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SIX MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 17 · 1937 '4 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE AN A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week' Day by tlic MASON'CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY 121-123 East Stale Street Telephone No. 3SO LEE P. LOOM1S - - - - - Publisher W. EARL HALL - Managing Editor ' ENOCH A. NOREM - - - City -Editor LLOYD L. GEER - - Advertising Manager Entered as second-class matter April 17, 1930, at the post office at Mason City, Iowa, under the act of March 3, 1873. MEMBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS which Is cxcIUftvUy en tilted lo thu use for publication at all news dispatches credlle to it or not otherwise credited in this paper, and all loca news. . , Full leased wire service by United Press. · MEMBER, IOWA DATLY PRESS ASSOCIATION, wilk DCS Woines news and business offices at -505 Shops Building. \ SUBSCRIPTION KATES Mason City and 'Clear Lake, Mason, City and Clear Lake by the year ,57.00 by the week s ,1" O U T S I I I K M A S O N CITY A N D CLEAR L A K E ANIJ WITHIN 100 MILES OF MASO.V C1TV Per year by carrier ....$7.00 By mail 5 months S2.2, Per week by carrier . ...s .15 By mail 3 months 51.2 Per year by mail 54.00' By rnall 1 month ..,,..-5 -5C OUTS1PE Kit) MILE ZONE IN IOWA A N B M I N N E S O T A Per Year ..SC.OO Six months ..53.25 Three months ..51.75 IN ALL STATES OTHER THAN lOH'A. AND MINNESOTA Per yr...$8,00 6 months. .§4.50 3 months. .$2.50 1 month. .Sl.O" Adequate Defense rpHE NEED of maintaining adequate lighting ·^ forces in a world in which most of the nations are engaged in armament races is pointed out by the Reserve' Officers association, chief sponsor o£ national defense week, Being observed in the period between the birthdays'of Lincoln,and Washington. To those who insist on disarming it is only necessary to point to the fact that the most highly civilized society is still based on force. It is ideal to say we have renounced force and settle our disputes through the orderly processes of the courts. The fact is that behind every judge stands the policeman or the sheriff, ready to enforce the court's decrees by force if need be. Jn international relationships court or league decrees have been of no avail- because there was no force to back them up. Force remains the means ot settling differences between nations as the present feverish rush to rearm proves. In the impending struggle between the havenots and the haves among the nations of the world it is- foolhardy to think that the United States stands in no danget of attack. It is the part of prudent reason to be adequately prepared as the best guarantee agains' war. The United States has a well rounded military plan, which now, more than ever, should be maintained and developed. This plan, adopted in 191G and later amended to'include the lessons learned in the World war, is known as the national defense act of 1920. The provisions o£ this act divide, the army of the United Slates into three components the regular army, the national guard and the organized reserves. /". The regular army is the model, the instructor. It provides a well balanced, mobile and modernized force the initial defense o£ the country. The second component, the national guard, is primarily a state force. In return for keeping it ready and available for federal use in war and insurrection, the government assists the states financially in the maintenance o£ the guard. The third line ot defense, the reserves, includes that large body of citizens who have military of civil training useful in war. . ' Every patriotic citizen will want these three ele- Imejits of the army adequately.jnaintained in these days of uncertainty ~~ '""'" '-".;. Walls Over Europe TVJAZI GERMANY, mad dog o£ the military world, ·*· is being rapidly hemmed in by walls of steel. The. French chamber of deputies lately has approved extensions of the "Maginot Line" of fortifications along the whole Belgian and Swiss frontiers. It will take 19 billion francs (874 million dollars approximately) and four years to construct this ring of border fortifications designed completely and permanently to shut out Germany. This huge defense appropriation encountered no .resistance. Claiming Germany now has an army o£ one million men and that Italy's industries are on a war footing, Defense Minister Edouard Dala dier had no difficulty in obtaining funds to strengthen Germany's frontier fortification. Under French supervision and with France supplying the greater part of the cost, Poland also will build a. "Maginot' Line" to defend its frontier along the German border. French engineers will direct the construction, as. a means of making Poland impregnable to the Hitler legions. For fully IS years France has been fortifying its frontiers against -the time when Germany will get growing pains again. The "Maginot Line" is a chain of super-forts, underground galleries, connecting trenches, gun emplacements, and artillery emplacements. It is the most cunning and formidable border defense mechanism known to military science. It is designed to keep Germany within bounds. I Whither Goest Education? rpWO educators recently Wt in Chicago? One -*· of them was from Iowa. Like the oft-mentfoned sailors on furlough who insisted on a row-boat ride in the park, this pair fell to talking shop. · Said one: "You and I have been seeking lo advance the interests of higher education for about the same length of lime--you in one divJsioii, I in another. Is it not true that, wittingly or unwittingly, higher education has during that lime done two things which may be mighty factors in bringing about our destruction: (1) Caused those who came under the influence of our university and college faculties to have a poor opinion ot our form ot government and belittle the great men who founded it, and (a) undermined religion, (speaking, oC course, by and large.) Said the other: "Without any doubt." ' And he proceeded to tell how. That's a serious indictment of our so-called higher education from two who have played important roles in it. Maybe the pessimistic view was not warranted, Maybe it was. At any event, a reassessment of educational objectives and methods would seem to be in order. v Impact of the News rpHE other day the president signed a deficiency -*· appropriation measure' lor 790 million dollars, end the story got three short paragraphs and had difficulty in making the front page. That is simply evidence of the impact of news. When you can get a rip-roaring sit down strike, « sweeping proposal for judicial reform, and a disastrous flood in Hie Ohio valley, all in one huddle, H is rather d i f f i c u l t to see the little guy calling signals. In a news sense, a deficiency appropriation of flearly a billion dollars is just another little guy. fOOK^OUT J- 1 BELOW ' That Cordell Hull was once a senator from Tennessee, where politics like whisky is taken straight, discounts the claim that he is wholly a "mystic and dreamer." ^ A clothing designers' association has just designated President Roosevelt America's best dressei man. Is there no end to this man's talents? It's our private opinion that Missouri's sit-down striker for a girl's .hand was inviting a visit from the insanity commission. California dwellers in trailers can never be sure whether it's another earthquake or just Dad backing up a little. As this nation counts its blessings, scouting and its influence down through the years should not be forgotten. The dust in last week's snow and sleet storm has now been identified as nature's own non-skid contribution. Another way of stating it: Shall our judges say what the law is or what they wish it to be? PROS and CONS UNICAMERAL JUSTIFICATION Lincoln Star: When the unicameral legislature concluded its labors Friday night, it had 340 proposals before it, and a single day remaining for the introduction of bills. The flood tide on the final lay may raise the count to 500, 200 more than its leaders confidently expected to be introduced, but at that it represents a tremendous improvement. Two years ago there were more than a thousand bills; four years ago better than 1,200; and at nearly every session for the last twenty years, the aggregate has been near a thousand or beyond. The reduction in numbers of bills introduced is gratifying in many respects. It. means less expense of printing. It means the opportunity to devote more sober thought and discussion to the measures before the legistalure. It means better legislation in the end. From the lips o£ most of the members of this present session, most of whom frankly confess they were opposed to the single house plan, the verdict comes that it has clarified legislative processes amazingly; that it has given individual members the opportunity to work without being buried under a mass of detail; and that from it will emerge better legislation. ·-- ^,--^ FOR HOMESTEAD TAX LAW Lake Mills Graphic: The enactment of the homestead tax relief bill will save the citizens of Iowa millions of dollars which under the present three- point law are not given to non-residents of Iowa and to those who pay nothing into the fund. It will encourage home ownership and home improvements, mnke of lowa-a state of good homes-- a fine state in which to live and own property rather than a good state in which to own property and Jive without. LET US NOT "AMEND" THE COURT Christian Science Monitor: This newspaper has declared that any constitutional changes Americans iind necessary should be made by amending the constitution, not by amending the supreme court. That is still our conviction. We further believe that 'packing" the court is one ot the worst ways o£ amending it and that among packing methods grad- ng by age is certainly not the best. ; · · · LEWIS' AUTOCRATIC POWER Decorah Public Opinion: Is there even one "industrial autocrat" who has the power now possessed John L. Lewis--to say nothing of the additional power which Lewis is trying by every means at his command to acquire? , ; WHY THE DISTINCTION? Webster City Freeman-Journal: Why is it considered perfectly all right to criticise the "president of the United States, the congress, the governors and legislatures of the states and all other officials and official bodies while it is considered an offense to criticise the supreme court? NOTHING TO BOAST ABOUT Danbury Review: It is claimed that Florida has an armless man who drives an automobile. That s certainly not much to boast about, for we have some car drivers up here-with no brains, ears or eyes, also some trying the art ot one-arm driving. WHO THINKS IT WILL, BE EASIER? Fairmont Sentinel: Will any able advance good ·eason for believing that it will be easier to pay oday's cost of government years hence, with interest added, than it would be to pay them today, please stand forth. -IT f f HERE'S ONE "NO" VOTE Rock Island, III., Argus: The country, we feel ;ure, will approve the action of the senate in adopting a resolution centering an annual pension of ?5,000 to Grace Goodhue Coolidge. BUT HE HAD A HANDICAP Britt News-Tribune: Well, Earl Hall has won he ping pong tournament. That will make Duane Dewel's and Clint Hill's eyes turn green with envy. NOT CONFINED TO WASHINGTON Allison Tribune: We have some down to Des tfoines, too, who would like to run both the legisla- ive and the judiciary departments. EDITOR'S MAIL BAG AND IOWA CUT HER TOLL BY 50 CHICAGO--It is only natural that many people, larmed at the rising flood of motor vehicle acci- enls, should' begin to chant a litany ot despair. Vithout minimizing the seriousness oE this problem n any way--for it is indeed serious--a fair analysis s bound to reveal many hopeful signs. The in- losed editorial from the New York Herald Tribune f Feb. 1 reflecls the calm, .unbiasid.appraisal of ne who is not too close lo the accident scene. While it is true that all 1ypes of accidents in- teased during the past year, .these, increases were ccompanicd by even larger j u m p s in "exposure" ·hich leaves solid ground for the belief that when ic country once more is definitely on the high oad of prosperity, with employment and automo- ile travel at fairly constant levels, the accident to- als will shrink rapidly in the face of intelligent afety work now being carried on. As for motor vehicle accidents, they experienced rise of 4 per c»nt in deaths last year--a smaller ncrease than the death toll in the home, in occu- Jational pursuits and in public accidents other than notor vehicle tragedies. It is interesting to note too that 20 states with ;andard drivers' license laws had but a I per cent ncrease in traffic deaths compared with a 7 per ent jump in stales without such legislation. Surely there is encouragement in the fact that 8 { ovir 13 largest cities actually reduced traffic calhs last year--with New York saving 136 lives! ueblo, Colo.; with more than 50,000 people, had lit one auto death in 1936; 6 in 1935. West New 'ork, N. J., 38,300, was Hie largest city to go through ic year without a death. For nearly five years ow there have been no traffic fntnliticx in Cloqiiel linn., 7.00(1 population. Many s m a l l communities t the 10,000 to 25,00(1 population group finished tho ear with a clear record". . . ,,. . ' W. H. CAMERON, lanaging Director, National Safely Council. OBSERVING Curves Preferable to Streamlines, Says L. S. jjMai h i r r L. S. o£ Mason City t^i|jp; to (hank lot: this "pointer *^*^^ for young ladies to follow if they want to be popular:" "Boys don't care for a' streamline figure! The observation is based o n . a conversation between my eldest brother and myself. "A certain girl in our neighborhood has what is called a perfect streamlined figure. My mother and I were speaking o£ it one day and my brother overheard us. "He wanted an introduction and since I knew her I introduced her to him. He took her to a dance a few nights later. I was teasing him about it the next day and this is what he said: " 'You can tell all your friends that the streamline figure isn't popular with me. When a boy takes a girl to a dance he wants to put his arm around a nice curved waist, not a plank. He wants to know that he's dancing with a girl, not a dressed up plank. Some boys like a small girl. That's o. k. too. But a small girl can be just as curvy and cuddly as a large one.' "This is fail- warning to girls who want to be popular." I --o--How Cold ami How Hot Can Water Be Made? heard it argued that doesn't get colder than the 32 degrees Fahrenheit at which it, forms but the best opinion I can find on the subject is that in time ice always assumes the temperature o£ its surroundings. On the other extreme, however, unless under special pressure conditions, water assumes a gaseous form when at a temperature in excess o£ the boiling point, ordinarily 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Is there a dissenting opinion with respect to either of these contentions? --o--· Failing to Look Both Ways Cost Their Lives with interest--and I with profit--that of 9 employes of one of our largest railroads, lulled on duty last year, 3 stepped on to railroad tracks without first looking in both directions. TJnfortun- ately, trains were coming from Lhe direction in which they failed to look. Many of the 16,650 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents last year went to their deaths because they didn't, look in both directions heroic crossing the street. This is a basic rule for pedestrian safety. Children, in particular, should be taught this as soon as they are old enough to go on the streets alone. Teach them also to cross streets only at intersections-never in the middle of the block. Have them wait for the green light before attempting to cross to the other side. If a child is taught safe walking practices--he should grow up to be a safe pedestrian. Safety lessons, early taught, are long remembered, the National Safety Council says. California Is tinder Iowa's Full Control! am impressed by a letter recently received by Secretary Gilman o£ the Y. M. C. A. of how completely California has been "lowaized." The note was from Fred .M. Hansen, himself a former lowan but now in charge ot the Pacific southwest area council of the Y. M. C. A. He had just helped install new officers for the Glendale Y. The retiring president was an old Ames, friend of Mr. Hansen, as was -another former president, George McDill. "I came near making some comment on how lowans had the presidency cornered," wrote the former Iowa state secretary. "But I was not sure about the new man just being installed. He turned out to be Dr. Dwight Smith whose house you once lived in there in Mason City." ' Dr. Smith lived on North-Federal avenue and will be remembered by many here. He left Mason City in the early nineteen twenties. --o--· N'o Tear to Spare for This Sad News can work up nary a teai over the growing indications that hitch-hiking is on its way out. A veteran hitchhiker, who has thumbed his way some 60,000 miles in 41 states, is quoted as saying that it is becoming harder daily to obtain rides by this method. Speed, he believes, is a principal contributor to the banishment ot hitch-hiking. And the Interstate Commerce commission has recommended that states enact legislation barring ride-thumbers from trucks and other vehicles subject to the motor carrier act. If the wagging thumb and the pleading eye are thus made ineffective, it would seem to be a good thing all around. There would be no more instances in which drivers are robbed, or even slain by hitchhikers to whom they were giving rides. And, undoubtedly, more American youths would remain at home. Answers to Questions FHEIKHIC J. I I A S K I N PLEASE NOTE--A reader can eel writing lite Mason Cily Ulnbc-Ga-eUe' Sin, Director, Washlnrlon, D. C. ricasc Did Diego Rivera receive any money for his mural painting that vas cut from the wall oE Rockefeller center? E. J. He received, 521,000. Does John L. Lewis, labor catlcr, reside in Washington, D. D.? E. AV. He has a home in Alexandria, /a., and an office in Washington, When should care begin with a child's teeth? T. I*. Long before the child is born. Anyone hoping to have children should aid nature by including foods in the diet which give a foundation for strong teeth. Did the North American Indians poison tlieir arrowheads? C. IV. Extremely doubtful whether any poison of a chemical nature was ever used on arrows in North. America. On the other hand, the use of magical poisons was very prevalent. Certain plants and animals, supposed to contain power of a deadly nature, were'' utilized for this purpose. Actually, as far S can be determined, none of hese substances had any poisonous effect whatever. How much spent on patent mcfl- clncs in this country? \V. J. Approximately $360,000,000 annually. Can moonlight be compared vitli lamplight in brightness? n. B. The total brightness of the moon is about equal to a 100- ·andlepower lamp at a distance of 22 yards. Whal stimulated Abraham I,in- :oln to attempt national leader- hip? P. C. Repeal of the Missouri compromise in 18n4. While he had arlier served in the Illinois leg- stature and a single term in con- jress he says, in his brief nulo- liography, that by 1854 he "was osing interest in politics." Five years later he was president. How many attended the International Kucharislic congress at Manila? H. G. Estimated 400,000 persons. What Japanese game resembles chess? P. H. Shogi. The names and moves ot (he pieces are different. In shogi, any captured piece may be used as an additional man against the opponent. How many women engaged in active newspaper work in Uniied States? K. F. V. About 12,000. Why is Denver called Hie little capital of the United Slates? G. B. Because there are more federal buildings in Denver than in any city outside of Washington. Is ttie hymn beginning "God of our fathers, whose almiirhty haml Leads fortli in. ncaiily all the starry hand" anil entitled "National Hymn" in some hymnals, officially our national h y m n ? T5. W. There is no national hymn approved by the government in any way, except the ."S(ar ^Spangled.. Ihc answrr lo any question nt fact hy - Information Kurcau, Frederic .). Hns- jeud three (3) cciils postage for reply. Banner." There are several hymns, including "America," which have practically a national status, inasmuch as they are known and loved throughout the nation. Tell about Gilbraltar. W. H. Gibraltar is a rocky promontory near the southern point of the Iberian peninsula and commanding the western entrance to the Mediterranean sea. It is a colonial possession of Great Britain. Covering about two square miles,' it consists mainly of a fortified rock 1,439 feet higli, ' a t the foot of which is the town with a population of over 21,000. When was the word Pan-Americanism first used? W. R. Through newspaper discussion of the International conference at Washington in 1889 and 1890. By what authority docs the gov- crnmcnl control all water power on navigable rivers? C. J. The federal water power act of 1920 gave the U. S. government control of all water power on navigable rivers. How long does a black eye last' 1 It. T. About two weeks. FIT THE PURSE How to serve well-balanced meals often causes the conscientious housewife a good deal of worry- .Adequacy, wholesomeness, attractiveness and cost must all be considered. The new booklet "Diels to Fit the Family Income," prepared by government experts, covers thoroughly every detail of food selection. It tells what kinds of food are needed, gives Ihe proportions and amounts of food required, and suggests daily and weekly menus for well-balanced meals for families with a limited amount of money to spend for food, families wilh extremely meaner means, and families with sufficient income to buy what they want. Every woman who is responsible for the meals of a household should have this book. Send for your copy today. Inclose five cents to cover postage and handling. Use coupon. The Mason City Globe-Gazette Information bureau, Fredric ,T. Haskin, director, Washington, D. C. I inclose 5 cenls In coin (carefully wrapped) for the booklet "Diets to Fit the Family Income. 1 ' Name Street Cily Slate (Mail lo Washington, D. C.)! Starter Generator and I G N I T I O N SERVICE CENTRAL AUTO ELECTRIC CO. ! First SI. S. W. TO REG AM ENERGY AFTER THE FLV Mftiert the Flu has left you weak and discouraged you need something to put a, keen edge od your appetite and to brace up your digestive system, to turn your food Into sirenfith-fimas, red blood. Hostettcr'i Stomachic Bitters speeds up recovery. You'll feel better with the first dose. Phone your drug store ri^tu away and set started quickly. America's conic since 1S53. Tastes, gootl doe's good. IB or. bottle, $1.30. Don't Miss This Thrilling' SAVINGS-- ri-rht at the start o£ the season. 9 Regular ALL BRAND NEW SPRING SHOES SAVE a WHOLE DOLLAR tomorrow on stunninr new Spring shoes! O f GAHARDINE PATENT . . . . . . 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