Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 28, 1944 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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BfclTORlAl, PAGE Kwtttb DEC. 28, 1944 AS SKroiN'l) ('I/ASrt MATTKIl DK- •JEMBKR HI, 1!H«, HI ihc ],,,s|,,ITuv at Al.mJim, Iowa, under On- Art nf Marcli L', l.sT'.i. OP si.'nsruu 1— To Kossuth counts' iiostol'fk'i'a and horilcrlns Dost of flees at Armstrong, I'.cjiiY, I'.ntt, UniTalii Center, U o r w I t li, Cylinder, Kltnon', Hardy, HiUotilns, Uverniori', uU'wii, KaU.-, Illimsli-d, Kodninn, S t ! 1 s o u . \Vcyt lirml, and \ViniVii. i— Advance and t-pper DCS Moints both to same Address at any posuoft'iV*'' in Ko^uth munly or any neighboring imslorrio- nunn-d in No. .1, year j ------------------------------------ 5(.(V> 3— Advance nlonc to all otln-r pc.is-tiitTic.-c.-s, year $:;.H) 1— Advaru'p and rpp^r He s Moim-s hut)) to same address at all luistntTict s nnt rxi.'i.pU'il in NCI. 1. year _____________________________________ $r,.0o (\ilvprtlsir\K Uati' Kt; |»-r ccchiuiii inch. All :icU'i;i-- tislns: snli.irct to jMililisln.-rs' ;ii>pr.>vn). The Rocket as a Means of Total War Already, with armies and navies still locked in combat around the- \vurld, with peace still a lingering hope, uiul amid ambitious plans to outlaw war, there is discussion- of what the next war will bring forth in the way of invention to maim or kill human beings, not only the personnel of wax but non-combatants. Among spectacular inventions of destruction in the first World War was the 'tank,' which for this war hus been greatly improved; and among such inventions for this war is the flying bomb called the robot. It is on speculation concerning development of the latter for the next war that discussion centers for the moment. Before this war, wars were between armies and navies, and non-combatants not in the path of armies were exempt except from economic consequences. Now we have what the war mongers call total or totalitarian war; that is, war extended to the peoples whose countries are involved in armed controversy. The object is no longer merely to destroy armies but whole peoples. In this war the Germans began it with airplane bombing of England; but '#,is has been too slow, and today we have the manless flying rocket. The history of warfare reveals that the rocket is not in principle a new idea. In an elemental way it was used even before Christ. But down to this war it had not been developed, and its range was extremely limited. In the last century the range was only a mile or two. The problem was to get rid of the resistance of air. Today this has been done by invention of a rocket to rise to the stratosphere where aerial resistance is at the minimum. This is what accounts for the fact that the Germans are now able to launch rockets which explode in England. The rockets rise scores of miles above the earth and travel at extraordinary speed in thin air. Means of controlling them in large measure have r.lso been devised. Thus they can lie directed to fall in London or other populous places. This secret of science exposed, the way lies open for what socms like fantastic development of the rocket. Already the Germans boast that given time for research and experiment they will produce rockets which fired in Germany will explode in New York City. Stratospheric speeds as high as 9000 miles an hour are envisioned. Only one hour from Berlin to New York! There is no limit to possible future development. Rockets may sometime fly completely around the world. Indeed, there is even talk of rockets from the earth to other planets. Perhaps sometime there will be conducted tours to Mars! The rocket is what modern science has done for war. But what a pity that science has been thus prostituted. The true ends of science are to promote civilization, to make life more abundant for the peoples who inhabit the earth, to abolish discomfort, misery, disease, to achieve as much of paradise on earth as is humanly possible. But the tragedy of science is that war can for its own fell purposes seize upon every such means and divert to destruction of civilization the very discoveries whose sole uses ought to be the promotion of the welfare of all mankind. Germans were too much weakened for anything like this. But they have smashed that fairy story. Maybe it couldn't have been helped, but it was humiliating that we were so completely taken by surprise. What do Kimmel and Short think about that? Do they wonder if other heads will fall as theirs did? But let us not be pessimistic. This counterattack has upset us, but not for long. Sooner or later it will be stopped and turned back, and that may mean a march t.o Berlin as rapid as that across France. The Germans will again he through and finally. If, however, we are wise, we will not let our confidence in that belief lull us into renewal of undue optimism. As long as German armies exist, we need to proceed on the theory that a comeback is always possible, and we can afford no risks. HODGEPODGE Webster—A itew of vutottt Ingredients; a- mixture. A Deserved Tribute for Work Well Done At the Rotary club noon- luncheon last week Monday a tribute was paid to the record of Eugene Murtagh as county war loan chairman. Mr. Murtagh promptly countered by passing the tribute on to the town and rural "hairmen in the county and their associates. It was of course eminently right that but for the loyal efficient work of the local com- niitteemen the county's fine record on war loans could not have been achieved. Nevertheless Mr. Murtagh's own part cannot be overlooked or minimized. All community enterprise—and the war loan drives were county community efforts —take leadership from top to bottom. Mr. Murtagh has furnished that top leadership from first drive to last, and his record is one which deserves tribute from all who have been proud to see Kossuth backing up its more than 2000 boys and girls in service with the funds needed to carry on this double-front war. Timely Topics Wh.it with Britain actually fighting dis- | satisfied Greeks, and rumors'of English and 1 Russian balance of power negotiations, some I of the isolationists may be in an "I told you so" mood at present. The idea of our boys fighting and dying in Europe for that .sort of i thing doesn't sound so good to Americans. Talk of inflation is getting rife again. The black markets are said to be flourishing. The people have the money—witness the bunk statements—and they are after the yoods. But after all there's no such inflation in sight now as we had in the silk, shirt era of the last war. Yet is real inflation due at this time? Wasn't it immediately after the last war—the two years following surrender in 1918—when the inflation of that war came into flower? One of the national news magazines which had been swallowing the predictions of the generals about the end of the German war this December is pretty pessimistic in its current issue. Openly it blames Roosevelt-Churchill-Stalin for turning aside from direct war to play balance of power politics in the Balkans, Greece, Poland, and elsewhere at the expense of the lives of the boys doing the fighting on all fronts. Consider this one from a national news magazine supposed to be well informed: "Idea that this war is to produce a more stable world, that it is to solve any issue except that of who is to hold power in the world, is fast disappearing." That's not pleasant reading. We—all of us—fervently hope it is not so. But it cannot be denied that some things in recent news from Europe haven't sounded too good. The optimists are now predicting that Ger-| many will be licked in the spring. They've been putting off the date from time to time in the last year, and it begins to look as if common folks are getting well fed up on it. But what a grand and glorious feeling we would all experience if somehow the Allies—without any phony predictions— were to turn on the Krauts now, burst through their base, and force surrender of every German west of the Rhine. (Excuse the dream, please.) Lesson For the Happy War Optimists Let Us Not Again Be Overconfident The present counter-blow may be the last desperate reserve power n dying enemy has been able to summon.—Oelwein Register. Even so, it looks serious, for there is no certainty of the outcome. After a week the Germans had not been stopped up to last reports Monday when these remarks were written. Oldtimers whose memory reaches back to World War I may, indeed, derive some cold comfort from recollection of the .spring of 1918. The Germans put on a like show then, and for a time they made it look fully as bad as this one. But in the Register's words on the present situation, it proved to be "tin.- last desperate reserve power of a dying enemy." Nevertheless, this is again a time for anxiety. The Germans were stopped in 1918, but the Allied peoples could not be sure that Germany was through till months later. But the fact that they were .stopped then does not prove that they will be stopped now. We cannot know that now, nor perhaps for weeks or months yet. From what we have been told, it would &eem that we have the power on the western front to stop this counter-attack, but having the power may not moan that we have enough of it where it is needed. We had been led to believe, too, that the F. W. Beckman in Knoxville Journal. There's not much of a holiday season in prospect for the Yanks on the fighting front in western Europe. The scant news that comes out of there indicates that they are in a desperate struggle to hold their ground against reinforcecl German forces who in the first onslaught succeeded in driving the Yanks back from a few miles to 20 miles or more along a 67 or 70 mile front at the center of the line held by the Allies. The danger of this threat is that the supply lines will be cut. That will happen if the Germans succeed in their objective of fighting their way far into Belgium. There are other lines of supply available to the Al- Jies, but they are longer and not able alone to keep supplies moving to the fighting men in sufficient quantities. These developments are not surprising to any but the unreasonable optimists who thought that Germany was just about whipped. The Germans are fighting as desperate men will fight when their home ground is at stake; moreover, they have apparently been supplied with new tanks and planes and guns and they have an abundance of ammunition, at least for the present. Although German factories have been hit repeatedly through the months, the Germans have been able to keep right on producing—perhaps in underground plants. If we in the United States can keep on pouring in the money; if our factories and the men in them can put immediate personal interest aside for the general welfare, and if our land, sea and air supply lines do not break, our Yanks and their Allies will have u long-time advantage over the Germans who do not have unlimited man-power or an endless number of factories and materials. But at that, this renewed effort of the Germans means that the war in Europe will go OH several months longer than informed ob-1 servers expected. THIS IS THE last week of 1944. The advent of 1945 on the scene will be welcomed with more than the usual anticipation of a new year.* For 1944 hasn't been too good, as years go. True the landing's in France succeeded, and the war as a whole is looking up. But in the latter part of 1944 we were led to believe that 1944 would see the close of the war with Germany. It didn't. Perhaps the turmoil that a national election entails is somewhat responsible—anyway prior to the election everything just seemed hunky-dory, and then bingo, right after the election, the whole thing went to pot—militarily, diplomatically, and domestically. It was a sad dissillusionment. Only one word would properly describe the close of the year and that is that expressive "snafu" coined by the soldiers to indicate their disgust with things in general. Along last summer toward the beginning of f ; ill we were assured that come the late winter or early spring We would see the end of rationing—then bingo just this week points went back on everything, and that staple of the rural country table, butter, went up to 24 points. Yep—it's been a snafu year generally. But there are also items on the credit side— mostly, for which we can be thankful, directly due to the courage and resourcefulness of the average American in uniform. Through the censorship and the glowing accounts painted by correspondents who are careful to lint everything rose-colored can be seen some of the true facts—that this is a pretty tough war—that victories are not supermen affairs but are also costly to our side. We have learned to regard the reports that "our losses were light" with a proper grain of salt and await judgment on official reports on the inside pages some weeks later. And we have learned that "our losses were slight" also means that some families in this country are getting telegrams from the war and navy departments. » For no loss is ever "slight"—somewhere in this land is tragedy, heartbreak and sorrow, coming like a thief in. the night—striking without warning, changing normal living into a nightmare in a few ticks of the . clock—the , time ,it, takqs.,|q. sign, for a .t'ele.T gram and open it. And sometimes we get a little impatient with the pollyannish attitude of the powers that be in hiding facts from us. There has also been a lot of growling and grumbling in 1944 V among the common citizen, who is being pushed around more than" considerable by the needs or imagined needs of war. There have been strikes and labor uproars that in sound and fury made the war news for the day rather tame by comparison. There have been those who rushed to get the easy money of war-duration jobs who now see the handwriting on the wall and are rushing to get comfortably back in the old rut before they are stranded high and dry. Yet take it all in all we haven't been so. bad off during 1944 but what it could have easily been worse—at least for most of us. It has not been good—not yet has it been too bad. It's the kind of a year that we are willing to get over with and let it take a back seat" to cool off for a time. Perhaps in ten years when the worries have either vanished or been vanquished we can make bragging stock out of the way we remember the trials of 1944. There's a brand of mild insanity that strikes everyone with the advent of the new year. There's an instinctive desire on the part of everybody to have a place to mark off the past and begin the future. There are those who know they smoke too much, drink too .much, cuss too much, and- all the other "too much's" who just have to have a mark to reach to resolve to change their habits. It seems an ingrained part of a human being, and fortunately so, to strike at least a little to be better—to try and get a little higher—to pull his feet just a little ways out of the clay, and to stick his head into the clouds. Every individual does a totaling job as the end of the year 1 comes—and the totaling is not on the cash or material ledger. It's natural of everyone to kind of review himself during the past year—and to be pretty dag- oned frank about it—at least with himself. And despite all the excuses ho lets himself indulge in for. his errors of commission and omission he does recognize them and resolves for a moment to learn by the experience. True most New Year's resolutions are over and forgotten before the snow melts and the green grass covers the hillsides, but it is something that they were made. For when people quit trying to get a little higher they stagnate and slip backwards. And collectively people are doing the same thing. We are striving a little harder as a nation—and we are being set a rather grim example by the services. We didn't like 1944. We hope 1945 will be better and 1 at least we are going to have a try at making it so. So hail to the Happy New Year! •~!X E. D; MRS. WARBURTON IS HONORED AT LAKOTA CHURCH Dec. 26—Mrs. J. H. Warburton, who after 48 years' as superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school retired recently, was honored at a Sunday school Christina's program at the church Friday evening. After the program Mrs. Emory Smith had Mrs. Warburton Corrte forward and presented her 'with J-a string of pearls, with ear-rings ; to match, as a gift some 89 of the 1 pupils she had served over the almost half century of her super- intendency.' Some of the former pupils are .now in service in various foreign parts around the world, some in service in this country, some ihere or at other points in civilian life. The remembrance was a complete surprise to Mrs. Warburton. Mrs. Warburton was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. N. E. .Noble, many years ago farmers near Algona, later of the Lakota vicinity. During her married life she has been consistently active in church and community . cir- also itt county Farm Bureau and other activities, and for many years has been one of Kossuth's best known women. She has for years been Lakota correspondent for the Advance and the Upper Des Moines. Mr. and Mrs. Warburton recently sold their Lincoln township farm and. bought a home at Lakota. SEVENTH CHILD BORN. Wesley, Dec; 26—A baby boy was borii to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Studer Friday at the Kossuth hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Studer novy have five boys and two girls. City and County A district AAA meeting will be held at Webster City Saturday to discuss commodity loans. Bernard .Wilson, of La Crosse, Wis;, arrived Saturday to spend a week with his parents, the S. D. Wilsons. Roy Hilion, recently employed at Bushnell's Tavern, is spending the holiday season with his son Jack at Indianola. Mrs. Robert Caldwell spent Christmas with her • sister, Mrs. Clella Denm'an, Storm Lake. She returned home Tuesday., night. I Mrs. Lee O. Wolfe Spent ffom' Friday till Monday night . wittt the L. D. Prewitts at Forest City and the Dr. H. I. Torgersens^TK tonka. V; ."•• -.,:•• .';' ••• p. A. Norton, field man for, the Aetna InsuMnct* ^. with headquarters at spending the Holiday^ here his farnily. ,..,•',.• Phyllis, dtughte* of- Mr. and Mrs. Frank Asa, A sftiderit at Northwestern -Bible school, Minneapolis) is here for the holidays with her parents. Christmas fell on the Rotary lunche'on day, so the meeting,was abandoner and there .will be n6 luncheon next Monday because of New Year's day. , Dr. C. H. Cretzmeyer takes of A fice at this week Thursday's ,Kiwanis club luncheon ag president for 194S, succeeding County/En gineer H. R. Smith. • The Eugene Pearsons, Hampton, spent Christmas at County Treasurer Carl Pearson's. Eugene who is a son of Mr. • and Mrs. Pearson here, has a restaurant at Hampton. Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Phillips and son Clark spent Christmas at Scranton with Mr. and Mrs. Wm.' Dunivan, parents of Mrs. Phillips. They returned to Algona Wednesday. •• ••• ,. ,••• ,. The D. A. Bernards spent Christmas day with -the C.v A. Normans and Mrs. d.6f and son Denny brigo. Mrs ; Barn 091- are sisters. . , Harold Padgett, in u u , .,,. ,. Department of the si™. „ J 7 1 ! Harold Roethler, Civsc,, i lip farmer, who has bo,,,' ^, n / f-ri.ig from mal'a t> Vl , r ' *"'• early fall, and w as in L dfl ' cc Several weeks, is improving an , is now able to be up nd _ Marjorie Dray ton. Y 3- c XVoci, ington,., D. C., got h m > ' morning to attend the her grandfather, Wm day afternoon. She i Washington Monday r ^Emma Spongberg, Klml 't6n teacher at Davenport sncnt Christmas vacation here \ v Hh w parents, the Albin Sp (1 ,,!,„ iShe' will leave Sunthiy niohi t r-esume work Tuesday morning Mrs. Helen Dickinson Ar! •vance reporter, went ' , t-r ter Mrs Fred Fredcrickson's has perhaps gone mi (o Moines for the rest ,,f u u , W( .Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ward and children, Hastings, Neb. are .spending this week with M« i Ward's mother, Mrs. Wm Rich They .came here to attend the •J funeral 'of the father last week HAPPY N€W Y£AR EVERAGES DRY OR GOLDEN GINGER ALE, WHITE SODA & SPARKLING WATER Sweet Girl Brand TRY THE HANDY 6-iOTTLE CARTON 44c Plus Deposit • 24-ox. Boftlts W* Pluj lottle Deposit i.'er NATIONAL'S QUALITY MEATS FRESH FINE FOR MEAT LOAF /i^r .>....;;; eese Spreads Pound ROUND STEAK 33c CKRVELAT • .' SUMMER SAUSAGE .... NEW KNOI.AND MTVI.B HAM LOAF -. PRICED I/JW FRANKFURTERS ECONOMICALLY PRICED BEEF SHORT RIBS PUKE PORK SAUSAGE .... DKI.1CIOUK ' POLISH SAUSAGE ... I'H'KI.KI) PIGS' FEET BULLHEADS ~~~ Pound IB. 35$ Pork Loins WHOLE OR HALF FRESH PRODUCE Pork Chops 33 KRAFT'S SVVANKY SWIG COME A SALAD DRESSING PLAIN' '•: •,•••••• DILI PICKLES ... NATIONAt GRACE JELLY ... BtlJB LABEi; ; KARO SYRUP ... Olinrt Jur Quart Jtu- Luncheon Meal PATH'S I rare QUALITY VIENNA SAUSME CENTER CUTS Lb. • POINTS 4-02. can 1 -"' JIUB 8-ciz. 32-oz. (iluss ORANGES Olives COMF AGAIN FLORIDA SEAL—SWEET, FULL OF JUICE FANCV—WASHINGTON HOME APPLES 3 u,.. 29c EXTRA I'CV. AND FANCV WKAI'PKU WINESAP APPLES.. 2 Lb , 23c | CALIF. GBEBN •«>»• *' ~" v fCARROTS 2 B , h ,. I7c Lbs. •——^«««««™™i™«™ii™« NATIONAL QUEEN OLIVE; i VAN CAMP'S ^ MKEO BEANS I3e. LEMONS SUNKIST ALL SIZES Lb. Peanut Butter TEXAS PINK GRAPEFRUIT EXTRA g SWEET 3 Lb «- CALIF. JUMBO SIZE NtUL CELERY .... „„ 33, BBWLffl" •••• - «* SSfJgff* ->»« SPANISH 0«IONS.... 3 u 13, GRAPES SKIMPY WiWRt t •.»• I5e 1-lb. Lou* CRACKERS..... ffi: mm MACKIRS ^ CALIFORNIA RED EMPEROR LAR«E CLUSTERS BREAD MAT10*(Al JQc Mb. toof

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