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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 30, 1948
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T~ \ & ( C ( r g i s 1 t r £ r £ i I s EDITORIALS Japan Becomes Our Chief Bulwark Against Russia Look Out Below! LITTLE DUTCH BOY AT THE DIKE 8 a a C tf E( communism overrunning China the strategic value of Japan as U. S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur has been Keeping the joint chiefs of staff posted on the advance of communism in Asia and the necessity for digging in. He has compared Japan s position today with its token force • 7; troopa as sim ilar to that of Bataan in 1941. All that stands between the Pacific march of soviet Russia and American shores are U. S. outposts in Japan and south Korea. A T one time the United States expected * to evacuate Japan in a year or 2, rather than face prohibitive military occupation costs over a long period of time. All that is changed now. Japanese occupation today is costing the American taxpayers about $1,000,000,000 a year to garrison and support. In the face of Russia's walk-in victory in China, America dares not withdraw from Japan today. THAT few recognize at this time is the fact that Chiang Kai-shek's defeat has forced a change in U. S. foreign policy. China was the turning point. In abandoning China before the sweep of soviet aggression, the United States committed itself to stand on Japan in the Pacific and Britain in the Atlantic. Between them we have written off almost everything as spoils of soviet aggression. Fortunately for this new aspect of American foreign policy MacArthur built well in Japan. TAPAN has made a remarkable recovery " from the rubble of Tokyo. The new U. S. policy in the Pacific is to assist Japan's economy in every way, and advance Japan's stability. With the "iron curtain" coming down on China, Japan is America's last defense post in the Pacific. Changing Japan from the status of an enemy to that of an ally has been MacArthur's mission. Hunger Knows No Season TV/TOST appropriately, a 20 car Iowa •*•*•*• Christian Relief train sponsored by the Christian Rural Overseas program (CROP) was dedicated and started, on its way just before Christmas. It was a genuine gesture of good will at Christmas time by Iowa farmers toward hungry people in Europe. But the fact that the 20 cars represent less than a tenth of the contributions already reported by county committees calls attention to an important fact which might be overlooked in an after-Christmas letdown : Hunger knows no season; the end of our holiday does not mean the end of their need. This should be remembered particularly by those committees who have not yet com- - pleted their work. The generous response already met should not slow their efforts either. The need of the undernourished millions overseas is not one which can be fully met but ^ merely alleviated even by the thousand or more carloads of food which farmers throughout the nation are sending. lowans have a right to that warm glow which comes with giving and which nearly everyone knows at Christmastime. No state in the union has given more generously than ours. May it always be so, that we give generously of our bounty, at Christmastime and always. A Seller's Dilemma T71VERYONE seems to be suffering from -*—'sort of an economic headache these days, but a witness before the senate trade policies committee recently did a neat job of describing the predicament of the man who has something to sell. Said this witness: "Apparently a seller now: "ONE. Is guilty of COLLUSION if he aells at the same price as competitors, in recognition of the fact that consumers in a free market will refuse to pay more to one seller than to another for virtually the same thing. "TWO. Is guilty of PROFITEERING if he raises his price to avoid the charge of collusion. "THREE. Is guilty of CUT-THROAT COMPETITION if he lowers his price to avoid the charge of collusion." Yep. No matter what you do these days, you're in trouble. IT'S BEEN SAID: "The virtue of a man ought to be measured not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his every-day conduct."—Blaise Pascal. Whether congress raises Truman's salary or not, he at least ought to get portal-to-portal pay while commuting from Blair House. One Iowa editor thinks the shortest road to financial trouble is to spend what your friends think you make. Sponge fishing off Florida is threatened by a dwindling supply. Too bad the human kind can't be utilized. Just about everybody, it seems, except Joe btalin, is impressed by America's vast influence m Berlin. Suggested resolution: "I'm done right now" says old Mike Lynch, "with beating trains about an inch." Pros and Cons Gleaned From Our Exchanges Some Interesting Viewpoints Some Straight Talk Madison State Journal: If Wisconsin republicans are foolish enough to renominate Alexander Wiley for the senate 2 years from now, they deserve to lose. Senator Wiley typifies most of the things that are wrong about the republican party today. If the democrats put up a reasonable decent candidate of U. S. senatorial stature, the State Journal will support that democrat against Wiley, should Wiley be the GOP nominee. Giving Farmers One Last Kick Decorah Journal: Governor Blue's refusal to call the legislature into session to approve a fair method of paying for the veterans' bonus is in character with Governor Blue's ugly past record. Calling the legislature "would not be advisable" for the corporations and big-income taxpayers. Governor Blue has been representing them for the last 4 years at the expense of Iowa's farmers and home owners. Nothing: Personal Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: • If Madame Chiang Kai-shek has been doing much radio listening since she came to visit the Marshalls, we hope her hostess has explained one thing. The madame should be told, if only for hospitality's sake, that this song about somebody wanting to get somebody else on a slow boat to China became popular before she arrived in' Washington's cool official atmosphere. Presidential Primary Algona Advance: The state Farm Bureau convention at Des Moines last week adopted a resolution for presidential primary elections. It may be news to many Farm Bureau members and others that Iowa once had a presidential primary law. This law was adopted in 1913, but was repealed 4 years later. In a message recommending repeal Governor Clarke called it a farce. Continuing Farm Prosperity Manly Signal: The agricultural department recently issued a statement intimating there would be reasonably good times for the farmer for 5 or 6 years. Let us hope this prediction is borne out in the coming developments. At any rate, however, the farmers are wise in not following the inflationary trend of the first World war period. Let's Not Take Chances Sac Sun: The winter season is here and with it comes icy highways and slippery thoroughfares. Visibility is often reduced to a mere fraction of normal view. Traveling on highways is often most hazardous, yet folks %vill venture out, knowing full well that they are taking their lives and the lives of others in their hands by so doing. Assessors Law Garner Leader: This editor wonders what the writers of the Assessor's law had in mind—wherein the building on a farm place and town property, too, is to be measured—surely the feet around a building has very little to do with its actual value. Good Guesser Council Bluffs Nonpareil: If election polls are ever revived, Truman is the chap to do the job. Editorial of the Day POLICE POWER DANGEROUS TTVECORAH PUBLIC OPINION: The chief differ*-' ence between American democracy and other forms of government is in the emphasis placed upon individual liberties. In this country a citizen has priority over the state. To be sure there have been abuses. We can be grateful, however, that the abuses are constantly subject to court action. A typical example is that of-a recent supreme court crack-down on abuses of police power. Our highest court threw out convictions of 2 Washington men for violating gambling laws because police obtained the evidence by forcing their way into a rooming house and peeping over a transom. The supreme court has acted on numerous similar cases. We common citizens can be thankful we have men of vision on our supreme court. We can be grateful that we have such a court. In clamping down on police abuses, the court said, "Power is a heady thing; and history shows that the police acting on their own cannot be trusted." Dictators do not give their people such protection. No wonder the Russians are making a scramble to get into the United States! t^/JtV^ To Your Health! Roving Reporter By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. PROBLEMS OF ELDERLY OINCE the beginning of the twentieth century, *J life expectancy has increased by 16 years. Half of the infants born now may be expected to survive beyond the age of 60. Thus, the number of elderly people in the population is rapidly increasing and some attention must be given to their problems. During the latter periods of life, there is a gradual decrease in the reserve capacity of the various body parts, which means that when extra demands are put on the body certain structures may break down. Nevertheless, there is much which can _ be done to improve the lot of the DR. BUNDESEN a ged to a considerable degree. For example, it. is important to find what characteristics the aged person possesses which may be used to benefit not only the patient himself but those around him as well. Maturity, of judgment is one of the notable characteristics of older persons which can be utilized in finding something for them to do. Many of the complaints of the elderly are due to the aging process itself. Since there is little known at present which can be done to eliminate the cause, the only treatment available is to take away any emphasis on the symptoms which the patient may have and to explain to him the cause of the symptoms so that he does not worry about them. _ For example, irregularity of sleep is common m older persons. Attempts to improve sleeping habits by using sleep-producing drugs may only produce restlessness and nervous symptoms which are difficult to overcome. Hence, it should be explained to the patient that irregular sleep is not unusual in older persons: then it will not become worse because he worries about it. Similarly, outlining a program of distasteful exercises in an attempt to relieve muscular weakness is not advisable. Interested member's of the family of an elderly person often are overprotective when the elderly person develops a prolonged illness. This may only lead to a sense of frustration and produce emotional upsets. An elderly person should be kept busy and there are many activities which are helpful from this standpoint. Creative hobbies, gardening and the like are all useful. All elderly people should have careful physical examinations at regular intervals and any abnormal conditions found should be corrected. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS A Reader: What is the cause of severe, blinding headaches? Answer: Such headaches may be due to migraine. Of course, there are many possible causes for headaches. A thorough study is necessary in many instances to determine the cause before treatment can be advised. Hal Boyle of the AP "EVERYTHING FINE IN '49" ATEW YORK, (fP)~ The year has come to final •*• * harvest—and the harvest was fine. 1948 A. D. will go down in the record books as one of the best years of our lives. It was a time when, on many fronts, man rescued his spirit from the chaos of the post-war world. And it was a time when he openly dared to hope for an enduring pattern of wide peace, even though it be at present only a peace of truce. It stood out as a year of rising plenty. A flood tide of American goods and machines flowed out in waves that had the power to wash away some of the miseries in other lands. There was work for almost everyone. There was a jingling HAL BOILE in the p oc kets, and many things in the stores to buy. The price tags were high. But at the end of the year the price tags were coming down. Looking back now, 1948 seems just like Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale." In the old days families used to gather around the fireside and hear a winter's tale before going to the warmth of bed and sleep. A good winter's tale had some sadness in it, some gladness—and hope at the end. And hasn't 1948 been just that kind of a story, too? It had romance, adventure, death, prosperity, tears—and a great big belly laugh. In brief: Everyone got n Valentine thrill out of the wedding between "Hobo," the slagpllc Cinderella, and young Winlhron Rockefeller. The heart of boyhood was broken with the death of n»!>e Ruth, victim of one of mankind's oldest enemies "Black Jack' Pcrshii:g dipped hts colors and rode off to thc endless resting place of all good cavalrymen—"Fiddler's Green." Two apostles of peace—saintly Mohandas K. Gandhi and Count Folkc Bernadotte of Sweden—fell to assassins' bullets Thc Jew and thc Arab played a mortal scrimmage. Communal strife bloodied ancient India. But out of the deaths of many men in mnny lands the promise of peace rose higher. It flew chiefly with thc thousands of anonymous young- British and Americans who fed Berlin with an aerial ladder. And they were the larger heroes of the year, for they signalled that thc west would make no 2nd Munich compromise. They were thc heralds of a deepening: order, a firming principle. Above all, they were the portents of a new stability that Europe needed above everything else to "ire It the courage to build anew. Somewhere, unknown to us now. a child perhaps was born In 1948 whose memory the earth will have reason to Dlcss always. The mother of the year was Princess Elizabeth iT, I} 1 who had n Ilnn '<y prince the world wished well 1 lie big belly laugh was provided by thc little man from Missouri. Harry S. Truman hatched a memorable surpHse for the people who count their chickens before they nrc hatched. ^ Remember how people were talking a year ago 11 Remember the half-fearful forecasts for 1!>48? "cmcm- • ","','' i i as " bcE " so b;i(1? Ar en't people generally han- h'li to l ay7 Arenlt morc of them better clothed, better fed ?.. < L"i C .r ^°V. e _ d J,,P on ' t ™.°r c of.t'iem feel better about the n M «fciiii worli! their children will have to grow up in? 1 i ?' «i?' aS i thc - finest Kifl "' 1!IIR — tnc confidence It brought, the clearing of at least some of the clouding confusions left by the 2nd World war. If hysteria throughout the world isn't dead, it ti at least dylnfr Well, so Jong 1!H8. We only hope !!)!» can keep up the °MO "'° rk> Pe °P 10 already are saying, "Everything fine KO In '-19. Do YOU Remember? They'll Do If Every Time 10 YEARS AGO D. H. Fitzpatrick will serve as deputy county attorney when Charles W. Barlow steps into the office of county attorney of Cerro Gordo county Jan. 2. Mr. Barlow, who Monday takes the office held by County Attorney M. L. Mason the past 2 years, announced that Mr. Fitzpatrick, his law partner, will act as the legal counsel for the county board of supervisors and other coanty officials. 20 YEARS AGO Clear Lake—C. E. Carragher, who for more than 12 years has owned and operated the Park movie house, has sold his interests to the Levi and Melcher firm of Des Moines and will devote his time to manufacturing and distributing the motion picture screens recently invented by him, he announced today. He did not make known his future headquarters. 30 YEARS AGO Cerro Gordo county farmers now have stored away what is thought to be enough seed corn to plant every acre of land in the country. This fact was brought out by a survey of the situation completed by means of co-operation of various districts with County Agent P. N. Payne and District Agent Ray F. O'Donnell. There are more than 2,000 farmers in the county. 40 YEARS AGO The friends of Mrs. Lotta Howe-Wooley of Atlanta, Ga., and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Howe of this city, will be delighted to learn of her recent triumph in that city. She has just been voted a contract with the North Avenue Presbyterian church of that city as the leading soprano in the choir of the church. By Jimmy Hatlo OUSHT TO 0 RlCqHT HOME ANDOOTDBEP, WITH THAT COLJ> , WISH I (TOULD- 5UT ICA-CHOO-I'M TOO BUSV/ £HOO, r CqOTA MEAPOF» A-A-A--WEAP OF NO. 1 WE'LL STAY AND> TMEN WE'LL ALL BE M WITM PNEUMONIA* JUST TO ~M OUT WHO'S HE TRVIN^ N TO IMPRESS ?VJHEN WE I-WSN'T GOT A COLD HE £ws OUT< EVERY BAY EXCEPT HE'LL <so HOME WITH A CRACkTED SKULL IF HE PON'T (SET OUTOFHERE SOON W QUARANTINE SlCaSJ ON THAT iy.' HE'S RELATEP TO T/PWOIO J COPtt. IM». KISS FEATDHES tTKCllCATr. r», THEY £AY /MORE THAN S 6E£UNDUE!T*TO THIS OFFICE NV ERK-JAy/" HE'LL DO IT EVERY TIME' 12-29 Does Santa Believe in Us? s have as the central figure ,of this little story a lad named Tommy. He's 44 years old—and quite a philosopher, as you'll agree. For several weeks before Christmas, Tommy had been hearing quite a lot about Santa Glaus. One night his grandfather was playing baby sitter for Tommy. And Tommy was taking advantage of the fact that he knew the old man was a softie. After Grandpa had tried persuasion, argument and numerous expedients to get the youngster quieted for the night the old coot tried to get a little rough. "Look here young fellow," said Grandpa. "Don't you know that Christmas is coming pretty quick. And don't you know that Santa Clans doesn't bring anything to bad little boys. And ypu're definitely being a bad boy." Asked Tommy: "Do You believe in Santa Glaus?" Grandpa almost swallowed his chewing gum. "Yes I do," he said, rather weakly. "Why?" countered Tommy. "Did you ever see him?" By this time the old gent had recovered sufficiently to come up with what he thought was a swell answer: "No, I haven't, but I know a lot of things happen in this world that wouldn't happen if there wasn't a Santa Claus." Tommy thought that one over for a minute and then came up with the knockout punch: "Do you suppose Santa Claus believes in us?" Grandpa never has answered that question. Don't Be Fooled by Sound 4 was amused by the little . story about the Texan who heard that a factory was interested in buying bullfrog skins. He wired the company that he could supply any number up to 100,000 on demand. Needing the skins badly, the factory promptly wired back to send in the whole 100,000. About 10 days later a single dried frog skin came through the mail with a rather pathetic letter; "Gents: Frn sorry aboufthis, but here's all the frog skins there were. The noise sure fooled me." Information, Please! 1. What was the "It" in the play "You Can't Take It With You?" 2. What are "lyonnaise" potatoes? 3. What is Iraq? 4. Which animal is rated next to man in intelligence? 5. In the Bible, whom did Isaac marry? Answers—1. Money. 2. Potatoes fried with onions. 3. An Arab kingdom, the state of Mesopotamia. 4. Tne chimpanzee. 5. Rebekah. Observing Flight or wrong ? YOU BE THE IDDGE! AfiOOPTWK TO SEE HOW WF CAN NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL The Value of a Smile ^recommend without qualification this suggested new year's resolution contributed by a rhymster who initials himself C. L. B.: When you jet up New Year's morning Resolve, my friend, that you Will five a smile to xll you meet Each day, tha whole year through, For your smile will be contusions, And before the day Is through You will find that everyone you meet Will smile right back at you. If you have a friend or neighbor Who has been down for awhile Just drop right In and see him And give him a great blf smile. Good deeds, too, are contagious. You'll find before you're through. The more you do for other folks. The more they do for you. Bail habits are contagious, You'll find, my friend, I fear, That they are bound to get you Before another year. Resolve to keep on smiling, Each day the whole year through, You'll be surprised my friend The good a amile will do. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To CHUCK HILTON, KGLO NEWS EDITOR—for setting in motion a radio appeal in which hundreds of North Iowa aJid southern Minnesota residents contributed $755.50 Christmas eve for the Carlyle Nielson family, whose home was destroyed by fire that day. The contributions swamped the telephone switchboard as generous contributors rushed in to help this family in the true spitit of Christmas. ' Did You Know? By The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers using this service for questions of fact—not counsel—should sign full name and address and inclose 3 cents for return postage. Address the Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, 3IG Eye Street N. E., Washington 2, D. C. How much later does the moon rise each day? The moon's revolution around the earth carries it forward, or toward the east, at such a rate that it gains about 12 degrees on the sun daily. It therefore rises, crosses the meridian, and sets on an average of about 50 minutes later each day. In what year did the Iron Men of Brown university play football? The Brown Iron Men played in the fall of 1926. Eleven men went through an undefeated season and for most of their games there were no substitutions. Is the giant puffball edible? The Calvatia gigantea, giant puffball, often attains an enormous size. It is an excellent edible species of wide geographic range growing abundantly on lawns and on open grassy mounds in pastures. There are records of the Calvatia attaining a circumference of 5 feet 1 inch. Which are the 2 largest countries in the Western Hemisphere? Canada with an area of 3,694,863 square- miles and Brazil with an area of 3,275,510 square miles are the largest. To what church does the vice president-elect belong? Vice President-elect Alben W. Barkley is a Methodist. What is the average cost per mile of moving a ton of freight by rail? According to the Association of American Railroads, the average cost of moving a ton of freight 1 mile by rail is 1J cents. What are the words that the bombardier uses when he is over his target ready to discharge his bombs? Are there more words than "bombs away?" The department of the army says that as the bombardier drops his bombs, he says, "bombs away," and nothing more. Why are rats used for experimental purposes? One reason is that their appetites are so much !ike our own, and it is, therefore, possible to use them as living test tubes to try out the value of foods intended for human consumption. The rat is also small and handy. Which country declared war on Germany first in 1939, England or France? Great Britain declared war on Germany at II a. m. on Sept. 3; France entered the conflict officially 6 hours later. What patented rose has made the most money? The rose named "Better Times," which was introduced in the early 1930's, was the biggest money maker in history. What comet had the longest taJl? The comet of 1843 had the longest tail on record. At one time it extended 200,000,000 miles. Are there any statistics of the Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures JESS WILLARD, born Dec. 29. 1883, in Kansas where both Wamego and St. Clere in Pottawa- t o m i e county claim him. as a native . son. He tried cow punching, mule skinning horse - trading and working as a railroad la- fa c r e r before taking up fighting, for which he had no real appetite, after killing a man in the ring in 1913. He knocked out Jack Johnson in 1915 and became champion. He was dethroned by Jack Dempsey in 1919. effect of television on family life? Although there are fewer than 500,000 television sets in homes, Thomas E. Coffin of Hofstra college has found that in these homes reading has declined by 18 per cent, movie attendance by 20 percent, evening radio listening by 68 per cent and participation in entertainments outside the home 24 per cent. How does the size of thc original drawing of a cartoon or comio strip compare with the newspaper reproduction? A cartoon is drawn from 6 to 8 times larger than it will be when reproduced. What does it mean when a horse is referred to as being a certain number of "hands" high? A "hand" is 4 inches. The height of a horse is measured from the ground to the top of the withers—where the neck goes into the body. The height of a horse ranges upward from 144 hands—those of lesser height are classified as ponies. Moson City Globe-Gazette AN A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East State St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second class matter April 12, 1030, at the postoffice at Mason City, Iowa, under the net of March 3, 1879 LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A. NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Wednesday, Dec . 29, 1948 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which Is exclusively entitled to uae for repub- llcatlon of all local r.cvvs printed In this newspaper as well as all AP news dU- patches. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Jn Mason Clly and Clear Lake (Carrier Delivery Limits) ° no y car , $13.00 One week ,... .35 Outride Mason Clly and Clear Lake But Within 100 Miles of M«*on City By mail 1 year 1900 By mall B month* '...'.'.'.'." 415 By carrier per week ',] [•& Outside 100 Mile Zone by Mat! Only One year $1200 Six months , 6M Three monthj '.' a'jn

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