Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on October 5, 1944 · Page 5
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 5

Algona, Iowa
Issue Date:
Thursday, October 5, 1944
Page 5
Start Free Trial

•OlTOttlAL PAGE Ctnintfl A&temrt ^ SECOND CLASS MATTER Dfi- OHMBSJft 31. 190S, at the pdstofflce at law*. tMer th« Act ot March 2. :879. TSR'MS OF SUBSCRIPTION IMfo KbsstUh county postofflces ana postoffioes at AlTrratrting;, Bode, Britt, Buffald Center, Cor with. Cylinder, Elmore, Hardy, Hutching, Llvermore, ottosen, Rake, 'Rlrtgsted, Rodman, S 111 s o n , West Uend, and Woden, : y« ar - .,.„_ »2.60 **-At1vance and Upper Ties Molnpa both to same address at any postnffice hi Kossuth county or any neighboring postofflce named In No. 1, *«<"• $4.» •'•Advance alone to ad other postoffloes year 13.00 fJ-Advance and Upper PPS Molnes both to same address at all postoffloea not excepted In No. 1, J'ear # M r.uvertlsing Rate: 43c per column Inch. All advertising subject to publishers' approval. You, Mr. John Q. Citizen, Pay All Taxes The laws of economics work surely but so secretly that few even know they exist. Indirect taxes illustrate one way they work. The common man would recognizi a direct tax, but he seldom identifies an in direct tax which he pays in the added price of what he buys. One of the security taxes of late years affords an example of concealed indirect taxation. John Q. Citizen out on the farm does not know that he pays it, but he does—and without getting anything back in the way o benefits either. If John Q. recognized the tax in question as a tax on himself it might be • jus the added grievance among the many al ways existing against the party in power to move him to vote for the other party. Whicl is often the very reason for indirect taxa tion which he won't recognize as falling 01 himself. John Q. rests on the impression that he does not pay this social security tax be cause the law does not put the direct burden on him; therefore he thinks he is exempt The taxes are ostensibly only on town em ployers and employes, but the primary burden in fact rests mostly on employers, who get nothing back, while employes stand a chance of benefits if they live Ion, enough. But that is neither here nor ther with this discussion which deals only with who really pays his share of the bill though no more eligible to benefits than the em ployer. To pay the direct tax thus imposed by thi social security legislation a percentage 01 payrolls was levied on employers, and thi: percentage was to be increased twice in fol lowing years. When the war came on, ccn gress postponed the second and third boosts but the first percentage remains. Out o their wages employes have to pay the sami percentages that the employers do, but sole ly the employes get the benefits, if any. Now the point in this discussion is tha the only way the employer can meet the added expense of operation imposed by thi social security legislation is to boost thi. price of his product enough to cover the tax The tax inevitably becomes an element o cost, and prices are based on costs. And that is where John Q. Citizen come in, for he is the guy who because of this ad ded taxation against employers pays mor lor the employer's product than he would otherwise pay—and never knows it! What a beautiful scheme of taxation What politician could resist it? The tax os tensibly falls on the element in the popula tion which has few votes. Though really i falls on the element which has many votes what does that matter if the real taxees nev er know it? The Director of the Budget Gets a Letter Mr. Roosevelt recently instructed the di rector of the budget to survey the govern ment's innumerable war agencies to see what could be eliminated or cut down. .This being a presidential campaign year the unregenerate republicans immediately smelled a rat. Mr. Roosevelt, they suspect ed, got the hint that he had better make the gesture, when Mr. Dewey indulged in some acid remarks concerning the Roosevelt b'u reaucracy. Republicans are so suspicious! Wilfully they also see politics in Mr. Krug's an nouncement that WPB will release a lot of irksome restrictions when the German wai is over. They also see politics in other moves the administration has of late been making to escape republican appeals for votes. But surely, whether political or not, this bureaucracy business needs investigation. When he was first a candidate, Mr. Roosevelt used all his powers of eloquence to denounce bureaucracy under Hoover. But look what has happened: When Roosevelt was sworn into office March 4, 1933, there' were 572,091 bureaucrats on the civilian payroll, but now there are 3,112,965! No wonder Mr. Roosevelt, seeking reelection, writes a letter to the budget director. Another thing in the same connection which might cost the administration some sorely needed votes: As that firsl.iime candidate for the presidency, Mr. Roosevelt bitterly scored Hoover for the cost of that then existing bureaucracy. It took no less than $75,000.000 every month to pay the bureaucratic wages, and that alone was reason enough for booting Hoover out of office. But. goodness gracious, today it takes no l*ss than $6,265,000,000 to pay, for the fau. reaucracy! BILLIONS, not merely millions! Again, no wonder that in a presidential year there should be an administration ges- THURSDAY. ture towards 1 reform. So the budget direct or got c a letter. •And "the strange thing about the letter," Says one national medium of comment, "is that it was written just a few days after Governor Dewey, in a campaign speech, had called attention to. the tremendous size and growing costliness of this government army of employes, and within 48 hours after a re- p.ort from Senator Byrd, of the joint congressional economy group," Timely Topics ° C TOBE R HODGEPODGE Websleri-A tfew of vailoui i»> srtdtmttt • mixture The presidential campaign has arrived at the point where it gels to be n bit personal. Mr. Roosevelt aims a few shots at Mr. Dewey, and gets them right back. Even "Left to Write," by Lou Gardner, the ordinarily pretty fair political critic who concocts the publicity for the state G. O. P. committee, was slinging the hot stuff last week. The incurable optimists who always have the German war over with when the Allies are having a run of luck got a setback when tne Germans turned and stood like "Stonewall" Jackson at their western border. But the optimists needn't to be too much- cast down. Sooner or later there will be a breakthrough, as there was at Caen and St. Lo—and then, Berlin or Bust! That Sidney Hillman's CIO Political Action committee (PAC) doesn't represent all U. S. labor unonism is emphasized by a long and bitter attack on his record which appeared September 8 in "Labor Union," of Dayton, Ohio, official organ of the Dayton central labor union. The Labor Union calls him "the greatest disruptionist in the American trade union movement." That was a wise warning about the length ahead in the Jap war which the papers of last week carried. After the Germans give in, it's going to take a year and a half, probably two years, to whip the Japs. We've been doing pretty well on the fringes, but we haven't met up yet with the flower of the Jap army, and when we do, it's not going to be any picnic. Are the Germans still fighting with the idea that they can win the war? probably not, though you can't tell about Hitler and his fanatics. All sane Germans know they are licked and that further fighting only prolongs the agony. Doubtless they now fight on only in the hope of better terms than unconditional surrender. "I have not sought, I do not seek, I repudiate the support of any communist. That is my position. It has always been my position." The Northwood Anchor recalls this declaration from a Roosevelt campaign speech at Syracuse, N. Y., in 1936. Perhaps the president's attitude has not changed since then, but to date in this campaign he has not repudiated the support of Earl Browder, leader-in-chief of American communists: • When the country is prosperous, the party in power takes credit for it. When there is a depression the party in power lays it to the last preceding president from the other .party. As a matter of fact no president has any great influence over periods of prosperity or depressions. Cleveland, democrat, was unjustly blamed'foe the depressibn"of the 90's, and if Roosevelt had been elected in 1928 instead of 1932 he would have been blamed for the depression, after 1929 just as Hoover has been blamed. . . That's sure some estimate of the state post-war rehabilitation commission on Iowa's post-war needs for primary, secondary, and municipal highway construction- no less than $638,020,900. On the basis of. 2'<2 millions population that/means ?255 for every man, woman, and child, or $1275 for a family of five. Maybe it's well that while the wars go on we'll have plenty of time to think that over a bit. (They say there are 14 other sets of state post-war planning reports.) The young men in the German army have been taught'from childhood to idolize Hitler. .Even yet they won't believe that he.can be licked. There stands a warning for our own country. No president should ever serve long enough to become a sort of god to a generation that grows up under him. After all the old two-terms-and-out rule was and remains horse sense, and it ought to be added to the constitution. One of the current polls indicates that the next House at Washington will be republican. If so it will be a bad thing for good government, if Mr. Roosevelt is reelected. Bu^ certainly from a personal standpoint he has it coming—he who rejoiced in a democratic House in Hoover's last two years, doing everything he could to block and discredit Hoover. But if the House really does go republican, let it be hoped that the majority will have the good sense not to treat Roosevelt (if he is reelected) as Hoover was treated. RECENT MASS evacuation of children from London again because o'f robot bombs makes the following Hodgepodge column, the second of a series of reprinted former columns, timely again. The; column below first appeared in 1940: •X- * # . ' MODERN PIED PIPEB,' It WAS ONLY a picture in a newspaper. On one side of a rope were hundreds of chil-> dren, four and- six abreast, moving slowly toward a wailing train,. On the other side of the rope were hundreds of adults, mostly women. The two lines gazed at each other. (ONCE UPON a time there wat a great city, filled with happy, people and children. But evil days came, lor hundreds of- rats invaded the city, and threatened to take all the people's houses and food.) * * # AS THE CHILDREN-moved'slowly along the older people moved 1 with them, toward a place where the way was barred-by a long line of railway coaches. Into the coaches the line of children disappeared, while the older people streamed alongside the train and looked at the small faces in the windows. * * (And the. burgomeister- of this town called his council and his ministers together to find'a way to rid their fair city of the rats. But the rats prospered and grew fat upon the best of the land.) HERE AND THERE in the throng of'older people was a woman with a handkerchief to her face, covering her mouth, but never her eyes, for it seemed she did not want to miss a single glance at the tiny figure in the huge throng that was her own. * * * (One day there came to the fair city a Pied Piper who said he could play a tune upon his pipe which would rid the city of the rats. And the burgomeister and his council called him to the city chambers, where they asked his price for taking the rats from the fair city.) TO A STRANGER there was a " sea of small faves opposing a sea of older faces. But to each woman there was only one face — as alone as if upon a desert. There was only a single figure in that vast throng that caught her glance, and as some waved there was an answering wave'from the figure that stood out in the crowd, ' * * * (And the burgomeister and the council and his ministers argued against the price. They said it would be so easy to play a tune upon the pipe. But the Piper said his pipe would play only to the tune of justice and he must have his price.) THERE WERE NOT many men in the crowd of older faces. The few there were seemed unduly old, and more the grandfath- er'than the;father. For. the father must' r of course be'doing his duty with the other men and protecting-his country against the coming invader. -, ,-••• * * The Soldier's Letter That Did Not Come From the Od«boH Chronicle. It was Saturday morning and mail delivery time at the post office. The usual bustling, jostling crpwd jammed the lobby. She was just a kid-wife with a service star pinned to her dress and a baby in her arms. She. had left the little go-cart parked at the cage of the curb. She handled the baby a bit awkwardly, and there were probably many things about the care of babies unknown to the little mother. Older matrons might not have approved the manner in which the baby was washed or even dressed. Perhaps she had done the best she could, and had hurried to get to the postoffice. In her eyes we could see she was keyed- up with anticipation, pleased with the baby and the, figure. ,She cuddled the baby and whispered in its ear the things, her heart told her daddy would say in the letter she would certainly receive. The mail finally distributed, the crowd began to thin out. Now it was the little wife's turn at the general delivery window. She gave her name, and swiftly and proficiently the clerk flipped through the letters and indifferently shook his head in a nega- ive response. Incredulously she stared at him—was it possible he had made a mistake and had not taken time to look carefully?— t must be there. Then the expression changed to consternation, then downright disappointment. As she turned away we icard her stifled sob. We followed her outside, and as she placed he baby in the cart' she was softly, crying. Vith her head bent over as far as possible• he passed up the street; her thin shoulders haken with her sobs. She wouldn't have nother chance to hear from him until Monday, which was not only hours but ages and ges to wait. • - I (And so the burgomeister and his council finally agreed tor terms because the populace demanded that the city be redeemed from the rats, and the burgo-. meisier and his council promised to pay the Piper in justice all his due.) WHILE THE FACES of the older people seemed saddened and downcast, the faces of the children were shining, for they were going on a journey. They did not know the fears and. troubles'which were sending them away, and to them the, whole journey had'a sense of adventure and fulfillment of a great promise. (And the Pied Piper came .from the city hall, and he blew notes from his pipe, and from the houses and the stores came all the rats. And'they all'followed the Pied Piper as he marched off down the street playing the sweet tune upon his pipe.) IN THE BACKGROUND there were a few couples a man's arm around a woman, * — ,_._-.. v „...•*» u * v*4*ii4 u VYUllltlli) whose face was hidden in the man's shoulder. And he looked straight gt <the train. Others stood quietly looking — ju'st looking dumbly at the train. ' -,' (And the Piper marched.to;*he river where he led the rats into the water, and they were all drowned. And the people celebrated with great joy, for was not the city saved from the rats? And the Piper asked for his,pay in jus. tice due him. The burgomeister and his council found the rat? all gone so why. they said, should they do justice now that the danger was gone and over. "And so they told the Piper he should have nothing, and they did not need him to protect the«i from the rats.) , 9 N EA CH CHILD there was a lag, and beside each, clung to by a small hand, was a handbag or suitcase, filled with the rather pitilul .collection of belongings ol each child. Not enough—but all that could be taken. _ (And the Pied Piper said there should be justice, and so he blew upon his pipe again, and the children stopped their play, and as he marched down the street they followed him, laughing and sing, ing to the tune he played; And he led them into the shining mountain, and they were never seen again. And the burgomei$ter and his council «nd the people pleaded and wailed and cried for their children back again, but the mountain kept its own, for they had failed to P a y Ito P"«» of their children's freedom. They had lost their honor; and had put the false god avarice above faith and truth- »nd justice.) ' * * . THE TRAIN WHISTLED and drew away into a peaceful countryside, leaving'an and nlaved in the sunlight! The Papers Say The Em'burgers have an. Izaak Walton League chapter, and Joe Kautzky, the w. k. Fort Dodge sportsman, gave 60 of- the leaguers a demonstration of .duck calls the other night. (You had better not count on too much ammunition, Joe warns.) Down in Arkansas they cell a fight a 'squabble.' Anyhow that's what a lawyer from that state told a Blue Earth court when he was arraigned for fisticuffs in a cafe. The court said that in Minnesota a 'squabble' was worth $20 plus $4.50 costs. Note for County Supt. Lauritzen: Your letter to the county papers about the milkweed pod drive was o. k. as prepared, but when the Advance wrote the story in its own way in order to have something different from what the other sheets would have, two of the others just clipped the Advance story. (And without credit, too, but that was all right.) —#— Remember J. B. Carr, who was Kossuth district court clerk from 1.899 to 1903? He had a son Alan who now lives at Titonka, and Alan and his wife have five sons and a son-in-law in the armed forces. So says Frank Clark's Titonka Topic. Any other Kossuth parents who can beat that record? You've read in the war dispatches about the terrible price inflation in China. Well, Phyllis Zaugg, West Bend, has a friend there who wrote recently that a restaurant dinner cost $300 to $500 in Chinese money, and just a hamburger and a cup of coffee cost 200 bucks! A Chinese $!0 bill was worth exactly 5c in American money. Anybody in Kossuth want to j try staying on a bucking steer? ' Over at Em'burg they're going to have a rodeo Sunday, Oct. 29, and along with it a dog show. (If they'll sound the city siren, this column will put its money on Mrs. Lavrenz's dog to win honors is a barking contest.) Carrie Bussinger, Blue Earth, was among the first WAGS sent to Paris, and maybe she arrived a bit bedraggled. Anyway an A. P. dispatch said that after gazing wistfully at the chic clothes of Parisian women, she remarked sadly: "I'd always dreamed of going to Paris sometime, but had never dreamed that I'd look like this when I got there." — K— The Em'burg Democat wassail iwet whep, referring -recently/'to its proposed airport' election^ 'it remarked that Algona voted $70,000 bonds. The Advance was pretty damp, too, for no correction in its last week's rewrite of the Democrat's mention. Sec. Phillips wirelesses that Algona 'voted only $42,000. Up at Swea City they have a coffee club which must be like that which lines up every morning at the James drug here. Anyway Ray Sperbeck, of the Herald, refers lo such a club at S. C. (Hint to Chris Reese: Maybe it's a better club that your old club.) When Francis, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Menke fighting in France, gets home he ought to be an expert hand-shaker and a winner for public office. At least he's been getting a lot of practice since he helped liberate the French, according to a letter he wrote home. (Perhaps he will also know how to get decorated with lipstick.) —*— Hint to some Kossuth farmer desperately seeking help: In the Estherville Daily News last week James Stevenson, of Terril, was advertising for farm employment for himself and his wife. (But by now he may be snowed under by offers.) There's a Doc Cretz at Em'•burg too, and, referring to that coming dog show, the Democrat (newspaper) there recalls a similar show some years ago when the Em'burg Cretz's daughter Margaret Jo (now married to a major or something) was awfully proud because her dog won an award as homeliest among the entries. —#— "I went through Paris — and was I ever kissed!" so wrote Kenneth Kurtz to his Estherville dad. And, sitting on Nazi equipment, he wrote on the unused back side of a letter witten by some German who had been killed, wounded, taken prisoner, or had had to skedaddle so fast when the Yanks appeared that the letter had to be left behind. Like maybe a million or two other Sat. Eve Post fans, Editor John M. Harrison, who writes that most readable 'Main Street' column in the Oakla id Acorn got a big kick out of the recent Post cover cartoon picturing a boy with a penny trying interminably to decide what candy to buy while the proprietor looked on despairingly. —*— O. L. Thoreson, of the county AAA committee, who drives to Algona every week-day morning from his farm near Swea City and drives back at night, has' a' son Orville -yvho is an engineer on a B-17 flying fortress in the European war theater and recently received the distinguished ..flying pross. (Msybe, when'he comes home, he'll teach the 'old man' how to fly down and back —if/when Algona-and Swea City get airports.) SWEA-EAGIE'S F.B.WOMEN MEET FRIDAY Swea-Engle, Oct. 2—At Mrs. A. E. Anderson's. Friday the Engle and !3wea Farm Bureau women had their first project lesson for 1944-45, given by Margaret D. Pratt, new county home economist on problem helps, This concerns nutrition, health, food preservation, the labor shortage, postwar problems, and school and library facilities. Cradle Roll Entertained— Mrs. Andrew Berg, superintendent of the Baptist Cradle Roll, gave a party last week Tuesday at the Guild Hall for mothers and members. Out-of- town guests were Mrs. Beulah Montgomery, Lone Rock, her baby daughter Susan Ann. Group in Waterloo Visit— Mrs. Emil Larson and the Francis Torines drove to Waterloo Sunday- to visit Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Graham. Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Torine are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Larson. suffered a-broken- hip in a fall 1 at her Home at Armstrong. Mlss,«^»illman) a stenographer at ^|tiB#loo, is spending . two weeral.'with her mother, Mrs, Elh^l";fevans.' She timed her visit to b'e'y'h / lS ! ,& wh'en a brother Donald Vijasjn'.t home on furlough. S^ijbfe''members of the Farmers Saddj'criclub here attended 'an EN morjpMinn. .Saddle club mooting jast week Wednesday." S -Sgf.'j, Everett E. Erickson lato)V wj*ote his sister Florence that? hV'hiid arrived safely overseas art£L\vns in France. Mm 'Pjfoyd; Trent' was hostess to the Riverside day. IL Y AM) Storage of c. „„, Other Swca-Eao'le. Mike and Jos. Kennedy have of late made frequent trips to Estherville to see their sister, Mrs. Mayine Camden, at the Holy Family hospital. She recently Over .STATION WHO 9:00 to 9:30 DAYS of 49c Jack Sprat EVAPORATED MILK Jack Sprat White CREAM STYLE CORN Jack Sprat PORK & BEANS . . . Jack Sprat TOMATO SOUP . , . p-Saek 'Spiral ••'•-• :; APPLE BUTTER.... Jack Sprat QUICK OR REG. OATS MAYFLOWER PEAS Jack Sprat ORANGE PEKOE TEA ^ vHhiniii 1) iiicrcascri T 1 CilMS T* ' cans 5 X0. i ttlll.S 2 -2S-0/. jill'S 2 48407.. liktfs. jSo.3,11 •f cans ^% aJ4.ih.JC fa pkL's. ti perk Choice Fruits and Vegetables N. D. TRIUMPH POTATOES No. 1 RED TRIUMPH POTATOES No. 1 LARGE SOLID HEAD LETTUCE 2 * No. ! DELICIOUS APPLES 2,, Fancy * * * NO. t TOKAY GRAPES.... ..... 2 MEATS FOR FALL MEALS KRAFT ASSORTED CHEESE SPREADS IONGHORNCHEESE. ~ TENDER HAM SHANKS... ""•'•' MEATY SPARE RIBS. PURE GROUND BEEF RING BOLOGNA SMALL WIENERS 5-OK. jar coarse or fjuo D). 11). II). II). II). BUCK PEPPER Jack Sprat CORNFLAKES Chocolate Cream WEE. OXYDOt. 5-oz, 25* 0 11 * Dl -oi. pkg«. Campbell's TOMATO SOUP ....3"'' Jack Sprat „ 0 , <| WHEAT FIAKES. .. - V" CAMAY SOAP . .. < IVORY SOAP Jack Sprat

What members have found on this page

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 8,900+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free