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Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 29, 1948
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EDITORIALS Machine Age Dominates Our Political Conclaves rpHOSE who listened to the proceedings -*- of the Philadelphia convention must sense to what extent the nomination of a presidential candidate is dependent on radio, television and microphone mechanics. Man is almost dwarfed by machines at national conventions. Despite the network of microphones throughout the auditorium at Philadelphia, it is still a gigantic spectacle run by remote control. Men are puppets whose voices are controlled, monitored and magnified by technicians at switchboards far removed from the scene. The delegates to the republican convention were red-eyed and blurry from the blinding glare of klieg lights, photographers' flashes, and the searing white brilliance of television. Those on the rostrum took terrific punishment. T HE day when a national political convention had only the delegates and the visitors' gallery to consider ended in 1924 —the first convention to be broadcast by KDKA at Pittsburgh. There were few crystal detector sets with headphones to pick up that convention, but it was on the air in part. This Philadelphia convention is the first to be completely televised, although the network of coaxial cables for television does not encompass the country as yet. One word seems to dominate the scripts of convention commentators; it is, "giant- ism." Save for the distorted roar of the speaker's voice over the convention hall loud speakers, the figure before the convention is almost lost in the crowd. He is at the mercy of the mechanical equipment required to project his personality to the listening and video audience. A S a matter of cold fact, the radio audience gets a more realistic concept of the convention 1,000 miles away than the delegates or reporters in the press sections. What's true of radio is even more true with respect to television. Those who are fortunate enough to follow the convention by this medium are able both to see and hear better than 99 out of 100 seated on the delegate floor or in the galleries. On this question the writer speaks from experience. He followed parts of the republican convention on a television set in his Philadelphia hotel. It was amazingly effective. It takes an exceptional speaker and a powerful platform personality to gain the attention of those in the convention hall. Modern conventions put a fearful premium on showmanship. The time when a party could elect a "voice" is over. He must also have an appealing "look." The candidate who can sway a vast assemblage and project his personality to the unseen audience over the air must be photogenic and dynamic to be elected pi*esident in 1948. Look Out Below! SAY AU REVOIR, BUT NOT GOODBYE! Henry Wallace must feel neglected. In spite of all the recent booby-prize nominations, no one has thought to accuse Henry of being the worst third-party candidate the country ever had. A colleague comments that measuring the effect of a $60 million gift to China is like finding the hole after you take your finger out of a cup of water. Now they're saying that the fellow who dreamed up the term "easy payments" is the same person who began referring to 6-footers as "Shorty." News of that Milwaukee cake weighing a half ton should be comforting to housewives whose angel food cake has fallen. It was a case of Stassen getting the applause and Dewey getting the votes. Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Stifle Competition Garner Leader: According to reliable informs^ tion, Iowa optometrists will make another effort in the next session of the legislature to pass a bill making it unlawful for any member of the optome- tery profession to advertise. Optometrists have attempted to pass such "anti-advertising" legislation in Iowa before but have been unable to "sell" the lawmakers on the idea that advertising is detrimental to the public interest. Charles City Charles City Press: A quick check with the postal guide indicates that Charles City, Iowa, not only is the largest city by that name in the United States but that there is only one other Charles City large enough to have a post office. The other Charles City is in Virginia, population 4,275. It does not have a daily newspaper. Welcome AA! Decorah Public Opinion: An important organization is being launched in Decorah—the Alcoholics Anonymous club. This club has done such an outstanding piece of work, improving thr lives of individuals and consequently giving a lift to community welfare, that it deserves the full support of everyone. Poor Guessers Danbury Review: Political polls and forecasts of newspaper political writers are a fraud, for look at the predictions they made in Iowa and then look at the outcome, and didn't they alibi and alibi. They are still trying to dope out why Blue's victorious poll failed. Shades of St. Patrick Britt News-Tribune: Many years ago St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. And now along comes John Mullins to drive the snake food out of Iowa. Since we already have a St. John, we move that John Mullins be sainted St. Mullins. Parting: of Ways Sheldon Sun: Truman blames congress and congress blames Truman. If it was a man-and- wife affair, the gossip columnists would have someone bound for Reno. It Is Bound to Help Belmond Independent: "Take a boy fishing," is a slogan that can do more to cut down juvenile delinquency than all the editorials or sermons ever written or preached. Good Old Days Davenport Democrat: The old days had several good points, one of the best being that they gave us something to look back to. Observing To Your Health! Roving Reporter By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. DISEASE WITH UNKNOWN CAUSE O Abreast of the Times D O the American people follow the news, day by day? Do they keep themselves informed on. developments here at home and abroad? There are those who say that the masses are not concerned with their country's problems, live only from one day to the next. It was an astonishing, gratifying report made public in New York on newspaper reading in the United States. The American people spent a record 907 million dollars for newspaper reading. That's a sidelight of American character more revealing than anything that has come to public attention in recent months. America's expenditure for newspapers is more money than all of Europe's hundreds of millions spend for reading—more than they have to spend in the pinch of living—and probably more than the rest of the world combined. It is comforting reassurance in the simplest language that 140 million free men, women, and children actually keep abreast of the things that affect them; keep informed on what their government is doing, along with other governments; actually undertake to qualify their own to govern themselves. Back in the days whon ideals of freedom were taking shape among early Anglo- Saxons it was said men would go without bread for the sake of buying tiny, surreptitious pamphlets discussing those steps essential to the dignity of man. No American is called upon to go hungry in satisfying his physical needs to appease his hunger for information. But the figures do answer those who doubt the underlying interest of American masses in devoting a portion of their time and energies to keeping tab on what happens to them. Editorial of the Day IOWA'S GROWING AIR SERVICE pLEAR LAKE MIRROR—Last summer there v was an airplane lor every 1,471 people in Iowa, compared to the national average of one plane for nearly 1,600 people. And one lowan in 2,500 has a private plane at his service. These facts about lowans 1 growing interest in their skyways were gleaned from "lowans Flying," a survey intended to encourage the development of aviation in Iowa, released by the Iowa Aeronautics Commission. The report was prepared under the direction of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, of the State University of Iowa. In reviewing Iowa aviation today, the booklet points out that "of 1,760 planes registered in Iowa, 691 are in commercial service; Iowa's fleet of personal planes and planes used for private business amounts to slightly over 1,000. In early 1947 there were 8,950 pilot's licenses held by lowans." The report contends that aviation is already a big business, with about 2QQ airports in Iowa. "The average Iowa airport," the survey reveals, "is between 2 and 3 miles from the community it serves, covers 150 acres of ground, and has a miscellaneous assortment of small buildings and hangars." The operation of seaplanes on Iowa's lakes and rivers is becoming common in the north-central part of the state where there are 8 lakes, varying from 157 to 568 acres surface area, on which seaplanes operation is permitted, and 61 other lakes on which landings are permitted but not recommended. Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO Clear Lake—The Hammond clan held its 6th annual reunion at the home of Mrs. Fern Olson on the south shore. A business session and program followed the picnic dinner served 35 relatives at noon. Officers elected for 1939 are: Mrs. Mary Stanfield, president; Mrs. Floyd Carter, vice president; Mrs. George Welker, secretary- treasurer, and Miss Ivadell Hammond, historian. On the dinner and program committee are Mesdames George . Welker, Steve Hammond, Roy Hammond, John Janssen and Arthur Hammond. 20 YEARS AGO Clear Lake—H. M. Knudson, Mason City, was elected president of the Society of Iowa Florists at the 2nd session of their annual convention which is being held at the Lakeshore hotel. Mr. Knudson is retiring vice president of this society and a former member of its board of directors. He is also just completing a year of work as vice president of the Iowa unit of the Florist Telegraph Delivery association. 30 YEARS AGO Mrs. Pearl Brandon Crawford, who formerly taught at the Grant school, is in France in Y.M.C.A. work and writes a very interesting letter to a friend in Hampton about life in France. Mrs. Crawford, who was Miss Pearl Brandon, was a member of the Queen Esther and Miss Tyson will read the letter to the Queen Esthers at the picnic at the park this evening which will constitute one of the features of the picnic. 40 YEARS AGO S. B. Nichols and daughter, Miss Edity, Dr. Carlton and daughter, Mable, Mr. and Mrs. George Van Wie, Miss Bessie Barsalou, Miss Thrams and Miss Hattie Currie were in Hampton yesterday attending the Epworth League convention. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Odle arrived yesterday from a few weeks delightful trip to Atlantic City, N. J. and other eastern points where they attended the national convention of ticket agents. 1 NE of the most challenging diseases known to science, ulcerative colitis, has so far defied all attempts to find either its cause or its cure. That is not to say that nobody with this disorder gets well or that treatment accomplishes nothing. Far from it. But as is always the case where the exact cause of a disease remains undiscovered, no completely satisfactory form of treatment has yet been worked out. Colitis simply means inflammation of the colon or large intestine. In ulcerative colitis, sores, which can be plainly seen during an examination''with the proctoscope, form along the walls of the bowel. The procto- DR. BUNDESEN scope is a tube with an electric light bulb on the end of it. From time to time a good many different opinions have been advanced as to why certain people should be afflicted in this way. Some experts believe infection may be at the root of the trouble, but no germ that is definitely responsible has been found. Others think that perhaps the condition may be due to allergy or over-sensitivity to some food, but this theory, too, remains unproved. Nervous disorders and deficiencies in the diet are thought to play a part in bringing the condition about, but here, also, the evidence is too scanty for a verdict of guilty. The patient with ulcerative colitis has many bowel movements a day. The movements contain blood and mucus. Many patients find that the attacks occur following excessive physical or emotional strain. Patients suffer from tiredness and mental depression and often develop anemia or lessening of the coloring of the red cells in the blood. So far as treatment goes, the giving of injections of whole blood into the veins is most helpful. Vitamins may assist in maintaining the nutrition but, since these may be poorly absorbed from the intestine, it may be necessary to administer them by injection into a vein or under the skin. The diet is important and should be free of irritating or highly-seasoned food, as well as bulk and roughage. It is necessary to make sure that enough protein is supplied from such foods as meat, milk, and eggs. Often, such patients suffer from poor appetite, and it is difficult to get them to take the necessary amounts of foods. If such treatment does not bring about improvement, or the patient continues to get worse, operation may be necessary. It would appear that surgery is required in about 4 out of 10 cases. The operation usually employed is one known as ileostomy. This consists of making an opening from the small intestine through the abdominal wall, so that the large bowel may be washed or irrigated from time to time and given an opportunity to rest or heal. They'll Do It Every Time By Hal Boyle of the AP MRS. GATES IS HAPPY P HILADELPHIA, (/?)— She had come a long way and she had only 2 words to say. They weren't many words for an honest-to- legal delegate, but they overwhelmed Mrs. Vitus L. Gates of Hopkinsville, Ky. At the age of 70 she was making her freshman debut at a republican national convention. "But I really am 70 years young," she insisted. She fanned herself nervously as she explained that the 24 men in the Kentucky delegation had decided that she —the only woman—should deliver their state's vote in the loll call for the vice presidential nomination. The white hair of Mrs. Gates, who wore a blue and white flowered voile dress, stood out ]hke a gardenia in a restless gar- sden. Coming to Philadelphia was k the greatest thrill in her life, HAL BOYLE but she could hardly talk about it as she waited for Kentucky to be called in the roll. What was the thing you enjoyed here most, Mrs. Gates? "Well, you know I have a lot of friends back home who are democrats, and many of them came by and kissed me goodby as I started for the convention. "But I'll tell you what I really got the most fun out of. It was to sit here and be entirely surrounded by republicans. That never happened to me before in my life, and I just felt wonderful." Mrs. Gates looked with anxious eyes toward the platform for her signal. "I stayed here until 4 o'clock this morning," she said. "I went to bed at 5 and got up at 7." As she spoke she grew more anxious. State by state, Gov. Earl Warren of California was being nominated as Dewey's running mate by acclamation of the entire convention. Asked if she had any criticisms, Mrs. Gates said: "Only the transportation. Lots of times taxicabs with only one passenger in them rode by. But they didn't stop for me. That's the city for you. I guess you can blame it on competition." Just then she was rushed to the microphone. The republican party wanted to know imperatively whether Kentucky wanted to nominate anyone else beside Gov. Warren, the agreed on choice. Kentucky didn't. Excitedly Mrs. Gates seized the microphone and said—as every other state had also: "Kentucky passes!" She said it loudly, eagerly and triumphantly. After 70 long years spent among democrats her life had reached its peak in 2 words. "Kentucky passes," she said. The republican party could never forget her. She was part of its record forever. And she was happy. 5 Winters of Scarce Fuel have before me a prediction by the oil and gas division of the federal department of the interior that our country faces a 5-year shortage of oil—especially for heating purposes. The nation will need about 6 per cent more petroleum this year than last or approximately 6,150,000 barrels a day. It is producing 5,425,000 barrels, an all-time record. The gap between this output and the demand means another fuel famine next winter, according to government authorities. Bearing in mind last winter's cold, uncomfortable homes and the economic disruption of closed factories, authorities are advising the public to prepare during the next few months to minimize the coming fuel shortages in homes and business buildings. Proper winterization, which means storm windows and doors, weatherstripping, full-thick insulation, and closing all cracks, is the basic step being urged. In * addition, heating plants should be brought to top efficiency during the summer months and larger fuel storage facilities installed. Insulation is the biggest fuel- saver, according to government agencies. Repeated tests show that 4 inches of mineral wool between roof and living quarters and hollow wall spaces filled with this insulation substance will save upwards of 35 per cent of the fuel burned in the average house. The national bureau of standards reports additional savings of 16i per cent with storm-sash and weatherstrip. To An "Honorable Dog" wouldn't be surprised if ' lately in the newspapers you saw a little item about a bronze statue being raised in Tokio to honor a faithful dog. Here's the story, related in verse by our old friend, Pliny A. Wiley of Wichita: H»chlko was a dog of Japan OJ a thoroughbred Tokio (train. He met his master, a kindly man. Each night when he came on the train. Three straight yean Hschiko failed not To meet his matter with pride. And then grim sorrow was his lot, For his genial owner died. Hschiko never could understand. Deep down In his ghaggy breast He longed for the touch ot that friendly hand, And the voice that he loved the best. More Tips on Keeping Coo! recently passed along some tips for reducing the discomforts of summer in the home. Here are a few more: 1. Keep doors between kitchen and living quarters closed while preparing hot meals and ventilate the kitchen thoroughly to move excess heat outside. 2. Ventilate the attic with an exhaust fan, if possible. Otherwise, hot air will pack into this area, making the house extremely uncomfortable. 3. Do family ironing in the basement during the cool morning hours. 4. Use the top of the cook stove as little as possible, as open burners are like small heating plants. Prepare hot meals in the oven. 5. Replace heavy wool rugs with cool," fiber floor coverings; or let floors remain bare during sum- And so each night for 10 more years He went to the station to meet his master. But turned away in sorrow and fears, And a sense of loss and disaster. The people of Tokto, touched to the heart, By his faithfulness deep as the ocean, Cast a bronie Hschiko of beauty and art; Their tribute to love and devotion. mer. 6. Use light-colored, smooth- textured slipcovers on all upholstered furniture. 7. Install awnings to keep direct rays of the sun off glass windows and doors. Among Our Public Enemies t am not quite ready to set ! him down as public enemy No. 1. But I'm reserving a high ranking in that direction for the bird I saw gulp down a can of beer on a public dock at Clear Lake recently and then toss the can into the water — for some bather to gash a foot on later. Information, Please! 1. Who wrote "You Can't Take It With You?" 2. What is a "charade?" 3. Who, in the nursery rhyme, "Had a wife and couldn't keep her?" 4. Who was China's first president? Who is the present president? 5. Where was the Tower of Babel started? ANSWERS—1. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. 2. A pantomime representing a word. 3. Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. 4. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen; Gen. Chiang Kai-shek. 5. In Babylon. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To THE CAB AND BUS DRIVERS OF MASON CITY—for driving through the terrific traffic jam during the North Iowa band festival Tuesday without a single accident being reported. Their record %vas set despite frequent detours off their routes and through alleys and a 50 to 80 per cent increase in passengers handled. Did You Know? By The Haskirt Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers uslnr thli itrvlce for question ot fact—not counsel—should sign full name and address and inclose 3 cents for return postage. Address The Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, 310 Eye Street N. E., Washington 2, D. C. Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures GEN. CARL June 28, 1891, By Jimmy HaHo HE SPENT HAIFA LIFETIME SCULPTURING A SCULP OF EZRA PUMPHANDUE. OF THE ClTy WATERWORKS — ML ]««. KINO 1TATURK9 SYNDlCATf, Iti WHAT? WHEN rr WAS FINISHED, THEV PUT IT ON A SHAFT SO HIGH K1080DV EVER. TOOK A (SAWDER AT IT- BUT THE PI6EOWS — <•« What causes the irritant effects of poison ivy? The foliage of poison ivy and poison oak contains an oil which poisons the skin of many people who come in contact with it. Oddly enough, animals do not appear to be affected. What is the best way to clean colored fabric play shoes? If the shoes are good quality and colorfast, they can be cleaned with a stiff brush and mild soapsuds. If the colors are uncertain, the new powders made for cleaning rugs may be used. Rub the powder into the surface of the shoes, let them stand for an hour or more and then brush them thoroughly. What is the length of a meter in i n c h e 5? Approximately 3S.37 inches Are there instances of towns or villages having been relocated because of yearly floods? Leavenworth, Ind., was moved to higher ground. What is the advantage in copyrighting a label? Since 1940 it has been possible to copyright a label. This affords the owner of the copyright the same protection that is given the owner of a copyrighted book. It merely places the owner in a position to bring suit if he thinks that the copyright has been violated. How did It happen that the term "bull pen" became associated •with the \varmlngr-up process of a baseball pitcher? It is traced back to pioneer days and forts when there was a space or spot marked off as a bull pen where soldiers drilled. To what family of fishes does the Boston scrod belong? Scrod is a young cod prepared in strips, cut across the grain for cooking as by broiling. It is also one of several other young fish similarly prepared, as the haddock. Has a president ever signed a bill twice? President Wilson signed the Adamson bill on Sept. 3, 1916. Because this date fell on a Sunday he decided to sign the bill a second time, which he did on S«*pt. 5. The Adamson Act established, in place of a 10, an 8-hour day for railroad trainmen. Which of the major cities of the United States have established by ordinance a fair employment practices commission? Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Are the American people eating: less meat than formerly? The average per capita consumption of meat was 153.7 pounds in 1946 and 155.2 pounds in 1947. How fast is the population of the Soviet Union increasing? All things considered, a population of about 250 million by 1970 seems likely. This would represent an increase of 75 million since 1040. What is "dry farming?" Dry farming is the careful culture of the soil to the end that as large a percentage as possible of the mois- SPAATZ.- born is boss of the U. S. Air Force. A 1914 West > Point graduate, he was among the first 25 men to win their wings in the •First Aero 'Squadron in 1916. World War I brought both training and comb at tours. He backed Gen. "Billy" Mitchell and helped fly the "Question Mark" to an endurance record in 1929. In World War II, he led air forces in Europe and Africa. ture that falls be made available for the growth of the plant, instead of passing off into the atmosphere by evaporation. On what dates did airplanes crash into and damage skyscrapers in New York City? One building involved was the Empire State. On July 28, 1945, a B-25 Billy Mitchell bomber crashed into the Empire State building. On May 20, 1046, a C-45 crashed into the 58th floor of the Manhattan Company building at 40 Wall Street, New York City. Are there regulations prohibiting the importation of mangoes into this country? The department of agriculture says that there is a law prohibiting the importation of mangoes from all countries, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, because of the fruit flies with which they are infested. Mangoes are grown only in tropical countries. Mason City Globe-Gazette An A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East State St. Telephone 3800 LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Advertising Manager Monday, ':<ss&&^ June 28, 1948 Entered as second-class matter April 12, 1930, at the postoffice at Mason City, Iowa, under the act of March 3, 1879. 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