Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on October 19, 1944 · Page 4
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ililTORIAL PAGE THURSDAY; OCTOBER )9( , ENTERED A3 SECOND CLASS MATTEB Dfii- CEMBSR 31, 1908, at the postofflce at Algona, Iowa, tinder the Act of March 2, JS79. OF SUBSCRIPTION — "to KoMMith county postofflces and bordering pflstofflcps at Armstrong. Bode, Brltt, Bafteld Center; Cor with, Cylinder, Elmofe, Hardy. Hutching. Uvermore, Otto»en. Rake, Rlngated, Rodman, S 1 1 1 s o n , West -Bend, and Woden, year _.__._ __ . __ ______ ___ . __ -___._. __ ..__ 12.60 -Aflvance and Upper Des Molnet both to same address at any postofflce In Kosailth county or any neighboring postoffice named In No. 1. year _____________________ ^ ____________ .. H.OO - Advance alone to all other postofflces year $3.CO Advance and Upper .Des Molnes both to same address at all postofflces not excepted In No. 1, ear ____________________________________ »5.00 ' Ttlsing Rate: Kc per column Inch. All adverting subject to publishers' approval. A Question of Strategy in the European War No doubt some millions of American readers who follow the European war news in the papers have wondered more or less dimly why the recent Allied drives from -the west, east, and south in Exirope have not been better coordinated. The news has made it plain enough that or. the west front the English and the Americans have for the time being been practically stalemated by fierce German resistance. Meanwhile the southern front has also seemed more or less stalemated, and the Russians have been busied with collateral operations instead of frontal attack on East Prussia. Readers of the papers had been led to expect that when the armies of the three Allies reached the German border, there would be an irresistibly crushing coordinated attack on all three fronts. Why has this combined attack not occurred? Of course all but a handful of newspaper readers of the war news make no pretense to knowledge of military strategy, so all they have been able to do has been to wonder futilely. It is interesting, therefore, to find the British military strategist who writes for the magazine Newsweek also wondering. This commentator is Maj. Gen. J. F. C. Fuller, retired, whose military views are presumably worthy of high respect. Last week General Fuller's comment was devoted entirely to the apparent lack of coordination of attack on the three fronts. He ' said: "It is a little perplexing not to see a firmer unity than is now apparent in their [American, English, and Russian] grand strategy." Farther along he remarked: "Although the trinity is moving toward a common center, there appears to be a lack of coordination in its movements." The general does not offer an explanation of the lack of coordination, and seemingly he is as much puzzled by the situation as the common or garden variety of war news observer. Apparently, however, he suspects the Russians of responsibility. "In the west," he observes, "blow follows blow; yet in the east there has not been a real blow for three months." As all newspaper followers of the war know, the Russians have during this time not pursued the attack on East Prussia for which they seemed ready early in the summer, but have busied themselves with reduction of the Balkans, the small Baltic states, and a drive into Hungary. General Fuller's idea of what would have been the proper strategy during this period seems to be sustained all-out attack at the same moment with the aim of paralyzing German resistance by forcing a three- front situation which the Germans would be unable to meet. This point is understandable by arm-chair strategists; also the general's further point that in the present situation the real Allied objective is not conquering "a few square miles of ground with masses of bombs and shells," but destruction of the German armies east, west, and south. General Fuller's conclusion is that "if a new technique is not forthcoming, it seems likely that the war in Europe will see another new year." and certainly whatever the validity of the general's strategic views, the present situation suggests fear that Allied hopes of German surrender before the year is out may not be realized. dope-sheets, also Letter No. 9 in the Sidriey Hillman CIO-PAC campaign series. The republican sheet — three legal-size mimeographed pages—is all devoted to an indictment of Senator Gillette. It is not necessary to read it. If Gillette were not a candidate for reelection, the attack would .not have been thought of. Obviously advantage has been taken of some trivial incident which has been magnified entirely out of reason. Besides, the attention bestowed on the senator in this attack seems so unnecessary. The polls' have not encouraged him or anyone else to believe that he can win reelection against Governor Hickenlooper. Why kick a man when he seems to be down? But let that slide, and turn to the inimitable Jake More, state Demo chairman, and his amusing dopesheet, which starts right out with the assertion that everything is unutterably lovely in Iowa for F. D. R., Gillette, and the Demo gubernatorial candidate, Richard F. Mitchell. Speaking of political optimists, Jake is the real thing. All that is lacking in his present political fulminations is the comment he is going to release the day after election to account for another lown G. O. P. victory. Mr. Hiilman's sheet, which is also democratic, but national in scope, is likewise interesting for its naive reasoning. When Mr, Hillman is naive, however, he is naive with complete intention, for his appeal is to the ignorant and the prejudiced. What the CIO-PAC letter No. 9 is up to is a parade of Dewey supporters whose names, it is calculated, will arouse prejudice against the G. O. P. ticket—Weir the steel magnate who has fought New Deal labor policies, "Bertie" McCormick, of the Chicago Tribune, Sewell Avery, of the Montgomery-Ward stores, the Pews, the Duponts, etc., etc. As if there were no sinister names behind the Demo ticket! No Kelly, of Chicago! No Hague, of New Jersey! No Flynn, of New York City! No Browder. the communist! No many other sinister figures, not excepting Clear-It-With-Sidney Hillman himself! Such nonsense, such tomfoolery, such enormous ado over nothing as we Americans do let ourselves in for every time we go nuts in a presidential campaign! HODGEPODGE Webster—A itew of TatieitB Ingredients; a mixture. As the Dopesheets Hit the Wastebasket That America is now in the midst of a knock down and drag-out political campaign is particularly apparent to newspaper editors because their wastebaskets are bulging with frenzied dopesheet denunciations of candidates and appeals for votes. There is every indication of a close presidential vote on election day. Mr. Roosevelt, who has been cockily accustomed to forecasts of easy victory heretofore, seems to bo facing the narrowest of squeaks this time, with the sizeable chance that he may not be able to squeeze through, and the democratic dopewriters know it. On the other hand, Governor Dewey's dopesters no less well know that the margin either way is going to be slim, and they are therefore frantic in efforts to put over their ticket. This observer has always been interested in the politiciil dopesheets because of their amusing aspects. For one thing, their utterly infantile reasoning calls for wonder that adults whose common sense in other relations of life is unquestionable can indulge in such 'rot' when it comes to politics. In view of the writer as this is typed are this week's state republican and democratic r Timely Topics One of the national non-partisan forecasting letters for business men admits that it doesn't look now as if the German war will be over by election day and thinks that means net voting strength for Roosevelt, because many voters will want him to finish the European war. A lot of voters, the letter observes, are swayed by emotional ideas rather than logic at the last minute. In politics a big man has to die before politicians opposed to him will give him a word of decent praise. That was illustrated last week in Willkie's case. Even the country hard-boiled Iowa G. O. P. editors who never had a good word for him after the political exigencies of the 1940 campaign heaped encomiums on him. The republicans have properly never even indirectly tried to make political hay out of the president's crippled condition, but it appears that some politicians opposed to Governor Dewey are not above references to his lack of height and his so-called Hitler mvis- tache. Dewey is responsible for the mustache all right, but it is pretty small business to bring into question his height, for which he is indebted only to his forebears. It will be just as well if voters do not take too seriously promises from the candidates of either party on national tax reduction after the war. There may be some reduction no matter which party is in power, but there can't be much if the country is to pay the interest on the public debt, let along anything on the principal. Just the interest, it is said, will be four billions a year — four times as much as the total cost of federal government 30 years or so ago. It's a Real Drag-Out in Battling Oklahoma From the Daily Oklahoman. In support of his major premise Monday evening Governor Dewey called to the witness stand a veritable cloud of witnesses. And the thing that made their testimony fairly devastating was the fact that every witness was an outstanding member of the new deal party. He didn't call a single republican. He never called one old-time democrat. He proved his case by the recorded words of men who stand high in new deal councils. His star witnesses were Mr. Roosevelt, Senator Truman, Senator Barkley, and others whose fidelity to the new real cause has never been questioned. To claim that Qewey side-stepped major issues and discussed trivial matters is a recourse that is denied to the new deal champions. The governor did not mention a single controversial matter that had not been discussed at length already by Mr. Roosevelt himself in the initial political speech of his campaign. If a discussion of the Hershey statement concerning the retention of men in the armed forces to keep them off the dole js a trivial .thing, it was nothing,but continuation of a discussion that Mr. Roosevelt had engaged in freely. And if Dewey stepped aside to press the charge that the country was unprepared for war, he merely followed the lead of the president who had vigorously denied that the country was unprepared. If Dewey descended to any low level, it was the levei taken by the president in opening his campaign. It was oh ground already taken by the president that Dewey took his stand Monday evening. Both the speech and the power of its delivery prove Dewey's fighting quality. Men who have been sneering at the "little man' and the "Hitler mustache" will do well to revise their tactics, for the little man stood forth in Oklahoma City as one of the most dangerous fighting men that have aspired to the presidency in our generation. His blows were merciless in their directness and cutting quality and every one of them was supported by a record that cannot possibly be denied or explained away. THIS is the third of reprinted columns, and first appeared in 1943 after a wartime trip to Chicago. Perhaps in it can be seen a foal reason for civilians staying at home unless it is absolutely necessary to travel., * HUNDREDS of people milled around. There were four deep around the information desk. Long lines formed before the gates leading to departing trains. Through the glass doors could be seen the waiting trains. To one side of the door stood a soldier — sergeant — and with him a girl and child. The three of them looked through the window at the train, talking now and then, but mostly watching. The youth looked fit. The girl was plainly but neatly dressed. The little girl, maybe 5 years old, was plainly "dressed up.' The train gate- man looked at his watch and then at the trio. He held his eyes on the watch for maybe a minute, and then said "two minutes" to the soldier and turned 'away. The soldier turned to the girl-wife, and kissed her—then grabbed the little girl—held her high for a moment — kissed her, and then hugged them both—leaving the little girl in her mother's arms. He stopped, picked up his bag, pinched the little girl on her cheek, said "be good" and strode through the door and down the ramp leading to the train where the trainmen were already crying: "All aboard." The girl and the child pressed close to the glass—and watched the tall figure shorten into the distance—and''without a backward glance swing easily on to a car. The child turned to her mother and whimpered, "Can I cry now mommie?" YOUTHS IN CIVILIAN clothes, marching two by two 'behind a navy firsl-class petty officer—inarching to the Fred Harvey dining room and up the stairs to a long table set for them. The boys in the back changing step in an apparent effort to look a little soldierly, and self-conscious about.it. The officer leading his flock and counting as they were seated. Waitresses busied around the table, banging down dishes. Men eating and talking shyly about nothing much;-to the' next fellow. Officer looking at his watch— five minutes. All ready — frantic haste of b&y who forgot where he put his bag, and the advice of his fellows bantering that he wouldn't need those clothes anyway. And away they marched, two by two,7the back boys changing step every few pJ>ces,Vdown the side of trie station and through a special ramp to disappear into the noisome dark in-^ lerior where a train gobbled them up. BRAND NEW second lieutenants,'''direct from OCS schools, trying to be nonchalent and old-timerish, looking • briefly taut often at wrist watches as if time were so important while t,h,eji waited/ Stiffly re|urnin salutes from soldiers who happened to" see the bars. Seemingly secretly pleased^'with it. Yet glancing enviously at a group of self- reliant privates and non-coms who had cornered a couple of girls and were giving -them quick talk. Laughing and having fun, with rough horseplay, as only the soldier can who leaves responsibility to his officer— "Whathaell is an officer for?" And the lieutenant seemingly wondering whether the bars with the dignity they imposed were worth it all. * * * TROOP CAR filled with soldiers^already stripped to the waist, all looking out the windows giving friendly leers at all the girls —young and old — razzing each other and the passengers—jokes crude, to the point, and not unhealthy. Quieting as officers passed—deaf, blind, and dumb officers who didn't glance at the soldiers, doing their duty by not being self-important and not spoiling a soldier's fun. Sudden consulting talk as a marine walked past, with five battle ribbons, respect in their eyes. Whistles and calls as a "baby doll" type babe : walked by, and she plainly pleased with the attention from "her public." Bronzed, hardened, tough cookies—taking their fun where they found it. Gingham type girl gettingi^ppre- ciation but who glances demurely 'away from the naked shoulders and hairy'chests that fill the windows. Sext on A miscellaneous shower was [iven at the Sexton hall Sunday 'of Kathryn Kirschbaum, and relatives from a distance attending Were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kirschbaum, Ayrshire, the Harry Maleneys, the Ollie Kirschbaums, arid (he Mayrtard Nails, all of Mason City; Mrs. Cyrus Eisenman, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Eisenman, Mrs. Willard Eisenman, Mrs Chester Eisenman, daughter Blanche, all of Bri.tt; Mrs Thos. Wilson, Kanawha; Mrs. K. J. Fox, Wesley; other relatives ana friends from St. Benedict, Sex- ton, and Algona, 85 persons being served at lunch. Many gifts, were received by the bride-to-be, and the afternoon was spent at Bingo. Pvt. and Mrs. Herman Hammond visited relatives here Monday. Herman arrived by train Monday • from Camp Gordon Johnson, Fla., on furlough. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Phillips, Algona, and theli^T^ family, Rcnwick ti , an Sarah Wise Sundiv ' N women attended ' shower. Supt. and Mrs Greenville, s , )onl with the Jailor's Mrs. Harvey Slown had also been ' midweek. Kresensky's COAT Headliners Winter Success * Overcoats at Thrift Prices Furred Tiixddos Triumphant Furred Tuxedo. Laskin Mouton Lamb Trims $85 Persian Fur Trims at $49 and $75 Blended Muskrat Trims $75 Colors—Brown, blue, green, grey. •100^ Wool Fabrics IMPORTANT actress-type unloading from cab with eight pieces of luggage. Cabby looking at the dime tip as she left and commenting to a fellow cabby — "That bag oughtta have a handle." * FLUTTERING GROUP of parents, relatives down to see one leave, with joviality unconfined, and the swift clatter like magpies as the "one and only" leaves for the door to the train, _ff_ THE HUGE engine importantly panting itself to a stop just inches short of the buffer as if the engineer was trying to see how close he could come without hitting it. The cars disgorged and with that characteristic city approach everyone leaving the train went into "high gear' trotting as if mad. Suburbanites, most orf them, hurrying through the station to their work following a familiar path. Newcomers stopping just inside the station to get their bearings and looking around. The press of people watching for friends or relatives to'" come from the train. Knots forming as familiar folks jabbered to the one who arrived. Girl meets boy. No— wife meets soldier. He drops his bag and tahellwith everybody and they clinch. Her arms around his back— Holding tight, bright and shining diamond and wedding ring glistening. They held each other off and looked and started talking and then arm in arm they strode off, caressing each other with their eyes, leaving innocent bystanders feeling a little like peeping Toms. — D. E. D. Rayon. Suede Gloves, black • or chamois. $1.50 pair Chesterfield Coals With smart heart stitched collar, 100^> wool doeskin. $34.50 With leather in or out lining '.:.. $39.50 Untrimmed; overcoat --".'.the fashion success for,, winter .•••:'45. ';• • .'.;: , $32.50-' 9f; Wool Fleece $24.50 and $32.50 Colors — Brown, Green, Grey, Black, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Stone Blue. Richly Furred Winter Coats Beautiful Racoon collars, box or fitted styles. Brown,' green, blue. ' $54.50 e> The Furred Dress Coat in fine needle point. Red, Beige, Green, Black $42

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