The Iola Register from Iola, Kansas on March 19, 1929 · Page 4
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Iola, Kansas
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Tuesday, March 19, 1929
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lOLA DAILY CHAB. F. SCOTT . Iota PMtofflM M Clau Hatter. TaKphen* .11 (FrfvkU-Brench Eschangi CoHMOtlBg : All DepartinentK) T SUBSCRIPTION RKTBS^ By'Carrier m loto. QM City, l«Haip« ; and Boiactt. _ Onr Veck ,,; 15 Centa Out Tetf • ,....t1.tO • MAIL butalda.Allan County On^Tear ; «•«» SttiMonMu ...i !?•»« ..SLtO • I On«, Tea'r. J Six'^ Months: ,ThMe Monti . On« MOiith' ->- Allen County ^ t !.00 S 11 .26 . • ,.50c National Editorial Ataoclatlen. ICtnsaK Press Association. Tiie Kansas Dally League. A^dit! of Circulation. Pi«ss Congress of the Worid.. MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS TSe Re^stcr carries the*.A»soclated PrcLS rehort by special leased wire. ^ Th«A8socfated Press is exclusively, en- •titled'to:the use for republication 'oi all news;dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited In this paper. : and'also the local news published herein. i\ll rlBtts or republication of spe­ cial'dis'patch>-s h.jreln are also reserved. BIU> STATE BOOKKEEPIKG. Ii5 the-Sunday Kansas City Journal;: apiJears an article by W. G. Cluyston^ the journals Topeka rc- poner,. wliich sliould have the at- teriMon Of. every thoughtful citizen of. Kansas, and particularly the attention of the' Governor and the othcx State officials of Kansas. ;Mr. Ci'ugston estimates that the app^-oprlations made ' by the late < Legijslatiire, including enabling acts, ' -Will require the State to raise not lessUhatt $58.'e0fl,000 dnrtfig the next two:yeari,-^.000,000 a year. These c ;rt :iinljr^ are startling figures whe^. il! is ^recahed that 110 longer ago thah • llipo the .total revenue the State rcr ceiv)>d a^d (lisbursed through the ^mraMevenue fund*amounted to only $I,M0,J66.96. In tills connection ' Mr.j'Clug^ton calls attention to the fact thai In 1900 there were virtually no-fees or special taxes going Jfito the general revenue fund, whereas in 19i28 the State collected such fec4 and \spcclal taxes to the totft> amount of more than |20.000,000. And'then follows this remarkable statement: " !"'Slnce'the spefiialtax and fee systems have becopie popular there has : been no established rule for • .s6n «i}ng ,tjie funds collected through the ^ffic(^ of the auditor and treasurer; Some of the fees and special taxe^ go ; into the general revenue : fiirid an*.are. included in the general, appropriations but most of them do Slot." I It'certainly will be a revelation to the average unofficial citizen to dis- covef^that a huge amount of Imoney (Mr.vClugSton estimates it at around $17.opo,poo' a ye&r) is collected eveiy yearifrom the people which Is vir- tual]|r unaccounted f6r. At least it is riot- iiccoijnted for where by every rule of gopd adi^nistration It ought to ^j! accbuntedv for—on the boojcs of thJf auditor and treasurer. So jiar as we know there has been no siispicibn", at least there has been no charge, that any part of the , $17,t}ji0,0D0la yeaf.thus collected and, dirbj^j-sed joutside the offices of thi -a.udi(|ir and treasurer has been di- %'erte.d to dishonest purpose. But certf^y if there had been delib- erate^lntejition on tlie part of one or m^re l^tate officials to frame up ; a 5y *iem^ under whidi graft would be csjisy a^d discovery of. graft difficult nothing better could have been :dcvl«ed than that which now prevails, ijcre' are special fees and taxes-jtliit apparently are never paid to nof disbursed by the State Treasurer nor checked by the State Auditor, bjit on the other hand are paid to sc^ral different officials or their . deputies' and disbursed from the office; in which- they arc received. Could^ there be a worse system thah that?. Wlthouf assuming dishonesty on the part of anybody, is It not Inevitable thal^ such a system should Ipad io extravagant expenditures? ' Is itinot entirely likely .that this ;. sj-stcm is responsible for the startling f^ctUhat the cost of State gov- crnmcht in -Kansas had grown from - less than $2,000,000 in 1900 to more than $25,000,000 in 1928. while there ^ has been a very small increase in the papulation 6f the State? One thing-it has certainly led to is a s|stehif of bookkeeping So involved and intricate and a practice of making legislative appropriations with so many angles that according' to Mr., ciugston It is.impossiWe to tell at thcf end of a legislative session just h(iw much money has been ap- proprlfited. . In this connection Mr. Clugston .calls aitentjon to- a most repreheri- . sible practice oh ilie part of the Legislature,^ and'tliat is the practice of rie-^1»propriating unexpended bal; ances and of permitting departments ; which";have obtahied money for a 'speciific purpose to transfer this money to their contingent fund.' The last legislature even went to the extent "of transferring money from onelfirad to another. One result .of these practices Is to make It appear - that appropriations are less than thpy'actually are, thus deceiving the people-in a very vital matter. As one lUustralion of the way this Is worked Mr.-CKigston cites the fact that in the oil royalty fund there was a total oi $146,9t7.26. This money-was ° transferred to the appropriations for thp support of the State insti­ tution-at-WinfieM. In like manner • siim of same IW^OOO whlcb' fa«l •chmiulstiirt inm Out openltion of tbe donnitortes it the State jocbooU . trsnsferxed to mMdra I sad tealntenance. with the result I Out tbe total appropriations ,were made to appear to be some $200,000 less than they acttial}y were. ' ' As a necessary consequence of having the vast sum of $17,000,000 a yeiu-.'liandled outside the treasurer's office It follo\ra that a large proportion of the Job holders on the State pay roll are paid from'fundj which do not go through the general revenue fund at all and thus do not come, out of the $19,000,000 ^hich' we are told comprise all the State's expenses. The grain inspection -departmdnt, the hotel commissioner's: office, lie fire m^rsUal's office, the blue iky department, the state highway coin- mission, tbe state building iand loan department and many t^her departments are maintained from revenues which do not go Into the gen-' eral funds and arc ilot included in the general governmental costs as they often are considered. The whole system Is as bad as it can be, tttprly intolerable from any angle of good government and hon(Est accounting. It should go without sayhig that every cent of the revenue that comes to the State from any source should be shown on the books of the State Treasurer, and that every; cent drawn from the State's treasiuy should also appear on the books of the Treasurer. It should go without-saying that the books of the State should be so kept that when the legislative session is adjourned it would T>e possible to state to a cent just the total sum pf the appropriations. It should go without saying that anyone seeking to know 1 the total revienue of the State should be able to find it in one office, and should, not have to scftrch the books of half a dozen dc- partments; Govemor Reed has been engaged 'as a private citizen in a business I which assumed a knowledge of clear , and accurate accounting. Here is an opportunity forlilm to apply to the benefit of the State the expert kiiowledge he doubtless possesses. It may be that the present laws would not permit him to make the reforms out of hand wliich arc obviously needed. But he certainly ought to be able when the Le^laturc next i meets to submit recommendations to it which would clear up a situa tioh which ought not to be allowed to (conthiuc a day longer than it-will take to change It. alwn tew WBtm of bli depute nwDt, and after leadliif. tbe aM*e, I eannot entoelve wbm anyone eaa let a: different view, notvith- •Uadbf tbe optnions of Mr. Hobart and iir. n ^ttiea. If graft or eroolt- to diaoiBvered why not bave tbe guilty party removed? Tbe people should be the judge in the matter when tbey elect a man to the ofBce of ptibUc utility commissioner The railroads of America handled more than 800,000,000 passengers last year with one fatality by accident for each 10,000,000 passengers. Twenty years ago there were six times as many, the decrease Statement of Platform Mr. Ilrcox Makes .StalrmcnC After rending the statement by , .Mayor Hobart, Mr. Hecox changed testifying to the efficacy of the n^n^ about having nothing to Safety First" campaigns the railroads have been carrying on. TAIL LIGHTS FOR ALL. Parsons Sun: One fai-mcr with a load of com and another with a load of cobs were peacefuUyj pursuing thch- way on the concrete road south of Ottawa late Thursday evening. Coming from the south was an automobile with bright headlights and from the north ^ big bus of the Rapid Transit line. The bus driver was blinded by the headlights of the automobile and ran into the tallend of one of the wagons, throwing it onto the wagon ahead. Injuring ix)th farmers .severely and killing two mules. All of which calls to mind the fact that all vehicles on the public highway at night should wear tall, lights prominently displayed so that all who drive may sec. Otherwise they should be prepared to meet eventualities. It's dangerous to drive on 73W and other paved highways even .after every reasonable precaution has been employed-to prevent accident. A tall light is cheap insurance. itSeneral Electric engineers have been experimenting to see what substitutes for tall lights used by. pedestrians who want to walk along the public highways at night. Naturally white clothes are the best protection, but for those who do not care to go thus garbed tbey, recommend a white handker- ch|e it is carried in the hand. They say sure to catch and reflect the gleain from a headlight and thus be seen by the driver: The safest thing for:pedestrians pn the highway, however, is to walk against the traffic. Walking on the left side of the road they will always see the approaching car and can thus avoid it. And this is a good rule by well as "by night. The Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation has now under construction two mammoth dirigibles for the United States Navy.jThej' will be 780 feet long, 146 feet high and be capable ofctOrying 100 passengers arid baggage, beside the crew of about fifty persons. There is one good thing about the ait; There lis plenty of room hi It. * DAILY BIBLE BEADING « Thou Fool! I Luke; 12:13-21—And one of the company said unto him. Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the Inheritance with me. ' An,d he said tmto him, Man, who made me a judge or deliverer over you? • . And -he said unto thexp. Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, sajing. What shall I do..because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? i And he said. This will I doi I will null down my bams, and build greater: and-: there will I bestow all my fruit* and my goods. And I shall say unto: my soul. Soul, thou hast much goods laid iip for many yeats; take thine ease, eat, drink, and, be merry. But God said unto him. Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and Is not rich toward God. ! Constance Bennett No I Longer Wife of Plant Paris. March 19. <AP)—Illness of Constance Bennett. American actress, and daughter of Richard Bennett, has revealed her divorce from her husband. Phillip M. Plant, in a French court recently. READ AND HEED the Register Classified Ads.; say and asks the Register to publish the following: By way of introduction. I wa.s bom in this county in 1869. I have lived here practically all my life; have lived In lola the past thirty years, employed with the different rallroad.s. starting as bill clerk and promoted to agent. Was po.stmns- ter 8 '-j years and elected city finance commissioner, serving tlirec year.^. It is quite difXicull to answer Mr. H(*art on some of ^thM statements he makes in prcsen 'tiiis his views without becoming personal. This I wish to avoid as much as possible. i First. I wish it imdcrstood t 'lat I have no personal ill-will or "hatred toward onyone and only with the best ol- feeling. It is quite true that I differ greatly in some of tht policies advocated by my oononcnt I have no doubt that Mr. Hobart h^s made the city a good mayor the past three lycars. No doubt flw his done the hput he could consjderiiig the small Amount of time lie has devoted to the office. I do not believe that one can become etficient in handlhig tlic duties of the oIBcc of mayor and not devote more than six hours per week to the $amc. five hours on Tuesday and one hour on Wednesday. This is direct evidencs as I was connected with the city affairs during the' fh-st ye$r Mr. Hobart was mayor. I suppose, or at best have reason to believe that most of the citizens of lola understand that wc are operating under the commis -sion form of government and under that form the statutes of the state largely regulate the duties of the mayor knd th»> different commirisioncr.s. For your information will quote the Kansas session laws of 1923 ofTto the duties of the different officers: First. Mayor. Utility Commissioner Finance Commissioner. "The Mayor shall be cx-officio. the commissioner of poller, fire and health departments, and .shall have under his special charge and be rc- spoiLslble for-the enforcement of all city ordinances and police, regulations of .said city, and have general suiJer\ision, over the Are department and .shfill have charge of public parks and all property of such city, and he sliall also have supervision over the hea:ith department of any such city and shall enforce all orders, rules and regulations necessary to the end that the streets, alleys and public grounds shall be kept ih sanitary condition pnd the health and safety of the inhabitants of the city protected. The board of commissioners shall, by a majority vote, designate one commissioner who shall ^be known as 'Commissioner of Finance and Revenue.' He .shall have under his special charge the preparation of an annual budget, wad the collection of all revenues belonging to such city, from whatever source the same may be derived, and the man- aeoment of the finances of such city: and-'in the same manner one cominicsioner shall; be designated as the 'Commissioner of Streets and Public-UUlitles,' who shaU have special'charge over any waterworks, light plant, power, heathig or gas plants, street, rail way, telephone or tolcgrapli lines, or other public utility owned byi such city, and shall have supervision of the streets and alleys and public highways of the city, .and the construction of and maintenance of botilevards. public parks and drivetoys and the construction of and maintenance of all public improvements whatsoever undertaken by such city. ,su9h as I sidewalks, bridges and sewers, and shall have charge of the engineering department of said city, and to.sup- ier\Lsc all public wqrks. and It shall be hi.s duty also .Aydemand faitbful compliance from JHKersons, corporations or compames with any grant, franchise or privilege voted to such |)crson. corporation or company by the board of commissioners." Mr. Hobart says that Mr. Matber claim.s he was elected to operate all the ijisblic utilities without interference. This I claim is' absolutely correct, just as much as the mayor as to bU sbility and fitness tar office, not'by a mayor and finan6e commissioner who admit they are not capable of iiandling their offices and require an assistant at $33S.00 per oymtb. Oont you tbiiilc if the mayor is on the Job/he would be able to know if tbe police, Bremen and 0030^ employes under bis de- partmcJDt were doing their work? Mr. Hobart sUtes that there are no records kept of the stock. I beg leave to differ with him, as the store room was kept locked and a requisition was required by the foreman, of: tlie department who had control before supplies were issued to him. and tbe same party had control of tbe stock then as now and I believe blm honest Mr. Hobart states that be pays more taxes than Mr. Mather and myself. This may be true, but heaven knows we all pay enough. Does that make his statement more true and correct?' It will not be my policy to put men at the head of the pdlice department who have ..not had experience as officers and in the enr forceibent of ordinances, so it vnU by my painful duty to hire five different chiefs and 22 patrolmen in thiye years and expect efficient service when the department is in this kind of turmoH. In reference to the reduction of taxes that my most worthy opponent mentions, the only fund that he has direct access to is the general fund. It was $2,689.71 on the wrong I 'slde of the ledger on January 1. 1929 and had to bop-ow money from the electric fund to be reimbursed. Who knows if the tax levy will be sufficient to operate the expense of the city for the coming year, on the budget of 1.60 he quotes. The af- fajln of the city will have to be handled very differently from the lapt three years, If It does. The expenses of every department under the-Mayor's control have increased the last three years. I do not believe in a lot of personal haranging in the press, and would have refused to make any statement if Mr. Hobart's platform had not been misleadhig and figures juggled to suit the occasion. The facts are, the operating expenses of public utilities have Increased $45,000 the past year, 1928. This figure is taken front the records at the city hall. I have already written too long an article. Just a few things I will do: 1.1 have not made any promises to anybody. 2. Will not requu-e an assistant mayor at a salary of $2,700 a year as I will give my persoilal time and attention to that office and not be engaged in private business that will require practically all my time. 3. Will mahitaln an office in th^ city haU. 4. Will vote to restore the right and privilege to Mr. Mather that belongs to his department as the law requires and the people voted at tbe last city election. I will at all Umes meet in mutual counsel with the other commissioners isnd use my power for the betterment of the city. I will not give my consent to the sale of public utilities as I consider the ownership by the city jone of Its greatest assets. As I said hi the beginning. -I;have not any personal feeling or ill-will against the other city officials and will try to work in harmony with all. I do not see things as Mr.. Hobart does In the management of city affairs, po^bly on account of the water his man Friday < ;has been furnished by the citr siilce he has had control, or possibly because when I go to the city hall to pay my gas bill I find the gas rates increased. I feel the voters of the city will take care of this matter in the coming election and I will appreciate their Vote and support. A. H. HECOX. ^^HlTE. HORSES ARE BI-.ACK. ^/'i^^J V<HEN COLTS', THE CAQK COAT CMANSINS TO DAPPLE AN:D F)NALi>y WHITE /4S THEv iftMrnr ^M-l^ REACH MATURITY. ^-^^^ I''*'' ETM VJINTER. COfABS^ THE UTTLE STRlPEO e^OONO SauiRREL. CURLS UP INTO X ROUND E>ALU ANp GOES TO SLEEP. MB BECOMES HARP AS QTONE BUT WHEKi PLACED IN A WARM ROOM, SOON THAWS OUT AND COMES TO LIFE AGAINI. THE SEAT OF THE TROUBLE—ACCORDING TO .MR. HOOVER. Now that the talkie-jnovie is becoming a commonplace, the next big tstep will be the picture-sound radio. Charles Stone, a former K. U. man who is now aji engineer for General Electric, promises we may exjicct It within a, year, and that when it come^ It. will give us grand opera over the radio with the view of the actors as clear to the eye as the sound of their voices will be to the ear. I 25 YEARS AGO I <h Items Fkom The'Register of <• 4 March 19. 19M <f * • The Cemetery Association met at the Methodist church and elected the following ofHcers: Mrs. Nettle Simpson, president; Mrs. Hsrtman. rtce president; Miss Alice Mylcr, .secretary; Miss Lu^e Evans, treasurer/ MRS. JO.NES WRITE.*?. March 12. 1920. I presume the Scott family is. and Justly, as proud of their young aviator as ir your old correspondent over the aviator grandson wc have just acquired, by marr.age Tuesday, March 5. »At early candle lighting the second daughter of the Teflt family of Pasadena. California, was united in marriaso in the chapel of the First Methodist Church of Pasa- deiia. by Dr." Merle A. Smith to Lieut. Frank M. S. Miller, of Hollywood. The bride i.s the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Tefft of 1192 Linda Vista avenue. Pasadena, was' given ! feood things of life. Long years ago I wc decided wc would be- permitted \ to l}vo long enough to sec the wom- I cii of our beloved country enjoying tlio right of equal suffrage. But we never expected to live to sit iii pur. quiet home ii'. far away California and hear over the radio the speak- int; at Wasliington on the inauguration of a president, or to see even a eranddaughter start out on her wedding'trip in an airplane. Wonder what iijnovation.s. the ne.xt; . fifty years will bring In? We have been so sorry^for our Kansas friends through all their" inconvenience a^ discomfort with severe weather. Certainly it is over before now, and Kansas can be lovely at times. No. we have^lot moved — j but tlic'city is growing so fast the numbcnr had to be changed. The winter has' been'lovely here. Not a day except when it was r^iining that we could not be out without a wrap. We have had no snow.' Of course, in. the mountains there has in marriage by her father, who was | been heavy snow. The few light her only attendant. Lieutenant Miller was unattended. The chapel frosts did no harm citrous men say, though they kept the smud?° "ot.s J was? well-filled by relatives and j poin^ most of several nights. Here friend.': of the contracting parties.; jn Pa.sadena many tlowers have After congratulation.<; at the church.' been in bloom all the time. Sweet a buffet supper was .served to in-! peas two feet hight showed no Ul vited guests, at the home of the j effects. bride's parents. The groom is a son | CHARLOTTE P. JONES. of one of the pioneer famUie.s. of : _ , Pasadena. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mil- WHEN you are m need of any- ler are graduates of Southwestern r.Wng. consult the Classified Ads. University of Lo.s Angeles. Both: , were associated with and leaders of | Dorsett Produce Co. — Phone 703 fraternities of the school. They left early Wednesday morning by air-,' plane for Salt Lake City and other j 1202 East Street. lola points. After their return they will | ... n^„t,^ ^ , go to housekeeping in Pasadena:!' *^*'"'» ^"""'y and Eggs Lieutenant Miller studied aviation j Call Us Any Time— We Will Come at Brooks Field, Te.xas, and is a: After Poultry meteorologist. I : . " This writer does not want to bcj called a growler, but when 1 opened my Register of March the 6th and noticed the- absrnco of familiar names ijniong the country corrcs- ' pendents.-I felt lonely and as I though somebody had made a inis- take. Turned that paper twice before I could Ijelievc my eyes. Nothing from Mr. Arnold, Mrs. Gullett. Mi". Berkihi^cr. Mrs. Hardy; nor Diamond. Well, to say the least, it gave me a lonely feeling, that was not pleasant. We have always believed in trusting and hoping for our share'of the GRENNAN'S MARKET Wc Paid Today a$ Follows: — V. S. E.xtra Kgga 24c \'. a. Standard Ejrgs 21c I'. S. Trade Eggs •••!*« No. 1 Ilen.s 23c .Vo. 2 Hens -ZOc No. I Sprincrrs 30c No. 2 Springprs ;..I6c .Staffs . '..140 Cocks ....iOc Cream Wanted BRING US YOUR HIDES Mowoe and Elm - lola ' On; next Monday afternoon the last meeting' of Current Events Club for the season wrill be held ac the home of {Mrs. H. L. Hendricks, 509 Efut Madison. Roll call response, quotations,' sentiments about, home and children's sayings. ''American Philanthropy," Mrs. M. L. Bi^ewster. Vocal Solo, "If I Were a Rose," Mrs. A. B. Roberts. "Labor Savhig Devices," Mrs. W. M. Bickford. Vocal Solo, Kipling's ';Recesslon- al," Miss Eva V. Armstrong. "Current Events," led by Mrs. L. Sleeper. Mies Elsie Stratton, teacher in the ci^ schools, went to Neoshp Falls to spend Sunday with relar tlyes. : Tb^ only Chili family of acrobats engaged at St. Louis World's Fab", appear' at the Grand .theatre tonight. -•A-trade~wM cohsumated today in which -the Endlcott boarding house on East street and the J. B. Boner pnverty at 1015 East street were Lwapped- "W. A. Harris would make a good president aU right, but he can't get the nimnnaUon,'' said C. 8. RItter yesterday. '^Whyl Because he can't put up a barl against Hearst's barl." And that is undoubtedly true. - OOMPETKNT help is tUOf eani wltb HegUer Clanlfled Ads. I For Easter Smartness The Ea.ster iParade .*<ho\vs a .succe.s- sion of smart, immaculately clean raiment. The time i.s not far off—.senrl u.s your fr'ock.s. .suits and g^arment.s now and we'll return them <!-ri.sp and fresh ready for wear—all for a reasonable , ^ MEN'S SUITS CLEANED AND PRESSED $1.00 PHONE 105 ABLESON CLEANERS

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