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EDITORIALS He's a Fine Guy-But He Isn't a Republican A great many Republicans have voted **Â· for Guy Gillette in the past and many Will wish to do 'so in the future. But they shouldn't--and we don't believe Sen. Gillette would wish to have them--vote for him on any false premise. Sen. Gillette is not in any sense a Republican. On occasion he sides with the rival party on some much publicized issue. The so-called court-packing bill is a case in point. He got tremendous mileage out of his opposition to F.D.R. on that. But day in arid day out, he follows the party line about as closely as any member of the Senate. BELOW/ SOUTH OF THE B-ODOR! By Buescher voting record in the present Congress supports this observation. Only 14 times has the lowan supported the administration's measures, as contrasted with his 19 votes against the Eisenhower program. Forty-one of the 48 other members of the upper branch of Congress had been more friendly toward the administration when the count was taken. Only South Carolina's Johnston, West Virginia's Kil- Â· gore, Nevada's McCarran, Colorado's Johnson and Tennessee's Gore had dissented more often. /CONSIDERING the entire membership ^ of 96 in the Senate, Gillette was in 89th place in this regard. It goes without saying that Oregon's renegade, Wayne Morse, was among those lower down on the list. Senator Morse has the reputation of being concerned when he discovers that he and the horse he's riding are going the same way. All things taken into account, however, It would seem to be just a bit ridiculous that our personable Guy Gillette should ever be mistaken for a Republican. He wouldn't, we're quite certain, be complimented by the erroneous label. Our Phony Merit System "TT7E are weary of what is mislabeled Y V "merit system" in the public service. It's supposed to extend to postmasterships but everybody knows that the final say about these jobs is in the hands of the local central committee. It's not onlj'- understandable but almost inevitable that a person who got his job by clearing with the partisan body will lose it the same way. The logic is all on the side of that procedure. A thing pleasing to the public would be for the party in power to institute a REAL merit system under which public servants would not only obtain their jobs but retain them on a basis of demonstrated worthiness. That would make for greater efficiency in government clear up and down the line and it would be a master stroke of shrewd politics. It's the testimony of every veteran of the political arena that patronage presents more headaches t h a n benefits for the party in power. Past Russian Promises T USSIA'S proposal for a non-aggression Â·*-*' pact among all the nations of Europe brings to mind the fate of some of the countries which signed such pacts with the Soviet Union in the past. Among the countries which had non- aggression pacts with Russia were Czechoslovakia, Poland, Rumania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. All of those countries with the exception of Finland are now part of the Communist empire. The path of Communist conquest, history proves, is strewn with non-aggression pacts which Russia negotiated with the deliberate intention of breaking. Not Wholly Fruitless rpHE Big Four conference in Berlin can't Â·*- be set down as a complete failure. It brought out at l e a s t two facts which couldn't have been more impressively revealed, ! 1. Russia's course in world affairs remains essentially the same under Malen- kov as under Stalin. 2. The Western powers are firmly united in standing up against anything the Kremlin has to offer. The cost of those two items of important information was not too high. A False Assumption Bricker assumption stems from an assumption that the legislative branch , of our "government has a greater public confidence ,than either our executive or our judicial ..branches. And it strikes us as being about as fallacious an assumption as could fa conceived. IT'S BEEN SAID: We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.--George Washington. Out of the eight avowed candidate's for the Republican gubernatorial, nomination, about four seem to have got aboard just for the ride. Perhaps you'll find a little comfort in the fact that Brazilians have to work longer to earn a pound of coffee than do we Americanos. It won't be enough merely to declare an open season on the writers of such songs as "Ricochet Romance." There should be a bounty. Secretly many a present-day politician regards himself as a logical successor to Washington or Lincoln, maybe both. An 1850 menu lists coffee at 1 cent a cup. Wonderful--until you learn that workers were being paid 50 cents a day. Thomas A. Edison provided the Russians with more than a thousand inventions to claim. At least for the time being, the name Roosevelt appears to have lost some of its old magic. Memo to Motorists: Don't make some kid the goat of your carelessness! Pros and Gons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges National Parks Neglected Clear Lake Reporter: These national parks are in trouble. They are overcrowded, undermanned and actually deteriorating in some places. They lack the facilities for handling the vast numbers of tourists attracted by their scenic beauties. Their roads often are hazardous and their sanitation inadequate. They lack the proper personnel for protecting visitors and park property. Mixed Sentiment on Price Cut Albert Lea T r i b u n e : Not all dairymen are opposed to the reduction in price support. Indeed some of them have felt the cut is long overdue. Some feel that after a temporary dip, the prices will climb higher than they now are. They see this as a result of many inefficient operators going out of the dairy business. * We Should Be Thankful Hampton Times: We in this region have much to be thankful for. Raised in the lap of plenty, we too often overlook others who are not as fortunate. When was anyone in this region so unfortunate that he was actually hungry, so poor that he could not afford to cover himself and his family with clothing? " Belated Restitution Austin Herald: Now, President Eisenhower has proposed that Lindbergh's reserve commission be restored and that he be promoted to a brigadier general. This action has, in the words of Lindbergh's World War II boss, retired Gen. George Kenney, "been a long time coming." Let's Have the Facts, Pleatel Garner Leader: This editor hopes the administration and the Defense Department have not been serving the American people some double-talk in sending Air Force ground crew technicians into Indochina. * Waiting for First Blixiard Emmetsburg Democrat: We're still waiting for that first Iowa blizzard before we head for warm southern climes. As long as we can wander about the lawn without galoshes and heavy wraps, we don't worry about trips south. Editorial of the Day POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS BEAR A BIO P R I C E QLARION MONITOR: From the number of can- ^didates running for the Republican nomination for governor, a person would never guess that a primary campaign for that office carries with it a very high price tag--but it does. At least that's the information a well known political writer made in one of Iowa's dailies last week. In a contested campaign for United States senator, a conservative campaign cost would be $50,000 and for governor from $20,000 to $40,000. Of course, none of the campaign expense statements of candidates to date have shown any such amount. The point is that candidates report only donations a n d expenses which actually pass through their hands. Friends may assume expenses for newspaper advertising, radio time and space on billboards without consulting the candidate. That is big money in any man's language--and we don't see where it could be materially reduced. When such amounts are required for campaign purposes, it eliminates many a worthy but comparatively poor man from the race. Remember? 10 YEARS AGO The point value of more than 200 items of canned goods will be published in the next issue of the Globe-Gazette. When the list appears the biggest "freeze" of foodstuffs in history.'will be under way. From Feb. 21 to 28 inclusive, it will be impossible to buy any of the more than 200 items comprising all commercially canned, bottled .and frozen fruits, vegetables, juices, soups and dried fruits. 20 YEARS AGO Victor Herbert's tuneful operetta, "Naughty Marietta," with scenes in-New Orleans furnishing a glamorous setting, wilt be presented by the high school glee clubs tomorrow evening in the high school auditorium . . . Miss Ellen Smith, head of the vocal department at the high school, is directing the production . . . The leading feminine role will be taken by MadaJynne Powell and the leading male role by Roger Downing. 30 YEARS AGO One hundred and twenty-seven delegates to the Cerro Gordo County Republican convention were elected in precinct caucuses last night. . . Reports from the rural sections of the country are not expected to be made here until tomorrow, R. F. Clough, chairman of the Republican Central Committee of the county, said today. 40 YEARS AGO Professor Bemis, the engineer employed by the city in the gas and light rate case, arrived in the city this morning for a conference with the city.:council, and attorneys and officers .of the utilities company regarding the matter .. . He Â·pent the forenoon in conference with Senncff, Bliss and Witwcr, the attorneys employed by the city In this case. Observing To Your Health \ Roving Reporter MEDICAL USE FOR PLASTICS By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. T)LASTICS have become most valuable JT medically in their latest uses. Scientists have long been trying- to find substances that possess the qualities of permanence, lightness, .resiliency, ease of molding, and inertness which are so typical of human tissues. Metals were tried, and found wanting. Recent developments in [plastic sponges seem to indicate that such a substance is almost a reality now. A type of formali- nized sponge has been used [to eliminate many of the [spaces created by certain types of chest surgery. This [substance does not cause DK. BUNDESEN any irritation within the body. It acts like a normal part of the body tissue. Even the human body tissue enters this plastic sponge, making it lo'ok almost like a living tissue. This type of sponge is snow-white in color and of a very fine texture. It is rather stiff when dry but very soft and compressible when moist. It takes to water readily. Surgeons have been searching for many years for material that could fill up spaces left by organs that had to be removed. This could prevent many of the complications of lung surgery. It would seem that this new plastic substance would serve in this manner. This plastic sponge is also being used by chest surgeons for treating certain cases of tuberculosis. It is inserted between the lining of the lung and the lung itself, and is used to collapse the diseased lung tissue and put it at rest. Recently, this plastic sponge was used to bol- Â· ster weak arteries. It was sewed around many arteries which had developed a weakness in the wall, a condition which could have caused.a fatal hemorrhage. It is not yet known if there will be any adverse Â· effects from this use of plastic sponge. The project is, as yet, in the experimental stage. Question and Answer A. L: Is it true that some persons can run an elevated temperature without being sick? Answer: The temperature of 98.6 degrees is considered average. However, some individuals do run a persistently higher temperature without being sick. A higher temperature may be normal for them. THEY'LL DO IT EVERY TIME VACATION BOUND By SAUL PETT (for HAL BOYLE) XJEW YOEK UP)--Harold Vincent Boyle, who regularly presides over this space, is off on a three-week vacation. He left on a Caribbean c r u i s e with Frances and their 7-month-okl daughter, Tracy. _ Now, those who know Boyle know how difficult it is to get him out of a room. Getting him out of the country is only a little less strenuous than dispatching the 1st Armored Division off to an invasion". It's not that he's lazy--not agile, energetic, elbowswinging Boyle who every time he loses an ounce calls himself the "Tiger man." Nor is be afraid to make decisions. It's just that Boyle has a special attitude toward decisions. The more he lets others make, the more food they'll have for their own ego and sense of usefulness. And so, on the morning they were leaving, I arrived at the Boyle apartment. Three or four other friends, recruited to help in the last minute arrangements, also were there. Baggage, cameras, film, hats were scattered about the living room. Tracy gurgled in her play pen. Frances ran around efficiently collecting things, checking lists and baby clothes. And, in the midst of the inevitable confusion, Harold Vincent Boyle sat on the couch, enjoying a sublime serenity, grinning like a Irish Buddha. He wondered what tie to wear to the boat. Frances ran off to shower. The rest oÂ£ us started putting stateroom stickers on the baggage. "Of course, you kids realize," Boyle announced, without moving, "this is no rehearsal. This is the real thing. But then, if we miss the boat, we'll always have enough for bridge." Â· Boyle volunteered the helpful information that white'buying a suit, he met a fellow who sold him a new kind of toothbrush, something called an "oraiizer" which "cleans your teeth while it cleans your tongue." Getting through the door, Frances wondered . aloud about what else she should take for the baby and father wondered aloud whether he should take along his high school diploma. It took two cabs to get up to the ship. Boyle, of course, didn't know which pier. Frances, of course, did. And at the gangplank came the inevitable question: "Who's got the tickets?" "Not me," said Boyle as if he had just been accused of a capital offense. Frances, of course, produced the tickets. Finally in their stateroom, Frances set about making the baby comfortable while the stewards unloaded bags. "Who brought this along?" Boyle asked, scowling at his portable typewriter. By Jimmie Hatlo THAT'S ALL//NEXT WALK UP AND DOWN About George Washington recently encroached on ! "Information, Please" to ask some questions about Abraham Lincoln. Encouraged by the reaction, I'm doing the samo with respect to Georgo Washington: 1. Was our first President actually born on Feb. 22? 2. When did the observance of Washington's birthdny begin? 3. Is Washington's birthday a legal holiday in every stale? 4. How did Washington get his pock marks? 5. Did Washington ever fight for the British? 6. Who asked him to become king after the revolution ended? 7. How did Washington get along with the ladies? 8. How did Washington feel about slavery? 9. Did he have a ghost' writer for his famous "Farewell Address?" ANSWERS 1. No. He was born Feb. 11, 1732, Julian calendar. When England (and colonies) adopted the Gregorian calendar, the date became Feb. 22. 2. In 1796, three years after his death. 3. Yes. 4. He contracted smallpox when he accompanied his ailing half- brother, Lawrence, to Barbados. 5. Yes, with Gen. Bracklock against the French and Indians. 6. His soldiers. 7. He was awkward around women although he loved to dance. His suit was rejected by several women before he married the young widow, Martha Curtis. 7. He had hundreds of slaves but he disliked slavery for economic and social reasons. He carefully clothed and fed his slaves. 9. It was written largely by Hamilton and revised by Washington to express his own ideas. About Mrs. Einstein am still chuckling at that ^! little story about Mrs. Albert Einstein's visit to the Mt. Wilson telescope in California. The wife of the world's most brilliant physicist listened atten- ti%'ely as the man in charge described the mechanism in four- syllable words. "Yes," she finally cut in, "but what's it for?" When she was told that the giant telescope had as its chief purpose the discovery of the shape of the universe, she brightened and commented smilingly: "Oh, really? Why that's what my husband does--but he uses the back of an old envelope." VHE W I N N I N G WAT . . . COURTESY! HÂ«r Wo-THt GUY WHO AltQWS AMPU CUARANCI.WHlrt PASSING. ThÂ« drlv.f . who wlni Â«veryone't rrtpicl il Dm motor- i hi who MAKIS COUftTISY HIS CODE OF t IHI HOAO. ' ' *, Moson-Dixon Line venture it's not very gcn- ^.crnlly known that the M.i- son-Dixon line, stretching along the southern Pennsylvania- Maryland border was established lo settle disputes over private land grants. The idea of making it the dividing line bclwccn North and South came afterwards. Information, Please! 1. Who wrote "Sweet and Low?" 2. Whore w o r e the "Roaring Forties?" 3. From what conquerors did England derive its name? -5. In what play did Frank Bacon score his greatest success? 5. What parasitic plant was held sacred by the Celts as possession^' magical properties? Answers--1. Alfred Lord Tennyson. 2. From 40th lo 49lh strccls in New York City, particularly between Fifth and Seventh avenues. 3. The Angles. 4. "Lightnin'," by John Golden. 5. The mistletoe. To THE TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH -- for bringing to this community the famous Concordia College Choir, vhich revealed the amazing work of Paul J. Christiansen as director and made available to listeners from this and many surrounding communities some of the finest choral music to be heard anywhere. Did You Know? The Hoskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Renters nsinjr lhlÂ» service far question! of fact--not counsel--should sign full name and address and Inclose 3 cents fnr return postage. Address The Mason City Globe-Gazelle Information Bureau, 1:100 Eye Street N.E., Washington 6, D.C. Are there any basketball clubs Â·specially for young boys, like the Little League clubs of baseball? Yes. Biddy Basketball is for boys between the ages of 9 and 12 and a junior counterpart, Iddy-Biddy Basketball, for children of 5 to 8 has been organized. These are gaining in strength. What church was built from the lumber produced by a single redwood tree? The First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa, Calif. The 275-foot tree supplied enough wood for the church, a 70-foot tower, an auditorium and a social hall. Only the floors arc of pine. Is Elizabeth I I Queen of Canada and of Australia and South Africa? Canada was the first member of the British Commonwealth to declare Elizabeth its queen. The Canadian Privy Council look action on Feb. 6, 1952, when she succed- ed to the throne upon the death of her father, George VI. She is also queen of Australia, queen of New Zealand and queen of South Africa. What is the proper pronunciation of the name of Falcon Dam- on the Rio Grande River? It was recently dedicated by the presidents of the United States and Mexico. Falcon is pronounced fal-cone, according to the National Geographic Society. The new dam is the longest in the world and water impounded by the nearly 5 mile-long barrier will eventually irrigate 1,300,000 acres of desert. Through how many states does the Appalachian Trail extend? The 2,000-mile trail winds through 14 states, included in which are eight national forests and two national parks. In the history of American textiles, why is the n a m e of John Hewson well known? Hewson was an English master-craftsman. Under the sponsorship of Benjamin Franklin, Hewson (about 1772) set up a bleachery, dye and cotton printing works near Philadelphia. His firm had the patronage of many distinguished Americans. In the Revolutionary War period, Hewson was loyal to the patriot forces. A price was put on his head. He was captured at the battle of Monmouth, but escaped execution. Art boys end girls u n d e r 14 years of age considered to be old enough for baby-sitting? There is no hard and fast rule, but 15 years 5s generally considered the minimum age, and 1C or 17 preferable. In a good many states it is against the law to hire a sitter who is under ^ Today's Birthday R O B E R T YOUNG, born Feb. 22, 1907, in Chicago, son oÂ£ a building contractor. This noted aclor has played leading roles in Holly- w o o d movies s i n c e 1931. He has been a star in radio s i n c e 1 9 3 G. Received h i s early training at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. ROBERT YOUNG $01710 Of his top f i l m s have been "Journey f o r Margaret," "If. M. Pulham, Esq.," "Claudia" and Crossfire." Young has played the lead in (he NBC radio series, "Father Knows Best," .since 1949. Why does cream rise to the top of milk? Cream is composed of tiny drops of oil and fat that are lighter than the liquid portion of milk. The cream, therefore, rises to the top. How m a n y passenger planes arrive and depart from the N a t i o n a l Airport of Washington, D.C., annually? Airline arrivals and departures for the years 1950-52 averaged 337,000 annually. Itinerant civil aircraft averaged for these years 2-1,000. Military planes for the same years averaged about 7,000 a year. Was the Monroe Doctrine an Act of Congress? The Monroe Doctrine was announced in a message to Congress Dec. 2, 1823, by President James Monroe. It was not a part of any legislation formally enacted by Congress. Mason City Globe-Gazetta A LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121021 E. Stato St. Telephone 3800 Entered us second class* matter, April 12, law, at the I'ORlofflco nt Mason City Iowa, under tho act of March 3, 1879. I,EB P. I.OOMIS-- . - " - P u b l l d h c r W. EAIlt, HA 1.1 Editor KNOCK A. 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