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Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 28, 1948
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EDITORIALS Fruits of Iowa's School for ihe Deaf Seen Here Look Out Below! THE QUEST CONTINUES Iowa School for the Deaf really "put a best foot forward" in Mason City this past week by sending its fine basketball team here to compete against a strong Mohawk quintet. The visitors were beaten in the contest, but not by as large a margin actually as the score would indicate. It was one of those nights when the basket seemed to have a cover over it so far as the opponents were concerned. And in Marvin Tuttle, center for the Council Bluffs school, local sports fans saw one of the most finished basketball players ever to perform in these parts. But this wasn't intended to be a review of the game. Our sports editor has already done a complete and able job of that. What we intended to comment on would be classifiable as side-issues of the contest. "C10R one thing, the writer was impressed •*• — as others must have been — that the athletes from the Iowa School for the Deaf were fine, clean-cut lads, normal in every respect except for their hearing handicap. In their impressive countenances and in their sleek, rugged physiques was a reflection of the healthful life they enjoy in the Council Bluffs school. If the treatment accorded them by Supt. Lloyd E. Berg and his associates was lacking in kindliness or if the diet presented to them 9 out of 12 months every year was faulty, these signs of happiness and health would not be present. And that's the point we're leading up to. over-all goal at the Iowa School for the Deaf is to give our boys and girls afflicted with deafness a way of life and an educational training which will lead to useful citizenship. Because quite largely their life after graduation will be lived among hearing people, every effort is exerted to teach them lip-reading and an oral language so that they can understand and be understood. The degree of this, of course, is conditioned by the individual's aptitude. Finger-spelling and "signing," or "gesturing," have their place in^their contacts with each other and will always be employed by them. But such a language is not comprehended by many hearing people. By the same token, students in the Iowa school are trained in those manual skills at which they are most adept and in which as a bread-winning pursuit they will be least handicapped by their deafness. I T would be folly to try to laugh off the seriousness of total deafness. In cases where it exists from birth, the problem is in a class with total blindness. But it's Iowa's great fortune to have a school where the finest in specialized education is combined with living conditions which simulate as closely as possible those in a good home. Its advantages are open not alone to those totally deaf but to those severely handicapped by defective hearing. Facilities are provided for a maximum utilization of any residual hearing. Parents who shrink from the idea of sending their child to an "institution" would do well to visit the Council Bluffs school. Most of them would come away persuaded that by their course they are denying their child a training which could be most useful in his or her mature life. It Has 9 Lives A DEMOCRATIC house member, Rep. Herman B. Eberharter of Pennsylvania, in a letter to his colleagues serves notice that he will push for action against the powerful house rules committee, with its life or death control over all proposed legislation. "In theory," he has written to his colleagues, "the rules committee is a traffic director on the legislative highway, determining the order of business on the floor. In practice this committee has become an obstruction to orderly traffic . . . often allows bills to come to the house only on its own terms, frequently usurps the functions of the regular legislative committees by holding hearings and reviewing the merits of bills already carefully studied by the proper legislative committees." It was 30 years ago that the late George W. Norris led the revolt against Czar Cannon. Less than 20 years later Cannon's successor, Nick Longworth, was exercising almost the same power. If the Pennsylvania representative breaks up this close corporation he will have donera job. Distasteful though it may be, the American people would still like to have the whole truth :oncerning communistic activities, past and present, in the state department. Secretary Forrestal decrees that henceforth the navy instead of the army will be responsible for sea transport of troops. "Sink the army" could become a reality. One of our most cynical friends has detected some co-operation between wild creatures. The stork and wolf, he says, usually work the same neighborhood. That new mining machine which turns out coal at the rate of 2 tons a minute ought to cut fuel costs by quite a lump sum. Safety Resolution: "I resolve," said Motorist Bill, "to cut out passing on the hill," IT'S BEEN SAID: "What this country needs is a good 5-cent nickel." — F,d Wynn. Pros and Cons Gleaned From Our Exchanges Some Interesting Viewpoints Personality Ranks Highest Sheldon Sun: A census of a group of the University of Iowa's most successful graduates reveals that the influence of great teachers ranked highest in their college education while actual knowledge ranked next to lowest. This is just another reason that the teaching field must be kept on a high plane — the personality of an instructor plays a mighty big part in molding the future of a student. Needs Honest, Competent Government Davenport Democrat: Americans cannot "write off" China. Neither can it put billions in the hands of a government that is weak and ineffective. The hope of China lies in a new, an honest and a competent government. The United States should insist that such a government be established before granting further financial support. Quillen Among the Best Cedar Rapids Gazette: .Millions of people the country over will mourn the death of Robert Quillen, whose syndicated writings for many years have expounded a sound philosophy of life and subjected to pointed criticism many a human foible and social injustice. Shining Achievement Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: Textile experts of the U. S. department of agriculture have made a scientific study of what causes the shine on the seat of a pair of woolen pants. And they have decided that it's wear, not dry cleaning, that is responsible. There's a Limit LeMars Sentinel: Strong and willing as the United States is, there are limitations as to how far she can go in exhausting her energy and resources helping others and more and more people are coming to realize that fact. More Taxes Council Bluffs Nonpareil: Every federal, state, county, city and school agency wants more money. The demand is to increase taxes all along the line. Unless a halt is called the tax collectors will take half your income. Hard to Predict Marshalltown Times-Republican: Forecasting what the 81st congress will do is even more difficult than forecasting the weather for next January, February and March. One's Greatest Possession I Anthon Herald: A happy spirit is the greatest possession that comes to man, regardless of his wealth or lack of it. Editorial of the Day THE COMPENSATING DRIVER TOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN: Traffic alone is •*• a menace, but bad weather, darkness, ice and other hazards are the factors which allow death to ride Iowa highways most often, according to A. R. Lauer, director of the driver training course at Iowa State college. Combine such things with heavy traffic, and you have the ingredients that have boosted the death toll for the state above that of a year ago. Accidents don't just happen. They are caused. Lauer says that there are drivers who avoid accidents. Compensation keeps some drivers alive and with accident-free records. What is compensation in driving? It is the ability to know the causes of accidents, and then avoid them. The safe driver adjusts his speed to road and weather conditions. He drives carefully in crowds. He observes the rules of the road. He knows what his reaction time is, and what his car can do. He watches out for the fellow in front, in back, and coming from the side street. It may make his job of driving a tiresome one, but he stays alive. And, that's more than some 480 Ipwans have been able to do this year. Eternal vigilance is the byword of the compensating driver. Compensation for traffic, weather, your car, the other fellow, the bad road, and the unexpected event is the answer to the problem of traffic hazards.. As yet, most lowans have to learn to compensate. The record shows that in death statistics. Above all, the Iowa driver has to watch out for other Iowa drivers who want to drink and drive, who won't observe common courtesy rules and who want to save seconds and lose lives, says Lauer. Observing To Your Health! Roving Reporter By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. BURNING OF TONGUE •WEARS ago, one of the first things a doctor •* would tell his patient to do was to stick his tongue out. But now more modern methods are used to find out what the patient's ailment is. Yet, there is a condition in which burning of the tongue occurs and this may be a perplexing problem that is not too easily solved. When such a symptom is present, inspection of the tongue may not reveal anything abnormal. This is particularly true when, the trouble is due to a vitamin deficiency. A lack of niacin and riboflavin, which is a part of the vitamin B complex, is an im- DR. BUNDESEN portant cause for a burning sensation of the tongue. Sometimes the symptom may develop in a patient, with diabetes or ulcer, who is on-a restricted diet. The deficiency may also result from an excessive loss of these vitamins, such as occurs in bowel disorders in which diarrhea is present. Any type of excessive loss of fluid from the body may be a contributing factor causing dryness of the mouth and burning of the tongue. Burning tongue is also present in pernicious anemia. Then, too, there is a type of anemia in which there is a lack of acid in the stomach and a deficiency of iron-containing foods in the diet. Burning of the tongue is an outstanding symptom of this disorder. Excessive smoking, eating irritating foods, and drink may also affect the tongue. In some lew cases, a disturbance may be produced by electric currents set up where unlike metals were used in making dentures. Local inflammation and irritation, such as jagged and irregular teeth, may be responsible for the burning sensation of the tongue. Nervous disturbances are responsible in some instances. Frequently, the burning sensation of the tongue is associated with the change of life. A fairly large number of patients have the disturbance because of an insufficiency or thickening of the saliva. Dryness of the mouth is an accompanying symptom. Some of these patients are heavy smokers, and it is felt that smoking may be a contributing cause. But here is good news. In this disorder, it has been found that the use of a drug known as ne- ostigmine, taken three times daily after meals, is quite helpful, since it seems to stimulate the salivary secretion. Within a few days, the burning of the tongue and dryness of the mouth clear up. The patient is also advised to take large amounts of fluids, and, if smoking is thought to be a contributing cause, it should be stopped. In every case of burning tongue, a thorough examination by the physician is advisable. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS F. N.: What causes a coating on the tongue? Answer: A coated tongue sometimes is caused by constipation, while in many cases no cause for it can be discovered. Hal Boyle of the AP ANOTHER ROOSEVELT N EW YORK, OP)—It was a rocky ridge in the Ousseltia valley in Tunisia in January, before the almond trees come to bloom. A battle was going on between the Americans and Germans, and the bare hillsides echoed a mortal noise. I climbed slowly toward the ridge top with a middle-aged colonel who wore a baseball cap instead of a helmet. Every once in a while the sharp whine of an enemy bullet tearing a harmless wound in the air overhead caused me to flatten out involuntarily. The overweight colonel, turned into a lifelong philosopher 25 years before when he had wiped out a German machine gun nest single-handed in the first World war, paid no attention whatever to the gun fire. It was his shaky legs and shortness of breath that bothered him. We paused as he mopped the sweat from his forehead. "I am too old and fat for this kind of nonsense," he puffed. "The last war was much more sensible. We fought it in trenches on the level ground. HAL BOYLE Today you have to be a mountain goat." We climbed to the ridge peak and then it became a matter of belly progress. The colonel crawled slowly—a reluctant earthworm. Nazi artillery and mortar fire whammed along the ridge. From the gullies on the other side rose the sharp music of the doughboy in action—scattered sounds of rifle fire, then the incredibly fast stutter of German machine pistols. It was then I saw the younp captain at the peak point of the ridge. The thing I first noticed about him was his neatness. It seemed incredibly out of place in this wilderness of noise anil death. lie was stretched full length behind 2 large rocks in an area littered with knife-sharp chunks of metal. They were shell fragments, and they were still waim to the touch. The captain had a field telephone In his hand. He had just set up a. forward observation post for his artillery battalion, and he was the eyes and the cars for his gunners. Calmly, he called hack directions for support fire for the infantry. He was completely heedless of danger. His eyes were alight with hattle excitement, and his lips parted in a wide (frjn as ho saw us. Something in that grin stirred au old memory. The younf captain recognized the colonel and belly- flopped over to us, pulling his telephone along with him. "The infantry is working around the next hill," he said. He and the colonel chnltcd for a few moments, and then the captain started to crawl hack to his post. Turning, he flashed a grin—he obviously was enjoying himself—and again that grin touched something way back in my memory. In those days when the war was young, the bailies were being 1 fought by battalions instead of whale armies, and the papers at home were eager to print the names of Individual soldiers in action. So I crawled toward him, wishing at every inch I was back in a nice safe Manhattan subway. "What's your name, Captain?" "Roosevelt," he said, and his face kindled again in his family's famous frirndly grin. It was Quentln Roosevelt, grandson of President Teddy Roosevelt, living up to his grandfather's gospel of "the> strenuous life." He lived it to the core. In '20 brief years he crowded more danger and adventure into his life than his granddaddy ever wrote about. There was no finer soldier in his clan. Today young Quentin lies dead In distant Hong Kong, killed in a plane crash. I saw htm often in the early battles for Tunisia. But I like to remember him as at first—at the peak, having the time of his life atop a nameless hill in Africa. Break For the Bridegroom ( am indebted to F. L. H. for . passing along this writeup of a wedding in Circle, Mont. It concerned the son of the local publisher and follows: "The bridegroom, blushing prettily, was attractively clad in a 3- piece suit of brown woolen material consisting of coat, vest and pants. The coat was charmingly festooned "with a white flower in the left buttonhole. "The vest was sleeveless, closed in front and gracefully fashioned with pockets. It was held together at the back with a strap and buckle. "His pants were neatly pressed for the occasion and he wore them with an air as if he little suspected it would be the last time he 'wore the pants' in the family, as the familiar expression goes. "Hose and necktie added just the right dash of color to complement the effect. The shoes were genuine leather, laced with strings of the same color, giving a chic effect." "Home for Christmas" k received this verse contribution before Christmas from Katheryn Easterday of Nora Springs and purposely delayed publication of it because I didn't wish to inject a solemn note into the Yule season: She laid away the folded service flag 'With 11) golden star, her eyes with tears were dim. 'Twaa close of day, she thought—. From all life's hurts I would have shielded him, And much too soon he's gone from me. He was so young to fight—so young to die, His courage was not stained by fear or dread. But when the smoke of hattle cleared away— His shattered body lay among the dead. Perhaps the silken coverlet of snow Swathing the hillside In the purple gloam Comforts, for she knows that now he sleeps Among the still, sweet fields of home. Perhaps the Christmas chimes will mean again: "Peace on earth, rood will to men." More Training for Pilots note with interest that the ' ability to pilot aircraft under zero-zero conditions (no visibility) will get a'boost next month when all student naval aviators in the naval air training command begin receiving additional instrument flight training. All students flying single-engine aircraft will receive an additional 33 hours in the air. Multi-engine students will get an extra 10 hours. Total air time in training to fly by instruments alone will average 53J hours per student naval aviator. Such added time will contribute greatly to air safety and will materially increase the amount of useful air time available. DO YOU Remember? They'll Do It Every Time 10 YEARS AGO Clear Lake—H. N. Halverson, secretary-treasurer of the Clear Lake Federa^Savings and Loan association, announces the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in city hall Jan. 5. Officers are D. E. Kenyon, president; C. F. Crane, vice president. Directors are John V.- Bohning, A. S, Dice, F. H. Palmer, W. H. Ward and the 2 officers. 20 YEARS AGO Miss Elizabeth Graves, teacher in the Lincoln school, has been selected as a member of a reorganization committee to study proposed changes in the Iowa State Teachers association. The appointment was made by the retiring association president, John E. Foster, of Ames. 30 YEARS AGO Miss Ruth Sundell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Sundell, accompanied by Miss Elizabeth Chandler of New York has returned home from Madison, "Wis., where she has been attending the University of Wisconsin. Miss Chandler is also a student at the university and a sister Pi Beta Phi. She will return to school after the holidays. Miss Sundell will not return until the 3rd quarter next spring. 40 YEARS AGO The Elks' Christmas tree yesterday afternoon was the best yet in the history of the Christmas observances of that body which deals in good and charitable purposes. Jacob E. Decker was the patron saint and 250 children in the city were made happy with sleds, .skates, dolls, jack knives, clothing and toys innumerable. Among the gifts were 20 small boys' suits which were the gift of I. W. Keerl. A trip to the moving pictures was also one of the delights of the youngsters. MRS.TREMBLECHIN ALWAYS USED TO PARK "THE FAMILY CLUNK OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET' - UNTIL HENRY DOLLED rr UP WITH WHITE SIDEWALL TIRES- NOW SHE SHAVES THE CURB EVERY TiME SHE PARKS- By Jimmy Hatlo On the Wife's Side " : shall not rje forgetting on« contribution for the Christmas Cheer Fund which reached me during the solicitation which later came to a most successful conclusion. It was from a woman who asked that her name not only be withheld from the paper but that there be no "thank you" note in connection with her gift. "You may think this strange," she said in the note accompanying the currency, "but my hubby doesn't believe in these handouts. We disagree on this. I like to do what little I can. It's not much— but it will help toward your goal." I don't make a practice of intervening in domestic quarrels. But in this instance, I don't mind admitting that I'm 100 per cent on the side of the wife of generous impulses. Winter Driving Safety ; gleaned these commendable tips on winter driving from the safety bulletin of the Ohio state department of highways: 1. Get the "feel" of. the road on starting out. '4. Adjust speed to weather, road conditions. 3. Slow down well In advance ot Intersections, curves. 4. Use tire chains when snow or lc» prevails. , 5. Keep windshield free of snow, lot and frost. l>. Follow vehicles at safe distances. Signal intent of turns or stops. 1. Apply brakes with a gentle pump- Ing actiou on flare Ice. Information, Please! 1. What are "shock troops?" 2. Arrange these words so as to make a correct statement: "sun moon of light the the the reflects." 3. What is meant by "occupational therapy?" 4. Is this a true statement: The lacrimal glands are in the throat? 5. Which state extends farthest north? Answers—1. Seasoned or picked soldiers selected to lead an attack. 2. The moon reflects the light of the sun. 3. Healing by training in an art or useful occupation. 4. It is false. The lacrimal gland secretes tears. 5. Minnesota. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To THE GENEROUS PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY—for revealing an unselfish solicitude for the happiness of others and a genuine spirit of helpfulness by gifts to the Globe-Gazette Cheer Fund, Salvation Army and other agencies devoted to making this a happy Christmas season for everyone. Did You Know? By The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers using thl* • ervice for question! 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, 31G Eye Street N. E.. Washington 2, D. C. In states requiring literacy tests for voting 1 who gives the tests? In most of the literacy-test states the test is administered by political boards and election officials rather than by educational authorities. Who discovered the Italian tenor Ferruccia Tagliavini, now with the Metropolitan Opera? Tag- liavini was discovered by American GI's in Italy during the occupation of the country in World war II. Does wheat flour have to be aged before it is suitable for baking? Flour made-from new wheat does not bake well and requires aging. Formerly aging occurred in the field, but with the adoption of new methods of harvesting this is no longer the case and artificial methods of aging are now practiced. A loaf of bread made from new wheat flour will be scarcely more than two-thirds as high as one baked from aged flour. How many daily newspapers went out of existence during the depression and World war n period? Between Jan. 1, 1929, and Jan. 1, 1947, 306 daily newspapers with a total circulation of 5, 427,596 went out of existence. Of these 52 had merged. In the same period 145 new dailes were launched, 116 of them in towns previously without a daily newspaper. How large a bird is the kiwi? It is about the size of domestic fowl. The kiwi's egg is unusually large and in relation to the bird is the largest laid by any living species. In what year did four army generals run for the presidency? In 1880, Generals W. S. Hancock, James B. Weaver, Neal Dow, and James A. Garfield were presidential candidates. General Garfield was elected. Is it a good idea to sprinkle soft coal for home use with water? A slight moistening of soft coal not only allays the dust but causes the very fine particles to adhere to the larger ones, thus letting more air through the fuel bed. Because of this, most grades of soft coal burn a little better when slightly moistened. How many persons in New York City a r e on relief? There are about 260,000 persons in 45,000 families on relief in New York. This is slightly fewer than a year ago. Is It considered advisable to leave antifreeze in the car radiator permanently, or should it be removed In the spring, to be used again the following winter? The National Bureau of Standards says that automotive antifreezes should not be used the year around but should be drained in the spring. Following this the cooling system should be flushed and a suitable rust inhibitor should be used in the cooling water during the sum- Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures LOUIS BROMFIELD, born Dec. 27, 1896, on a farm at Mansfield, Ohio. He left Columbia's School of Journalism to join the French Army in World War I, winning many honors. He worked for New York City News and The Associated Press, then moved to France to write novels. He won the Pulitzer prize in 192C. In 1939 he established his 1,000 acre farm, Malabar, in Ohio, which has become a unique co-operative enterprise. mer months. It is not considered advisable to use an antifreeze for more than one season since contamination of the material and depletion of the corrosion inhibitors may make the antifreeze unsafe from the standpoint of corrosion. Please give some information in regard to using honey as an antifreeze in an automobile. Honey and other sugar solutions are not satisfactory as automotive antifreezes. If such solutions are used sufficiently concentrated to provide reasonable freezing protection, they are so viscous that they circulate very slowly, if at all. In contact with a hot engine the sugars also tend to caramelize, forming a hard carbon deposit which acts as an insulator, preventing adequate cooling of the engine. Mason City Gfobc-Goxette AN A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every V.'eek Day by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 East State- St. Telephone 3800 Entered as second class mntter April 12, 1D30, at the postoffice 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. Monday, Dec. 27, 1948 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which a exclusively entitled to. use for rcpub- llcatlon of all local news printed in thli newspaper 93 well ai all AP new* dispatches. 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