- 1 of the Japanese main- lard. Six days after the bombing of the official rJsath toll is set at about Horohito an- nour.ced Japan's unconditional i surrender. TRUCK BAN LONDON fAP) The' Greater Council said it intends to ban heavy trucks. from centra.! London because; they are an inherent imped i- j mertf, and danger. j Oscar Ccilazo. who the firing, Birdzeli and Pte. Joseph Downs were wounded. Terrescla carried docu- ments linking the pair to the Puerto Rican Nationalist party, an extremist organ- ization dedicated to complete indeper.der.ee for Puerto PJco. The party had failed two days earlier in a conspiracy against Gov, Luis Musoz Ma- rin. HuTidreds rounded up on the basis cf. a book found on Tcr.-esoiaTs body. Some ul- timately were convicted, en other charges, but none ever was linked to the Truman af- fair. The two men. who had met only before, appar- ently had hatched the plot alone. Ai his federal court trial on first-csgree murder charges. CcHazo said he merely to a demonstra- tion kindle sympa- thy for countrymen. He was to death for having murdered Coffelt. but Truman conimuted his sen- tence to life imprisonment a week before the scheduled ex- ecution, Michener sends message OTTAWA Gov.-Gen. Roland Michener Tuesday de- scribed former U.S. president Truman as "a devoted servant of the United States of America and a courageous ex- ponent of coik-ctive security as a way to peace in the difficult vears after the Second World War." In a meftsase to President Nixon. Gov.-G-en. said Canadians generally learned wif.h sorrow of the death of Mr. Truman. "We regret the less of one of the romgin'nc loaders from that pc-riod of rcconstniction and the loss of a very human and engaging the Gov- ernor-General said. ;