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EDITORIALS Were Farmers Played for Suckers in 1948? \ MERICANS don't like being- played for «£*· suckers. That can be made as a general statement and it applies with special force to the lo'wa farmer, we've discovered, That's w h y , we're predicting a very pronounced interest by this Iowa farmer in an article featured by last week's Saturday Evening Post. It was titled: "Wow! Did Truman Ever Fool the Farmers." It was written by Glenn D. Everett but the authority for the claims made in it was none other than Senator John J, Williams of Delaware. It was Senator Williams who put the finger on notorious corruption in t o p places in the Internal Revenue Department a few months back. But in this instance he has a particular qualification because he has spent a lifetime in the grain business and it's of grain that he speaks in this expose. T HE Williams charges boiled down to their essence are' those: 1. The Truman claims in 1948 t h a t the 80th Republican Congress was responsible for declining grain prices was a lie out of the whole cloth. 2. The Truman administration w a s cloaked with ample authority to provide farmers with grain bins and the bins were available. " 3. The Truman administration deliberately rigged the market--by withholding .the storage bins and cutting off foreign aid purchases of grain--to keep prices down. . The t story starts with the Truman ad- dresa at Dexter, la., and carries 1 through to the following year when the government met the situation by USING the authority it had in 1948 but DECLINED TO USE. T HE Post's story recalls t h e Senator George Aiken accusation that Secretary Brannan "cost the American farmers a billion dollars in the marketing of their 1948 crop in order lo blame Republicans for low farm priced." It recalls that-the Commodity Credit Corporation, operating arm of the Department of Agriculture, owned grain bins at the end of World War II with a total capacity of 292 million bushels. Where had they gone?, Three-fourths of the bins were sold as surplus in 1946 and 1947 before the 80th Congress ever dealt with the subject. In the weeks immediately prior to the Truman talk in Iowa, CCC had sold bins with millions of bushels of capacity. "Even on the very day President Truman was speaking at Dexter," to quote, "the CCC was selling Government-owned bins. During October and November (during the campaign), 719 bins with 1,509,900 bushels of capacity were sold by the government." *'TN many cases," to quote further from ;J-the'report, "the bins were still in the crates in w h i c h they had come from the factory, and were sold at only a fraction of their original cost. "They weren't around on farms for the " storage of wheat and corn when such storage was badly needed by farmers w h o wanted to hold their crops for a belter market price or obtain government price support loans offering the corn and wheat as collateral, another protection Congress supposedly had given them from a sudden break in prices. "The CCC didn't slop disposing of storage bins until Senator Williams, early in 1949, began asking embarrassing questions about why bins were being sold while the President was deploring their lack." A CCORDING to Senator Williams the ·*"*· bins which found their way into the hands of people other than farmers (secrecy still surrounds their identity, it seems) could have been made available to farmers on low interest loans. ; In fact, that's what did happen the following year when there was no point in putting the blame for an unsatisfactory situation on the rival party. "Although Candidate Truman's heart was })ublicly bleeding for the farmers all over the farm belt," says the Post's report, "not a bit of effective action was taken in 1948 under authority the CCC had." · "Why? Apparently because an unpopular candidate who was in a desperate political battle for his life needed some kind of issue to present to the farmers." T HIS report is either true or it's untrue. If it's untrue, that fact will be revealed in. the two' months between now and Nov. 4. ' If it's true, a very considerable number of lowan's and other mid-west farmers ·re going to refuse to be stung twice in th« same place by the same bee. BELOW/ 'AND WE'LL HITCH OLD DOBBIN TO THE SHAY!' IT'S BEEN SAID: Nothing Is so galling to a people, not broken in from the birth, as a paternal or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read and say and eat and drink and wear.--Lord Macaulay. We silli hold to the quaint old notion that Uic purpose of a license plate Is to identify tho automobile bearing it, not to advertise a stale or anything else. A diplomat has been defined as a husband who can convince his wife that a fur coat would have the effect of accentuating her stoutness. When somebody finds just one of those saucers that isn't flying, we'll be disposed to put more stock in the claims, It isn't the fact that roosters get up early that makes' them obnoxious. It's their crowing about it. People noted for their honesty don't have to shout it from the housetops on the hour. So far as we can learn 'the gnu's principal habitat Is the crossword puzzle, Without a wife who does R bachelor blame his troubles on? Memo to 'Pedestrians: Watch for two--the driver and you! Pros and Cons Some Ihteroiting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Trivial Stuff Charles City Press: - I f the name calling and trivial accusations that have followed the national political conventions are a sample, the American people aren't going lo hear a discussion of the real issues before the November election. Leaders in both political parties have kept the pot simmering with an assortment of trivia, much of which might just as well have been left unsaid. V*nUhlng Returns Austin Herald: High taxes on liquor have gone beyond the point of vanishing returns. Present liquor taxes--the highest ever imposed--are bringing tho Treasury less revenue than the lower taxes they replaced. Also, the higher taxes have brought increased Illicit liquor manufacture. WO I-TV and AdvvrtUing Kanawha Reporter: 'One couldn't help but be amused at the protest of Iowa broadcasters over the fact that WOI-TV at Ames takes advertising. There.would be few good programs it advertisers did not stand tho expense. The broadcasters may get little sympathy from TV owners. Th« Othor Fellow I* Vtry Important St. Ansgar' Enterprise: It is our observation that in the life of each one of us "the other fellow" is very important, much more so than most of us will admit. Isn't It true that'most of our personal troubles stem from our lack of Interest in and consideration for "the other fellow?" Our Wld«n*d Outlook Clenr Lake Mirror: There is a vast number of people who believe that the U.S. is not yet a part of the big world in which-they and so many other peoples, live. Yet, there are signs that a new understanding is becoming manifest. Our Duty it Citlzint Decoruh Public Opinion: It'is our duty as well as our privilege to see that our officials are honest, hard-working men who arc doing their best to run our country for us. To Disregard "Exp«rtt" Kanawha Reporter: One thing we'are not go- Ing to do in this presidential campaign is to lake seriously the predictions of "expert" commentators. / i From Our Mail bag ANSWER TO A POLITICAL CLAIM TCOREST CITY: At the recent national conven- ·*· lion in Chicago nearly every speaker made the remark that'everyone is better off than they have ever been before. That statement is far from truo. ' Many millions of Amerkans who are worse off now than before, namely those who elected to create their own social security by Investing their .savings in life insurance annuities, government bonds or what have you. The value (in purchasing power) t h e new dealers admit, has now . shrunk to about 5(c on the dollar. Somewhere between 54 and 25 cents would be nearer correct. Then there are the GIs who arc in Korea for tho so-called police action. Their parents most definitely do not feel that they nre better off than ever before. Oh, how well we remember the late F.D.R. who stood upon the rostrum and mnde this statemen: "We have driven the money chnngcrs from tho temple arid they have abdicated." He and his party have been the greatest money changers this country has ever known. --ALBERT FRIDAY Observing Remember? To Your Health! TAKE YOUR SUN IN SMALL DOSES By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. "MOW that hot weather has returned, we must 1 * be careful not to overdo in exposing ourselves lo the sun. Among the severe complications of overex- posurc to sun is sunburn, one of the commonest injuries of the summer months. Usually, we can avoid sunburn by using discretion in the length of time we expose ourselves the first time we go out for a tan. Heavy tanning oils may also help prevent severe burns. Sunstroke is another severe complication of overexposure. In this condition, the heat regulating mechanism of the body seems'to be overwhelmed. Sunstroke usually comes on DR. BUNDESEN suddenly. In some cases, however, there may be a warning sign before the stroke--a headache, dizziness, a desire to vomit, or even some disturbance in vision, such as spots before the eyes, or a blind spot. When the attack occurs, the person loses consciousness suddenly. His face becomes flushed, the skin dry, and the temperature extremely high. In some severe cases, it may shoot up to 109 degrees. · In the early stage of sunstroke, the pulse is very rapid. However, after a time the breathing and pulse m a y become extremely irregular. Many victims do not survive. As a rule, if a person survives the first 24 hours, his chances for life are good. After an attack of sunstroke, a person is extremely . susceptible to future ones. In addition, the memory is usually impaired for 'a short period. A case of sunstroke may also damage the heart, and a heat attack may occur following it. If you become aware of the danger from sunstroke and think about preventing it, you won't have to worry about treating it. Excessive exposure to sun should be carefully avoided, and a person should increase his exposure time gradually, day by day. Prompt attention is needed, however, once a case of sunstroke occurs. Ice svater sprays, ice bags around the body, and even an ice water enema may be used to bring down the temperature from a dangerously high level. While the person is recovering, he should have :t physician to watch his heart carefully, as well as his general physical condition. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS T.H. T h a v e · com In IT ho const u n t l j avoid* t a l k i n g in people nnd looks nut the w i n d o w l a u g h i n g to herself. W h a t could be tier trouble? Answer: It w o u l d seem that y o u r cousin Is s u f f e r i n g f r o m aotitc t y p e of mental d i s t u r b a n c e , must likely » f o r m of NCtiLiophrenU. or split personality. H would be advisable f o r her to see a p s y c h i a t r i s t »» soon as passible. Roving Reporter WOMEN HAVE TOUGH TIME HAT, BOYLE 10 Y E A R S AGO Appointment of Dr. L. N. Stott as acting milk and sanitary inspector to take the place of Claude Pfow while the latter is in the armed services of his country, was announced by City Manager Herbert T. Barclay. Pfow, who has been milk and sanitary inspector since Sept. 14, 1936, has been inducted into the service. * 20 Y E A R S AGO Distribution of the final dividend checks of the Central Trust Company receivership will start today, bringing to a conclusion one of the most eventful bank trusts in this section of the state . . . . The five-story Central Trust Building, which occupied the site of the present Bagley-Beck structure, was destroyed by flames the first part of 1027. 30 Y E A R S AGO The 2:1.7 pace nncl the 2;18 trot were races that held the boards at the North Iowa Fair. They were the fastest and closest seen. on this track in years. Minor Ward, driven by Cliff Thro, won the pacing event in three consecutive heats. The pacer was caught in 2:HV{s, 2:15W and 2:17, as he whirled around the track. 40 Y E A R S AGO Local Bull Moose men said this morning thej r can see the lines tightening about the political situation in Iowa relative to placing a state ticket in the field in,view of the statement issued by Chairman Franke and 'published this morning. As to the local situation the third party men are resting on their oars. THEY'LL DO IT EVERY TIME By Jimmy Hallo ·SAMSON, /MAN OF STEEL *JS THE BRAINCHILD OF A LITTLE RUNT. TERMITE P. MS PEAL-- VVHILE x LITTLE BESSIE LOVELACE"THA SWEET, ENCHAMT1N6 sW, IS THE PRODUCT OF A SIX-FOOT MUQQ, r, CONCRETE J. 6URR1PP By Hal Boyle of the AP N EW YORK ($--Who enjoy life more- men or women. Often a woman sighs, "This is a man's world. I wish I had been born a man." She probably doesn't really mean it. On the other hand, who ever heard of a man wishing he would become a woman in his next resurrection? His sex has its troubles but he wouldn't trade them for the strange dim woes of womanhood, woes he can sense but never fully understand. Man-- at least in his youth--is a robust and romantic adventurer. He is a creature of liberty. He can go where he wants to and do what he wants lo, and meets a minimum of criticism. Woman is a creature of duty, still hemmed in by old traditions despite her new freedoms. A man can meet a new day with a yawn, a shower, and a shnve. But a woman is a lot of trouble to herself. She must struggle into the grim confines of a girdle and spend an hour arranging her hair and rearranging her features. Alt day long this endless repair job goes on, and she is never free of a gnawing inner worry --"Am I putting my best face forward?" It seems to me that men have much more fun and variety in life than women. Their jobs may become boring at times, but no machine has been invited to remove the monotony of most women's job--housework. After marriage a man usually has room in his life for friends. But for most women love takes the place of friendship; her family is her whole existence. If there is any kicking up of heels, her husband does it. Her world is full of little responsibilities she can never shirk or take a vacation from. She not only does the child bearing; she docs most of the child caring. She not only has the problem of looking her best, she must spend a great deal of her time pampering the ego of the oaf 'she is wedded to. Yes, there is no doubt about it. Men have it better than women. I felt this so strongly the other day that I told my wife I felt rather sorry for her. She just laughed and said I was mixed up. "Women don't need any pity," she said. "It feels nice to be a woman. If men enjoy life more than women, then why don't they live as long as women?" Well, fellows, why don't we? Salzburg Music Festival |v have been reading about pi this year's Music Festival at Salzburg, Austria, and the high honor paid to three American men of music--Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, Violinist Rudolf Kolisch, and Pianist Eduard Steuermann. They are receiving the Schoenberg medal. The highlight of the festival is the world premiere of Richard Strauss' opera, "The Love of Danae," produced by Rudolf Hartmann, with Clemens Krauss conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Begun in 1020 by Max Reinhardt and Richard Strauss, the annual event was designed as a memorial to Salzburg's most Illustrious native son, Wolfgang Amadcus Mozart. Aside from its musical fame, Salzburg, a city of 100,000, has long been a strategic and important city. It is the headquarters of the U.S. Zone of Austria and the capital of Salzburg province, as well as the junction of several important routes from Western Europe lo the Orient. The site has been occupied since pre-Roman times. The modern city was founded about 700 A.D. Credit for the Rain ^ couldn't help noticing that ^ the professional rain-makers were a bit cagey about taking credit for Connecticut's recent crop-reviving downpours. They came 18 hours after the clouds had been seeded with chemicals. One reason for this reluctance (o claim credit was recognition that results of a single day's effort do not constitute conclusive proof of the efficacy of synthetic rainmaking. But there is, I suspect, another and more important reason: If rainmakers take full credit for making it rain, they'll be expected to take at least some of the blame for damage that results when they do too good a job of making Mother Nature cry. That, of course, could lead into the courts in damage suits brought by interests which have been hurt rather than helped by the moisture. China's Great Wall ^ had pretty well forgotten ^i a b o u t the enormity of China's Great Wall. Originally built as a defense against Ihe Tartars, t h a t vast piece of masonry extends more than 500 miles (roughly the distance from Mason City to Los Angeles, air line) and it averages 22 feet in height. About Berkley's Age was on band when the decision was reached but I really can't tell you how close Alben Barkley came to being the presidential nominee of his party. What I do know, however, is that if oratory could have swung the deal, he might well be in the spot assigned to Adlai Stevenson. Mr. Barkley's age, of course, proved his unsurmountable barrier. He would have been close to 80 years old at the conclusion of ' his term if nominated and elected. The oldest President up to now was Andrew Jackson, who'was approaching 70 years when he left tha White House in 1837. Information, Please! 1. How many states have only four letters in their names? 2. If you caught a brace of pheasant, how many would you have? 3. According lo Alfred Tennyson's poem, "Into the valley of death rode the" :--how many? 4. What is a violin virtuoso? Answers--1. Three--Utah, Ohio and Iowa. 2. Two. 3. "Six Hundred." 4. A master of the violin. To THE NORTH IOWA FAIR-for giving thousands of boys and girls an opportunity to see ,the Ice Voques show without admission charge. This made it possible for many youngsters who otherwise would not be able to attend to have their day at the fair. Did You Know? Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Headers using this «irvlcc lor questions of fact--not counsel--should algn full n a m o and adclrca and Inclose H cents for r e t u r n postage. Address The Mason City Globe-Gazette I n f o r m a t i o n Bureau. 1300 Eyo Street N. £.. W»sblnjlon 5, D.C. What was the name of th» dancer who played the leading role in "The Red Shoes," and "The Tales of Hoffman"? Moira Shearer, a member of the Sadler's Wells Ballet before her movie debut. Are passports necessary for American citizens who travel in the Western Hemisphere? The Department of State say's that passports are not necessary for Canada, Bermuda, the British West Indies, British Guiana, or the Latin American republics from Ecuador north --Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What is the m i n i m u m degree of h«at at \vhich paper and cloth will ignite? The National Bureau of Standards says that, the minimum degree of heat (not flame) at which paper and cloth, untreated to retard, flame, will ignite, is in general about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Is H a w a i i increasing in population? Between 1940 and 1950, the population of the territory increased 18.1 per cent, and is now about half a million. Of the four counties of Hawaii, only Honolulu County had an increase. Otherwise, only two islands increased in number of inhabitants during the decade: Oahu, 3G.7 per cent, and Niihau, 22.0 per cent. Did the educational attainment of Americans improve during the last decade? Yes, in spite of the fact that World War II interrupted the education of millions of persons in this country. The Bureau of the Census reports that in the years from 1940 to 1950, the median number of school years completed increased from 8.G to 9.3. In addition, there were in 1950 about half a million fewer persons who had completed less than five grades of school, and 1,800,000 more college graduates. How many American cardinals ar« there now? Only three--Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago; Edward Cardinal Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit; and Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York. They were all created cardinals at the consistory of 39-16. What woman is the head of a stock exchange? Dr. Inez Seruga Bustamante is the first woman president of a stock exchange in Cuba, and possibly in the world. Have any U. S. naval vessels been lost in the action in Korea? The Department of Defense says that only four minesweepers have been sunk to date. Today's Birthday ^ SHELLY WINTERS, born Aug. 18, 1923, at E a s t St. Louis, 111., as Shirley Schrift, daughter of a. m e n's clothing designer. One of the best known motion picture actresses since her success in "A Double Life" in 1948,. s h a scored her biggest hit to date in "A Place in the S u n . " Her family moved to SHEU.EY WTEHS New York when Shirley was 11. After high school she became a model. On s t a g e she took her mother's last name, adding an S. What is a 12-sided figure called? A dodecagon is a polygon having 12 angles, and therefore 12 sides. Are bees native to the Western Hemisphere? The Bureau of Entomology says t h a t the bumble bee is native, but that the various types ot honeybee are not. It is believed that domestic bees were imported from Europe when America was first settled. What was the name of th« racehorse in "Riding High?" The horse in this Bing Crosby picture was named Broadway Bill. What herbs are included In * bridal bouquet? Some brides hava a small bunch of herbs in the center of the bouquet. The herbs included are chosen because of their tradtional meaning, such as heliotrope, for eternal love and devotion; marjoram, for joy and happiness; and rosemary--"that's for remembrance." Mason City Globe-Gazette A LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week U n v by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 E. Stato St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second class matter. April 12, 1930. at the Postofficc at Mason City, Iowa, under tho act ot March 3, IB79. I.EE r. I.OOMIS ............ Publisher W. EAKI. I f A I . f . - - - - - - - Jr»nagtn(f E d l l n r ENOCH A. NOUEM ---- Asjoclito Editor THOR J. JENSEN ......... C l t r Editor M.OYD I,. GEEH ..... Adrerti.ilng Mgr. 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