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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE An A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER luued Every Week Day by the ;, MASON CITY CLOM-GAZSTTI; COMPANY 121-123 But SUM Street Telephone Ko. 3800 EnUred u ucond-clau matter April 17. 1930. at the post- Vine* at Masan City. Iowa, under the act of March 3. 1S78. MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS --The Associated Press U exclusively entitled to the use for republlcatlon of all news dispatches credtted to It or not otherwise credited tn this paper and also the local news published herein. SUBSCRIPTION BATES tiuon City and Clear Lake. Mason City and Clear Lake, by the vear S10.00 by the weelc S .20 - : OUTSIDE MASON CJTy AND CLEAS LAKE . AN' WITHIN toe MILES Of MASON CITY Per year by carrier... $10.00 By mat 1 6 mon ths.. 53.25 Pee weelc by carrier..S .20 By mail 3 months..81.73 Per year by mail s 6.00 By main month... .60 OUTSIDE 100 MILE ZONE Per yr. Sto.00 B months £5.50 3 months S3.W 1 month tl.OO Would Reduce State's Levies to Help Iowans With Federal Taxation T HE CASE for drastically slashing state levies in Iowa (including elimination o£ the state income tax) so that her people will have more with which to meet the greatly increased demands from the federal government for conducting the war is admirably set forth in the following editorial from the Fort Dodge Messenger: "Revenues from Iowa's thirteen special taxes and profits from the state liquor stores last year broke all records, State Treasurer W. G. C. Bagley announces. "The total collected by the state from these fourteen sources in 1942 was $72,591,792. That was $4,452,915 greater than the $68,138,877 collected in 1941. "Comparing 1942 with 1941 is only part of the story and a small part at that. Going back live years to 1937, the first year all of these levies were in operation (although most of them were in effect prior to that),-we find the total yield of the fourteen sources was $55,319,383, which is $17,272,409 less than was collected last year" "In other words, without fanfare, noise or legislative action, state taxes have increased in five years $17,272,40'9, because special taxes, sugarcoated or otherwise, are taxes, money that is taken by the state from its citizens. "Along with this swollen and unanticipated increase in income, the state has amassed a balance on hand, according to the report of several weeks ago--it may well be greater now--of 531,555,100. . "SUCH FIGURES CLEARLY REVEAL THAT IOWA TODAY IS TAXING ITS CITIZENS WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND ANY REASONABLE OR LEGITIMATE NEED. * « * "W E D ° NOT critidze anyone for this situa- »· tion. In a measure it has just happened. Proceeds from special taxes vary according to conditions. Undoubtedly a sizable part of the immense sum in Iowa's balance on hand is due to the businesslike and economical conduct of the state's business during the past four years by Governor Wilson. "There should be nothing but praise for the state's splendid financial condition PROVIDING THE PEOPLE GET THE BENEFIT OF IT. "We are in a critical war period. An enormous federal tax bill hangs over our heads. Countless lowans are going to have a most difficult time meeting their federal obligations this year. They have a right to look to their state government. "WHICH IS WAGING NO WAR, for all the relief and assistance it can give. And fortunately, MOST FORTUNATELY, Iowa is in such financial shape .". that it can give real, powerful, help to its people in this desperate hour. "IT IS FOR THE NEW LEGISLATURE, WHICH MEETS NEXT WEEK, TO ACT, AND TO ACT WITH SPEED AND BOLDNESS. _# * * itOTATE taxes should be slashed, cot a. little O here and there, bat a great, great deal. The first thine to be done should be the complete cancellation of this year's state income tax payable on last year's income. This should come first because the place the federal tax axe will cat deepest will be on income taxes. Eliminating the state levy on incomes will give relief where it is most sorely needed. The state income tax last year brought in $8,491,482. The state can get along without that and only be well started on its tax reducing program. There should be other tax cancellations as well as cuts. * * * « ALONG WITH real, substantial tax relief to *V be given at once, the legislature should go the limit in economy. Frills, fads and fancies in state government should be out for the duration, thus making sure that SO LONG AS THIS WAR LASTS IOWA WILL EXACT ONLY THE MINIMUM IN TAXES FROM ITS CITIZENS. "We have to dislodge from our minds any idea that the state's business must go merrily along as though these were normal, peaceful times. We must, too, get rid of the notion that any state expenses, once established, must thereby become permanent regardless of conditions, with the cost of state government always increasing, never decreasing. Individuals and businesses have to cut and trim expenses when their income drops. Now is the time for c drastic slashing, through tax relief, of the state's income and the state government simply must adjust itself accordingly. To say that it can't do so is utterly preposterous-and stupid as well. "Because we speak of federal expenses in ·terms of many billions of dollars, we mustn't lull ourselves into a belief that the millions spent by the state are unimportant, too trivial to be concerned about; In their daily living, the peonle are still dealing in dollars and any dollars saved through state tax relief will mean needed food and clothing to many hard pressed families. * * * "W7 E WELL recognize that in the legislature "" there will be those who will oppose an adequate tax relief program. "To some people, any money on hand is but an invitation to think up ways to spend it. Those in the legislature with that mental quirk should be given no consideration. "Quite likely there will be others oE a little more astute mentality who will try to hide behind the state's complex and intricate--altogether too much so--bookkeeping system in an effort to prevent substantial tax relief. They will talk of this sum or that being ear-marked for such and so. Well, any sum that was ear-marked was done so by the legislature and the same power can free it Iowa people, weighted down with huge war taxes, want none of their state money lying idle waiting the return of peace for these funds to be employed to build this, that or anything. That money should be put to use now. "Then, too, there may be cautious legislators who will be fearful there will not be as much money come in as was expected. The state might run short, etc. That bridge can be crossed if and when we come to it. Iowa can always raise whatever money is required to meet its obligations "The people are looking to the legislature for action, bold, courageous action on these tax matters. We don't believe they will be disappointed. "We are happy to note the forthright statements of Webster county's two members of the legislature. Senator Findlay and Representative Cox, both of whom have freely committed themselves to substantial tax relief. We hope and believe they speak the mind of the great majority of the legislature. Any other attitude in this critical period would bo nothing short of a violation of public trust." MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 194!. LOOK OUT- BELOW 1943 Resolution That's Liable to Stick! A North lowan who canceled his Globe-Gazette subscription because we criticized Hitler too much is now contributing letters to the Tribune's "Voice of the People' department.' Birds of a feather do flock together! * * * For all mankind for all time, Dr. George Washington Carver--educated at Simpson and Iowa State college--will stand as a symbol of United States as the Land of Opportunity. » * * It's significant that Hen* Goebbels, nazi propaganda chief, doesn't dare to tell the people of Germany about the large-scale reverses of the Hitler armies in Russia. * * * Any realistic American must recognize that without Russia and Britain fighting at our side, our position at this time might be both hopeless and helpless. * * * It's to be hoped that Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo were listening in on the president's "State of the Union" address to congress and the nation Thursday. * * * The fact that in the year ahead there will be more money than goods to be purchased is an inflation peril that must be scrutinized most carefully. * * * To women who are asking: "What can I do?" the Red Cross has an answer. The telephone number in Mason City is 1321. PROS and CONS Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges No More Doubts About MacArthur Austin, Minn., Herald: General MacArthur's success in New Guinea--and generally throughout his area of command--makes it possible to mention and kill one disturbing bogey. There were those who wondered whether the hero of Bataan had been over-rated--whether, in a' major new field of operations, it would develop that he was just another general. We can forget any such worry now. He went to the Australian area cold, and he has done just as superlative a job there as he did in the Philippines. Wants Bickenbacker to Stay on the Ground Newton News: Offhand, we'd like to suggest that Eddie Rickenbacker be officially grounded. We don't think anything less would work and we are confident he wouldn't appreciate it--perhaps even until death. He isn't the sort of a fellow to quit, regardless of the odds. But his string of escapes may run out, and he is certainly a very valuable man to our war effort. 600 Military Establishments in U. S. Story City Herald: The good old U. S. A., once considered the most peaceful nation in the world is about to become the world's greatest war arsenal. For one thing, consider we already have over 600 military and other training camps scattered around in the 48 states, an average of a dozen per state. It's Rationing or Worse Wallace's Farmer: Folks who complain about rationing ought to remember that if we don't have rationing, we'll have a mad scramble for products. Rationing Is difficult and annoying, but if we don't ration, some folks will go short--and it might be you. No More Isolationism Grinnell Herald-Register: We do not believe that the era of the isolationist Is ever coming again in this nation of ours. We may be wrong. We have been wrong in the rast and we will be %vrong in the future, but that is the way it looks to us. K, P. Duty for the Missus Davenport Democrat: Officials warn American housewives that the war will invade the kitchen in a big way in 1943. Among other things milady may expect to do much of her own K. P work for the duration. Following tlncle Sam's Orders Webster City Freeman-Journal: We'll all get along best by following the directions of Uncle Sam during this war as nearly as we can, even if we must employ the services of experts to figure out some of the directions. Home Grounds Won't Help Japan Davenport Democrat: We have a growing conviction that the Japs will fight the last half of Uus war on their home grounds. But, unlike a baseball team, they won't find that fact a bit to their advantage. No Swivel Chair Office Jobs Estherville News: For a time a good many persons were convinced that the Roosevelt boys were intending to fight the war from swivel chairs but In classy uniforms. That idea needs to be amended. Deal With Bar Ian Justified Eagle Grove Eagle: But the deal with the late Admiral Darlan saved thousands of American lives and was well worth any loss of face because Darlan co-operated with Hitler under duress. Begin Now on Peace Primghar Bell: We will win this war as surely as tomorrow's sun will rise in the east. It is our duty to begin now to prayerfully, study what should be done at the peace conference. German High Command Well Named Mankato Free press: The "German High Com. mand' now seems to justify its title; it is certainly up in the air. Russia's Best Secret Weapon Council Bluffs Nonpareil: Russia's greatest secret weapon seems to be how to keep secrets. A .Question for Americans Red Oak Express: As we help our allies are we assured they will help us against Japan? REMEMBER? From Globe-Gazette Files FORTY YEARS AGO Anticipating the organization of workmen employed by the Mason City Brick and Tile company, the American Brick and Tile company and the Mason City Clay Works shut-down their plants at the close of Monday's operations indefinitely. For some time past a number of workers in these different industries has been talking of organizing a branch of the National Brickmakers union. It is understood that 75 or 80 have signed. The ten hour pay ranges from SI.70 to $2.70. The city government has ordered for the fire department a deluge nozzle of the same make and pattern which was used here in an experiment some time ago. It cost $135. THIRTY YEARS AGO .A dispatch from San Francisco, Cal., states that all the fields sloping down to San Francisco bay are white with snow this morning for the first time since 1887. L. L. Button, now of. Outlook, Can., left this week for Decorah, following a visit in this- city at the home of Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Long. Mr. Button, following a short visit in Decorah, plans to go to California where he will spend three months this spring. Dr. C. E. Dakin wishes to announce that his office is now located near Patton brothers at 10914 South Main street. Office telephone No. 833. TWENTY YEARS AGO Mr, and Mrs. Harold Carey have returned from Oshkosh, Wis., where they spent the holidays with Mr. Carey's parents and attended the semi-annual meeting of the Buckstaff company with which Mr. Carey is employed. More than 200 boys and girls, and older people as well, enjoyed the skating rink in the Central school yard Monday evening and are planning on enjoying It the rest o£'the winter, weather permitting. The rink is the result of work of a committee of Kiwanis ciub members, Herman Knudson, Dr. Hardy Pool and Erdix Swift. TEN YEARS AGO Word has been received of the birth of a 7 pound, 14 ounce daughter, Saturday, to Mr, and Mrs. I. H. Werner, Omaha, Nebr. Mrs. "Werner was Miss Rose Kropman. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kropman, 325 Seventh street northwest, before her marriage. Mrs. Kropman left Sunday to spend a few days in Omaha. The Misses Darlene and Dorothy Williamson entertained 14 guests at their home, 9 Ninth street northeast. The time was spent in playing cards and dancing and refreshments were served at the close of the evening. Students from Iowa State college at Ames and Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls will debate the domestic allotment plan-at the Mason City high school auditorium at 8 o'clock in the evening of January 25, it was announced by County Agent Marion E. Olson. MAIL BAG Editorial of the Day M ON WHAT MEAT HAS THIS IOWA CAESAR FED? J. M. Beck in Centerville lowegian rriHE editor of "Iowa Municipalities," J. Frank G. Pierce, is getting a deserved panning on account of a recent article in his magazine protesting against blackouts and advising that they are illegal and need not be obeyed. Pierce referred to the recent blackout as boys' play and some of the blackout ordinances as silly. Even if Pierce might be technically right about the authority of civilian officials to conduct blackouts, he certainly is not co-operative, as one put it. For that matter this outburst characterizes his general attitude. Why he should be considered worthy of giving" advice on Iowa municipal matters always has been considerable of a mystery to many. Interesting Letters UD to 250 Words Are Welcome WITH ONE LAST HOPE--GOD! A SON CITY--A vast expanse of sea--waves tossing high--no sign of human habitation. Just a rubber life-boat and its occupants o£ human freight. Anxious days scanning the horizon--not alone for rescuers--but for enemy as well as ally. Death--at sea under a sky of brass . . . cold death the only liberator. A body consigned to the immense and tragic sea. Men with anxious waiting, watching eyes looking tensely at the division of one lone wizened orange. But--at last with one hope--God. No human aid in sight, but the Everlasting Arms so close. A prayer meeting . . . not in a warm church with stained glass windows, oh, no. Just the sea and God. Then, with, wings fluttering, oh, so soft, out o£ the ether comes the answer--food in the shape of a gull. Yes . . . God still hears. Where does that place us in the scheme oE things? We who rant about a shortage o£ coffee gas, sugar, etc.? It places us still in the midst of plenty, compared to those in the lonely life raft. But we are not as close to God--until we can throw off the shackles that bind us. If we ever do--it may well be that even the dove o£ peace may descend on all our unworthy heads. LUCILLE NF.WLON FACTOR 502 South Van Rurcn. GOOD HEALTH By Logon Clendening, M. D. ANGINA PECTORIS CASES T1TE HAVE been told and warned over and over · » again of late about the increase of heart disease in the United States and the effect of high pressure living. Often as I have to read these reports, I can say in the first place they do not scare me and in the second place, I think they are quite unnecessary. They are, in most instances, scareheads. We have more heart disease nowadays because more people attain an age in which heart disease Is prevalent than in previous generations. In strenuous times like these it is impossible to be worried all the time about your individual health when there is work to be done. In my experience, anyway, there are certain people who can make any amount of effort without putting any strain on their hearts and on the other hand, there are certain people who are very subject to heart upsets from the stress and excitement of daily life. This is not to say that the Dr. Clendeniog stress and excitement of high pressure living does not have an effect upon-the heart, especially on that form of heart disease which is the most frequent cause of death and disability nowadays. This form is angina pectoris, or spasm o£ the arteries of the heart. These arteries are under nervous control and the nerves controlling them are connected with the central nervous system, so naturally in periods of emotional stress or business excitement the arteries go into spasm. The fact that men, more often than women, suffer from angina pectoris is an indication that busi- . ness responsibilities have something to do with the condition. A recent, interesting report by Drs. Schwartz and Harvey of New York, indicates that in the financial area of New York the number o£ cases of angina pectoris and coronary artery heart disease is much greater, than in the general population. They have made exact studies o£ a number of their cases. The age incidence of their patients shows that the highest number of patients fall within the age period of 45 to 49, which is a little earlier than might be expected. The incidence remains high until about 60, when it drops sharply. When you get to the age of G5, no matter what you are doing you are not in any more danger of angina pectoris than If you were 35. The monthly incidence shows unquestionably the relationship between heart attacks and the volume of business. The largest number occurred in the month of December, which is the busiest month on the stock exchange and in most other businesses. The month of lowest incidence is April, from which it rises gradually so that July, ' August and September are reasonably high months. The daily incidence also reflected the same trend. The largest number occurred on Monday and Tuesday. From then there is a sharp drop to Thursday, then a rise on Friday and then another drop. The day on which the fewest number of heart attacks occur among businessmen is Sunday. The hourly incidence shows the largest number of attacks at 11 o'clock in the morning and the lowest number at 3 to 5 in the morning. It would seem to be indicated that If you get past lunch time on Wall street, you are fairly sate for the rest of the day. Lantern Light Lyrics By Roy Murray of Buffalo Center JUST GOTTA GLOW In the best war story I've heard as yet Two lightning bugs in a blackout met, Cried one, "hey, you, turn off that glow, You heard the warden tell us so." But the other said, "Oil, no, no, no, OBSERVING Holidays Are Over k understand that one day '. recently--and it's probably happened on more than one day--the surgical dressing section of the local Red Cross on North Federal avenue operated with a staff of about a dozen. This was in a room with accommodations for a staff of 4(K In the -time just before Christmas, the story of many women was: "Oh, won't you let me o£f until the holidays are over?" Well the holiday season is definitely at an end now. The Twelfth Night has been passed. Christmas trees have been burned. The youngsters have returned to school. What then is the good excuse for the housewife not to be in there giving this important aid to the nation's'war effort? At any rate, no woman is justified in sighing: "I wish there was something I could do to help win the war." Such a job is waiting for you at 211 North Federal avenue. And the Red Cross telephone number is 1321. --V-Books for Fighters 4 trust that North lowans -. co-operating in the new drive for books for our men in the service will have in mind these tips from Carl B. Rcden, Chicago library director: ' Dusty old volumes of fine pi-int from the family attic are not wanted. Instead, three definite classes of books are being requested, as follows: 1. Current best-sellers and novels popular since 1930. 2. Adventure, western and mystery books. 3. Technical books published since 1935. It is important that the books be in good condition--for they must endure not only a great deal nf handling and shipping, but hard use in the camps. We can't waste shipping space on books that won't serve well in the camps. Included in books that are sought in the diiye are the popular 25 cent editions which have circulated widely In recent years. The librarian pointed out they usually are well chosen and occupy little shipping space. Books can be brought to the public library in Mason City, or to the library in any community, I assume. --V-Tighter Packing , understand the expression ."packed tight as sardines in a can" may be changed one of these days to include oysters. You see, WPT has requested packers to increase by 40 or 50 per cent the amount of oysters packed in various sized containers. This is intended to conserve HIGHWAY ENEMY THE 5TDP SIGN PASSER National Safely Council. additional supplies of tin and steel for war production. So when you buy a No. I can of oysters, you'll be getting 7/ 2 ounces instead of 5 and If you choose a No. 2 can, you'll have 14 ounces instead of 10. --V-Info the Light offer this from the pen of Hilda Butler Farr for the comfort it may present to those who sometimes find the going ( a bit tough: It was impossible ID see A thing upon the toad-No bnildinc--not a tree. Somewhere upon a desert Isle. As slowly then we crept alonf Each dirk, dtsertcd mile. When suddenly we came upon ' A ra"y lighted marl, The foe was gone--we found the world OC which we'd been a p»rt. And many times alonf through life A toe will turn the days to nljht-- But faith and patience brinj us out Acaitt Into the light. --V-.-The -- IDAVS 80UQUE To 60 REPRESENTATIVES OF MASON CITY INDUSTRY--for turning out Thursday night for a meeting at which the resolve was reached to continue the local drive for industrial salvage metal as long as there is a need for it in the war effort. A further bouquet is due Chairman W. J. (Bill) Hughes and his committee for having turned In the largest per capita average of industrial scrap last year of any city in Iowa, a!ong with the most complete report. Another proof that Mason City will not be found wanting when there's a call for patriotic effort. DID YOU KNOW? By Frederic J. Haskin EDITOR'S NOTE: For an »nswer (o any question of fact write ".MasOD City Globe~Ga2ette Information B u r e a u . Frederic J. llasltm. Director. Washington. D. C." PltiSt itnd 3 cents post,e for reply. In what unusual manner was the news of the opening of the Erie canal in 1825 transmitted to ?«ew York City? C. B. Cannon were fired in relays and the news flashed to New York City In eighty minutes. tn what poem do these words occur, "The way of a man with a maid?" E. B. The saying occurs in the Bible in Proverbs 30:19. Is the blacksnake an enemy of the rattlesnakes? P. D. This is a popular myth, without any basis in fact. Why are teas called Pekoe and Oolons? F. D. These words are corruptions o£ local Chinese terras, Who was it that wished -for a moment of time upon his deathbed? D. D. Queen Elizabeth of England. Can oil be applied to shoes lo make them last longer? C. V. The rational use of suitable oils or greases will make shoes wear much longer than they otherwise would. Where is .the world's greatest single source of electricity? R.L. Grand Coulee dam. When did the dirigible Shenandoah crash? N. W. The Shenandoah was torn to pieces at 5 a. m. Sept. 3, 1925, by a thunder squall while passing over Ava. Ohio. What presidents were noted for v fine horsemanship? n. B. Washington is said to have been the finest horseman of his day. Theodore Roosevelt once rode a hundred miles in a day. What is the real name of the bcllbird? C. X. The bcllbird is any of several birds whose notes are like the sound of a bell. The one particularly so designated is the campan- ero (Chasmprhyncus niveus) of South America. In the U S. the wood thrush is called a bellbird. Was U Thomas Jefferson who predicted total war? T. D. Jefferson used the Latin words, beilum amnium in omnia." which may be translated as "total xvar in everything." What does KeophaRy mean? F. B. It means dirt-eating. Are more babies born in hospitals than in their parents' homes? C. E. In cities about 84 per cent of births take place in hospitals, but in rural areas the per cent is only 2o. Who was the author of the say- liiff "Go West, young man"? D. B. The expression was first used by John Babson Soulc in an article in the Terre Haute, Indiana, Express in 1851. t What Is the largest snake? P. N. The anaconda. Where is the boundary between Europe and Asia? H. F. The division' consists of an imaginary line along the Ural Mountains to about the middle of the north bank of the Caspian Sea. the southern line is an irregular one from south of Batum on the Black Sea to considerably south of Baku on the Caspian Sea What was te underground railway? E. B. The underground railroad was a secret system of aiding fugitive slaves. Did the Germans offer a reward for the capture of General Henri Giraud after his escape from a. Prison camp? T. N. A price of 100,000 marks was set on his head. Which are the three wealthiest families in the United States? E. P The Rockefellers, the Mellons and the du Fonts. Why is the monument lo Meriwether leivis broken? E. J. The broken shaft symbolizes the tragic end of'his li£e. Is the Motion picture Casablanca based upon a book? E. D. It is based upon an unproduced play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. How long should it take to milk a con'? H. II, The time required to milk a cow is between ZVz and fifteen minutes, the average being approximately six minutes. A NEW U. S. MAP JUST OFF THE PRESS Do you know the geography and lusiory of the greatest nation in * he .. world? A new map of the United States and all of its Detached Territories is just off the press Alaska and the Aleutian Islands are .shown in detail/The reverse side o£ the map gives 1940 ?nn i 3t i° n £i ? ures o£ States and 200 leading cities. Another timelv leaiure is the insignia of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps Six economic maps of the country are also included. Everyone will want a copy of this new mao Done in full color it is 21 by 23 inches in size. Fifteen cents post- P*iid. --USE THIS COUPON-The Globe-Gazette - Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, Director Washington, D. C. I inclose here with 15 cents in coin (carefully mapped in paper) lor a copy of the Man of tfco United "-*-- P the Name Street or Rural Route .,..,.., City State (Mail lo Washington, D. C,) ^^^'^^^^?^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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