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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 9, 1945
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!»'"«:# , •» *-#('.IT W Slpn* Hipper He* $tof tie* ' 9 North Dodge Street J. "W. HAGGARD & R. B. WALLER, Publishers Entered as Second Class Matter at the Postofflce at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Issued Weekly. First Place Award Winner, 1933, Iowa's Most Outstanding Weekly, Judged by State University of Iowa Second Place, General Excellence, Iowa Press, 1940 THE AIX5ONA UPPER DBS MOINES SERVICE FLAG Richard Sheldon -K Robert Ditsworth Russell B. Waller •* Paul Arne Pedersen SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Year, in advance $2.50 tipper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $4.00 Single Copies r ?c SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year, in advance $3.00 Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $5.00 No subscriptions less than 6 months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 42c Editorial By J. W. Haggard Congressional Criticism. There has developed a general feeling all over the country that the army and navy forces are failing to recognize the fact that the war in Europe is over, and are insisting that the war in Japan needs as many or more men than were required for both fronts. At the peak of hostilities on both fronts about eleven million men were in the service. Now it is claimed that it will take seven or eight million men to finish up Japan alone, with the help of Great Britain, Australia and Canadian troops and battleships. Lately the great demand for coal miners and other vital workers has caused much criticism of the military and navy heads, and finally consent has been given to furlough about 40,000 service men to work in the coal mines. It is said that the people of the United States stand a good chance of freezing this winter unless the coal mines are worked to capacity from now on. The army •has also agreed to release from the armed forces 4,000 skilled railroad workers. Senator Edwin C. Johnson, a democratic senator from Colorado, chairman of the veterans affairs subcommittee of the senate finance committee, has accused the army of "blind and stupid and criminal" lack of co-operation in the orderly discharge of soldiers to civilian life. Johnson said that generous congressional support of the services, "like heady wine, had made the army arrogant and has distorted its perspective." Another strong criticism is being voiced in congress in regard to the foolish buying of immense stocks of provisions, now no longer needed in such quantities by our forces in Europe. The uproar has caused the release of ten million pounds of butter. For this Mr. Anderson, the new Secretary of Agriculture, should be given credit. He found that over buying for our soldiers in Europe should be carefully inspected to prevent the spoilage of food needed by civilians, but stacked up in warehouses and left to spoil. Secy, of Agriculture Anderson is showing considerable sense in handling the food situation. It is becoming more plain every day that the army will .be given everything needed but things will be yitasre carefully scrutinized and a little business : sense shown. Also the army's present intention of drafting 100,000 men a month after the war with Japan, is expected to undergo a serious challenge in con. gress. Sen. Johnson stated something that many of us have had in our minds, when he asserted thnt Hire United States could not use an army of ^vt present size against Japan, to say nothing of maintaining a force drawing into it 1,200,000 men per year after the defeat of Japan. Some fear that the United States is already showing signs of becoming a military nation and that an effort will be made by some of our big army chiefs to follow in the steps of Germany. However, we still have confidence that President Truman and his advisers will keep the United States on an even keel. We are passing through some troublous times and many mistakes in judgment may be expected. That "Lend-Leasing." There are many of us humble folks who have never understood exactly what "lend-lease" with the European countries has meant, but most people were convinced that the United Stats did most if not all of the "lending" and the European boys did the "leasing," if any. Now we notice that the British are charging this country $100 for each American G. I. they are bringing back to the United States. Many thousands of our boys are being brought back home from Europe in the huge passenger liners the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the pride of English shipping. This is understood to be exactly what Britain pays the shipping companies, and that the whole matter is a part of reverse lend-lease bookkeeping. It is given out in Washington, D. C., that the matter is simply that of bookkeeping and that the charge of $100 likely is a tenative sum carried for bookkeeping purposes. The way we understand "lend- lease," U.seems to be all on the books and If any settlement Is ever made the country receiving the largest amount of goods would pay us the balance. M countries receiving the most aid are honest in the matter It would seem to be a good solution of handling the loans made by the United States to our allies. (But, we cannot froget the billions of dollars still owing the U. S. from World War 1. We were the lenders then, and every country but little Finland, failed to pay us and some of them intimated that U. S. stood for "Uncle Shylock." Should Soldiers Wives Date Other Men? We had always supposed that when a man and woman took on marriage vows that they were pledged to each other exclusively for life or "until death do us part," but lately It seems that there is some question about the meaning of the words. The question has become of such importance, as it concerns the absent soldiers and their wives, that the Gallup Poll people concluded'it was time that a survey of the country be made to ascertain what the people generally thought about the matter of the wives of absent soldiers "dating", other men during the* absence of their husbands on the battle front. The exact question asked was: "Do you .think a woman whose husband is overseas should accept dates with other men?" To really loyal wives the question seemed an affront, and an overwhelming majority, 85 per cent,'answered NO in a loud voice but there were six percent who thought the dating with strange men should not oe criticized. Four had no opinion and five qualified their answer by saying, ,'Yes, if the dates are in groups—if the husband approves ... If the man is a personal friend of the husband, or a relative," Both men and women were included in the questionnaire. Some of the answers gave reasons why the wives should remain true to their marriage vows. For instance one reply said: "Her part of the ordeal is to wait loyally ... it is not asking too much for what he is going through. . . .Wives should be faithful to their husbands. On the other side the minority favoring dating are saying, "No reason why she should stay around the house and mope. . . . Now's the time she needs some entertainment to take her mind off her worries." Of course those taking this view of the matter may have been wives who themselves did not believe in dying from lack of excitement while their husbands were in distant lands risking their lives to preserve their home and loved ones. It is indeed a queer world when it is found necessary to ask such damn fool questions. Opinions of Other Editors We Must Walk the Narrow Path. There is a very narrow path to be followed by our nation in the years immediately ahead of us. There can be no deviation.toward either inflation nor deflation. Continued borrowing and a consequent increase in the national debt would be fatal. Too abrupt a reduction ot production and consumption would be equally fatal. Attempting to finance the people through the national treasury would only lead to increased national debt and consequent national bankruptcy which would be the end of our democracy. Therefore all warnings against debt are sound warnings. Also all warnings against speculation are sound. Nothing will be safe in the years immediately ahead but sound, conservative action that is designed to protect itself against misadventure. Nothing can be taken for granted except that danger besets us. And above all, our people will have to stop looking to the government for aid. The government is nothing but you and I. We will have to help ourselves. If we are unable to help ourselves and fall into misfortune through our own folly, we will have to take the consequences. In the meantime live, in a gambler's phrase "close to your belly".—Webster City Freeman- Journal, i •ir* v *T* World War Generals Made in America Bloomfield Democrat: While Germany made constant changes in its generals in the effort to find one who could bring voctory, it has not been necessary for us to make any changes in the top commanders of either of the theaters of the great conflict. They and their subordinate commanders have performed their duties in a way to bring the highest praise. General Eisenhower went from victory in Africa to the high command of the allied American and British troops on the Western Front. How well he performed his duties may be read in the present condition of Germany. In the part assigned to him against the 1 enemy in the Pacific, General MacArthur has pursued his relentless way toward the mainland of the Japs and has set the stage for victory there. While General Eisenhower undoubtedly will remain in Germany, there will be available for doty against the Japs several outstanding generals, some of whom are in this country now and are preparing for their journey westward. They include Generals Bradley, Clark, Patton, Hodges, Simpson and Patch. How to utilize these brilliant men will be a problem for General Marshall to solve. One thing is plain—none of the armies— friends'or f foes—has any better generalship than has ours. America is proud of its generals, made in America, for Americans and for America. *p ty •** Northwood Anchor: Lee Shippey, an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily Times, calls attention to some quirks in the laws of that state pertaining to gambling and liquor selling. He says: "California is wonderful. You can't get a license for a saloon or barroom but you can for a cocktail lounge or beer parlor, either of which may be both. Gambling is illegal but pari-mutual betting is legal and the State is a partner. About five per cent of the $87,634,419 wagered at Santa Anita race track went to the State, besides approximately $1,250,000 which went to war relief and charity. "That brings up the old argument: Since it is apparent that people will gamble, and if they can't gamble on legal things like stock market and the races they will be taken by operators of all kinds of illegal and crooked deals, would a national, honestly run lottery pay off the national debt and permit the lowering of income taxes? Yesterday a man who had been figuring assured me such a lottery could easily pay a profit of well over one billion dollars a month. "On the other hand, I don't know of any nation which operated a national lottery which ever amounted to much as a result." Piling Up Unneeded Supplies Decorah Journal Winneshiek county merchants who have tried to comply with government regulations are becoming restless under what appear to be injustices in the operation of present supply and price controls. Their protests are well reasonable. There is justified fear that incompetent army and navy purchasing officers are piling up supplies that will never be used and could not be needed even in the worst possible military crisis. Civilians are gong without underwear, overalls and lumber on the home front, and until the extent of army and navy over-buying is revealed there will be suspicion that the armed forces are "hogging" the supplies. Nobody wants to deny anything to the fighting men or even seem to do so. We would gladly wear an ersatz rain barrel to church and sleep under the stars if necessary to get clothes and shelter for the fighting men. We would not even object if the fighting men had more than they needed, if we knew the surplus was required to guard, against possible needs which might develope in case of unexpected re? ft battle. Many buyers for the armed forces are doing a conscientious job, and are trimming their contracts whenever reduced battle needs or reduced loss percentages in combat indicate such- reduction of purchase contracts is wise. The recent halt in flying fortress production is an example of this conscientious and business like approach of army air force buyers. But some of the other purchases that are causing shortages deserve investigation. There is need for a study of army and navy purchases today similar to that made in the production field a few years ago by the Truman committee. The same discreet and constructive investigation right now ,in the field of military purchases would produce a much better feeling throughout the country. A responsible Congressional committee could do an important service by such an investigation. The people of America and the fighters, themselves have a right to know whether these charges of overbuying are true, whether forel^j. paoples are getting better treatment than the American pep- pie, and they have a right to expect that war aj*d war secrecy will not be use4 & t&g future as 9 mask |or incompetence or Historic Spots in Holland »V LifcUT. & B WALLER Lieut. Wallet, co*toubHsner of the Algona tipped Deo Molttes, who Visited Holland on his last trip abroad writes of historic, spots In that recently liberated country. The letter was written in June, and JRuss has since visited his family in Algona for a few days and is now stationed in Washington, D. C., awaiting further assignment. / 27 June, 1945 Holland Dear Bill: ' Sorry to say no mall at all from home since arriving here. Sill. Hope no news is good news. The way things are going, this will be my last letter from here, also.. . Walking Is great exercise, except it gets monotonous. So I borrowed a bicycle from tne dock supt. yesterday afternoon and started out. This bike -had tires, which helped, as the streets are mostly paved with cobblestones which doesn't make for art airflow ride. Well, I set out, and found'myself leaving the city with signs Indicating I was headed (for a place called Delft, and also The Hague. I had plenty of company cycling, and finally steamed alohg with a co-cyclist named J. J. van Roon, who lived in Delft, but was going to The Hague. He spoke good English, which was well for our conversation. At Delft he took me to his mother's home where we had tea, and then proceeded to show me the place. It was a very quaint Old Dutch city, canals in each street, and is quite a shrine, in that all the de-^ ceased Princes and Princesses of Orange, the ruling .family, are buried in a Dutch church there. I visited the church, which was built in the 15th century or scf» That was about the time Columbus was getting Isabella to pawn her jewels, I think. Incidentally, in van Roon's home, I asked his younger brother if he had an American atlas and they brought one out. In Iowa, three cities were shown—Des Moines, Orange City and Pella, the latter two being early Dutch settlements as I recall. That stuff about taking your shoes off before going into the homes is obsolete. I kept my shoes on all the time—probably a good thing, too, as I had a couple of holes in my socks. Returning I had a strong wind from the stern. I noticed that going up to Delft I was as good as any of my fellow travelers, but coming back even the women and children seemed to breeze by me. It was about 24 miles round trip. Naturally, I got back in time for dinner. It doesn't take long to learn that the only place to expect food is aboard your own ship. » * * ""he chief radio operator fell down the gangplank and broke his left arm. He says it doesn't matter much, because he can still radio operate with his right one, and he J only needs one hand to beat'me at chess. * * * We hold a crew muster every morning. This is good, but,something, to be approached with cau* tiort. There is always the question of whether everyone will be pres-i ent. And whether or not the preceding day's liberty has resulted In any disfigurations. So far, all has gone smoothly. Evidently the American sailors and the British and Canadian soldiers are getting along these days. Which is good, what with the San Francisco conference and all. . * * * Heard a news broadcast where Japan got 3,000 more tons of firebombs. I hope they didn't get that white horse of the Emperor's. 1 would like to have Admiral Halsey ride that nag, if he still wants to. Hope that the evacuation of U. S. troops from Europe has brought many of the boys home. There should be quite a few of them Who rate high enough In the army's point system to remain, also. Bet they'll feel like fish out of water for a lime, however. And love it! * * * What a world-wide collection of stories there will be. I can't remember where all are, but the far Pacific, East Indies, Australia, India, Arabia, and of course the European-Italian theatres will be represented many times over. And there will be a lifelong sadness in memory Of those who might have been there to tell their own favorites, but will not. * * * It is very easy to grow cynical about war and peace, but it is most dangerous. Unless it is possible to hold to some shreds of idealism and belief in a peaceful future, and act in unison to bring that security about, there is no reason to believe there will be any. I should hate, and you will also, to think that while much has been and will be lost in the. war, never, to be regained, the vital stake of world security has also been fumbled. If the living owe anything to those who have given their lives, it should be a solemn, lifelong pledge to see that it doesn't happen again. Victory in a battle does not insure the entire winning of a war, and winning of a war does not, insure the winning of a peace. Only the potency of unity among all the free peoples of the world toward permanent peace will bring that result. ' Sincerely, i Russ. News Items (.eaves for Camp. S-Sgt. Bernard Erdman left Tuesday for Camp Grant, 111., and will go to a camp in West Virginia. He had spent a 30-day furlough at his parental, Paul Erdman, home and with other relatives. He had seen service in the European war area. Prairie Pals Meet The Prairie Pals met at the home of their leader, Mrs. L. E. Wingert, July 28. Miss Lillian Peckham, of Algona, attended the meeting, and helped the girls make book covers for their art pictures. She showed the girls a completed portfolio picture frame and a pencil holder. Portfolioes will be made at their next meeting. Refreshments were served after the business meeting. Now at Fort Ard Pvt. Robert Diekman, who entered service early this year and who took special infantry training at Camp Howsie, Tex., is now at Fort Ord, Calif. An older brother S-Sgt. Fred Diekman is doing office work at Santa Ana, Calif. He nas been in Australia and New luiena since his entry into service i January, 1942. Mr. and Mrs. Will Martinek were in Fort Dodge Thursday on business. Lester Elaine, Leon Swanson and Arvin Larson attended the "Christ For Youth" meeting at Forest City Saturday evening. William Klein left this week for his home at Fairhope, Ala. He had spent the past month here visiting relatives and looking after his land interests. Capt. Don Lickteig arrived horns last week for a 30-day furlough at his parental, John Lickteig, home. He has been in the Pacific war zone 3 years. Cpl. Bud Kutchara left Tuesday for Camp McCoy, Mich., following a 30-day furlough with relatives here. He will train for duty in the Pacific war zone. Homer Lawson returned home the first of the week from a week's visit with friends at Mason City. He attended the State Legion baseball tournajnent. Pvt. John Meuhe left this week for Jefferson Barracks, Mo., folr lowing a 60-day furlough with relatives here, at Albert Lea, Minn., and in .California. Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Eisenbacher, Mrs. Rose Lickteig and Mrs. Louis Lickteig attended the funeral of a relative in Buffalo Center Monday morning. Sgt. Louis Garman arrived home Sunday afternoon for a 30-day fur-? lough, at the home of his parents, the August Garmans. He has been in an armored division 16 months in the European war zone- Rev. and Mrs. O. M. Johnson, of Milwaukee, Wis., were guests Sunday and Moi$ay of last week at the Lester Larson home. Monday they were 1 dinner and supper guests at the Ote &. Flom home. • The Kelchs also visited at thes home of his sister and family, the Oswald LalUers, near Corwith. His twa sisters, who came frora their home in Indiana for 3 visit, returned to EsthervUle with the Kelch faniily. Mrs. J«ttmj £ui«, June and Mary AJine returned boras ~ ' * iy flrofl? » Miss Dorothy Shannahon, of iamsburg, was a house guest of the Kunzes this week. Mr. and Mrs. Don Kraus spent Monday and Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Kraus' parents, the William Ketchens, Emmetsburg. Her sister Marlette, and her husband and child were visiting there. He leaves for service this week. DO YOUR TIRES , "*0« A10JV6 TOGETHER Mrs, tfoifl. of , aa ft-a MfS. fitful CMIstensSh, of Humboldt, were Saturday guest* &t the Efnii Westef home' MM, W<fcter» ga-afd came t6 dispose of their Homi and household gdfrta at f 6H Dodge. * '. s : Vee Mulllh attended the Legion baseball tourhament >et Mason City Thursday and Friday even- irigs and Sunday afternoon. Me and Mfs. George AldflcH, Mf. and Mrs, L. L. Lease and 'Mrs. Myrtle Koubfi attended the game Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kelch and Bobby joe, of EstherVllle, were weekend guests at the parental, Mrs. Viola Studer, home. Gloria Ann, the 3-year-old Kelch daughter. returned home with her folks following a week's visit at her grandmother's home. Cpl. and fytrs. Ed Drummer^ of Washington state, are spending his 24-day furlough with Welg arid Drummer relatives. She Was Teresa, daughter 'of Mr. and Mrs. John Welg, before her marriage last February In Washington. They also visited Corporal Drummer's relatives at Marshalltowh. •.•"• John Welg.' Jr.; came home' Saturday mbrning from a camp in Pennsylvania to spend a 15-day furlough at his parental, JOhn Welg, home. The Soldier spent 16 months In the Pacific war aone, then spent a furlough here in January. Since that time he has been In Massachusetts' and Pennsylvania. Dennis •Hildman, oldest Son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hildman, returned home Saturday 'evening from Morgan, Minn., where he had* visited at the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eis"enbarth, for a few weeks. Jim ind Jerry Eisenbarth came with him for a visit with relatives here and at St. Benedict. Mrs. Ed Farnum and daughter ECatherine accompanied her sister Donan Haynes, to Chicago, 111., where the latter is employed. The Farnums will spend a week there before returning to their home jn Whittler, Calif. They will visit another sister Mrs. Will Nadcl- loffer. Mrs. Farnum, the former [rene Haynes, is school nurse in :he Whittier college and her husband is in the army In the Aleutians. • ALL MAKES OP FURNACES REPAIRED Depend on us for the best furnace repair ictvice in town. Under preient condition!, it'i especially important that you keep your • ' furnace healthy. : NEW FURNACES? 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' I On September 12,1884, he set out from * ^ Cincinnati on a roundabout walk that ended ' February 1,1885, in Los Angeles. 3507 ^ miles in 143 days! On his best day he covered 79 miles. He cured blisters by walking on them. He broke his arm, set it himself, then walked 30 consecutive hours through the snow-bound Rocky Mountains. Mr. Lumrnis enjoyed walking great > distances.^ Most people don't. Yet tens of thousands are walking whether they like it or not.,.' motorists . whose cars have worn out. , < How about your car;;; is it getting special professional attention tb&t can Check wear? Don't f take chances,,, f $ *\* I^r ? \« i «;. ^ ,. - , ' S,- *!». J "' '. I 'f ' f *'-'

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