Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 24, 1944 · Page 2
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EDITORIAL PAGE THURSDAY. KD AS SKCOND CL.ASS MATTER DH- ClOML-iSR 111, ]<«s, at the pustoffice at Algona, Iowa, Lncler the Act of March 2. ].S79. TF.K.MS OF SUn.SCHH'TJOiV I—To Kossntli county pustolTices uml bordering pustoffieex ill .ArmMtii./if,-, Bode, T.rltt, Hiiffaio Center, C o r w i t h , Cyliniler, Klmore, Ilnrily, llntcliln.x, l.ivennoie, OII.JKRII, Hake. Itlngsterl, Itodirian, .S t I I s ii n , U'r.-st li.-'iid, and \Voden, i— Ailvnnee rind I'liper I'es Moinea both to same aililre.KM at any rm^tnrricv in KusMiitli county or any in-if,'r<l»iriii;; lursliiffrru tinnied in No. 1, S—Advance alon tu ,111 other 1 -Advance and rpper DCS address at all iH.st.iri'ii'i'.-- po-torficos year J.I.(.X) .Mi.infs not exe both to same ptcil in No. 1, p'ir . ..... ______________________________ J5.0U »-"rlls!iiK P.ate: l> per column inch. All advertising snliji-ct to iMiMisln-rs' approval. High Political Strategy in the Pacific 'Lou' Gardner's st.-.le republican 'dope shoot' for this \veek severely criticises Mr. Roosevelt's •inspection trip' to the west coast, the Hawaiian Islands, nnd tlio Aleutians as in essence a campaign stunt by a candidate 1 ffjr the presidency rather than a bonj fide tour by the constitutional commander in chief of all U. S. \var forces. Gardner scoffs at the idea that the real object of the expedition was to inform the president on the situation in the Pacific, consult naval and military leaders, and equip himself to direct operations against the Japs. You have to expect something like that from a political dope-writer, but Gardner is not alone in the criticism. It has been widely expressed by others, though, of course, almost exclusively by republicans. The circumstance that Mr. Roosevelt is a candidate for reelection as we'll as the country's duly authorized naval and military leader made inevitable partisan interpretation of the tour's real objective. Undoubtedly this was anticipated, and undoubtedly, also, Mr. Roosevelt recognized that there could not help but be politics in such a tour under existing conditions, though whether calculated political advantage was a major or even minor determining motive is quite another question. Unfortunately the question belongs to class which it is practically impossible to solve provably. Mr. Roosevelt knows, but, naturally, be is not telling. He is too wise a politician to let such ci black cat out of the bag. If his m:)in motive was political, no one else, you may be sure, knows by his own admission, unless Eleanor does. (A husband can usually trust his wife with everything hut his own infidelity.) But if Eleanor knows, she isn't telling either. Everybody else has to guess, and this includes democratic chiefs from top to bottom. And it can be banked on that all the chiefs, not to mention all others who favor Mr. Roosevelt's reelection, will be highly satisfied to accept whatever political advantage may accrue without inquiring into the question of political motive major or minor. That's for republicans, not democrats, to worry about. This column is prepared to admit that it was-not only Mr. Roosevelt's right, as commander in chief, to make the tour, but also his duty, if reasonably necessary; and of the necessity, no question, for lack of information, is raised. But lhal there was also politics involved, and high strategy at that, which most observers have not yet grasped, seems an inevitable conclusion. That he was out not merely to gain the incidental and perhaps only temporary advantage of the advertising afforded by the tour, but to spike beforehand a dangerous argument which may arise against his reelection, seems indisputably apparent. For this was the situation: There is grave question whether Mr. Roosevelt can be elected except us a w.ir loader. But the war in Europe lias now taken such a favorable turn for the Allied Nations that belief is growing that any president can finish it. In fact it may be over before election. True, it is argued that it is necessary to reoloct Roosevelt to make sure of the poace, but that argument may not be enough—it does not carry the vital urge of war. Thus it is necessary to keep Mr. Roosevelt in the picture as a war leader, and fortunately for his cause the Jap war precisely fits the purpose. That wnr, which to date has been left pretty much lo the generals and the admirals, is due to go on for at least a year or two yet, and Mr. Roosevelt, the master politician, has seen the opportunity. The first step has been taken, and, politically, (here is your "high strategy." So from now on during this presidential campaign you may expect to see Mr. Roosevelt figuring more and more prominently in the war councils against the Japs a garbled quotation, but before he had time to write the apology, he discovered that there was some question whether .:m apology was due. It was Don Berry, brilliant editor of the Indianola Tribune, who headed off the apology. Berry dug up the fact that the New ' York Daily News had denied that the qualifying phrase was part of the speech as actually delivered, also that the Omaha World- Herald had consulted its files giving the j speech in full as reported by the Associated Press with no such qualification. The News offered a $5000 prize to anyone who could prove that the speech as delivered carried the phrase, and no taker has been reported. But apparently the D. M. Register had also entered the debate and had taken the side of the Madisonian's critic, claiming that the speech did carry the saving qualification, so now Editor Smith is more confused than ever and must still wait to see how the controversy comes out before he spells out the apology on his faithful typewriter. Maybe it will finally turn out that the phrase wasn't in the speech as actually delivered, but was edited into it as an afterthought. The business of editing speeches after actual delivery in order to make them sound better to readers is an old and frequently practiced dodge. In fact republicans are not at all behind democrats in such editing, and Mr. Roosevelt cannot be blamed for exercising the same privilege to correct loose promises made in the heat of delivery. In any event the little set-to doesn't seem of much importance to this sheet. Whether Mr. Roosevelt really added the quoted phrase to his promise cuts no ice, for it could be implied. It goes without saying that whenever we are attacked we arc going to fight back and if it is necessary in order to lick the aggressor to invade him in his own bailiwick, then we are going to lick him there—and how! HODGEPODGE Wobsler—A stew of various in- grcdienls; a mixture. Timely Topics "Holy Joe," they dallcd him, the universal title for chaplains, but he didn't throw his weight around', and for the average GI he was just another soldier. He didn't rant or rave at the cussing the boys indulged in during the heal of battle or in Iheir off moments, pceming to recognize nothing in it thai was irreligious or blasphemous. Rather, those words they used seemed lo him to be like "Oh" and "Ah" and "Gee" and "Gosh" for he had seen these men die and had journeyed with them so close to the border that he had loomed lo feel the wings of death and to catch a lillle of ilhe swcel cool air of Iho lime lo come. He seemed lo know lhal Ihe words the men used were on the surface of their emotions, and that down deep these rough speaking fellows were as religious, if not more so, than any equal group in the world. And he went with them into the foxholes and many a man owed his life to the prompt and efficient way in which he brought first aid and stopped up their wounds. All of Ihe group had had occasion lo talk over troubles with him, and though he seemed never to preach and didn't ia]k much it did the boys a lot of good, just to get it off their chests. General P.itlon has got into the news again, and, as usual, spectacularly, but this time with the full approval of the American j people. In view of his prompt apologies for the hospital slapping incidents in Italy and his record, the public has forgiven him and is now ready to let him have the promotion which congress still withholds. But how about that nurse who tried to intervene and was led away crying? Editor A. L. Frisbio, of the Grinnell Herald-Register, is among the many observers not convinced that there was no politics in the Hawaii-Aleutians tour. "Nothing is more effective," he says, "than campaigning by indirection." Frisbio notes Mr. Roosevelt's insidious, but effective upproach, and, like others, sees in it the master politician on the job. ;,j; »,«.»;.. that for the third year state tax. As political claims go that's one for the republican state administrations during the period in question, and you'll probably hoar plenty about it during the campaign, though as a mailer of fact what the administrations did prob- bly had little if anything to do with it. Some of the economic big shots insist on a depression following the war, others promise prosperity for at least Iwo or three years more. Regardless of either forecast, everyone who takes care not to got into a position whore a depression can work ruin he wise. Remember the many pitiful It was 'all of this that made it so tough that made the camp so quiet—that brought deep hate lo the eyes of the men—the night they brought Holy Joe in on a stretcher, half blasted, unconscious. These men who had seen death knew he was going to die. One look at the shelltorn body told them that. The doclors gave him a few hours at the most, cased the pain with what drugs they had, and placed him in the hospital tent with the others. At first they had a screen, but the other wounded, some as desperately, objected quietly, 'and Ihe doclors removed the screen, for he was as GI as.any of. Ihe boys in that tent and it seemed right that It is anouncod there will be no he with surrounded by those he had been cases after the other war, and take 'heed. Many people buy war bonds which figure in the drive totals, and then cash them as soon as possible. The treasury figures on such cases are astonishing. * * It was quiet in the camp lhat night. Those who came back from Ihe fighting lino -first asked about Holy Joe, and the men who went out to take their places took Ihe news with them, and they glanced down as they passed the hospital tent on their way. Holy Joe lingered through the night, hours after the time the doclors had given him— seemingly loath to leave. Through the heat [Of the day he lay, and for a time death passed up lhal hospital, for other boys on the lirink seemed to wait—intense in their watch for Holy Joe. But as the sun set in a shower of gold Holy Joe joined the ranks of those whom ho had helped over the dividing lino. The news traveled swiftly through the camp, up to Ihc foxholes, and il was a bad night for the enemy, for men took oul their fury at the way of life upon the only enemy they could reach. Long/ Long Ago Advances of Aug. 19-26, 1914. The Jnnses and the Bemises, Lu Verne, hod returned from an outing in Minnesota, and the Advance's correspondent said they had been scared home by storms. Which will interest folks who have been thinking that nothing ever soared the Doc. —in— Helen Falkenhainer (Plelch) had been visiting Chicago and Milwaukee relatives, but was on the way home in ,a party traveling in two cars. _.»_ The first World war, then only two or three weeks old, was already affecting food prices. Sugar had gone up fiO per cent—from 5c to 8c—and this was only a sample. The Advance had a column on the first page about price boosts. Dr. J. T. W-.iite, Fenton, and Barber S. J. Stchlc, then Fenton, now Algona, .still thank their lucky stars that they are alive and kicking. They attended a Ringsled celebration, and on the way home in Doc's car were upset.. 'Doc' was nearly killed. ___ jf, , Those then young squirts, Sumner Quartern, Thco. Chrischilles, Fernley Nicoulin, and Arthur Ferguson, had attended a White Pier dance at Clear Lake .and Edna Norton arid Mildred and Ruth'Carter had gone along. It's now a long time since Beth Weaver (Scheme!) -gave thrtt slumber party when the girls were waked ,nl 1:30 a. m. by unknown serenades. (The guests were Helen Falkenhainer, Eleanor Norton, Frances Malone, Zita •Quinn, Delia Goetz, Dicic Beane, and Aurora Rogers.) —«— The Advance confided that Evelyn Cacly had attained the age of 'several' years, and had been the object of a shower of birthday cards. Besides, the Embroidery club had spent an afternoon with her. (Remember how petite and pretty Evelyn was?) —#— Doubtless none of the present DCS Moines stale Legion associates of Adjutant R. J.' Laird ('Skin') have ever suspected it, but he hasn't had any appendix for the last 30 years. —ffi— Another of those funny looking 30-year-ago pictures of women all dressed up in the latest styles appeared in the August 20, 1914, Chrischilles & Herbst Advance advertisement. One of the pictures shows a model wearing a gown in a man's swallowtail coat effect and a skirl down to the instep. And she had some kind of contraption on her head that looked to be a fool high. (But the strangest thing was that we men of that tirhe flidn't mind it at all —in fact we thought the girls and women of that day looked jus,t as attractive as their daughters do rio'w in skirts that fev'eiil entrancing knees. Yet 'twas ever thus: you could dress 'em. 1 in flour sacks, and men would fall for them just (.he same!) — &— , ' . Bertha E. Johnson, deputy district court clerk, was skylarking around at Ventura Heights, Clear Lake, and Ellen Slrandbcrg, with a parly of other Algona girls, was helping. —#— Col. Burton S.eeley (still in service, but where now?) has undoubtedly read all the Guam news with great personal interest. He and the family stopped ' there briefly en route to the Phil| ippincs (where, for some years he was an army veterinarian). - • • —o— Does Noll Miindhcink,' Sioux City, recall that delayed honeymoon tou'r she and hot 'husband Ihc late C. R., then Northwestern . agent here, made 30 years ago to {Indiana, Niagara Falls, and olh- i cr points east? (Nell, though many years gone, still maintains a lively interest in the old home town—or, anyway, still takes the Advance. She was a Nelson.) —*— The Advance said the war in I Europe was spreading. Anyhow, Chris Godfrcdson and Carl Blak- 1?y..' both of encounter 01 "* W « " f Helen entertain..^ j() „:, Irene I!,,,,, : , .j'' i >'' Port Docl RCl a ' Edna and Brunson, Q»nrton. Ma,, Rlll «. "ml Limi mmned for 1h( , e the tr-ul parents made i,> r> family car. Olivd'h;,;, tires in loathe,- witl)a " and the schenio Wl , y far as Idol,,,, M™** ever, there was heck , tire was punctured: ] a 'J out three times. , hc « good This inquired * hamlet of 15 lori|) ! tire arrived. Next , I blew out four ••' ' no| l which the Has yer had to w r supply. Mean cloudburst, ed again, Ui, gas, and Oli\- ( walk. (Anrl on there were ninu miles.) c;irburclw| to burn! Within war there will be few bonds in the safety boxes of the common people. A daily newspaper headline announces lhat the invaders from the Mediterranean new hold 1000 square miles of French territory. That looks big till you stop to think thai it's only as much as Kossuth county. You c.m figure that out mentally by multiplying 24 miles wide by 41 'miles long. The lesson is thai the war news is not always what it seems from the headlines. Wilson tried it. voters to elect He Iowa newspaper boys are set-lo in re that Roosevelt which he has been reported Political Case of Much Ado About Nothing Some of the having a little 1940 speech in as having said And while I am talking lo you mothers and fathers, I give you one more. 1 assurance. I have said this before, but I shall say il again, again, and again: Your boys are nol going lo be .sent to any foreign w-urs. A reader questioned Ed M. Smith, of the Wintersel Madisonkm, on the accuracy of this quolation. Jt was admitted as far as it went, but Ihe reader claimed a qualifying phrase was omitk'd. This w.as, "unless we are attacked." Mr. Smith, a republican but conscientious, was about tu apolugi/u lor having published way of life! The mirjor called a conference of the officers and burial for Holy Joe was set for the next evening. His body was placed to wait i" a shady glen to one side of the camp, and And who is get-| during tho day man after man wandered to the spot. Some just stood and looked quiet- yoar or two after the' ly> otnors crossed themselves and said pnay- ' crs, some cursed quietly and with intensity. But the officers were in a quandry, and the word went out among the GI'S to find out what faith Holy Joe embraced. No one knew. Holy Joe had never said. He had come to thorn in Ihe bailie lines, jusl as he had lefl them. There never had been formal church services. The particular brand of faith had not seemed important to him or to those men. Some told of seeing him reading from a book to one soldier who was mortally wounded. But no one knew. * * * The men drifted toward the glen as the time came. They sat on the ground, or stood quielly off to one side. Some in little groups talked quietly. In Ihe distance there was the dull boom of an occasional shell, the bark of machine guns, or Ihe crack of a rifle. High overhead rumbled a flight of bombers going on a mission, and the men glanced upward, counted, studied tho general direction, and speculated on the target Headed by Ihe major Ihe officers came into tho glen. Grave-diggers had prepared Holy Joe's resting place with extra care, and the six men who had been detailed as pallbearers quietly detached themselves from the crowd and stood by the body. The major read. But few men heard him for their minds were busy listening and remembering the lime Holy Joe hud neard their troubles, had brought them some measure of surcease, not by his words, but by the way he listened to them. A few broke and looked away. * * * Tho six men lowered the body, and three crisp volleys came from the firing squad. And hot, tired, dirfy, dusty, misty eyes watched, for here was one who had passed lhat way but once, and in that passing had given more than he received; and whose epitaph was written by a soldier who remembered—"I go to prepare a place for you." : ~D. E. D. Americans Don't Like To Be Told' Storm Lake Piloi-Tribune. Political "purging" al the polls doesn't sit well with the American people. It's been tried by the higher-ups .and proved unsuccessful. President Woodrow attempted to tell the gressmen friendly to his program. The result was an overwhelming congress on the other side of the fence. FDR tried it. He named our own senator, Guy Mark Gilletle, of Cherokee, as one who should be discarded. The people responded by sending Gillette back lo Washington. The most recent example is Ham Fish, congressman ' from President Roosevelt's own congressional district. FDR tried to oust him. So did Wendell Willkie and other celebrities including Governor Tom E. Dewey. But Ham emerged .a winner. Some of Ihe voters in lhal district gave out a statement to the effect that they are capable of making up their own minds in selecting their congressman or olher officials. They resent pressure from the higher- ups. Which after all is, the good old American spirit. Thai's whal makes America different from Germany or any other dictator- ridden land. The American people don't want to be told what they MUST do or what they SHOULD do. The present CIO movement to dominate the country will never get any place. The people simply "won't stand for dictalion from Sidney Hillman or any of his communistic proteges! Making up our minds is one of the most valued privileges of the good old American SNO-SHEEN WAKKR SIJCF.I) DRIED BEEF ..... „,,„. 35c C. s. (;ic.\iir:n rioon— SIKI.OIN OR uaiN VEAL CHOPS ..... ,.„ 35c Sliced A BACON ENDS ".' ". 2 V v OR . V 6IM&ER AL?. 5WE4T &IBL '•• ' BRAND I'URE ' GROUND BEEF . . . I'OI'UI.AH St'.M.MEH SAI'SACiK CERVELAT ...... bs. " - ' ,„. 23 c I.b. 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