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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, MAY 2 1936 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE AN A. W. IJ5E NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY 121-123 East state Street Telephone No. 3800 LEE P. LOOHIS W. EARL HALL ENOCH A. NOREM LLOYD L. GEER Publisher Managing Editor City Editor Advertising Manager JO5MBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS which IB exclusively entitled to the ufl» for publication of all news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited in this paper, and all local news. MEMBER, -IOWA DAILY PRESS ASSOCIATION, with Des Mollies news and business offices at 405 Shops Building. SUBSCRIPTION KATES Mawm City and Clear Lake, Mason city and Clear Lake, by the year 57.00 W the week J .15 OUTSIDE MASON CIT1T AND CLEAK LAKE Per year by carrier .... 57.00 By mall 6 months 52.25 Per week by carrier .... 5 .15 My mall 3 months 51.20 Per year by mail 54.00 By mall 1 month S .50 OUTSIDE 100 MILE ZONE Per year. $6.00 six months 53.25 Three montlis. ..51.75 I INCONSISTENT ECONOMY ·T'S REALLY fortunate that not many in congress have followed Senator Kenneth McKellar in his charge that the federal bureau of investigation is "running wild" in the expenditure of money. The assertion was made by the Tennesseean in connection with Chief J. Edgar Hoover's request for an appropriation of 55,800,000, which is $800,000 greater than last year's. Marion Zioncheck, Washington playboy congressman who divides time between' the police court and the house of representatives, is another reported to share the McKellar view. If there is one agency of government at this time which has justified its cost with the American taxpayer, it's the f e d e r a l bureau of investigation. Mr. Hoover is given almost universal credit for stamping out the kidnaping racket which for a time assumed menacing proportions. The tendency has been, largely because of the confidence it inspired, to load more and more work upon the bureau of investigation. Herein lies the principal reason for Mr. Hoover's asking for a modestly increased appropriation. Members of congress who have blithely approved a seven million dollar appropriation for the fantastic Passaraaquoddy tidal project,- 55,400,000 for the Florida ship canal, which by general consent is even more of a pipedream, ?100,000 or so for a Memphis dog pound, uncounted millions for housing projects such as the one at Reedsville are not very convincing when they turn penurious with respect to an activity that has the universal admiration of the country--except it s underworld. LAWYER CROOKS WARNED rpHE United States supreme court has added to the protection of the people from the ravages of organized crime in affirming the judgment of the lower court sentencing Louis Piquett, a Chicago lawyer prominent in the defense of gangsters, to prison for his activities in aid of Homer Van Meter, one of the outlaws designed as a public enemy. Lawyers who go to the length of aiding criminals to escape detection are as much public enemies as are the criminals themselves. The charge against Piquett was that he harbored Van Meter when he was a fugitive from justice. ' Admission to the bar only gives the right to attorneys to defend criminals in court. They cannot participate in efforts to save them from apprehension or. in other plans to aid them from escaping just punishment for their crime. · No lawyer should defend a criminal he believes is guilty. That was, however, not an issue in the Piquett case. The Chicago attorney was charged with actual connivance in aiding Van Meter to escape officers who were pursuing him. Piquette's conviction should be a warning to attorneys who make a business of defending criminals that they are participating in criminal offenses when they try to shield outlaw clients from the officers of the law. CAN THIS BE ALIAS JAY? A DES MOINES lawyer has forwarded a clipping from a recent issue of the morning paper printed in his home town. He wonders if we can identify the "stooge" alluded to in the final paragraph of an artical by Frank Kent, arch foe of the new deal. The article largely is given over to a discussion of Rexford Tugwell's complete eclipse in recent months. There is a prediction, however, that as soon as the election is over, if it's won, Mr. Tugwell will emerge promptly from the storm cellar and "climb upon the pedestal from which he will direct administration of the glorious plans for the national good, which he is stuffed to the eyeballs." "In the meantime," is is added, "Mr. Tugwell keeps on both a muzzle and a mask, speaking largely --and thickly--through one of his stooges, who, temporarily detached from the NRA payroll, under an assumed name peddles a newspaper column in which JIB sprays venom upon all who dissent from the new deal religion." Could this be Alias Jay Franklin? We believe it is. And we're interested in Mr. Kent's suggestion that he is only temporarily separated from his "rural resettlement administration" subsidy. This separation, like G. Rexford's concealment, is a storm cellar act 'In fact, we've never been fully persuaded that he is actually off the payroll. One so agile with aliases invites such suspicions. LANDON STEPS FORWARD ' LANDON'S overwhelming plurality in the Massachusetts vote this week strikes us as being the most significant single development of the past four years in republican politics. It indicates, if it does not prove, that the republican candidate who most likely is acceptable to the middle western country is likewise acceptable to eastern republicanism. Generally speaking the Landon pre-convention campaign has been administered with a minimum of conflict and friction with the candidacies of others. Where participation in a primary would create friction. Governor London has wisely chosen to stay out. California is the exception to this rule and what has happened there may be charged to misdirected Hearst enthusiasm. Incidentally there are growing signs that the Hearst embrace is being looked upon by Landon backers as a liability rather than an asset. There is no question in our mind that a token from Governor Landon himself, supplementing William Allen White's recent repudiation of Hearst support, would enhance Landon prestige at the start of the Cleveland convention. Somehow the dictation of an old-line democrat such as this yellow journalist No. 1 isn't welcome by those who consider themselves republicans. Los Angeles woman says the doctor who blew himself up with a bomb did it for publicity. Nudists and flagpole sitters: Please note. A reader suggests raising Jay Franklin's pay. It probably was necessary when--and if--he went off the government payroll. Picking: out some worthwhile things about which to worry ought to give Americans more concern than it has up to this time. We disagree wholly with the governor's overruling of the court judgment in the Arch Breeding case. We have yet to meet up with a person who has voted in an "America Speaks" referendum. Glenn Haynes is right. It takes a dumb person to think he's smart enough to beat the law. "I need the job" is not of itself an important qualification for public office. Simile: Generous as a brain trust spender. The PROS and CONS A MUCH APPRECIATED COMPLIMENT Lutheran Companion (Rock Island, 111.): In these days when the spirit of commercialism in America is endeavoring to make Santa Claus the center of interest at Christmas and a rabbit the symbol of Easter, it is encouraging to find a few newspapers here and there that are not afraid to set forth the real significance of the Christian festivals. Our attention has just been called to two editorials that appeared in the Globe-Gazette of Mason City, Iowa, in connection witn Good Friday and Easter. In the Good Friday editorial, the following paragraphs occurred: "The three hours of agony on Good Friday provide a brief period for Christians to meditate upon the life of their leader and the tragic events of it which were culminated on the first Good Friday. " 'Could you not watch and pray one hour with me?' asked Christ of His apostles when He was preparing for His bitter death. Give Him no cause to ask it of you." In the Easter editorial we read: "Easter spirit, as it is practiced today, is a symbol of the greatest gift to humanity. The spirit in which it is observed is a measure of the faith of the people. "Today, more than ever, we need this greatest gift in the history of mankind. When the problems of living become complex and difficult, when every problem confronting us is being questioned by persistent prob- ers who have nothing to offer in exchange for what they would try to take away, a return to the simple faith is like a restoring breath of life. "Christ is risen! That is the great Easter lesson. We may be truly conscious of His presence with us all the time. The still, small voice that speaks within us and calls us to the best things is the voice of God. The light that falls upon our paths, directing us in the right way, is the light and love of God." Time was when the newspapers were called "the conscience of the country." That time is largely past. Except for a few newspapers that have endeavored to maintain a high standard in the profession, modern journalism, particularly the metropolitan newspaper, is utterly lacking in ideals. Some, like the Hearst newspapers, have become agencies of vicious propaganda. They can be depended upon to be consistently on the wrong side of life, they vie with the products of Hollywood in corrupting the hearts and minds of the people. Sin is not only publicized, but often glorified. Even their comic strips, which are followed with avidity by young and old, frequently give a perverted slant on life. The time may come when the newspapers of America will be called to account for the influence they are exerting on public morals, just as the "movie" lords have been. Meanwhile, newspapers like the Mason City journal, the Gannett publications and a number of others with which we are familiar are to be congratulated for their efforts to maintain a high standard of journalism. Such newspapers will gain in influence, for they will have the confidence of the people. Character always commands respect. A FORT DODGE CANDIDATE Webster City Freeman-Journal: There have been more Fort Dodge men elected to important positions in the public, service in the state and nation than from any other town of its size in the country, and it can be said to the credit of those elected from that city that they generally made good. If Judge Mitchell, now a candidate for the democratic nomination for governor, is elected to the office'there is no reason to believe that the "Fort Dodge Way" will not be sustained by his official career. But the judge is up against a hard proposition, as this looks like a republican year in Iowa, especially so far as the state ticket is concerned. KRASCHEL BANKING AUTHORITY Davenport Democrat: There is n o ' m a n better posted on Iowa affairs than Mr. Kraschel. That applies to both city and rural life. He is equally as well versed on financial matters as he is on details of the farm. Speaking: at Mason city several days ago Mr. Kraschel delved into finances and lauded the national and state administrations for banking reform legislation. He said public confidence in banking institutions is on a sounder basis than at any other time in American history. STEIWER SELECTION APPLAUDED Wisconsin State Journal: The selection of Senator Steiwer was a wise move, it will please most people west of the Alleghanies, and it will be particularly appreciated in the great middle arid northwest states which all observers believe will be pivotal in the 1936 presidential election. WHERE BIG CHECKS WENT Allison Tribune: Probably it couldn't be helped but at the same time it makes a small hog check look quite a lot smaller to a dirt farmer when he knows a New York garbage collector drew 5157,020 for the hogs he didn't raise. IOWA ISSUE IS TAXATION Algona Advance: The state issue in this campaign is taxation, but in the presence of an impending national battle it is getting little attention. The state democratic administration has frightfully bungled tax reduction and ought to be held to account. THOSE WHO OPPOSE PAYING TAX Titonka Topic: When a man gets too tired of paying taxes to support the government in which he lives and is protected, it is time for him to cash in and become a member of the past. EDITOR'S MAIL BAG FRANKLIN'S PROMISES OF 1932 "I'll cut expenses down one-fourth, give work to everybody, Repeal the prohibition laws so everyone gets toddy." Three years and more have passed and gone, with debts we're billions sicker, The only promise Franklin kept--he gave us back "com licker." M. J. DIXON Mason City SCRIPTURAL THOUGHT--For there Is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.--St. Mark 4:22. DAILY SCRAP BOOK . . . by Scott \\c, YEAR. 3OO YEARS WAS -FOR. FROM CoLOUY, RHODE 15LMD, OF WHICH HE WA5 FOUNDER, REPEALLED TfiE SUMMER^ OF 1880 JAMES A, CjARPIELD Or O H I O WAS A MEMBER OF E1.ECT ANt" REPUBLICAN" NOMINEE FOR. PRESIDENT" AU_ AT -fflE "SAME -flME- PER.CENT OF A CUCUMBER- IS WA-f£R PUERTO RICO ONCE tfAD STAMPS -- -ftlS ONt- SHOWS COLUMBUS ci LAMD IN 1493 FLIGHT OFTrlE BLUE f-2 BATS CAN FLY EVEK FfVSfER. COPYRIGHT 1936. CENTRAL PRESS ASSOCIATION DIET and HEALTH ly JLOGAS CLEXDEN1NG, M. J). TREATING REMAINS OF EPIDEMICS T HIS HAS BEEN a hard winter for sensitive throats, with several influenza epidemics, pneumonia epidemics and queer epidemics of sore throats that nobody can identify. And it would not be surprising if spring finds a good many people with residues of infection in the nose or throat. Perhaps that dragged out feeling is a little focus of this kind in a sinus or tonsil. Pharyngeal infections include any inflammation in the back of the throat, in front or behind the soft palate or on its surface. There is no particular germ which is certainly responsible for generalized pharyngeal inflammation, although the streptococcus is the most common. This is likely to produce a generalized, rather than a localized infection, with sore throat and feel, . ing of rawness and irritation. Or. Clendening The jmportanf . ^^ to do ^ to attempt to localize troubles of this kind with moist heat and a hypertonic substance. Irrigation and gargling should be done with very hot salt solution in water, using as much as half a gallon an hour. The irrigation is best done by allowing a tube to come down from a rubber bag or irrigating can, and leaning the head over a basin with the right side downward. Introduce the rubber tube into the back of the throat on the left side of the jaw, and let the hot salt solution play «ver the back of the throat and run out of the back of the mouth. Such treatment will not cause congestion, and will relieve the feeling of constriction or obstruction that may be present with these diffuse infections which follow influenza and the colds of the winter. QUESTIONS FROM READERS E. P.: "Is there any standard for visual requirement for safe automobile driving?" Answer: It is generally believed that it would not be necessary for the vision to be perfect. It is generally recorded as 20120. "A person to possess safe visual acuity for driving must have at least 20J40 vision in one eye with or without correction, and his other eye should not be less than 20)100. A person possessing only one eye should have a visual acuity of not less than 20J30 vision and a normal field. In case the applicant is totally blind in his right eye but has a vision of 20|40 in his left eye, with or without glasses, and a normal field, a restricted license for daylight driving only would come within safe limits. Where glasses are required to bring the vision up to 20140 in either or both eyes, a person should be required to wear them when driving. Color blindness, while a great handicap in city driving, should not necessarily be cause for rejection." The sad thing is many people are driving who are way below these minimal requirements. A physician told me recently that he had noticed in the paper that a patient of his had been arrested for the ninth violation of traffic Jaws, and he happened to know that this patient had a vision of only 20|200. TOMORROW MAY 3 By CLARK KUJNAIRD Notable Births--Edgar Wilson Howe, b. 1S53. writer and editor Sir Ronald Lindsay, b. 1877, British ambasador to the U. S Juliette Compton, Aline McMahon and Mary Astor, cinemactresses shy about telling their ages May S, 1493--A papal bull, issued by Alexander VI, divided all North and South America between two men, the kings of Portugal and Spain, without knowing that two new continents lay between the boundary lines he fixed to settle an argument between the sovereigns! May 3, 1881--President Abraham Lincoln called for 100,000 volunteers for three months, to put down rebellion. May 3, 1921--West Virginia became the first state to adopt a sales tax. May 3, 1932---A1 Brown, alias Capone, entered the federal penitentiary at Atlanta, to begin serving an 11 year sentence for income tax violation, the only charge upon which America's No. 1 murderer, bootlegger, white slaver, etc., could be convicted. May S, 1916--An official report Issued by the Belgian government fixed the number of buildings destroyed in the whole country by invaders as 43,198-at least half of them "set a fire by German armies under pretext of reprisals." EARLIER DAYS FHOM GLOBE-GAZETTE MUSS Thirty Years Ago-Miss Angie Dunham has returned from a few days' business trip to Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Spear left yesterday for Idaho where they will look after business for two weeks. Mrs. F. M. Ikenbery left yesterday for Huron, S. Dak., where she will join her husband for a few weeks' visit. W. M. Anderson, states attorney of a county in North Dakota, and a resident of Devil's Lake, N. Dak., is in the city for a visit with relatives. Ralph Stanbery is home from a short business and social visit with friends in Minneapolis. J. A. Batch of Dougherty was in the city on business yesterday. Twenty Years Ago-Mrs.'Charles B. Lewis returned last night to her home in Ottumwa following a five weeks' visit in the city with her parents, Judge and Mrs. A. H. Cummings. Allan F. Beck and Walter Walker are in Kittson county, Minn., -on a business trip. One hundred small goldfish have been placed in the fountain in Central park. They were obtained from the Muscatine waters. Sam Foster, Dean Glanville, Joe Konvalinka and Lymann Herrick, members of the Cerro Gordo gun club, left last night for Eagle Grove where they will enter a trap shoot. C. G. Hart left today for Chicago for a visit with relatives. Mrs. E. G. Dunn and two children have returned from a six weeks' visit with children at Henderson, Ky. Ten Years Ago-Postmaster George M. Woodruff returned today from a week's visit in Boone. Willis Patton has returned from a two weeks' trip to Philadelphia, Pa. FONDA--Mason City's track team romped away with the Big Four track title Saturday, collecting 32% points while the Fort Dodge team ran a poor second with 12. Mason City winners were Apland, 120 high hurdles; Stephens, mile run; C. Kellum, 220 low hurdles, and half mile relay. The Cerro Gordo grand jury will be recalled to consider the evidence collected by officers' in charge of the Burzette murder case. LONDON--Premier Baldwin today told the house of commons that as a result of the order for the general strike the government finds itself challenged by an alternative government. Dr. Wallace G. Skidmore. who is on an around the world tour, has arrived at Borneo, according to word received from him today. Vagrant Thoughts By LOB MALLOKY An Admixture of Recollection and Reverie by a Hampton Housewife Washing Dishes and at Her ntaer Duties. S PRING smokes curling here, there and everywhere . . . . J., said if he could be cocksure who poisoned his dog, he'd bust his nose and knock Ms teeth out . . . . T. S. Stribling, novelist, thinks politicians should be licensed to practice even as doctors, lawyers and realtors. Not bad, not bad . . . . Well, June brides are going to the "halter" this year garbed in delicate pink the color of mountain laurel. The style- setters say the new shade, called "azalea pink," gives a rosy glow to the face of the modern bride. Gosh, don't brides blush naturally anymore? . . . . Just about ready for a roll jelly cake around this ranch. And speaking of cake! Had a letter from a woman who lives way down in Frankfort, Ky., Route 2, and she likes the recipe for the chocolate cake. She saya that she works out tap steps while washing dishes, or plans costumes . . . . Tom Duncan of Des Moines, author of "O Chautauqua," has just completed his second novel. All scenes laid in Iowa . . . . Heard Mrs. Rob Roy Cerney of Mason City talk the other eve. She said we all made fools of ourselves during the World war years of 1914-1918 and I'LL SAY WE DID! . . . . The men entombed in the Nova Scotia mine for 10 days were seeking GOLD! Oh, the lure of it. What a wrecker of human happiness is this thing bewitched that we call GOLD . . . . The new tax bill now being threshed out in congress is some baby. I'll bet a nickel 16 Philadelphia lawyers couldn't figure it out in a month of Sundays. Whether we, the people, can understand it or not is neither here nor there. We've got this fiddling to pay for so what! Evidently the New Dealers are taking to heart the United States Supreme Court's remarks that the power to tax is the power to destroy. It's an ill wind and so forth and so on, so perhaps the public will wake up to the fact that politicians have been given unlimited power which they are abusing . . . . When in doubt what to have for supper ,, . 'have pancakes. rf^JKMMMil^iiS'iliMsM^ OBSERVING na IlKKE'S A DECALOG FOB OUB MOTORISTS M^ trust this paraphrasing of fgp^the decalog will not be re%Sg" garded as sacrilege. If it is, my defense will be that it's the work of an Episcopal bishop. The Rev. George Craig Stewart recently presented it in a talk before the Evanston, 111., safety council, as follows: 1. Thou Shalt keep 'safety first' ever before thee. 2. Thou shalt not make of thyself a dangerous nuisance, nor the Uke- ness of any one that grabbeth the road beside and the road ahead and eutteth in and out of the line. 3. Thou shalt not take the laws of the state in vain for the cop and the judge will not hold him guiltless that taketh the laws in vain. 4. Remember thy brakes and tires aud take curves'slowly. o. Honor the red lights and the green lights that thy days nuiy be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 6. Thou shalt not kill. 7. Thou shalt not stop abruptly. 8. Thou shalt not steal -- past a street car, loading and unloading. 9. Thou shall not flash big lights against thy neighbor. 10. Xhou shalt not shove-it, thy neighbor's car, nor his fenders, nor his bumpers, nor his locks, nor his glass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's. --o-SCHOOL-TEACHING HAS MOST WOMEN IN IT «Hgi^ was Interested to learn that ?Eg9» school teaching, from the *£*£* standpoint of the number engaged in it, is slightly more popular as an occupation, except housework, for women than stenography. Women school teachers in America, according to the last census, totaled 853,967; stenographers, 775,140. There were 288,737 trained nurses, 79,611 musicians and music teachers, 465,697 bookkeepers and cashiers. The greatest number of men is engaged in the manufacturing and mechanical industries. The number in 1930 was 12,224,345. The greatest number of women is engaged in domestic and personal service. The number in 1930 was 3,180,250. --o-"EXCUSES ARE MERELY FAILURE CONFESSION" jjggv recommend to those who are sfnfs handicapped by physical in- ***· firmity a reading of this editorial, titled "Alibis," rrom the pen of E. P. Chase of the Atlantic News- Telegraph, winner of the last Pulitzer prize given for America's best editorial of the year: "Homer could have squatted in the dust at the gates of Athens. The rich would have pitied him and tossed gold into his cap. He, like Milton, and Prescott, the historian, had the best of alibis. He was blind. "Demosthenes, greatest of all great orators who could have blamed him for waiving his ambition and settling comfortably in Attica on the remains of "his father's fortune? For faib'ng in statesmanship and oratory he had a triple alibi. His lungs were weak, he had a harsh, unmusical voice, and he stuttered. "Julius Caesar, first general, statesman and historian of his age, had an alibi for leisure and indifferent effort. He was an epileptic. "Beethoven, the ultimate genius of the classical school of music, beyond whose creations, as Wagner said, instrumental music can never go, became stone-deaf before middle life, and never heard, except by the inward ear, his own great symphonies. Here surely was an alibi. "Pope was a hunchback. Carlyle had chronic indigestion and melancholia. Robert Louis Stevenson was a consumptive and wrote most of his books in bed. Daniel Webster was too timid to recite in school. Booker T. Washington was a Negro and a pauper. E. H. Harriman, at the time of his greatest battles and achievements, was a physical invalid. Alibis galore, but never used never thought! "The road to great achievement ia peopled with cringing alibis, whining, winking, enticing, whispering of easier bypaths, tempting by their insidious allurements to divert the traveler from his objective, and promising to excuse his failure. " 'Excuses,' says Israel Zangwill, 'are a confession of failure.'" TO BE LIKEU, YOU MUST LIKE OTHEKS aSSsv am interested in Robert 5||Si Quillen's view that almost *^*r anybody of ordinary intelligence can be popular. All you have to do, he explains, "is to like people." "Did you ever see a charming person with cold and unfriendly eye?" he inquires. "I am sure you haven't. Those who seem charming are the ones who seem to like you. "As a general rule, you will find people willing to meet you half way and treat you as well as you treat them. They are willing to like you if you give no offense, and thus you begin with the seed of popularity already planted. All you need do is encourage it a little bit and let it develop by natural processes. "Most people spoil things by talking too much. In thoughtless conversation with one friend, they make rather catty remarks about another. And the person talked about eventually hears what was said and feels hurt. It may not make an enemy of him, but he never again will believe that you like him and never again will like you. · That ends your popularity So far as he is concerned. "Everybody wishes to be liked. And most people will repay you generously if you like them and prove it by not making nasty cracks about them." Answers to Questions By FREDERIC ·!. HASKly I'I.EASK. NOTE--A rullik'r ciut set the answer to any question of fact by wlthrR the Mason City Globe-Gazette's Information Bureau, Frederic J.'Hasbln, Director, Washington, D. C. Please send three (3) cents postage tor reply. Where in the Atlantic ocean is the tide highest? C. H. In the- world as a whole in Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, where a mean range of 42 feet and a spring range of 45 feet have been reported. What is the weight of a baby elephant at birth? U. Z. Average of elephant calves at birth is 160 to 200 pounds. Young elephants mature slowly and do not gain much in weight during the first week. They live entirely on milk for several months. How is artificial wood made from sawdust? J. K. The following formula was patented in France: Sawdust 33 per cent; paper waste 20 per cent; casein glue 22 per cent; limestone or ·chalk 10 per cent; water 15 per cent. The proportions are varied somewhat with the type of product. The ingredients are ground together to make a uniform 'mixture, then moulded and dried. The board can be reinforced by placing pieces of wood in the mold. What are the most popular subjects for discussion in educational forums? E. L. For 1935, most popular were the international situation, economic recovery, fascism and war, new deal legislation, and liberty and democracy. Is much radio equipment manufactured here used abroad ? E. L. In 1935 more than 525,000,000 worth of radio apparatus was exported from U. S. Is there an Isle of Capri ? B. F. Capri is an island in the Mediterranean, at the entrance of the Bay of Naples. It is 21 miles south of Naples and has an area of 5% square miles and a population of 6,300. On the island are ruins of Roman baths and aqueducts, and ot the 12 grand villas built by the Emperor Tiberius. To the west of the town of Capri is the Blue Grotto, a cavern entered from the sea, one of the most renowned tourist resorts in the Neopolitan area. Has water been discovered lately in Death valley? E. J. A newly found spring-, half a mile from Telescope Peak trail in Death Valley National Monument, yields a flow of 20 gallons of water a minute. When were polar air. expeditions first thought of? K. M. Thomas F. Madigan has in his collection a letter written by Citizen Genet, first minister of the French republic to the United States. The date of the communication is Albany, Jan. 15, 1826, and he proposed therein "the construction of an aerial vessel or aeronaut, by the- means of which our fellow citizens could in a very short time and very conveniently explore the polar circles." Where is Old Ironsides now? T. T. Stationed at the Marine museum of the City of New York. Is Hopewell, the town created during the World war, still in existence? F. D. Hopewell, Va., was built during the war to manufacture explosives. It has developed into a thriving industrial center. It has a population of 11,327, and is located in Prince George county on the James river, 18 miles south of Richmond. Manufacturing includes potteries, paper, box board, cellulose, silk, nitrates, rayon and wood products. ' Is Peabody conservatory or music in Baltimore an endowed institution? F. H. It is a portion of the foundation established in 1868 by George Peabody and is the oldest endowed institution of its kind. What are the plaques called which were put on colonial houses to show that they were insured in case of tire? G. C. Fire marks. A Song for Every Occasion One of America's favorite songs was written in Ireland more than 125 years ago. Another was composed in London by Robert Burns, before the American revolution. "The Last Rose of Summer," and "Comin 1 Thro' the Rye," are but two of the old favorites collected in "Everybody's Song Book." This popular home service book, available only through our Washington information bureau, carries 205 famous American favorites, complete with words and music. Enclose 20 cents to cover cost, handling and postage. Use coupon. The Mason City Globe-Gazette Information bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, director, Washington, D. C. I enclose 20 cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for "Everybody's Song Book." Name Street City State (Mail to Washington, D. C.) i t t

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