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EDITORIALS Democrats Are Targets of Their Own Platform I N at least 2 major particulars, the plat- _ form adopted by the democrats at tKteir controls national nominating convention in Philadelphia last week may prove a boomerang. One plank assails the republican party for its contribution to the high cost of living through the removal of price controls. Another plank asks for repeal of the Taft-Hartley act as a fomenter of friction as between management and labor. The fact is that in both of these matters, democrats in congress have had a responsibility almost as great as that of the republicans. I T was a democratic congress—not a republican congress—which sounded the death knell for OPA. That program could never have been ended when it was ended except for democratic votes. With respect to the Taft-Hartley act, the record is very much similar. It's true that the authors of the measure were republicans. But the bill had substantial support from the democratic forces in congress. In the house, 106,democrats voted to pass the act over the Truman veto while only 71 democrats voted with him. In the senate 20 democrats voted against the veto and only 22 voted to sustain it. W HAT this really means is that in keying the campaign to an attack on the 80th congress, Mr. Truman and Mr. Barkley Look Out Below! rAGE THE RULES COMMITTEE! The democratic claim that the 80th republican congress is wholly responsible for the high cost of living is discounted by the fact that it was the previous democratic congress which lifted OPA If, as the Russians contend, it was a Russian scientist who discovered electricity, it's passing strange that they haven't seen the light before this. There's a fortune awaiting the resort owner who can guarantee that fish bite while mosquitoes don't. It will take at least 3 wise men—maybe more to bring order out of confusion in the Holy Land. It's the testimony of many a person that keeping the mouth shut is an aid to vision. Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Blames Eisenhower Clarion Monitor: In spite of all his glory of achievement, General Eisenhower will have to stand some of the blame for the mess we are in at Berlin. He understands now, that in leaning over backwards to pay a compliment to the Russian army, he allowed the present impossible European situation to come into being. Many of his generals did not agree with him at the time, and wanted our army to sweep on into the German capital, since practically all opposition had vanished. Equitable Taxation Northwood Anchor: Equalization of real estate and personal property taxes and equitable distribution of cost of government is the purpose of Iowa's new county assessor law. Employment of a qualified engineering firm set up a uniform basis for appraisal of property values in Worth county would seem like a step in the right direction. Bipartisan Policy Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: Most of us probably think that bipartisan foreign policy applies i. — . . aoiy imnK inai unjatuaau IUICIBII puuujr ajj^m.^ will be repudiating more than a majority or only to this country. But_ the British house of their own democratic law-makers. How effective this will be with the American public or how enthusiastic the strategy will be received by the democrats thus humiliated remains to be seen. The split in democratic ranks may well go beyond the southern revolt which reared {.to ugly head at Philadelphia last week. Toward Consolidation /•CONSOLIDATION of local governments VJ in the United States took at least a slight spurt forward last year. In the decade before 1947, efforts were made in numerous areas to consolidate city and county or other local governments but without success. Last year, however, 6 such consolidations were achieved. One of these was in Texas, where Goose Creek and Pelly were merged, with provisions for reorganization and renaming as Baytown. Baton Rouge, La., and East Baton Rouge parish were consolidated under a strong mayor form of government. " Southington and Stamford, Conn., were . brought together under a common township government. Nearer home, Daviess and Livingston counties, Mo., voted to eliminate their township government. In West Virginia Hollidays Cove, Marland Heights, Weirton and Weirton Heights were consolidated as Weirton. The first effort at consolidation in 1948 •—that of Miami and Dade county, Fla., received a setback when voters turned thumbs down by 5,000 votes. The Sympathy Appeal N OT the least of the assets of the democratic party in the campaign ahead will be the president's sympathy appeal. This had better be frankly recognized by the republicans. There's always in the American public a strong feeling for the under-dog-—and that is the status of Harry S. Truman at this time. The little man from Missouri was pitch- forked into the most difficult job in the world, against his will, and left a legacy of his predecessor's blunders for which he was not responsible nor even consulted. His efforts to repair these mistakes have not been too fruitful, but nobody can say that Truman hasn't tried to the best of his ability. In his acceptance speech at Philadelphia he again proved himself to be a fighter. His own party's shabby treatment has added tp rather than subtracted from the sympathy of ordinary folk. Thei'e may be a lot of punch in that old slogan newly revived: "Don't shoot the piano-player; he's doing the best he can." i Keeping the Agreement T HE Russian reply to the western allied protests against the blockade of Berlin is a hair-splitting collection of inconsequen- tials which plainly dodges the real issue: Is Russia to be allowed to add Berlin to her zone already held in occupation by starving the German population? The Russians agreed at Potsdam to divide Berlin into 4 zones of administration, each nation to supply its own zone. , That's all we are insisting on—that this agreement be kept. commons' approval of the European recovery program by a vote of 409 to 12 shows that a similar policy is operating in the United Kingdom. Bird Baths a "Must" Clear Lake Reporter: During the hot summer months no service is more appreciated by wildlife than the erection and care of a bird bath. To the birds a well-kept bath is a combination of a necessity and a luxury. To the owner it is a source of never-ending pleasure and surprise. Proud of Truman Decorah Journal: When history writes the record of this generation on price control, international trade, civil rights, fair labor standards and national prosperity, the democrats will be proud to remember, "We backed Truman on every big issue and he was right, every time." Sure Vote Getter Council Bluffs Nonpareil: One of the witnesses who testified before the democratic platform committee declared, "The time has come for repeal of the 20 per cent tax on ladies' handbags." That might get Truman more votes than anything else that has been suggested. Promises Cost Money Hampton Chronicle: The Roosevelt blunders and promiscous promises to Russia are costing the United States plenty of money at this time, and also causing this country plenty of trouble on how to keep out of more trouble. Chautauqua Stuff Marshalltown Times-Republican: For big tent stuff in political oratory Senator Barkley has few equals in either party. That's why he has been so often picked tp deliver a "rouser" speech at national conventions. Dewey Nomination Cedar Rapids Gazette: One of the most encouraging results of the Dewey nomination is the dissatisfaction it has caused among the reds. Gray's Elegy Mankato Free Press: People don't read Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" any more, but it would do their souls good if they did. Observing Hen's Egg Found Best guess no subject is safe ' from the inquiring mind of science. For example there's that 2-year study of the taste of various kinds of eggs conducted by the Cambridge university in England. The conclusion, reported by the London Express, is that the most useful, and the tastiest, of all eggs is the fruit of the common hen. You Can Hare My Shore must confess that I share with the people of Scotland a prejudice against the eating of eels that is commented on in a recent release from the Na- % tional Geographic society. This prejudice persists despite a report by their scientific mmds t placing eel fillets at the top of a 1H of 10 nutritious fish foods. Roasted, boiled, baked, stewed, fried, pickled or in jelly, eel meat The 3 researchers tested 81 kinds has long been enjoyed by ^ many of eggs. They report that the flavor *•• — •* A«-io«-ir>c it's ob- of an egg does not depend on what the bird eats. After the eggs of the hen, the scientists preferred the eggs of chaffinches, hedge-sparrows, gulls, and coots. Worst of all, say the tasters, were the eggs of wrens, blue-tits, linnets and cormorants. About a Forgotten Vow ; have been asked by a Mason City reader to give space to this verse from the pen of A. A. Vincent: Of thlnjs disliked, we dislike the mo it To hear a returned war-vet boast That, while lying '« * dank foxhole, He felt lhat his life was nearlng Its E oal. So, he pleaded and prayed to the Lord up above For Juit one more chance to life and to lovn. Be proml»ed hi« thanks, his faithfulness too. lie would not do as the lepers he knew Who failed to thank for the gift that He gave By grai.tlnf them new life instead of a f rave. But now that he's home, from danjer removed, He'a worse than the lepers whom he disapproved. Discarding his promise along with his "tags", He now curses and swears and contemptuously brags. Each little mishap, his hat splashed with rain, Ii sufficient for using the Lord's name in vain. So, why, my dear Vet, should you be so unfair, As to Insult your God who answered your prayer? Remember the foxhole, remember your V O W 1 Tou didn't curse then, why do It now? To Your Health! By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. WHITE SPOTS ON NAILS rpHERE has always been a good deal of curiosity J- as to the white spots that sometimes occur on the nails and, perhaps for lack of other explanation, definite superstitions have grown up about them in some parts of the world. In one locality, for instance, it is believed that the number of spots which can be counted on the nails of an individual indicate the number of years he will live; in others, they are regarded as visible evidence of the lies he has told and, in still others, as that of secret kisses. Editorial of the Day VOTERS' RESPONSIBILITY •pvAVENPORT DEMOCRAT: In an election year AJ in which much importance attaches to the quality of the congress to be elected, candidates' early rallies over the country have, for the most part, encountered just what you'd expect—poor attendance. Perhaps more citizens will turn out for meetings as the tempo of the campaign is stepped up, but it can't be counted upon. People just doirt attend such affairs as they once did. This might not be so bad if voters could be counted upon to acquaint themselves in one way or another with candidates' records before going to the polls. But can they? What right do we have to be critical of the performance of congressmen if we won't even take time to listen to candidates when they attempt public discussion of the affairs they seek the job of handling? Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO New officers of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges will be installed at a joint public meeting at the I. O. O. F. home here Tuesday evening. Officers to be installed include Charles Seidel, noble grand and W. Roy Edgington, vice grand, for the subordinate lodge, and Mrs. J. J. Goelz, noble grand, and Miss Marjorie Jones, vice grand, for the Rebekah assembly. 20 YEARS AGO Twenty Cerro Gordo county delegates to the state convention of the republican party left for Des Moines. The delegates are E. W. Clark, C. W. Files, F. G. Root, Harry Sondergaard. A. R. Kane, Alfonso Carstens, John Miles, Earl Dean, S A Sirine, C. A. Knutson, Ray Sandry, Ambrose Sherman, B. A. Webster, B. F. Keltz, Lee P. Loomis, T. A. Potter, Hanford MacNider, B. C. Way, F. J. Hanlon and R. F. Clough. 30 YEARS AGO The 3rd picnic of the Mystic Workers of World order will be held Sunday at Bayside park, Clear Lake. Members from all over the northwestern section of the state are expected to arrive here today and tomorrow to attend the affair. J. Ross Mickey, the supreme master of the M. W. of W. of Macomb, 111., arrives this evening to be present at the celebration. Hon. E. G. Dunn will deliver a patriotic address during the afternoon. 40 YEARS AGO A new brick building will be erected this summer on South Main street by M. Wolfe which will be used for a new and 2nd hand store building. The building will be of common brick, save the front which will be of pressed brick, 2 stories and will cost in the neighborhood of $4,500. The building will be erected just south of the present building which M. Wolfe occupies and the work will begin at once. Ed. Rcmer will have charge of the construction. Of course, none of these things is true. As a rule, such spots indicate nothing in particular, but, in many instances, they have a meaning for the physician as an indication of some underlying condition which should receive attention. One of the most common causes of these white spots would appear to be injury to the nail when the root of the nail is pressed on, as is often the case in pressing back the soft tissue behind the nail in manicuring. This pressure and injury may OR;~BUNDESEN cause the cells to take up an unusual quantity of air which is responsible for the white spots and stripes. This may account for the frequent occurence of spots on the nails in young girls who are so interested in their nails as ornaments. White spots on the toe nails are not nearly as frequent as on the finger-nails, which again would seem to indicate that injury to the nails during manicuring is the most common cause of the white spots. As I have mentioned, there are more important causes of these white spots than the nail injuries. They may develop as one of the results of a severe fever, "\tfhite stripes or coarse ridges on the nails hnve been observed to develop during severe attacks of typhoid or typhus fever. Nerve injuries are another cause. They may develop in cases of neuritis produced by an excessive use of alcoholic beverages, or a neuritis caused by arsenic. In many instances, the exact cause of the white spots on the nails cannot be determined. It would appear that there is a certain group of people who suffer from constipation, indigestion, acne or pimples, and who also have white stripes on the nails. It is thought that the stripes may develop during the regular monthly periods. It is also noted that the white spots are present in some persons who have excessive sweating. They may occur in those who have a skin disorder known as psoriasis. Eczema, also, may be accompanied by changes in the nails including the formation of white spots. Excluding the cases which develop as a result of injury, fevers and poisons, white spots on the nails of patients may be a symptom that requires investigation, since they may indicate a more or less persistent state of ill health. Roving Reporter By Hal Boyle of the AP HE GETS BY GIVING N EW YORK, (JP)— Elmer G. Leterman, "the give away man," has earned a fortune on one principle—the more you help others the more you help yourself. They don't have to ask "Where's Elmer?" in the insurance field. He's at the top. "I may not be the biggest life insurance salesman in the world," he says, "but I'm the best known." This would be hard to dispute. Elmer, at 50, has shaken hands with more celebrities than any man except Grover Whalen. He's as familiar on the great white way as Father Duffy's statue. And thousands of people who reached out to shake hands with him have drawn back their paw with a life insurance policy in it. In 25 years Elmer has sold some $35,000,000 worth of individual policies and $300,000,000 in group policies. This has netted him $1,500,000 or more for himself. How does he do it? "Well, I never smoked, drank, bet on a horse race or played golf in my life," Elmer told me just before taking off on a trip to Hawaii. "I never even played cards until a few years ago. You don't have to do those things to be successful." Elmer, a short, plumpish, balding man, does it by casting his bread on the waters of friendship. "Keep on doing little things that keep people talking about you," he said. Arid his idea of the best way to keep yourself in the other fellow's mind is to do him a personal favor. Leterman sends carloads of toys a year to the children of Hawaii, his adopted home. He gives away tens of thousands of match books, hundreds of fountain pens and lipsticks, dozens of radios, scores of fine leather wallets. It Takes 2 for an Accident would remind motorists that it takes 2 to make an accident, just as it takes 2 to make a quarrel. There's this difference, however. In the case of an accident, the 2nd party may be a fixed object as well as another person. The No. 1 party, of course, is always the driver himself. According to recent safety statistics, in 92 per cent of all traffic mishaps in urban communities, the other half of the picture is another person—driver or pedestrian. In rural areas almost 75 per cent of all traffic accidents involve more than one person. Europeans and Asiatics, it's observed. The Romans found it a great delicacy. An old French recipe calls for drowning the fisn in wine and then stewing it. In Japan, eel eating has been regarded since ancient times as a remedy against summer lassitude, something like a spring tonic. Each year, on a certain day, the season is officially opened and all who can find and afford the dish take part. Among the many edible fish- consumed in western Europe, the eel is a favorite, from Italy to Scandinavia. Though disdained in Scotland, it is reported popular enough in England to require large imports. „, , There is a market in New York. *nd a few other American emus, particularly for special occasions.. To supply the traditional Italian dinner on Christmas eve, barge- loads of large St. Lawrence eels are added to the usual catch from east coast streams. Granting that all this is true, I still agree with the Scots. ]Must . wouldn't like the darned things. They're too snakelike for me. Information, Please! 1 What president was once an architect? 2. Yucatan is a state in what Latin-American country? 3. What people were the originators of succotash? 4. At what age is a pigeon considered a squab? 5. What is a hillock? Answers—1. Thomas Jefferson.. 2. Mexico. 3. The American Indians. 4. About 4 weeks old. 5. A small hill. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To JOHN F. FANDEL—for winning-1st place in the freedom garden food production contest and revealing that to produce a garden it takes hard work as well as intelligent planning. Fandel spent an average hour and a half each day. besides extra work on weekends, working the soil and weeding. The results showed it paid. Did You Know? By The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers nslng thlt • rrvlce for question of fs.ct—not coun- , c ]—should slfn full name and addres* and Inclosr 3 cents for return postage. Address The Mason City Globe-Ga- rcttc Information Burrau, lilfi Ey» Street N. E., Washington 2. D. C. Is horse meat as nourishing as other kinds of meat? The nourishing quality of horse meat is probably about the same as that of other meats. It is reported to have a sweetish flavor and to be tough. Horse meat has long been used for food in many European countries. What v,-as the "Edenton Tea i,Vi TV iliil, *> Aa Mlt: jjlll-llHJlj .=.!_ = 'I hardly ever talk business," he said. He nas-'if p ar t y ?" The "tea party" was held a real passion for meeting and helping people. Somehow the business follows, too, and often in a way Leterman cnn't explain. "I got $1,000,000 in business from one man for doing him a favor I don't even remember," he said. Some years ago Leterman was one of Manhattan's favorite party throwers. He spent as much as $1,000 a night for the fun of watching the celebrities he admires enjoy themselves. Now he prefers a quieter life and gets his pleasure in giving presents. He likes cops and has given $1,000 paid-up insurance policies to 100 policemen. Elmer has sold policies to big-name people like Jack Dempsey, Mary Pickford, Ronald Coleman, Paul Whiteman, Jane Withers, John Barrymore and "Rudolph Valentino. Barrymore took out n $2,000,000 policy. Leterman also insured Harp Mark's hands for S500.000 and Jimmy Durante's nose for $100,000. In similar publicity stunts he insured Adolph Men- jou's mustache and Charlie Chaplin's walk. But the backbone of his business is smaller policies. "I figure the small man of today is the big man of tomorrow," said Elmer. "There's nothing too small for us tc insure—even bicycles and roller skates." They'll Do It Every Time SAID IT! By Jimmy Hatlo BOSS.VOU LOOK ALL WORN OUT- YOU HAVEN'T HAD A NIGHT'S REST SINCE VOU GOT IN TOWN'. BOV! I'M GOING TO SLEEP THE MINUTE I GET ON THAT PLAK1E! AIRLINES OH, YEAH? AND GUESS WHAT LITTLE ROOM HIS SEAT PROBABLY WILL BE RIGHT NEXT TO- at Edenton, N. Car., on Oct. 25, 1774, when 51 women voted not to conform "to that pernicious custom of drinking tea," and also declared that they "would not promote the wear of any manufacture from England." What native chief once sent a whale tooth to the president of the United States? The Royal Whale Tooth, symbol of sovereignty, was sent to 'President Grant by King Thakoban of the Fiji Islands, "as an evidence of friendship and a desire to make a treaty of peace with America." It is kept in the department of state. What are the "wet" anti "dry" moons? The old weather predictions by "wet" and "dry" moons are based on the appearance of the crescent moon in the western sky just after sunset. Comparing the crescent moon to a bowl, sometimes it appears to rest on its base, and again, tipped up on one edge. According to one old belief the moon "holds" water when it rests on its base and is, therefore, a s "Wet" moon, but others contend that a moon that holds water will not spill it out, and call it a "dry" Moon. Please give the correct pronunciation of the word "margarine." Should the "E" be hard or soft? Both pronunciations are sanctioned in dictionaries. Stratton, in his "Handbook of English" says that purists have tried to make people sound the "g" hard, but dealers who sell the product and housewives who use it, persist in giving the letter the "j" sound. How much fertilizer is needed throughout the world each year to produce an adequate supply of crops? Before World wr.r II the world consumption of fertilizers and fertilizer materials amounted to about 59 million tons a year. Is the American Farm Bureau Federation a government agency? It is not a federal agency and receives no appropriation from the federal government. Why was the tomato at first believed to be poisonous? It was the tomato's resemblance to the deadly nightshade that made people think it was poisonous, and for many years it was cultivated as a botanical curiosity. Only by eating it was the tomato found to be nonpoisonous. In what school was Mary Todd Lincoln a pupH? Very little information is published concerning her education. According to biograph- Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures WILEY BLOUNT RUTLEDGE, JR., born July 20, 1894, came to the U. S. supreme court via teaching jobs. He taught in high schools s f t e v °raciu3.— tion from college. Then he took his law degree, worked for 2 years in a law office and began teaching' law. After being p r of e s sor and dean in several law schools he was named to the District of Columbia court of appeals. He spent 4 years there before going to the supreme court in 1943. ers Mary Todd Lincoln attended the Mantelli school in Lexington, Ky., for a time and was a pupil of "the celebrated Mr. Ward." How long: should a bed pillow be expected to last? The life of a pillow is estimntpd to be from 5 to 10 years. As time passes feathers dry out and lose their resiliency. What are the rarest American autographs? The 2 most conspicuous rarities among American autograph? are those of Button Gwinnett of Georgia and Thomas Lynch, Jr., of South Carolina, both signers of the Declaration of Independence. Who was the author of the statement. "I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter?" The author was Blaise Pascal (162362). French scientist and philosopher. The lines may be found in his "Lettres Provinciales." Mason City Globe-Gazette An A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Work Dny by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East Stnte St Telephone 3800 LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor, ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Tuesday. July 20, 1948 Entered as second-class mallei Aprtl 12, 1030, at the postofficc at Mason Cily. Iowa, under the act of March 3. 1879. MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS, which !s exclusively entitled to use for republication of all lornl news printed In this newspaper « well as all AP news dispatches SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lak* (Carrier Delivery IJmHj) One year 113.00 One week .33 Outside Mason City and Clear Lake But Within 100 Mllei of Mason City By mall one year S t.OO By mall nix month* S 4.75 By carrier per week .23 Outside 100 Mile Zone by Mall Onlr Ono year S1J.OO Six months s B.SO Thro* month* S 3,SO

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