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FEBRUARY 28 1931 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE jftaamt (Hitp (glob? A Lee Syndicate Newspaper Issued Every Week Day by the MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY. ' 121-123 East State St. Telephone No. 3800 WILL, F. MUSE Editor W. EARi, HALL Managing Editor LEE -P. LOOMIS Business Manager .3 MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use for publication of all news dispatches credited,Co it or not otherwise credited in this paper, and also "all local news published herein. · i 41 ;S SUBSCRIPTION BATES Daily, per year 57.00 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, $2.25; 3 months, $1.25; 1 month 50 Outside 100 mile zone, daily, per year 6.00 6 months ?3.25 3 months 1.75 Entered at the Postoffice at Mason City, Iowa, as Second Class Matter Great thots come from the heart. --VA.UYENARGUES ANOTHER JOURNALISTIC BUBBLE rpHE University of Iowa investigation is approach-*- ing the close of its first week. It seems almost sure lo extend over at least two weeks more and it will not be surprising if it stretches to a month or more. When the committee on the opening day decided to accept, hearsay evidence, it invited the prolonged hearing and the monotonous quibbling over inconsequential detail which has marked'most of the testimony up to this time. Except in the case of Mr. Gemmill, secretary of the board, whose testimony may or may not have an important bearing on later developments, the witnesses thus far heard have told a story designed to be harmful to the university and its administrators. To persons who are without bias, it is gratifying to note that there hasn't been a particle of corroborated evidence of a damaging nature. First of all, it is a conspicuous fact that the accusers of the university officials on the stand thus far have been almost without exception former employes of the institution. It hag been evident without tHeir admission that they were disgruntled. Disgruntled persons are wont to tell strange tales. One witness ad milled taking pay for a full day's work when he had .worked only two hours. How much would unsupported testimony from one of that character be worth in a courtroom ? Standing by itself, with no discount for hearsaj evidence, prejudice, inference and the other items which disqualify testimony in a court of justice, the picture painted by the individual witness has been a bit ugly. But under the test of cross questioning by Attorney Tinley, the accusations and charges have withered lo nothing. Not one c- f the witnesses thus far has evidenced definite k"P-wledge of the misuse of state materials or the misappi ' -iation of state funds. · -. PeJ^nus wishing to make a fair appraisal of the Situation--jiiuai,-pear ,in mind/.that the unly^rslty--ha* not had an oppoi-tiutty to present'its side "of the case Developments ahead will reveal that the very charges drawn by the Cedar Rapids forces in this political fight are old stuff. AH of them have been heard and investigated far more intelligently and thoroly than they have been'in this current play for the grandstand. There is no claim here, and President Jessup would be the first to object to such a claim, that mistakes have not been made in the overnight development of Iowa's great university from a secondary institution to one of the greatest in America. Much of the work has been pioneering in unexplored fields. Somebody has prepared a long and astonishing list of "Abraham Lincoln failures." Considered by themselves, the martyr president lias almost a despicable character. But thrown in proper proportion into the picture of Lincoln's life, they accentuated his ultimate greatness. To be fair, one must look at the university picture in Its entirety. The occasional minor error of judgment or execution gives accent to the major triumph. Writing in the Davenport Times, Ralph Leysen has this to say; "If President Jeasup imd members of the state board are to be held personally responsible for every sack of cement which is ordered for building purposes, and the return of every scantling, we should provide overalls and an old Ford truck so that they may cruise about Iowa City during their hours of leisure. Board meetings might be held occasionally in the railroad yards so that members might check up on the unloading of cars as detailed reports were being read." It is not to be forgotten that less than ten years ago a campaign almost identical with the present one, both as to source and method, was directed against the state board of control. There were charges of abusive treatment of inmates at the Anamosa reformatory, charges of incompetency against members of the board and caustic criticism of labor contracts in the reformatory. There was much noise and an investigation. In the end the same men continued to run the same institutions in the same way. The net result was exactly--NOTHING. One wonders if another journalistic bubble is not about to be pricked ? Or burst of its own accord ? IT LOOKS ENCOURAGING T-yrSPATCHES indicate a good hope for success In the *-^ negotiations between Mahatma Gandhi, leader of Indian nationalists, and Lord Irwin, the British viceroy. Reading is trying to persuade Gandhi to co-operate in putting into effect the round-table plan for limited dominion status for India. Meetings between the shriveled little man whom half the Hindu world regards as a saint and the British viceroy have been temporarily suspended, for consultation by each with his organization. But both have guardedly hinted that the negotiations are promising. No suggestion has been given out as to the line which the negotiations have taken. Before they started Gandhi had scaled down his demands to punishment for brutal policemen and release of political prisoners, which seems to be no great obstacle. NOBODY MUCH" SURPRISED T JP TO this time nobody is reported as having dropped *-* dead from surprise because the supreme court over-ruled the Clark decision with respect to the constitutionality of the eighteenth amendment. The high tribunal's opinion was unanimous. Giving the New Jersey judge the benefit of every doubt, the point he raised was no more than legalistic hair-splitting. It isn't the habit of the supreme court to turn the country upside down and the constitution inside out in order to justify a pinpoint in legal logic. TWO ACTION T A FOLLETEISM has presented some ' interesting anomalies within the past week or so. At Washington Senator Robert LaFollette was battling for an outright gift for the residents of the drought district in the south. He favored the dole system. At Madison Gov. Phil LaFollette was opposing- the Hoover plan of unemployment relief by discouraging appropriations for public building purposes. Give in Washington but don't even buy in Wisconsin! For proposals that are strange and planks that are contradictory, the platform of the LaFollette dynasty is indeed remarkable. More weight would attach to the wail that the Michigan fraternity house raids were the result of "dirty politics" if a considerable quantily of liquor had not been discovered in each of the establishments later closed. -n, ma " y motion Picture houses arc quipped for sound? R. c. h n p ^nn e t ? e P artmeent of commerce says the U. S. has 12,500; Europe, 5,401; Far East, 905- Latin America, 527; Canada, 450; Africa, 1.10; Near East 1 h-ii y^" 1 * IS , , th ° l robabili ty of '· couple's celebrating the golden wedding anniversary? H R A. If the girl is 20 anfl the young man 25 the chances are 1 in 6. If their marriage is 10 years later the chances are 1 in 40. ^ ' Q. How long has General Smedley Uutlcr been In the marine, corps? T. V. A. He was appointed to the marine corps in 1899 and promoted thru the ranks to colonel. In 1921 he was made a brigadier general. During 1924 and 1925 he was given leave of absence from the corps to serve as director of safety in Philadelphia. During the World h Pf V;U 6 T (1Aitl France vvith £ r e a t distinctionTand he us the only American officer to have been awarded two congressional medals of honor. jQ- What is tho size of the Cleveland airport? A. It has 1,000 acres. Q. Will you please tcl! me how long im Elirin watch will run that has been wound tight" 'u K A n, u Ve are informe d that all Elgin watches should run 24 hours. Q. In what war was u Roman fleet destroyed by means of a mirror? K. W. A. During the siege of Syracuse in the Second Punic war, Archimedes is said to .have constructed a burning mirror which set the Roman ships on fire when they were within a bow-shot of the wall. It is probable that Archimedes had constructed some such burning instrument, but the. connection of it with the destruction of the Roman fleet is more than doubtful BO-BROADWAY By JOSEPH VAN RA TE \TEW YORK, Feb. 28.--Alexander Woollcott, New York's pet book reviewer, used to be a dramatic critic. He graduated from that into a professional booster of coffee, cigars and neckties; and today, as "The Early Book Worm," bestows crowns of laurels roses, lilacs and pansies, all nicely twined, on the brows of certain Lit'ry Lads and Lassies. He's been doing" his best, for several weeks to make a best seller" of a book called "Education of a Princess." The book is the work of Marie Grand Duchess of Russia, who migrated to New York not so long ago and took a job in a Fifth avenue department store where they sell ?600 lace panties In New York, today, it's supposed to be the "smart" thing to be seen with Marie, and to rave about her book. The list of best-sellers, non-fiction, is still led by The Story of San Michele," one of the greatest books writlen in the last 25 years. Axel Munthe's masterpiece is to Marie's blurb what a Wyoming cyclone is to q school-girl's sigh. JUST FOLKS Conyrielilcd 1931 By KDCAB A. CUES'! ~ CONTRAST One thot she wanted diamond rings, Rich opera cloaks and pretty things, Tinctures and perfumes for her hair] And hats and shoes and trinkets fair. She thot her life would happier be If it were trimmed with luxury, Believing peace of mind is born Of gewgaws fashioned to be worn. But lived a woman down the street Whose life with jewels was complete, For every sort of trinket known Was hers to wear and hers to own. And yet she grieved fr.om day to day And would have flung her wealth away From him she'd married to have heard A truly sympathetic word. Where love and understanding dwell, Tho wealth is absent, all is well. But it's hell-fire to sit alone With jewels you're allowed to own. Fellowship of Prayer A Daily Lenten Feature Presented in Co- Operation With the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America THE WOMEN (Rend 7:3G-8:3. Text, Luke 7:17.) For she loved much. T*HIS word about the "woman who was a sinner" I will apply to the devoted group who followed with Lhe twelve, and provided means for this preaching- tour. We shall have a glimpse of them again, at the very end. They loved much, and their Jove was not chilled, either by peri] to themselves or by the apparent failure of Jesus. The deep affeclion and Ihe faithfulness of women have been a treasure of the Christian church from the beginning. The one religion that gives :o women a proper recognition and a place has had, and still has, large returns. If they were to fail us, our hope would grow dim. For the mothers of men are :he guardians of the future. Prayer: O God, Whose holy light has shone about us in the lives of good women, we pray that this light may not grow pale or go out in darkness; that the vanities of this present world may not have power to turn our women from their high calling. Amen. ^ OBSERVING hope that every Mason City resident who employs asyste- matic method in making his or her donations for charity or welfare will make provision right now in the budget for generous gift to the Christmas cheer fund. This seems a strange time to be talking about an activity to be conducted next Christmas. And yet it's now that the benefits from the $1,200 raised two months ago are most observable. The fund is being administered as more than just a "splurge" and it has come to be an extremely important part of the relief work done by the agencies here in Mason City. That's why I'm suggesting that we get our individual donations to it placed on a more or less businesslike basis. --o-am .giving readers the following letter from Clarence Ruigh of Meservey, based, as it will be noted, on a communication printed in this department last week: "It seems that 'World War Veteran' is 'all wet' in his computation of the amount that a veteran holding- an adjusted service certificate for $1,200 would receive if he would borrow $500 now at the proposed rate of 4M. per cent per annum. The figures as given show that he would pay $27 per year or a total of 5278 in 14 years. This should be S378 and so instead of receiving a balance in cash in 1945 of $322 he would receive only $222. "No\v let us suppose he does not pay the inteerst in cash but add; this to the loan. At the rate of 4 '.!, per cent as now proposed he would be entitled to receive the grand sum of $88.83 in 1945 as the balance would have been consumed by compound interest. If the interest were to be compounded semiannually it would mean still less cash for th veteran. "Again, let us suppose this debt had been paid in 1910 when it wal due. It was not a donation b u t au adjustment of pay for finanical loss and admittedly it was due then. .Someone conceived the idea that i would be great to push this littl matter ahead by more than 26 years after the war so that the children might pay the debt incurred by the fathers. On the basis of 6 per cenl interest as the old law required thij debt represented by the certificate payable in 1945, . might have boen cancelled in 1919 for about $2S5 in cash instead of a note given by the. fathers to be paid by the children in the amount of $1,200. To the man with dependents the insurance feature has been to some value but to the man with no dependents it much like a note that cannol be sold or discounted. "The national committee of the Legion has been subject to some criticism for asking that this debt be paid now. If .the money were wasted or squandered the dependents might suffer by reason of this. The borrowing veteran received mighty little cash under the old law and why should Uncle Sam try to pay debt with notes that can't be discounted ? The rest of us can't do that. Lastly, if those who oppose these payments will put forth some effort to keep us out of war perhaps it will not be necessary to have such drains on the treasury. Remember, this is part of the cost of war. It would never have been if Uncle Sam had minded his own business more and that of Europe less." --o-- 4gMk.am looking for a candidate rajHrr--rn is possessed of enough ^36^ sense and discretion to refrain from predicting his victory by a landslide on the eve of election. It's all right to be foolish and say foolish things in a campaign. In fact, I rather suspect that folks like it. Certainly in Chicago they proved that such was the case this week, But when the fight is all over but the counting of the ballots, why should the candidate take a chance on proving he is a mutt? There seems to be an understanding among office-seekers that there is some written or unwritten law requiring it. read the following In the Waukon Republican and Standard: "What has become of the fellow who early last fall prophesied the winter of 193031 to be a long hard siege with lota of snow and storms?" Wonder no longer, Mr. Bailey. He's still doing business at the old stand. Of course, he isn't saying anything about the upset of his current prophesy. The boys who guessed right arc doing all the shouting here. But he still has some lucky guess out of the past about which he can boast. And. believe me, when this type of bird CAN boast he DOES boast. trust that when Mrs. Hunter has covered in her extremely interesting department some of the most commonly mispronounced words, she'll give her attention to a few of the not unusual words which are misspelled almost as often as they are spelled correctly. Just by way of suggestion, she may wish to start with "all right," which stenographers insist on making "alright." There's no such animal even tho "already" is correct. Here are,a few other nominations: Accommodate, changeable, disappoint, occurred, overdue, privilege, precede, proceed, receipt, separate, acknowledge, advertisement, · advisable, accompany, almost, anticipate, annual, apologize, appreciate, arrangement, attempt, beginning, believe, benefit, calendar, cancellation, committees, courteous, commodities, concise, criticism, decision, definite, description, desirable, economic, efficiently, eliminate, develop, equipped, existence, familiar, financial, foreign, forty, fourteen, fourth, guarantee, incon- venient, insuring, issuing, initial, interest, interpret, independent, itemized, knowledge, lubrication, mileage, miscellaneous, mortgage, ninety,, ninth, omission, opportunity, persuade, practice, questionnaire, recommendation, remittance, surprised, visible, volumes, withdrawal and casual. Not many of these are uncommon words. Only three or four are among the list of "trick" words. Many of them are misspelled, I suspect, because of certain peculiarities of the typewriter. But regardless of the cause, it's a fact that in typewritten copy and in proofs drawn from linotype slugs, these words are bungled more often than most of the other forty or fifty thousand words in the English language. --o-^ interested to note in the £ Perry Chief a department called "The Observer, by E. Y. E." I wouldn't want to bring any charges of plagiarism. But I would like to know when he coined the name. I'm wondering if it was more than 10 years ago. That's when this department came into painful existence. Just curiosity, xm- derstand. No bad temper. --o-present herewith another sparkling bit of "safety first" counsel from the Iowa Lions club organization, headed this year by Raymond Grant, Vinton, formerly of Mason City: "Before crossing a street the child should follow the simple practice originally established by the railroad companies, and should 'Stop--Look--Listen.' "See there is no oncoming traffic. If there is, wait until it has passed before stepping into the street. "Look aii ways before crossing. At intersections there is possible traffic from any of four directions. "See there is no oncoming traffic before stepping into the street. "STOP: LOOK! LISTEN! CROSS ONLY AT RIGHT ANGLES AND ONLY AT CROSS WALKS OR INTERSECTIONS, AND WALK WHEN CROSSING." --0--_^_ picked this story up from n SaBSg youngster who was "talking SEP*" out of sphool." It seems t'mu a certain high school instructor came to class one day wearing dark glasses. "You see," he explained facetiously. "I have to face such extremely bright students that my eye'i couldn't stand the strain." "Teacher," came a. voice from the front seat. "You'l! notice that none cf us has to wear dark glasses." There, I insist, is a future editor of Judge or Life--College Humcr at least. --o-- have K - O. Y. to thank for this bit of counsel from the n of Watt Mason. While It was written and printed many years ago, it is peculiarly applicable to the methods which led up to the situation out of which the country is now emerging, this Mason City man insists. Here it is: "We won't get back to normal ways until we've had some rainy days. So long as troubles grow on trees, and greenbacks wave in every breeze, we'll hit high places and repeat, and scorch the length of Easy street. We can't be prudent while the rest are blowing money galley west. It's epidemic, like the flu, this gorgeous spendthrift how- tiydo. Some day a panic, large and pale, with four white feet and braided tail, will land upon us whllii we spend, and to our orgy put an end. Then, you will see men out of jobs, and you will hear the housewives' sobs; and you will mark the loan sharks thrive, while others scarce can keep alive. Then we'll, quit blowing useful coin for canvasback and tenderloin, and thank ouir gods if we've the price of wholesome liver off the ice. And we'll cut out the silk attire, the princely tips, the chauffeur's hire, and all tho costly pomp and vain, and demonstrate that we are sane. Then every sad and chastened gent will ponder ere he spend a cent, and figure for a weary time before he cuts loose from a dime." --o-heard a delightful little, story the other day which exemplifies an interesting trait of human nature. A very substantial citizen of Mason City dropped in at a amokcshop to get a cigar. This citizen, I should explain, has made the climb from poverty and obscurity to a position of influence and wealth. "Here are some good two for a quarter cigars," the clerk observed as he held out a box. "No," said the subject of this yarn, "the 10-centers are all right for me." "But," countered the clerk, "your son smokes this kind." T understand. I understand. But he has a rich dad." Isn't there a heap of truth in that story? The man who is reared in habits of forced frugality finds his greatest enjoyment in those habits even when the necessity for them is no longer present. And the second generation has a way of attuning itself to the new and higher slandards of living. --o-hope that nobody in the Eye Observing family of readers will ever fall for the easy money trick which has been yielding dividends for "slickers" elsewhere. If a man approaches you with an offer to wager that Los Angeles is further east than Rem, Nevada, don't bite. Look ai your map and you'll discover thai such is the case altho in the popular mind. California is looked upon as our western-most state. That is true only so far as it applies to the northern part of the state. DIET and HEALTH By LOGAN CLENDENING, M. O. Author of "THE HUMAN BODY" Dr. ClencieniiiK cannot diagnose or nivo i»erso:ial answers to letters from rcadera. When questions are «[ general Interest, however, Ihey will be IB ken up. In order, in Die dully column. Address your queries lo Dr. I-oean Clenrtunjnfj, cure o( The Globe-Gazette. Write legibly and not more than 1!00 words. COMMON COLD SUBJECT TO RESEARCH THE REPORT of the Wickersham committee fades 1 into insignificance beside the report of a committee from Columbia university on the cause of the common cold. Unfortunately the two reports have much in common. The Columbia report will satisfy neither the wets nor the drys among the ~~ noses interested in the common cold. The members do not know exactly what the cause of the common cold is, nor how to prevent it, nor how to stop it, once started. The most widely accepted idea of the cause of colds is that they arc due to a sub-microscopic or filler- able virus. This means a germ so small that it cannot be seen by any microscope now in our-j possession, and which passes thru fillers with such small pores thai they would catch any of the bacteria we can see with microscopes. The virus is highly contagious · and implants itself on the mcm- Dr. CloniJenins branes of the nose and throat with great readiness. After it alights there it has the curious properly of stimulating any germ which may happen to be in the nose or throat to great activity. The result is that in the secretions from the nose or bronchial tubes in the latter stages of a cold we find an enormous variety of germs,! but "they are not the actual cause of the cold. Contagious as it is, the cold is probably not spread by a patient in the later stages, when the coughing and nose blowing and secretion running are at their highest. It is in the early stage, perhaps even when the prospective victim does not fee! badly, that he is mosl likely Lo give it lo those he meets. This makes it not very easy to keep ourselves from giving colds to others, and accounts for the rapid spread of the disease in epidemic limes. The incubation period, thai is the time belween when you get the cold from someone else 'and when you come down sick with it, is 36 to 48 hours. The only way to prevent colds, one gathers from the report, is to shut yourself in a closed room. Your food must be brot by attendants who are surgically sterile. The caliug utensils must all have been recently boiled. No one who has the sign or vestige of u cold, even if gauze is worn over the mouth and nose, must come in the room. You must not go to the movies, the theater or to church--in fact, you must nol leave Uie room. You must not kiss or hug anybody. If you want to avoid colds that bad, there are the rules. Dr. Shibley says: "The chimpanzee is the animal we are using, a most inlelligenl and co-operative animal when treated right." What d'ye mean, doctor, "treated right"--giving Lhe poor thing one cold in the head after another? A BIT OF RELIGIO N lly TIIO.ir.AS A.NDKKSO.V .Mlnlslor, Cnngn'^nllonal (.'luircli. ('liLirl Clly. ~ "Tlio One Great Reason for a Weak and Indifferent Faith, hi God und Things Unseen, Is Mi-n- tul Lustiness." It is true that many lose their interest in matters of Uie Realm of Got! and Tilings Unseen, because they look for a miracle to happen, in their lives, which will in some unusual fashion accomplish for them, that which has never been brot to pass in any other way than by toil. Wo forget so many times that there is a fundamental law, of God, applying to all things. "By the sweat of thy brow, shnlt thou earn thy daily bread." This is indisputably true. Experience has proved it, the combined experience of men of every age has established it. This law functions in the realm of faith, and religion, and spiritual perception. We could say it (.his way: "By the sweat of thy mentis! brow, shall thou earn thy faith in God ami Things Unseen." Theodore Roosevelt has said it. in this way: "Tho law o£ a worthy life is fundamentally the law of strife. It is only thru labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better tilings." In the most of instances, where the interest in religion and the things of God, has abated, it can be traced directly lo mental laziness, sometimes to physical laziness. That man who has really Ivied to discover God, who lias put forth an intelligent and consistent effort to realize, personally, the unseen realities has had -success. 31 requires lime, application of thot, continuance, and brains to comprehend beauties of religion and to touch the hand of God. When ye pray sny, "God help me to overcome my mental laziness." EARLIER DAYS ItcInK » Duds' roriiiilhiUou n( Intfn'fillMC llrrin fntm tlio "Twenty Yi-sirH Afio" I'lli'H or Itm tilnl)o-(iki7i!tlo. IT:», :!7, l u l l The packing house of J. E. Decker and Sons made its top record for one day's killing in the history of Die institution yesterday. It killed a lotal of 1,453 porkers which is about 300 more than il ever killed before in one day. The slaughtering- commenced at 7 ft. m. and was concluded shortly after 1 o'clock which gave it a record of nearly 250 hugs an hour. Tlio conditions were excellent for the purpose and us the porkers were on hand for the execution they decided to make Feb. 27 famous in the history of the local packing- plant. The hogs killed were as fine a bunch as has ever been in the packing house yards. It is a pleasant April 1 surprise that Managers A r t h u r and H e f f n c r have planned for the people of Mason City and vicinity. On thai day Ihey will present in matinee and evening concert Ihc Minneapolis Symphony orchestra, the .same organization thai, appeared here before the holidays. It will be accompanied by -some superior soloists and its coming will be hailed with delight by big audiences aflcrnac-n and evening. WITH NORTH IOWA EDITORS THE PUBLIC PAYS Wright County monitor (Clarion) : Just what tho present state legislature will do to regulate the army of large buses and trvicks remaius to be seen. There is an urgent demand from nil quarters for larger license fees and smaller commercial carriers. It has come to the point where these oversized vehicles are a menace to highway traffic. .:\ INCOME TAX FAIREST Webster City Freeman-Journal: 1C the state can realize enough from income taxes to wipe out the state levy it will relieve the burden of property taxes by about 10 mills, and some day Iowa, and every other state, will raise the bulk of revenue from income taxes, which are Ihc most fair and equitable taxes that can be levied. 1SUT HAS IT? Cedar Fulls Record: Evidence begins to show that state materials and labor were used for private building- at Iowa City. This much has been disclosed by the investigation into university affairs being conducted by a legislative committee. Too bad, if true--and anything stated under oath is pretty likely to be the truth. SUSPENSE IS OVER Mitchell County Press (Osiigc)t Well, the long suspense over the Forest City postoffice appointment is ended. Senator O. E. Gunderson is the new nasby, and that leaves a senatorial vacancy to be filled at a convention of republicans from the three counties comprising Ihe district--Winnebago, Worth and Mitchell. MUST BE CONSISTENT Emmetsbiirg Reporter: This paper" has not joined in the great holler against the so-called "salary grab," and does not feel that it can consistently do so until we would be willing to throw rocks al any legislalive proposal lo increase Ihe rate of payment for official publications in newspapers. AMUSING ARGUMENT. Hiirdin County CI1i7.cn (Iowa. Falls): One amusing argument in favor of the soldiers' bonus is that it will distribute money and make good times. Well, .every street and highway in the country is lined with people who will do the distributing if that is ail that is wanted. AVERY MAKES GOOD Spencer Reporter: Representative A. H. A very of Clay county "is making rather an enviable repulation as an able debater. He took an active part in the discussion of the fish and game commission when he was before Ihe house lasl. Mr. Avery spoke for the bill. 75 YEARS OLD. Emmctsbiirg Democrat: T h e coming July will be the seventy- f i f t h anniversary of the founding of the old town of Emmctsburg near Riverdale. Should our citizens decide on observing the occasion it will soon be time to make preparations lor it. IOWA IS DRY Alli.son Tribune: All the talk against prohibition in Iowa is just a waste of breath. Iowa went thru all the preliminary experiments with the booze traffic and settled on prohibition as the best possible solution long before the eighteenth amendment. FIRST ROUND A FARCE Iliimptun Clirontulc: The firs I round of the stale imiversily investigation looks like Ihe cards were stacked against the university officials. The tii-iil item of importance on the bill of fare was that "hearsay" evidence would be allowed. Can you beat thai? J'UESENT PLAN FAILURE Dcoorali Journal: Sure it is that the assessments today are outrageous. The reading of the tax lists in the Journal show that. Our present system is an utter failure. Who can suggest a system belter than the proposed counly assessor system? TEST Ol'" C R I M I N A L I T Y MarslialltouM Tinws-Kupuhlicuii: "Thieves steal butter at New Hampton." At present prices it must require an especially criminal complex to steal eggs or butter. But some talks would carry away a hot stove on a July day. PREPAREDNESS T)EM.\NDED Slorm l,nki; I'ilol-Trihi-mt: Jn these days when communism is stalking thru the land lo an extent little realized by the great mass of people, it is just as well for this country nol lo abandon preparedness Irndilions. ALWAYS AMUSEMENT SI. Ansgiir Enterprise: Two weeks from Inday congress adjourns or is supposed lo adjourn but we will have, the state legislature still making laws for us. So why should we worry? THE EDITOR'S, MAIL BAG CANCER CLAIM DISPUTED MASON CITY, Feb. 20.--Thcro appeared in your paper recently under the heading of "Answers to Questions" a question relative lo methods of treatment of internal cancer. Your reply made Ihe slatemcnl tlmt there is no cure for cancer of any kind. Wish Lo call your attention to the fact thai the answer cioes nol satisfy the question asked and tne statement made in Ihe answer is untrue. Owing to the tremendous influence tlmt a statement made in ,1 daily newspaper has, it seems, to me very unfortunate that such a statement should appear at this time when so much is being done in the way of research and study of cancer. While there remains a great deal lo be done in this field, much has been accomplished during the last 50 years and it is H well known fact that many crises of cancer ar- l.eing cured at t h i s time. It would l-.e a very safe statement to say that at least. 90 per cenl of all skin cancers are curable and 40 per cent of brenst cancers «re also curable. While the results of cancer from the gastro intestinal Iracl and internal organs have not been so promising, yet there are many cnsuj on record where cures have been effected and a fairiy large percentage of cases have been benefited by our modern methods of treatment and permitted to live for many years fairly useful lives. If I am correct in my contention in this matter, I would appreciate some sort of a correction iclative to this question. Yours very truly, GEORGE M. CRABE, M. D. A SLIGHT .SHRINKAGE. Nora Springs Advertiser: It has been slated that military training cost the stale over S'200,000 a year. A letter from the budget direclor gives the figures less than $20,000 a year. It would be no less after it .wus niade optional. THAT'S ANOTHER MATTER. Sioux City Journal: The correct garb for the plumber may br., fciXtp trousers as decreed b3r"iead£^a\l the craft, but, Ttnfortunately, nolh- ', ing was adopted as a reminder tof take his tools along- on the first trip. IT PROMOTES UNEASINESS Sioux City Journal: Eggs, quoted at S cents a dozen in Kansas, are entirely too cheap for politicians and ham actors to feel comfortable about appearing in public. NO NEED FOR ENVY Hurt Monitor: Iowa residents had no need this winlcr to envy California and Florida people. It will probably be a .season unique in meteorological records. C'OOI.IDCiE'S DISCOVERY. Webster City Freeman- Journal: How .startling! Mr. Cooliclge lia.s discovered something. "Our banking- system is not yet perfect." We should .say not. IF WE KEEP OUR HEADS Clear Liilcn Reporter: The financial depression is passing--a few more months and it will be history, if we all begin lo live within our means. INDUSTRIAL STATE Clmrlu.s City Press: Last year, for the first time, it is claimed, Iho value of Iowa's manufactured products equaled those of Iowa farms. WAITING FOR THE FIRE. Waukon Stiindurd: Well the investigation of the slate university is on. There bus been a lot of smoke, now let's sec where the f i r e is. A SILENCE CAMPAIGN. l)uliii(|ui! 'IVlrgrnpli-IIiiruhl: Wo liaven'l noticed any comments in U:e California papers about the Iowa weather this winter. UNUSED POWER Lako Mills Graphic: Unforlunale- ly, those who have the besl power lo make us happy can also maka us Lhc most miserable. NO COAL STRIKES Upper Dos Moinos Rcpuhlicnn l f f o m i ) : Have you noticed there- has been no coal strikes Ihis win- ler? There's n reason. ' PLACING THE I5LAME Swc:i Clly Herald: When you wish lo complain about taxes look; inlo Ihe mirror and slarl talking to the guy you sec there. A S200 CAR Dnws Reporter: Now it is predicted that, in time, a $200 untornobilo is sure to come. But will it be sura to go''. CONSOLATION! RlngHtiu! Dispntcli: Don'l bother lo advertise. There's always a cer- lain demand for b a n k r u p t stocks. CROON THAT OFF Waterloo Tribune: Rudy Vallee'a income is ?250,000 n. year. Now let his opponents croon that off.

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