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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE *n A. ». LEC NtWBPAl"tK Issued Every Week Day by the MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE COMPANY 121-123 Eut SHU Street Telephone No. 3300 Elfored M s«cond-cU5» matter April 17. 1930, «t the post- attic* at Mason City, lowi, under the act of Marcb 3. 1879. LEE P. LOOMIS - - - - - Publisher / \V. EARL HALL Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER - Advertising Manager MffjipfH ASSOCIATED PRESS _ The Associated Press U exclusively entitled to the use (or republlcatlon of aU news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited in this paper «nd also the local Dtwc published herein. FULL i.»AMcn WIRE SERVICE BY UNITED PRESS MEMBER IOWA OAH.K PBESS ASSOCIATION, with Des MotaB n«w« and ouilneu oMices at «5 Shops Baiidir.s. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Ma*on dty »nJ Clear Lake, Mason City and Clear Lake. bythej'Ur S10.00 bytheweek s 3tt OUTSIDE MASON CITY AND CLEAR LAKE AND WITHIN 1 tOO MILU OF MASON C1TV ASD OUTSIDE OF THE CABKICB OISTklCTS OF MASON C1T1 i- CLEAR LAKE SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1943 LOOK OUT- 6ELOW "The Devil's Advocate" Ftryemr by carrier.,-310,00 Per weefc by carrier. .* .20 F**;Mibyio*li s 6.00 By mall 6 months. -S-V25 By mail 3 months. -SI.15 By malil motiLb..,J .60 OUTB1OE 100 MILE ZONE Per yr. 110.00 6 monttts J5.50 3 months W.OO .1 month SL.OO A Form Friend Drops In A MITCHELL, COUNTY farmer not given to "viewing with alarm" dropped in oh the editor one day recently and expressed grave concern whether American agriculture would be able to reach the food goals set for it out of Washington this year UNLESS. And the UNLESS mentioned by him covered a number of important items. First of all, he contended, there is going to have to be an immediate, intelligent study of the nation's labor problem, supplemented by a determination on the part of the government to take such drastic steps as are suggested by that study. ' ; "I'm not greatly alarmed by what the draft has done to us," our farmer friead stated. "The real havoc has been wrought by the so-called war -industries. For each farm laborer drawn into the fighting forces, two and a half farm laborers have been attracted to ship-building and munitions plants." It is to this latter problem, it was argued, that the man-power study must be principally addressed. "There is evidence," he added, "that in many instances the so-called war industries have more men on the payroll than can be used to advantage. To a farmer the idea of a 40-hour, or even a 48-hour, week is .ridiculous. Imagine a farmer holding to five 8-hour days a week!" Why have farm laborers been drawn to the War industries in such great numbers? "Better working conditions to some extent, . but mostly the greatly increased pay," our farmer friend replied. Some method, he insisted, must be found to screen back to .the farm these trained farm workers who have gone ot the war industries. This can be accomplished by (1) summarily ordering them back, on. a wartime conscription basis, or (2) by making it -possible for farm employers to pay wages comparable with those en- vjoyed in~the war industries. Here our friend hinted at a more favorable' definition of "parity" than has been provided up to this time for agriculture. The- alternative would be subsidization, which he insisted is the going plan so far as the war industries are concerned. Important help can be had through the cooperation of schools in both training and in freeing youngsters to. do their part in the food-production program, it was suggested. This alone, however, wEl not solve the problem. The recently announced allocation of farm Implements leaves much to be desired, our friend observed. The total is much too small, he said, and the setup for getting the available machinery to places where it is most needed has not been intelligently worked out. Again, this is not the full solution of the problem. "If food production," he remarked in leaving, "is the vital necessity we are told it is in winning both the war and the peace, those charged witH the job are entitled to a better break than we're getting up to this time." As we said at the outset, this story came to us from one of the most solid and substantial farmers known to us--a man who isn't given to seeing things under the bed. For Longer Terms ipHE PROPOSAL now before the Iowa state ·*· legislature to raise the term of county officers from two up to four years is definitely in the direction of good sense and good business. Under the present plan life for a county officer is one long campaign for re-election. There is of necessity too much of a diversion from the task of administration to that of building political fences. In state government the terms of members of the supreme court have been placed at six years and the term for the state superintendent of public instruction has been made four years. The arguments which were valid in arriving at these decisions in the area of state government are equally applicable to the field of county government, it would seem to us. By almost unanimous vote, the senate has given approval to the bill for extending the tenure of county officers. It is to be hoped that the hou*e will follow suit. The only plausible reason for not taking such action now would be that the measure doesn't go the whole way. It doesn't Include a longer tenure for state officers, and surely the arguments for this step are as many and persuasive as for lengthening terms for county officers. s * * Distinguished Journalist *pHE death of no other Iowa journalist would * bring such universal sadness as has followed on the news this week of the passing of Elmer E Taylor ot the Traer Star-Clipper, In a .non-county seat community ot 1,500, by sheer weight of vision and enterprise, Mr. Taylor developed a newspaper which on four occasions was adjudged the finest in America. Here's Iowa's one best story of the world beating a path to the door of the man with the superior mousetrap. Here was a modest lowan worthy of a Boswell. Elmer Taylor lived long and wrought well. It is well that he leaves sons amply qualified to hold high the torch he lifted during his distinguished journalistic career. Among the nation's foremost optimists is the fellow who thinks he would profit personally from an era of unrestrained inflation. * * * It would require a precision instrument to measure the contribution made by Harry Hopkins to that North Africa conference. * * * The average American, we believe, would rather pay for an expensive peace than for another war a generation hence. * * * Hitler has learned by experience that when Franklin and Winston get together, it's always bad news for Adolf. * * * Remember when a lot of Americans thought, that paying the soldiers' bonus would bankrupt the country? i* * * About the most 'defenders of Edward J. Flynn are saying is that he isn't as bad as he appears to be. « * * Drawing Marshal Goering thinner in cartoons has been suggested as one way to save precious zinc. * * * At this time it's permissible to observe that nylon stockings are on their last leg. PROS and GONS Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges The Infantry Is Still Needed Fairmont, Minn., Sentinel: War in the air is accomplishing something. That no one will deny. But it is falling far, far short of its advance press notices. Even the most ardent are beginning to doubt this war being won in the air, though none doubt it will help. So far the best air job reported was done by the Japs at Pearl Harbor. Hard-headed military strategists are- working on plans for wresting final victory by foot troops on the ground. Look at the battle of Russia--the greatest fighting in all time. It's down to earth. China Deserves More Help Than She's Received Daily lowan: It is our opinion that China has never been given the aid that she justly deserves. And it is our hope that the day will soon come when China is furnished the material and moral support that she humbly requests and so vitally needs, that the administration will soon awake to the realization that battles cannot be won with promises. Roosevelt's Wartime Appointments Estherville News: The quality of the Roosevelt appointments has been a subject of warranted 'criticism throughout his term of office. It obviously is Mr. Roosevelt's policy not to forget a political friend wheu there is an opportunity to reward him with an appointment, and good government has suffered. What Would Grandmother Say? Osage News: What would your grandmother think if she read one of the large baking company's advertisements today, telling her how to slice bread? An advertisement stated, "Don't bear down on your knife . . . use a gentle sawing motion. Train your eye on the exact point you're trying to cut.'' ·· ' Flan Tour Victory Garden Early Sioux City Journal: Persons who have victory gradens this year will .be many jumps ahead of those who do not have them, and while planting time will not come for some months it might help if the planning were done now. If We've Gone Paternalistic Council Bluffs Nonpareil: If the young men and women of this generation expect the government to take care of them from the cradle to grave, the United States is finished, regardless of the outcome of the war. V. S. Really Becomes World's Breadbasket Newton News: It is becoming more and more apparent that talk about the United States being the breadbasket of the world is no mere chamber of commerce slogan. It is becoming a very grim fact. Will the "M" Stand for Mud? Waterloo Courier: Prenties M. Brown has been named to the unpopular post of price administrator. We hope that "M" doesn't become "Hud" in the public mind. Germany Hasn't Yet Cracked Muscatine Journal: The struggle to push the axis out of North Africa has been going on long enough to justify the warnings that Germany has not cracked.' Fay as You Go Tax Plan Easiest Clear Lake Reporter: Some of these days, not far hence we hope, we will pay federal tax on the pay-as-you-go plan. This is the easiest method. / But It's Too lUuch to Expect Davenport Democrat: It will be a great-day for Junior if the government ever calls upon the citizenry to turn in its snow shovels for the metal in 'cm. Harder on Axis Than on'Us Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: The hundred billion budget may be hard on us, but what it will buy will be a lot harder on the axis. Nobody Has Whipped the Teacher Yet Hannibal, Mo., Courier-Post: Joe Louis is instructing soldiers in boxing, and at last reports no one had licked the teacher. · Editorial of the Day 1943--HOW HARD WILL IT BE? Hai-low Amundson in Ringsted Dispatch rpHE BEGINNING of 1B43 presents most Ameri- ·*· cans with problems that they never expected to face. What with war all over the face of the globe, and with millions of our young men involved in the fray, there has become necessary some restrictions upon the rights of the average American to do as he pleased. Businessmen will face "hardships" says one commercial forecast which, by the way, did not remark upon the hardships and dangers to be endured by our fighting men. Housewives will be unable to buy all the food that they can pay for, or charge at the grocery and this will be terrible despite the fact that we will continue to be the world's best-fed people. Adults and children will have to forego the use of the family automobile, occasionally, · in order that ships and tanks get 'fuel for use in battle. However, none of them will wish to swap rides with soldiers or sailors. Even so, the year may prove pretty good to the American people. If it does not bring them victory in one of their wars, it will probably give them positive proof that it is around the corner in both conflicts. With such encouragement we can put up with inconveniences, discomforts and sacrifices and we ought to do so cheerfully, loyally and with stout hearts. EYE® OBSERVING REMEMBER? From Globe-Gazette Files FORTY YEARS AGO The high school boys have organized a high school team, strictly high school scholars, and are circulating a petition tor the purpose of obtaining money for the purpose of purchasing suits lor the players. Everyone should contribute a sum if possible and help the boys along. Professor Stives and Professor Breadsley have the project in charge and al! money received by these gentlemen will be^cheerfully accepted and rightfully placed. THIRTY YEAKS AGO Lyle F. Kirk, formerly of Mason City and now secretary of the Fox Rivers Dyers and Cleaners company of Aurora, was elected vice president of the state dyers and cleaners association, which held its annual meeting at Hotel LaSalle, Chicago, last week. His friends here will bo pleased to hear of Lyle's pi-ogress, but hope that he will sometime return to us. Lyle still owns his home on River Heights and says that Mason City always looks good to him. TWENTY YEARS AGO The · Rotafians were reminded that this was McKinley day at their luncheon when each of the members found at his plate a carnation, the gift of Rotarian Goodman. George Dyrc Eldridge of Boston, consulting actuary in life insurance, was the guest and speaker, and gave a delightful halt hour talk on the romanticism of life insurance. Miss Eleanor Barnes who has been visiting friends in the city returned to her home in Globe. V.'yo., Sunday. TEN YEARS AGO Mrs. Loretta Bitley of Elma has left for her home after a two weeks visit with her sister, Mrs. J. C. McGourty, 619 Jersey avenue southeast. She was accompanied home by another sister, Miss "Stella Glennon, who will be her guest for two weeks. . ABOUT BOOKS By John Selby, Two books for winter consumption-- «JI/JOUNT ALLEGRO" is the story of a group *»* of Sicilians (and a great many of their friends) in the melting pot. Jerre Mangione is the author--it is Mr. Mangione's thesis that the brew in the pot is on the whole a good one. You will not much doubt him when you finish his book. The center of it all is little Gerry's father and two uncles, and you can figure out who Gerry would be without much difficulty. These were a kind of unholy three who delighted in good company, in somewhat rakish stories, in pretty legs and such things. Pappa Peppino furnished the eats, Uncle Luigi was the great experimenter, and Uncle Nino was scholarly enough to write beautiful love letters to likely widows for Uncle Luigi. Uncle Luigi was my favorite--he had come from Italy, where there was only one church, and when he found hundreds of denominations in this country he went wild with delight. He tried the Baptists first, and later joined innumerable others. It became a kind of passion with him and he loved it. There is more than a huge amount of fun in "Mount Allegro," however. There is a first rate study of the process by which the United States - absorbs its aliens, and there are some illustrations by Peggy Bacon which you will like very much it you happen to be fond of Miss Bacon's style. (Houghton Mifflin; $2.50). June Wctherell's "But that Was Yesterday" is a triangle novel with a slight difference. Jinx Ferris is the heroine, and she has carried about with her for many years the suspicion that she married the wrong man. Her husband is Stephen, and he is quiet, a man of the mind. He becomes something else when Mike Logan turns up again --Mike being the lover of college days who has dashed away to become a war correspondent and distressingly famous. In college days Jinx and Mike had been very unconventional--I think that's the term. Now Jinx was worried by the fear that her old lover had lost his old tempestuous qualities somewhere along the road of success, and that if he had not, she herself might not be able to stick to her prosy, peaceful life. You read on from here-(Dutton; $2.50). GOOD HEALTH By Logon Ciendening, M. D. ADVANCES IN TREATMENT /·VN THIS OCCASION which corresponds to the v president's annual celebration, which he very properly and intelligently dedicates to a thought about the disease of infantile paralysis, this column takes the opportunity to discuss the progress in the treatment of this condition. Unquestionably all interest has been centered upon the Kenny treatment, which consists in reeducation of the paralyzed muscles--in the first . stage the use of hot water packs or towels over the paralyzed : muscles and in a. later stage, j commanding the patient to use muscles that are paralyzed. All ' credit must be given to Miss Elizabeth Kenny, "who is a [ nurse--not a doctor--and who has convinced the medical professions of North America and Great Britain that it is possible I to rehabilitate muscle groups by external heat and voluntary ! control by command. .The process of such re-education in the poliomyelitis vic- Dr. Clendeninr tim is not easy. Not minutes, but hours and days and weeks are spent in teaching the patient to move one little muscle of the hand, or of the foot, or of the arm or of the leg. The teacher must be patient beyond all human conception of patience; the victim also must be helpful. But one day both teacher and pupil find that the muscle they have been working on does really work. And then patience is replaced by enthusiasm. From that point onward they can work together and accomplish the results that are seen in every .Kenny clinid. Even the most hard-boiled of my colleagues have been convinced that method holds out hope for great success. I have been interested in one little chap myself since a year and one-half ago. He has regained the use of muscle groups that I would have been prepared to swear would never be useful again. All this indicates a fundamental principle of medical practice, which is that medical advance does not occur in a minute. The medical profession is not prepared to state, as soon as one new treatment is suggested, that it is universally successful. We have been fooled too often; there have been too many sensational new treatments which have proved all too often to be disappointing. But the Kenny method of treatment of infantile paralysis appears to have stood the test of time, and while it does not make revolutionary changes in the patient, it can be recommended both in the acute and the residual stages for anyone who is doubtful about trying it. Not only in the field of treatment, but in our knowledge of the transmission of the disease from one person to another progress is being made. I have a deep conviction that owing to the stimulus of our president's condition and his intelligent interest in research along this line, we are on the verge ot great developments. Questions and Answers J. E. N.--How do you think sex is determined? Is it due to the fact that one or the other parent has the most blood? Do you have any" good exercises to take after childbirth to reduce the abdomen? Answer--According to the best scientific advice we have, sex is determined by the father's reproductive cells and there is no known way to influence whether the female ceil will be fertilized by a male-bearing or a female-bearing male cell. Bending exercises and lying on the back and raising the legs with the knees stiff are both calisthenics which will strengthen the abdominal muscles. Rebuttal on Colds : honestly didn't think there could be any more innocent activity than passing along a set of rules for dealing with the common cold. But I hadn't reckoned with Major A. M. ·Nelson of the Fairmont, Minn., Sentinel, a rugged individual who sees the world about him in whites and blacks--never in grays. Deemer Lee of the Estherville News took time out from his busy life the other day to prepare a sort of boxscore for this one-sided debate, as follows: "Mr. Eye--Protect yourself from direct contact with others having a cold. If you have a cold, wear a gauze mask over nose and mouth. Mr. Nelson--The first sentence is good and sound horse sense. The second one is horse feathers . . . only way to catch cold is through direct infection from another person who has that affliction. Mr. Eye--Dress warmly and · avoid extended exposure to cold and dampness. Mr. Nelson-- . . . nothing at all to do with catching cold. Far better to shiver a bit now. and then than to coddle one's self by bundling up. Mr. Eye--Maintain organic vigor through sensible exercises. Don't exercise to the point of exhaustion. Mr. Nelson -- Good, sensible, general health advice, but wholly unrelated to catching cold. Mr. Eye--Fruit juices, particularly fresh citrus fruits, help main-' tain your alkaline reserve. Mr. Nelson--No cold connection whatever, but isn't "alkaline reserve" a dandy? . . . it does sell oranges. Mr. Eye--Fresh fruits and vegetables help supply . your system with needed resistance--giving vitamins. Mr. Nelson--More baloney . . . well to eat them . . . but don't expect this kind of foddering to keep colds away. Mr. Eye--Don't try to "break" or "sweat out" a cold by strenuous exercise. Mr. Nelson--Don't try that with . . . any. illness unless it is that stupid and disgraceful condition called constipation. Mr. Eye--Get plenty of rest and sleep. Mr. Nelson--Always good advice but if you sleep with a person who has a cold you'll get one too. All intelligent people sleep alone. "All doctors will want to get several copies ot this so they'll know about colds, too," Mr. Lee concluded. SflVE MANPOWER HIK ttAHPOWER Wedded 68 Years : "noticed in a recent issue of t h e Globe-Gazette," writes Mrs. L. Tosel of Mason City, "recognition was given for a 66th wedding anniversary and I wanted to tell you my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Parson, who live east of town, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last November. On account of ill health, no celebration was held." --V--.The -- lOAVS BOUQUE To THE MASON CITY WOMEN'S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA --for the effort put forth these past few weeks in preparing an extremely interesting evening of music for a high school auditorium audience Monday night. With Miss Marjorie B. Smith directing and Mrs. B. Raymond Weston as fea-- tured soloist, this unique organization--unique for a community Mason City's size--will appear as one of the North Iowa Concert league's ' series of winter music programs. My recollection of past performances by this group causes me to .predict that no other attraction of the series will be more thoroughly enjoyable. Music lovers most assuredly should have Monday night. Feb. I, saved out for a "must" engagement. DID YOU KNOW? By Frederic J. Haskm tntTOR-S NOTE; For to mnswer t« /··njr Qaeflt!«n «f rtci write "Kutm City Glob«-aitU* lerornutleB 8 D r * * n. Frederic J. Qiakfo. Director. JTustilnf- toiu D C. H Fir*** send 3 ectilk DQsUc* for reply. Lantern Light Lyrics By Ray Murray of Buffalo Center PARTIALLY RIGHT A man should be his own best judge And though his ways be trite, Yet, when he thinks he is a wit He is about half right Please explain the use of the word museum. V. M. Its Greek meaning is a temple of the Muses. It could be applied metaphorically to any p l a c e where literature and the arts were cultivated, and its most famous use in antiquity was as the title of the Museum of Alexandria, founded and endowed by Alexander as a great library and home for scholars and,for literary study. I have a tablecloth made of "crass linen" and would like to know what kind of material this is. R. H. "Grass linen" is more correctly called ramie. This fiber comes from an Asiatic plant commercially cultivated in China and Japan. Fabrics made of ramie have many of the properties of linen but are usually thinner. Is it a good idea to sprinkle coal for home use? C. D. Most grades of soft coal burn a little better when slightly moistened.- Kindly inform me from what poem the following lines were taken, "Ships that pass in the night, And speak to each other In passing." C. C. These lines are from Longfellow's "Tales of a Wayside Inn," The Theologian's Tale: Elizabeth,' Part TV. Please tell me who played the title role in the silent picture"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." John Barrymore. I am a British subject smd have my first papers. Will I be taken In the draft? B. E. Declarant aliens are required to register for the draft and may be required to serve. Why do soldiers often refer to their superiors as "brass hats?" II. R. The term originated in the British army where it was used to refer to generals or staff officers from the ornamental sold braid on their caps. Which sUtes require the dim- mini of llrhts by automobile operators when driving on the highway? B. D. All states require the dimming of lights excepting Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Texas and West Virginia. Has any member of congress been disqualified because of not beinr a cltlien? W. A. Albert Gallatin of Pennsylvania, elected in 1798 and James Shields of Illinois, elected in 1849 were disqualified because of insufficient citizenship. When were diamonds first discovered? R. F. Diamonds have been known from early times--probably first in India. How '-ong docs a colony of beavers exist? D. N. A colony of beavers may persist for centuries. Was the Suez Canal attacked in the first World war? S. M. ° ' : An attack on the Suez Canal took place Feb. 2 and 3, 1915. . ' Is there any, animal in the United States touch carries its young in a pouch after birth as the kangaroo does? B. X. The tiny baby opossums, about % inch in length, are placed by the mother in a pouch on her abdomen. ( What is the Indian pipe of peace called? R. M. The calumet. Who took the leading parts in the motion picture "Wtais?" Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper. Has any president except President Hoover come from a state west of the Mississippi river? I. X. Zachary Taylor came f r o m Louisiana. Does the prohibition ariiust trouser cuffs result in ranch »av- inffS? S. P. The cuffs from 21 men's suits save wool eimugh for one uniform. Is I! Duce, as applied to Mussolini, an official title? A. L. This title meaning The Leader was given Mussolini as a tribute to his ability. It is not official. How deep can a submarine submerge? A. P. A submarine may submerge to a depth of 300 feet and many can submerge 900 feet. Please describe Alexander Hamilton. N. H. Alexander Hamilton was 5 feet, 7 inches tall, slender, erect, quick and energetic. He had a clear ruddy complexion, reddish brown hair and blue eyes. t FOLLOW THE WAR NEWS FROM AFRICA WITH A GOOD MAP Africa is one of the major continents of the world. It is an active news center, with the warring nations trying to protecl their interests or usurp the ri"hl« of others there. What do you know of this continent--enough to understand the news dispatcher from there? If not, send for your copy of our MAP OF AFRICA in full color, 21 by 28 inches in size Reverse side carries a vast amount of statistics of wide interest. Send for your copy of this map today Only ten cents postpaid. Use This Coupon The Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, Director Washington, D. C. I enclose herewith 10 cents in 1 coin (carefully wrapped in OF AFRICA. C ° Py ° £ ^ AIAP Name Street or Rural Route......... City State (Mail to Washington, D. C.)

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