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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 24 • 1936 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE AN" A. W. LIE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the MASOX CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY 111-123 East State Street Telephone No. 3800 LEE P. LOOMIS ----- Publisher W. EARL HALL - - - - Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - - City Editor LLOYD. L. GEER - - Advertising Manager Entered *s second-class matter April 17, 1930. at the post- office at Mason City. Iowa, under the act of March 3. 187y. MEMBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS which is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper, and all local MEMBER. IOWA DAILY PRESS ASSOCIATION, with DCS Moines ne',vs and business offices at 405 Shops Building. $2.25 S1.25 5 .50 SUBSCRIPTION KATES Mason City and Clear Lake, Mason City and Clear Lake. by the year $7.00 by the week . S .15 OUTSIDE MASON CITY AND CLEAR LAKE Per year by carrier ,...$7.00 By mail 6 months .. Per week by carrier ... $ .15 By mail 3 months .. Per year by mail . - $4.00 By mail 1 month .. oi'TsiDE 100 .irrr.E ZOXE Per year... 56.00 Six month.. $3.25 Three months ...$1.15 In the Spirit of Christmas A T 36 minutes past four this afternoon the sun dropped out of sight in a bank of golden and purple mist and there was ushered in the anniversary of that wonderful night of nights, when the wise men proclaimed the Redeemer had come and the angelic choir chanted to the startled shepherds on Judean Hills the most thrilling oratorio the world has ever known. The years have mellowed into cycles, the cycles into centuries, the centuries into family fireside in happy reunion and the joy that comes to every one who following the example of the King has endeavored to make some sad soul happy and eased the burden of some soul awearied. It is in this spirit of loyalty to King Emmanuel that we wish every reader a Merry Christmas, this Christmas Day. PROS and CONS THIS WAS WRITTEN BY W. F. MUSE This editorial was one of the last bits of writing done for the Globe-Gazette by its beloved editor, the late \V, F. Muse. It is reprinted yearly as a memorial to Mr. Muse as well as for its beauty and sentiment. ages, and yet the birthday celebrated by the wise men and a few humble folks in a small country 2,000 years ago is nbw a world wide anniversary, every country on the globe with its devotees and the ships peopling every sea joining in the glad festivities. And with song and cheer and the joy and mirth of the holiday time we celebrate the world holiday again this— Christmas Day. It is the most joysome day of the year, worthy of the most beautiful worship, the sweetest music, the most splendid panegyric of the King of Kings. It is a day of gift bearing for one of the first precepts of our King was, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." It is a nay of special delight for the little ones, whose faith is yet simple, to whom the story of the baby Boy in the manger, with the setting o'f sheep and cattle and shepherds and angels and wise men and a bright star, staged in a lowly stable in Bethlehem of Jude? will always be the creates! drama of the ages. For of these little ones Ke said, "O.i such is the kingdom o£ Heaven." It is occasion for special remembrance of the poor, for He said that even a cup of cold water given them in HJs name would not be without its full reward, and His whole life was for their surcease from sorrow', poverty and pain. Chrijtmrs Day. And the wonder of it all is it is universal. In the palaces of the kings or on the steppes of Siberia; in European court or in the lowly homes of the peasantry; in the white house or in the city mansion; in "the western cottage or the southern cabin; in the islands where once cannibals feasted on the advance agents of this glorious holiday or in the Anterior of darkest Black Land; from Greenland's icy mountains with the swinging candelabra of the Vurora, to India's coral strands with their bewildering phosphorescence: from the conservatories of the Flowery Kingdom across seas and continents to the black shores of the Patagonians, the celebration is universal this— • Christmas Day. And the music of it. too. girdling the glooe in one great orchestra and chorus! The modest bell of the village kirk, the diapason of the deep-throated, loud tongucd sentinel in the big city church stecole the roar of the chimes from the cathedral towers,' the tintinnabulation of the merry sleigh- bells, lovers' music ever; the thousand? of trained *mcers in the glorious symphonies of the Messiah; the" millions of children with glad voices filling the air with cadence of Christmas carol and cantata and Yuletide songs; myriads of surpliccd choirs with mighty anthem, in many languages and tongues, echoing from mountain and mountain, and from continent to continent, rising high above the accompaniment of Neptune's great and glorious orchestra— Christmas Day. Surely this universal gladsome time must have had unusual origin and must commemorate the anniversary of a great King. Centuries ago two humble people with the golden cord of sacred love binding theiT lives journeyed to Bethlehem of Judea and the arch of blue will never again witness such a sidereal illumination. Three of the wisest men cf the eastern world, who knew the sta'-s better than we, with gold and frankincense and myrrh, journeyed to be at the christening of the royal Bate of all the ages. Suddenly the diamond finger of the night pointed the way, the snep- herds on the hilltops saw bewildered the batons ol the angels dripping with light, and, with celestial accompaniment, heard entranced the choirs of the Heavenly host chant the sweetest music tnc world has ever he;n'd. "Peace on Earth ana Good \\ill to Men," on that— Christmas Day. For a King had been born. In a strange place. In a strange season of the year. In strange circumstances. Not in a palace, but in a stable. -\ot in perfumed spring, but in chilly winter. Not surrounded by royalty and kingly couriers, but by humble folk and the patient beasts of the field. In a manger was He conceived that He might establish His kingdom in the hearts of all humanity. Not in the month of roses was He born, nor in the season of harvest, nor in the time of ripe fruits, nor when scarlet and brown upholster the groves and iorests, but in the chill of December, among the lowly, that He might rescue the battalions which come from off the mocrs, or the army of distress which sweeps along the dark lanes, or the platoons of poverty which pass against the cabin or the shack. He was born among the cattle and the sheep that He might teach His subjects mercy and kindness to Gods dumb creatures, knowing that the humane efflatus would diffuse a higher kingdom and hasten the era of the universal brotherhood and universal peace. Thus was our King born— Christmas Day. There is no character in all history In match the Galilean. Alexander and Darius and Caesar and Napoleon and Charlemagne conquered nations and the world, but they are gone. They ruled by force and sanguinary conquest but their crowns are dust. But the Nazarene of royal blood yet of lowly birth. Who was the apotheosis of democracy, is still King of Kings when emperors and kings and potentates are forgotten :;n their dreamless dust. His was not the mission of conquest but to set the captive free. His was not the mission of barbaric splendor or riotous living but to feed the hungry, to aid the orphan, to reclaim the erring, to clothe the naked, to open the eyes of the blind, to heal the sick and make whole the s.n-stained soul. Napoleon depended on cannon and bayonets, Caesar on shield and spear, Alexander on lances and coats of mail, but. Emmanuel's kingdom is the Kingdom of Love, His scepter eternal salvation. His kingly robe the mantle of righteousness. His armies the invisible of Jehovah,' His throne the hearts of the millions- Christmas Day. It is in this spirit of adoration that we welcome today the music of the laughter of childhood, the exuberance of youthful glee, the new born happi- cf man and maiden, the good cheer of the FOUR-LANE HIGHWAY URGED Des Moines: By actual traffic count, highway 69, between Ames and Des Moines, is the most travelled road in Iowa. If there is any • justification at all for a four- lane highway in the state, it exists on this stretch of road. The Polk county section, especially, is rough, and inadequate, With this in mind, the news from Germany that the government is building 5,000 miles of four-lane highways, divided in the middle by a 16 foot parkway, takes on new significance. The bulk of Iowa's highways certainly demand : no such super-roads as Germany is building, or I which exist in many parts of the eastern United States, notably Massachusetts. This section of highway 69 must soon be either rebuilt or paralleled by another highway to Ames. Since the life expectancy of a new highway must be from 15 to 25 years, and since the mobility of our travel-loving Americans shows no signs of letting up, to install another two-lane highway between Des Moines and Ames, when the present two-laner is already inadequate, would certainly be doing no favor to automobile travellers in the next score of years. Following the lead being set by almost every progressive public agency, the Iowa highway commission is already in the process of a thoughtful reconsideration and evaluation of Iowa's entire highway program. : And high in the list of pressing needs is a new | Amcs-Dcs Moines road^ U. S. MUST NEVER LEND AGAIN! Chicago Herald and Examiner: Directly, the abdication of one British Icing and the accession of another does not affect us in the United States. But Great Britain's announcement that she would default again on the 117 and one-half million dollar debt payments due the United States does concern every taxpayer in this nation. What our British and French aqd other foreign debtors do not pay, American taxpayers will have to pay. Every default by a foreign debtor should be a warning to the United States never to lend another dollar to any foreign nation. AS WPA ROLLS GO DOWN Nashua Reporter: The slashing of WPA relief rolls is meeting with considerable protest, but the cutting off of families on relief goes merrily on at headquarters in an effect to bring the budget closer to balance. Drought stricken farmers in Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, and the unemployed in the larger cities in voicing their protest claim they need help just as badly now as they did before election, when the powers that be needed votes. A HIGHLY ORGANIZED BUSINESS Clarion Monitor: From Washington comes the report "that bootlegging is as highly organized since ' repeal as during prohibition." It is estimated that as much as 40 million gallons of intoxicating liquor was produced in 1935 and that nearly ^twice as many federal agents are employed as were 'in prohibition days. One need only to look to Sioux City and Des Moines for evidence upholding the above state- i ments. LIMITED EXPERIENCE Thompson Courier: Asked to give a speech, a I friend of ours says: "To tell the truth, I never did I any public speaking except when I proposed to my wife on a party line." THICKER HIDE" 1 THAN TUG WELL'S Ackley World-Journal: Tugwell knew he was in general disfavor; Secretary Wallace, too, knows he is in disfavor, but he sticks and holds on, regardless, His hide is thicker. THIS ADVICE CAME TOO LATE Eagle Grove Eagle: If you want that girl, King Edward, marry her and keep your job. Take your case to the people of that empire. You will find them with you. EUROPE JUST WON'T LEARN Boonc News-Republican: It's too bad that Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden can't teach their fellow Europeans the secret of living in peace. A CONSPICUOUS FACT Atlanta News-Telegraph: Others talk, Finland pays. DAILY SCRAP BOOK by Scott EDITOR'S MAIL BAG MR. AVERT TAKES ISSUE SPENCER-—On Sept. 1, from Ames in a release to the press of the state by the state planning board, we find the following astounding statement: "Under a recently proposed $2,000 homestead tax exemption [or Iowa, towns in some agricultural counties would have suffered the loss of more than a third of their entire real property tax income." That statement' is absolutely fnlse. Under house file No. 88, (The j Homcstcod "Act) not one dime would have been lost to any taxing unit in the state. That act passed the house 91 to 14, and the senate 39 to 9, and was vetoed by Governor Herring. Sixty-five members of the house (7 less than the required two-thirds) voted "o pass the act over the governor's veto. The homestead act was a non-partisan measure sponsored by six democrats and six republicans. It sought to correct a grave injustice in the allocation of the money derived from the sales tax and the net income tax. As now allocated non-resident property owners and corporations contribute very little to this fund, and yet they get a credit on their property taxes of about $3,000,000. Under the provisions of the homestead act, these moneys would have been allocated as follows: FIRST: $3,000,000 for relief for the years 1935 and 1936 only. SECOND: Credited by the county treasurer to the payment of the taxes on homesteads up to the assessed value of $2,500. (Homesteads assessed at $5,000 would have had half the taxes paid out of this fund.) THIRD: The balance turned into the old age pension fund. The report of the state planning board further says: "Approximately 200 workers employed through the WPA, have produced the information from county tax records. There have been 65 other WPA workers busy in four major tabulating offices. * * * It is to supply the facts on revenue losses and other pertinent information that the present survey was undertaken by the state planning board." Ye gods and little fishes! Two hundred and sixty-five workers employed for months at a i:ost of thousands of dollars to find out, "Facts of revenue losses," when there would have been no revenue losses. Any intelligent person could have found that out in 15 minutes by reading the homestead act as found on pages 755 to 757 of the house journal for 1935. If the putting out of this falsehood was the result of ignorance, it was inexcusable; if it was put out to fool the people regarding the merits of an unfortunate veto of a most worthy measure, it was reprehensible; if it was put out at the instigation of those interesls now the beneficiaries to such a large- degree of the poor man's pennies, then it was criminal. A. H. A VERY State Representative, Clay County. ! E BOATS OFTEM -TRAVEL. f iRST ^R.i5-rMA-5 CARP IN I84b -ABOUT 1,000 COPYRIGHT, 1936, CENTRAL PRESS ASSOCIATION M.-24 1fll5 CLOCK, IN THE OLD UNiTEP SUPREME COURT CHAMBER.' INSTALLED 1)1 1637 DEMAMDEP JUSTICE? SET" 15Y fT-To END t}ABIfUAL &LAV1Et> OK @ £AMCELLAflONS OBSERVING DIET and HEALTH By LOGAN CLEMDENIXG, M. D. DICKENS' QUOTATIONS TIMELY CHRISTMAS EVE Is no time to be reading or V-/ writing about human ills: it is the time to read Dickens, in the good old Christmas tradition. But you can vary the tradition; you don't have to read "A Christmas Carol" or "The Chimes." There is plenty else in Dickens appropriate to Christmas eve and appropriate to a medical column, or a column on diet. For instance, what more delightful medical man than appears in "Little Don-it:" " 'It's a serious injury, I suppose?' said Clenman. '• 'Yes,' replied the surgeon with the thoughtful pleasure of an artist contemplating the work upon his easel. 'Yes, it's enough. There's a compound fracture above the knee, and a dislocation below. They are both of a beautiful kind.' He gave the patient a friendly clap on the shoulder again, as if he felt he '.'.-as a very good fellow indeed, ij'^and worthy of all commendation . Utnd.mni for having broken his leg in a manner interesting to science." As to diet: From "Old Curiosity Shop:" " -It's a stew,' said the landlord, smacking his lips, 'and bacon,' smacking them once more, 'and steak,' smacking them for the third time, 'and peas, cauliflowers, new potatoes and sparrow grass, all working up together in one delicious gravy.' . " 'At what time will it be ready?' asked Mr. Codlin faintly. " 'It will be done to a turn at twenty minutes to eleven.' " 'Then,' said Mr. Codlin, 'fetch me a pint o' warm ale and don't let nobody bring into the room even so much as a biscuit till the time arrives.' " Dickens shows his knowledge of the new science of the ductless glands also in "Old Curiosity Shop." "'How's the Giant?' said Short when they all sat smoking round the fire. " 'Rather weak upon his legs,' return Mr. Vuf- fin 'I begin to be afraid he's going at the knees. Once get a giant shaky on his legs and the public care no more about him than they do for a dead cabbage stalk.' " 'What becomes of the old giants?' " 'They're usually kept in caravans to wait upon the dwarfs,' said Mr. Vuffin. 'It's better than let- tin' them go upon the parish or about the streets. Once make a giant common and giants will never draw again. "'Why, I remember the time when old Maunders had in his cottage in Spafields in the winter time, when the season was over, eight male and female dwarfs setting clown to dinner every day who was -waited on by eight old giants in green coats, red smalls, blue cotton stockings and high- lows,' and there was one dwarf as had grown elderly and vicious who whenever his giant wasn't quick enough to please him, used to stick pins in his legs, not being able to reach any higher.' " 'What about the dwarfs when they get old?' " The older a dwarf is, the better worth he is,' returned Mr. Vuffin. 'A gray headed dwarf, all wrinkled, is beyond suspicion.' " EARLIER DATS FROM GLOBE-GAZETTE FlLliS Thirty Years Ago— Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wilson of Des Moines are in the city visiting friends. Roy Mills of Omaha, Nebr., is visiting friends and relatives in the city. Mr. and Mrs. H. S, Clibze and two sons of Chicago are visiting in the city. C. E. Damon left last night for Omaha, Nebr., where he will spend a few days with relatives. S. M. Braden of Norfolk, Nebr., is in the city for a few days visit with friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Newcomb left today for a visit at Hawkeye. Twenty Tears Ag:o— Roger Kirk, who has been visiting relatives at Elgin, III., has returned home for the holidays. • Claude Gordon of Alberta, Canada, is visiting in the city for a few days. Mrs. H. S. Stansbery of Cedar Falls was a business caller in the city yesterday. EL PASO, Tex.—Villa forces began an attack on Torreon this morning and at noon the battle was still in progress. The Rev. C. Eckhof of Twin Lakes, Minn., is visiting friends in the city. Mrs. M. L, Ewing left yesterday for a visit at Barnesville, Okla., and Kansas City. Glen Klemme of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wis., is spending a few days in the city. Ten Years Ago — C. L. Kersey has returned from a business tap at Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Willis have returned from a few days visit with relatives at Madison, Wis. Ruth Williams left last night for Milwaukee, Wis., to attend the national convention of the Y. ' Dixie Willson and her mother, Mrs. Rosalie Willson, are spending a few days in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tietgen, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stoltenberg and children visited yesterday with friends at Burchinal. Zoa Ryan of Fort, Dodge is visiting relatives in the city for a few days. Vernis Fisher left today for Salt Lake City, Utah, where she will spend the holidays visiting with friends. Fatigue Is a principal Ingredient of Christmas wonder if you ever stopped to consider that the Christmas s-pirit is about 30 per cent compounded of sheer weariness? Does that jound funny? Well, I'm serious about it—and I'll prove my point by asking you tc recall, if you can, a Christmas Eve when you ever were able to get to bed v/ithout being "plumb wore out." The typical feeling of Christmas, without any question, is one of pleasant exhaustion at welcome labors finally completed—and if that is true for i. man, how much more is it true 1'or a house wife and mother? I suspect that ths most frequently heard remark :n almost any | home in the land, during December, is "gosh, I'.m bred!" It's only a month from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and eleven months from Christmas to Thanksgiving, praise be! But that one month is without any doubt the most hectic month of the year. One has hardly recovered from the turkey-wrestle before he must confront the multitudinous chores j involved in getting ready for j Christmas. In a state of general exhaustion one sits down the day before Christmas to contemplate the result—and the funny part of it is that it all seems worth while Is anything better than the final spurt of Christmas eye, and that hushed and sac:;ed silence which falls when everything is done, and we turn with .shining, expectant spirits, to contemplation of the great day in the morning? I know of nothing better in this life, or more worth working for. That Unsolved Problem of Christmas Neckties: gave some space here the other day to the problem i \x*r of what to do with un! ordered merchandise. The burden of it was that the recipient of such has the law on his or her side in adopting the policy of "Come and Get It." This item was reproduced by Ward Barnes in his Eagle Grove Eagle, with this seasonable comment appended to it: "Now, then, Mr. Eye, does this apply to the atrocious Christmas neckties, shirts and socles we always receive, and which we dare not wear? Do we have to acknowledge receipt of the same with thanks, or can we return them at the sender':-- expense?" With, regret, Ward, I must announce that the thing to which you refer is a couple of other problems and they are in no sense cov erable by the rule of la\7 to which reference was made. TOMORROW By CLARK KINNA1ED ALL OF US By MARSHALL MASLJN How Nicotine Removed From Tobacco came across this interest^ ing explanation recently of *how nicotine i» removed from the so-called denlcotinized tobaccos. Fresh tobacco leaves ara placed in immense tanks and subjected to a careful vacuum treatment. This vacuum causes the closed poras of the tobacco leaf to open, admitting of easier nicotine extraction. Y ; hen the pores in the leaf are opened, a charge of live steam is forced through the tank. This quickly eliminates the bulk of the nicotine. Reduce Tour Speed For Nipht Drlvinr! was interested in the r«- cent recommendation by _ John Hattery, chief of Iowa's highway patrol, that motorists make a rule of driving 15 miles an hour slower at night than in the daytime. Along the same line is the Iowa State Safety council's proposal up for consideration next Sunday that a daytime limit of 55 miles an hour be provided and that the nighttime limit be set at 45 miles an hour. The scientific basis on which this matter rests was demonstrated over at Springfield, I1L, the other day by the state division of highways. This unqualified announcement was made following some tests: "It is never safe for a motorist to drive faster than 50 miles an hour on the open highway at night." Three pedestrians, one dressed in white, one in gray and one in black, were used in the experiments. To make sure of safety,, the cars stood still and the pedestrians did the moving. They started at about 1,000 feet from the car in each test and walked toward it until the driver could sec them. On the average he could see the man in white at a distance of fiOO feet, the man in gray at 400 feet and the man in black at 200 feet. Four cars were used, with different headlight positions and intensities of light Then the stopping ability of the cars was tested and it was found that at a speed of 40 miles an hour the average car could be stopped just in time to avoid striking the pedestrian in black. (Those in gray and white were, of course, safer.) Conclusions are based on ideal conditions—an alert driver, perfect brakes, the right pavement condition and clear weather, a rare combination. Bad brakes, slippery pavement, misty weather or an inattentive (jriver—any one of these would reduce the chances not only of the man in black but even of the man in white—unless he himself saw the danger and jumped. Answers to Questions By FREDERIC J. HASKIJf Friday, Dec. 25, a legal holiday in every country of the world except soviet Russia, Iran (Persia), Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. In the latter two it is observed on 3 later date in accordance with the old calendar. It was once an ILLEGAL holiday in this country! The general court of Massachusetts enacted a law which stood for 20 years: "Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either for forbearing of labor, feasting or any other way, as a festival, shall be fined 5 shillings." * * a Notable Births—Evangeline Booth, b. 1872, world commander of Salvation Army . . . Joseph M. Schenck, b. 1882, photoplay producer . . . Helen Twelvetrees, b. 1905, and Margaret Churchill, b. 1906, photoplay actress . . . Robert L. Ripley, b. 1893, who began doing his "Believe It or Not" cartoons, the most widely published newspaper feature •in the world, in December, 1918 . . . Gladys Swarthout, b. 1904, opera and photoplay singer . . , Charles J. Finger, b. 1871, author, editor and critic . , . Rebecca West, b. 1892, English novelist. * * * Dec. 25, 1894—The first intersectional football game between eastern and western -teams on the Pacific coast was played by University of Chicago and Leland Stanford U. Chicago won, 24 to 4. ONE MINUTE PULPIT—-Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.— Proverbs 4:23. THE GREEN TREE AND OUR LIVING HEARTS A FTER THE children are In bed we bring in the green tree set in a corner of the living room. Just'as it is, it is lovely, but it is our purpose to make it splendid, to make it such a tree as a small child's wondering eyes ne'er looked upon before. We shall put lights along its branches . . . hang lovely crystal balls amidst its green . . . place a star upon its slender tip ... decorate it with tinsel and carven angels . . . and beneath its branches pile gifts from our hearts for beloved ones . . . and when the shades are drawn and the Christmas lights are on and children come into the room, then- Then their eyes will shine and they will hardly be able to speak a word and they'll not know this handsome thing as a green and growing tree that once was rooted in the common earth . . . And then they'll see those mysterious packages and they'll give a great shout and the magic will be broken in laughter and shouting. But for you and for me, this tree may have another meaning. It may symbolize for us that long, slow, upward process of the human spirit. We do not often speak well of human beings. Too often, when we think of them, we dwell upon their imperfections, their ' failures, give but little credit to the miracle that is a part of them. We associate them with the snarling primitive cave man, and seldom with the miraculous perfection of that One who was born so humbly in a far land, such a little while ago ... We think on their envy, their selfishness, their merely maternal ingenuity, rarely with pride that Jesus Christ was born in the shape of a man to walk the earth and suffer, and give up His life so sweetly, so magnificently. We take this small green tree and make a magic of silver and gold and shining crystal upon it and place that pretty star upon- its tip ... And thus may the memory of the One we praise today take the green ana growing stuff of our common lives and touch it with glittering splendor and set the shining jewel of His love upon our uplifted brows. Before this shining tree, with the laughter of children in our ears, we are cleansed of doubt artf worry and grateful for that green growth i". our hearts that lives because of Him . . . and we are as happy children staring through the door at the Christmas tree. PLEASE VOTB—A relief tan ftl < wrilinf the ."*»son City Globe-G«7elte-« kin. Director, Wishinrton. D. C. JMense When was the steam shovel invented? M. S. In 1838 by William S. Otis of Massachusetts, It was first used on the Western railrosd in that state. How lone has the postoffice department hid a philatelic division? E. W. The Philatelic agency was established in 1921 under the administration of Postmaster General Hays. How much are dancers like the "Rockettes" paid? N. ML B. The Rockettes (Music hall. New York) are paid about $50 a week. There are 46 of them in the team, but only 36 appear in their "act," so there axe always substitutes available. The extra number also makes it possible for the girls to , have one week's vacation in four. I When at work they work 12 hours a day, with lour shows, and seven day? a week, f Who developed Cubism in art?' JT. W. j Picasso, in collaboration with < Braque. about 1908. j Tell of the author- of the Elsie Dinsmove books. C. H. Martha Finiey was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1828. Educated in the schools of Philadelphia. Later became a teacher. Well known for her numerous Sunday school books and for the series of more than 25 Elsie books arid a companion series of seven, the Mildred books, i Among her other books are, j "Wanted—A Pedigree," "The Thorn in the Nest," and "An Old- Fashioncd Boy." She died at Elkton. Ind., in 1909. Where is Land's End? H. K. It is a headland in Cornwall. England, about 60 feet in heightt, consisting of granite cliffs bristling with sharp fangs of rocks. It forms the southwestern extremity of England and is the entrance to the English channel from the Atlantic ocean. "In the Middle Ages, what was the superstitious belief connected with a limit's trowing dim? N T . G. A taper was thought to burn blue or grow dim at the approach of specters. How much will be spent on preparation of the V"'v York World's fair of 1D39? M. D. Total of $125,000,000. estimated. This includes sum spent by the state and city on the site and nearby improvements, by federal and other governments, by exhibitors and concessionaires and by the fair corporation. How were the skins which Theodore Roosevelt brought back from Africa preserved for the trip? 3. J. The Smithsonian institution says hides brought back by Theodore Roosevelt and other African explorers for their collections were prepared simply by slsinning the he answer to any question fit fact by Information Bureiil, Frederic .1. H«»«end three (3) cent* posUie for reply. animal and salting the fresh hide thoroughly, especially around the edges. After all traces of blood are gone, the hide is packed in salt in a tight barrel. It is then ready for shipment. While no liquid is put into the barrel, enough juices will be withdrawn from the hide by the salt to make more or less liquid in the barrel. No vermin of any kind will attack a hide so prepared. Were there two famous singers named de Reszke? E. M. The singers were brothers. Edouard de Reszke was a bass singer and won his most conspicuous success in Wagnerian roles.- Jean de Reszke ranked as one of the foremost tenors of the world. What If the architectural term for building- with glass building bricks? E. J. Known as translucent masonry. How many Jews won the Kobe! prize? H. G. With the award of the 1936 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine to Dr. Otto Loewi, the number of Jewish Nobel prize-winner* is increased to 21, 15 Jews and 8 half-Jews. Are movie admission price* in Europe higher than those here? E. W. In London an ordinary seat in a good theater showing a nevr production costs 60 cents to $1.80. Prices on the Continent are similar. GAMES AND STUNTS Your party will be jolly and stimulating if you have a copy of "Let's Play a Game!" In this challenging 32 page booklet will be found descriptions of more than 100 exciting diversions—for young and old, indoors and out Games for the holidays, stunts for every mood.- The booklet offers complete directions for organizing programs; detailed suggestions for arranging parties, evenings of magic and mystery. Fill in the coupon below and inclose 10 cents to cover cost and handling. The Mason City Globe-Gazett* Information bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, director, Washington, D. C. f inclose 10 cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for the booklet "Let's Play a Game." Name Street City . State (Mail to Washington, D. C.)

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