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1-Algona Upper D«* Mofnw Tuesday, March 7, 1950 TAX LOAD IS 3-LEGGED The campaign stategy of both major parties, in a political year, becomes increasingly plain. The democrats evidently are going to depend considerably on the general prosperity, and fairly solid voting blocks, to help them along. The republicans evidently intend to hammer at the high cost of federal government and along with it intimate that the democratic party has a heavy taint of socialism. There is something to be said for both campaigns. Federal government costs are high, and while there has been a small tax decrease, it has not been followed by any considerable paring of governmental cost. But it should be remembered that approximately 74% of all federal income goes for war, past, present and future. Frequently the same groups that cry out against high federal costs are the same ones that accuse Secretary of Defense Johnson of not building a military machine on a vaster scale. Just where part of that 74% could be reduced we don't know, unless waste can be eliminated, but it does not seem to be in the public interest to pare down any more the skeleton forces on land, sea and in the air that now exist. There is waste in the remaining 26% of course, but this percent covers the ENTIRE cost of the balance of federal government, includnig subsidies, programs and general operating expenses. Who wants to be the first to speak out for elimination of "federal aid" for this or that? Hut federal taxes are only part of the picture. We find that the same group in Iowa which points the finger of scorn at the federal government for its failure to reduce national expenses, is guilty of the very same tactics. In fact the state tax load has been INCREASED. Car owners, for example, have contributed two million dollars more in license fees this year, due to an increase in cost of license plates. There has been no effort on the part of the state administration to ease the tax load. It has flagrantly forgotten its last campaign promise about taking off the sales tax on food and clothing. Do you remember that promise? As a result ,the state treasury bulges with over 100 million dollars, which will last only about as long as it takes for the next legislature to get into action with appropriations. The more money any political unit has to play with, the greater the expenditures. It's true on all levels, national, state or local. In local circles, taxpayers are pretty well aware of what their taxes are for, their town or city, their township, their county and their school district. . . , Thus the tax picture is not one -pk*mtt» but three, (1) federal, (2) state, and'WiocaT'"™' In the political hot air that is forthcoming, the three-legged structure which adds up to the TOTAL tax burden of the general public should be remembered. Taxes are just simply too high, but they are high all along the line, not in just one place. There is plenty of pruning that should be done, and it should be done in more places than one. And it is a little out of place to find one party pointing a finger of scorn at another in the matter of spending; neither party has done much of a job of reducing expenses. Brings to mind the proverb about not throwing stones if you live in a glass house. * * * St. Louis Star-Times—A Chicago dealer is gelling new cars with a pay-as-you-go meter attached. If the new owner doesn't insert a quarter after about every five miles, the ignition automatically cuts off. It's the biggest thing in the auto sales industry since the self-starter, says the dealer. He may by right. Certainly it's the first self-stopper to be ballyhooed as such. * * * Dope Sheet—Usually by just looking at a girl you can tell what kind of a past she is going to have. * * * Bristol (Va.) Herald-Courier—Another thing that greatly it-taids the progress of man is that the peculiar design followed in his physical structure so aptly fits him for sitting down. (Upper £)es iflotnes 111 E. Call Street—Phone 1100—Algona, Iowa Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Issued Weekly By THE UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Managing Editor C. S. ERLANDER, Advertising Manager MEMBER NATIONAL EDITORIAL ASSOCIATION MEMBER IOWA PRESS ASS'N MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE National Advertising Service 222No. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 111. SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. _>nc Year, in advance $3.00 Both Algona papers, in combina'.ion, per year $5.00 Single Copies lOc SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year, in advance $4.00 Both Algona papers in combination, onu year $6.00 No subscription less than 6 months. ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per inch 5tJc OFFICIAL CITY AND COUNTY NEWSPAPER COMMUNISM'S PUNCH FADES In two places ,at least, Communism, or its first cousin, seems to be losing the battle for control. There is no use in rehashing the British election, but it is evident that after a good example of socialism in practice, the British aren't so sure that is what they want for a steady diet. And in Italy, despite over-population and the lowest average income in western Europe, the grip of Communism seems to be disappearing. The Red leadership, in fact, has played and lost its two best cards—labor control and the general strike. Undoubtedly aid from .the United States has helped in both Britain and Italy to loose the grip of "isms", which is encouraging when we stop to think that it comes from the pockets of all of us. At least we have a litle satisfaction—for the time being. There is no reason to get over-optimistic. Communism is still one of the strongest and most unsettling influences in the world. But it is encouraging to know that the Reds are not holding their own in some of the outposts. * * * MR. E. L. C. WHITE The death of E. L. C. White, 65 year-old newspaperman from Spencer, terminated a life of service and intelligent leadership to not only the Spencer community, but the newspaper fraternity of Iowa. Mr. White contributed his fair share to the betterment and improvement of the small city newspaper, turning out prize winning papers that set a path for others seeking to improve their own product. His community service record was outstanding, and only a few days before his death he received the American Cancer society award for 1949 for his work in raising funds for cancer control. The newspapers of Iowa join with the Spencer community in sorrow at losing a leader and a friend. * * * ARE YOU A "CHEATER?" Attorney General Robert L. Larson has evidently embarked on his course and is going to follow it, come hell or high water. Out at Sioux City, the other day, Mr. Larson said he was going to attack all so-called "social gambling." He said he would wage war against church, fraternal and civic groups who conducted lotteries of any nature, and termed them "cheaters." He tabbed groups sponsoring lotteries for commercial purposes (that is, making money) ap open cheaters. . ' Well, it's Mr. Larson's campaign, and we wouldn't want to be called a '"cheater", so the next time someone asks us to buy a ticket for a chance on a car from the Legion or V.F.W., for a chance on a television set from some lodge, a chance on a hand-made quilt from some ladies aid, or a chance on a live duck to help a Boy Scout troop, we'll just have to tell them about Mr. Larson, and say "no". * * * AT LAST THEY SPEAK UP Indianola Record-Herald: The Record-Herald has been getting some vigorous editorial panning from some of its republican contemporaries for sugsesting to Senator Hickenlooper that he should definitely free himself from suspicion of domination by the old guard of republican politicians in Iowa, as typified by Harrison Spangler, republican national committeeman. We have been getting the newspaper clippings from all over the state. The most interesting and most encouraging charactenstis of two thirds of the critical comment is that the editors making it go to some pain; to say for Senator Hickenlooper precisely what the Record-Herald suggested he say for himself. If the voters will believe what these editors tell them, then it is apparent that the sen- tor is independent of Spangler and the remnants of stand-patisn;. The Charles City Press attempted to be very stinging in its attack on the Record-Herald; but in doing so it said: "It is a mistake to toss Hickenlooper into the same political bed with Harrison Spangler." Thanks to the P.-es^; that is the-very message the RecGid-Herald wanted to get across. But nobody had been saving it till the Rc-ford-Herald put the bur undei the saddle blanket. The Chailes City Press ha= reacted beautifully. Still, wt- cannot escape the feeling that Senator HickenloopiM 1 would have been stronger with that element of voters who have got to bu wooed back to the republican fold had he found some way to stiy it for himself. An then, there is the Waterloo Courier, which Veiy facetiojily said the action of the Record- Herald would "only bring a yawn from the aver- aye votei." Yet, only two weeks later, the Courier's editor himself yawned out this rathe:' pertinent comment: "The old gaaid, which thought it knew throjah experience the best way of doing things, v.'Hs unwilling to concede that tunes do change. As a ie.?ult the oiganuution tcnda to atrophy and younger voters are repelled at leadership which, lightly or wiongly. applies the judgment of the 20s to political problems of today?" Is the Courier editor yawning ... or waking up? If he is not leveling his comment straight at the Spangler crowd, then h<j is an adept at mystery. * * * South Bend Tribune—''I didn't think of that." savs a man in Detroit when asked why he did not tuin oil the ga.T instead of calling the fire department when a roast in the kitchen stove became i^iuted. Maybe as a taxpayer he wanted tu get his money's woi lh in file department service. * X * United Stales Naval Air Sialion Skywriter— Seaman Sam Says: "Statiitics prove that marriage is a pixveritive oi LUicid^r. Could be vice-versa". Ravines CHBIB REZSB A tittU of Thtt, a L«fl* M Thai; Hot el Anything. Recently I thought that M. L. Nelsen, WHO news broadcaster, was a Dane because on account of he spelled his name with an "e" and he writes and tells me he's a Norwegian, but of Course he's still a Scandihoovian. So-I thought maybe Len Howe, another newscaster on WHO, was a Dane because on account of he also uses an "e" in his name, and maybe he is a Dane. An "e" in Howe Each morning with my Cheerio I tune in station WHO, a quarter hour of news comes in and thus a new day I begin. "Good morning friends" a voice speaks up as I hold steaming coffee cup, and news of nations and of .states come in as I enjoy my cakes. Len Howe (but say, he's-not a Dane though "e" is added to his name) with voice and speech of pleasant type sets out the happenings bf the night. Occurrences of interest throughout the world from east to west, the deepest south, the farther north, from every angle he brings forth. And so, though Len be not a Dane, his broadcast truly in the main o'er WHO at breakfast time becomes a daily joy of mine. But I met up with another Dane one night last week and it was Louis Hansen, gets his mail at Burt, and he spalls his name with an "e" and his dad, Peter C. Hansen, also of Burt, uses "e" three times in his name and which proves he. too is a Dane. And both these Hansens, true to their Scandinavian background, sure love and gulp their coffee and they're now members of the Gulpers. Why Louis even knew what ebelskyvers (a Dane mouthful) were and liked "em. First thing you know I'll find some more Danes in Kossuth, too. And the other day I was gulp;. ing a cup with Ralph Thompson, A. L. Brown and Bob James and the three of 'em tried to make me mad or something because on account of they called me names and alluded to my being dumb as all get out and said I looked like a nit-wit, etc., but I never get mad when the fellows do that to me. So long as they do those things I know I'm standing O.K. with 'em, but when a gent doesn't speak or kid with me then I know I don't stand in so good. I like it when my friends gesture their fun pjking at me because on account of then I know everything's O. K. *- V ' This is the first postcard out of 21 so far to date received and which concerned numerals and names in the Algona telephone directory: "My count is that there are more Johnsons in the telephone directory than any other name. And there are more names that start with "S" than there are "B", "H" or "M." — Dolores Hilbert, 315 Jones street. Algona." And Miss Hilbert has been mailed a receipt covering a year's subscription to the Upper Des Moines because on account of her answer was the nearest correct. And I have received seven post cards guessing on the number of names which have 4, 5, 6, 7, and AND MAIN SWIT Another Kind of Courage Has It All Over Standard Heroics BILLY ROSE- Recently. A doctor hi Main* Sent me a story about a coura- geouVldd and, unless 1'rt getting soft in the heart, it's the most touching tale of heroism I've come across m a long time .... Some tone ago. the medico got a hurry-up telephone call to coma out to • small summer camp 20 miles west of Bangor. There, half an hottf later, he examined a six-year-old girl and found ttat one of her leg! WMI broken and ffiat she had lost a lot of blood from a ga.h in her thigh. The story/ »« he got It from the mother, was that the girl and her brother, aged 7, had gotten into the loft of an abandoned barn and, when a rotted plank gave way, she had fallen, broken her leg and ripped her thigh on a piece of rusty farm machinery. As the doctor was cauterizing the 'cut and setting the leg, the boy-fhls name was Pete—kept watching from the doorway with worried interest "la Molly going to be all right?" he asked when the splints were in place. "She's lost a lot of blood," said the doctor, "but if she gets past the crisis tonight, everything will be okay." "What's a crisis!" "It's—wen. I guess it's the time when a person is sickest." "When people lose a lot of blood, do lh«y die?" "Sometimes. You see. the heart needs a certain amount to keep going. In-a way, it's like the motor of • car—it stops running if it doesn't get gasoline." "I see." said Pete. Bffly BOM LATER THAT NIGHT, the little girl's pulse began to slow up. "I'm afraid your daughter needs an immediate transfusion." the doctor told the father, "but there's a complication. She has an unusual type of blood, and I doubt whether the blood bank in Bangor has it in stock." "Her brother has the Same type," said the father/ "I know, because the pediatrician who examined the kids last year told me so ... ." Pete looked startled * mitmte later u-hen hit dad asked bim if bt would give up of cap of blood to help bit sister get well. "Hou> can If" tb» boy asked. "The doctor does it with a little rubber tube." "Can I think about it?" "Sure," said the father, "but don't take too long." Pete went to his room, and his parents heard him close the door. Five minutes later, he was back, looking very earnest "All right" he said. • • • WHEN IT WAS over, the doctor bandaged the boy's arm and told him to lie down and take it easy. But instead, the kid went out on the porch and, when his father found him there at midnight his face was white and his fingers were clenched. "What's the matter, Pete?" "Oh, nothing." said the boy. "Look here," said his father. "There's something going on in that head of yours. What is it?" "1 u-ai wondering bow long H trill take." "How long u-ill ubal take** "How long it trill tike me to die." "To Jo tebatf" "To die," repeated the boy. "1ft like tbt doctor laid- — when there isn't enough blood, tbt motor ttopt naming" ' "I see." said the father. "When you gave your sister a cup of blood, you figured you were going to die yourself." "Sure." said Pete. "That's why I wanted to think it over." college so that he "Cbuld get the' hang of the thing." It's that way with every, role he plays. He tries to master the skill of the character's occupation. ^ 1 In "The Big Wheel." young Rooney portrayed a race driver. Before the story was made, and during its filming, Mickey haunted the race tracks. He picked up every scrap of racing information he could. From veteran race drivers, he wormed secrets of the roaring-tracks. By the time the picture was completed, Rooney was racing with the best of them. Rooney masters not only the role but also the mechanics of the character's trade. Born mimic and versatile imitator, he is not content to acquire a superficial knowledge of anything. He must learn all there is to know about.it. , , , The current Mickey • Rooney picture deals with roller skating racers. For weeks prior to the starting date, Mickey spent all his spare time around roller- skating rinks. From figure skaters, derby racers and sprint-racing champs, he learned the little tricks of the game. The result was that his portrayal of Johnny Caser, the orphan boy who becomes a skating champion, is a convincing performance. When you see Mickey racing with a team of International Skating Champs in "The Challenge", you' 11 understand. He looks* Rood on skates because he really IS good. The Rooney body absorbed a lot of punishment in the begin- niflg, but Mickey finally became so proficient on rollers that he looks right at home with the big- time champs. During his early introductions to the tricky wheels, Rooney spent about as mucn time flat on the floor as he did on skates. Bill Fox, the Thor Productions sound engineer, shuddered every time Mickey hit the deck. An ex-movie stunt-man himself, Bill knew the beating that Mickey was taking with each fall. After, one particularly nasty spill, Bill remarked, "If he's getting a lump sum for the picture, the kid is doing all right. At a dollar a lump he'll break the studio!". t A bii of shuddering was also done by producer Bert Friedlob every time Mickey came crashing down. A broken leg, or even a sprained ankle, would have held Up the company while salaries and production time rompeu merrily on. Any injury to Rooney would have cost Bert a young fortune. ... Mr. Friedlob fell heir to other troubles before the picture was finished. One sequence called for a set showing the lavishly decorated interior of a beautiful home. A marginal note on the original script read: "Like Mr. Friedlob's drawing room". In an ill-advised moment Bert, who is justly proud of his Beverly home, said, "Why build a set to duplicate my place? We'll just shoot the sequence there." Those were costly words. 8 letters and 'which letter is the most numerous. In a week or ten days the guesses will be compared and the winner will also receive the Upper Des Moines for a year. And I'm getting a kick out of the guessers who are guessing, so to speak. Got to give it to the city of AJgona, we've got the finest medkfast whistle, dinner whistle and supper whistle in Iowa. And I might say that it becomes a good waker-up whistle, too, because on account of every morn- Ing at seven bells that whistle sends its fulsome and tuneful blast out over the city and so wakes me up. And especially how since I've moved to 21 East Call you can see that I'm practically under the whistle. But I got to give the whistle credit, it's the most dependable time whistle, too, and you can set your watch or alarm clock at 7, 12 and 6 every day and be assured of the perfect co-operation with the time each day.~But I would like to meet with the city council, or the city officials and talk things over and maybe we could ar- range to have the whistle take a vacation now and then when I'd want to sleep till 7:30, or maybe we could arrange to have the time of the blasts cut down to a half dozen seconds instead of the prolonged tooting as of today. Yep, got to give it to Algona, we ve got a swell waker-up whistle, and meal whistle, but maybe we could have it tuned down a bit, so to speak. Behind The Movie Sets WITH BUDDY MASON We hope Mickey Rooney never makes a college picture. We'd prabobly miss him on the screen for about four years! Perfectionist that he is. Mickey would undoubtedly insist on going through TAXPAYERS NOTICE! The office of the Kossuth County Treasurer Is Now Ready To Collect Your 1949 Tax Payments. THIS OFFICE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY AFTERNOONS IN MARCH Rosalia Voigt Kossuth County Treasurer Plumbing and tteatmg flew* Irons' "Irons" Are TUESDAY. MARCH 7. 1950 HERE ARE SOME LITTLE ITEMS— thai wo have been gelling in oul here al Irons, and they may prove of iniere*! to you. No. 1 it an Eleclre-Steem Vaporiier, which doe* what the name sari, putt out a bice flow of humidity for a room, and does away wilh that bad dryness. Electric, juil plug it in to a light socket. Priced only $5.95. No. 2 ilem U called Ihe "Toilel Damper", does away with all that handle jiggling. Thic lillle number is only 69c. Then we have another classy ilem called "Chimney Sweep" tool deilroyer, which you juil sprinkle on the furnace fire and presto! The soot come* oul of furnace, flues and chimney. Glad to have you inspect any of these. WE HAD A MAN CALL UP Yes, we actually .did. rThUihian called and asked why in the world we hadn't been printing anything here lately about our Dunham Baseboard Heating—or didn't we handle it any more? Well, sir, was our face red. Maybe it's because Dunham Baseboard Heating has become Just one of the family oul here now, that we have just taken it for granted. But it's still the same wonderful heating set-up it always was. Here's what we mean— Pictured above is MR. I. M. HAPPY, a local home-owner who just recently had Dunham Baseboard Heating installed in his home. Mr. Happy U pictured here lending to his heating plant. He says: "Nothing ever even approached Ihe kind of comfort we are gelling jfrom our Dunham Baseboard Heating set-up. It's wonderful 1 The heal U absolutely even throughout our house, there are no cold corners. My wite says you can't beat it for cleanliness, and it's sure nice how the baseboard blends in so nicely with our rooms. Wasn t much of a fuss or muss getting it installed either. Yes, Hay, you can put me down as a Dunham Baseboard Heating fan. (Notes We can do for you what we did for Mr. I. M. Happy). LEND A HAND TO THE RED CROSS -THIS WEEK! WE HAVI HAD o«» eyes open and our ears up for all the new things concerned will* jJumbing and heating, especially for those contemplating build- tog or remodeling. We have all ihjs information at our tinger.iips. ready to pus on to you. if you want to hear about some of these newer w* 1 '* 1 ": c * u en us out heie at the shop, oj jiggl, that telephone and well d*op over to you* place. No obligation, of course. 'HEATING ! - PLUMBING

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