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MARCH 12 1931 1 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE itemt (Ettg A Lee Syndicate Newspaper Issued Every Week Day by the . MASON C1TX GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY 1S1-123 East State St Telephone No. 3800 WILL P. MUSE Editor W. EARL HALL .'.....Managing Editor LEE P.,LOOMIS Business Manager MKMBEK OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tha Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the UBS for publication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper, and also all local news published herein. · SUBSCRIPTION RATES Daily, per year $7.00 Daily, per week ·. ,-15 Outside, of Mason City and Clear Lake Daily, per year by carrier. 57.00 Daily,.pef week by carrier; .15 Daily, per year by mail.: 4.00 6 months, $2.25; 8 months, 51.25; 1 month ,, .50 Outside 100 mile zone, daily, per year. 6.00 6 months 53.25 3 months 1.75 Sntered at the Postoffice at Mason City, Iowa, as Second Class Matter A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world arises from words.--BUKKE y A FRUITLESS INQUIRY THUS FAR . T?OR barrenness of results the current investigation " of the University of Iowa is not seldom approached. And the explanation therefor seems to lie in the fact that the methods employed are neither those of the court in quest of justice or those of the explorer in quest of ultimate truth. The few items of testimony, designed to attach dishonesty or dishonor upon administrators would not have been given standing before the bar of justice. They would have been ruled out as hearsay or discounted b'y the obvious prejudiced motive behind them. In. enough instances to discredit the whole attack on the university, there was- documentary evidence present in the investigation room to riddle the particular accusation under consideration. And therein lies the fundamental shortcoming of the investigation. It has given preference to the circuitous routa over the direct route" to its various objectives, with a consequent frittering away of time anc in many instances a wholly distorted implication of blanie upon those who in fact are without blame. As a case in point, a full day was devoted to quizzing an architectural designer about building policies of 'the, university which couldn't by any stretch of the imagination fall within his sphere of work. He could do a. masterful job of conceiving and building a medical building tower. But he made no pretense of .comprehending the duties which clearly and properly reside in the state board of education or the university's own administrative officers. He said so repeatedly bul the questioning went on endlessly. From the start there has been a pathetic failure to take into account the purposes for which a university is operated. The assumption should be that a great institution of -learning has one major goal--the education of the young men and women-of Iowa. But it has not been that. In the questions addressed to the uni- .jversity's accounting officers, some members of the alters the paper strengths a litUe In favor of Italy,' 'ranee is to have 150,000 tons more ships in all categories than Italy--equivalent to a'dozen big cruisers, say, or five dreadnaughts. The Italian government and press lay stress on the refusal to retreat from the claim of parity which Mussolini advanced at London. But the figures tell a different, story. The settlement is probably fair alJ around, however, for in spite of Italy's claims, it must be obvious that France, with distant overseas territories to police, has a harder naval job than Italy, whose interests are confined to the Mediterranean. The most hopeful result of the settlement is probably its smoothing influence;on the general disarmament conference called for Geneva next February. There was small hope for the conference so long as France and Italy, the chief military powers on the continent, were glaring at each other with pronounced distrust. Their field of rivalry and hostility has been considerably^ narrowed by the naval settlement,, and if their contacts with each other's allies in the Balkans and eastern Europe can be harmonized to some degree in the next, year, the Geneva conference will meet in a much more-hopeful atmosphere. OTHER EDITORS see no reason for an: accounting method'different from :therone employed'by him in the operation of his hardware store 1 , this in spite of the fact that the university has more than a score of departments, widely divergent in their spheres of work, far greater and more complicated than the single small city merchandising house. If the university officials had addressed themselves '- to the task of preparing statistics that would be satisfying, to an uninitiated investigating committee, they might have fared better In the present lengthy hearing But they would have had to lose sight of their objective, that of building and maintaining a great institution of learning. ' Tactics employed by the university investigators in their search for facts may be compared with those of the explorer who seeks the ultimate nature of a great river by going to the head water of every tributary rivulet and following it only to its union with the main stream. Doubtless this committee has been able to draw some sort o» picture of the university from the testimony given. But, to alter the simile a bit, it's the distorted picture that a fly or a mosquito gets of an elephant when it crawls up the animal's leg or trunk. What is suggested here, and all that is suggested is that if trie legislative committee tad taken the trouble to determine intelligently where the university is trying to go, it would have been in a better position to judge whether the destination is proper and whether the methods employed to get there are correct. IT'S'A GOOD PIECE OF NEWS rpHB Franco-Italian settlement, which will make the . London three-power naval treaty a five-power arrangement tying up naval building- to 1936 in alJ the considerable sea powers, is of chief interest in this country, because it removes the possibility that the London agreement might be destroyed thru use of the "escalator clause." That joker in the treaty limiting the whole range of naval armament of England, Japan and the United States, provided that if any power were menaced by naval construction of a nation not · bound by the treaty, it could notify the other two signatories end be released from its obligations not to build. Obviously the possibility that'France and Italy, each claiming a naval strength far beyond the limits assigned at Washington and London conferences, might get Into a naval building race was a potential threat to England, their close neighbor and completely dependent for her food on open sea-ways. It was natural enough that the British, as the mosj interested outsider, offered their mediation services to bring about the agreement now reached. The sketchy details of the agreement which have been made public indicate that Italy did most of the yielding in the conference with the British mediators. Italy's claim to parity with France is not definitely renounced, but It is a paper victory--meaningless in view of the fact that the substantial superiority of the French fleet' is accepted until 1936, when the London agreement expires. Both sides agree to stop all current naval construction, which Is more of a sacrifice for Italy than France, as Italy had announced a most ambitious building program and started work. In the fig- uies worked out, disregarding obsolete tonnage which TRUCKS PBESJENT SERIOUS. PROBLEM Carroll Times: One of the most serious problems 'facing the management of the public highways of this and all other states of the Union is the apparent needed' regulation of trucks and buses. With no strict regulations holding them in check, commercial trucking companies today .are placing gigantic motor vehicles on the highways, hauling thousands of pounds of freight. Some of these trucks are as large as boxcars, others are built with exceptionally long- bodies for the purpose of hauling- automobiles, -as high as six machines, placed end to end, forming- a load for the trucks. Huge transportation buses are aiso included in this category. And these companies are allowed to oper'ate on the highways free gratis. . . Allowing th'e truck and' bus companies the free use of the highways, while railroads are required to pay huge sums in taxes, In addition to keeping' up their right-of-ways, is most decidedly unfair to the railroad companies, and the transportation bus companies are rapidly depleting the passenger revenue of the railroads. ..While the Times holds no brief for the railroads it does believe in fair play. Some, strict regulations must be adopted to handle the truck and bus problem in the very near future if we expect the railroad companies to exist.;With tremendous inroads being made in their freight and.passenger business the railroads are in a most precarious position today. . What is the solution? Taxation of some sort mus. be placed against truck and bus companies in the firs' place. Another thing- must also be taken into consideration, which would- be a boon to persons who drive their own cars on the highways. That is limiting the size and length of the trucks and buses; With hug buses, trucks and trailers rolling along the'highway the danger of overland travel Is increased proportionately. Those who meet or pass these buses and trucks will testify to that. One definite way to meet this problem would to place a maximum size on these motor vehicles. For instance if trucks were limited to a length of 30 fee a most definite step toward solving the present prob lem would be taken. / WANTED: "BIG" MEN Waterloo Courier: Every great industry owes its success, or lack of success, to the caliber of the men engaged in that industry. The same in true in politl .»·"«- ·**··*!».*·*« ·. «»"«*w«a it nc Aittu. iiu · uuueixjiG ceipers · President-Hoover ; ha3 been especially fortunate in procuring "big" men as his aides. But he has expert enced considerable difficulty in keeping them. Each year the task of luring executives away from bii business to become "servants of the people" is be coming more arduous. Men who could aid the country Immensurablj view the short careers of other "public servants" with distrust. Few are "thick-skinned" enough to face th continual barrage of criticism directed at them re gardless of their efficiency. The government canno pay men the salaries they can get in other fields o endeavor. George Akerson, the president's invaluable aecre tary, was lured away by a movie corporation. Alex ander Legge, chairman of the farm board, is going back to the International Harvester company. Me Kervie of the farm board has found the honor of serving isn't sufficient recompense for Continuous .censure Some of the romance, some of the esteem with which the people formerly regarded the men who made the government machinery go around seems t be lacking. Let's restore it. . BEDISTIUOTING AGAIN iMankato Free Press: StilJ another proposed plan has been submitted to the state legislature for the re districting of the state to give Minnesota nine rathe than ten congressional districts. It is a proposal spon sored by a sub-committee of the house and make: considerable changes in the second district, cutting of counties in the west and extending the boundaries easi and north to include new territory. Most significan in Southern Minnesota changes is the fact that thii new plan-quite largely dismembers the present Thin oistrict and places Congressmen Andresen and Chris tgau both in the First district, where they would b compelled to contest for the single seat. - Most of the plans, thus far suggested, provide fo extensive changes in the Third district. An legislator' working on the ^districting; problem have pointe out, m the elimination of one district it becomes neces sary to place two present congressmen in a. position where they must 'oppose each other ia the next elec 'I 011 - " seems rather ironical however, that the card should be stacked to make two close friends and 1 asso elates, like Congressman Andresen and Congressman Christgau, opponents for a position which each fill now with -both credit and distinction. / . ~ ··· **--. TIGHT TO A FINISH V .P ubu 1 ue Telegraph-Herald: Dr. Bundesen has tho better of it, and will not be an independent candidati for mayor of Chicago. That makes it a fight to th: finish between Thompson and Cermak. Fellowship of Prayer A Daily Lenten Feature Presented in Co- · Operation With the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America TAKING THE WORLD SERIOUSLY (Read Luke 14:12-24. Text, JLuke 14:18). And . they all with one consent began to make excuse. These excuses are not frivolous; they are serious That was the fault which these people had in common they took the affairs of life too seriously. They exag gerated the importance of their own business. Ther are many people like that, who think they canno afford to take a day «· So they miss glimpses o sweeter worlds "and fail of refreshing, ennobling ex periences: Jesus loved to represent the religious life a. a feast. It is Hfe at Its best, removed from the pett details, the futile toils, the unworthy interests, "Th world is too much with us." We need to relax in free dom.from the bondage of things. It Is In such hours when the burdens are laid down and forgot that w find the Kingdom of God as a very feast of life. Prayer: O God, Whose service is perfect freedom, le not the thronging duties have dominion over us As Thou hast called us, so enable us to become par takers of the joy of our Lord. Amen, THE OLD HOME TOWN By Stanley ILL $ET YOU VET, SAM TRIMBLE, YOU CANT SNOB ME - OUST 1 DlDNT HAVE NO LUCK BEAGLE. OF YOURS YOD DEFY MY ADVICE BY WALKJNQ (N -fflE MUD WITH TWDSE PAPEKi-SOLED SHOES J DOC PiLLSBURY NEVER SHIED AT PUBLICITY UNTIL, SAM T.fclMBLET., THE- TOWN'S CHAMPION 5fcUD5E A Take advantage of this free service. It yon are one of the thousands who have patronized the bureau, write us ngaln. If you have never used the service, begin now. (t IB maintained for your benefit. Be sure to send your name and address with your location, and In close 2 cents In coin or stamps for return pontage. Address tha Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, Director, Washington, D. O. DIET and HEALTH By LOGAN CLENDENING, M. D. Author of "THE HTJMAN BODY" Or. Clendenlng cannot diagnose or give personal answers to tetters from, readers. When questions are of general interest, however, they will be taken up, In order, In the daily column. Address your querteg to Dr. Logan Clendenlng, care of The Globe-Gazette. -Write legibly and not more than 200 words. NEW PHASE DUE TO LACK OF VITAMINS A NEW and peculiar phase of disease due to lack of vitamins has just come to light. It is caused by the presence of small worms or other animal parasites in the intestines. The worms change the food eaten and apparently remove the vitamins, and the patient acts as if there had been no vitamins in the diet. One case I have seen reported is that of a little girl 2% years old, who had an unsightly and painful eruption on the face and neck and hands. It looked very much like a case of food 'deficiency disease, pellagra','which, used to be common iUjv.:*Jj« ',i«i\+h.-':T*.''-TM«*? r-M»ud tfacvi; 'toy ; little-patient, was on a wholesome diet, but showed evidence of having the eggs of the dwarf tapeworm. After the tapeworm was eradicated and a diet rich in yeast and cod liver oil administered, the eruption entirely disappeared -and good Dr. Clendenlng health was entirely restored. It is often said of some hearty eater who remains, m spite of his good appetite, thin, that lie has a worm which is absorbing his food. Doctors have always scoffed at this, and indeed, patients with tapeworm are usually in good health and nutrition. But here we have a condition where at least partial starvation and food robbing occurs from the presence of parasites. From such reports as we have there is the chance that tho generally unrecognized, this condition is not very uncommon, especially in the southern states. In countries where Intestinal parasites are common, and this includes the southern part of the United States, a skin eruption on the hands and face or persistent sore tongue should at least be suspected of being due to such a condition. Vitamin B, which is probably largely responsible for the condition, is not stored in the body to any extent. It needs, therefore, to be constantly added to the diet. Yeast is one of the easily available forms of obtaining it, and when needed should be crowded. · · · QUESTIONS PROM READERS T. Q. R., New York: "Is there any way to sterilize shoes to prevent the recurrence of trycophyton or ringworm, infection of the feet?" Answer: The following method has been given: Place a small glass dish like a castor,cup, containing formaldehyde, in each shoe at night. "In this way the shoe is fumigated by the gas only and the shoe material is not affected. This procedure is carried out weekly. It would be well to air the shoes before wearing, because of'the possibility of causing a formaldehyde dermatitis." JUST FOLKS Copyrighted 1031 town, But the older sun "By EDOAR A. CUES! THE SIDEWALKS OF LIFE Up and down the sidewalks romp the children at their play While in and out among them walk the weary folks and gray, And in and out among' them walk the seekers after fame, But I think the while I watch them, they are very much the same. The little girls are wheeling waxen dollies up and down, The ^little boys are soldiers on their way to sack a women trundle real babies in the And are doing for a purpose what the children do for fun. The little men and women have their cares and sorrows, too, They suffer disappointments, as the weary ' grownups do. There are bickerings and quarrels on the sidewalks every day Which sound very like the wranglings of the wrinkled brows and gray. ., · Up and down the sidewalks romp the children at their play While in and out among them grownups hurry on their way; And I think the while I watch them, when life's story's fully told The burdens of the children are the burdens of the old. EARLIER DAYS Being a Hull? Compilation of Interesting Items from "Tiventy Years Ago" Flics of the Globo-Gnzettc. the "MARCH 12, 1911" Q. Who was tho first woman to fly an airplane in the U. S,? D. T. A. Dr. Bessica Raiche of Santa Ana, Cal., was the first./She flew an airplane at Mineola field, Long Island, in' 1910. Q. What proportion of the lawyers In tho United States belong to tho American Bar association? C. J. M. A. The American Bar association say that between 20 and 25 per cent of the lawyers of America are members. There are betw.een 20,000 and 27,000 members in good standing, and there are approximately 130,000 .lawyers. , Q. How many national forests are there in V. S. ? F. S. A. There are now 150, with a total of 160,000,000 acres of land. Q. I have thot some of studying to be a chiropodist and \fnuld like your opinion on that field of work for a woman. M. O. A. At the · present time women are entering practically afl fields of. work. We cannot say whether the field of chiropody would be interesting for a woman. We do not have a complete list of schools of chiropody in the United States. We are inclosing a partial list of sucli schools. All states require either a license from another state or an examination before allowing one to practice. You must have from one to two years' training: in a recognized chiropody school in order to procure 'a license or take the examination. Q. Were there any 1913 Liberty 5 cent pieces minted? J. \V. B. A. The coinage of Liberty head nickels in 1913 was not authorized. Some were made but there is no record of how many, since they were counted with the others coined in that year. Q. 'How many blue fox ranches are there in Alaska? W. S. A. There are about 275 blue fox ranches stocked with 36,000 foxes ?he investment exceeds $6,850,000. There are also about 80 fur farmers raising foxes, mink and marten in sns. Q. How or thru what channel can a woman bay stock on tho Board of Trade? -J. W. B. A. The best way for a woman toj mrchase stocks and bonds on tho Board of Trade is thru a reliabla broker. CJ. Why is tho $2.50 gold piece no onger made? S. W. L. A. By act of congress passed April 11, 1930, the §2.50 gold pleca .vaa discontinued. The coin was discounted because it was not desired for circulation or commercial purposes. It was used mainly as a gift during the Christmas season and in January these coins were again returned to the vaults of the banks. Q. Whore was tho first railroad station built in Chicago? II. N. A. "When Railroads Were New" says that the first was a one-stor* wooden affair built by the Chicago and Galena Union railroad, near the. junction o f ' t h e present Canal and Kinzie streets, in the fall of 1848. Q. When was the pneumatic tiro invented? II. K. A. In 1888 by Dunlop. With the advent of the automobile, a new field was opened for the pneumatic rubber tire. Q. Is it easier to tench a m:\lo oi' a female parrot to taltc? J. S. A. Tho male parrot usually responds to teaching better than the female. Q. When was Hall Cable's novel, Tho Christian, first published? T. O. A. The Christian was first published in 1897 in England. Q. Oid InuTims formerly live on dog meat? M. A. T. A. Dog flesh was used for. ceremonial purposes only, because" dogs were to them a clean animal, in the sense that they were not taboo to their gods. The high school basketball team defeated the faculty team last evening by a score of 26 to 19. The high school won by virtue of having better team work. The score at the end of the first half was 14 to 9 in favor of the high school; in the second half the high school made 12 while the faculty made 10. With a little more practice the faculty should be able to give the boys as good an argument as it is capable of doing in scholastic lines. The faculty colors, green, pink and red, were much admired by all present and the faculty yells and songs were rendered with much vim. After the game, the women members of the faculty entertained the vanquished at a delightful supper in the domestic science room. J. W. Irons left Sunday night for Davenport where he went to attend the Illinois and Iowa, state ice convention, which convenes there this week. He expects to return the ; latter part of the week. · -_...Ji-a,f?Hpson»fi_the.Blythfi.3tark]ey,and. Rule.offices, ^arrived home yesterday from ah" over Sunday visit with friends In Iowa Falls. Ross W. Brown, district passenger agent of the Iowa Central, was in the city today soaking up some of the Mason City sunshine and radiating- good cheer, good fellowship, good prose words, good humor and good game of Central talk. He pulled the latchstring of the Globe-Gazette but did not yank it'clear off from its moorings so that he can pull it again next time he floats into the city on his Central airship. He would not be interviewed concerning the rumor that the Central will build a fine station this year in the Queen of the Midlands. The Rev. Lucius C. Clark arrived home last evening from Charles City -where he took part in the dedicatory exercises of the new Congregational church of Charles City yesterday afternoon. Miss Stella Burns arrived in the city last evening from her home in Mitchell, S. Oak., for a short visit here with friends. She left this afternoon for a "Short visit with relatives in Austin. Miss Burns and her father expect to return soon to their claim in South Dakota and prove up on it again. They proved up on the claim some time ago but owing to some technicality of the law they have to sign again. · A woman who all in a flurry of excitement rushed to the ticket window at the Milwaukee depot yesterday for a ticket and threw out a five dollar gold piece or a penny was more than pleased to have the coin returned by the ticket seller with an indication of its denomination. Fortune, in one way, however, discovered that she had been duped into accepting the piece for a ten dollar gold piece instead of five and for a time could not be convinced by the ticket agent that such was the fact. She said she had taken the money for double its value. BOBROADWAY Ry JOSEIMI VAN RAALTE- EW YORK, comes from March 12.--Word Rio Janeiro that N the Brazilian police force is to be reorganized by experts designated by the New York department. Reorganization, like c h a r i t y , should begin at home. As the old adage has it: "Extract not the mote from thy brother's eye before thou hast removed the fly from thy own per- YOU'RE THE JUDGE TIM BOTKINS had been police chief of the village of J Higgstown as long as anyone could remember. But one day Chief Botkins seemed to have recognized his big opportunity. Immediately outside of the environs of the town was the large estate of the wealthy J. Stinson Smith. An agent from Mr. Smith invited Chief Botkins to assume a job of organizing- and directing a guard for the estate. Chief Botkins called to the attention of the agent the fact .that his present job was virtually a life job with a pension after a few more years of service, but the agent talked on and at last the chief said that if he would get a certain salary and a contract for 10 years he would quit tho force and enter the employ of Stinson Smith. The agent agreed. But the agent had to leave the city in a hurry, altho he promised to return in a week. He requested Chief Botkins to resign at once, start on his new duties, and said that the contract would be drawn up when he returned. Botkins resigned at once and began his new work. But two days later word came that the agent was killed in an accident. Botkins was nettled about the contract but continued with the estate. Four months later, however, Mr. Smith got an excellent offer for the estate, and at once decided to sell. He thereupon dismissed all his employes, including Chief' Botkins. Botkins now was out of a job and out of a pension. He brooded for a while and then filed suit against Smith. Mr. Smith's lawyers argued that there was no contract, since it was not-in writing, and that therefore the chief was out of luck. How would you decide this case? Mnkc up your mind before you read the decision. The decision: The court held for Chief Botkins. The judges rcanoned thus: The statute* enacted to prevent fraud could not Tie used to protect fraud. He who by a line of conduct Icad.i another to do what he would otherwise not have clone, subjecting that person to loss or Injury by destroying the expectation.! upon which he acted, can be held. TONGUE AT CHTLDS-^-Old Lady "1 Chllds Pan Cake Garage at No. 109 · W. 42d St., was reopened the other day, with waitresses competent to understand orders in every Occidental language. Brother Salmon, personnel director, dug around among the force of 1,800 Waffle Wrestlers in the various city units, until a bevy of maidens had been recruited, gifted as linguists and Bean Passers. ;" One of the ravishingly entrancing Tray Toters, alone, can r ta!k fluently In Turkish, Armenian, Greek and Italian. Besides that.Mt is satd, she can talk in English. The Duchess thinks the whole thing Is probably one of Charlie Roland's publicity stunts. She tells me she knows how to order wheat cakes in Swedish and that she's going to drop into the Cafe des Enfants at No. 109, some dark night--late--and do just that. Look out for her Charlie! Don't tamper with that woman's Child-like faith in either pancakes or press agents. , · · ' · TALKED TO AFFLUENCE In 1 the years 1923, 1924 and 1925, before the Squawkics came, the av- erage weekly attendance at motion picture theaters thruout the United States was practically stationary, at about 40,000,000 admissions. In 1D2G an increase was manifest, which quickened almost explosively as tho use of sound pictures began to spread. By the end of 1928 average wekely attendances had reached 80,000,000 admissions--just twice what it had been in the middle of the "silent era." In 1929 the weekly average rose to 110,000,000, , . " - ' ^ · · · · · · · » - - · - · · r - - 7 ''-\'-~ -~~ Last year attendance" averaged- approximately 120,000,000 weekly, almost once a week for every man, woman and, child in the United States, and three times what motion picture attendance was less than a decade ago. F OR EXPANDING TONSILS--A! French haberdasher · on Madison Ave. has imported some "rubber neckwear," which he is trying" to foist on the Well-Dressed Man in Tammany Town. . My' 'disreputable friend, "Bcvo" Brown says he's going to buy ono of the new rubber cavats, put it on and take a drink nt Roosevelt McBride's Longacre Square Country club. 'If the tie doesn't fray, or take fire, as the Cemetery Scotch sizzles its fiery course down behind his Adam's apple, "Bevo" says it'll be rubber scarfs for him, fom then on. TLLUSTROUS LINES--"Men are *· not making enough money these days to keep wives and cars. So they are keeping cars."--Cosmo Hamilton. s Who's Who and Timely Views VIGOROUS APPLICATION OP PRESENT LAWS NEEDED By WILDER M. BUUCKER, Governor ot Michigan. Wllber Marlon Bruckcr was horn at Sntjtnaw, Mrclt., June 13, 1801. He la :i Krad- unle of the University of Michigan. lie bcpan prnctlclnp taw at Sa^lnaw In IQlli. From 1023 to 1027 he was assistant rtruseculln;; attorney of Sa^lniiw county. Ha then became assistant attorney general of Michigan and vntt namel attorney [jenural In 1028. the next year. Last autumn h was elected governor of Michigan. HR la v repUDllcan and a World war veteran. THE SECURITY of life and prop- 1 erty within our state is a concern which, unfortunately, demands special attention from us; for! 1 -'nss- has readied proportions where it threat- the very supremacy of t h e genuity part of Modern in- on the t h e out- crime and methods of Governor W. M. Bruckcr has devised f o r m s o f new ply! i n g o l d crime. T h e s e must be met promptly by new a n d more s t r i n gent methods ot combating it. A well-intentioned but archaic and impractical statute now on our books providing for grand jury inquisitions should give way to a more modern and more effective law, having as Its purpose the Installation of the grand Jury as a permanent institution in our crime- detection system. A modern menace to legitimate business enterprises of all kinds is the 30-called "racket," by which various forms of coercive extortion are practiced. Plied skillfully, yet secretly, o f t e n . i n disguise, it has compelled tribute of countless thousands of dollars from innocent victims. Our present attack upon this scourge can be but indirect, duo to lack of appropriate legislation. A law defining this offense and providing a heavy penalty is urgently needed to strengthen the arms of our police and prosecuting officials. Our system of state police has proved its value. To the outlying and rural communities it has become a bulwark of protection against the bandit. Wherever necessary. It should be strengthened and enlarged. It is not intended, of course, that the state police should supplant local law enforcement agencies. The latter have their own responsibilities right where they are and should be free from interference by the state as long- as they function effectively. However, the state police force may properly and with great value supplement and correlate the work of local officera and for this purpose It should be welcomed by every community. An, adequate road patrol could do much to deter the criminal and supplement the regular police agencies with a new second lino defense) against crime. However, in the last analysis our warfare against crime can be successfully carried on without a mass of new legislation. What we need Is not more statutes so much as a vigorous and sincere application of those we have on the part of all In public office, free from the corrupting influence of fear or favor.

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