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EDITORIALS When Men of Little Faith Put Limitations on Future TT seems only yesterday -- a n d it was ·*·. Nov. 15, 1918---when a committee which included one Rep. William S. Bcurdsley of New Virginia brought in a .report that included this section: "It will be noted that no provision Is made ir» these contemplated standards of construction for the building of any so-called 'super highways' or multiple lane highways. . ; , "There are only a few short sections o f . r o a d fn Rural Iowa that the present or predictable future traffic will require anything more than a flood two-lane highway, and the problem of providing the relatively small mileage of multiple lane highways that will be needed in the next 15 or 20 years can be considered as an Incidental part of the program herein outlined." And that's what always happens when men of little faith begin placing restraints on the 'future of America. History is filled with examples of this. A bill introduced in Congress in 1838 to close the patent office on the theory that everything that could be invented had been invented could be cited. The only thing unusual about this case is that 'the lack of vision doesn't usually reveal itself quite so quick. TN 1952--just four years after the earlier -V report--another committee took a quick look at the same problem and came up with n split report. And in the l i g h t ' o f subsequent developments, the minority report makes a lot more sense than the majority report. That majority report took a somewhat dim view of multiple-lane highways on the basis of what could be learned from its limited investigation. Its authors, however, were fair enough to suggest that further study should be made, .with funds provided for employing specialists in the field. The minority report concluded with this recommendation: "We are of the opinion that further investigation and study of toll-financed, four-lane grade- separated highway across the state will demonstrate lhat such an undertaking is feasible and thai it will serve as a practical and effective supplemental facility to handle our future highway traffic, and in a manner that will provide substantial relief to the taxpayers and the motor vehicle users in Iowa." "OECENT months have brought a num- -*-*'ber of'developments in the field of channelized traffic .to force a reappraisal of the situation in our own .state. Among them: 1. The Pennsylvania Turnpike bonds are being retired about six years ahead ef schedule due to a wholly unanticipated density of traffic. 2. New Jersey'* T u r n p i k e in popularity among motorists and In safety record is running far ahead of the rosiest predictions made for it. 3: The latest survey reported by AP recently revealed 1,800 miles of new divided highway with four or more lanes now under construction; 1,000 miles "of It toll roads. Ohio and Oklahoma have come into the field In a big way. 4. All of our neighboring states, but particularly Illinois and Missouri, are speeding plans to be · part of the national network. The state which misses could be in much the same fix as the towns that didn't get on a railroad. Back, of this whole matter is the fundamental fact that two vehicles coming at each other at a collision speed of from 100 to 150 miles an hour--separated only by an imaginary line--just do not make sense in any language. We accept it as a commonplace now but the man from Mars wouldn't -- and neither will the next generation of Amcri-. cans. Broad Tax Base Counts BELOW/ 'CHINA'EGG? By Buescher IT'S.BEEN SAID: It matters little.whether a man be mathematically, or philosophically, or jutisUcally cultivated, so lie be but cultivated.-Goethe. That English Boy Scout troop really did its good deed for the day when it booted off the membership roster an admitted Communist. ' A person who works for his party with a thought of claiming a political job ordinarily isn't worth his salt in either capacity. Nothing contributes more to the aura surrounding those "good old days" than a faulty memory. ; It's a long time since the days when Dad had to take all the bin me for ashes on the carpet. Whatever gave workers the idea that their boss was their natural enemy? Or vice versa? Over-indulgent parents rank near the top of the reasons for juvenile delinquency. Very few people regard the click of a taxi meter as sweet music. Query to Motorists: Can you think' of good reason for not letting the driver behind know what you plan to do? Pros and Gons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Put Milk in Schools Nashua Reporter: For the children's sake, take all pop and soft drink dispensers out of school buildings throughout the United States and refill those trays with good, rich milk. This would go a long ways toward insuring better teeth for the youngsters and all around good health as well. It would also tend to reduce the surplus supply of this good, nutritious beverage, which is a food as well as a drink. Water For Sale , Eagle Grove Eagle: We were surprised to see a man running water into a big tank mounted on the back of a truck in a central Iowa town the other day. On inquiring we found out that the man had 90 water customers and that he was hauling and selling water on a regular delivery schedule to f a r m e r s in that area. Unfortunate Statements Crcsco Times-Plain Dealer: To create the impression that 2,300 persons, or two-thirds the population of Cresco, arc subversive not only is dishonest but injures the reputation and standing of those involved. We hope lhat no more of these unfortunate statements come from administration sources. Stay At Home Week ·Austin Herald: Maybe it's time to suggest another kind of week--a %veek to end all weeks. Let's call it Slay at Home Week, and don't let anyone dare suggest a regimented schedule to be followed by the family, Sunday through,Sunday. March Critical Month Charles City Press: President Eisenhower s~ays that March will be the key month to the nation's- cconornic future. Taxpayers felt the same way abdut it. Their future depends upon what they have left after taxes. Wishful Thmktna , ; , _ Algona Advance: A meeting was held last week to promote sale of liquor by the drink in Iowa. It's wishful thinking till the time the legislature is controlled by the cities that desire liquor by the drink. .They Need Encouragement Britt News-Tribune: Not only the business men, ! but every resident of Britt, should sit up and take notice of the interest a small group of farmers in this area are showing in the growing of vegetables. Faster Than Truth ; . · ' Lake Mills Graphic: Gossip spreads much faster than the truth; that's why there is so much talk of scandal and so little about really important matters. importance of a broad base for tax-*- ation is graphically illustrated by a current proposal to. boost the present $600 exemption on income levies to a higher figure. No less an authority than Chairman Reed of the House Ways and Means Committee estimates that a $100 boost 'in that exemption would mean a $2i/^ billion a year drop in revenue. " And to make the, exemption $l t OOO, as provided in some of the bills in Congress, would entail a! revenue drop estimated at $9i/4 billion-- almost a third of all individual income tax collections counted on for next fiscal year. The reason fdr this Is that. a very high percentage of the collections comes from the parts of all incomes taxed at the lowest rates. In 1950, for example, 35 per cent of the collections were from returns showing . adjusted gross income of less than $5,000. Along with the pressure to boost the exemption limit is a demand, that the $600 limit on the gross income any .child or other dependent of the taxpayer may obtain ;= in a year be hiked. Chairman Reed agrees that this limit is too low and that it could bo raiser) without costing the. Treasury much' revenue. Those charged with shaping the tax program are confronted with a dilemma. Against the need for' curbing tax rates is the need for curbing the national debt. It's · 'tough choice. Editorial of the Day Remember? 10 YEARS AGO .·Howard A. "Dutch" O'Leary, a native of Mason' City^was the first to announce his candidacy to the local school board in the election March 8. 'He reported today that he would seek a three year 'term. Mr. O'Leary has been a resident of Mason .City for approximately 50 years and, is the son of one of the finest Milwaukee Road engineers. 20 YEARS AGO Some 2,000 notices of township corn-hog program elections were mailed from the office of County Agent Marion E. Olson this morning, thus · setting in /motion preliminary plans for the permanent setup under the federal project; .These 16' · township meetings in ^CerroGordo^ounty. will be held for^he election of township committees. '30 HISTORY OF FIXED P R I C E SUPPORTS HAMILTON IN IOWA FALLS CITIZEN: history of bur "high rigid price supports" is rather interesting to examine in view of the present argument concerning that subject. In the beginning, loans on the basic commodities could be established at anywhere from 52 to 75 per cent of parity--depending upon carry-over and. such other factors as were mentioned in the law. The American Farm Bureau Federation took the' lead in revising this law to push corn loans, .for instance, up to 85 per cent of parity. That was when the idea of flexible price support went out the window. . iNow, of course, the American Farm Bureau Federation is taking the'lead in' attempting to get away from the high-fixed supports. There is' nothing wrong with changing one's mind. It is a mark of maturity to be able to change and perhaps admit a previous mistake. But it is a fact that it was farmers themselves who sought and got high-fixed price supports. . . . . Persons who attended Mason City schbols during the year 1905 to 1908 and those, interested in music need no introduction to Mrs/ WUeyRankln, .president of the Parent-Teacher Association of the Monroe School: When Mrs. Rankin taught music in the schools here, she was Miss Blanche Rennc. , 40 YEARS AGO . W i t h i n the next 30 days i work will be com- 'mcnccd oh a large building; on the Evans property,, just south of the Letts; Spencer,; Smith Whole, sale Grocery. The announcement was made today by 'parties who have closed a deal with Morris Evan.s,Jhe former owner /or the property, which Is m by 165 feet with trackage on the Milwaukee ·' Un«. ···· - . . . . ,,., ...,;· ' . ; . ,, . . . . . · To Your Health! Roving Reporter DIPHTHERIA MADE RARE By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. ·pvIPHTHERIA is known as the strangles ·*-J of children. This very serious disease is caused by bacteria, and spreads from one person to another in a highly contagious manner. Its control becomes important f o r everyone because of its contagious nature. It is no respecter of age or class, once it is | allowed to develop. The early symptoms are a slight sore throat and a high temperature. It develops into a very toxic condition in -which the patient I may actually become pros- Itrated. , r i \ _ . j u . "A gr a y i s h membrane J fcype of covering: appears on DR. BUNDESEN the t h r o a t which may smell quite foul. This membrane can spread to the larynx or voice box and even down to the trachea, cutting off the wind suppty and killing many youngsters. Diphtheria is rare at the present time because of the marvelous preventive work that physicians and the public health authorities have done. This was accomplished in part by warning the public that immunization of school children is important in preventing diphtheria. The cases cannot be kept at their present low level unless the number of susceptible persons in the population is kept down to a minimum. Not only should the infant be immunized, but re-enforcing or booster sbots should be given to the child at suitable intervals. Neglect of this can only lead to difficulty in control of the disease. In European countries, there have been epidemics and outbreaks of diphtheria because there was a breakdown in the previously well-run immunization program. · Many communities in the United States have b£en free from the disease for some time because we have been careful not to relax in immunizing our children. Let us continue' to-protect our children and not gamble with our good fortune. Question and Answer Mrs. J. H.: What are brown spots on the skin, and what can be done for them? Answer: Brown spots are due to excessive pigmentation. Often these spots may be bleached out by the use of such ointments as ammoniated mercury. However, this should be done by a physician since there is danger in the use of bleaching ointments; , This condition is not due to any difficulty with the liver. THEY'LL DO IT EVERY TIME NEVER FELT WORSE By Saul Pett (for Hal Boyle) N EW YORK (m--Out of a clinical curiosity, I went to an "agony" television program recently and everything went according to plan: I never felt worse. The show was "Strike It Rich," which gives away about $250,000 a year to people who tell their troubles before the cameras. For that kind of dough, you can buy a lot of trouble. The audience involved mostly women and some servicemen who seemed to have wandered 'in out of boredom. On the stage there were many boxes of a wash detergent and paste-board hearts since this is "the original show with a heart" and the soap pays for the heart. A few minutes before air-lime| .a cheerful, tall man came out and introduced "Uie;man,with the really big heart," who turned out 'to be Walter Framer, the show's producer. Framer made a little speech which I took to be an answer to recent criticism of the show on the grounds that it attracts needy people to New York who end up on relief and that it exhibits bad taste in parading human misery in public. "We're not running a welfare department," Framer said. "Just a little quiz game, which is basically for entertainment and also some inspiration." Framer concluded by telling us he wasn't asking us to applaud but he'd appreciate it if we did when he raised his hands thus and so and, besides, there would be prizes later for those who applauded the most. The first contestants were Mayor Dominick J. Delucco of Hartford and Lionel Hampton, the band leader. After a few questions, they won $500 for a girl in Hartford, "who is sick--very sick--just to prove how sick she is, her weight has gone from 143 to 73." I also thought it was nice of Warren Hull, the host, to bring out the fact that the mayor owns a restaurant in Hartford, which bears his name, and that Hampton's next theater date will be at the Apollo in Harlem. « The last guest was a public health nurse who ·wanted to win money for a hospital bed for her patients but just then the program ran out of time. There were only a few seconds left to announce "heart-line" calls in behalf of the sick girl in Hartford. These donations included $50 from a meat market, which was named. Later, I went backstage where prospective contestants were being interviewed" for future shows. They included a pregnant woman with her husband, two women with small children, two soldiers and one young lady, somewhat disheveled 'in a long coat and saddle shoes, who was crying quite visibly. "I'm so nervous," she sobbed. "I'm getting married next month. I want a tractor for my farm." By Jimmie Hatlo BUT BACK rWTWE OFFICE -n-lEy'LL n=.4R oifryoOR WAIF? IF you TRV'To LET JN JUST A LITTLE FRESH A\R { Some Famous Memories TI still thinking about an ! article about f a m o u s memories passed along to me a few weeks ago by a friend in California. And I'm still a bit sceptical about some of the claims. Thomas Babington Macaulay, the English man of letters, Is said to have recited word for .word'Scolt's "Lay of the Last Minstrel" after hearing it read once by Sir Walter himself. Later, it's asserted, he was able to repeat verbatim "The Pilgrim's Progress." Christian Meinecken, at the age of 4, if you're to believe this piece, was able to recite from memory the entire Bible, along with endless writings on history and law and some five thousand Latin words. Want some more? Mozart as a little boy was allowed to hear Allegri's "Miserere" sung by the Pope's choir in the Sistine Chapel. Not even the singers were allowed to copy their parts, so carefully was the manuscript guarded. But Mozart, a few nights later, had written down the entire score from memory. In the second century before Christ, to quote further, the Chal- deans destroyed the Hebrew Scriptures. But they were restored by Elija the Gaon, a rabbi who knew by heart nearly 3,000 volumes, including, of course, the Bible and many other ancient Hebrew writings. It isn't fair, I insist. I can't remember one single limerick without poring over it for hours. What's Iri a Name? m in receipt of an ex! tended treatise on the Bricker Amendment from an outfit which calls itself the "Foundation for Study of Treaty Law." Only the Washington address is given. There's nary a name. Recently I had occasion to glance over the list of organizations listed as subversive by the Justice Department. Such sweet- sounding names I never did hear-or see. "American," "Freedom," "Protective," "People's," "Friends," "Patriots," "Peace," "Culture," "Social Sciences," "Equality" and "Democracy" fairly drip from the long list--236 scurvy outfits in all. There's support in this list for the time-honored cliche that a rose by another name would smell just as sweet. Or, by the same token, just as odoriferous. That's why I'm not greatly impressed by this new "Foundation." I'd like to know WHO or WHAT is behind the facade. It Happened in Fl ; dipped into the columns ot a Missouri exchange newspaper for this AP news dispatch under a Miami, Fla. v dateline; "A motorist was driving through the heart of town today when.sud- denly a careless jaywalker darted in front of him. The car lurched to a stop inches from the careless one and the driver jumped out. "In full view of a policeman and hundreds of spectators, he planted his foot with considerable emphasis on the jaywalker's posterior. "The motorist re-entered his car. The policeman turned his head. Pedestrians gaped. Traffic began to flow again. "The jaywalker rubbed a sore place and walked away, shaking his head." "It's too bad there are not more of them. We mean, of course, drivers like that," the Hannibal editor added on his own. A Virginia Example am impressed by a Virinia plan for stimulating a statewide reforestation program. With every hunting and fishing license issued is a package containing a dozer, tree seeds. Each sportsman is being urged to plant the seeds in suitable places and take a fait of responsibility for what happens to them after the planting. Information, Please! 1. Which President lived longest? 2. Who is president of Italy? 3. How near the Equator does snow fall? 4. What vice president was tried for treason? 5. What planets lie between the sun and earth? ANSWERS--1. John Adams--90. 2. Luigi Einaudi. 3. On mountain peaks at the Equator. 4. Aaron Burr. 5. Venus and Mercury. BOUQUET To RAY S E N E Y AND W. E. STARKS -- for being elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Retailers Division of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. These men head an important segment of. the business life of. the community and as such. will provide the leadership for numerous activities carried on by this group. Did You Know? The Hoskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Keaderi nslnf this · ervlee for questions of fact--not COUR- icl--should lire full name and addreis and Inclote 3 cents for return postage. ·Addreii The Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau. 1300 £j« Street N.E., Washington 5, D.C. Is the Duk* of Edinburgh a Maion? The Duke of Edinburgh was initiated into Freemasonry on Dec. 5, 1952. 'What produces the sound on* hears when a sea shell is held against the ear?. ; The roaring sound heard in sea shells is not the roar of the sea as it once was popularly supposed to be. It is caused by the echoes of a great number of sounds,, which, owing to the peculiar shape of the shell and its smoothness, blend into a roar. is any attempt being made to photograph systematically the unidentified .aerial objects popularly called "flying saucers?" Cameras believed capable of photographing "flying saucers" have been set up at air bases in 33 states, according to the Air Force. Canada has established an observatory for "flying saucers." How many Americans are covered by voluntary health insurance? Voluntary medical care insurance was the subject of an intensive study by a special group which reported to the Senate in 1951. At that time it was found that over 70 million people had some degree of protection by insurance against certain costs of illness. What is the origin of the n a m e Waldorf as applied to the well known hotels in New York? Walldorf in the Duchy of Baden, Germany, was the home of John Jacob Astor, who = came to America in 1784. His son, William Waldorf Astor, built a:hotel at 5th Avenue and 34th St., New York, and called it the Waldorf. This marks the first use of the name for a hotel. What is the number of the present Marine Corps mascot, named Jiggs? He is an English Bulldog. Jiggs VI. He took the "oath of enlistment" at Quantico, Va., recently when Jiggs V was retired. How long h.as the term, cold wave, been used? The U; S. Weather Bureau first used the term in 1872, applying it to the areas of cold, clear, dry air that flow from Canada southward. ; Are termites of any benefit to man? It is the subterranean'ter- mite which can cause extensive damage to woodwork in buildings. These insects are of value to man because they, destroy dead , wood that would occupy needless space in -forests. They are used for; food in various parts of the wbrldl The queens are highly prized, and are usually eatea raw. Today's Birthday G . M E N N E N W I L L I A M S , b o r n Feb. 23, 1911, in Detroit, son of a wealthy realtor. Governor of Michigan since 1948, he is known as a New Deal.Demo- crat. Nicknamed t] "Soapy" because p, of family's ownership of a soap and , t o i 1 e tries company. As a brilliant y o u n g lawyer he was a special . assistant to the U.S. attor- C. MENNEN WILLIAMS ne y general in 1940. Served in Navy during World War II.. Defeated Republican Fred M. Alger Jr. in 1952 for third straight gubernatorial term. Is skiing now a popular sport in the United States? Interest in skiing has developed rapidly in recent years and there are about four million enthusiasts. Organized skiing operates in 29 states. What southern city has a monument to an apple? There is ;a replica of a big red apple, made b£ steel and concrete, in the' public square of Cornelia, Ga. It is ?2 feet in circumference and weighs 5,200 pounds. Cornelia is Georgia's most important apple packing center. How much red tape Is used by the government in an average year? About 8,900 spools," costing $4,700, were used in 1952. The red tape is used chiefly for tying up documents to be placed in storage. Mason City Globe-Gazette A LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY ' 121-253 E. State St. . Telephone 3300 Entered as second class matter, April 12. 1930, at the PostofCce at Majon City, Iowa, under the act of March 3. 1873. LEE P. LOOMIS PubJI»h«r W. EARL UAt.r - -Editor ENOCH A. XOBEM Anoclale Editor THOR J. JENSEN - - - C i t y Editor LLOYD I.. GEER Advertlilnf Mir. K. N. KORICK Aid. Builneii Mfr. 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