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EDITORIALS Seniority Reform Overdue but We Still Face a Delay rpHERE'S encouragement in the outcome •*• of the first skirmish in the new congress. By majority vote in the lower house, it was decided to strip the rules committee of its traditional life or death power over proposed legislation. Down through the years, this little group of representatives has exercised most of the dictatorial authority associated with Joe Cannon, the speaker-boss of the house some 40 years ago. In it has resided the power to control legislation, to determine which proposals should be debated and acted on—and to pigeon-hole bills its members didn't like. There ought, of course, to be some method of screening proposed legislation in the interests of efficiency and in protection against screwball bills. But no committee, in the name of screening, should be permitted to turn off democratic procedure in the house or senate as it might turn off a water tap. A NOTHER over-due reform of like—per^•haps greater—importance is a substitution of merit and ability for mere seniority in the choice of committee chairmen in both houses of congress. Prospects of this from the present con- Ifress, however, are not rosy. It happens that all the democratic incoming chairmen are oldtimers who have slowly, climbed the ladder. To expect them to give way to younger men who might be chosen on a merit basis is probably expecting too much. Many a veteran republican feels the same way about it. OOME DAY, however, this throwback to ^ outmoded feudalism will be abandoned. There's hope when one body of congress breaks away from a moss-covered tradition with respect to the rules committee. * ' For too long doddering members of congress have been winning re-election on the claim that their seniority makes them invaluable to their constituencies. But don't expect this reform from the 81st congress. It is weighted down with age —and seniority. Look Out Below! NOBODY LOVES A FAT MAN "Altar Airlift" A S the war brides act expired at midnight **•Dec. 31, some 4,500 GI brides of a dozen nationalities had beaten the deadline to gain entry to the United States. From now on war brides seeking to enter the United States must take their turn on the immigration quota list. For weeks transatlantic air lines have been bringing in servicemen's wives and brides. Two flights of Trans-Ocean air line planes brought in 31 German girls to marry American soldiers just at the deadline. The rush even brought one GI war bridegroom. The relation of U. S. servicemen to women overseas has haunted the army and navy from the time the first GI's set foot on British soil until the surrender at Rheims. For every GI marriag6 there were probably 2 which didn't materialize, leaving orphanages overflowing with babies of mixed parentage in Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Austria. These are a continuing American obligation which can no longer be winked at. American policy toward war brides and babies has run the gauntlet from the $64 fine for fraternization in occupied Germany to special army transports bringing back shiploads of German brides. Now the curtain has fallen on this confused chapter of the war. Neighbors Will Talk XJEWSPAPERS country-wide, we note •*-* from the exchanges, have been viewing the social habits of Britain's Princess Margaret with everything from amusement to amazement. It seems the young lady is dating too much . . . going out too many nights in the week and staying too late, don't you know. Taking after her Uncle Edward, perhaps. Well, about air this proves is that parents, whether they happen to live in a castle or hovel, have their problems. And that pretty young girls, wherever you find them, are much alike. Margaret strikes us as an attractive young female, nicely unimpressed with her station in life, and with a rather .surprising sense of humor. She probably has as much good judgment as most girls her age, but her parents seem to have the same worries as parents who don't happen to be kings or queens. We don't think there is much the matter with Princess Margaret and if there is, •ht probably will outgrow it. The weak point about an economy based on vast military preparedness is that while it adds to employment, it does not add to the standard of living. The rescue of a dozen men from a Greenland ice cap is a dramatic and heroic feat that should not go without a word of editorial praise. This is it. While they didn't say so in so many words, what the republicans really wanted was a second living ex-president. If you'll check on yourself, you'll find that usually you become bored before you become tired. Safety Memo: A nice quiet place to figure out the cost of an accident is in the hospital. IT'S BEEN SAID: A good name is better than precious pintment.—Ecclesiastes VII 1. Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Best Dressed Man Charles City Press: Everyone agrees that President Truman is the man of the year, even those of us who didn't approve of the Nov. 2 election result. It came as a surprise, though, that he would be acclaimed "America's Best Dressed Man" by Mrs. Veronica Dengel, president of the American Women's Institute. How can this be when men's suits still are being sold in Hollywood? No Aid From Administration Traer Star-Clipper: It is reasonable to assume that spy rings have been operating within the government during all of the war years and since. Most of the evidence so far has come from a republican investigating committee. At no time has Mr. Truman or his justice department apparently done much to aid the investigation. Economy Doesn't Begin at Home Council Bluffs Nonpareil: A University of Iowa economist advises the state to save it surplus —or at least part of it—for a rainy day. But the university is asking for more than twice as much for running expenses as the legislature appropriated 2 years ago, plus $10,767,500 for permanent improvements. Russia Will Wonder What's Up Indiahola Record-Herald: The greatest progress made in the council of the United Nations was when numerous national representatives slept while Vishinsky talked. That was something Russia had not counted on. When the world quits taking an interest in her tirades, Russia will wonder what's up. Paying for Snow Plows Fairmont Sentinel: Hope you rural folks appreciate the fact that us poor city dwellers are helping to pay for the snow plows that keep your roads cleared. No, we're not complaining, because we know the sooner the county gets the roads open the sooner you'll come to town. The Real Japanese Problem Clarion Monitor: General MacArthur may be doing a wonderful'job, looking after the affairs of Japan, but there is one problem he will not be able to solve. That is, finding room for the increasing population of those crowded islands. A Resolution Thornton Enterprise: This community is only as strong as we make it. No one outside it cares much what happens to our town. But we care. Let's prove that we care by making that resolution now—to build a better community. State Aid Reinbeck Courier: Many groups are planning on state aid and are going to ask the legislators in January for this aid. They may get some aid, but along with it they will certainly get regulation that they do not want. Need Leadership Marshalltown Times-Republican: There are - enough Chinese to save themselves from any domination if they will organize under competent leadership and under right principles of government. Fighting: in China Northwood Anchor: In view of the fighting going on in China we would like to hear more from the brother who recently said that the Chinese were sitting in judgment upon the Americans. From Our Mailbag TUTASON CITY—Just a thought for the New •"•*• Year: Basic Things To Remember In Life: 1—For every drunk, there's the man who made the drink. 2—For every man who made the drink, there's the big corporation behind him. 3—For every big corporation that makes the man make the drink, that makes the drunkard, there's the almighty $. 4—-For every almighty $ that makes the corporation that makes the man make the drink that makes the drunkard—there's the pitiful lack of Almighty God—the only reasonable hope for the soul of man. MRS. WILLIAM FACTOR. 136 27th S. W. Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO Clear Lake—Mrs. Sam Hyde, assisted by Mrs. Archie Hollatz, entertained the Busy Bee club at her home with husbands and families of members and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Westcott and Mrs. William Dolley as guests. New officers are Mrs. Fred Linahon, president; Mrs. Ed Latch, vice president, and Mrs. Howard Cash, secretary and treasurer, took charge. Other officers are Mrs. Fred Thies, press reporter, and Mrs. Rollin Luscomb and Mrs. Chris Jacobson, flower committee. 20 YEARS AGO Tittle Brothers Packing company, 105 South Federal avenue, opened its new meat store despite inclement weather conditions. Completely remodeled and all new equipment, the stores supplies in the minutest detail are in accordance with the sanitary laws of Iowa. Frank Crest will be the manager. E. G. Gross, northern representative of the Tittle company, which has stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the 2 Dakotas, is here supervising the opening. 30 YEARS AGO Piling up a total of 2,643 pins, Mason City's Elks bowling five defeated the Austin Tigers, captained . by Bill Gilchrist, a former Mason City bowler, by a 118 pin margin in their special series at Austin last evening. The lowans captured 2 of 3 games. However, the winner was decided by total pins. "Dad" Frost of the Minnesotans and S. J. Sobieske of the Elks were kings of the evening. "Dad" pulled down 23fi for high single game, while "Soby" spilled the maples for 192 high average. 40 YEARS AGO The Lutheran church people at their business meeting held yesterday elected officers. The deacon chosen was H. C. Riefe, the trustee, Alvin Brockwell and the secretary and treasurer, F. C. Haase. The meeting was adjourned for 2 weeks at which time the annual report of the secretary will be read. Observing To Your Health! By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. "FROG" IN THROAT TlffOST of us, at one time or another, have suf- •*•"• fered from an attack of hoarseness. We have not paid much attention to it, but it should not be slighted for the kind of hoarseness which continues for several weeks is a disturbing symptom and one which requires prompt investigation. This throat condition may be due to a number of things. It may even be due to a tumor of the vocal cords in the larynx or voice-box and, of course, we all know that such an ailment should not be neglected. Unfortunately it is not always possible to tell by an ordinary examination exactly what DR. BUNDESEN type of tumor is present. Therefore, it may be advisable that in these difficult- to-diagnose cases, a bit of the tumor be removed for examination under the microscope. There are several types of tumor growth in children. One of them is known as papillomatosis. This is a difficult disorder to treat. In this condition, numerous tumors are present, spread along the vocal cords and larynx. The growths seem to recur persistently and must be removed at intervals. In adults, what is known as a papilloma of the vocal cords may develop. It can usually be cut off without injuring the vocal cords. What are known as vocal nodules or singers' nodes, may develop in singers, public speakers, and in persons who abuse the voice. The nodules are made up of swellings, and around the bottom of the swellings there is some inflammation or edema or collection of fluid in the tissues. These swellings may disappear after a period of complete rest of the voice. However, surgical removal may be necessary in some cases. There are a number of other conditions that may cause hoarseness. For example, ulcers may develop in the larynx. These usually occur as a result of infection due to tuberculosis and, at times, even to syphilis. Fortunately, healing generally follows with proper treatment which must include complete voice rest. A disorder known as pacydermia causes some thickening of the lining membrane in parts of the larynx. It is suggested that this may be due to the excessive use of alcoholic beverages. These growths also may be easily cut away. When hoarseness that lasts more than a day or two occurs, there is always need to consult your doctor. He may even suggest that a thorough study by a specialist be made in difficult-to-diagnose cases so that the cause may be found and proper treatment carried out. They'll Do It Every Time Roving Reporter Hal Boyle of the AP AN OVER-WEIGHT SAMARITAN TSJEW YORK, (&)— The fat man finished his meal * ' in the small restaurant, then stood stolidly in line at the cashier's counter to pay his check. He forked a rumpled $5 from his pocket and tossed it to the woman. She was a skinny, tired woman of middle age—the wife of the restaurant owner. "Dollar ten," she said in a flat monotone. She counted some bills, and the fat man absently crumpled them into his paw. "Good night," he said. "Night," she answered, leaving off the adjective. It is thus that harried people unconsciously criticize life. Outside, the fat man counted the money. With kindling excitement he realized that the woman had given him change for a $20 bill instead of a $5. "Well, well," he said, pleased. He put his hand in his pocket and walked along slowly, fingering •. the bills and jingling the coins. "Let's see," he thought, "I can buy 3 shirts, some socks, some—." He came to a bar and went in. He started to order his usual beer—the beer that explained his belly—and then changed his mind and called for a highball. He bought a 15-cent cigar and strolled over and put a nickel in the juke box. Highball in hand, cigar in mouth, he stood and listened to an old tune about somebody saying he couldn't give somebody anything else but love, baby. And right in the middle of the fat man's pleasure a face came into his mind—the face of a mousey woman cashier with glaring dyed hair, a weary face too scant of flesh to fill the wrinkles under her eyes. "Oh, hell," he grumbled. Three minutes later the door of the restaurant opened and in came the fat man. The tables were almost deserted, but there was still a line at the counter. The fat man stomped over to the cashier. Half-angrily, half-defensively, he began: "You—." But the cashier said: "You'll have to go to the end of the line." "I like that," said the fat man. But he went. When his turn came, he began again: "I was here a little while ago, and you made a mistake In the chanjfe." The cashier stiffened Immediately. "I'm sorry, you're supposed to count the change before leaving: the connter," she said. Her husband, who had been stacking cigarcts in the cases, straightened up. "That's right, Mac," he said. "Once yon leave the counter—It's your funeral." The fat man indignantly slapped the wadded bills and coin* on the glass counter. "What I'm trying to tell you is you gave me change for a $20 Instead of a $5." The husband's face hardened as he turned to his wife. "How the devil did you do that?" "Honey," she said, and fear came Into her eyes. "How- could you mistake a $20 for a $5," said the husband. "It's bad enough to be dumb. Do yon have to be blind, too?" "Honey," she pleaded. Neither of them paid any attention to the fat man. He hesitated a moment, then went back out the door. "I wonder what the good Samaritan would have done If he came to a second guy in a ditch," he brooded. "Would he have helped him, too?" But he really knew the answer. Machine Tool Benefits % suppose that in gauging . present automobile prices we should in fairness keep R fair perspective. Compared with 1939, they are expensive in terms of dollars. But when compared with 1910, they are cheap. Forty years ago, as the current issue of "Automobile Facts" points out, both homes and automobiles were built largely with hand tools. A typical 5-room house cost about $1,600, the average new. car almost exactly the same. Today the house that once cost $1,600 sells, new, for about $9,000. It's still built with essentially the same hand tools used back in 1910. In contrast, the average retail price of new cars in U. S. for 1948 was $1,714. If we deduct the $85 federal excise tax (which doesn't apply to homes) from the car price, it's only $45 higher than in 1910, when no federal excises were levied on cars. Any improvements in today's homes over those of 1910 are minor compared to the vast advances made in cars. The 1910 car had a wooden body with steel panels. The car wore out after a few thousand miles. It had none of the features we take for granted today—all-steel body, self-starter, modern headlights, balloon tires, high-compression engine, safety glass, 4-wheel hydraulic brakes and so on. The reason why homes and cars parted company in price and value is that car makers abandoned hand tools, in favor of machinery that let them build more and better vehicles at lower cost. If today's cars were built with 1910 tools, they would cost about $60,000. So from an industry employing about 80,000 people in 1910, motor vehicle manufacturing in U. S. has grown to one with nearly a millions employes today. And another 8 million people in U. S. work at supplying raw materials, or selling, servicing or driving motor vehicles. So machine tools benefit everybody. About Driving on Ice , am forced to toss out an• other of_ my long-held views about winter driving. I used to think that deflating tires—reducing the pressure, that is—would reduce the danger of skidding on slippery roads. Now, I learn, it has been established beyond question that this assumption is wholly fallacious. All this practice does is accelerate tire wear and reduce the life of the tire. The thing to be kept in mind at all times is that braking distances increase from 3 to 12 times on ice or packed snow as compared with a dry surface'. By Jimmy Hatlo LITTLE IODINE SAys PARENTS VESTeRDAV WHEN MOM MADE POP STAV HOME FROM WORK STAyHOME FROM SCHOOL? I SHOULD SAVNOr/ SICK, My eye// LIE FOR. v ,-_/NOW<3ET * 60ING.'.' SlCHf, HENR/IVE <30TSO THIN6S x WANT you TO DO- Iowa's Doctors Older certainly can't tell you why, but it's a statistical fact that the average age of Iowa's doctors is greater than the national'average. Maybe it's our superior climate'. Against a national average of 44.4 years (199,745 doctors), the Iowa average age (2,934 doctors) is 49.7 years. Closer home, Minnesota's 4,290 doctors average 41 years—9.7 years younger than the Iowa medicos. Incidentally the Minnesota average is lower than in any other state iii the union. The Nebraska average is 49.3 years, Wisconsin's 44.8, Illinois 46.2 years, Missouri 47.5, South Dakota 48.7 and Kansas 46.6. Nationally the median age of 44.4 years at present compares with 45.8 years in 1940. The doctor population has increased 14 per cent since 1940 while the total population of the country increased only 12 per cent. In only one other section of the world are doctors to be found in larger numbers on a population basis. That's in newly organized Jewish Palestine, where refugee physicians have entered in large numbers recently. Only 4 Poisonous Snakes k am reassured by the In. formation that there are only 4 kinds of poisonous snakes in the United States: Rattlesnakes, copper-h e a d s, water moccasins and coral snakes. There are many times that number of useful snakes. Information, Please! 1. Who founded the Bull Moose party back in 1912? 2. What are the units of the fighting air force? 3. How many teeth has a horse? 4. What is chiromancy? 5. What U. S. city covers the most territory? Answers—1. Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt. 2. Wing, group, squadron and flight, 3. A male horse has 40; a female 36. 4. Palmistry. 5. Los Angeles. THE DAY'S BOUQUET TO ED FOSTER—for assuming duties as president of the Mason City Junior Chamber of Commerce. The organization has promoted many worthwhile projects in the city and should continue to under his leadership just as it has the first half of Its year under Doug Sherwin. Did You Know? The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers using this service for questions of fact—not counsel—should sign full name »nd address and inclose 3 cents for return postage. Address the Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, 316 Eye Street N. E,, Washington 2, D. C. Were iron soles ever used on shoes? In the 12th century, tribesmen in the Central Urals wore shoes with soles of inch-thick iron. These shoes lasted so long that they were sometimes handed down .for several generations. Please give some information about the "Millie Gaines" jury that is shown in a well-known picture. The Millie Gaines case concerned a colored girl, who was tried for the murder of James C. Ingle, a white watchman in the department of the interior, Washington, D. C., in March, 1869. The jury^was out 2 minutes and came back with a verdict of acquittal because of insanity. The picture of the first mixed jury in the District of Columbia consisting of 6 white and 6 Negro men appeared in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper," on Aug. 14, 1869. Is Charles A. Lindbergh a real colonel? Charles A. Lindbergh was first made a colonel in the national guard of Missouri. He was appointed by the governor of Missouri. Later Lindbergh was appointed a colonel in the army air corps reserves by the secretary of war. How much atr does the average person breathe daily? Nearly 400 ; cubic feet of air pass through the lungs of an adult each day, but this quantity can be doubled by prolonged muscular exertion. May a race horse be shipped by plane? Race horses do travel by plane. Some of the major airlines require that a spirited animal like a race horse be accompanied by an attendant who is familiar with the animal and with the injection of calming hypodermics. What was the naval vessel that first displayed the new presidential flag? The new flag of the commander in chief was displayed on the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt during Navy day ceremonies in 1945. Who originated the "V for Victory" symbol? One version of the origin of the V sign is that it was first used by Belgian students who planned to escape German occupation in World war II and join the free Belgian army in England. They adopted the V as the first letter of the word Vryheid (freedom) as a sign of identification. Was the communist party ever outlawed in the United States? The party has never been outlawed in the United States. It has been held, however, that under provisions of Section 9A of the Hatch act the loyalty review board should consider the communist party and the German- American bund (now defunct) as within the scops of that section. The section referred to excludes from /government employment Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures EDWIN WENDELL PAULEY, born Jan. 7, 1903, in Indianapolis. Graduate of Georgia Military Academy and the University of California, he taught economics until an airplane accident, in which his neck and 30- some other bones were broken, ran up such a medical bill that he was forced to earn more money. He became an independent oil producer, wealthy, and a power in the democratic party under FDR and President Truman. members of the communist, fascist or German Bund parties. What cities have adopted self- insurance plans? Cities that have full self-insurance plans include Philadelphia, Providence, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Baltimore, Richmond, New Haven and Los Angeles. Several other cities have partial insurance plans. Did Maude Adams become a nun? Miss Adams is not of the Catholic fa l h. She had presented her 300-a ere estate at Ronkonkoma, N. Y., to the Cenacle nuns and sought refuge there to recuperate from an illness. How did the Boston baseball club get the name of "Braves"? The nickname Braves was first given the club at the suggestion of John Montgomery Ward, when James E. Gaffney from Tammany hail became club president In 1912. Previously the club had been known as the Doves. Mason City Globe-Gazette AN A. W. LEI NEWSPAPER Issued Every WeeJr Day by th» GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East Stat« St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second clan matter April 12. 1930, at the postofffce at Mason City. Iowa, under the act of March 3, 1879. LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Friday, Jan. 7, 1949 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PKESS which is exclusively entitled to use for repub- llcation of all local news printed In thl« newspaper as well a* all AP newi dispatches. SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lak« (Carrier Delivery Limit*) On* year $13.00 One week .25 Outside Mason City and Clear Lake But Within 100 Mile* of Mason City By mall 1 year $ fl.oo By mall 6 months 4.75 By carrier per week jj Outside 100 Milt Zon« by Mall Only One year $12.0» Six monthi 9.50 Three months 3.50

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