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EDITORIALS A Study in How Much Your Collar Is Worth I T all'depends on what dollar o£ the past you use for comparison. It depends, too, on whether you are the head of a family using the dollar for family subsistence, or are a businessman using it for raw materials and other supplies. It depends also on where you live. And it could depend on whether you own your own home or pay rent, and on whether you produce, your self, some or most of the'food consumed by your family. If for comparison you go all the way back to 1939, when World War II broke out, and if you arc using: the doliar for family subsistence, and live;in a large city on a moderate income, your dollar today is worth only about 62 cents. It is worth the following amounts for specific items: For all foodstuff* 41c For m«ali . . . . . . . ; . . . . . ,35c For wtaring appartl .. ,,,..,50c For r«nt , . . . , ( . . . , . , . . . , , , , , 7 4 c For git and ·Uctrielty . ...,$1.00 ,, If you live on a farm, or some: other place where you have a vegetable garden and maybe raise chickens, and hence spend on food a smaller -proportion of your income than the large-city dweller spends of his income, your dollar will bo worth more than 52 cents of the 1939 dollar. It might be worth a little more, too, if you livo in a. small town, where rents and some food items are lower than in a large city. I F you own your home, your dollar may ,or may not bo'Worth more, as compared, with the 1939 dollar, than the dollar of the average city fellow who pays rent. It could depend on whether you heated by coal, gas, or fuel oil. llonts on the average have gone up Sfl per cent in largo cities since 1989. Fuel oil, building materials, including plumbing supplies, and the wages of building labor have gone up more than that. So have property taxes in some areas. But if you go back to August, 1945, when World War II ended, your dollar today is worth, for consumer purchases by moderate-income families in largo cities, about 67 cents of "the dollar in August, 1945. 'Or if you go *back to Juno, 1950, when the 'war in Korea broke out, your consumer purchase dollar in large cities is worth about 89 cents of the dollar then. BELOW/ Like Government, We Spend More Than We fake In 1HIS creeping price inflation has of ·*· .course hit hardest those persons on a fixed income from annuities, or pensions, or. trust .funds invested in bonds or preferred stocks. They receive the same number of dollars as when the dollar was dear. · As for wage earners--the average production worker in manufacturing establishments gets weekly earnings today that are a little more than 50 per cent higher than in 1939 in terms of the 1939 doliar. But this takes no account of the income and social security taxes ,he must pay. ' 'After taxes, his earnings in 1939 dollars are now about 25 per cent higher (if ho Has no dependents) than in 1939. Then if we go back, not to 1939, but to 1945 or 1950, the average production worker in manufacturing with or. without dependents, is getting'in 1952 approximately the same weekly earnings, after taxes and in terms of the 1939 dollar, as in 1945 or 1950. Kurt Schumacher's Role W HETHER Kurt Schumacher, the German Socialist leader, was a wise statesman, an- outright demagog or a sincere fool is pretty much a matter of individual opinion. From our .own point of view 'he..was one of the latter two--sincere'fool or ,outright demagog. And we gained this estimate of him from close range in Germany as well as from a distant perspective. After fighting Hitler and Hitlerism, he assumed a role in "postwar Germany that was most pleasing to the Kremlin. He vigorously opposed preparing West Germany against aggression by the Communists. He resisted the plans of the Western world at every turn. These are the obvious facts. Whether he acted in good faith or from a simple but sincere mind is the part that's debatable. In any event there will be another of his kind to replace him in his death. Let's hope he isn't so able. Mark Sullivan's "30" JOURNALISTIC history will have a f bright page for Mark Sullivan, the columnist who died at his Pennsylvania home the, other day. ITig active career spanned six decades. He wrote from conviction but not from malice. He was the friend of Presidents, from McKinley to Truman, but he didn't truckle to them. He had the respect of all -- because he de- Mrvcd it. · i · · IT'S BEEN SAID: Dare to look up to God and say: "Make use o£ me for the future as Thou wilt." I am of Iho same mJnd; I am one with Thee. 7 refuse nothing which seems good to Thee, Lead me whither Thou wilt. Clothe me in what- . ever dress Thou wilt."--Eplctetus. When the Democrats make use of their favorite campaign slogan this year, "You never had It so good," they'll have to add the explanation, "before taxes." Try proving something to a religious doubter and you'll bo a lot more tolerant of other religious people who happen not to think exactly as you do. 7'hose who believe (he monstrous lies put out ngalnst minority races or religions are almost as much open to censure as those who disseminate them. The party loyalty ot the average right-thinking citizen falls short of support for n known crook Just because his name Is on the ballot. As somebody hn» observed, opportunity would bo recognised more often If it didn't come disguised as hard work. The Democrats seem to be having quite a difficult time getting Harry Truman in focus during this campaign, Memo to Drivers: Alert motorists--alive children 1 Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Republican Unity Charles City Press: Republicans In this election year have an unusual opportunity to unite themselves and to attract dissatisfied Democrats and Independent voters into the [old. By grasping this opportunity they can win the fall election. By letting It slip through their hands they will fall. Lower Taxes Fairmont Sentinel: Looks like lower taxes are ' coming. Candidates from Eisenhower, Stevenson down to governors, state senators and representatives, nil promise reduced taxes 1C elected. There is only one flea in the ointment, There is no dead sure way of knowing if they really mean it. Seventy-Five Yetrs Manly Signal: Manly is 75 years old this year and to help commemorate the founding of t h e tovyn, n celebration will be held here Aug. 25, 26, nnd 27. The prist;75 years have brought a multitude of changes to this community, not only in a physical way but in our mode o£ life as well. Policies and the People Brill News-Tribune: Thinking people are not fooled^pr cjccltcd by all the blitxkrclgs, drama nnd executed'plans"of the political minds. And when they do take action It is to beat some candidate-never to elect him. School Reorganisation Kanawha Reporter: There is considerable activity in tho matter of school district reorganization. Consolidation Is bound to come under the present crowded conditions in many Independent districts. Bad Check Season ' Austin^Herald: It Is nice to be courteous and accommodating to strangers, but it is also nice to have your money in the till when the end of tho day is reached. Editorial of the Day B U I L D I N G TO CONTINUE T AKE MILLS GRAPHIC: Anyone who thinks .·*-* this nation's 'building boom is ending had better take a look at the report of the President's Materials Policy Commission which recently com-* plotcd 17 months of exhaustive study in the nation's materials problems. Din-Ing the next 25 years, the report says, the U.S. economy will double, and volume of building construction probably will be 35 per cent higher In the 1970s than during the 1950 decade, the commission reports. These will be our needs, the report states, but threatening material shortages will make their attainment .difficult, Development of new materials and methods, and increased efficiency in use of present materials will be necessary, the report snys. . . ' ' · . . Current''building codes which require certain methods and materials'should be modernized to meet existing conditions. These codes, theoretically for the protection of public health and safely, often arc principally to give .special advantages to certain groups, Iho report claims. National building standards, kept up-to-date by continuing research, are suggested. These couid result in great economies such as resulted from * standardization of materials and equipment during the Hoover administration. Remember? FOOD BEVERAGES HOUSING, FUEL AND REFRIGERATION 15% VARIOUS GOODS AND SERVICES 29«/ PERSONAL INSURANCE PREMIUMS 4/ 2 " CONTRIBUTIONS 4% Observing 10 YEARS AGO Lungs are pretty Important in playing ' t h o trombone. Ask Rny Scney Jr. When the band was playing "Rienzi" overture, Mr. Seney, who is the solo. trombonist in tho band, suddenly hc- came aware of sharp pain in his lungs. He finished the concert, however, although he hccnme more uncomfortable ns he continued to play. A physician found that his lung had collapsed. 20 Y E A R S AGO CHARLES CITY -- Miss Marian Stull, county overseer of the poor, was in her office this afternoon after being abducted this morning by 100 men who stormed the city hall. . . . Miss Stull said that the men who nbductcd her made her tell where her car was and then drove in her car to New Hampton. They forced her to write out her resignation. 30 YEARS AGO The Oaks Hotel, ancient Clear Lake hostelry, which w a s practically destroyed by fire five weeks ago, has been sold by James Dougherty nnd Mrs. Ora Brownlce, owners, to Mayor D. E. Kenyon, for a purchase price snid to have been about $5,000. The purchase includes the building, land upon which it is located and the square park between the hotel and the lake shore. 40 YEARS AGO DOUGHERTY -- Hundreds of people from all parts of the south half of the county and from Franklin, Butler and Floyd Counties were here yesterday to attend' the annual picnic gathering which has been the event here for the past score and more of years, The weather conditions which have delayed farm work somewhat were responsible for a slight dropping off in attendance. M INCOME (EXPENDITURE $4,300 (AFTER TAXES) $4,700 THE A V E R A G E A M E R I C A N family was just like the government in 1950, spending more than it took in by $400, according to a survey of Bureau of Labor Statistics, which points out that period includes a national buying spree during outbreak of the Korean war. Chart above shows where the money went. Figures arc based on expenditures of 10,813 families in 91 urban areas. Survey was made for consumers' price index. To Your Health! Roving Reporter ASTHMA RELIEF By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. Tiff ANY asthma sufferers today can find relief *" A from Ihe wheezing and/coughing that make their lives so miserable. These people are allergic to'ccrtaln substances in the air, or perhaps they may be sensitive to certain foods. Doctors are able lo discover the irritating substances, which must then be avoided or screened out. To do this, it may be necessary for the asthmatic person to move to a different climate. Certain types of bronchial asthma, however, may not be due to an allergy. In these cases, the antibiotic drugs have given relief to many. In bronchial asthma it is thought that the large tubes in the lungs (bronchi) become narrowed, inflamed, and swollen. This condition makes it difficult for t h e person to breathe and brings on severe wheezing. Many people with this disease do not show an over-sensitivity to any certain substances which would account for their trouble. Special skin tests are made on such people in an attempt to OB. UUNDESEN try to discover an allergy, but their reaction is just about the same as that of any normal person. Furthermore, if they move to a different climate they do not show any improvement, even though their diet and surroundings may be completely changed. A person who first develops bronchial asthma after the age of 40 is more apt to have this type of the disease, which is not traceable to an allergy. Some doctors have suggested that it may really be due to an internal disorder, perhaps a chronic bronchial infection. However, anyone who has asthma, at any age, should be tested for an allergy, just to make sure. Then, if there is a definite allergic cause, steps can be taken to correct it. In those coses where bronchial asthma is duo to an internal infection or other internal reason, it is usually possible to relieve the wheezing and other distressing symptoms. Such treatment, however, does not remove the real cause of these disturbances. U (here I* an ' ' I n f e c t i o n , II should be Irenlctl wllh t h · proper a u l l b l n l l o ilrujts. Sometime*, Inhnllnr line duit.i con- titlitlnjr, antibiotics, such n.i penicillin or streptomycin, will destroy looal infections in lite lung*. Once Iho Inner Infection It d e s t r o y e d , druji like amlno- phylllne, adrenaline, anil Iodides can be taken to relieve the symptoms. The hormone* known AN ACTH Aurt cortisone I I U V D given some relief even In very severe »ithmxtlo »t- t t c k i . Ailhma «lw«jrj requires the physician's attention. He will ((·elite la oach irate juft wbat trtw of treatment stionld be utllliecl. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS T*. O, C.: Can you telt me- what causes a person to be · mldfct'! li It true Iliat prrmiluro bahlei are midgets? Answer! The exact cause o( all types of mhlgets, is not known. One type [i known to suffer from chimdodys'trophy, a condition affecting tlie cartilages tn the body. Another type evidently Is hereditary. Such persons were not necea- amrllr premature babies. Certain types of Individuals are abnormally short because of disturbances of the ftandt of Internal accretion. HOW TO BECOME PRESIDENT By Hal Boyle of the AP YORK tfl -- Every American boy has a * chance to grow up to be President of the United States. And many a doting mother would like to help her offspring get the job. "But how?" she asks herself, despairingly. "How can I rear my boy to be President?" She knows how to train him to become a doctor or a mechanic. But what every mother ought to know, she doesn't know-- how to train him for Ihe White House. And if she sets out unguided she can waste a lot of time and effort. She might, for example, go to the trouble of getting him born in a log cabin, when this is no longer politically necessary. As a matter of fact, the average voter today is downright suspicious of a candidate who was born in a log cabin.' He thinks that is carrying the whole thing too far. What a wise mother can do, however, is to try as much as possible .to make Junior an all-American boy who appeal's to all sections of the country. She might arrange to have him born in the rural area of a big farm state 'such as Illinois, spend his boyhood in California, and begin his career in New York. He should be educated in the South, say at the University of South Carolina, then take a law degree from Harvard University. His vacations should be spent working at different jobs in different states -- on a ranch in Wyoming, in an auto factory in Michigan, aboard a shrimp boat off Louisiana. Early in life she should teach Junior how to talk with his mouth full of pebbles, how to fish, and how to play some musical instrument. The host one is the tuba, as every man secretly would like to be able to blow a tuba. Junior also ought to always have a dog as a pet, to sho.vv his love of animals, and made to marry a girl who likes cats. A wise mother will see that Junior does fairly well in school, but not too well. The voters are uneasy about a candidate who is too intelligent, and contemptuous of one who is too dumb. The careful mother will also be aware o£ "the doctrine oE prophetic remarks." This is the theory that all Presidents, even as boys, foresaw the grave problems of the future. As the biggest problem likely to face most Americans In the next generation is where to park their motor cars, the thoughtful mother could well have Junior, as a lisping lad of five, look at a traffic jam and repeat after her: "So m e day I am going to strike a real blow at all of this. ".This will make a wonderful anecdote for his campaign biography. Vow all the mother mast do before Uanohlaf Junior Into politics Is tn hare him enlist far three years, as an Army private, then finance Kim In a small bat successful business that makes * modest profit an* 'gives ill employes nln«i weeks vacation a year and » fcnnns at Christmas. How can Jnnl«r tieaste th« j-restdemej- saw? Everybody will love him -- fishermen, farmers, laborer!, capitalist!, war veterans, cat fancier), dor collectors, hobbyists, Easterners, Westerners, Northerners, Southerners. N'o, there Is one thins; more. Junior will have to learn how to cook. It's Manly today. And no houstwlf* Is likely to vote t« send a man U Ihe White House that woolen'! know his way around the kitchen. Traffic Jam News . !earn that New York motorists southbound for a week-end in the country are now able to tune in on traffic jams ahead as they, head through the Lincoln tunnel connecting Manhattan with New Jersey. Regular radio reception is not possible in tunnels without installation of special equipment on car radios. So to make it possible for motorists to get "spot flashes" on traffic conditions ahead and reasons for traffic delays within the tunnel the Port of New York Authority, which operates the tunnel, has set up a special broadcasting service. A special loop antenna has been installed under the tunnel ceiling so that car radios tuned to 550 on the dial can receive the traffic broadcasts while passing through the giant tube. The transmitter for the "network" is in a ventilator building while the "studio" is in the administration building on the New Jersey end. Programming consists of tape recorded music broken every two and one half minutes by a friendly word on traffic safety or an announcement of an impending traffic jam. More frequent messages may be broadcast in case of an emergency. Here's a typical announcement that Lincoln tunnel motorists hear: "Lincoln tunnel motorists, your attention ple'ase. For your own safety and comfort please observe tunnel traffic regulations. Avoid accidents by staying in line. Don't crowd the vehicle ahead. Keep your speed down to 30 miles per hour. At this speed--for safety's sake--stay 75 feet behind the car ahead. Thank you for your co-operation." This little item held a very special interest for me because a year ago--at Fourth of July time--I had to travel in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 50 miles between New York City and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was maddening to me from the prairie country. Information, Please! 1. What states border on Massachusetts? 2. What is now the political status of Puerto Rico? 3. What is "napery?" 4. What is a classical education? 5. Who was "The Emperor Jones?" Answers -- 1. Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. 2. It is a commonwealth, 3. Household linens. 4. Greek and Latin literature. 5. The ex-Pullman porter in E u g e n e O'Neill's play of that name. THEY'LL DO IT EVERY TIME By Jimmy Hatlo WATS THAT? THE ONES THAT DID COME !M ARE READ/ FDR THE OLD PICNICKERS' HOME- THEY WONT BE ArJX 6000 FDR A ·"-=·" I PUVED THREE !NMlr46S AUD SPRAIMEP MY BACK 60IM6 AFTER A GRDUMDER-I'M GOIrl6 PCMJ TO BE IM TODAY ? VERX WEU..MRS.HAHSTER- TVE JOttfTS PKAcnCAU-/ MDSTA BCEX SOME OFFICE PlCHlC I JUST CAWE FROM THERE-I 6OT TO KEEP WET DRESSING OM THIS POISON ivy /AMD A BEE OM THE NJOSE. TOO ARZ WELLASC4H SOME ATULETES.' Bte'HaSE.TVWT/UJ. IWEWDOMDED THE /WCWM6 AFTER THE OFFICE FREELCAO- tUMX .AMD A TIP OF UO rtAT RARWCS, One Man's Choice ; commented recently about the marked improvement wrought by the use of hearing aids in two of the world's outstanding personalities, H e r b e r t Hoover and Winston Churchill, and suggested that thousands of other hard-of-hearing people should profit from their example. The item has recalled a delicious little story which was going the rounds a few years ago. F.D.R. in one of his fireside chats passed it along once but it wasn't original with him. The yarn had to do with an old man who had two shortcomings. One, he; drank too much. Two, he was quite deaf and showed signs of becoming even more so. An ear specialist told him that he had to make a choice. It was either quit drinking or quit hearing. The decision wasn't:an easy one but the old man finally elected to abandon the cup that cheers. The improvement in his hearing was quite immediate and quite amazing. But a few months later one of his friends m e t ' u p with him and was disappointed to find the old gentleman cupping his e a r s and hearing with greater difficulty than ever before. "How come?" the friend asked. "I thought you had found a cure for your deafness." "I did/' said the venerable man. "But I discovered that the things I had been drinking were ever so much more pleasant than the things I was hearing." Noisiest Instrument .wasn't particularly sur_ prised to learn that the ac. cordion produces the greatest volume of sound in proportion to its size of any known musical instrument. The piccolo and bagpipe must be pretty well up on the list too. BOUQUET To MRS. W. S. RENFRO-- for addings to life's enjoyment for residents of Mason City aud the surrounding area by having a continuous array ; of colorful flowers from early spring until fall in the garden of her home. .The best wishes of these many friends go with the Renfros as they move on to warmer climes, where she can grow flowers the year around. Did You Know? Haskiri Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers oil»( IU* service for questions of Ucl--not counsel--should ilgn lull name »« address ·n4 incloi* I cents for return fxsdce Address Th« Mason Cltjr Globe-Oaxett« Information Bureau, 1XM Eve Street N. E., Washington i, D.C. Why is th« ttrm "blut ribbon" ·ppliod to something that it exceptionally good? In most orders of knighthood the decoration of highest rank was fastened with a blue ribbon. Hence the present- day application of the t e r m . In French,. "cordon bleu," blue ribbon, also means first rate. W*» th«r* not «t on* tim« in the Barnum and Bailey Circus a m a n who was tattooed all o v e r his .body? Yes. He was Georgius Constantino, a Greek from Albania who was with the circus in the 1870's. There were 388 designs all over his body, including scalp, eyelids and ears, which Constantino claimed were done hy 6 tat- tooers as punishment while he was a prisoner in Burma. Not 1 A square inch of his skin was uncovered. How can on* remove from windows the deposit left from aluminum screens? Try vinegar on mild stains. Heavy deposits may be removed with a mild abrasive powder. Very heavy deposits may be removed with a non-wax-base cleaner. What is the highest amount a person may earn during any month and still^ be entitled to draw his social security pension? A person may not draw social security in any month in which he earns over $50 in employment covered by (he law. There is no restriction on the amount that can be earned in work that docs not come under social security. What eventually became of the Cardiff Giant, subject of the famous hoax of the IBOO's? The pseudo giant was removed to the Farmers' Museum of the New York State Historical Society, at Cooperstown, N.Y. It may still be seen there in an exhibition tent. What is the proper way to apply perfume? Authorities have said that perfume should be applied to Ihe pulse spots, that is, in front of the ears, inside the wrists, in the crook of the arm, at the temples and sides of the neck, and even Jbehind the knees. Perfume should never be applied directly to clothing except by means of an atomizer. ' , How deep are the foundations of f h e greatest suspension bridges? The depth varies. For the Trans- hay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland, completed in 1936, a new foundation method was devised and piers were carried down to , rock 240 feet below the water surface. This is the greatest foundation depth thus far attained. t Today's Birthday CLOYb H E C K MARVIN, born Ayy 22, 1889, at Findlay, Ohio. -fcifth president of George Wash._, ington IMver- ' sity, Dr. Marvin is now serving his 25th year in that post where he has b e e n honored for contributions rais- i n g standards and prestige of the institution. A graduate of the _________ Univer s i t y of CLOYOHECKHWVW Southern C a 1 i- fornia, Marvin was a Thayer Fellow at Harvard, where he got his Ph.D. He was a captain of aviation in World War I. Who originated the name "West- am Union?" Ezra Corneli, in 1856. Cornell was in charge of building the first telegraph line for Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor. What officials of the federal government are elected? The President, vice president, and members of Congress. All others are appointed. Each house of C o n g r e s s chooses its own officers, however, with one exception-- the vice president of the United States is ex officio president of the Senate. What is the name of the type of cross generally used as a symbol by Christians? The Latin or Roman cross is the one used by Christians to symbolize the supreme sacrifice of Christ. The cross was not a symbol of the Christian religion until the reign of Constantino, the first Christian emperor of Rome, A.D. 325. Moson City Globe-Goxette A I.EE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 E. State St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second class mutter, April 12, 1930. at the Postoffice at Mason City. Iowa, under tho act of March 3, JB79. I.EE p. I . O O M I S - - - Publisher ENOCH A. NORKM 'AMO'CUI? Edl'Sr THOR S. JENSEN City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Advtrllilni Mjr. Friday August 22, 1952 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which Is exclusively entitled to use for republica- tloa of all local news printed In this newspaper as well as all AP news dispatcher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Home Edition Delivered by Carrier 1 y«" $15.60 I we«le 30 Outside Mason City and Clear Lake But Within 100 Mllei of Mason City By mall 1 year ...... . S10.00 By mall 6 month! ............ 5.50 By carrier per week City Edition only . . . . . . . . . . . . . , , , . . . . . . . . . . if Outihto 100 Mil* Zon« . · month* 6.50

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