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EDITORIALS Filibuster, Is an Enemy of Democratic Process mHE United States senate has prided it•*• self on the fact it is the only parliamentary body in the world where unlimited debate still prevails. There is some basis for the emphasis given unlimited debate, although abuses of it through filibustering have raised questions of its soundness. The closing hours of the 80th congress saw the filibuster unfortunately employed, it would seem, but because adjournment came simultaneously with the republican national convention, public attention was distracted from the facts. I If the opening days of 1947 Senator Glen Taylor and Senator Wayne Morse sponsored a resolution which would have prevented a filibuster by southern senators against a civil rights bill. Taylor declared the filibuster was a kind of "blackmail" and its use had made the senate "one of the most undemocratic groups in the land." But and here's the curious thing about it all—in the first session of the 80th congress Senator Morse filibustered against^a vote on the president's veto of the labor bill while in the closing days of June of the 2nd session Taylor filibustered against a vote on the draft bill. mHERE, it would seem, is about the best I -• II l»?1 *1 J .. n-i-1 11 -v«*-k VY1 O T IT O Look Out Below! POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK Somehow the Stalin-Tito brush is reminiscent of the playgrounds bully who pushes things too far and gets his bluff called by some little runt hitherto unsuspected of courage. Thirty days in a piehouse, muzzled, is too light ... * *.!«__ 1_ • 1 1__ A « 4 I* A r»l lTV»TV\O»*'c; hOtlGSt borer brothers under the denim. That observation that "it's a young man's world" seems somehow to have escaped Connie Mack's attention. Note to receptive leap year bachelor girls: "It's later than you think." Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Over-Confident Osage Press: The most over-confident expression of wishful thinking to reach our desk from a political soarce in a long time is the democratic state headquarters forecast that Carroll Switzer will be the first official resident of the recently acquired Governor's Mansion in Des Momes. When the Iowa farm vote gets behind a man like it did behind Republican Bill .Beardsley in the primary, Des Moines' Switzer might as well take his name off the ballot. Costs Reduced ., Iowa Falls Citizen: The average per pupil costs in 113 city school districts in Iowa increased from $127 in 1946 to $146 in 1947. During that same period the per pupil costs in Iowa Falls declined from $172 per pupil to $169 per pupil. Increased attendance was largely responsible for the reduced per pupil costs in the local school system. There are now considerably more than 1,000 students enrolled in Iowa Falls schools. Claiming Jefferson Clarion Monitor: The first republican national convention in 1856, in its platform called for a return to the principles of Washington and Jefferson, and even took on the name under which Mr. Jefferson claimed for his affiliation—the republican party. It is only in later years that the clcmo- ;o Jefferson as their par- reason why the filibuster still remains in the senate. There is no majority of its members willing to go the whole route in abolishing it. Back in 1917 the senate adopted . the standing rule of cloture as a cure. When 18 or more senators petition to invoke cloture, and two-thirds of the membership supports it, then legislation must come to a vote. Since 1917 the majority has tried to invoke cloture 26 times, succeeded but 4. So the cure is rather insipid. D URING the Taylor filibuster, Senator Noland of California said something of importance to effective orderly legislation action: "It seems to me that In the closing days of the session of a congress when representative government itself is on trial, this power to block vital legislation of Interest to the national defense, to completely obstruct the legislative processes of government, is too much power for any responsible person to want or for any irresponsible person to have." When the congressional reorganization act was up attempts to deal with the filibuster ran into a stone wall. But it should receive attention. Rarely does it add to the prestige of congress. The Case of Robert Best ticular patron saint. First Crack? Fairfield Daily Ledger: If the Tito affair is not the beginning of the fall of Russia, that time will come in the course of human events. An oppressor, whether an individual or a government, cannot oppress the masses for a very long period of time. "It's a long lane that has no turning." Diamond Money Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: Roger W. Babson, business statistician, is urging his subscribers to lay aside collections of diamonds, in assorted sizes, for use as currency in case of some future emergency. The size assortment is for change-making purposes. The People's Choice Eagle Grove Eagle: The choice of Gov. Dewey as the republican nominee was probably a wise one. He was the man that very few of the rank and file republicans wanted but he also was the man that no one objected to very much. A Milestone for Telephones Iowa City Press-Citizen: The news the other day that the 30 millionth Bell system telephone was installed at Marshalltown emphasizes again how much a part of present day living the phone has become. Ideal Schooling Newton News: The ideal schooling, an educator says, is in the art of living. And yet, while fitting the iophomore to associate with people, having him crack a book or two should do no harm, Democratic Convention Fairmont Sentinel: Democrats look forward to their national convention with about as much enthusiasm as mourners heading for a wake. AlfiffifiK THE OlDTOWM TONIGHT f t^vr'w^irfiVew'Si-Sv 7-.—••JcrfHI Observing Some lowo Nome Origins think It's rather generally j£ known that Cerro Gordo county got its name from a famous battlefield of the Mexican war. Two other Iowa counties, Buena Vista and Palo Alto, were named the same way. This and some other extremely interesting facts of Iowa history are brought out in an article written by Ray Murray, formerly ol Buffalo Center, in the current issue of Palimpsest, monthly magazine of the Iowa State Historical society. Because of the fact that Iowa •was being opened up to settlement in the years immediately following the Mexican war, there was a marked use of heroes of that war in the naming of our counties. At least 11 were so named. Among these in the area about Mason City were Butler, Clay, Hardin and Worth. Elsewhere in the state were Fremont, Guthrie, Mills, Page, Ringgold, Scott and Taylor. The original name for what is now Webster county was Yell, honoring Col. Archibald Yell, killed leading a charge at Buena Vista. Butler county was named for Gen. William O. Butler and Worth county for Gen. William J. Worth. Clay, interestingly enough was named for Henry Clay, Jr., son and namesake of the more illustrious Kentuckian. Young Clay was killed at Buena Vista. The John J. Hardin from which Hardin county got its name was a nephew of Henry Clay. He was a Mexican war casualty from Illinois. «B****" To Your Health! By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. A TROPICAL DISEASE IN U. S. Roving Reporter By Hal Boyle of the AP ABOUT A PENTHOUSE FARM Editorial of the Day rpHE federal court at Boston has finally sentenced Robert H. Best, an American newspaper man, radio propagandist who served the nazi cause, to life imprisonment for treason. He was one of the few convicted of treason in the long history of the United States. In addition, Federal Judge Francis J. W. Ford ordered Best to pay a fine of $10,000. Judge Ford imposed a life sentence on Best after listening to an appeal from the justice department for the death penalty. In passing sentence, he said that he was acting with leniency on the ground that Best was "a fanatic, a crusader — doing what he thought best for his country." What Judge Ford did not say is that he refused to make this nazi broadcaster a martyr, by passing a death sentence on him. In our opinion Best knew exactly what he was doing in accepting $200 a month from the Hitler government to make some 300 broadcasts from radio Berlin. He was the U. S. version of "Britain's despised Lord Haw-Haw." He operated from 1942 until the allied forces crashed into Berlin and Hitler destroyed himself in the Chancellery Bunker. Picked up after the occupation by American intelligence operatives, Best "was a nazi to the last." He insisted he had made his broadcasts to fight communism. But it still amounted to treason against America. The United States has not had many Benedict Arnolds in its history. The few traitors who .took the nazi bait to broadcast from Berlin were dreamers, fanatics, and mercenaries. The tragedy is that Robert H. Best 3,000,000 NEW AMERICANS K IESTER COURIER—Contrary to the pessimistic predictions of population experts some years ago, the birth rate in the United States continues to be much higher than expected. During the first four months of the present year, there were 23.7 live births per 1,000 population. This is the highest of any year since 1921, with the exception of 1947 when the rate was 26.8. The Office of Vital Statistics, in Washington, estimates that 1,149,000 babies have been registered in the first 4 months of this year. This evidently means the advent of some 3,000,000 new Americans during the full 12 months of 1948. While we are on the subject, it might not be amiss to remind all Americans that these babies represent the greatest asset that the nation will acquire in the present year. It is impossible to calculate the worth of 3 million children or to imagine what might be done if all of them are given adequate food, adequate education. There are individuals who readily understand why it pays the government or the people of a country to spend their .money to train and equip millions of fighting men for the ordeal of battle. Not many are willing to contemplate the possibility of spending money for the purpose of training 3,000,000 infants for life as civilians of a great democracy. In time, we will probably get to it, but the process may take a long time. Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO Frank Bieth, who succeeded to the commandership of Clausen-Wprden post of the American Legion upon the resignation of L.L. Raymond last spring, was renominated for that position at the July meeting of the organization. Earl Walters was renominated for adjutant. Mack Haney for finance officer, Frank Ball for chaplain, H. H. Boycc for historian and Tyler Stewart, for sergcant-at-arms. 20 YEARS AGO Charles H. Gruver, better known as "Charley Gruver," veteran Manly roadmaster of the Cedar Rapids-Minnesota division of the C.R.I, and P. railroad, was the honor guest at a dinner tendered in his honor at the Hotel Hanford. About 40 "old timers," friends and fellow employes of Mr. Gruver attended the dinner. Mr. Gruver has been in the service of the C.R.I, and P. railroad for 51 years continuously. 30 YEARS AGO Elaborate preparations are being made by the members of the Holy Family Catholic parish and the residents of Mason City to make memorable the farewell reception which is to be tendered Father E. J. Dougherty at the armory tomorrow evening. Chief among those who are to honor the occasion will be the distinguished jurist *md. statesman, Hon. Martin J. Wade of Iowa City, federal judge for the southern district of Iowa. rpHERE are many diseases that are likely to be 1 overlooked because we don't expect them to turn up in our part of the world. One of these is amebiasis or amebic dysentery. For many years this disease, which is caused by infection with a parasite known as endamoeba histolytica, was thought to be confined to the tropics. Today we know that is far from true and yet few people would credit current estimates that almost 10 per cent of the people in the United States harbor this parasite in the intestinal tract. There are 2 reasons for this unawareness of what constitutes a very real threat to our DR. BUNDESEN national health; first, that in many individuals the parasite may be present without causing symptoms; second, that even when symptoms are present, they may be mistakenly ascribed to other disorders. The disease may be transmitted from one person to another by water or food contaminated with the cysts of the parasite. These cysts develop in the intestine, each forming 4 small endamoeba. These nest themselves in the little depressions of the lining membrane of the large intestine, sometimes forming small abscesses which may enlarge to form ulcers. The symptoms due to the infection vary. In some cases, as I have mentioned, there may be no symptoms at all. In other instances, there may be mild irritation of the intestine, with a feeling of tiredness and sickness. In other cases, the symptoms are worse, resembling those of appendicitis or ulcer of the stomach or gallbladder disease. In still other instances, there may be severe diarrhea, with griping pains and blood in the bowel movements. Since the endamoeba may get into the liver and form abscesses, symptoms may occur suggesting the possibility of abscess with fever, pain, and tenderness in the liver area. Now and then the parasites may be carried to the lungs, brain, kidneys, or skin. . To make a definite diagnosis of amebiasis, the parasites or their cysts must be found in the bowel movements. In making the examination, it is important to have a fresh warm stool specimen. Sometimes the proctoscope, which is a tube with a light, may be passed into the lower bowel and some material from the edge of the ulcers of the bowel removed and examined for the presence of the amebiasis. . Once the diagnosis is made, the patient should be put to bed and treatment started. Fortunately, various iodine and arsenic-containing prepara- , tions are employed in the treatment with remarkable results. In cases in which liver abscesses are present, emetine is employed. Emetine should not be used in patients with heart disease and, when the emetine is used, the patient must be confined to bed. N EW YORK, (IP) —Do you know how to tell if an orchid is happy? This is one of many tidbits of horticultural knowledge picked up by a friend of mine who operates £i penthouse farm for fun atop an 11-story Manhattan apartment building. * Growing orchids on his electric refrigerator is just a sideline with this rooftop Burbank, whose real love is his orchard outdoors. He puts tne orchid pot atop the refrigerator in a pan full of gravel and water. "The heat, from the motor gives the orchid Just the humid vapor it needs," he said. "Once a week I give the plant a sponge bath and dry it off with a cloth. The green in the leaves and the stem really shines then. That's how you know the orchid is happy. If it's discontented, the green doesn't shine at all." After playing nursemaid and psychiatrist to an orchid this amateur clod-breaker in the clouds really gets down to the heavy work. "Why the farmer in the country doesn't know what real hardship is," he snid, showing me around his terrace ranch. "It takes more than a green thumb to raise things in the city. "You got to start from the concrete and build up First you have to order the earth. I bought 4 tons at $20 a ton. The man who delivered it wanted to dump it in the street. "There it was 11 stories below where I needed it. So I got 50 gunny sacks and kept loading them with my topsoil and brought it all up in the service elevator." . This, of course, put him in solid with the apartment house manager right away. "Next," my friend continued, "I had to have some containers to grow things in. You just can't throw earth around on top of a roof. Along comes a heavy rain and your farm's in the drain." He solved the problem by buying up dozens of wooden egg crates and butter tubs and lining them with tar. Then he found he had to buy sand, peat moss, humus and fertilizer. Storage became a big problem, as his wife pointed out. ""One morning I woke up and became aware of a rather unusual aroma in the room," she said. "I finally locked under the bed—and there was a nice big bag of fertilizer." "Only place I could find to put it," he said. "Some husbands," she replied, "bring their wives perfume." The farm was started less than a year ago. but now he has more than 50 kinds of plants. Vines crawl all over the rooftop, and the wife has a haunted feeling that some night a tendril from a scarlet runner bean will slip into her room and strangle her in her sleep. My friend's orchard at present consists of several rows of tubs planted with apple and cherry trees, 2 lombardy poplars, a black walnut and a lilac bush. "What are you going to do when all these trees really get to growing?" I asked. "You'll have a jungle here." "Oh, I only signed a 2-year lease," he said happily. "When it's up I'll retire from farming, move out -;inri leave an ax behind for the next tenant.'' Those Hidden Intersections can see them coming right those news stories about automobile crashes at hidden intersections on rural roads. There will be 2 causes. One, the tall corn. Two, rank growths of weeds. Farmers can do something about eliminating this last named cause. But primary responsibility is upon those who sit at the wheel of the car. Extra caution is required of all motorists where known dangers lurk. For this item, I'm indebted to R. B. J. of Mason City. Not Original With Abe ^ know it will come as a sur£ prise to others, as it did to me, to learn that the expression, "government of the people, by the people and for the people," wasn't original xvith Abraham Lincoln. A researcher in literature recently came up with the information that these words were written 500 years before Lincoln was born. Their author was John Wycliff, one of the earliest translators of the Bible into English. The expression, as a matter of fact, appeared in Wycliff's preface to the English version of the Bible and it's rather plausible to assume that it lodged itself in Lincoln's subconscious mind from his boyhood perusal of that Bible. The Anvil Chorus ^ grabbed, this little piece of i> rhyme out of the current issue of Iowa's penitentiary magazine, "The Presidio:" For many years I've wished to know Why God put Icnockers here below. Just why He lets thli tribe Increase And m»r our happiness and peace. In lodge and club. In churches, too You'll find the knocker and hU trew; Tou'II listen to the hammer ling And hear the anvil chorus sins. But then I know Jehoya makei Mosquitoes, lizards, toads and >nOics; 80 there's a rrason, I suppose— Jnst what U is—God only knows. Information, Please! 1. What great English poet was once expelled from Oxford, where now a memorial chamber contains a marble statue of him? 2. What have these articles of » clothing in common — redingote, Prince Albert, Tuxedo, Chesterfield? 3. What do we mean by "occupational therapy?" 4. Who sees better in the dark, a color-blind person or one with normal sight? 5. What European monarch ruled longest? 1. Percy Bysshe Shelley. 2. They are all types of coats. 3. Healing by training in an art or useful occupation. 4. A color-blind person. 5. Louis XIV of France who reigned 72 years. A Conscience Pang Perhaps often wonder what goes through the mind of a building worker who's deliberately doing less than he can on the job when he meets up with a GI who's desperately seeking a place in which to house himself and family. THE DAY'S BOUQUET TO DRIVERS IN CERRO GORDO COUNTY—during the 3 day July 4 holiday period when, with unusually heavy traffic, not a major traffic accident was reported. Continuance of the county's first 6 months' record will make 1948 an excellent year ot safety on our roads. Did You Know? By The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers oslnr thli service for question of fact—not roun- , e l should si([n full name and address and Inclose S cents for reiurn postage. Address The Mason City Globe-C.a- r.clte Information Bureau, 3H> Ey» Street N. E.. Washington 2, D. C. Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures They'll Do If Every Time WELL-WELL-HERE'S A BEAUTIFUL CONTESTANT- WHAT'S VOUR NAME ? OH MRS LOOPIE DIMBULB! THEN YOUR. HUSBAND'S NAME IS MR- LOOPIE DIMBULB-RIGHT? HEH-HEH! WHAT DOES HE DO?-WHAT DO VOU DO? •« WHERE DO VOU LIVE ? - OH, HE'S A PANTS PPESSER. HEV ? »• DO VOU LIVE IN EAST SMOKEV COVE OR WEST SMOKEV COVE ? CHILDREN? WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES »• By Jimmy Hafrlo WHAT DVA EAT? HOW D'VA SLEEP?'WHO CARES? WHAT WE WANT IS THE JACKPOT QUESTION V NOMINATE \ * 'HIM SECRETARY OP THE DEPARTMENT OF USELESS^ IN FORM ATI ON V 'TEE-HEE-NO' IMEAN-VETH THEIR NAMES ARE] LUDW16. ATLAS, LOOPINA AND- AND HE GETS FIVE GRAND A BROADCAST FOR' THAT. A CENSUS TAKER WOULD BE, k FUNNIER CASTOR O\L QUVZ 'C'MON? 'GET ON WITH, /THE SHOW/ fnrrerl his country to try him in its courts 40 YEARS AGO torceci DIM IAJUIIL j .r _ ... The Cnnr i cs city Intelligencer states that ne~ for treason and spread such a conviction on the books. If he had had more courage he would _ . . j ,,V, 0 f TTifW Ooehbels and Goer- solidatc them with his own. He has purchased have done What Hitler, uoeooeis, aim uuei ^^ fix ing did when the game 'Was up. gotintions have been completed whereby Postmaster Henry, publisher of the Herald, has purchased the Daily Press and the Advocate, the weekly edition of the same paper and will con- plain, mi.^ fixtures and subscription lists and will continue the daily and weekly editions. *- wonti) »ioirr« (JETTING ALLTHE GRUESOME DETAILS OM THE QUIZ PROGRAM ^ 'ftiamf AND A TIP Of TWE HATLO HAT TO KARL BARBE HOGTON, KANSAS* ROUTE 2.. Is there a Mark Twain museum? The Mark Twain museum and home in Hannibal, Mo., are at 20G- 208 Hill street. The home was presented to Hannibal in 1912 and restored in 1937-38. How many of the total number of war dead to be evacuated from the United States military cemetery in Bari, Italy, have been removed to date? The department of the army says that to date, none of the 2.363 remains has been evacuated from the military cemetery at Bari. Since this is a temporary United States military cemetery, all remains will eventually be removed. Was Bach recognized as a composer during his lifetime? Bach was esteemed as an organist but not as a composer. After his death, his widow suffered ffreat poverty and sold a whole bundle of cantatas for the equivalent of $4(1. One of his sons disposed of 60 others for about 10 cents each. What members of congress have been Rhodes Scholars? The Rhodes Scholarship Trust lists the following' J W. Fulbright (Arkansas and Pembroke, '25); Robert Hale (Maine and Trinity '10): Carl B. Albert (Oklahoma and St. Peter's, '31)- C R. Clason (Maine and Christ Church, '14), all members of the BOth congress. Has n living: person ever IIPPII pictured on United States coins? There is an unwritten law that no likeness of a living person shall appear on United States coins. However, there have been 4 exceptions in the case of commemorative coins as follows: Thomas E. Kirov, 1921: Calvin Coohdpe, 1926: Joseph Robinson. 1933, -C, -7, -8, -0: and Carter Glass, 1936. Did' a legless man once swim 150 miles in the Hudson river? The'handicap swim record is held bv the leslcss Charlie Zimmv, who swam the Hudson river from Albany to New York, a matter of 147 miles in 1938, but without any timing for his feat _ How much gasoline is allotted to each automobile that takes part in the 500-miles Indianapolis race? There are no regulations regai-dinp the amount of gasoline an automobile is allowed to carry during the Indianapolis races. Until 1948 the only driver to go the full 500 miles without a stop for gasoline was Cliff Bergere in 1941. Is there a difference between the oysters found on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts? The native oyster on the Pacific coast is smaller than the eastern oyster, and does not occur in #reat numbers because the exposed coast lines of the western stales arc not well adapted for oyster growing. How does the dome of the Baha'l Temple at Wilmette, III., rank in size? This dome is said to be the 7th largest in the world, ranking GEN. ALBERT C. WEDEMEYER, born July 9, 1897, is now chief of U. S. army plans and operations. Son. of a military family, he was a 1918 West Point graduate. Later he was g i ven further army training and sent to Germany in the l.a te '30s to study army methods there. His most noted work was as head of the U. S. forces in China. He succeeded Gen. Joseph Stilwell, 1944-46 and returned to China in 1947 on a fact-finding tour. after the Pantheon and St. Peter's in Rome, Duomo Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Santa Sophia in Constantinople, St. Paul's in London and the U. S. Capitol in Washington. The Baha'i Temple dome is 93 feet in diameter. Is it necessary to place an opal in castor oil over night once a month to help preserve the beauly of the stone? The Geological Survey says that it is not necessary. In'fact, as opal is highly porous material, it absorbs the oil. which then tends to oxidize and turn brown, thereby destroying the stone's beauty. Is there an animal called "snark?" Snark is merely a word coined by Lewis Carroll in his ingenious poem for children, "The Hunting of the Snark." The author intended it to mean some sort of ferocious beast. Mason City Globe-GoreKe An A. W. LF.E NEWSPAPKR Issued Every Week Day by Ihr GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-llf East State St. Telephone 3800 LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Advertising Manager Friday, 'July 3, 1948 Entered a» second-class matter April 12, 1930. at the postofficp at Mason City, Iowa, under the act of March 3. 1879. MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS, which Is exclusively entitled to use for repub- Ucation 6f all local news printed tn thl« newspaper as well as all AP news dispatcher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lak« (Carrier Delivery Limits* One year $13.00 One week -23 Outside Mason City and Clear Lahe But Within 100 Miles of Mason City By mail one year * 9.00 By rnali H!X months $ *."5 By carrier per week 25 Outside 100 Mile Zont by Mail Only One year $12.00 Six months $ S.fQ Thre« monthi , •. * ' 5 °

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