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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, October 6, 1949
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EDITORIALS New G. O. P. Chairman Is Disarming His Critics XT7HEN Guy Gabrielson was elevated to * * the national chairmanship of the republican central committee, we took a rather dim view of his qualifications for the post and said so editorially. The advantages accruing to him by reason of his Iowa birth and rearing were offset, we reasoned, by his long residence in the east, out of touch, as we thought, with the real heart of America. Since the recent Sioux City conference, however, we have been forced to revise our estimate of him. And it's been an upward Look Out Below! FAREWELL TO ARMS? revision. than a few of our friends who went to that meeting prepared to dislike him returned, singing his praises. This was the reaction, too, of many who met Mr. Gabrielson in his brief visit to our own community; The former lowan completely disarmed those who assumed he had lost the "common touch." They liked him for his friendliness and his forthrightness. We're ready to concede the possibility that Mr. Gabrielson will turn out to be a wise choice for the republican party. IT'S BEEN SAID: It is an article of faith in my creed to pick the man who does not take himself seriously, but does take his work seriously.— Michael C. Cahill. Is there in all of the United States a city so im-American as to have no Joneses or Smiths in. the telephone directory? One fashion-writer insists the clothes of the well-dressed gentleman should be unpressed. That's a new wrinkle. One of our friends is so neutral with respect to this year's world series that he wishes both teams could lose. For 'deep-down pathos the giraffe with sore throat is matched only by the centipede with arthritis. Memo to Motorists: Safety is combination of applied courtesy and applied common sense. The season is at hand when Dad is willing to let somebody else try the sleeping porch. Work, like mal de mer, from it are uncommon. M than any other one person, he is with making his party the dominant party in his own industrial state of New Jersey. It's well within the possibilities that the same emphasis on precinct organization which has proved so conspicuously successful in New Jersey will have like results where applied on a national scale. I is painful but deaths That Leopold Case T will be interesting to watch the behavior of Nathan Leopold, whose 99- year prison term for the "perfect crime" slaying of little Bobbie Franks in the 20's, has been reduced to 85 years. This 'qualifies him for parole in 1953. His companion in that act of perversion was Richard Loeb, who himself became the victim of a prison murder under conditions which reflected no credit on his morality standards. Spokesmen for Leopold based their request for .the reduction in his sentence mostly on the ground that he had voluntarily participated in wartime malaria experiments at the Illinois state prison. For this he is entitled to some little credit, although not for as much as he asks. Perhaps, as is claimed, age and experience have altered the character of the man who joined in the unspeakably cruel killing of the Franks boy and sought to collect a $10,000 ransom. Many criminologists, however, take a dim view of this possibility. At any event society is deserving "t)f the fullest protection it can have against his kind—a protection it cannot have if he's permitted to roam at large. Crime in the Country C RIME on a nationwide basis still is on the upgrade, so the FBI's semi-annual report for the first half of 1949 tells us. Somewhat surprising to many will be the word that this trend was not so marked in the cities as in rural areas. Actually the percentage of increase in the country was 21/is times that in the urban sectors—being 2.7 per cent gain in cities to 7.6 in what is termed rural areas. This is interesting, even, though unexplained. More than that, it is a warning that the crime threat of which there has been so much talk is not entirely in'the big, bad cities. Counting "Red" Noses B EST guess on the number of full-fledged communists in America at present is 70,000 to 80,000. And the guess is drawn • from the files,of the house committee on un-American activities. The last time the communist party was on the ballot in a national election was in 1940. Its total vote then was 46,251, compared with 80,159 in 1936. The Iowa communist vote in 1940 was 1,524, compared with 506 in 1936. Our state now is assumed to have 509 persons following the "party line," about a third of Minnesota's 1,620 total. Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Swimming: Pool Suggestion Oelwein Register: Oelwein kids need a swimming pool. There's no sense in continuing to send them to other towns. Those good towns that now have pools have their own youngsters to take care of without having to worry about ours. But Oelwein should build its .pool with the idea that it would be prepared to serve not only Oelwein, but .the many smaller communities in the Oelwein area, all of whom would certainly be willing to help make the. pool possible. i They've Learned First Hand Iowa Falls Citizen: The people-of Hardin county have never skimped on their contribution to the polio fund. But in the emergency drive now going on they have an especial reason to dig down and really help. For this has been "our year" and we've had a chance to see at first hand the great need there is for funds with which to carry on additional polio research and to aid those who have been stricken. No Monopoly Talk Then Austin, Minn., Herald: A few years ago when a member of the president's family sought a $200,000 loan for operating a radio network in Texas, there was no suggestion of monopoly on the part of A. and P. Could it be that the operators of this great chain store organization have asked for payment on their note? v Very Late Right Now Sioux City Journal: It was no exaggeration when Herbert Hoover said the nation was on a perilous road with its "ruinous spending." It remains to be seen whether responsible authorities in Washington will heed his warning before it is too late. And as for that, it is very late right now. Sleepy Drivers Sibley Gazette-Tribune: More than one car or truck has landed in the ditch because of the drowsiness of the driver. Safety driving experts tell you "don't drive if you drink, and don't drink if you drive!" However it is just as important to stop driving if you are sleepy, day or night. Insurance Dividend Iowa City Press-Citizen: Note to all concerned: When you fill out and mail the application for your GI insurance dividend, read the directions carefully. And when you drop your application in the mail be sure the two halves of the form are NOT fastened together in any way. From Our Mailbag REAL SOCIAL SECURITY M ASON CITY: The way things are fixed now any bill In congress involving revenue must go through the ways and means group /which is largely trained to think in terms of finance. Yet all social security legislation including the Townsend plan is entrusted to their care. The results have been disastrous. The Townsend plan has never received a favorable report by the committee for the reason that the committee has never understood it and doesn't want to understand it. Why not create a social security committee staffed with men and women who know something about social security and who know that just the revenue consideration is not of first importance but that giving people adequate purchasing power is of prime importance? l Let it be composed of men and women who take an occasional excursion into mental arithmetic and who find that 30 70-cent dinners, 30 35-cent suppers, 30 26-cent breakfasts and $20 monthly rent total $59.30 a month. Then glance at a list'of the several states and note how much age aid each gives. We find only 4 giving old age assistance payments in excess of this amount, California, Colorado, Washington and Massachusetts. Then resolve to work for a national dignified old-age insurance system such as' the Townsend bill. E. L. CORNWELL. 105i North Federal. Do You Remember? Observing "Incentive Compensation" T HE principle of "incentive compensation" is experiencing a gratifying growth in America at this time. Under this plan, a worker is paid for what he DOES rather than for the time he •pends on the job. It's proving a stimulus to better work, higher production, more pay and industrial peace. Any way you look at it, it makes sense. 10 YEARS AGO John C. Hrubetz of the Mason City police department has been elected as the man to attend the traffic training school sponsored by Northwestern university at Chicago beginning the week of Oct. 23, according to City Manager Herbert T. Barclay. Mr. Hrubetz has been with the department about 10 years and during this time has worked largely on traffic problems of the city. 20 YEARS AGO A recent issue of Editor & Publisher, nationally circulated newspaper men's magazine, featured in its "Romance of Journalism" department, a full page sketch and a specially drawn picture of "W. F. Muse, editor of the Globe-Gazette. The article was written by an editorial associate of Mr. Muse and tells about his life as a journalist. 30 YEARS AGO The second annual fishing contest of the Mason City Hardware Co., ended this week. From the anglers point of view it has' been a decided success. As usual, the competition for the various prizes was keen.. The first prize winners follow: Small mouth bass — Harold Campbell, Gildner Bros., 4 Ibs.; wall eyed pike—Alex Meurs, C. M. & St. P., 8 Ibs., 13 oz.; big mouth bass—George Rinderknecht, California, 5 Ibs., 5i oz; pickerel— C. D. Pruitt, Hawkeye Supply Co., 12 Ibs., 9 oz. 40 YEARS AGO J. P. Shircliff, of Des Moines, js in the city and has accepted a position with the Shepard Abstract Co. He has moved here with his mother, his effects arriving today and will occupy the Kelley house on north Superior street. The Century Annex is the name given the new buildings on Michigan street now nearing completion. The buildings were" built by A. H. Gale and are up to date in every way. All of them have been leased. To Your Health! By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. POOR CIRCULATION IN LEGS M ORE people -are living to a greater age today than ever before in the history of the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that there are now more than 11,000,000 people over the age of 65. This lengthening of the span of life is one of the great achievements of modern medicine, but it is one which is also bringing new problems. Added years are of little use unless at the same time our old people can maintain the health with which to enjoy them. One of the health hazards which comes with advancing DR. BUNDESKN years is disturbances of, the circulation. These frequently affect the legs, causing coldness, pain, changes in the color of the skin, and development of skin ulcers, as well as death of the tissues in the feet known as gangrene. Every elderly person should be aware of these possibilities, in order to realize the importance of taking proper care of his feet and legs and that with good care many of these harmful results can be avoided. The feet should be washed each night with warm water and mild soap, and dried with a soft cloth without rubbing. Then some rubbing alcohol should be applied and allowed to dry. Next some greasy substance, such as petrolatum, should be rubbed in. The feet should be kept warm. Clean, woolen socks for winter and cotton socks in the warm weather—a clean pair each day—should be the rule. Light, clean, loose-fitting bed-socks should be worn at night and hot water bottles or electric heater avoided. Shoes should fit properly and not be too tight or too loose. It is best to wear shoes made of soft leather. The toe nails should be cut only in good light, straight atross, and after the feet have been cleaned thoroughly. Corns and calluses should be taken care of by expert podiatrists. Circular garters or stockings with tight elastic tops, or restricting bandages should not be worn on the legs. It is not advisable to sit with the legs crossed or to stand for too long at a time. Antiseptic preparations should not be used on the feet except as the doctor directs. If athlete's foot develops, a physician should be consulted for treatment. At the first sign of a blister or infection, the physician should be consulted at once. Exercise and massage for the feet, if carried out regularly, may be helpful. However, they should not be carried out to the point of fatigue. Excessive exposure of the feet and legs to the sun and to ultra-violet ray lamps should be avoided. The feet should be examined once a v/eek by the patient himself. If any signs of an abnormal condition, such as redness or swelling, are noted, the doctor should be consulted. Roving Reporter By Hoi Boyle JOLSON MADE "MAMMY" PAY N EW YORK, (AP)—There is a Broadway saying that Al Jolson didn't invent hokum—he just found a way to put it in the bank. And at 64 the King of Schmaltz is still a young man working overtime to keep the wolf from his door. His fellow entertainers say, however, this isn't a necessity now—it's a habit. They estimate that nasty old wolf would have to chaw through $4,000,000 to §15,000,000 in greenbacks before he could cross the Jolson threshold. I dropped in on the timeless Mammy singer the other night, and found him still as energetic as a boy on a pogo stick. "Come in kid," he said, jaunty in a pigeon blue robe decorated with his initials in red. He bounced over to a hotel chair. "This robe cost me $150,000," he remarked. "A broker gave it to — but I bought some of his stock." For the next hour Al kept up a running fira of wisecracks on his past, present and future. There's one thing about the oldtime entertainers —they put on as good a show for one listener as they do for a packed house. At the moment Jolson is still collecting from "The Jolson Story" and waiting for the golden . harvest from "Jolson Sings Again" to roll in. He's in the spot of a man who can't make any more money by working—because of the tax laws •—but he still wants to keep busy. Mr. Whiskers has got "Sonny Boy" crying uncle. "I had to pay a million dollars in taxes last year," he grimaced. "The worst thing is they want you to show receipts and data. "I don't even have dis-a, how'm I going to show 'em data." The phone rang in the bedroom. It was his wife, Earle, calling from California. Jolson's outraged voice echoed into the living room: "What! Twelve hundred 'nd fifty? Wait until I get out there. Don't do a thing until then. I'll call you day after tomorrow. What, dear? Awright. No. Awright. No. Awright, dear, I'll call you tomorrow. Awright, tomorrow." Al came back in, indignant. "Can ya imagine. We're addin' on a couple small rooms. They want $1,250 just to throw <jii some paint and hang a few draperies." Jolson said he and his wife tried to live a simple life in the San Fernando valley, but it was hard. "Yon Just can'i lead ft normal life," he grinned. "Ton have a butler, a maid, a cook, a placo at Palm Springs— and they aren't dedncs with the tax boys. And it you drive a Jalopy out there, why they call yon names. If you can ftt away for anything less than ?1,SOO a week I'll «nt It. Jolson has a formula for staying young—the same formula mentioned long ago by Aristotle, "Nothing in excess." "I don't overeat, nnd I don't oversleep," he satd. "And Harrj- Truman gave me a (rood tip. lie told me, 'If you quit, you die. T know It sounds corny, but what I'd like to do Is go home and play with my kids. I don't know how. "I'm a bigger success than I ever was. Now I want to sit down and play—and I don't know how. That's what I want—and I don't want. I'm a hum. I have to keep on singing, even If H'g only In my bathroom." I askcfl Al what he liked to read, and he said: "Well, f don't waste my time reading books about whaf will happen when the animals take over the world. To hell with that. The animals took over long mjto." All but the wolf, flc'll never get past Al's door. Confederates More Rugged? k am reluctant to b e 1 i e v e .that the men who fought for the south in the Civil war can "take it" better than the men who fought for the union. "It" in this case is old age — extreme old age. The postoffice department issued a special stamp to commemorate the final encampment of the G. A. R. at Indianapolis in August. A special stamp was being prepared also for the reunion of the confederate veterans at Little Rock, Ark., last week on the assumption that this would be the final gathering of the "Johnny Rebs" also. Then Washington heard different, and with a vengeance. It was told in no uncertain terms that the southern veterans had agreed to hold meetings as long as more ' than one survivor would be present in confederacy's name. This final G. A. R. encampment brought out 6 members — 2 more than met in Little Rock last week. This latter, however, was 1 more than met in Montgomery, Ala., the previous year. Wearers of the blue outnumbered the wearers of the gray about 3 to 1 during the Civil war. The law of averages should mean a considerably larger number of union than confederate survivors. Against tnis, however, is the fact that the southern armies had more lads of tender years than the northern armies, especially toward the end of the conflict. The north resorted to conscription after 2 years, drawing the lower age limit at 20. The south resorted to it after 1 year, making the lower age 18 and finally 17. The G. A. R. is definitely at the end of the road. Whether the confederate organization meets again is dependent on whether there are 2 members alive and able a year from now to journey to the encampment site. Handball Oldest Bait Game j suspect it will displease . some of my volleyball playing friends to learn that theirs is a comparative recent game. The forbear of all games played with a ball is handball, which goes back in history a thousand years or more. They'll Do It Every Time By Jimmy Hatlo HUH? WHA2ZAT? TWINWNQ OF QUITTING AND 6OIN6 WITH A JAX? PONY BE A FOOL,RUTLE/. I'M NOT 60NNA WORK FOREVER/ «WSIR! GONNA RETIRE AND 60 ON PENSION ONE OF THESE DAYS-THEN YOU'LL BE SITTING PREnY- YOU'RE NEXT INLINE FOR MY JOS' HEfe QOIN6 TO RETIRE?) HE'S BEEN HERE WHAT A LAUGH JHE'S d SINCE THE HORSE- ALREADY BEEN BEARER FOR THREE GUYS WHO WERE WAITING AROUND FOR HIS Jt5B CARS,AND THAT, PIPE OF HIS IS EVEN OLDER iTHANTHAT> 'HE'LL BE HERET1LL HfS RETffSADED JBBER CUSHION WEARS OIT W GOODOL'CARBUNCLE- HEONLYOWNSTWO APARTMENT HOUSES. HOW CAN HE BUY ANOTHER ONE IF HE QUITS WORg 'WsOOTMOREDO- >MI THAN THE BOSS I HE'S AFRAID HIS OLD L.ADV WILL PUT HIM ) WORK -WE HOUSE cor*, nw. riKOTKATUum «YKMCATK. i»«. WOKLO MCKTI . . 10-5 TALKING ABOUT THE OFFICE METHU5ALEH WHO'S ALWAVS THREATENING TO RETIRE— 57: LOUIS,MO. Information, Please! 1. Who is president of Mexico? 2. What is the capital of Eire? 3. Who invented the rocking chair? 4. What is a "cam?" 5. Who was the only president from Pennsylvania? Answers — 1. Miguel Aleman. 2. Dublin. 3. Benjamin Franklin. 4. A rotating or sliding piece or projection, as on a wheel, for imparting or receiving motion. c James Buchanan. 5. The Vanishing Flamingo have it on authority of the National Geographic society that flamingos, scarlet-hued cynosure of tourists' eyes on several of the Bahama islands in the past, are threatened with extinction. The deterioration of rookeries during and since the war is causing much concern among our ornithologists, The plunder of eggs by oil workers and low-flying airplanes are the 2 principle causes of the phenomenon according to the authorities. My own first contact with,these amazing birds was made a number of years ago at Hialeah racetrack at Miami, the only breeding >. grounds for the flamingo on the U. S. mainland. Started by Joseph E. Widener in 1932, it consisted of 30 pinioned adult birds imported from Cuba. For the first 7 years of the experiment, the birds raised no young. Park attendants finally succeeded in making them feel at home by providing soil, sticks and grass suitable for their nesting. Brooding started with a will, and the birds now thrive on a scientific diet of cracked rice, dried shrimp/ soft wheat, and cod liver oil, in lieu of their natural fare of tiny mollusks. Safe Driving Courses k am gratified to learn that rmore than 6,000 high schools in 43 states last year offered a course in safe driving. Recently released figures reveal that the number of students enrolled in the training courses exceeded 481,000, nearly double the students in, similar courses offered in school year, 1917-48. Increases in the number of schools teaching driver training as well as in enrollments reflect an awareness of the need for reducing automobile accidents. THE DAY'S BOUQUET - To MASON CITY KIWANIS CLUB—for honoring 25 .Cerro Gordo county,4-H club .boys and girls for keeping the best .record books on club projects for the year. This is a new activity for the Kiwanians and one that merits recognition. The keeping of proper record books is one of the basic needs of success in agricultural enterprises. Did You Know? Today's Birthday The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers uslnf thli service for question of JacV—not ooun- sel—should sifn lull name and address and enclose 3 cents (or return postage. Address The Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, 316 Eye Street N. E., Washington 2, D. C. How much space will the gold leaf cover which can be produced from an'punce of gold? Gold is the most malleable of all metals. One ounce of gold leaf will cover about 160 square feet or an area of a little-less than 13 feet square. Ordinarily gold leaf is about 1/800 of an inch thick but may be made much thinner. What is the origin of the term "coroner?" Originally a coroner in England was an officer called custos placitorum coronae because he kept a record of the pleas of the crown in a county and guarded the revenue arising from them. By a gradual change of function, he came to be an officer whose principal duty was to inquire through an inquest held in the presence of a jury into the cause of a death when there was reason to suppose it was from an unnatural cause. Who are the Campbells in the song "The Campbells are Coming"? The Campbells are Coming" is supposed to have been composed on the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots at Loch Leven in 1567. Perhaps the .tune may have been the Campbells' quick march for 2 centuries. Probably the song was written about 1715 on the breaking out of rebellion in the reign of George I, when John Campbell, Duke of Argyle, was made the commanding officer of his majesty's forces in North Britain, and was the principal means of its total suppression. The Campbells are a famous Scottish family. Were sails ever used to .propel trains? Experimental cars equipped with sails were tried out on both the South Carolina railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. Has Europe any trees that compare in size with the big trees of California? While there is none so large as the California sequoia', large specimens are found in sections of Russia and in the forested parts of Germany and the Balkans. What is the legend of the crossbill? A fable of the Middle Ages says that the red plumage and curious bill were bestowed on the bird by the Savior at the crucifixion as a reward for having attempted to pull the nails from the cross with its beak. Why are cakes made with buttermilk or sour milk usually lighter than those made with sweet milk? This is because the lactic acid in these milks softens the gluten, that part of the flour which causes toughness in baked products. Are there any instances of kings or emperors having abdicated because they were tired of ruling? Notable instances were Diocletian, Roman Emperor, and Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. Christina, queen of Sweden, abdicated because ot distaste for rule. GEORGES BIDADLT, born Oct. 5, 1899, in Moulins, France, son of a director of an insurance com- , pany. French statesman, former provisional president and premier, foreign minister in 4 cabinets and • delegate to the San Francisco U. N. conference and to this year's Council of Europe, Bidault began his career as a his- t or y professor" and newspaper GEORGESBIDAULT ' columnist. He served as an enlisted man in both world wars, was a prisoner of the Germans and the chief of the xinderground. As leader of the "mouvement republicain popu- laire" (MRP) he built it to be one of the strongest parties in France. Diplomats recognize him as a "strong man." When was the agreement made between the United States and Canada for the construction of the St. Lawrence river waterway? The United States and Canada signed a treaty on July 18, 1932, for a St. Lawrence seaway and power project. This treaty provided for, a deep waterway of about 2,350 miles from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to puluth, Minn., which was to be available to seagoing ships. This treaty did not go into effect because the United States senate did not provide the necessary § majority required to ratify treaties. During World war II the plan was discussed once more and the 2 countries signed an agreement to carry it out on March 19, 1941. This agreement was, however, not approved by the United States senate. Mason City Globe-Gazette An A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East State St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second class matter, April 12, 1330, at the postoffice at Mason City, Iowa, under the act of March 3. 1879. LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1949 .. MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which l« exclusively entitled to use for repub- llcatlon of all local news printed in th!« newspaper as well as all AP newt dispatches. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lake (Carrier Delivery Limits) One year . 113,00. One week 25 Oulsldc Mason City nnd Clear Lake but Within 100 Miles of Mason City ; By nmll 1 year j. . $ 9.00, By mall B months 4.7S By carrier per week U ; OuUIde 100 Mil* Zone by Mail Only On* year .,.,, jioi Six Months ,,.. 64M month* ,„•»*•, «..,

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