PAGE EIGHT. THE POSTVILLE HERALD, POSTVILLE, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, MAY I, l We , We wonder how many I^stville residents are aware that we have as beaut ifut and well kept n park in town as you'll find anywhere. The fellow who sits at the next desk to us here in the office being a newcomer, we took him out on a sightseeing trip of the town the other afternoon to point out where people he had met live. To round out the afternoon, we came to Lull's Park and both of us.were surprised and delighted at what met our eyes. The place has been thoroughly groomed recently by Street Commissioner Otto Appel and his helper and that they did a remarkable job is putting it lightly. Picnic tables and benches, as well as the barrier posts around the park have been painted white; terraces were leveled off and bare spots seeded down: two outdoor stoves have been installed for use of picnickers (they even contain firewood for first-comers) and in general the place has been made a veritable showplace. Trees and shrubs have been trimmed of deadwood and a number of additional trees were planted which eventually; will afford more shade for those who will go there to use the grounds. Our man. Smith, who only recently returned from Okinawa, stood silently viewing the place flooded by the glinting sunbeams of eventide, and when we glanced his way. we beheld a tear trickling down his cheek. "You know. Bill." he exclaimed meditatively, "it was spots like this we boys pictured in our minds and hoped to get back to when we were in those bombed-out. barren wastelands only a few months ago. Gosh, isn't this beautiful !" It is our guess that if the folks once get to know we have such a convenient picnic grounds, they will use it at every opportunity—and by the way. when they do. all can lessen the work for those who have the park's care in hand by helping to keep it clean and the trees and shrubs from suffering harm. It was while wc were puffing away at lawn mowing the other evening that we heard a put-putting behind us and for a moment thought the old pre-war model lawn mower had by some form of magic turned into a power-driven machine. On glancing back of us we saw Jimmie Gregg and his new scooter stopping at our curbing. Jimmie offered to hitch his new "bike" to the mower and give our lawn a trimming, but by the time we had discussed the mechanism of his scooter, how many miles to the gallon of gas it gives" out. and how fast the thing travels, it got too dark for lawn cutting, so we decided to put it off until some other time. We are interested in his proposition though, and may give it a try. NESTING BIRDS OF IOWA COWBIRD By Ellis Hicks. Iowa State College Wildlife Specialist. Here's the "moocher" of bird society. It's the cowbird and classed as the only bird in Iowa which is a true parasite. It does not build a nest but lays its eggs in nests of sparrows, warblers, thrushes and scarlet tanagers who are the foster parents. The female cowbird docs not lay all her eggs in one nest but parcels them out. That's only the beginning of the trouble. She usually takes one of the rightful eggs out when she lays her own. When the young cowbirds hatch, they are bigger than the rightful owners of the nest and get most of the food. Sometimes they even kick the other young birds from the nest. Some of the birds, such as the robin and catbird, will toss the cowbird egg out of the nest. But foster parents will feed the parasite as if it were one of the brood. Meadows and pastures where cattle are grazing are favorite haunts for these birds. About one-fourth of the cowbird's food is animal matter and includes grasshoppers, wasps, weevils, armyworms and cutworms. Vegetable matter forming the rest of the diet includes weed seeds with some waste grain. Its feeding habits are beneficial, but this asset is countered by the fact that for every cowbird, from one to four birds just as valuable have perished. Cowbirds arrive in Iowa about April 10. They form in small groups usually consisting of from one to two females and three to five males. The males are silly fellows and almost go into convulsions at times trying to sing for the females. They can produce nothing better than a rather amusing "cluck see." The head and neck of the male cowbird are dark brown. The remainder of the body is glossy black with a slight greenish tinge. The bill, feet and legs are black. The female is an over-all gray-brown, shading to a light gray on the underparts. • * * * Postville to Play Ossian In Tourney at Monona For several years the dentists of Postville have had in effect a Thursday ' afternoon closing schedule, and now the lawyers cldse up their offices Saturday afternoons. It looks like a sensible idea, so here in the Herald office we're kicking around with the idea of doing something along the same line. Starting the first of May, the Herald force is going to put a half- holiday per week plan into effect for the summer months. But we'll rotate the holiday among the members of the force, so the office will be kept open and turning out the necessary work as usual. The long hours we put in during the war with shortage of help left us sort of fagged out; we denied ourselves a few of the pleasures like fishing and golfing—perhaps we can catch up on these without being conscience-stricken when we take a few hours off 'playing hooky." • • « « • Says Rich Strauch in his "Pipe Drean.s" in the Elgin Echo: "What's all this gripe about being unable to get nylons? When the gals could get all they wanted, they never wore 'em anyhow." • « • • • When the publishers of the four counties met at West Union a week or so ago, they were told that they will not be able to get print paper until four months hence. It leaves some of the member papers in a pickle in that their supply is running low and * they'll have to borrow from their neighbors to tide them over. Ceiling prices have been increased by OPA every few months until it now costs 35% more than in 1941, and another increase has been promised the mills. What's the answer? Three member papers in our association have announced increased subscription prices. They are reluctant to do this, although daily papers have been keeping up with the advance in newsprint prices and the Des Moines paper by carrier now costs $19.24 per year. Paper houses will not quote prices on paper in advance of shipping dates. The stock used in the current telephone directory this office printed last week rose, without warning, 66% percent over the price we bought it for a year ago. They tell us there's no inflation? They're nuts ! • • • • • Last week we read where a traveling preacher was due to deliver a sermon at a western church. Arriving at the church, he paused to read the sign in front of it, which said, "Subject for this Sunday: "Do you know what Hell is?* Come and near our new organist." THE BUTTER MESS. There is no longer much question about the inflation of butter prices. There is little butter in the legitimate stores in the larger cities. That which can be purchased in the metropolitan centers goes through the black market and brings a higher price than was paid for butter even after the first World war. when there was no price control. In the large cities it is said- that butter will remain acutely short during all of 1947. Removing the ceiling price on butter might help, but the greater part of the damage has already been done. The reason the present shortage became so acute is not difficult to find. Farmers and creameries can make more money selling their cream and raw milk products than they can by selling butter. The price of cream used for whipping, ice cream or cheese purchases is now 70 to 80 cents a pound. Cream used for butter must sell from 50 to 53 cents per pound under OPA ruling. You can write your own ticket on this bit of muddled New Deal strategy. Would you expect farmers and creameries to make butter and lose money? As a result, consumption of fluid milk has jumped 50 percent during the past year. Production of whole milk. Cheddar cheese, and whipping cream has increased more than four billion pounds, while the production of butter has dropped nearly 200,000.000 pounds. Here is an example of the classic manipulation of price ceilings by the OPA. Can you wonder that Congress is trying to find a way out of the mess?—Sheldon Mail. SOMEBODY WAS WRONG. If you have confidence in yourself and your potential abilities don't let anybody talk you out of them. Consider the following: F. W. Woolworth, founder of the flve-and-dime chain, was once hired as a janitor for fifty cents a day by a retail store owner who didn't think Woolworth had enough business sense to wait on customers. When Zane Grey was still an unknown trying to sell his book manuscripts a publisher told him he hi'd no ability for writing fiction; and Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) was a tomboy marked by her fellow townspeople as a girl who would never amount to beans. A publisher once told her to give up the idea of writing. The first time George Gershwin ever played the piano on the stage he was laughed out of the theatre by both the audience and his fellow actors. Albert Einstein's teachers classified him as a dunce, and even his parents thought him backward. And when Thomas A. Edison was in school he was always at the foot of his class because he couldn't remember his three R's. His teacher called him stupid and doctors predicted he'd have brain trouble. If the President keeps on making appointments from Missouri for federal jobs, says an exchange, the housing question in that state will soon be solved. America chose bureaucracy rather than inflation and now has both.— Omaha World Herald. The Russian attitude in the Iran case seems to be: To the victor belong the oils.—The Plain Dealer. The Postville Pirates will play Ossian Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the first round-»f the high school sectional baseball tournament at Monona. The pairings for the tournament are as follows: First Round—Postville vs. Ossian; McGregor vs. Marquette: Luana vs. St. Mary's iGuttenberg): Farmersburg vs. Elkader. Second Round—Monona vs. winner of Postville-Ossian game; Guttenberg vs. winner of Farmersburg-Elkader game: Winner of Luana-St. Mary's game vs. winner of Farmersburg-Elkader game. District Legion Meeting At Charles City May 14 A district conference of the American Legion will be held at Charles City Tuesday, May 14. Members of Arthur F. Brandt Post in Postville will attend the conference, Norris Blegen, commander, announced this week. Full details of the conference meeting will be announced next week and arrangements will be made for transportation of Legionnaires. The regular May meeting of the local Post will be postponed until Tuesday, May 21. PICK CEDAR GALLS TO PROTECT APPLE TREES Bright orange galls with jellylike horns which appear on red cedar trees this time of year serve as a danger signal to orchardists, says D. M. Cole, Iowa State College plant,pathologist. This is one stage of the cedarapple rust fungus which causes orange spots on leaves of apple and hawthorn trees, Coe points out If there are only a few trees around your home orchard, Coe believes it will be well worth the time to pick the galls from the cedars and destroy them. If this isn't practical the disease may be controlled with some success by spraying the cedars when the galls are just beginning to show their orange horns. As I percent solution of Elgetol is recommended. TWO MAYNARD MEN CAPTURE 58 FOX IN FEW WEEKS Americanism Essays By Junior High Students (Continued from page one) us our protection. We should all appreciate this and give our best in return. We must also respect other nations as we respect our own neighbor. When called to foreign countries we should show ourselves as a courteous American citizen and not a disorderly one that we may make a good impression of what we are to represent. One of our greatest privileges is the right to vote. The right to vote is of no value to the people unless they use it. Good government is made possible only by people's close study and interest in good leaders through voting. Using this privilege gives people great power and makes our country a still better place in which to live. There are many other privileges, as the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of opportunity, the right to private property, and also freedom to seek the truth. During the first World War the billboards carried huge posters which read: "Your country needs you." We still need those words throughout the land. Our country needs us not only in war, but to secure world peace. AMERICAN CITIZENS. Our Responsibilities —Our Privileges. (By Lorna Luhman.) We, as Americans, will work every extra moment polishing up our new cars or work overtime to get money for something wc want badly, but unless we are just as enthusiastic about keeping up the nation something drastic will happen. People might think the government a little old fashioned and want to reform it. but our American government is the best in the world, so let's do our part to keep it that way. Being of service to one's country should be one of the highest aims of life. To accomplish this, citizens have many responsibilities, such as obeying the laws, voting willingly and honestly, and respecting the officers. We should help in the community by being a willing, active member of a family. Citizens will have a greater sense of responsibility, therefore being of more service _ to a community, if they are Christians and worship God faithfully with gratitude. Keeping physically fit is essoinial to face the trying tasks that confront every citizen. The habits of doing good work, being well controlled, and trustworthy are all steps to better citizenship. We should not be afraid of doing right when the crowd does wrong. We should help the crowd, teaching them to do better. Children should play fair, be cheerful losers, and industrious pupils at school. School is to help the children for all citizens must not only have sturdy bodies but sturdy minds. One reason why the United States is the most powerful democracy is because it provides free education for children over a longer period of time than any other country. Privileges and responsibilities link very closely together. Children should consider it a privilege to be able to go to school free. It is a duty to give people assistance whenever we can and also a privilege to help people not as able as ourselves. The Bill of Rights promises American citizens such liberal rights as freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, and right to assemble. The government provides for the rural free delivery, parcel post, and reports from the weather bureau. Pamphlets mailed to farmers and other workers aiding them in their work is a great help. Caring for the poor, the insane and feeble-minded, the deaf, dumb, and blind is always on the mind of the government. In the community the firemen do all they can in case of a fire. Usually there is a health board that keeps the town a clean, healthy place in which to live. There are city parks and other recreational places for children that the government 'takes care of. The American citizens are very fortunate to live where the love of freedom prevails. Democracy means freedom. It means that people are free to make full use of their minds and to develop without interference all of their interests and abilities. They are allowed to take charge of their own lives. America will remain free only if we are willing to assume responsibilities as well as to accept privileges. CPORTS OUT OP (J/W ADAM'S HAT OR. RUSSELL, OF EDINBURGH, HIT A BALL 300 YOS. BACKWARDS DURINS THE 1913 BRAIDS rounm He ACCIDENTAL HIT THE BALL ONABACKSWlNG-ir BOUNCED OVER A FENCE AND ROLLED DOWM A HILL DROVE MORE THAN 200 YARDS WHILE- BLINDFOLDED AT, P1NEHURST-/929.' Left To Write By Lou Gardner (Opinions expressed in this column ire those of the writer and do not necessarily conform to the editorial policy of this newspaper.) Ted and Clint Vargason of Maynard have the last few weeks in their spare time, dug out and killed 58 fox. The sport has been a mere pastime after working hours and over the weekend, their largest kill at one weekend being 23. In one den they found a goose head, remains of several pheasants and chickens. The Vargason brothers located the den and as Ted expresses it "We jus dig 'em out." Ted is a truck driver, while Clint works for the Chicago Great Western railroad. AERIAL DELIVERY, Not all aerial freight involves coast- to-coast mileage. At Jewell recently, A. C. Teagarden received 2,000 turkey poults by air from Worthington, Minn. Although only 190 miles distant, the plane saved about a day of trucking time. CHECK FUND. Lester Lage, of near Gladbrook, recently found a 25 year old check in his pasture. Dated June 6, 1921. the check was still in good condition, as if it had recently been taken out of a bill fold. Took It In Stride Congrcs.-man Paul Cunningham came nut firm Washington to spend a few days, and arrived just in time to run head-on into an organized effort to discredit Iowa congressmen who voted for the OPA bill. He did not dodge the controversy. He did not belittle himself by making excuses. He took the controversy in full stride. As he spoke before club and other gatherings and appeared on a radio forum, it was apparent that he had more knowledge of the bill at his finger-tips than his opponents possessed in all their resources. His appearance on the radio forum was a clear demonstration of his willingness to debate the bill, defend it against unfair attack, and clear up misunderstanding about it. Cunningham's opponents ganged up on him, but he took them on single- handed. He had the answers to their questions. He had the true facts about the bill. He had clear explanations of its provisions. He pointed out that the bill extends OPA. does not abolish it; that it paves the way for an orderly liquidation of OPA controls as soon as this can be done under stabilized markets without encouraging inflation. YOUTH WILL ACCOMPANY CATTLE SHIPMENT TO EUROPE Paul Walther, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Walther, who live southwest of Nashua, will/make a trip to Europe this spring, serving as an attendant for some of the dairy cattle that are being shipped to famine- stricken countries, says the Nashua Reporter. He received a telegram Saturday, to report to Houston, Texas, by Wednesday of this week to start the trip, and left for that place by train Sunday night. Paul, who is a junior at Nashua high school, secured the job with the United Nations Rehabilitation and Relief organization, which has charge of the shipping and distribution of the cattle, The shipment he will help care for was donated to the UNRRA by an* eastern conference of the United Brethren church, Each attendant is to take care of 20 to 30. head- of the dairy cattle, and there will be some 20 to 30 boys with the shipment. It Is expected that the shipment will go to Greece, Poland or Czecho-Slovakia. Congressman Makes Statement. The following is a statement made by Congressman Cunningham. It is so clear it tells it;, own story: Since returning home from Washington 1 have been amazed at the erroneous statements about the OPA bill. The range of these indicates one of two things: Either U> there is a lack of knowledge about the bill, or I2I there is a deliberate attempt to deceive the public about it. Those who attack it base theiv opposition on the statement that the bill abolishes OPA. This is not true. The bill extends OPA. This is in accordance with the belief of those who fear a sudden ending of OPA provisions might start aij inflationary trend. Congress is not for inflation. The House voted to extend OPA and provided for its orderly discontinuance as the markets again fill with purchasable goods. The aim is to stimulate production. We must have production to sustain a stable price structure. The House decided the proper point at which to drop controls is when production equals that of 1341. In doing so reliance was placed on the statements of Mr. Chester Bowles, the head of OPA. The House also relied on the statement of the President that production is now at the highest point in our history. This was a factor in determining House action that wo are approaching the time when controls can be ended. The House sought to hold OPA to legal methods in price administration and put power over such controls in the hands of the courts where it belongs. OPA has been avoiding the courts in operating controls. Congress has one thing very clearly in mind. That is that we do not want permanent regimentation or controls such as OPA. We stand for getting rid of these just as soon as it can be done without danger of starting an inflationary spiral. That is the reasonable purpose of the OPA bill. That is as It should be. H Old Not Work. In 1944 the Democrats played "trick politics" up in the Eighth District In pitting a candidate for Congress against Charles Hoeven. They named Lester Gillette of Fostorta. He bears the same may as Guy Gillette, whom the Democrats had coaxed into anoth er campaign for United States Senator because they expected him to sweep the state. Lester Gillette had strength in hi! own right. He had served in the State Senate. He was a member ol the State Board of Education. He was then and is now accounted one of the most fairmindod and outstanding Democrats in the state. This was his background in entering the campaign against Charles Hoeven. Both had served in the State Senate at the same time—Gillette from Clay- Dickinson - Emmet-Kossuth -Palo Alto District; Hoeven from Lyon-O'Brien- Osceola-Sio.tx District. Uneven was elected as State Senator from hii district by 495 votes. Gillette was elected by 4,591. As candidates for congress in 1941 both were from outlying counties of the Eighth District. That is. they were both from outside heavily populated Woodbury county with its metropolis of Sioux City. When the votes for the congressional battle were totaled Hoeven had won over Lester Gillette by 12.855. He had carried all but two of the twelve counties of the district. The Hoeven victory was decisive. 1! was a fine win over an acknowledged strong candidate. It fully measured the respective political strength ol two outstanding men who had conducted n clean fight and a dignified campaign. Charles Hoeven's opponent in the 1946 election is also from Clay County. We have no record of his ever having been active as a candidate for public office. Whatever his character and whatever his strength, he will find in Charles Hoeven a resourceful adversary who fights with clean weapons and who today is stronger in his district, after two successful campaigns, than at any time in his career. Hoeven has kept in weekly touch with his constituents through a column which he sends to the papers in his district.- He has carried on radio programs that have been intelligent reports of affairs in Washington. Hoeven will keep the Eighth District solidly Republican. 2,943 VETS AT UNIVERSITY. University of Iowa now has 2,M1 veterans of World War II. 76ft ol whom are Iowa residents and 35% ol whom are married, according to Dl rector William D. Coder of the veterans' service office. Liberal arts college has 1,822 veterans, followed by graduate college with 429 and engineering with 283. Iowa residents total 2,246 and 1,041 of the veterans art married. Thought Gjems BEHAVIOR. Men's trehavior should be like their apparel, not too strait, or point device, but free for exercise or motion.- ; Bacon. To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners ; is not to think about yourseK- Whately. ( . ' • * * • • Simplicity of manner is the las''' talnmont. Men are very long atm; of being natural, from the drond «, being taken for ordlnary.—Jeffrey, • » » • • There are men whose manners h*w the.' th«' the same essential splendor a' simple and awful sculpture on friezes of the Parthenon.—Ralph do Emerson, Right motives give pinions J 'i thought, and strength and freedom 10 speech and aetlon,~Mary Baker • * «t Nothing except what flpws frorntj^ heurt can render even 'extwnal|jnf!',| [ners truly pleasing.—pia.lr. , "•"Win' ii •i -.ri '.iiiil-^"'-*'^'
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