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Mason City, Iowa
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*3l- -i L-^tr * -y-c^f. -is* i ^ MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE APRIL 4-mm 1931 , A TOWN Can Be No Greater Than'Its Integral Parts. Mason City to Be Great Must Have Good, Unselfish Citizens. Be ONE. 1'HE FY WE LIVE IN A WEEKLY Page Devoted to Community Interests That Make for a Bigger and Better MASON CITY. GRIME DECREASE IN MASON CITY SHOWN IN YEAR Chief Sanford Makes Annual Report to Manager P. F. Hopkins. A flight decrease in .crime In Mason City and. a trend toward greater departmental efficiency is shown by a cpmparison of the annual report made by F. Rl Sanford chief of police,' for the, fiscal year ending April 1 with the report for the previous year. The reports wore addressed to .P. F. Hopkins, cit; manager. · ' A reduction:of 77 Jaw violations is shown by .the.reports. Last year 2;42S federal and state- laws and .city ordinances 'were violated in Has on City. Comparison Is Made. The following detailed comparison of crimes'is made possible bj the reports. Crime last Previou Year Year Intoxication '.....; 795 750 Traffic · Violations ..... 319 29U Disorderly Conduct 180 9. Larceny ... ........176. 17i Reckless Driving . 120. lOi Larceny (Auto) ........ 9.4 71 Illegal Possession 72 60 Breaking and Entering 43 4.' Assault and Battery ... 9 1' Attempted Murder .... 1. i Bad Checks. .'...; 5 Bootlegging 2 I Burglary .. ,. 2 i Carrying Concealed .Weapons 3 : Child Desertion ........ 3 ', Disorderly House 1 l Escaped Prisoner ..... 1 0 Forgery ..'..... 5 Begging 0 1 Buying Stolen Property 0 1 Child Stealing- 0 Delinquency .....'..... 0 1 Defrauding Inn Keeper 0 1 Disturbing the Peace .. 0 Discharging Fire Arms 0 1 Fire Nuisance 1 0 Fraud 1 0 Holdup ; 4 0 Manslaughter I I p Prostitution 1 6 Rape . .· 1 ^ 2 Vagrancy 6 0 Juvenile discs Handled. Ten girls and 148 boys were handled by the police department. Of ^that' number 10 forfeited bends, 59 ^ere^pertified" to 'the juvenile"court, IS were: delivered to outside offi- ·cers, 1 escaped, 2 were fined/ and 44 placed on police probation. Sixty- nine juveniles were handled the previous year. A; total of $17,017.72 in fines and .forfeitures was collected in-polite ciourt during the past year. The previous year 518,228.90 was collected. Five hundred and ninety-six cases were dismissed in police court last year. In all 564 bonds were forfeit. ed,' 354 fines levied, 236 persons sentenced to the city jail, 102 to tha county jail and 42 delivered to out. side officers. Sixty-nine cases! are pending. . , · . · The amount of property reported stolen decreased from §43,888.30 to 534,086.86 of which $26,027.21 was recovered. The previous year 536,213.55 was recovered. Property Is Recovered. Last year $3,620.98 of property was lost and $9,254.31 recovered. The previous year $12,368.59 of property was lost and $9,179.69 recovered. · Last year 324 persons were photographed and the pictures sent to state and federal bureaus. Sixty photographs of latent-fingerprints were made. · Fingerprints taken and sent to federal and Btate bureaus totaled 994 last year. Eighty identifications were made by the state bureau and 384 by the national bureau. Safety I^irst Signs . Maintained by Local Council Are Painted Signs used by. the Mason. City Safety council to carry messages of warnings are being repainted. These signs, located in strategic points thniout the city, are changed monthly and are a part of the campaign put on by the local organization to educate the public to the importance of safety. · A revelation in a recent report pf the ^National Safety council is that auto fatalities are decreasing in the,large cities and increasing in rural districts. That may mean any of a number of things, council members point out. It may mean that cities are at last getting ; a grip on the problem thru perfected engineering in traffic matters. It may mean that the, dangers of traffic,have been given more publicity .in urban centers and that this educational program is having: its effect. It may mean that city officials are being forced to become more strict in enforcement of traffic law. Local members are attempting to pronfot.e safety thru all these means. Since the human factor is known to be so important in the traffic accident problem, it may be assumed that it is an important element in this new development also. The open rural road probably looks too.invit- ing to motorists. It offers a chance to "open 'er up"--to test the speed and power of the car, members warn. Excessive speed is a great cause of accidents, regardless of the amount of traffic. MEET A % H. SKEELENGER Contractor Says Business Is Better Because Everyone Is Tired of Being Depressed. "When we Tmve plenty of work it looks like other business is picking up," declared A. H. Skellenger moving contractor, who declares he has work ahead for months. "It everyone had got along as well as possible until he couldn'- stand it any longer and that now everyone is tired of being depressed." . "Last year was the best year w^ have had. We even worked as fur north as Mankato," continued Mr. Skellenger who has lived in Mason City for 38 years and has been in the same business for 26 years. Aim st every street in Mason City t is alhouse or building which Mr. SI ellenger has moved or.helpe? remodel. His specialties are house moving and placing heavy machinery. . ' Installs Heavy Machinery. He has placed heavy equipment in practically every large plant in town. At present he is engaged or. a three months job at the Mason City Brick and Tile company placing huge grinders and dryers, parta of which weigh many tons apiece. * "The turbines at the P. G. and E. plant and equipment at Deckers packing plant, at the Northwestern States Portland cement plant ana at many other .places' .have been installed by Mr. Skellenger. Mrs. Skellenger takes an · active part in the business and nandles much of the office work. She makes estimates,-buys and sells and is an A line O'pipe . By T. PIPE Stick to the Pipe--Let the Smoke Blow Where It Will A. H. SKELt-ENGEK --PHOTO BV K!Rh invaluable aid ,to her husband. They have Seen married 35 years. Sons Work at Same Trade. Their two sons, Howard and Ray, are employed by the Kress Houso Moving company of Los Angeles. At present they are engaged on a job moving' a building weighing 10,000 tons. Ray, who has been in California nine years, is a foreman and Howard, his younger brother works for aim. Their daughter Ruth, who v graduated from the schools here in 1925, is working in the receiving room of the May company store at Los Angeles, an Institution whicl employes 3,000 persons. . . The Skellengers returned in February from spending the winter in California with their children. "We had to come back a couple weeks before we intended because wt couldn't put off some of our work any longer," they explained. At present the Skellengers are staying- at the Cerro Gordo hotel. They are planning to take an apartment there and will continue to livo there for the present. SHARP CONTRASTS ARE DEVELOPED BY IRWIN Sharp contrasts are developed In iVallace Irwiu's "The Days of Her jife." From the. "color of poverty" Jic tale moves.forward to the:iyory vails, softly golden carpet blossom- ng with great blue flowers, the red of old lacquer, in Jacob Auerbach's Oriental shop in San Francisco. , The lanky girl of 15 in the tum- edowu shack at the edge of the Silverstrlke mining camp becomes a gambler's bride. A child is born to Her--dead. Desertion and jealousy lead to the beginning of her education in the oriental curio shop, more like a museum than a junk shop. Someway the curio shop seems the epitome of San Franciso's mystery and beauty In the 'SO's and '90's. There' is much beauty and mystery enough. · They Loved Her. Loyalty, a deep abiding loyalty, characterizes the heroine. Many men loved her. She was beautiful and attractive, and while in the beginning of -the story she is ignorant and unformed, she is shrewd and has an excellent mind. She becomes a connoisseur of fine oriental works of art. The end of the story finds her a -very wealthy woman. Children have been denied her, but she has sublimated' her emotions and the iast few sentences give one a sense of quiet ,beauty after all the passionate current of her days: "Hello, Emma," he called out cheerily. "It's a lovely evening, isn't it?" / "Lovely." Her voice trembled a little."'Since the wind died down.' Some modern people will be disappointed in the ending, but others will know that, while the heroine must forget a number of things, she will open the windows of her mind. She will deny the things she does not choose to see and make blessed her dear illusions, fine as the old Chinese works of art. Is Interesting Figure. , Bob, the homely lawyer, is an Interesting figure. His home life is most disappointing. He loves Emma, of course, as do so many more dashing men, but he knows she is not for him and he is quite phil- sophical about the fact. Mr. - Auderbach, the crippled dealer in antiques, whom Emma marries according to Bob's advice and whom she'comes to love in a gentle fashion, seems the least real of all the characters. He is too elfin, too frail and too fine for ordinary life, but he adds grace to the story. The gong that rings to summon Emma from her lover is a fairy gong, perhaps only In her own imagination, for the real gong above her husband's bed is still and has not been struck. Best in Pictures. The book is" better in its pictures of life and people in San Francisco than in plot Wallace Irwin was a newspaper man in San Francisco and he gives glimpses of the city in his story that are worth having. Thi description of the high home of the Auerbach's !a very well done. Biero In his column had labeled Leonarc Boyd the unannounced genius and his description of the steeps below separated with streets, suggests thi rapid growth of the city. And in the end of the'story the properties Auerbach had amassec suggest the growth and develop ment still further. "Now this tract out by Presidio, he said, "nothing but sand dunes Twenty years ago Simon Auerbach ;ot it for four bits an acre, more or ess. It just misses the Golden Gate lark but-you never can tell the dl- ·ection the city's going to jump iext.'" ! Genius, artistic genius, is often a half-mad manifestation. It can almost be taken for ranted, causing one to wonder why iographers must stress the point n their book titles as in "Savage Messiah" and "Paul Gauguin, the Calm Madman." H. S. Ede ! s story of the strange, agonizing alliance between Henri audier and Sophie Brzeska, fortu- iately, is in a more subdued tone than its title, "Savage Messiah." ' He begins with their meeting in a Paris library,~ Gaudier a French sculptor, Sophie a-Polish spinster. He was 19, she 38; both were ill, physically and mentally; starved and lonely. J Came Together. Casually they came together, to live In a mother and son relationship for five years until, in 1915, Gaudier-Brzeska. (he added her name to his) went to war and death. Soon afterward Sophie, gaunt, cracked, died in a madhouse. Thru his letters to her one may read of their nervous" impoverished ife. The story loses nothing by our unfamiliarity with the genius who lad to sketch English tavern cus- :omers for a penny apiece in order to subsist. Gauguin's,life, of course, is of bet- :er acquaintance. Skeptical as I am of copious dialog' written into a biography, I found Becker's work enthralling, as a novel is. He is frankly sympathetic toward his subject (I amost write character^, making him pathetically understood. Was Tortured Soul. Gauguin was one of those tortured souls who find business poisonous. He quit his position as liquidator in a Paris bank at the age of 35 to devote himself to painting. His paintings didn't sell, his savings were scon gone, and he was estranged from his Danish wife. He then traveled on to Martinique and went native. Returning to France, he was a friend of Vincent Van Gggh for a while, but Van Gogh was madder than Gauguin. Finally Gauguin settled in Tahiti, on the pittance of a governmenl clerk, and went native there. There he died of an overdose of narcotics. Watch Your Step! Accidents of Past Week Show Constant Need for Caution John Gilbertson, 930 Jefferson avenue northwest, was injured when his car was struck by a train at Osage Sunday. W. C. Thompson, 26 Fifth stree northeast, was seriously scaldet when a steam pipe broke-at tin Northwestern States Portland ce ment plant Tuesday. ^ Hans Matson, Clear Lake, re ceivcd 'a mangled finger when hi hand became caught in a buzz sav Thursday. , . EASTER The sun comes up' on a rosy morn, To bring glad hopes for another day; The whole world wakes with joy to know, Another night'has passed away. The spring time dstwns and its gentle voice, * All nature greets with a rounde ' lay, As it laughs, and sings the joyful news, Tho winter night has passed away. "Tis Eastern morn and the air is filled, With songs of praise for the holy day, As happy hearts sing joyously, Eternal night has passed away. T ^ J- P E We of the .northern hemisphere should get more out of Easter than do our brothers on the southern side of the world. Coming as it does when the world is awakening from its winter sleep and nature is bursting into life the anniversary of the resurrection of our Lord acquires an additional, significance. It would be difficult to fcelebrate Easter as joyously if the world were dying. P I I PE We are' pleased to note that election, -passed olf without bloodshed. Some money . was spent in an effort to obtain positions that pay no salaries Perhaps those whi. rfpent it know where they can get the money buck. We are not enough of a politician to fathom tho mysteries of tho game. T P PI J- PE AND WOULDN'T IT BE A DREARY OLD PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE IF WE COULDN'T HAVE A GOOD FRIENDLY ELECTION TO FIGHT OVER ONCE IN A WHILE? IT DOES US GOOD TO ET AROUSED AND FIGHTING MAD AT THE OPPOSITION. WE ;ORT OF LIKE EACH OTHER SETTER WHEN IT IS ALL OVER. V I J. P K Not only are we planning on at- .ending Doctor Dibble's justly fa- "nous church in a body ; .on Easter norning but we are t o ' b a highly onored by being- permitted 'to inarch by the side of Harry Tait in he parade. Ralph Willis has prom- sed we may do this if the rules of he order will permit. So if you ob- ;erve a tall, handsome man walking leside the world's best looking insurance agent that's us. We realize t " will make Don McPeak turn jreen with envy to see us marching at the head of the column but we cannot help it. We do not like all .he publicity but we must bow to :he wishes of an admiring and appreciative populace. \Vherein-a, prevents the solving of a puzzling problem--T. Pipe: Replying to your inquiry as to why so many experienced married men seek work on the farm at this time of the year, it is probably a trait which has persisted in man since he developed from the lower animals. By nature he is gregarious, but much more so n cold weather and naturally, when spring comes he heads for the open country. Oh it may be he knows on which side his bread is buttered-using a rural metaphor. As to the second question, we must respectfully but firmly refus'e Lo answer it unless you will let us insert a comma between the-words experienced · and married. P. K. P I i P 15 And speaking of Don Me- Pcak we would like to know if the make up man was trying to start somethingjast week when he put Don's column and this strip of mirthless humor flide by .side. The proximity is liable to . lead to embarra'sslng complications. P i -1 PE * Shorty, the barber, has gone into the fish business. He ia trying to raise fish for the market. Anyone desiring a mess of fish will do well to consult with Shorty and to look at samples of the fish now on display in the shop window. At the present time he is having considerable trouble on account of the fish eating each other but he is in hopes he can train them to discontinue this pernicious habit and permit themselves to grow lip and be eaten by members of the so called human P I ·'· P E WE HAVE AN INTERESTING COMMUNICATION FROM WILLIAM E. DORR AND A SPRING POEM FROM G. E. B. BUT WE LACK THE SPACE TO RUN THEM. PERHAPS NEXT WEEK IT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED. r i 1 PE Tho Cruise of The Przemysl By Kl Captain Chapter 20 My cogitations were brot to £ sudden and abrupt end by the -NOW IT CAN BE TOLD- Gay Market Days Lost From Gity GRAY. OLD STORAGE BUILDING ONCE HOPE FOR BRINGING METROPOLITAN / ATMOSPHERE AND PICTURESQUE TRADE TO MASON CITY Strongly permeated by a smell of gasoline and rancid motor oils ths old gray stucco city market on South Washington avenue, planned to be the home of a thriving business in apples and carrots and gladiolus, is serving out its years as a storehouse for the street depart rnent. Once with its fresh new stal's and smell of lumber, it seemed the materialization of a dream long ctierished for a local market. Buc the colorful,crowds of vendors with their fruits and flowers, potatoes, and pups never filled the building and overflowed on to the street. A.few stalls were rented the firs; summer the building existed anu shoppers went to buy, but the rich odor of cabbages, and fresh string beans never became strong enough to color the atmosphere of thi, building with the characteristi scent of a market place 1 and thc- huilding never played an importani part in local shopping. Constructed in 1018. *· The market was constructed iii 1918. Its erection was authorized by the city council to which it was proposed by Charles Lee, then a city commissioner. Official records of details of the enterprise are not numerous. City books tell of the advertisement for bids. The first group were all rejected and bids again asked for. On April 1 the contract was let to B. L. Stratton. · The next available record is a city ordinance which set the charge for booths at $3 a month. The,ordi- iance was passed June 24, 1918. Evidence of the. difficulty the project experienced, is given by another ordinance passed in August CITY'MARKET USED AS STOREHOUSE of the same year which prohibited the peddling before 11 o'clock on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, market days, o f . any goods sold at the market. The complete downfall of the scheme is evidenced in the next official mention of the market which is the record of the council meeting heW July 28. The record concerns the consideration by the council of renting the building as a seed store house. Porch Is- Boarded. "I found the building used as a storage house for the street department when I came here four years Dgo," said P. F. Hopkins, city man- ager. "Later we boarded up the porch on the front to accommodate another truck. No other use of the building "is contemplated at this time." Perhaps Mason City is too smalt to support a market with its crowds of shouting huxters and booths managed by sharp-eyed Italian women and burly farmers. More likely the local groceries are too clean and too well managed to allow competition from a summer market. But whatever the reason for the failure, when Mason City lost market days with their traditions, brot from the old world, a colorful, and picturesque possibility passed. Good L,awn Essential as Setting and Contributes Much to Beauty of Home This Is the first of a series of articles that will be nm on this page the coming weeks. These articles, written by V. \V. Flickinger, city forester, will deal with gardening, shrubbery, land- seeping and other kindred subjects. Mr. FlicUinger is a graduate of the landscape architecture department of Iowa State college at Ames. By V. \V. FLICKINGEK There is no element that will con- rib ute more to the beauty of a lorne than the lawn. It is this soft green turf which carpets thd open paces and forms a setting for the louse and planting: The elements of beauty which may be found in an expanse of velvety green, in which have the play of sunlight and shade, make good lawns an essential o our picture. It is the only thing .hat cari perform this service. The mportance of observing certain requirements' should be kept in min'J from the very beginning. A primary requisite of lawns .he thoro preparation of the soil. All refuse, sticks, and stones, must be removed. The physical renuirements of the soil must be satisfied. If the soil, in your case, is sandy, you should add humus in the form of seat or well-rotted manure. Heavy clays will have to' be loosened up with an application of equal parts of sand and well-rotted manure. '' Working Is Necessary. In getting the / soil ready to receive the seed, a thoro loosening and working is necessary. In large spaces where it is practical, the soil can be ploughed and harrowed. In the smaller areas, where the work must, of necessity, be done by hand, a thoro spading is necessary to nroperly break up the soil, lumps may be broken uo . as The the ground Is turned over. Rolling and :amplngr will also heln to get the "Mil into shape for seeding. The work of pulverizing the soil can be combined with the operation of making it level. For this use n common garden rake and a hand drawn roller. Rolling will indicate the soft places^and the depressions which can then be filled. A gooc procedure is to roll lengthwise and then crosswise, to .procure a more level surface. At this stage attention should be given to fills to see that there is ample allowance for the settling that is bound to occur. Plant Food Needed. After the soil is prepared and ready to receive the seed, a commercial .plant food, should be^'applied. Scatter this evenly at the rate of 4 pounds a 100 square feet, Then with a rake, work it evenly into the top 2 inches of soil, and give it a thoro wetting. Wait at least one (lay, then give the seed bed a light rolling. Before seeding, the ground should be gone over with a rake. . To obtain a close even turf Kentucky blue grass Is the best, on account of Its creeping root stocks and numerous long leaves. It is also able to stand repeated mowing better than any other grass. The sowing of blue grass alone is not advisable. Blue grass is slow in germinating and takes about three years to attain its full development. Using the blue grass as a basis for the mixture and adding such grasses as red top and Rhode Island bent a good mixture is obtained. The red top will germinate quickly, thus enabling the lawn to make a good showing while the blue grass is getting established. For shady areas use a mixture of Kentucky blue firrass, wood meadow grass, leaved fescue, ant crested dog's tail. Often times the failure of lawn grass in shady places is not due entirely to shade but to tho lack of sufficient plant food. Clover Is Heavier. A heavy seeding will requira 1 pound for every 200 square feet. White clover should be sown separate from other seeds, as it is much heavier. The use of white clover/Is a matter of personal preference and should not be used if there is to be much traffic on the lawn. In all cases it is advisable to use a good commercial mixture of which there are any number on the market. Use good seed and one which is adapted to the situation. The use of good seed is economy in the end. To have the seed germinate and make a good start it is necessary that the ground be kept moist for at least three' weeks after sowing. If the moisture can be insured it is possible and practical to sow the seed at any time. However, nature provides these moisture conditions in the spring and fall, and for these reasons, those are the best times to seed. Usually the best time is early spring, the:seed being put_pn as soon as the ground may be: worked. 1C the moisture content 1 is such, good results can be obtained by fall seeding. The advantage here is that it allows the grass to get started without too much weed growth. Insures Distribution. The seeding should be done on a quiet day to insure even distribution. The whole amount should be divided part sown lengthwise and part crosswise, this gives an even seeding. After raking the seed in, ro! the ground in'order to firm the sol! about the seed. A light dressing ol well-rotted manure will help keep the soil from becoming dry anc hard. The top dressing will also help the watering when it becomes necessary in dry weather. After the seed becomes well started it is a good plan to roll again, as this firms the soil about the roots, making a beter seed bed and causing the young shoots to spread out more. FIRE BIGGEST ENEMY,' IGSIRES PROVE ivery 20 Seconds Flames Occur Somewhere in United States. This Is the fourth of a -series of articles prepared by the fire prevention, committee of the Chamber of Commerce on the dangers of fires. Fire! Striking here, striking here, sparing neither private or ublic property, respecting neither ··eed or person. Fire's hand is hitting harder and aster each year. The fire loss in 1930 was S465 00,000 for the United States and owa's, share of this loss was $8 - i53,175, Mason City's share was 71,298 and · the remainder of ·erro Gordo county except Mason !ity was §22,911. Today FIRE is America's great- st enemy."Every 20 seconds there is a fire iomewhere in the United 'States Svery day of the year, every hour f the day there are three fires a minute." And this makes a total of over ,577,000 fires a year. At least 15,000 people are de- it royed by fire each year. In Iowa in 1930 there were 99 leaths as a direct result of fire. Of his number 27 were men, 21 were women and 51 were children under 20 years of age. Takes Tivmendous Toll. Do you know that from one sun- ise to another, every 24 hours, the Demon Fire, takes a toll of 2T ives, 931 dwellings, 96 farm build- Bg3, 5 schools, 5 churches, 4 ware- louses, 8 public garages, 6 department stores, 3 printing plants and more than a million dollars worth f personal property. Starting fires with gasoline and cerosene in Iowa alone last year caused a loss of more than $20 528 and a sacrifice of many lives. This s a dangerous practice. Don't leave current on electric rons as this was responsible for over 50 fires and a property loss of $161,979 in Iowa last year. Defective and overheated stWe.i and beattngjrtants cau.,et!.* toys of S O T ' - - . - K j .·- In watering, be sure to ground thoroly soaked. get the Sprinkle daily, allowing no run-off, until th_ grass is up. Barely soaking the surface is more harmful than too much. ' Should Be Mowed. As soon as the grass is higl enough to cut it should be moved Set the mower at its highest adjustment and have it sharp. Dull mowers and low adjusted mowers-injur newly seeded lawns. Do not remove the clippings as they help protec the roots. . To renovate old lawns, rake thi entire lawn hard and deep. Fill in all low spots and redress the entire area with -new. black loam. Seed a the rate of one' pound to 350 square feet. A commercial plant food may also be used at this time. Top dress ing, with a good black loam, is a good policy to follow each spring as it has a tendency to build up a thicker turf. pearance of a member of the crew in a highly excited condition. "Come!" he exclaimed in a hurried tone of voice. "Come quick and see what I see." Hurrying to the side of the ship I beheld, a sight that thrilled me thru and thru. For there on the bank stood George White with a Plymouth automobile and a case of Jack Spratt brand of soup. Soup! Soup at last. (To be continued.) NEW AUTOMOBILE LICENSES ISSUED DURINfc WEEK M. J. McDermott, Mason City, Chevrolet coupe. 'K. J. Handle, Hotel Hanford, Ford coupe. '' Louis Jarosh, 518 Ninth street southeast, Chevrolet coach. James A. Woonas, Lyons hotel, Chrysler coupe. A. J. Paschka, R. F. D. No. 4, Bulck sedan. Floyd F. Smith, Eadmar ho,tel, Pontioo sedan. D. 1C. Lundbcrg, 75 Beaumont drive, Chevrolet coach. C. I. Snyder, 1015 First street southwest, Essex coupe. Pfaff Baking company, Mason City, Essex sedan. Emil J. Broers, R. F. D. No. 5, Ford sedan. Albert Riedel, Thornton, Willys six sedan. R. W. Newton, Hotel Hanford, Willys coupe. John E. Morris, Chevrolet sport coupe. Northwestern Bell Telephone company, Ford tudbr. Vern . Palmer, 603 Nineteenth street- southeast,''Chevrolet coupe. Ruth Phillips, R. F. D. No. 3, Clear Lake, Chevrolet coach. R.' H.'Skaare, 107 North Madi,1 son avenue, Chevrolet coach. L. E. Lantz, Kirk apartments, Chevrolet coach. Jens Jensen, Clear Lake, Studebaker sedan. Frlesner Fruit company, Ford truck. Arthur O'Harrow, 156 Twelfth street northwest, Ford truck. Mrs. Orace Newman, 703 . South Pennsylvania avenue, Chevrolet coach. Frank Arthur Hesse, 414 North Georgia nvenua, Pontlac. R. C. Whitworth, Mason'City, Pontiac. Selma Carlsen, Kirk apartments, Essex coach. Charles E. Snipps, 104 Third stret northeast, Chrysler sedan. Dr. J. E. McDonald, 933 North Delaware avenue, Ford sedan. Dr. E. McEwen, 216 North Wash ington avenue, Chevrolet coupe. O. T. Calvert, 619 North Federal avenue, Chevrolet coach. Paul Lorcnsen, R. F. D. No. 5 Ford sedan. M. A. Risacker, 1215 First stree southwest. Ford coupe. G. S. Hanes, 20 Fifth stree northeast, Ford coupe. Maude M. Woods, 303 Seconi stret northeast. Ford tudor. J. C. Burkhart, 1633 North Wash ington avenue, Ford tudor. J. W. Jamea, Thornton, For coupe. 50 Y.M. C. A. Boys Are - Shown Thru Local Plan Fifty Pioneers and Friendly Indi ans attended the bean feed at the Y M. C.' A. Saturday afternoon. Fol lowing the feed the boys went t the International Harvester corn ^inv plant whera they saw a rep'.Ic of the first reaper invented by Cy rus McCarr.iicl;. Many pieces of ma chinery were explained to the boys . . Children playing caused, 119 fires in, Iowa in 1930. Defective flues . and chimneys caused 426 fires with a loss of 5363,925 in Iowa in 1930. Iowa toss Heavy. There were 372 farm barn fires, and 666 farm dwelling, fires or a :otal of 1,038 farm fires not countng: other farm buildings destroyed by fire in Iowa in 1930. A rural fire truck for duty in rural communities is of the greatest importance and every one should be interested in- procuring one for Mason City so that the rural community can receive this service. A. sprinkler' system i§ the -best device known to retard the spread of fire. Have you even given this a thot. Your home, your business, sprinklered would save that awful loss of life and property from fire. You can build fireproof buildings and stoves and heating plants are built fireproof. But the contents that are placed in them are not fireproof. That is where the danger is. The contents of any building will burn. No structure is immune from fire. Our + + + Home Town -- By D. \V. M. -- I FINALLY got the red ink OFF MY HANDS after making- OUT MY income tax and then I WONDERED why they didn't CALL IT the outg'oing tax AND THEN, my little girl TOLD ME about a pair of BOOK ENDS that she got at MANLEY'S and she said that SHE NAMED them Tim and Tom PHALEN AND I asked her how she . KNEW WHICH was which and SHE SAID that the one she CALLED TIM was cracked and THE ZERO hour is here and I BET that T. Pipe backs out AND DON'T march in the parade EASTER MORNING and I see THAT THE Knights and Ladies WILL DINE at Mr. Hanford's HOTEL AFTER the pilgrimage AND I AM reminded of the SCOTCHMAN who received an INVITATION to a banquet and AT THE'bottom it said, "TICKETS GRATIS" and the SCOT DIDN'T go and the 'next DAY, THEY found him dead BESIDE A dictionary and it WAS OPEN at the word GRATIS BUT. I found out the meaning OF THE WORD in time to ACCEPT AND saved my life BUT I WARN YOU that if you BUY ANY kind of an electric REFRIGERATOR without looking AT THE NEW FRIGIDAIRE, you WILL BE SORRY all the rest OF YOUR LIFE. I THANK YOU. Don McPealc, Mason City Hardware Co.

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