The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1957 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 7, 1957
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r THE KINO PAYS A VISIT King Saud, supreme ruler bf lewdi Arable, Is getting the full treatment at « fvett ef the Unlttd States Because he is eur guest he should receive a courteous and friendly reception. But before we go overboard templetely, i» might be well to bear in mind that there is only one reason we have him here. If King Saud ruled only the sands of the desert and the Arabs whtth populate it, the chances art very slim that we would be much interested in, the King. But he happens to rule a desert under which lies the flowing gold of ell » and that makes all the difference In the world. In 1955 King Saud received $270 mllllori dollars as his share of oil taken from beneath hit desert sands by the ArablarvAmerlcan Oil Co. From that total, King Saud spent over 15 percent or $54 million to malrttcitft his royal household of 10,000 persons including his 90 wives. The King's loyal subjects, however, average a yearly Income of $42. Saudi Arabia Is one of the few plaees In the world where slavery U sHll legal, and'there are about 500,000 slaves In the country, accord* ing to reports, with the King himself ane of the ' leading slave holder*. Why doe* the U* S. government woo King Saud ohd cherish him as an ally? first, like Sdud, the Arabian-American Oil Co. draws same $270 million a year income in profits from alt concessions, Second, the U. S. has a big airbase at Dhahran in SaUdUArabla Within Striking distance of Soviet Russia. We are currently dickering over renewal of the lease on this base. Third, King Saud is supposedly a strong ahti-Communlst. These three points sum up the reasons why he Is our Special guest of honor.-If King Saud's land contained only the sand On Us torface, and not the oil below, It Would probably be' o different sfbry. * „• * THE WIEKLV NEWSPAPER Weekly newspapers today ,are the fastest growing piibHcfetioK^in'tKe^^rt^irJayrin a special report in the current (Feb 1 , 4) Issue out this week: . "Metropolitan newsmen who daydream of retiring to a country paper have Jong viewed weeklies more as a raral retreat •than.-as an Influential segment of the press/' Time Says. "But with the swift growth of suburbs and small towns since World W ar H, weeklies have largely shed their cracker-barrel ways. Weekly Newspaper Representatives, Inc., last week reported that 8,478 weeklies in the U. S. in 1^56 reached a paid circulation peak of 18,529,199; up &5% over 1955. Estimated gain for the 1,700 dailies (total clre, more than 5o million); ab6ut 2%. "The weeklies' resurgence reflects editorial as well a? economic vitality," Time says. "In aaaittpn to)relaying the back-fence -chit-chat on which Weeklies have traditionally thrived, the papers are the only Interpreters and watchdogs of local governments in hyftdred} of U. S. communities, whose problems/ "aims and Achievements go largely unfecprded In the metropolitan .press." '•'.-.,.,. "Most small-fown weeklies .. .have thrown pur the smu'clgy type andUUmpkirj, prose thot bn0 characterized the weekly pre>»> How run staff-written stories a,nd • editorials Ihitedd of the" bbiler->late and conried jserm6ft& that once crirrimed cownfry pdpers; th^ old-time |ack-of- alUfrades country Editor ho* been largely sup- tfl&ntea by trained staffs. LUred ou,t of the cities by the prospect of editorial and economic inde- penfelirJfcei trillned newirnljn in Ina-easing nurfi- b'ers are bringing professional standard* to weekly newSpppering." Though once renowned for their timidity, mqny weeklies have developed the cruspding shJHt thot hg| vqnjfhif?d fr^om many «r fafcwt daily, Time lilites,- "In the South* many .weeklies have consistently taken a more liberal stand then thi fe&ion'» big daillei on the touchy de- I'll E. Call Street-—Phone UQ9--^gQnaV Iowa Entered as second class matter et the ppstoffice at Alfoua, Iowa, Under Act of CPJIKTMS pf March 3, 18T9, THE UPPER 9 c. s. o co. STRICTLY BUSINESS weiklli* ere eleitf than dallies to end edvvrtittri and mere vulnerable to th§ pretturft dl adviftisert, they are often hit by eetirtemle beyeettt. tut few editors cdve in ttMff soeh thftaH - or wer»e. In Ofanite City, III*, eftef fedltor Cernillu* E, Tewrittnd had wegtd an editorial campaign against organized gambling in th« community, a hoodlum recently tmptted his revolver into Townsend's Press- Record office. Echoing many a fighting editor feeler* him, Townsefid soldi 'Maybe they'll scare hall out of me stameday and I'll quit. But I don't think to,* » * • SAYS COMMlTtEE BLUNDERED IftdM&ttoU Ttibtinv — the Hepubllcah state cehtrai committee has struck a low blow towai-ds feh> hopes b£ effective bi-partisan legislation in th* Iowa General Assembly this year. It is regrettable that the committee members felt it neces- iary to takd such a step. They will surely accom- yliih tidthing constructive for the State of Iowa by itijecilni party politics into. the business of tHe Gtertfefat Assembly at the very offset of an important session. , A certain amount of party-wringling is a good arid eVeh a neiesBary part of our government. But there is usually enough of this forthcoming frotti Within the legislature itself — without being forced Upon it from outside. The Republican state central committee blundered its way into • the middle of things When it asked the Republican members of both houses of the legislature to take the office of personnel director away from the governor immediately. To^ date, the office of personnel director has befen idled by, appointment from the governor. The current personnel. director is a .Republican. He worked dpehl yand' actively against the election of . .Love) 688 - event ;to-,the extent .of helping to or- gariize a'faily of state employees in support of the re-election of Leo Hoegh. It should not be a surprise to anyone, that- Loveless has plans to replace him on February. 1st. It would be 1 natural; to assume that his replacement will be someone that Was 'a bit more loyal to Loveless during the cjurrtpaign. The word ; Democrat has such drastic repercussions in -the Statehouse ,that some circles confuse, it With illegality, and are going to make every possible effort to keep any Loveless appointment out '• • In. making its request to the legislature, the Republican' state central committee said tfiat Loveless, through the naming of a new personnel director, intended to exercise control over employees in the state departments that are Re- piiblican controlled The statement went on to say that this would promote discord and interfere with the. orderly function of those departments, -and would handicap Republican .officials in the exercise and performance of their duties. Whoever wrote the statement 'evidently had' a very vague and 'clouded idea of the actual duties of the state 'personnel director. Anyone familiar with the situation is aware of the fact that the hiring (and firing) of em- plciyees for departments headed by. elective state officials is handled by. those officials personally. The personneli director hires no employees, with the possible exception of his own office staff. His minimum salary schedules for each class of em- main duty is to 'fjx arid adjust maximum and ployees doing tjie same, general type of work. In other words, a stenographer. working for the secretary of state 'should get the same jjay as one working for the attorney general. Ho also makes regulations designed to" malie personnel administration uniform throughout the state employment rolls. All of the regulations, of the personnel direc tor are now subject to fye approval of the state executive council. This council i$ Republican controlled, four to one, with Governor Loveless being the ione Democrat. It i? hard to see how a Loveless appointee as personnel director would be able to create chaos in state government under the above circumstances. HepUbiican state Chairman 'Don Pierson says that a new Loveless appointment will be a clear indication he intends to put the spoils system to work. To us it looks more like four spoiled Republicans are trying to save the job of a faithful party worker. Governor Loveless has already asked the state legislature to pass a bill establishing a civil service commission for the thousands of persons employed by our state government. He did this pn his first day in office. His actions have made it apparent jthat he intends .jo operate the state government as respectably and efficiently as pos sible, with or Without Republican cooperation. ' * * * A New Yerk newspaper said lee* week thai the Atomic Snergy Ctofmission does not plan any more laj^scale atopnic' tests, such as have en place jji the Pacific, because of atomic fall- 4angpr, A few smaller tests are planned in the •as Vef es area, where th4 biggest danger is from the slot machines. ..'*•* * -WMT budget 19 bf presented sopn by the ' *& C *U ;* or * 71 billion in tbe coming -ifiscal year. Thy iip about $5 billion more tftli |y|s s|pt 'in t»e ! |3>t year of the Truman &3mWtWtiW-- • • dUrine the. 1853 campaign Ike 'saM he planned to cut the Truman budget By $$ bUlion. •','•<•* * • Jittes was liteft ana M. M. CShfeblfian of Butt tav4 & Import of ttiifilf ort the a<x*«t In the future. Henry Beefce* of Algona was named league historian. * * » Ft td f tatrtL kseal manag** bf the telephone office introduced a Mr Wilson of Mason City dtfr- ing the program at Rotary Monday nodn and the three films shown by Mr Wilson opened the eyes of .many pfesent to the many facilltie^ and the huge amount i\ service involved in making a tele-; phone call. we cwt *99)0 ifcM newsprint tush $ft this 'j»eWs$||>ii t is printed on will go up f|.<Wi^^;in4|»f i94Q|, we used to buy j4lj^dilt$fti?r MWW a ton.- flow it * ||4$;60''pfr ton- -Co4?t§ jusjj seem- 1, 0 keep epirs|iri|! Mjf -Jn-sl ^§W|c^t4|ni coiiUnue of closing their doors. ' " new budget old taxpayer. .. .. . . . and pei-haps by the sighs of the "This U an excellent reference, Mr. Firkin—but we'd like one from somebody besides your mother 1" out that the accidental dealt! i-ate »y auto accident is fifobahly higher in that office than any othef in the £t&te. ffetfiieF pt<3¥6 anything. .This state has money for everything else. Why not spend some money the way they did in Pennsylvania for research into accident causes befote they pass a speed law. It's a cinch that driving with one eye on the speedometer* one on the road and one on the rear view mirror searching for a speed cop won't add anything to safe driving. Yours Truly, Howard L. ^ Algona, Iowa COLD SHOULDERS — The frigid attitude of Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn toward Vice President Nixon is an open secret around Capitol Hill.. .The Texan at one time vowed he would never forgive Nixon for blash- pheming the Democrats ... However, the other day — perhaps for the first time on record'"!*Rayburn reluctantly posed for a photo with .the vice president... It • was published in the Capitol Hill's newspaper, Roll Call. Senate Majority Leader 1-yn- don Johnsdn has thawed his icy approach toward newsmen... Best guesses are that he's warming up to them in anticipation of a tough re-election fight in Texas next year... TITO VISIT — Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia is planning to visit the President this year .. .He has requested the White House ( to keep the plans secret until '-arrangements are completed. There'll, be much howling "i\Dn Capitol Hill from men like Sens. McCarthy and Jenner, but the State Department will insist ft's all for better "world understanding." (Editor's'Note — Since this was written, the Tito trip has been cancelled). BUDGET CUTS — That $71.8 billion request for federal spend-, ing in 1958 may be cut as much as $1.5 billion before Congress gets "through trimming the budget... The cuts will be mostly in foreign aid and domestic funds. No military cuts ii\ the budget are foreseen. MID-EAST PLAN — President Eisenhower's proposal to use standby military and economic measures in the Mid-East is expected to pass both the House and the Senate in the next four- weeks. Congressmen, who claim the President already has that authority, will insist, however, on a few minor changes in the plan. MISCELLANY — You won't be hearing *ny more criticism by the AFL-CIO about President Eisenhower's golfing ... As it turns oUt, George Meany, head of the union, has taken up the game himself ... The Hoover reforms — all ttyose solid ideas for saving taxpayers money by reducing government waste — have a good chance of being pushed through Congress this year ... ' An investigation is coming 1 ,* up to determine why the serious'lag in building the first atomic plane . . , Earlier, it jvas expected the plane would be put in the air the end of this year . . . Delays have get the date back to mid- 1958 ... You may find an ever-increas ihg rash of gasoline wars around the country, despite the recent jump in price . . . Reason : Gae- bjjne is glutting the market . . . Some Wars have already dropped High test- down to 21 cents a gallon. PRESS CONFERENCE -4- It was No. 100 for President Eifien- h9wer — the 100th news confe eijce since he became "chief l,fex- When he. strode in, casual-like, {here were sonys surprised § ' jnces from the 274 reporters. r the President looked like ho d |ust $teppe4 frojm a band x after a Jong, restful sleep, Only 36 hows before, we had &eeh him as a tired guest of at the Sheraton-Park ball- t the end of inaugural i ^ ; 4t tum«d out, this was pne 0f jthf iotigest—if not the longest s-^. pr|gs eojiference, of his polijtlar '^e President stumbled on his rd| perhaps more than inp-e> us meetings — a far cry $'om smooth, eloquent, prepiffled [ress on inauguration day — dd. hjc slyly avoided s9Yec»4.'.di- m$^. la"V gavrme .jportef's enough ineat lo iriaHe some 40 front pa^'c :;lories across Ihc world That the President has a bit of trouble hearing is evident by the way he cocks his left ear to the speaker. On one occasion, when a reporter spoke apparently clear and firm, Mr Eisenhower asked him to speak up a little louder. 20YESRS "AGO IN THE FROM THE FILES OF THE ALGONA UPPER DES MOINES FEB. 11. 1937 * * * Red snow had blanketed ihe county Monday morning and amazed many residents until they found out the cause. Dust storms in Oklahoma and Kansas created such a stir that south winds carried many of the particles northward where they settled on the snow-covered ground. Thus, the red effect. * * * G. D. Welhousen, prominent county leader, was named president of the Titonka Creamery at the annual meeting of that organization recently. E. P. Hansen was named secretary and Will Boyken treasurer. Bruno Stecker, iienry N. Bruns, Wel- housen, M. E. Larson and Chris Brandt were the directors at that time. » » » Mild weather was forecast for this area despite the recent cold wave. Temperatures during the past week had been anything but mild, with four below zero marks registered in seven days and a high for the week of only 24 degrees above zeio. The warmer weather was perhaps being shoved this way by the south winc^ that carried the dirt from Kansas. * * • It evidently was time for it lo get warmer, anyway. Dr. L. W. Fox, local veterinarian who usually had something up his sleeve, reported seeing the first robin of the season Wednesday. And not only that, the friendly little feathered fellow was making daily visits to the Fox backyard to prove the first call wasn't a fluke. * « • Two Jrvingion children, Wilfred antf Wilma Gisch, deserved an A for effort. Their desire to obtain an education puzzled many persons. The eighth grade examinations were being held in Algona Wednesday and the Gisch twins made up their minds to be present, They started out from the Gisch residence, -which was five miles from Algona, at 6 a.m. and made the trip despite 'below zero temperatures which kept many children from the city of Algona home for the day. Don't know how they did in their tests, ,but if they didn't pass, the teacher must have been as cruel as Simon Legree. » * » A gasoline tank truck was parked, in front of an Algona home recently. The driver left the truck with the motor running and returned in a very short time oply to find the motor had died. He tried in vain to start it, then discovered that he was, of all things, out of gas. What a revolting development. t * * Keasulh county residents had raised more than $6,000 for fjood sufferers in the Ohio and Mississippi river regions and donations were still coming 'in. Practically 'every community in the county cooperated in, the drive. t * * LETTERS TO itw THE EDITOR Ira, Editor Upper Des Moines: I doubt that people who advocate a 50 mile an hour speed limit for Iowa know the score. I don't believe the rest of us know the answer either, for that matter, for there seems to be little real information available as to the cause of highway accidents. From all the reports I have heard from the surrounding states that do have speed limits the accident rate seems to be about in keeping with our own. I would like to suggest that before Iowa traffic is hamstrung by speed limits an effort be made by an unbiased research group experienced in such matters, to check the records and find out just what percentage of our Iowa accidents can actually be laid to unreasonably excessive speed. I am sure the percentage will be much lower than most people, including the police, think it will be. Let it be-remembered that any speed at which an accident occurs is excessive — but not necessarily unreasonable. About two years ago the Saturday Evening Post carried a story based on research into accident causes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike by a firm of research engineers. Their report proved to the confusion of the state police that most accidents were not the result of unreasonable speed. Less than one third were caused by fast driving .and over 40% were caused at less than 50 miles an hour. The one-handed driver, the talking and visiting driver who is • thinking of,... other.., than,, }us driving, the smoking driver who lights while driving, all are more dangerous than the fast driver who has his mind on his driving. There has been a lot of comment from the Governor's office in this state on fast and careless driving. It can also be pointed Behind The t Movie Sets WITH BUDDY MASON Hollywood. Calif. — "That's all for this sequence, Mr Fonda Please report to Alan Stanley, your bass fiddle instructor!" Henry Fonda hurried off in the general direction of Warner Bros. Music Department to keep a delayed date with a "bull" fiddle. It's all In the interests of art and authenticity. When Fonda is seen in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man," as a musician wrongly accused of a crime, any bandsmen in the audience will have to agree that Henry Fonda looks "legit." * » » These sideline sessions with a king-size violin may not produce a threat to music's top bass fiddle artists. In fact, considering the short time allotted for study, it's not likely that Mr Fonda will acquire enough skill at whapping the big instrument to rate a card in the musician's union. But, at least, he will handle a bass fiddle like a' man who knows the difference between a bass viol and a bassinet! * * • By the time any young actor has reached stardom in films, he can qualify as a fair Jack-of-all- trades in any handyman's league. If he broke in on Horse Operas, he can ride without showing daylight 'between the seat of his trousers and the'saddle. If he starred in a Western series, he's prpbably been the pupil of a star rodeo roper. - • • . Of course, good always triumphs over evil, with the assis- stance of a sharp right iippercul or two, in these outdoor dramas. Therefore, an apprenticeship in Westerns means she's had enough training in the "manly arts" to throw a punch without looking AS though he's Having at the baddies. * * * On a youn§ THeipiafr* Wa? up, he's certain to be cast in at least one medieval soap-opera, where all the male characters Wear tights and settle their differences by trying to puncture each other with long-handled cutlery. This calls for hours of practice with a fencing-master. Fencing is a very useful theatrical skill. However, if the newcomer is wise, he'll avoid getting a reputation as a "superb swordsman." That is, unless he wishes to spend the rest of his careef in plumed hats shouting, "On guard, varletl" i * * Needless to say, whatever role he plays, there will be thousands of ticket-purchasers Who'll know if he's doing the proper things. If he's playing a lineman, he must spike his way Up a pole like a real lineman. As a farmer, he'll have to learn how to handle a tractor as though he operated one quite frequently. IB time, the player absorbs a smattering of many trade and craft, skills. * » * Any actor Whose experience dates back to silent films can toss a pie with unerring accuracy and many can step into an open manhole without, cracking elbows or chin on its'rim. As long as he remains in motion pictures, he'll continue to learn new techniques with expert instructors. For example, Franklyn Farnum made his first film appearance as the leading man in "Love Never Dies 1 ' way back in 1915. Today, he's celebrating his 1,100th film as an actor and 41 years in show business by doing a lively samba with Susan Haywarcl nnd Kirk Douglas in "Top SecrcH Affair" at Warner Bros studio. * * ' * ' Through ihe years, Frank Farnum has learned everything from soft-shoe routines, the bunny- hug and turkey-trot on up through the Charleston' to rhum- ba — and now, the samba! Fortunately, he's never played a jitterbug part and, so far, he's escaped Rock and Roll. BUT, don't bet any real money that this venerable veteran wouldn't give either, or both, a good college try if he had to do 'em for a picture! Wins Recognition Livermore — James Lempke, who farms two miles south of. Lvferm^re, was honored by selection as, the Outstanding Young Man of 1956 by the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce. He was a dinner meeting last Thursday evening. More^than 25% of the fires in the country are caused by careless smokers. *v M. P. Weaver w«s president of the jKossuth County Conservation kcague during a .meeting m the cpuii room Friday night, Iferaiajft ftleicb wn named Vice president and joe I. ow<> of Algona secret ary-trea- . A iwu-'w nf ICML'JC ;icti- advice, sir- getDe-Icerf " It's in/Standard Gasolines T«. oncf of no extra tott to ywl A car without De-icer is a "sitting duck" for gas line freeze, When weather's cold outside, mbisturecan condense in the fuel system, freeze, and shut off the gas line. Engine stutters, even j M conks out.*' That's gas line freeze. But it won't bother you ever when yQu use StANDAap WHITE CROWN Premium /or RED CROWN Regular. Both now have De-icer, Standard's ice-fighting sunshine additive blended iti at the refinery. 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