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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 15, 1938
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fhe AlgottA trpjtef Pea Moines, Aigdtta, towa, Hoy, 16, dines 0 North Dodge Street J. W. HAGGARD & R. B. WALLER, Publishers Entered as Second Class Matter at the Postofflce at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of March 3,1879 Issued Weekly MEMBER First Place Award Winner, 1038, Iowa's Most Outstanding Weekly, Judged by State University of Iowa SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO.: One Year, in advance _.. $1.50 Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance In combination, per year $2.60 SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year In advance „ _ $2.50 Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance In combination, per year $100 ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 35c Want Ads, payable in advance, word 2c •Let the people know the troth and the country is safe."—Abraham Lincoln. CTTT SEEMS TO HAVE HARD TIME IN ITS BUSINESS DEALINGS During the past few months, several things hare come up in connection with the city government which indicate the city management could stand a more thorough and business-like handling of city affairs. First the-question of the city audit While it is evident that the bill for the audit is too high, checkers maintain that additional work was necessary because of certain methods in use at the city hall which require graeter time to audit Whether they are right or wrong we do not know. But that is the contention of the state checkers. Second, water softeners are installed on a trial basis. Now there is some controversy as to whether the water softeners are to be handled this way or that way or the other way, and nobody seems to know for sure just what the arrangement was, or how things are to be handled. Third, the Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Corn Co. is presented with a bill for construction of a power line which they did not understand they were to pay for. V * * In private business, firms generally have a distinct understanding about how much they are going to pay, or receive, for specific purchases or sales. Evidently the city has not had definite, written agreements on some of these matters, which would have saved a lot of trouble and misunderstanding. AND ANOTHER POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BITES THE DUST If any one sentence were to summarize the results of last week's election, it would say that American sentiment has swung toward the conservative side. In New York, Illinois, and some other sections, the democrats managed to hold the fort In other • NEWSPAPER APPRECIATION WEEK— Because this is Newspaper Appreciation Week, we ask our readers to bear with 'us in this column, today, pardon a few lines of discussion about our own business, If they will, and we hope, possibly acquire a little better understanding of the Qpsration? and problems which must be met to make the newspaper possible. • » * The cost of a newspaper subscription itself hardly covers the expense, per year, of the blank newsprint used. It costs the subscriber about three sticks of gum or three cigarettes a week. Before publication of even the smallest paper is possible, an Initial investment in equipment of from $5,000 on up must be made. With the case of the Upper Des Moines, the machinery investment is considerably more. The Upper Des Moines pays the salaries of seven people, other than Its owrlers, three of whom support families. The Kossuth Advance has a like number of employees. In all, 11 families and several single folks are dependent on the newspapers for their living. Throughout Kossuth county, some 30 correspondents send in weekly news to this paper, receiving In pay space rates for same. * * • The Upper Des Moines pays office rent, taxes, and light and power bills, all locally. Advertising, frankly, is the backbone of any newspaper business; commercial printing is also necessary to maintain an even balance for six days of the week in general production. Advertising rates are based on circulation. Those in Algona are lower per thousand of circulation than practically every community of similar size in the State of Iowa. The home newspaper provides the ONLY place in which local news Is thoroughly covered; it is" the ONLY place where space is freely donated to community projects; it is the ONLY place where news of churches, organizations, schools, etc. and publicity for them is printed without charge week after week and quite extensively; it Is the ONLY manner in which any man or woman may freely express their opinion in print without any cost to themselves. • * * Newspapers, of course, have plenty of troubles. They deal with all races, creeds, and political faiths. They endeavor to treat all, fairly and squarely. They reserve their political opinions to their own editorial columns where it is distinctly understood that opinions of only one person are expressed. The compensations. In the newspaper business are satisfaction with the production, occasionally, of a sparkling paper filled with genuine, newsy interest; In seeing advertising messages bring results; In helping to create a better, progressive community. Without newspapers, citizens and taxpayers would have no consistent way of knowing how tax money was being spent, why it was being spent, or what was happening in the homes of their neighbors, in their county court house, in their neighboring communities. Farmer - Labor Paper Reviews Election Imagine a community with no newspapef. No knowledge of what was showing at the movie house; no information as to what grocery specials were being offered; no idea of what bargain buys the dry goods and clothing stores were offering; no way of telling the public about the Red Cross drive; Editor's note—Ont neighboring state to the north has been under control of the Farmer- Labor parly lor the. past eight years. In 1988, state control has swung over to the republican party. The following editorial 1* from the Park Region Echo at Alexandria, Minn., one of the strongest Farmer-Labor papers In tte state of Minnesota. Become It to a Farmer-Labor paper, and because of the viewpoint expressed without partisanship, we feet the subject matter worthy of reprinting. * * » American People Were Liberal As. Long As They Could Stand It What a licking we tookl The conservatives made a cieart sweep. Mot only here in Minnesota, but all over the country, except In New York City—which has such a large foreign population that it resists the trend through the rest of the country. It Is a juicy mess of crow for a Farmer-Laborlte to eat But If misery loves company, we have the consolation that liberals everywhere took it on the chin along with us. Even the LaFollettes who had a strangle-hold on Wisconsin for 30 years, were licked almost as badly as we were. So were the Democrats everywhere but in New York City and the Solid South. The things which loomed the largest in the Minnesota campaign amounted to nothing at all: Stassen's liberalism. Communism, the Jews, the state employee contributions, the Gongoll case, the Bemidji Teachers College, the Red Lake Falls row- none of them had any effect It was a conservative landslide all over the country- The most extreme conservative the Republicans could have picked would have been elected governor. Other states heretofore Democratic, went Republican just like Minnesota did. President Roosevelt prophesied what would happen, without realizing it when he spoke last Friday night about what a short time liberals have stayed in power in America; too short a time to get their program really working. The American people have never stayed liberal long. It is too much of a strain to be an idealist; we are a practical people. It's a lot like getting religion. For a time there is keen enthusiasm, but after a while people drift back to the way they lived before they got converted. Whether the Farmer-lsabor party will die of the shock is a question that cannot be answered as yet They will be told that the third party has been a failure in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and they should go back into one of the old parties. But that \s not necessarltly true. If we had joined the Democrats in both states, we would have been licked just the same. The progressives and the Democrats combined in both states polled too few votes to come anywhere near winning. On the other hand, bad as the licking was, there are still hundreds of thousands of people In Minnesota of such strong liberal viewpoint that they resisted even a landslide. We were beaten by 200,000 or more, It Is true, but we won just two years ago by as big a lead. Two years from now we may come back, just as the LaFbllettes came back after a licking a few years ago. Whether the Farmer-Labor party has enough backbone and fighting spirit to keep alive and continue to offer liberals a strongpolnt around which to rally will depend on general conditions. It will depend on whether the change that farmers and working people voted for Tuesday turns out to be the kind of a change they want The answer to whether the party will live or die depends on things over which we have no control. Reader Comment cendancy. There should be no wailing about the outcome. If the public feels that way, so be It In Minnesota and Ohio, young republicans who are not of the same mold as the die-hard element which the country repudiatd In 1932 and 1936, have revitalized their party and carried it to sweeping victories. In such men as these lies the- future of the republican party. • » * Iowa's vote is somewhat perplexing. No state in the union has benefitted more from the federal administration's handling of the farm situation than has Iowa. Even with Its flaws, the democratic party finally did something in an effort to boost and stabilize farm prices. If Iowa today really prefers to drop that program^ then it should be dropped. If a majority of lowans prefer to drop the three- point tax setup, and the homestead exemption plan, and old age pensions, all Introduced under the democratic administration, then they should be discontinued. • * * But to the democratic party, the voting trend should have some definite significance. Prom 1932 to 1936, the democratic administration did some constructive work with regard to agriculture, banking CCC, foreign trade, and labor relations. Since that time It has dabbled in PWA, WPA. dam building, dages and hours, labor and capital and the supreme court. The general vote In 1938 indicated the 1932-36 period met with acceptance. The 1938 vote Indicates the trend since 1936 has not met with great public favor. Labor troubles and a lenient attitude toward them have not set well with the general public. It is time for the national administration to take stock of itself, and also a notch in its belt. It has helped to ease the suffering hunger of thousands, the distress in the corn belt from low agricultural prices, and many other things. But now that these things have been accomplished, an'l times are better the public memory of really hard times has been dulled. People are now thinking in terms of "the cost" of government. The democratic administration has not been entirely sound in all respects. It has. however, "done something", which is more than its preceding republican administrators could say. But 1M8 would be a good time to revamp plans for 1939 and 1940, and iajrct an element of economy into the federal administration. » • » And now that the election is over, we wonder if others feel as we do. Holding an election every two years is a waste of time and money. Candidates no sooner get elected to office than they have to start spending the taxpayers' money to build up "a machine" that will reeled them the next time. We have too many officeholders both state and nationally. We have too little efficiency. We vote too much for the party, too little for the man. We are not honest with ourselves in government- We have our hands ouc in a "gimme" attitude one minute, then criticize the government for extravagance in the next breath. We want high farm prices, but cannot understand an effort to raise the wage scale. Laborers who want more wages cannot understand the effort to stabilize farm prices. We want democracy, but we kick at paying the bills which result from our bungling of the job of governing ourselves. There is a wealth of room for improvement in self-government, and whether it be republican or democrat, whichever party can honestly strive toward that Improvement will be the party that will exist longest and fare the best. of mouth or placard; no detailed summary of how your county voted in the election. Yes, we would all miss them. But despite trials and tribulations, which come to us as they do every business and every farmer, newspapermen like their work. They appreciate friendly words of encouragement, Interspersed with the criticism that comes, some of which is undoubtedly deserved. You'll find that whether you be In business in town or on a farm, your problems Interest your local newspaperman. He Is your friend and neighbor, and will prove it If called upon to do so. Opinions of Other Editors Great Military Secrete (?) Fairmont Sentinel: Good Uncle Sam, who keeps an army and a navy all steamed up at all times to protect you and I from foreign devils who might eneak in and murder us in the night, is going to •equip his shooting men with a new gun. The good old Springfield rifle that three or four million of us relied upon in the World war la going to the ash can. The Garand rifle has been perfected to take its place. This modernized shootin' iron Is a honey. With it one of our Infantrymen will have five times as much fire power as a soldier of any othVr country. It's an accurate little killing device, too, even more accurate than the old reliable Springfield. Collier's has an article this week telling all about this new weapon. Descriptions and everything. Still it's all a strict military secret If a spy for any foreign country geta onto this new gun it would be an international incident of the first magnitude and sabres might rattle. Still, for a nickle, spent for a copy of Collier's anyone can learn all about it. • • • Gun Death* Continue Krnmetsburg Democrat: Fatalities due to guns while hunting continue to be reported despite warnings and gun-handling educational articles appearing in almost every newspaper and publication. The Conservation Commission, State Department of Health, Iowa Safety Council, and other state departments interested in the public's safety have published numerous articles on the danger of guns and the proper method of handling. Reports of gun death and injuries continue to be .received and one of most interesting points regarding most fatalities is that death was caused by a gun that was being handled in a manner which has been stressed in all safety publicity as being the most dangerous. Reports indicate that gun accidents occur chiefly from pulling a loaded gun barrel first from a boat or car or thorugh a fence, pointing a loaded gun at a hunting companion, and not carrying a loaded gun in the right manner when hunting with oth- era. Conservation authorities state that one way to reduce such accidents is for the hunter to remember that every gun is loaded whether It is or not, and should be handled, pointed ajid carried, with that thought in rnind. • • » Farmer* Know They Are Pitying the Benefit Hurnboldt Republican: The rural districts gav«s a surprising anti-administration vote. It is called surprising because it is very hard for anyone to receive such favors from the powers that be and vote aganiit them. In view of what the administration liua done for the farmers (we are referring to unwarranted favors such as permitting the farmers to sual corn at 57 cents and buy enough for their needs at 28 cents;, it must come very hard to vote the opposite ticket. However, the rural population i:> intelligent and knows that the liberal disbursement of public funds will in the end come out of their own pockets. It is like being entertained by a traveling politician who charges your entertainment to yourself. All he does is disburse it. Is Ashamed of Kossuth! Dear Editors: Having spent 23 years of the best part of my life in Kossuth county, and always mighty proud ol that good county and its good people, I received quite a jolt when the returns came In announcing that Kossuth county nad turned down our good frieno Dickinson. Can it t>e that the money scattered by :ne democratic money spenders was :he cause or was It brought about >y mental deterioration caused -by istening to FDR's fireside bunk. Good old Butler county has stood solidly back of Dick at all times, and our good farmers were not mls- ed by the bunk scattered by the iress agents who are paid by the tax we pay instead of from the pockets of the democratic cam- ialgn fund which the party ruth- essly took from the taxpayers' lockets instead of their own. Here's one former Kossuth citi- en who feels ashamed of Kosuth's November action. Respectfully, BOB SHERWOOD, Parkersburg, Iowa. Takes Issue on Pensions 'o The Editor: It seems that both your paper and The Advance ore against the teachers' pension plan, as it is being worked out for introduction to the state legislature. Neither one of you understand what It is all about afeP.JMa^&giaj'^Jhi.'-.j.-*-'*-.. i-j^i : underpaid ii* a majority of Instances They are subject to the whims of school boards rind parents and seldom, get enough to provide a nest egg for themselves when they become too old to continue teaching. The pension plan Is nothing new; It Is already In operation In several states In the union, and seems to meet with public approval. While other classes of citizens are being provided for In the social security setup and the wages and hours bill, the teachers as a class are left, completely out of the picture. If the public desires to maintain a high public school standard, it can help greatly by backing the teachers' pension plan, which will be an inducement to teachers in their profession and tend to bring even a better class of people into the teaching profession in the state. A TEACHER Algona, Iowa. The Dams In Kossuth To the Editor: During the recent campaign, we heard a lot of criticism of WPA and PWA and the manner In which money was spent for it Prqbab- ly some of It was used foolishly, but so many talk without seeming to realize what the whole matter is about that I thought I would call a few things to attention. We are mighty proud of the fact that in Kossuth we have established a series of dams along the Upper Des Moines river. But some of the guys who are crying the loudest against WPA andPWA are the same ones who seem so nappy about the dams. It was WPA money, aided by free work of the Conservation (-•ague and good cooperation from the county that made the dams possible, and don't forget that It also provided some local people who needed it with honest jobs, where :hey earned their money and kept their self-respect. Think it over! J. W. C. Algona, Iowa. SPEAKING Of SAFETY SCENERV IS GORGEOUS DRIVERS >WHO WATCH THE TOO OFTEN LOSE 1tfltRE$T INTHE WONDERS •i- —National Safety Council The MARCH OF TIME uo. o. i. r»i. on. Prepared by the Editor* of TIME The Weekly Newsmataslnt Former Burt Lady Injured in Accident Burt and Lone Rock friends of Mrs. John Moser will be interested to learn that she was Injured In an automobile accident last week Thursday. How or where the accident happened has not been learned here. A Des Moines Register story Friday stated that Mrs. Moser's sister, Mrs. Kate Welderhoff Colesburg, was killed in the accident. Funeral services for her were held Monday. Mrs. Moser struck on the back of her head, and she suffered a Broken left arm, cuU and bruises. She is expected to recover, however! Her daughter, Mrs. Charles Welgel Austin, Minn., is with her now at Colesburg. Mrs. Moscr lived a. number of years near Burt, but for the last two or three years she has made her home with her sister, Mrs Wiederhoff. Read Th» Warn Ads— it AMERICAN REARMAMENT WASHINGTON: After publicly urging the reelection of New York's Democratic Governor Herbert H. Lehman and disposing of other election duties, President Roosevelt last week turned to consider the important matter of national rearmament The president's aides discussed during the week a separate "Emergency budget" for defense, an air fleet of 10,000 planes instead of the 7,000 mentioned a fortnight ago, and a provision in the War Department Appropriation bill to equip for instant combat an "Initial protective force" of 400,000 soldiers (Regular Army plus Nat ional Guard.) The President himself meanwhile announced that he lad ordered a survey of all federal ands and plants capable of being used toward rearmament includ- ng the old New Orleans Navy Yard which might serve the newly-formed Atlantic Squadron. Scheduled to go to Washington ia?t week was a visitor with whom defense of the Caribbean would jndoubtedly be discussed: Colonel Fulgencio Batista, Chief of Staff of Cuba's Army and the island's proletarian dictator. Likely topic of conversation with the President: Another U. 8. naval base in Cuba, like the one now leased at Guantanamo. HOPEFUL EXPERIMENT IN LIGHTER THAN AIR SHIPS WASHINGTON: Most citizens have supposed that dirigible construction in the U. S. was dead as the 89 good men who went down with the "Shenandioah" in 1928, the "Akron" in 1933, the "Macon" in 193S. But Franklin Roosevelt corrected this impression last week when he ordered the construction of a new rigid airship for the U. S. Navy. That the lighter-than-air idea still lives la due in large part to Commander Charles E. Rosendahl, who has served on two big Navy dirigibles and continues to preach in interviews, books, and Congressional testimony that helium-filled airships are safe, efficient transports, scouting craft, airplane car<- rlers. At Lakehurst, N. J., Naval Air Station 17 lighter-than-air officers putter about the sky In seven small blimps and one metal-clad ship. Still inflated but confined to its hangar is the aging "Los Angeles" available for ground training but banned from the air by the skeptical Navy high command. The fight for and against more big dirigibles reached a showdown last spring when Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Naval Opera tions, and Rear Admiral Arthur B. Cook, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, coolly declared that airships had not demonstrable military value, and Congress casually passed the buck to Mr. Roosevelt: If he wished, he could spend up to $3,000,000 for a ship about half the size of the "Akron" and "Macon." Having consulted Assistant Sec retary of the Navy Charles Bdlson, the President last week authorized bids for one ship about half the size and cost authorized by Congress. Limited In length to 323 feet, In gas capacity to 1,000,000 cubic feet, the new ship will in fact be little more than an experiment helpful to future commercial development and perhaps useful for coast patrol. PHASE NO. 5 IN HOUSING WASHINGTON: Looking forward to his legislative program for the next Congress, President Roosevelt last week also turned bis thoughts to Housing. He told his press conference that four phases of his broad Housing program were now functioning effectively: Home Owners' Loan Corp, to save small mortgaged properties for their owners; Slum Clearance, which has been taken up by almost all large U. S. cities; U. S. Housing Authority, which finances new tenements for people who can afford not more than $5 per room per month; and Federal Housing Administration, which finances home owners who can afford J10 per room per month and up. Next, declared the President, must come Phase No. 6—housing for lower-middle families who can afford rooms between USHA's $5 maximum and FHA's $10 minimum. The President hoped that money to finance Housing in this field could be found among thousands of people with $1,000 or so to invest, small private capital brought into an enormous pool by a sure promise of 3 or 314% interest. This plan for Phase No. S in his nousing program, the President said, would be worked out in detail soon. • * • To eight cities, for 15 more low- rent rehousing projects, last week went $32,632,000 more of the $800,000,000 which U. S. Housing Authority is authorized to lend to local bousing authorities. This brought total USHA loans to $288,064,000; and total committments (including rent-reducing contributions) to $576,104,000. Thus did Administrator Nathan Straus celebrate the first anniversary of bis New Deal program for sheltering the worst-housed, lowest-income por- tion of the populace. H)ft estimate of the families thus far provided for by USHA! 62,981. . , . •* . &-'TWO-PRICE PLAN FOB CONStMEBS NEW tORK: Vice President Francis R. Wllcox of the Federal Surplus Commodities Corp., ah export expert in the Department ot Agriculture, sailed for Europe last week to find a market for excess citrus fruits and other crops—part^ icularly wheat For although th* government has announced it would sell 100,000,000 bushels of wheat abroad by next July, it has thus far succeeded in selling only 39,000,000. But because sales of excess crops abroad at whatever prices Francis wllcox could get might 'depress joth domestic and international farm prices, Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace last week hoped to accomplish the same thing at home. About six weeks ago he Srst promulgated his domestic 'two-price plan" for buying excess commodities from farmers at market price, then selling them at cut prices to needy U. S. citizens, with he government footing the loss. Specifically, he proposed to have ome of the 1,600,000 bales of cot* on which the government holds as collateral on loans to producers irocessed into dry goods and sold t prices far below the retail mar- ret The system, if It worked, would irovide cheap cotton goods for the poor, employment for cotton work- rs, an outlet for surplus stocks. | Retailers like the National Reall Dry Goods Association, were horrified lest the cut price become a yardstick for all dry goods. And low would the government decide who was to get goods cheaply, who expensively? The Department of Agriculture ast week set out to flno answers or these questions. Using cotton mattresses as a medium for experiment Assistant Secretary Harry Irown invited cotton producers, manufacturers and distributers to discuss the possibility of applying the two-price plan at home. .—«*—. DON'T SHOOT—IT MAT BE A COG BOY WASHINGTON: Besides un- ounted numbers of deer, bear, fox- s, rabbits, squirrels and birds of he forest, there are abroad in tie weeds this hunting season some 00,000 CCC workers. Following a custom he believes prudent, Director Robert'Feehner of CCC Hat week addressed i. letter, to state game Wardens thanking them for their help In the past and asking them again this year to keep his boys from being shot: - •-• -« \- ! fl- * *jit -, '- NAMES "OUR COMMON AILMENT' N;8W YORK:' Dr. Harold H. Aaron, medical consultant of Consumers Union, has for more than a year teen writing witty, scientific paper* in Consumers Union Reports to ex* plain why fou? out of every five persons In the U. 8. are constipated. To let the general public in on the "confidential information" Of Consumers Union, Dr. Aaron incorporated his articles In a popular, well- documented book entitled "Our Common Ailment" (Dodge Publishing Co., $1.60) issued last week. Practical hints:— "In one person good bowel function may mean one movement every day.' In another . . . it may mean one movement every three or four days. . . Every person's bowel has its own individual law of frequency of movement.. " Thin persons may relieve constipation by eating more cream (three to four oz) and butter (at least one- eighth of a pound). Bran is a "material unsuited for human consumption and should be relegated to the tern" ... A couple of cups of coffee a day are helpful, for coffee contains a drug which has laxatlva properties. For persons with temporary constipation, Dr. Aaron suggests certain mild laxatives. Unobjectionable ace mineral oil, milk of magnesia, cascara sagrada. "Least ob- jectloanable Tor habitual constipation la agar. Castor oil and calomel are drastic cathartics, should be taken only on advloe of a physician. H. W. POST Dray and Transfer Storage of all kinds Long distance hauling. Every load Insured against loss or damage. Equipped to do all kinds of draylng and hauling. 32-tf f agCflOffiflraflMaHattHMB^^ BY THE WAY SHE USES THE The way this little girl uses the telephone stamps her as an American anywhere. Nowhere else do people— grownups and children—use the telephone so much as in the United States. Nowhere else in the world do people get so much and such good telephone service at such low cost. I don't know what you do to it, but it's the FASTEST STARTING WINTER GASOLINE I ever tried I <7W .ii. yrhilup Here's what we do to it, lady. Phillips 66 is high test gas to begin with. We pack it with extra energy units by the scientific POLYmer- ization process. On top of that we custom-tailor it... match it to your weather more accurately than any other gasoline you can buy. The net result is a motor fuel which contains nearly four times as much natural high test gasoline a« the average,.. which flashes your motor into action at a touch of the starter . . . which gives you extra mileage in. place of the usual waste from excessive choking. And which, in spite of its higher test and highe'.- energy, sells at no higher price than most ordinary motor fuels. No wonder more and more motorists every year are changing to fast-starting, money-saving Phillip, 661 HARMS OIL COMPANY Independent Distributor., Algoiw, Iowa F. B. Haldenoan, Bulk Station Agent Phones 41 or 298 BOWL FOR BETTER HEALTH BARRY'S

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