Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 3, 1944 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 3, 1944
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BDITORIA1> PAGE THURSDAY, AUGUST - Ko«0ntb Cxmntg A3 SECOND CLASS MATTI3H I>IL- CEMBBR 31, 1908, at the postofrice nt-Alfona, under the Aot of March 2, 1879. TERMS OP SUBSCRIPTION I— To Kossuth county postofflces and bordering postofflces at Armstrong Bode,' Britt, Buffalo Center, dorwlth> Cylinder, Elmore, Hardy, Hutchlns, Llvermoro, Ottosen, Hake, 'Rlniistud, Rodinun, S 1 1 I s o n , West Bend, and Woden, year _________________ . __ : _________ . ______ $-.60 t— Advance and Upper Des Molnos both to same address at any postofflee In Kossuth county or any neighboring; pustofflce named In No. 1. year _• ................................... W.OO »— Advance alone to nil othir postofflces year $3.W) 4— Advance and V'viper Pes Molnes both to aume address at all pnstoffU-e? nut t'xri'pteil In No. 1, yeaf ............... . .......... .......'... tf.UU Advertising Rate: 4:<? per ci>lutui> inch. All advertising subject to publishers' approval. • The Fundamental Issue in This Campaign Anyone of nn inquiring mind who tries to put his finger on the most vital . difference in principle between the republican and democratic positions in this campaign is practically compelled to settle on government by bureaucracy. ' The Puritans who .fled England for Holland to escape bureaucratic religious despotism, and thence came to American in search of freedom, set the example for resistance to bureaucratic interference from above which this country has followed ever since. True, the Puritans themselves were bigoted and religiously intolerant, but their very flight from authoritative intolerance established the principle of freedom. Any country which grows to.a great population with varied interests must submit to such bureaucracy as is necessary to promote the interests of the people as a whole. To that extent bureaucracy is justified, provided it is the product of the people themselves through their duly delegated legislative representatives. This much in bureaucracy can£01 be escaped. • 4 It is when bureaucracy runs riot and tends to assume power independent of due delegation that it becomes a menace to freedom, and this is what has happened in the America of these later years. The tendency lias been apparent ever since the turn of the century, but it remained for these last 12 years under Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring it to full fruition. The late celebrated Justice Holmes has been considered one of the patron saints of the New Deal philosophy of government by bureaucracy, but it may be doubted that he was a true New Dealer. Nor was his associate in many dissenting supreme court opinions, Louis D. Brandeis, whom Mark Sulli- vnn quotes as having epigrammed, "The most precious [American] right of all [is] the right to be let alone." And there you have at bottom the real and practically the only issue in this campaign. Sensing that at last the people have would'probably be decisive but who feared Wallace as an ultra-New Dealer. That was exactly what was clone, and it 'was in effect as much done by Mr. Roosevelt as if he had openly repudiated Will- lace. And this isn't just a partisan conclusion; it was a public fact that everybody know and talked about. Every non-partisan newspaper nnd magazine correspondent at the convention made it plain in dispatches. There was and is no dispute about it anywhere. So all this isn't to say that Roosevelt vvns- n't politically justified. But it did grate on the- public Without regard to party to see a hero so built up to the skies stooping to I serve his own selfish interests by ordering the most loyal of supporters politically shot in such true Gestapo fashion. And there are many democrats as well as republicans who could not in their hearts hove blamed Wallace if he had 'chosen the Christ of the Temple instead of Christ the Meek as his example, in view of such cold-blooded treachery. HODGEPODGE Webster—A ifcw of *«ifoti« in* gredienisj a mixturt. Timely Topics • HENRY WALLACE'S treatment at Chicago is reminiscent of the story of the two colored gents who got into an unfriendly argument. Both had out their razors, and were bragging what they Were going to do to the other and how sharp their particular razor happened to be. Finally Mose took a j swing fit Sambo, and Sambo ducked and i cackled, "Ya missed me." "Yeah?" replied j Moso, wiping his razor, "Jus* shake yo' head, Sambo—jus' shake yo' haid once! Yo' all just didn't feel it." And Henry didn't feel it either when FDR's swing of "If I were a delegate I would vote'for Henry Wallace" neatly politically decapitated him—and he shook liis head at Chicago. * * * ANYONE WHO lets himself ge.t dragged into a political argument should know better, but usually doesn't. grown tired of bossism from above in their daily lives, the republicans have seized the opportunity to take advantage of discontent; they hold the initiative, and the democrats must fight on the defensive. Nevertheless, cynics may well ponder whether, if the republicans seize power on this issue, bureaucracy will be much unhorsed. Platforms, as a political cynic of another day once remarked, are like railroad caboose and coach platforms—they are made to get in on, not to.stand on. It will take more than a mere partisan stand to get rid of entrenched bureaucracy; it will take a nationwide revolt, and the question is whether the revolt will ever materialize. When you have through a generation or generations educated a people to be the sheep.the Germans have been, it is well nigh impossible to make the sheep into lions again. '^ Wallace of the Temple or Wallace the Meek "Uncle Henry," grandfather of Henry Wallace, was once a community preacher. For many years in Wallaces' Farmer he conducted a Bible page. The Wallaces have been deeply religious ever since, none more so than Vice President Wallace. Gentle Jesus advised turning the 'other cheek when assaulted by an enemy. But Jesus could on due occasion exercise physical wrath on offenders — he drove the money changers out of the temple. Perhaps it was Jesus the Gentle whom Henry Wallace rightly chose to imitate when beaten for renomination as the democratic candidate for vice president, but it may be suspected that many if not a great majority of lookers-on regardless of partisan sympathies have been human enough to wish that Henry had then and since exhibited at least a trifle more spunk and resentment than he has let himself show. For it doesn't take a mere republican to see that Henry was kicked in the pants, and that by his own great friend Mr. Roosevelt, who pretended to be for him personally but damned him with faint praise and no support, not only no support in fact, but equivocation which amounted to support of another. Perhaps what happened can be laid to politics and let go at that. From the president's standpoint Wallace was truly not only no help to the ticket but, in view of Southern and other hostility, an actual liability. Moreover there was no prospect that Wallace could carry even his own state. Wallace hadn't even been able to deliver Iowa in 1940. So undoubtedly the cold political thing to do. was to drop him, placate the South, and bow to the conservatives of lu? East whose votes in the electoral college "Ration Fight Simmers On," headlines the Mason City G.-G. "OPA, WFA Squabbling About Top Authority." Every now and • then you see similar headlines over stories about fights between jealous bureaucrats over who bosses whom. Which is perhaps what Devvey had in mind when he got off that pat stinger, "old, tired, and quarrelsome"—the brightest quip to date in this presidential campaign. Modern war becomes more and more destructive of life, property, even civilization. Latest threat is these so-called robot bombers. They offer frightening promise of fear• ful. development for the next world war. There are even threats of other means to destroy whole peoples in one fell swoop. What a. grotesque pity that the enormous development of modern science intended to promote civilization has been capable of prostitution to the uses of war! Rather startling was the half-veiled but nevertheless obvious assumption at the democratic national convention that the next vice president, if the democratic ticket is elected, stands a fair chance of becoming president—partly, apparently, on the theory that Roosevelt might resign when the wars arc over and the foundations for world- peace re-established, but mostly, it seems, in somewhat brutal anticipation of his death in office. And, indeed, that could \ happen. The contrast in pictures of Roosevelt 12 years ago and now is tremendous. The most sinister development in this presidential campaign is the CIO "Political Action Committee.' 1 Its object, of course, is .o- coerce candidates or legislators with threats of massed votes, and it is said to liave been equipped with a preliminary fund of $750,000 of union money. Lord knows, the country already had enough pressure groups, but this one looks like vicious holdup business. People who naively suppose a law says what it means and means what is says have another think coming, says the Farm Journal. In Washington the bureaucrats practice what they call "administrative interpretation," which is a fancy phrase for twisting unsuspected meanings into plain English, And listen to New Dealer Justice Frankfurter: "The notion that 'because the words of a statute are plain, its meaning also is plain is merely pernicious over-simplification."!!! Cpl. Gilbert Pedersen, 25, Council Bluffs, serving in France, has discovered that America is by far the world's most privileged country. "Things at home that I used to take for granted, "he told the D. M. Register's Gammack, "seem wonderful now." And that's the universal story from our boys overseas in this war. But how will they feel about it if we let them come home- to find their jobs gone and no place for them in the land that bore them? One .of the town docs—or even 'Doc' Clapsaddle, Burl, or some other non-Algona doc —might put this sheet wise on whether in the local hospital reports 'tonsillectomy' or 'tonsillotomy' is the correct term for the surgery in question. The Advance has been using 'tonsillectomy' in all cases but OF Doc Brady's syndicate newspaper column says it's 'tonsillotomy' when only the excess tonsil is clipped off and 'tonsillectomy' when (unusual?) the whole tonsil is cut away. Editor 'Pa' Olson (his initials are P. A.), of the Story City Herald, notes that this writer, like himself, refuses to get excited about the alleged land boom, and he adds a point worth emphasis. In substance he says it is not fair to use the figures at which Iowa farms were selling—or, rather, not selling—in the tcn-year-ago depression as a base on which to calculate a dangerous boom now. Iowa land prices in the thirties were as abnormal as the inflated prices of 25 years ago, and present prices are no higher than the best soil in the world oughi to bring. BEST THIRD PARTY ticket would be Willkic for president and Wallace for vice- president. Willkie, an ex-democrat, was GOP presidential nominee once. Wallace, ex-republican, was Demo vice-president once. Both got the knife. Being both "ex's" they could switch without much trouble. BEST POLITICAL speech of either convention was given by Reynolds at the' Demo session. Made even the silver tongue seem a trifle tarnished. ~" . • WONDER IF that talk about "don't change horses" will be heard from the Demo camp? The Demos changed one of the horses in their team. * * REYNOLD'S CRACK about don't change a winning pitcher could be neatly answered by the GOP who could say that how can you tell when he's winning when you're still in the first half of the first inning. Like the small boy playing ball. A passerby asked what the score was. The boy said: "98 to 0 I for the other side." The passerby said "That's too bad." "Not yet," said the boy "we're just in the first half of the first inning. We haven't come to bat yet." • *•.*.•..,.. HITLER MUST be jittery. Never know when another bomb will go off and the last one was pretty close. Long, Long Ago Advances of July, 1914. Wade Sullivan's burned thumb was healed. The ronian candle he threw down in an immense hurry set fire to Mrs. I. M. Finnell's dress. Lucillo Grose had issued 40 unique invitations for a parly in honor of Meredith Clarke: "1C you is a front of ours, und like fun pretty much, shttst kum to our house Friday night, und help us down the Dutch." • Is Elsie Glasier still among the Jiving, and whore? She was about to wed an instructor in chemistry and half a dozen showers were being given for her. Know how far it is from Algona to Sioux City by car?—Jim McDonald kept track when he took Roscoe Call, L. C. Hanson, and Eugene Murtagh to S. C. to attend auto races—107 miles. Dave Leffert took another party (and of course 'Miss Ida Anderson' went along). —<*— . J. L. Bonar had left town with two big suitcases, and friend? had discovered that Rhoda Krull was also missing. The Advance ventured prediction that they were going to meet somewhere and consult a minister. —*— : There was a now astonishing want-ad in the Advance of July 15, 1914. A girl was actually advertising for housework! 'Algona Beach' at Clear Lake was a-toornin'. Following the year-before example of this col- yumist Dr. A. L. Rist, Dr. F. L. Tribon, and I. G. Dewel had I bought lots in the same block. I The elder Mr. Dewcl bought two, but later sold one to W. E. Laird. T. P. Harrington and L. J. Dickinson joined the Algona colony a year or two later. Dana Paxson had followed Bonar's example (with the cooperation of Mable Waterbury), and the Knights of Pythias had telegraphed Congrats to both blushing bridegrooms. It's now 30 years since Lucia Wallace moved into that little cottage just east of the Bryant. And what a housewarming she had when friends led by Louise McCoy and the Mosdamcs E. J. Murtagh and R. H. Quinby gave her a furnishing shower! And tow the guests fooled her by irst presenting all the disreputable old junk they could find. Capt. W. H. ingham, Harvey's father, had died at Olympia, Wash., where he had been visit- ng his son Ge^g^' a doctor. The Kraft-Misbach Co. was advertising Hart Schaffter £ Marx men's suits at $15 and Kirsch- jaum's at $12. You can't even .ook at suits for such prices now. The J. A. Browncll Shoe Co. was advertising men's and women's oxfords at $2.48. At the Long Bros & Henderson grocery you could buy Iowa-packed canned sweet corn\nt 7c can. Who says the cost of living hasn't doubled, tripled, and then some in 30 years? Among Boy Scouts spending a week in camp at Clear Lake were Melzar Falkonhainor and Horace Clapsaddle. Scoutmaster Doc' Dailey said they were good boys and made him no trquble. Sometimes it's too doggoned hot here this summer, but again it's cool enough for a little furnace or other heat. Thirty years ago last week the Advance reported 'insufferably' warm weather, adding that according to Des Moines records as far back as kept, there had been only two such heated Julys. —*— • C. A. Momyer & Sons were advertising farm loans. The advertisement carried C. A.'s picture, and he was a smart-looking young man then, with a fine head of black'hair. —*— Geo. E. Boyle, Whittemore banker, had died of a stroke. A big, red-faced, hearty man, he was popular far v and wide. In those days of precinct political 'bosses,' he was republican 'boss' at Whittemore. At the same time Banker Geo. W. Hanna was 'boss' at Lu Verne, and at county conventions the two colorful bosses' always- seated their delegations up front in the jury seats. Boyle's widow, who died a year ago, was destined to live 29 years after him. —*— Remember when you could buy dried peaches at the grocery stores? The Frank and Phil Kohlhaas store was advertising thorn at only lOc a pound. —*— Mr. and Mrs. Frank,.Seilor had made n tour in Minncs'ota by car, and both were still scared o.ver a narrow escape when Frank managed to stop just three feel from Ex Libris... TRUMAN'S ORIGIN in politics comes from the unsavory Pendergast machine from Kansas City. His record in the senate, however, so far has been good.' Biit'farmers will probably be skeptical of the earnest consideration for the poor farmer by Messrs. Boss Flynn, of New York, Boss. Kelly, of Chicago, and Boss Hague, of New Joisey. * _ £ __ * LET'S SEE, who was it that suggested we keep the war out of politics? So far both parties dragged it in by the ears. * * THE REPUBLICANS gave the democrats credit for waging a good war, and democrats certainly accepted all the credit. THE WAY THE nominating speeches sounded we have some pretty good timber for anything, including president. • • • THE LONE STAR state seemed very lonesome at Chicago. POLITICAL ARGUMENTS merely convince the other fellow how dumb you are, not to see it his way. VETEBMAMlKA/£*m EXPLO&ff, CQMMANDfD W£ EUROPE is j IN GREEJKI a passing train. Whatever be- came of Frank after Mrs. Seller died? —«— Doctor. Kcnefick (M. J.) and Ernest Brown had had a. little set-to in 'Squire' Crowell's court. Driving on a country road, Brown had caught up with the Kenefick car, but the doctor refused to let him go by till after a narrow grade had 'been passed. Later the doctor caught up with Brown on Diagonal street and signaled to pass, but Brown, in retaliation, wouldn't budge. In: dignant, the doctor had Brown arrested, and on hearing the evidence Crowcll held that the doctor was right in refusing passage on a narrow grade. L, titled to pass on Diagonal was fined $5 and costs. H.W.POS! Drny nnd STORAGEoFtllll Long Distance Every load insured (. loss and damage oil kinds. Equipped to di kinds of hauling & dtaj PHONE 298 Ak How to Inspect a Bank Statement Today [From the Indianola Record.] Let us not grow excited and strut because of the expanded bank deposits in Warren county. We are not rich. We are actually poorer than we were. Study that bank deposit story in the Record of last week and you will see that, if you have $06.37 in the bank, $41.10 of it is invested by the bank in government bonds. So, in addition to the government bonds you have bought voluntarily, nearly two- thirds of the money you have in the bank is also in government bonds. And what does the government have with which to pay off what it has borrowed from the bank? Nothing but what we give it through taxes, plus whatever material and supplies may be carried over in storage at (he end of the war. Therefore, if we should all ask for our money at once, we would have to dig up two thirds of it in taxes to pay to the government, so it could pay the bank, so the bank could pay us. Now, figure that out and see where we stand. It is the same as if Mr. John Q. Citizen would sign a note to the bank for $2,000, deposit the proceeds in the bank, add $1,000 of his own cash and imagine himself as having $3,000 in the bank. We are poorer because all the government has bought with the money it has borrowed has been, is being, or will be shot up in the war. That is what war does to us. Let us never get the idea that war makes prosperity. That is the silliest idea anybody ever proposed with a straight face. IT'S ONLY the young who can believe there is no evil in the party to which they belong. As a person gets older he realizes political parties are made up of people, and consequently take on all the ills to which man falls heir. 1 1 1 ' ONE THING, here in America we do have an election. England has not had a general one since the war started, and it is freely admitted Churchill will not stay as prime minister when a new government is formed after the war. Russia has not had a free election. China has not had a free election. If America chooses Roosevelt the chances are fair that he'll be the only one of the Big Four to survive the winning of the war as head of the government. That could be good, or bad, depending on many other circumstances. ALGONA'S BIT toward post-war planning should be the airport. Property in towns without iun airport isn't going to be worth very much after the war. Be like the town lots in phantom towns that were passed up by the railroads in former days. The little invested in added tax will be amply repaid by increased valuation in an up and coming town. _ II IT'S A LONG LANE that has no turning. Republicans assert a 12-year lane is long enough. + + + + + CIGARETS DO TASTE different lately, what with all the off-brands. Some smokers yearn for the'good old days when cig- arets had tobacco in them. HITLER'S BLOOD purges will save the Allies a lot of trouble if Hitler mows down all the big shot junker war lords of Germany. Trouble now, and in the future. —D. E. D. Algona Municipal Airport Election August 14, 1944 Airport Comments from Service Men — All seem to favor an Airport Now Algona should be ready to ,take its place in post war aviation. Now is the time to start its construction before aviation starts post-war expansion. — John K. Kohlhaas, Lt. (jg). Of course, I am a bombardier now and not a pilot, but when I do get home I plan on doing a lot of flying if at all possible. I am sold on the idea it can do nothing but better Algona.— Wayne Bjustrom, Moody Field, Ga. I feel that the airplane is going to find its way into many of the Kossuth County family travels after the peace. If I have a chance I will have a plane and there are many others like nie,- Wallace Hawcott, Camp Picket, Va. Sure think it a fine idea to get ready at Algona for an airport. Many of the boys will want private planes for pleasure as well as business purposes.— Richard Potter, A.M.M.. 2-c, . Aviation, North Island, San Diego, Calif. j An airport for Algona to my mind would be a very fine thing for the town and for the boys coming back from the service.— Gene Wray, Fairbanks, Alaska. After the war there will be hundreds of thousands of pilots and a great number of airplanes of all types. flying. I am sure that Algona will need a field where medium sized aircraft can laml-S.- Sgt. John D. Peters, Army Air Base, Bluethenthal Field, Wilmington, N. C. I recently noted that Algona is to have a municipal airport election. I know that men from the surrounding small communities will be pleased to know that Algona is making ready to have a place for the air corps men of Kossuth County to fly from.— Bruce E. Miller, Douglas Army Ait Field, Douglas, Arizona. I note that you are about to have an election to issue bonds for an airport for Algona. That is fine, and I'm sure the proposition will carry. After the war the possibilities for the small typ« passenger and commercial airplane are limitless. Algona should be ready t to take its place in postwar aviation, should the government desire to come in with government aid on account of location, in making it one of the first class aviation fields of northern Iowa.— Captain Jan» e Bishop — 60 missions — South Pacific War Area. our This is YOUR CHANCE to make a dream come true and give the City something the bo will want when they come home. It's OUR CHANCE for us to show progress and be ready! Vote "YES" on Both Issues Monday, August 14 "Anyone who will be out of town Monday, August 14th can vote an absent ballot at the City H»« before Election Day." Algona Chamber of Commerce

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