The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 6, 1938 · Page 14
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 6, 1938
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The Algona Dec. 6, 1938 9 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 First Place Award Winner, 1988, Iowa's Most Outstanding Weekly, Judged by State University of Iowa SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO.: One Year, In advance - $1.60 Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance In combination, per year — .....$8.BO SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year In advance ...- $2.50 Dpper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance In combination, per year $4.00 ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per Inch 86c Want Ads, payable In advance, word ..._ 2c "Let the people know the truth and the country Is safe."—Abraham Lincoln. "DEFENDERS OF LIBERTY" GET TOO HIGH A RATING When the Dies congressional Investigating committee brought the "Defenders of American 1 Liberty" into their council chambers, they probably did more for it than the members themselves could have done in 10 years. Not even the home town folks of the president seemed to know much about the organization, or its doings. Its chief work had consisted of Issuing pamphlets; and anybody can issue pamphlets providing they are not seditious or advocate an overthrow of the existing American government by force. Meetings of the organization have been held at Forest City, they tell us, but other than those few meetings and the pamphlets, nothing in particular had been done. Of course if there is anything sub-rosa about the group, or un-American, it should be thoroughly aired. The leaders, however, invite investigation, so there probably will not be any. Perhaps one of the troubles with the country is, however, that we have too many small groups hack- Ing away at each other, and not enough education along the line of good, old-fashioned Americanism. We don't want communism, or fascism, or nazl-ism or any other "ism" except good, genuine, sincere Americanism. The Defenders of Liberty seem to be a small group of men with Ideas of their own about certain things, but hardly Important enough to cause appropriating another $200,000 for Mr. Dies and his committee Co continue their work of investigating. HI HO! HI HO! AND OFF TO SPOILS WE GO ... Well, it IS a change to have the republicans pecking away at each other about who should get the spoils in the secretary of state's office which controls the motor vehicle department The democrats have been having their own internal fusses around the state for a year or two, with the republicans doing the gloating, and now the "outs" can do the chuckling. Not knowing anything about the set-up of the motor vehicle department, no editorial comment will be attempted. However, the organization was set up under a democratic administration, and probably there are some jobs in it that can be judged as eligible for manipulation under the "spoils" system. But the republicans can fight it out, and the democrats can watch and wait for 1940. Opinions of Other Editors laws than to passing new ones. It could do the country yeoman service by eliminating? such recovery-blocking enactments as the undistributed profits tax and the capital gains tax, and by overhauling the unfair, unworkable Labor Relations Act—an act which has perhaps done more than any snigle piece of legislation to create and maintain industrial strife In this country. The principal kind of reform we need now is reform of a* lot of crack-pot legislation passed during the last few years. • * • liquor Setup Is Satisfactory Anamosa Eureka: As to the state liquor stores we favor their continuance along the lines they are now operated on. As compared to the open saloon or prohibition that did not prohibit we prefer the state system. There is no question but what there can be great Improvement in the method of purchasing the liquor. And we believe that liquor should be handled on a closer margin in order to make the margin of profit so low that a bootlegger cannot exist The liquor stores should make a reasonable profit and we would like to see this money set aside to build an office building on the state house grounds In Des Moines. In fact the rentals paid now for outside property In Des Moines will amortize the cost of a building over a period of years and the building will not cost the state of Iowa one single cent above the rentals now paid. Land Going Back to Former Owner* Webster City Freeman: There is quite a demand for farms In Iowa and the federal land bank at Omaha sold 57 farms in this state last month, mostly to tenants and other farmers. Announcing the biggest sales month In land bank's history, Charles McCumsey, president, reported the organization succeeded In returning a total of 133 farms and ranches to private ownership during the month. The bank operates in Iowa, Nebraska. South Dakota and Wyoming. Fully three fourths of the land sold, President McCun.sey say), went back into the bands of farmers. • • • Spenders Not Popular Mason City Globe-Gazette: The administration would be surprised at the dearth of criticism that would be occasioned by a decision to dispense with the services of Spender Hopkins. » • 9 Bob's Head May be Swelled Webster City Journal: Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, ball player, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians during the baseball season, was arrested the other day for driving 80 to 85 miles per hour, and the patrolman who arrested him had the proof. This is not the first offense of this kind Feller Is guilty of. Perhaps he doesn't know it, but when he is speeding at 80 miles an hour he is going 117 feet a second, which is faster than he or any other man can throw a baseball. If he hasn't any more sense than drive that way his driver's permit ought to be cancelled. No matter how good a driver he may be he lacks common sense. The patrolman says he at times cut in and out of the heavy traffic on the Ames-Des Moines road at 80 or more miles an hour. He is probably suffering .from an exaggerated attack of the swell-head. The Kind of Reform We Need EmmeUburg Reporter: It Is said in some responsible quarters that few legislative bombshells will be exploded in the next congress. Government officials, it is rumored, have at last discovered the danger of proposing one piece of experimental legislation after another, and are nowhere near as eager as they were to propose new and extraordinary "reforms" affecting industry, agriculture and labor. If that is true, it's time for hosannas. For nothing can so imperil recovery and the attainment of a sound economy, as a chaotic and unpredictable policy on the part of the federal government. No man is willing to risk his savings in productive Industry when he doesn't know from one day to the next whether a new law, a new tax or a new administrative decision, may destroy them. No man can look forward with optimism and faith to the future when his government takes an inimical attitude toward those businesses which employ our workers and produce our national income. The next congress would be wise to pay more attention to correction or repeal of questionable DEDICATED TO A "BETTER UNDERSTANDING: Controversy may be good for the soul, but It Is sometimes hard on friendships. Thus, when Hodgepodge in The Kossuth Advance, spoke directly and forcefully regarding buying out of the city done by Algona teachers, he started some genuine conversation. And probably the discussion might be duplicated in a majority of places where the teaching staffs run into considerable numbers. There seems to be a growing rift between some of the faculty members and the general business public of Algona. This is not new; It has been developing over several years; and it is most unfortunate. We feel the chief reason is a lack of understanding from both the teaching and business groups of the problems of the other. A slight anger is not the feeling of any one merchant in the city, but quite a considerable segment of the business section. In many cities, the school faculty members play an important and appreciated part in civic activities; hence they become better acquainted with the business men and women of their town. And, with Algona, the high school has cooperated generously with practically every civic promotion that cornea along, loaning the band and other units on occasion after occasion. These things are appreciated, of course. But there is much to be said for the business people's angle. They have had a growing suspicion for some time that has just recently flared into the open, that many of our school faculty disdain to do much buying locally. They are not so narrow as to think that every nickel of school salary will be spent in Algona, but they seem to feel that there is very little effort being made to even ascertain if Algona can supply the ordinary needs of school faculty members. Perhaps the teachers, men and women, buy more In town than the merchants know of; perhaps the fact that some faculty members are not especially well known generally, conceals these purchases from store owners. The solution would seem to be in a better understanding and friendship between faculty members and business folks. The faculty, of course, gets its pay from the Algona taxpayers. The taxpayer in business,-- naturally, hopes for some small return on occasions from the faculty in a business way when auch opportunities or desires arise. At present, the understanding is going in reverse. The two groups are drifting further apart, rather than closer. Business folks are proud of their school. They support every school activity. They follow the class plays, and the football team, and the band, and support them. In return, they ask nothing more than a reasonable amount of loyalty in buying at home from their faculty members. It has been said that Algona teachers are not paid enough. Perhaps they are not. Surely trips out of the city cost money, and would eat up any saving that might be made — and we don't thlgk there IS any saving to be made. Our school board has a certain amount of money to pay salaries with; they are not acting as a police force requiring certain promises from the teachers; They let trained school folks run the school, acting chiefly in an advisory and business capacity, without any financial rewards whatsoever. But, If the salary schedule is too low, buying out of town is not going to bring about a public demand for better salaries. A better understanding and friendship might tend to change opinion so that better salaries would be approved by the taxpaylng public. Perhaps the fact that the local P. T. A. has been disbanded is an indication of a trend which is bad for the community. Perhaps one reason for it, is the fact that some folks may feel that the teachers do not desire to become an Integral part of community life. Probably that is wrong; we hope so. But the fact remains that a city the size of Algona aC present has no Parent-Teacher association. An appeal to reason is the only solution of the question. We can drift along, allowing a rift to grow in the relationships, or we can sit down and talk it over. The latter way is much the more sensible one, and we for one, would advocate something that might occasionally bring together the school faculty and the business and parental public. You seldom get mad at anyone with whom you can quietly converse and exchange friendly viewpoints. If our office was only bigger, we'd invite our teachers and business folks in for tea and toast some evening. * * * At a recent council meeting, according to what one councilman says, the city's governing body met, and adjourned to reconvene later in the evening when a reporter for this paper had left the meeting under the assumption that it was over. Our councilmanic friend had a hearty laugh over this maneuver; and we really laughed with him, at our expense. However, the chief purpose of having a reporter at a council meeting is to rind out what is happening. There is nothing "nosey" about the procedure; it's simply part of a newspaper's duty, and well meant. Although we have at times taken issue with this or that in city policy, we are not unfriendly to the duly elected members of the city government We may disagree with them about some things, but we can still consume a "coke" or a cup of coffee with them, and without fighting. If we could really find out what was happening at a city council meeting without attending, we'd gladly stay away, we can assure you. We're for Algona; the're for Algona. We may disagree about some things, but we both have the same goal in mind, a better city. .-,:," ' WEfgt.flUCKlrVj eWJSWfC TWO wrwa* L. . KMVUM»RMMnyt v*wr*« ^ N iAS Meacfit anmtr IHPOOK fp&ttutt VOUK. 00WIIN0 COHTtWeS *> ATTRACT LARGER f »n*y iww etcH stxcnuws we --Q» evanf ijotie, rite * 00 $0,000 win tftotet Mart AC* 3OQOOO AAC. POWISW HE MOVIES Famous Luut Line — Bed 'Sale*" in the »unaet! ( ByEleanor Frascr) Crowded Out Last Week 'The Young in Heart" should be a likely choice for beat picture of the year. It is a delightful comedy based on a charming story by I. A. R. Wyiee, artisticaly translated Into the medium of the sound movie. I can't remember seeing any movie in which the music is not only so completely an Integral part of the expression of the story, but also intensifies the humorous side of it. The high point of the whole picture Is the anvil scene—white hot iron on a dark back ground, to the tune of "The Anvil Chorus." This following a scene in which Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., returns from an evening in London. The picture is really good enough to see twice, I won't spoil It for you by telling you too much about the story. You may have read it when It ran as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post as "The Gay Ban- ditti". It deals with a family, so- called Carleton, who claim to have come from India. They live by their wits, sometimes In fine style, sometimes not knowing where the next meal is coming from. But when the father and son actually go to work (son for the first time In his life) to further a plot for securing an Inheritance, they find themselves facing a change In heart * * * One can't help thinking of the trailer on "You Can't Take It With j You." Of course trailers are nee- - eosary and Columbia's plugger of the picture has such a good screen voice (why isn't he In pictures) that I found myself still pleased with it after viewing the trailer at least four times. Nevertheless when a picture Is plugged In such extravagant language and with such lavish scenes, I feel somewhat overcome. Then when the picture Hself Is carried out in proportionate length and elaborateness, the effect Is fatiguing no matter how good It is. Not having viewed the trailer on "The Young in Heart," I was completely and most happily surprised. I would be willing to bet that the budget was limited. Not many sets. Not a staggeringly big cast. But a fine staff that deserves individual mention. David O. Selznick, producer; Richard Wallace, director; screen play by Paul Osborn, adapted by Charles Bennett. The production designed by William Cameron Menzies, and it has been designed to hang together without any feeling of having been cut down to size from excessive footage. Beautiful photography by Leon Sbamroy, with much of the lighting apparently by candle. Third dimension achieved by perspective so that It still lies flat on the screen. Art direction by Lyle Wheeler. Special effects by Jack Cosgrove. He must have conceived the "anvil chorus" and the "Plying Wombat" sequences. But he must have had the assistance of Franz Waxman who had charge of the muisc, which all but talks, like the asides which were used for Robert Montgomery in "Three Loves Haa Nancy." And the supervising film editor, Hal C. Kern, and the continuity director, Barbara Kern, must have been on the job every minute, for it is perfectly unified. Again I am reminded of the trailer on "You Can't Take It With You." All the ballyhoo about who would be good enough to be chosen by the wonderful Frank Capra. (I am beginning to think Capra is afraid he won't live up to bis reputation. This comedy ip clever and amusing. I'll leave it to T. H. C. to compare it with the stage production since I did not see that) But seeing the comedy at the Iowa and that at the Call on the same day, makes very clear in my mind that "The Young in Heart" is superior. More enjoyable because it is similar and hence more easily grasped. The cast for it was admirably cnosen. Who but dead-pan Roland Young could have played Sahib "gentleman" card-sharper? Who but Billie Burke the flighty "Manny 1 who couldn't make her stories hang together. "My children were born in India. Poor dears. I have never been there. I hear it's a dreadful place!" And who the lovable, albeit gold-digging brother and sister but Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Janet Gaynor, who even look alike? Then there's the lonely little old lady payed so sympathetically by Minnie Dupree, from the stage. And a newcomer, Richard Carlson, also from the stage, who has what sounds like a genuine Scotch brogue. ' Not to forget the fascinating Paulette Goddard, who finds her tongue hi this picture. One of the most subtly amusing scenes in the whole picture Is when the Sahib, after being trapped into accepting a job, Is accompanied to the door of the motor car agency. The farewell between them would move one almost to tears, accompanied as It Is by the lugubrious strains of the Funeral March. The music and action are coordinated with such perfection that they are practically a unit The Wombat— an amazing car In Itself—no door handles, no fenders, or running boards, top sped of 160 miles- dashboard padded in case of accident—Is made even more startling by the musical expression. Another delightfully Idiotic scene takes place In the zoo with Fairbanks and Paulette making love as they watch the penguins (who don't like ice) prance to music against a setting that seems harmonious with their black and white clowning. There are ft lot of things you can't take with you, but "Young In Heart" will make you feel young as spring, and you can keep the fun of it' <n your mind for a long time. Home EC Girls at Ottosen Play Host Ottosen: The home economics girls gave a three o'clock tea honor- .ing their mothers and the faculty in the dining room Friday afternoon. Music was played during the serving by different girls of the class. The guests present were: Mrs. Albert Bergum, Mrs. Erick Dahl, Mrs. Peter Holt, Mrs. John Coyle, Mrs. Mike Coyle, Mrs. Eugene Hofius, Mrs. J. E. Hansen, Mrs. Syervan Tonderum, Mrs. Roy Enockson, Mrs. Wayne Truesdell, Mrs. S. Nelson, Mrs. Roy Klnseth, Mm. Tom Olson, Mrs. Oliver Klnseth, Mrs. Edw. 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