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EDITORIALS Way to Use Atomic Power for Warship Being Sought "TvEEP in the atomic energy commission's *-* guarded Argonne laboratory near Joliet, 111., one of the great gambles of the age has been given the go-ahead by the U. S. navy. With the co-operation of Westinghouse's atomic power division, the AEC's Argonne national laboratory has been charged with building an atomic power plant for a navy warship. Westinghouse atomic engineers, who direct a division of some 600 scientists at a special plant near Pittsburgh, estimate that it will take 2 to 6 years to design and build the first atomic power plant. If it emerges then, it will revolutionize naval warfare by permitting warships to stay at sea indefinitely. The harnessing of atomic power has reached its first goal, if the first experimental atomic warship can move into the design and plans stage. This has been the dream of America's atomic scientists since the first atoms were split in the Los Alamos blast in 1945. flHIEF problem to be solved by the scien- ^ tists of the Argonne laboratory and Westinghouse is to reduce the tremendous size and weight of atomic reactors, such as now in operation at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., and make them fit into the restricted space of a steel-hulled ship. If that can be done, U. S. warships powered by atomic energy could stay at sea indefinitely. Soon after the first atomic bomb leveled Hiroshima, science reported that a few ounces of uranium U-235, if properly utilized and harnessed, could produce the same amount of power, as billions of tons of coal or hundreds of millions of gallons of gasoline. Problem is to harness that pinch of uranium. I T'S not only a race against Russia but a race against time. If successful, an atomic-powered warship would revolutionize naval tactics and strategy more than any development since the Monitor or the first steam-power vessels. It would free warships of their dependence on land bases or refueling fleets. Apparently the Argonne laboratory and Westinghouse are close enough to their goal to undertake the fivst commission for the navy. The day which, scientists envisioned when a thimbleful of fissionable material would drive the Queen Mary may be closer than we imagine. Look Out Below! 1949 AIRLIFT A contemporary insists that the modern bathing beauty owes most of her success to putting just a little more into just a little less. IT'S BEEN SAID: I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom .1 know most faults.—William Shakespeare. It will be ever so much easier to kill the Taft- Hartley labor law than agree on a replacement for it. Harry Truman is about to discover that his only presidential honeymoon was enjoyed 4 years ago. By the way, what ever happened to that fellow named Henry Wallace? Safety Memo: "Expect the unexpected" is an excellent rule for driving. Pros and tons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Liquor Laws Estherville News: A newspaper editor says there is something drastically wrong with Iowa's liquor laws because they are being flouted every day. Chum, there is something wrong with every liquor law and one never will be found that is perfect. Liquor laws deal with the personal habits of individuals; regulation of personal liberty, including its vices, is certain to result in unsatisfactory compliance. There is no such thing as a satisfactory liquor law. How About It? Britt News-Tribune: Several years ago the Iowa legislature outlawed (we might as well admit it) the Fourth of July, after Spencer suffered a severe fire. Spencer has grown into a better and moi-e beautiful town because of that fire. On Christmas day, 1948, Humboldt suffered a $500,000 fire. Will the Iowa legislature, to meet soon, outlaw Christmas stocks and thereby kill the spirit of Christmas? A "Smokeless" Davenport Davenport Democrat: One of the more desirable ordinances presented to the Davenport city council for many a day is that introduced by Alderman Ted Goodwin, chairman of the ordinance committee. It calls for the appointment of a smoke inspector and provides regulations looking to the elimination of the smoke evil which has afflicted the city from time immemorial. Who Cares Fairmont Sentinel: All right, boys, let's stop wasting valuable time arguing over who are to be the big wheels in the house and senate and start considering legislation beneficial to the country as a whole. Forget personal ambitions and do the kind of job voters expect of you. Prosperity Washington Evening Journal: Happiness and prosperity are delightful companions but they aVe not one and the same thing. Prosperity to some is paying installments on a dozen things instead of just one. Bouquet for the Living Austin H Republican or democrat, con= Tito Wit/i Reservations M ARSHAL TITO'S Yugoslavia, once comfortably within the Communist Russian orbit but now on the outs with Moscow, has broken off trade relations with Russia and soviet satellite countries. From now on, says Tito, Yugoslavia will sell iron, copper, zinc, and timber to the western democracies in return for industrial machinery. That's all very fine, but it is to be hoped that American officials in charge of export controls use some discretion in these shipments to Tito. . Tito was on Stalin's side once, and it' it seems advantageous, he again will slip back into the communist orbit. Under any circumstances, Tito is a dictator whose power does not arise from the people he rules, but from his own mailed fist. Foreign trade is a fine and necessary thing, and the international exchange of goods is a vital part of worldwide economics. It strikes us, however, that it would be unwise to help Tito build up a complex, highly-technical industrial machine that might toss a slight war in our direction. Does that sound as if we don't trust Tito ? You're right, we don't. This Is Good News mHREE MILLION more Americans at this -L time are carrying life insurance than a year ago. The total now is 78 million, against 75 million last year. That comes definitely under the head of good news. It's good news for the reason that life insurance is the soundest and best form of social security ever devised. And it's more in the tradition of free enterprise and the American way than handouts from the government. Bipartisan Truman "PRESIDENT TRUMAN will deliver his A inaugural address from a stand which the GOP 80th congress ordered, at a cost of $70,000, in the expectation that Governor Dewey would occupy it. It's to be hoped Mr. Truman will find the republican platform more serviceable than Mr. Dewey did. gress generally provides a target for harping critics. According to American tradition, few bouquets are handed out for the living . . . and that's why. Health Insurance Council Bluffs Nonpareil: Congress would do well to wait and see how the national health service works in Britain before forcing compulsory health insurance on the American people. Speed Limit •> Emmetsburg Democrat: The numerous auto accidents these days have everybody worried and if speed limits would help reduce them they are worth a good try, Iowa Winter Weather Muscatine Journal: Iowa will probably never become famed as a winter resort state. But there are some things worse than normal Iowa wintertime weather. Observing From Our Mailbag THE FARM UNION VIEWPOINT V ENTURA—We note, with great interest, that the all out drive by big business and its kept press to cram flexible price supports down the farmers' throats has now reached the county level with a "me too," by its rural stooge, the Farm Bureau. They would have us take 60% of parity when we are favored by nature with a bumper crop and allow us 90% during the years when yields are low. (What has become of the ever normal granary?) Either this or they swing the club of regimentation over our heads. Regimentation in the form of our own democratically elected farmer committees. Now is the time for farmers to make up their own minds whether they want to buy $3,000 tractors with 60 or 100% of parity and spend their farm organization dollars accordingly. Sincerely, L. E. HARTHAK Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO An increase in the number and amounts of loans made and in the membership of the organization was shown in reports at the annual meeting of the Mason City Production Credit association. The 200 members of the association in attendance elected Sam Kennedy, Jr., Clear Lake; M. B. Hendriekson, St. Ansgar, and Howard C. Barger, Hampton to the board. Holdover directors are C. M. Palmer, Forest City and M. W. Sprole, Mason City. Present officers are Howard C. Barger, president; M. W. Sprolc, vice president, and W. T. Frazer, secretary-treasurer. 20 YEARS AGO Fully 500 couples crowded the dance floor at the armory and scores of others occupied seats in the balcony as an enthusiastic .welcoming turnout for Al Katz and His Kittens, Chicago jazz band, which made its 2nd appearance here before a dance crowd. The dance was sponsored by the drum and bugle corps of the American Legion. Al Katz' orchestra drew one of the largest crowds of the season. 30 YEARS AGO The Queen Rebekah circle met at the Odd Fellows hall with a large attendance of members. Officers elected are Mrs. J. W. Trafser, president; Mrs. E. L. Kotwinsky, vice president; Mrs. Fred Kidder, treasurer; Mrs. G. E. Duntqn, secretary. Hostesses were Mesdames Ferguson, Helm, Warner, Robinson, Winteshed and Ulrick. 40 YEARS AGO The Milwaukee railroad company announces the taking over into its control of its coast extension built through the stales of Montana. Iclnho and South Dakota. The new line west will be known as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Puget Sound Railway company. New coaches for the coast extension are being built with the new name. To Your Health! By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. DIET FOR DIABETES M OST everyone has .heard diabetes referred to but many people still are confused as to just what the condition is. Diabetes is due to a lack of secretion, called insulin, from a gland in the abdomen known as the pancreas. The symptoms of this condition consist of loss of weight and strength, with increased appetite and thirst. Later, there may be itching of the skin and certain nervous disorders. In order to make' a definite diagnosis, the amount of sugar in the blood must be determined. In practically all instances, sooner or later, there is sugar in the urine. In treating this condition it is necessary to control the diet and to give injections of insulin when required. The amount of food to be eaten depends upon the patient's . weight and his type of activity. In general, sugar and sugar-containing foods should be limited. The physician will determine, in each case, DR. BUNDESEN about what amounts of sugars and starchy foods, protein foods and fats are needed. In general, the diet snould supply about 150 grams or 5 ounces of carbohydrate foods, about 2A ounces of protein from meat, milk and eggs, and enough fats to make up the caloric or heat requirements of the diet. It is especially important that the diet contain enough protein foods. According to Dr. Herman O. Mosenthal, of New York City, proper planning of the diet will help to prevent complications, such as hardening of the arteries and kidney disturbances. Some fat is needed in the diet. The minimum amount of fatty foods suggested is one egg and 1£ glasses of whole milk a day. Butter and cheese are also advisable. The use of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in general, but small amounts, which are low in sugar content, may be taken. The purpose of the treatment in diabetes is to keep the blood sugar under normal level. If the amount of food necessary to keep up the patient's energy permits sugar to appear in the urine and the amount in the blood rises above normal levels, injections of insulin must be utilized. The physician will decide just what type of insulin should be used and the amount to be employed. With careful treatment, a diabetic may live a normal life for many, many years. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS . R. D.: What is Perthes' disease? Answer: Perthes' disease is a condition of the hip, in which the head of the large bone of the leg is gradually destroyed. The exact cause of Perthes 1 disease is not known. Usually, immobilization of the leg (to keep it from being moved), by means of a cast for a certain length of time, will bring about a cure. They'll Do It Every Time Roving Reporter Hal Boyle of the AP NOTES ON THE WRITING ART N EW YORK; (/?)— The late Arthur Brisbane was fond of saying that if you put 3 chimpanzees to work on typewriters they would in time write all the books in the British museum. This is probably true. But they would be more likely to turn out a Brisbane editorial first than, say, a book like Tolstoy's "War and Peace." Unfortunately, there is no way to test this theory. No reward has yet been found that would induce an ape to spend that much time at a typewriter. It isn't that apes are too self- conscious to put down their 1 ] thoughts. They just believe more ; in direct action. They can bet-, ter express their view of life by -»spitting through the bars at by- BOYLS standers than by cramping themselves before a typewriter. Yule Tree Disposal find several schools of jfe-thought on the question of how long a Christmas tree should be left standing in the home. Usually the small fry hate to see it touched because it seems to hold an aurn of holiday glamor that disappears when rude hands denude it. Some believe it should stand for weeks, being carefully watered so that it shall not shed its needles. Housewives, I think, incline to think that after the holiday week it should be taken down because it adds an additional burden to housekeeping. I incline to the last opinion. It seems a reasonable compromi$e. Besides, it's safer. A dried-out Christmas tree is a menace—ask the fire chief. Or see the papers. Mayor Zeidler's tree, in his Milwaukee home, went up with a puff when a shorted wire started a flash fire, and Mrs. Zeidler had a risky time scurrying out to the street with her three children. The fire did considerable damage, too, even though it was speedily extinguished. A stately Christmas tree will become a charred stick in just 2 minutes after a spark catches a dry needle. It really is a menace— and the longer it stands, the worse the menace. From Fred D. Cram a little late in passing along the annual new year's poem 1 from Prof. Fred Cram of Cedar Falls, former Mason Cityan, because it came to my desk belatedly: San Joaquin was flushing forth its issue, Its living liquid poured to feed the grape; The spreading waters, thin, as thin as tissue, Provided meat and drink to five it shape. How can a vine so trimmed and much abused Provide a fruit extravagant in scope? The white grapes, hanging, no two to be confused, Concealed the mothering vine in smothered hope. Then came a whisper, soft but full of passion: "Your thoughts are on the agent, not tho source; Beneath the ground you tread on, rich to fashion. Is stored primeval wealth, and there iu force Kesidcs what timeless waters now bestow— Joaquiu has ages you can scarcely know." Adoptions Prove Successful nd gratification in the ' report in the January Red- book magazine that 9§ per cent of all child adoptions are proving successful. In this Genevieve Forbes Herrick story, there is mention of the fact that every year adoption agencies find happy homes for some 50,000 American youngsters. The exact procedure to be followed by those contemplating an adoption is set forth too. The article should prove extremely valuable. Jon. 11 Historic Dote think we must recognize ! a historic significance in the completion this week of a telephonic coaxial cable from the Atlantic seaboard to Chicago. The greetings exchanged by Chicago's Mayor Kennelly and New York's Mayor O'Dwyer constituted a precursor to a vast television network which will join Chicago and St. Louis with Boston, New York, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Up to this time, television in the middlewest has been largely a local proposition. The cable to carry video programs has been building toward Chicago. Now the first, practical long range test of television will come when programs are transmitted back and forth over this single-channel cable. „ . With the completion of the Chicago circuit, television programs change from city-wide to countrywide distribution. Some day newer technics may supplement the coaxial cable, but it has proved the only practical means to carry television today. Mark the date of Jan. 11, 1949, because it is on this day that television came of age. Information, Please! 1. What man has a job but never does a day's work? 2. What was the relationship between the Apostles James and John? 3. Can a president of the U. S. be arrested? 4. Where is the Dead sea? 5. In what war did the Battle of Peach Tree Creek take place? Answers—1. A night watchman. 2. Brothers, sons of Zebedee, the Lake Galilee fisherman. 3. As president he could not be arrested for any act whatever; but if impeached and removed from office, he could then be arrested as any other citizen. 4. In Israel, about 16 miles southeast of Jerusalem. 5. In the American Civil war, in 1864. Unionists were victorious. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To RICHARD JENSEN—for being named as one of the outstanding young musicians of the country-to participate in the "Week- End With Music" program over the CBS network on Jan. 23. He will be interviewed by the distinguished commentator, Deems Taylor, during the intermission in the concert. Included with the trip will be unusual opportunities to see and hear noted musical artists, as we'll as to visit places of interest in New York. Did You Know? All children are natural writers, because they are natural talkers. Words are wonderful and new to them. They let the words collide—and strange and splendid images are born. AlFcnUdren do this, even the dullest. •Writers sometimes complain that Chaucer and Shakespeare had an advantage because they wrote at a time when the English language was fresh. They say a writer has it tougher now because he has to labor to void literary cliches. This Is sour grapes—to use a bromide as old as Aesop. A writer has trouble getting away from tvoruoiit phrases because he has spent too much of his life studying what other people wrote and said. And his mind Is cloyed with the commonplace remarks he liears all around him every day. But no child ever talks In hackneyed terms. Not until he has been put through the wringer of education. To him the English language Is as fresh and powerful as U was to Chaucer and Shakespeare, and he uses It as boldly. This .spreading immortal languafe of ours, the greatest tongue the world has known—It will always be. fresh and new to the writer who dares to bend it to his needs with a child's freedom. Let me five a borrowed example of the child's mulch- less gilt of imagery. Columnist Frank Furrell published it recently £n the New York World-Telegram. A radio producer's small daughter spent the afternoon at the American Museum of Natural History, a storehouse of stuffed animals and bony extinct monsters. When the mother asked where she had been, the small girl replied: "To a dead zoo." Ever since readying that anecdote I have been in a mood of scnteel despair. A trained writer could work it month and never achieve the capsule perfection of this child's offhand description of a museum. Perhaps every writer should hire out us a part-limn liaby sitter and eavesdrop on somn childish prattle. It might loouen him up when he went back to his typewriter. On the otfinr hand he might come back and start writing something like this: "Da, da, da, da, da! Club, glub!" Maybe that Is what happened to Gertrude Sicln, who wrote "A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a—." You can't depend on a child with a single track mind. One of the best-selling authors in Soviet Russia Is Joe Stalin, (he old watchdog of the kremlln. It is too early to tell how he will ultimately rank In the world of letters, But at least one of his observations is profound enough to ring through the ages. Stalin, It was, who once wrote: "Paper will put up with anything that is written on It." Yes, even this! By Jimmy Hatlo O.KCAT5/ DON'T STOP/ THIS CXJ6HTA.K1EEP YOU JUMPIN 1 FDR. ANOTHER HOJR. OR. SO! HIT IT.' LITTLE LOOKS LIKE HE CXJ6HTA 3T THIS ONE OUT IN A REST HOME- WE'LL, HAVE TO PICK" HIM WITH A SHORT/ TONS Of MAIL ALL AT THE POST OFRCE-NOW HE'S 6OT To PUSH A roNQF FEMALE WAS AFRAID DANCE WAS I COULD IS 6ROESOMER. THAN THE RASSLlN 1 MATCHES TELEVlS/OAJ THE PLAVEO ON THWX AM> AliPCF UATlf> S 7t> 8/LLY POST The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readeri uiinj thli service for questions of fact—not coun- sel—suould sign full name and address and inclose 3 cents for return pottage. Address the Mason City Globe-Gnietle Information Bureau, 3!l> Eye Street Is'. E., Washington -', D. C. Is a bee sting: actually helpful in treating: rheumatism? The use of bee stings in the treatment of any disease has not been generally ac- accepted by the medical profession. Some cases of arthritis appear to improve temporarily following bee stings just as some cases of arthritis improve temporarily after" the injection of typhoid fever vaccine or similar biologic products. Is the suicide rate in the United States increasing or decreasing;? The suicide death rate in the U, 13. declined steadily during World war II and reached the lowest figure on"record in 1944. Suicides have been increasing in frequency since the end of the war. Why do some people say "fall" for "autumn?" The Oxford English dictionary traces the word "autumn" to about 1374, when it was used by Chaucer. "Fall," which is a shortened form of "fall of the leaf" goes back to 1545. How long have the low pressure automobile tires been on the market? The low pressure tire for passenger cars was introduced into the replacement market in August, 1946. Fleaae explain the significance of the colors of the American defense service medal ribbon. Yellow symbolizes the golden opportunity presented to the youth of the United States to serve their country. The stripes are the national colors. Please explain the term "snake hips" in reference to football players. "Snake hips" is a term used by sports writers to describe a football player who can move his hips rapidly to avoid being tackied. What is the significance of the painting, "Light of the World?" William Holman Hunt's famous painting is allegorical, i-epresent- ing Christ knocking on the door of the human soul. To get the proper effect, the artist painted out-of- doors after dark whenever the moon was full. In spite of cold he worked until dawn in complete solitude. The English painter lived from 1827 to 1910. How can postage stamps be removed from glassine paper without damaging them in any way? To remove postage stamps attached to glassine paper try chill- Ing in a refrigerator, then apply a warm (not hot) flatiron to the reverse side of glassine paper quickly. How much liver is there in Hverwurst? The average quantity of liver in liverwurst is 42 to 50 per cent, and 3J per cent of livcr- wursl. is seasoning. What books are known as the world's great Literary Bibles? There are a few books so pre-emi- Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures HERBERT ORIN CRISLER, born Jan. 12,1899, at Earlville, 111., son of a farmer, Coach Amos A. Stagg at the University o .C Chicago nicknamed Crisler "Fritz," because his name sounded like that of Kreisler, the violinist. After service in W orl d war I, Crisler became one of two men at Chicago to in three sports, nine letters football, baseball, and basketball. Coaching led him to his present athletic post at Michigan. nent for content and' style that they have been called the Literary Bibles. These are the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" of Homer, the "Divine Comedy" of Dante, the greater dramas of Shakespeare, and Goethe's "Faust." Each of these embodies the ideals of a race, or an age, or a civilization. In what year was "Hamlet" first produced on the stare? In 1602 at the Globe theater, London, where Richard Burbage, who excelled in tragedy, played the leading role. Burbage was a friend of Shakespeare, How should pewter be cleaned? Pewter is generally a soft alloy, and for this reason should be cleaned or polished with mild abrasives, such as whiting, rouge, or fine rottenstone mixed with oil. Metal polishes containing mild abrasives should be satisfactory for cleaning and polishing pewter ware. Mason City Globe-Gazette An. A. W. I.EE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East State St. Telephone :<30D Entered as second class matter April 12. 1930, at the postoffloe at Mason City, Iowa, under the act of March .7, 1ST!). LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr- Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1949 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which is exclusively entitled to use for r«pub- !lcatlon*>f all local news printed In this newspaper as well as all AP news dli- patches. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lake (Carrier Delivery LimlU) One ye«r One v/eek 25 Outside Mason City and Clear Lake But Within 100 Miles r,i Mason City By mail 1 year , . f fl.nrt Hy mail li months .. 4.75 By carrier per week . .25 Outside 100 Mile- ZOIIK t>y Mail Only One year $12.0* Six months 6.50 Three months 3.M

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