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FEBRUARY 21 1931 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE ilaanti OJitn (glnhr A Lee Syndicate Newspaper Issued Every Week Day by the MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY 121-123 East State St. Telephone No. 3800 WILL P. MUSE ...Editor W. EARL HALL Managing Editor LEE P. LOOMIS Business Manager MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper, and also all local news published herein. suBscmpxroN BATES Daily, per year $7.00 Daily, per week 15 Outside of Mason City and Clear Lake Daily, per year by carrier $7.00 Daily, per week by carrier 15 Daily, per year by mail 4-00 6 months, 52.25; 3 months, ?1.25; 1 month 50 Outside 100 mile zone, daily, per year 6.00 6 months $3.25 3 months 1.7G Entered at the Postoffice at Mason City, Iowa, as Second Class Matter Honour your parents; worship the gods, hurt not animnls.--TRIPTOLEMUS 'i ! | EXPLOITING "HUMAN MISERY" . fYRENUS COLE, Iowa's fifth district congressman, ^ took occasion recently in a newspaper article to pay his respect to some of the senators who have gone out of their way of late to lambast President Hoover and the American Red Cross for their position with respect to drought relief methods. Mr. Borah, the lowan relates, made an oratorical speech based on a pitiful incident, a mother in Tennessee who was feeding her three children on soured meal and rancid pork. "But," Cole continued, "Mr. Borah did not tell all the story. It was a Red Cross woman who found that mother and her children in a cabin, almost too proud to ask for help. That family was given the help it needed. That is the Red Cross way. They are hunting out all the destitute and feeding them. They are doing it better thatt a gang of politicians could do it. The point is not 'that relief should not be given and that liberally but tbe point is that the 'greatest mother in the world,' the Red Cross, can do it better." Then Mr. Cole directed his attention to Senator Caraway of Arkansas, whom lie characterized as being "exactly what you think of Arkansas." Mr. Caraway in the heated moments of the attack on the Red Cross had the bad taste to pose his own brother as his exhibit A. This brother, he said, is growing old and because of the drought last summer he did not have clothes enough to attend church. "No doubt," Mr. Cole added, "the Red Cross will provide for him, now that its attention has been called to his plight. But there are men who out of their more ample incomes would provide for a brother who is growing old rather than make an exhibit of his misery h on the floor of the senate. Tbe senator could buy a of clothes for his brother for ?14.50, and that [juld enable him to resurne going to church." . i'^oUr3fee,"V?ald. l M:rJ.C6le ? lu conclusion, "when you "strip this senatorial noise of its ofatundlty there is not a great deal left-- but it may have reverberated thru the country, especially in the headlines. If the country will stand behind the Red Cross, no one in America will suffer. It does not require the intervention of the politicians who think mostly in votes." THIS PERIOD "CALLED LENT L ENT is here again, the great penitential season of the Christian church, observed by more than three. fourths of Christendom. Until after Easter amusements and social festivities in many parts of the world 1 will cease -- at least in theory. Lent being observed as : a strict fast by many Christians, there will be a noticeable decrease in luxuries. a The Lenten fast dates back to the early days of the Christian era. It is discussed in the writings of St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, in the second century. Originally the fast lasted only 4(5 hours immediately before Easter, referring to the time between Christ's death and the Resurrection. Gradually the 40 hours were extended to 40 days. The present mode of observance. according to which Lent is made to begin on Ash Wednesday, was stamped with the approval of Gregory the Great, early in the seventh century. In the English church, the observance of Lent was introduced in tbe eighth century by Ercambert, King of Kent. The name "Lent" is from the Anglo-Saxon "Lencten" meaning spring. In a number of the older churches, such as the Roman Catholic and the English Episcopal church, the observance of Lent has never been dropped. Following the Reformation, however, its observance ceased among many of the new denominations. But many of these have, in recent years, begun to place greater stress on this penitential season. During this period the Globe-Gazette will print as a daily feature on this page a discussion and prayer made available by the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. It is hoped that this "Fellowship of Prayer" may have the following which its inspirational quality warrants. AS A POLITICIAN WRITES HISTORY rpHE person with an ax to grind ought not to attempt ··· the writing of history. If proof of this counsel is needed, it will be found in "The Tragic Era," a volume written a year or two ago by Claude Bowers of the New York World concerning the reconstruction period after the Civil war. Mr.' Bowers is a democrat. He's that even before he's a journalist. He's that ahead of everything else. In this book on "the age of hate," he sets out to overrule other historians who have dealt with this period. His beginning thesis and his closing thesis was that a democrat could do no wrong. . The result is a story which is probably as wide of disinterested fact as the admittedly prejudiced histories which have been used in our northern classrooms. -What happens in this book is what will always happen when the writer, be he reporter or historian, is bent on vindication rather than on truth. T-xISPATCHES state that Maj. Gen. Smedley D. But- ·^ ler, stormy petrel of the marine corps, is planning to resign from the service next fall and take to the lecture platform. He thinks he can capitalize upon the notice which has been attracted to his recent three- Q. On which finger may n man wear rings? i * L. A. There is no satisfactory rule concerning the wearing of rings by men. Many prefer the little finger but the ring may also beworn on the third or fourth finger. A man wears a wedding ring on the same fin- ser as does a woman. ' IJ. VV'hy are there eight stars in Alaska's flag-? A. The eight stars in the Alaskan flag are arranged as follows: - "Seven of them form the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear, the most conspicuous constellation in the northern sky, containing the stars which form the 'Dipper,' including the 'Pointers ' which point toward the eighth star in the flag. Polaris, the North star, the ever constant star for the mariner, the explorer, hunter trapper, prospector, woodsman and the surveyor. For Alaska is the northernmost star in the galaxy of stars, and at some future time will take its place as the forty-ninth star in our National Emblem." This description is taken from an act o* the legislature of the territory of Alaska, establishing the official flag in 1927. Q. Why are oysters not eaten in months that do not contain the letter "r?" H. T. A. Oysters should not be eaten during their spawning months, but should be protected in this period It is merely a coincidence that these months in the year do not contain the letter "r." Oysters, however, are not wholesome during these months, if eaten fresh from unpolluted waters. Q. How long has the human race cultivated crops? D. M. A. Agriculture is believed to be the earliest occupation of man. It can be traced back to pre-historic times when primitive man began to select particular plants as preferable to others for Ms use as food. Records on ancient monuments have enabled us to trace the history of agriculture in Egypt back to at least 3000 B. C. cornered dispute with Mussolini on the one hand and his own governmental superiors on the other. Up to this time we have rather inclined to the jeneral's side of the argument. But if he elects to make selfish profit out of the embarrassment into which he drew his government--by telling the truth, it conceded--he is going to discount his motives. Colonel Lindbergh resisted the temptation to capi- be tallize on notoriety and his notoriety turned to lasting fame. General Butler has a fine opportunity to profit by the Lindbergh example. ·it, l I'J 1 " 0 ·!" " . y ° Ur 1 " 1 TM i nni) ailjr «8 Tilth your nilMtton and Inrtose 2 cents In coin or stamps for return postuse. Ad- 2ln""n' . 0 " b J-""f'le InMrrrmtlon Huren,,, Frederic J. Has- Kin, Dirtrctor, Washington, II. c BO-BROADWAY By JOSEPH VAN RAALTE MEW YORK, Feb. 21.--"As most of the auditoriums 111 go today," 'says George Jean Nathan, "it's much more comfortable to leave one's evening clothes at home and come to the theater in pajamas." Feeling that way about it, one wonders why George doesn't go ahead and blaze the trail--instead of hanging back and merely talking about it. If some anonymous idealist appeared at the theater in pajamas, the likelihood is he'd be arrested and sent to the Nut House for observation. If Nathan did it, he'd make the front page of every paper in town, and his prestige might even popularize the innovation. : ; ; ;. ; ; The trouble wittf bur literati ia they wear their energies out in mere talk. As old Colorado Maduro once remarked: "Ah feels ambitious when Ah'm settin' 'round, talkin 1 'bout work; but de minute Ah gets up. Ah loses mah pep!" \ pLORIFYING CHARLIE--The only two queues on ^ Broadway these days are the Times Square Bread Line and the mob fighting to see the new Charlie Chaplin film. Not so many years ago, to admit that you got a kick out of a Chaplin film was to qualify as a roughneck or a sap. The highbrows used to elevate their hands in horror and say: "What's going to become of our young people if they're permitted to witness such vulgar clowning?" Then some sublimated Tripe Magnate, on Park avenue, with a Five-Foot-Shelf brand of culture, made the startling discovery that Brother Chaplin was a "supreme artist," the "greatest pantomimist the world has ever known." Today, if you sneer at Chaplin's work people say: "Oh, he has the mental reactions of a dish washer J" THEY STILL DO IT--Ina Claire says she is thru ·*· with Bro'dway, forever. Bro'dway, accustomed to defections of that kind, has'learned to smile and shrug at each recurring; manifestation. The Boys and Girls get tried. They're all temperamental. Nine out of 10 they come wandering b.ick, when they're rested up--and they always find the latch string out. Just a bunch of grown-up kids. mffl!U!ijyjllW.ySMiU.qM'.^^ ft* THE OBSERVING Cnpyrlchiod ID.'ll --111- KDGAIt A. GUEST -DESTINY It seemed so futile--all the years of pain And poverty and anguish and despair, With never anything but toil and care, The tramp to work, the slow march home again. Always the rooms above, below stayed bare. The world had never noticed he was there Or offered goals which he had strength to gain. Two of bis children added to ms woe. The third and youngest all unwanted came, But his were eyes which seemed to be aflame, His was a mind that men of genius know, Now in that glory of that son he sees How strangely God works out men's destinies. Fellowship of Prayer A Daily Lenten Feature Presented in Co- Operation With the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. THE BOY IN THE TEMPLE (Read Luke 2:41-52. Text, Luke 2:49). Wist ye not that 1 must IMS nbout my Father's business'.' (Or, In my Father's house?) Luke gives us our one glimpse into the silent years, and the scene is lovely. Hofmann's familiar picture is beautiful, but probably misleading. It does not give us the ruddy health ol the hills and of the carpenter's shop. There is nothing pale or anemic about piety. Great and holy thots are indigenous to healthy childhood. "The thota of youth are long, long thota." Get behind the mask of-his shyness and your boy is thinking about high things. The parents of Jesus did not understand Him till strangers showed the way into the Bey's eager mind. Prayer: Our Father, to Whom we all are as little children, we thank Thee for the holy light that shines in the heart of childhood; and we pray that the hardening years may not shut us out from understanding and sympathy. In Jesus' name. Amen. have always maintained that no two persons ever see the same thing in quite the same way. This is as true of professional observers as it is of us garden variety observers. That egging story In Chicago was an eloquent case to prove my point. I read three reports of the incident and no two of. them were the same beyond the essential points that the ammunition was hen fruit and the target was Mayor Thompson. What the man said as he threw and where the egga hit were matters ,of divergent opinion. And the reports were all written by trained men who were there on the spot. The moral is that we must be skeptical of not only all that we hear but of much that we see. gggf* learn from Tom Arthur that «3ajspi the play entitled "The Royal ^^^ Bed" has been-called back to the film company s offices and will be released anew under its proper title, "The Queen's Husband." I'm sorry to report tnat this course had bee'n decided upon before my criticism contained in this department last week. Otherwise I'd modestly assume credit for It. Not all moving pictures are uadly named. "Scandal Sheet," which recently was shown at the Palace couldn't have been improved on as a title. Nor could "The Bachelor Father" at the Cecil this week. It's when producers go haywire as they did in the case of "The Royal Bed" or the Jenny Lind story that one';; attention is drawn to the offense. I suppose I should admit that bad titles are the exception rather than the rule. --o-. elreve there Is genuine profit i n ' s t o r e for the ' eating- place which makes an intelligent effort to c a t e r to the parents of small children Who hasn't had the experience of going into a cafe or restaurant and having either to accept adult-sized helpings for a 4-year old youngster or go to the trouble of ordering things not on the regular bill of fare which cost ns much as a regular meal. Why couldn't the helpings be regulated somewhat as they are in the home? I am convinced that the eating establishment which specialized on proper-sized portions and suitable prices for the junior trade would be rewarded with Increased adult patronage. , --°-- .,--j- suspect an Interesting book rasjgj of anecdotes centering about vSr Iowa's beloved Senator Allison could be written. Some of them would be about him and some of them would be from the stock of stories which he had at his command. One day, according to a yara that has been repeated so many times it must be true, the senator was riding along on a train when a seatmate suggested that a flock of sheep grazing on a nearby hillside had been recently sheared. Always cautious in politics, Senator Allison responded: "It so appears oil this side." He wasn't committing himself concerning the side he couldn't see. Another day he and a Wisconsin senator were coming out out of this capital at Washington and a drizzly rain made walking most disagreeable. "Wonder if it's going to stup raining?" his mate suggested. "It always has," was -the Dubuqtte man's cryptic rejoinder. The senate lost a picturesque character when death laid hands on Senator Allison back there in 1908. jmgb. have a note from a "WorKl ^ggjg war veteran" who doesn't "Hy'" like at all the government's plan to advance a 50 per cent loan on insurance certificates. He has it doped out that the deal is highly profitable to the government but not so profitable for veterans. "For instance," he writes, "a veteran has a $1,200 policy. He borrows $GOO on it but doesn't pay any back on the principal, but he Keeps interest paid up at 4Vi per cent which is .$27 a year and over a period of 14 years, which is $278. When his policy matures he gets $600 minus $278, which leaves him $322. Altogether lie gets 5922 on a $1,200 policy, sav.ing the government 5278 on all the policies that are handled in this way. "If they can't pay all of said policie.s now, why not pay half of it and not take one-fc-.irlh of each veteran's policy for interest?" If there's a banker in the crowd, will he step forward and explain this? gm^ am contiaenE that the gen- "*§Pf£ eral mt - elli B ence in Mason 3S^" City is higher than it ia in Chicago. Who thinks that a mau running for mayor or any other public office could win an election by trotting out a donkey and a pony or two and pulling off some second rate circus stuff? And yet that's what is happening in Chicago. Sadly enough, the odds are considerably on the side of the clown too, so far, at least, as the primary- is concerned. In the run-off election, however, the democrat ought to make a great race. Here's hoping he doesn't set up a rival circus. --o-beheld an interesting exhibit this week. A friend purchased two 5 cent cigars, one a regularly advertised 5 cent brand and another procured from the box of "10 cent throw- outs" which is found at almost any cigar counter. With a sharp knife my friend had silt the wrapper leaves and his exhibit was the filler. In the case of the regular 5 cent cigar the filler leaves were long, nist as they are in the higher- priced cigars, the difference being only In the size of the cigar. In the case of the other cigar, the ona which waa supposed to be of 10 cent quality discarded because of a minor imperfection, the filler consisted of shredded leaves, none of which was more than a half incb wide or long. My friend is' going tu buy no more "10 cent throw-outs.' His research lias made him a little skeptical of all merchanise marketed on the "throw-out" basis. --o-doubt if there is published anywhere a more tboroly enjoyable magazine for persons possessed of an interest in history than the Palimpsest, a publication of the State Historical so- 'ciety of Iowa. Its editor is John E. Briggs of Iowa City. In" the February issue (here is a delicious article entitled "Misrepresentative Fiction" written by Prof. Sam B. Sloan of the university's English department. In another article there is a mention of Mason City. Month after month' the writers in this remarkable little magazine deal with interesting bits of Iowa history, some of it pioneer and some of it more nearly contemporary. Well does it reach its objective "to present the materials of Iowa history in a form that is attractive and a style that is popular in the best sense--to tbe end that the story of our commonwealth may be more widely read and cherished." In ancient time- palimpsests (the accent is 011 the Cirst syllable) were parchments or other materials from which one or more writings had been erased to give room for later records. But the erasures were not always complete and it became the fascinating task of scholars not only to translate the later records but also to reconstruct the original writings by deciphevin the dim fragments of letters partly erased and partly covered by subsequent texts. This explanation is taken from a foreword in the Palimpsest. In conception and in execution the little magazine is worthy of the state historical society and I commend it to all who wish to invest each year a dollar in a sure dividend payer. --o-heard the Boy Scouts make g a report one night this week on their experiences as councilmen, city manager, city engineer, health officer. It was a sort of make-believe game. And yet-the youngsters got a fine insight into the duties of our public official:1 My guess is that the experience if going to make them better citizens in the future, more inclined to cooperate and less inclined to destructive criticism than they would bt without an understanding oC wha our public servants are up against I'm wondering i£ it might not be a good plan to extend this idea. t~ grown-upa. ---o-..^ have never in my residenc EgE^ in Mason. City seen as man 5E'*" automobiles parked to th neighborhood of the GIobe-Gazett building as Friday afternoon. Th blocks containing the high schoui the Y. M. C. A., the Congregalioim church, the Episcopal church an-: the telephone building were al filled to capacity. I had to go ( block and a half away from the of fice to find a place to park. Tha has never happened before, even on a Saturday afternoon. It may be that the basketball tournament on the Y. M. C. A. floor was respou sible for the glutted condition Whatever the reason, the tact re mains that if we are headed for tin poorhouse we assuredly are goimj to make the trip by automobile! --o-^^^ submit the following fron ffi^fe- tbe Iowa Lions club safety $§£?*" committee as my contribution to the movement now under way to make the promotion of safe ty an all year proposition rathei than just a one week or a on- month campaign: "The habit of cutting corners has been one of the larger factors in thr increasing number of accidents. "When the child is'cutting coiners the approaching motorist floe; not know which way the child \-. going, and consequently does no know what to do to avoid an acci dent. "Cross walks are placed on prac tically every corner. In crossing on cross walks the child not only ha the support of the morals of safely but of the law as well. "Do not cross in the middle o£ UK block. The motorist is alert a crossings to see there is no ncciden but in the middle oC the block tin average driver takes it for grantee that the road is clear and is not a cautious as at intersections. "The street is for moving vehicles The cross walks are put in for tl pedestrian. Why not follow th; simple lesson and help reduce th large number of accidents tha come from this dangerous habit?' --o-had a telephone call from ; man Friday who said n. ..^ thot Iowa had got a dirt deal from the radio commission. H pointed to the fact that there ac 7 stations with the same wav length and frequency as the r.tatio at Waterloo and that powerful sta tions were set in so close to W-H-C at DCS Moines that listening in o it is an affliction rather than a joj One's only consolation lies in th fact that due to obnoxious advertising methods employed at practical! all stations--and tbe networks ar no better than the others--ther isn't much lost U r.;ie steers clea of the radio altogether--o-- ASBak. shouldn't be surprised if th SHsS country will have to fa *·--~ hack on A. ID. B.'s metho of disposing of old razor blades. I s . not only disposes of them but put them to profitable use by mnkin them shave tne frost off his wine shield on frosty mornings. "Bea' anything I ever tried," he declare DIET and HEALTH By LOGAN CLENDENINO, M. D. / Author of "THE HUMAN BODY" Dr. ClericlenLnK c.-innot tllngrttisc or give persuna! answers to tetters from renders. When qvicstlons are tit general interest, however, they will tie t n k c n up. In onlcr. In the dully column. Address your queries to Dr. I-OKon Clendenlne, care ot The Globe-Gazette;. Write legibly aiul not more than 200 words. A BIT OF RELIGION Ily THOMAS ANDERSON 1 '"" Minister, C'onjErepntlonul Church, Charles City. ^ ~ ' J TOBACCO AND NICOTINE DIFFERENT A DISTINCTION should be made between nicotine *· and tobacco. Nicotine absorption is not the same s tobacco smoking;. The smoker gets very little nico- ine into his system. - - It would be impossible for him to do so. Nicotine is one of the most violent poisons known. One- sixth of a drop--11 milligrams--of nicotine, will kill a cat. "From one- half to two drops placed on tha tongue of a dog will kill it almost instantly." A good, stout horse will be killed by eight drops. One or two drops--GO to 120 milligrams--will kill a man. Remember that figure of GO to 120 milligrams. Compare it with the findings of Dr. ISmil Bogen, who collected smoke from jgigarets and found that the amount of nicotine in the smoke that goes into the smoker's mouth is 2-10 of a milligram. Much of this is blown out Dr. Clpndcnlnj; vith the exhalation, and so we can figure that little nicotine is actually absorbed. The amount which escapes from the lighted end of a cigaret is 4 milligrams. Che analysis of the smoked stub shows G'C, milligrams f nicotine remain. Smoking rapidly brings more nicotine into the smoker's mouth. A cigaret smoked in 2 minutes will bring 6 \, milligrams into the mouth. With these facts in mind, the question arises vhether nicotine is an essential part of the pleasure of tobacco smoking. Since one gets little of it with iverage smoking, the chances are that other ingred- ents of tobacco furnish much of the enjoyment--per- laps pyridine bases. Would it not be reasonable to ask or the lowest nicotine content possible in cigars and cigarets ? There is no question that tobacco can be de-nico- inized. Tobacco with less than 1 per censor half to two-thirds what most cigaret tobaccos contain, can manufactured without depriving the tobacco of any of 'its desirable qualities. Whether the absence of nicotine would rob tobacco of the taste that smokers like cannot be said vithout further trial. It is certain that habitues do not actually base their enjoyment on the absorption of a certain amount of the drug. They do not usually enjoy a smoke in the dark. Taste, smell, the habit of 'doing something," all seem to enter into the pleasure of smoking. The amount of nicotine in the standard brands of cigarets varies as much as is indicated in the table jelow: Per Cent Snglish cigarets (average) 1-58 J. S. domestic unprocessed (average) 1-77 Denicotinized U. S. (average) 1.09 For further details write Connecticut Agricultural station and ask for Bulletin No. 307. I T IS A POOR arid paltry spirit that contents itself with.mere duty doing. That which is over and above duty is what counts. That it is which adds the spring and joy to Christian living. God might have created this world with no beauty of leaf and flower, no color of sunsets, no splendor of the rainbow, no sparkle of the sea, no loveliness of childhood. Only a slight change of the laws of nature would eliminate this OVERPLUS of beauty, which charms all of us and destroys that which makes the universe other than gray and dull. The Creator has made it .very clear that he wants children who are not afraid to work overtime, nor afraid to give extravagantly, nor afraid to do more than their share. He has learned the real joy of living who has learned to go the limit and beyond. Just to do one's duty is to just fulfill the law of human responsibility. To do one's duty and more is to fulfill the law of God for human doing. Jesus stated this principle in the most beautiful fashion when He said: "If a man ask you to go with him one mile, go with him two." It is true that much emphasis is laid on doing more than our duty. It is also true that not^ enough of us know how to go beyond the limits of imr legal responsibilities. There is a little rhyme that has come to mean much to me. Here it is: "Some meet their duties when duty's due, Some go beyond duties due, Some their duty will never do, How do you do?" EARLIER DAYS Being n Dally ("nin[lhiinn of InlcrCHllnff Items from U "T«-cnty VeurK Acti" Files of tha ;iihfi-Gazetre. FEB. 21. 1011 Piske O'Hara, a jolly Irishman with a delightful tenor voice, high, rich and resonant, with a strong supporting company, gave great and continuous delight last evening to a large audience at the Wilson theater, in his first appearance in "The Wearing of the Green." O'Hara was made for the part and his company of Irish friends among them carried enough Irish wit to last till their next appearance. The audience was enrapport with the players from the first and would not cease curtain calls in the second act till Mr. O'Hara made a speech which was a gem of humor and appreciative acknowledgement. Mr. O'Hara and his company are sure of a fine reception and big audience at any return engagement. The Misses Mayrac and Alice Londergan arrived home this morning from Chicago, where they have been looking up the spring styles for the past several days. T» A. Potter accompanied by S. A. Schneider left this morning for Minneapolis where they will look after business interests. They expect to return tomorrow. In connection with the proposal to hold the next democratic national convention at Baltimore it is interesting to recall that no fewer than 14 candidates for the presidency were named in that city. WITH NORTH IOWA EDITORS ECONOMY--WHERE? Rock Kupids Reporter: Iowa legislators, pledged to economy, refused to repeal the expense bill which gained so much unfavorable publicity following tbe close of the assembly two years ago. And as they did that, they proved that they are not one bit different from other legislators in other legislatures in every part of this great country. As every legislature opens there is great talk of economy, but before the session Is fairly started, all pretenses are thrown to the wind. PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE. Rockwell Tribune: It is proposed by some experts that every applicant for a marriage license should have a mental examination. But one ot our cynical bachelor friends says that when one applies for a marriage license that is prima facie evidence of his mental condition. TO SAVE EXPENSES Allison Tribune: Maybe the legislators who were so anxious to investigate the affairs at the university had better follow the precedent of tbe government in the General Butler case and call it off with a simple reprimand to President Jessup. It would save expenses. LAME DUCKS nimotKlmrK Dimiocrut: The trouble is that too many who represent tho state as examiners are lame ducks. They have held county offices elsewhere and, thru political, lodge, church and other pulls, they managed to get on to the state payroll. AS TO TAXING TOBACCO Marshall town Times-Republican: Somehow the Dubuquc Telegraph- Herald can't -see any justice in taxing cigarets and tobacco. But it isn't excited over the gas tax. What':( sacrosanct about any kind of tobacco, cigaret smokin' or "eatin 1 ?" HE THANKFUL, DEMOCRATS!' Upper Drs Moincs Republican (Al- jrona): Had AI Smith been elected president the democrat party would have been as dead as a door nail for the depression would have come just the same. Democrats should be thankful. PUNISHMENT TO FIT C R I M E Albla Union-Republican: Ordinarily we would oppose the -whipping post, but in such instances ns the attack on Lincoln's memory by ignoble rotters of Masters type, wo, would enjoy being the one to wield the whip. FAIR QUESTION. NorUiwood Anchor: And after the state legislature gets thru investigating the state university-then what? Will anybody g6 to jail or will the whitewash brush be waved 1 COMMISSION FAVORED. Britt News-Tribune: (fish and game): There really seems to be merit in the commission plan. It now rests with the stale senate and Governor Dan Turner if it become a law. PREDICTION Dnnorah Journal: Probably tho United States has swung nearly af far as it is going to swing In the "protective" tariff direction. Perhaps it won't be so long before the swing is the other way. SPUING DRAWS NEAK I Sioux City Journal: Spring must oe close at hand. Baseball news is increasing in volume day by day, and someone reported a flock of wild ducks going northward last Sunday. THE WOLF PROBLEM. Luke Mills Graphic: Some people are worrying how to keep the wolf away from the door; others are figuring out how they can throw it out of the house before it hus pups. DIFFICULTIES OF LEGISLATING Kno.vvlIIe Express: Every legislator knows it's easier for 20 good looking extra committee clerks to come in thru a needle's eye than to repeal one $80,00 salary grab. NO TAXES DECREASED. Humbohlt Republican: The demand for decreased taxes is rampant in legislative halls, but the leg- slaturc seems to be only looking for something else to tux. HERE'S OfcE FOR YOU Liivonie Nmvts: We have never oeen able to figure out how a person could say they cat three square meals a day when they have pancake:! for breakfast. GOD HELP THE TAXPAYER Sue S u n : The demand for decreased taxes is rampant in legislative halls, but the legislatures seem to be only looking for something elso to tax. AN' AUTOMOBILE WAR Charles City Press: General Motors has, passed a lead with the Chevrolcts over tbe Fords, and a breathless suspense awaits a response from Henry, A IJIT OF ADVICE Sheffield Press: When a girl's only reason for marrying a man is that he is a good dancer, some divorce lawyer gets ready to collect a piece of change. EXTENDING THE JOB Wosley News-World: Thomas Edison is said to be working on a scheme for clearing away fogs for aviators. Maybe It will work for the senate, too. DISGRACEFUL POLITICS. Inv:i Recorder (Grcrnn): Of all the dishonorable and disgusting- campaigns for mayor of the second largest city in the United States- Chicago is it. TWEET! TWEET! SPUING RinRStntl Dispatch: Robins, dandelions, snakes and other harbingers of spring continue to be seen in some of our neighboring towns. THE EDITOR'S MAIL BAG I'ROTKSTS WASTK OF EOOS DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 18.-- While countless people thruout our country are starving, two luncheon clubs at Turlock, California, lire, according to press reports, holding an egg- right, sponsored by the Chamber or Commerce of their town. The object of this puerile demonstration we are informed, is to reduce the (Turn (o Iff, Column 2). CHEAP AMMUNITION. Sioux City Journal: It'a positive- y dangerous for eggs to get any cheaper. 1C the price keeps on falling, candidates are going to be hard to find. FROZEN ASSETS Waterloo Tribune: llr. HaaXob snys he doesn't hold a mortgage on the democratic party. But he will admit he has a lot of "frozen assets." ESTHERVILLE NEWS Esthervillo News: What a pity that Chicago's mayoralty race couldn't have been postponed until the World's Fair to be held in Chiago. IMPOSSIBE UNDERTAKING Spuncer Iteportcr: Edgar Lee Masters stands about as much chance to discredit Lincoln ns lie would to discredit Shakespeare. WHERE IT HURTS. Clear Lulte Reporter: This ex- remely mild winter has hurt the business of coal dealers--and makers of red flannel underwear. TURNER--USE YOUR VETO ICaglo Grovo Eagle: Unless Gov. Turner is handy with his veto pen '.hs people will have cause to regret this session of tha legislature. TURNER SHIRTS CLEAN Hanlln County Cltlxon (Iowa rails): Well, Governor Turner did !iis part. He asked the legislatura to repeal the salary grab law. AIN'T IT THE TRUTH. Mitchell County Press (Osiifje): There are a lot of Iowa people who wish they could vote in the coming hicago mayoraltty election. ONE ITEM UNDEFEATED New Hampton Tribune-Gazette: There is one commodity in the world which hasn't been deflated yet --and that is trouble. EASY TO FORGET. K s t h c r v i l l n News: Campaign promises are nil too easily forgotten in Iowa, or any other commonwealth, for that matter. OVERSHADOWS ALL OTHERS Emmclsbiirg Democrat: Tho utility problem is the biggest Issue that confronts the American people at the present time. WHEN TABLES TURN. Cedar Fulls Record: Sometimes the man who seems to succeed best as the life of the party is ultimately the death of it. PREJUDICED Spemcer Reporter: A lot of prognostications nncl political forecasts simply reflect the personal bias of the writer. THE OLD GAME Diibuquo Telegraph-Herald: Getting something for nothing seems to be a popular idea these days. O YE OF LITTLE FAITH. Cherokee Times: These are times of little faith. People are even losing: faith in the ground hog. WHEN MONEY TALKS Wright County Recorder (Dows): When money talks it never bores anyone.

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