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EDITORIALS a British Teacher Sees ™ /Cfl/ * Sch °o/ System Of i* Manitowoc, Wis., a blond amfl- a, .« ? ngllsh scho °l ma'am who arrived as an exchange teacher in the United States heLtf Ug , U 1S trying eai ' ne stly to adjust ways eas y-Koing American school Mrs Winifred Rose MacVicar, teaching »th grade English in Manitowoc's junior nigh scho °l. came out of Laxson street secondary girl's school in London. Since fall she has been marveling at the enthusiastic informality of the American school life. jgUT the most apparent difference which she discovered as an exchange teacher in the middle west is the school buildings themselves. "Here you have a building the likes of which I don't think I've ever seen in England," Mrs. MacVicar said. "These big, well lighted classrooms, the wide, open corridors, the gymnasiums with all those seating accommodations, and the auditoriums such as we in England only dream of— all are part of a modern building planned for education here." Mrs. MacVicar described her school in one of the bombed, crowded districts of the British capital as an old building with little playground space and no grass. TT7HILE Mrs. MacVicar thinks school * » Children are basically the same the world over, she can't quite adjust herself to the breezy way most youngsters treat her. "When an English student walks past me, he will say stiffly, 'Good morning, madam,' but when I pass one of my Manitowoc students outside the classroom, he yells, 'Hiyah, Mrs. MacVicar'." TF Mrs. Winifred Rose MacVicar is enjoy•*- ing her experience, certainly so is Miss Agnes Dunne who is pinch-hitting in the Laxson street secondary girl's school in a working class section of southeast London. Together they are part of an exchange of 112 British and American school teachers arranged by the U. S. office of education. Miss Dunne went to her British school job convinced that everything in her school room would be short in supply. She took with her a trunkf ul of pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers, and classroom equipment, only to find her school room reasonably well supplied with these things. T7WEN in the slums of London she found -*— ' British youngsters far more formal in their attitude toward teachers than the boys and girls in Manitowoc. British youngsters were chiefly concerned with inquiries about U. S. penthouses, Hollywood stars, bobby-soxers, and gangsters. They never tire of hearing about them. The American teacher found British school children "harder to get to know than our children — but lovable when you do get to know them." In contrast to boys and girls of Manitowoc who often spend $5 a week for movies, basketball tickets, candy, and nicknacks, British school children must make 2 shillings a week do for their week's lunches, and still keep within the ration system. A MERICAN colleges have exchanged pro**• fessors with foreign institutions for years, but it is a novelty to do this for grammar schools. It may help America and Britain to understand each other better, something which each can afford to do. Look Out Below! THE MOTH'S Legally Illegal T O the average person, feeling toward the United Nations isn't going to be improved after this Dutch-Indonesia case. A slap at the Dutch wrist for "truce violation" doesn't mean much. It especially doesn't mean much when the UN groups complaint boils down to a protest over the Dutch failure to notify that it was going to break the truce. That's too reminiscent of Al Capone, and the government's getting him because he failed to pay taxes on his badly-gotten gains. It sounds like the complaint is: "If you're going to be illegal, then at least you ought to be legally illegal." In the Atomic Age A T Fort Funston, in one of the . fortified recesses of San Francisco bay, smoke has been coming from the barrel of a 16- inch coast defense rifle, perhaps for the last time. The smoke is not from cordite used in firing practice, but from the acetylene torches of salvage crews cutting apart these obsolete coast defense weapons. Radar and anti-aircraft batteries have •ucceeded to the responsibility of guarding oar sea frontiers. The coast artillery behemoths are doomed to the scrap pile. Soil conservation is one of man's most important sciences. A number of flourishing civilizations have disappeared because the countries' soil became exhausted or was washed away. ,, What has happened to potatoes under an inflexible support price setup in the past could happen to any or all of the other major crops, to the injury of all agriculture. • IT'S BEEN SAID: "He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity, will revolutionize the world."—Benjamin Franklin. Safety Memo: Have you placed your influence behind the safety movement locally by joining up with the Mason City-Cerro Gordo County Safety council? * Southern democrats are now in the midst of a cp-r^aign to persuade President Truman that it's not true what they say about Dixie. Pity the poor census taker when he attempts to get the women folks in his territory to tell him their right age. Pros and Cons Gleaned From Our Exchanges Some Interesting Viewpoints Tainted Stories Decorah Public Opinion: Have you ever been present in a group where people were telling 'tainted" stories to the assemblage? Made you a little angry, didn't it? Makes you feel that the speaker is talking "down" to his audience, doesn't it? Certainly a speaker shouldn't occupy the minds of his listeners with the brand of "humor" which may be offensive to any one of the audiences. Men Must Work Fairmont Sentinel: Money isn't everything. Many a chap right here in this community who has the necessary shekels to take life easy keeps right on working every day just for the joy of doing something constructive and to be an asset to the community. There is no pleasure in "\idleness, and the possession of money alone does not bring happiness and contentment. Four Money's Worth Estherville News: Anything amounts to about what you put into it, including a Chamber of Commerce. There are about as many versions of how some public enterprise ought to be conducted as there are individuals participating in it, but only through loyal support and through active participation in organization can success and achievement be made possible. Putting the Blame Waukon Democrat: It is human nature to put the blame for everything on somebody else, but a man begins to make some progress when he blames his shortcomings on the proper person. A look in the mirror at regular intervals would be great help in finding the one responsible for many of our .troubles. Selling: Democracy Fairfield Ledger: We send master salesmen to foreign countries to sell goods, wares and other merchandise to the people. We should send educators or missionaries, or whatever they may be called, to sell our philosophy—to show them that we really practice the Golden Rule over here. Late Decisions Osage Press: For the 2nd time in 2 months, delayed decisions in the office of the Iowa attorney general have caused county auditors considerable embarrassment, extra work, and inconvenience. On top of that, counties have been put to a great deal of extra expense. Communists Within Marshalltown Times-Republican: No sensible person will maintain that we should spend billions to stop the steady onward march of communism all around the world and then fail to do everything possible to keep communists out of our own departments of government. Attention to Soil Cherokee Times At long last there has been an awakening to the importance of flood control and restoration of soil enrichment. That now has become a matter of uppermost concern to farm owners and farm operators. Double-Talk Council Bluffs Nonpaniil: Democrats are now busy telling business men they have nothing to fear from the Truman administration. Trouble is they talk out of both sides of their mouths. Encouraging Travel Boone News-Republican: The department of commerce is trying to encourage Americans to travel abroad, probably so they can see how their money is being spent for them. From Our Mailbag BETTER THAN COMMUNISM S T. LOUIS—While China's form of government may not be the best, it is infinitely better than communism. I have seen both. FATHER PAUL LLOYD, C. M. Do You Remember? 10 YEARS AGO Ray D. Robbins, president, and other officers and directors were re-elected at the annual meeting of the stockholders of the North Iowa Fair association at the Hotel Hanford here today. E. C. Boyle, Clear Lake, George Marty and George Albee, both of Mason City, were appointed on a committee to revise the articles of incorporation and liy-laws to report at a special meeting of the stockholders Jan. 20. 20 YEARS AGO Earl Bruns was elected commander of Antioch Commandery, No. 43, at its recent meeting. Clarence Hanson is generalissimo, J. Harry Tait, captain general; Dr. J. W. Wright of Clear Lake, prelate; W. G. C. Bagley, treasurer; C. P. Shipley, secretary; E H. Wagner, senior warden, and Roy McEwen; junior warden. This is Mr. Shipley's 27th year as secretary of this lodge. 30 YEARS AGO As has been the custom for the last number of years an Alumni-high school game New Year's night will open Mason City's 1918-19 basketball season. Herman Bruns, 1914-15 forward is collecting material to oppose Kegley's men in the annual clash. Louis Wolf, Jim Shearer, Ed Anderson, John .McConnell and Leon Belding of last year's quintet are listed as probable performers. Also on the alumni list are Harold Martin, 191516 guard, "Hoot" Weston, 4 year star, "Whitey" Timmerman, 1915-16, and Toinby, 1916-17 forward. 40 YEARS AGO Howard J. Fuller will succeed William Ontjes as the cashier of the Peoples State bank according to the announcement of the officials of the institution and the election will occur this week. Mr. Fuller has been in the city for something over a year now, having first been associated with the Iowa State bank. The Dodge's Point Country club is building an ice house which will hold in the neighborhood of 30 tons of ice. SUCCESSORS Observing To Your Health! Roving Reporter By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. NEED FOR FAT pRACTICALLY everyone has a craving for some * fat in his diet and it does help to make food taste better. Fat is taken up slowly from the bowel and empties slowly from the stomach. Therefore, it has a satisfying value and delays hunger between meals. Foods containing fat are easy to eat. For example, bread with some fat on it is easier to eat than dry bread. Fat has more than double the caloric or heat value of other foods. Since most non-fatty foods contain ,•?. higher percentage of „....,.,.»,, water, diets can be" less bulky if DR. BUNDESEN they have a high fat content In addition, fats are less likely to ferment in the bowel than are starchy foods and sugars. Furthermore, there may be some needs, for fats not yet recognized. _ Fat can be made from starchy foods and sugars in the body, as many overweight people know. It is not necessary in the diet as a source of known fat-soluble vitamins, since a person may get vitamin D from sunshine, vitamin A from carotene in vegetables, and vitamin E in bread. Of course, fats may be obtained from cream, butter, margarine, fatty meats, and eggs. A reasonable amount of fat in the diet is desirable, but just how much is essential must still be determined. In animals, it has been 'found that a lack of certain fatty acids present in fats will cause the growth to stop and the animals to develop skin diseases, such as eczema. There is some evidence that these same fatty acids are necessary for good health in human beings, but definite proof is still not available. However, eczema has been produced in babies kept on diets very low in fats. There is some evidence, too, that a diet high in fats and low in starches and sugars reduces the susceptibility to colds and similar infections, but this, also, is a matter of some dispute. For example, one individual lived for 6 months on a daily diet very low in fats and observed no ill effects. Perhaps if he had continued on this diet for a longer time, ill effects would have been observed. Excessive amounts of fats in the diet, particularly in middle-aged end elderly persons, would seem to be inadvisable, since there is some evidence that excess fat may contribute, in part, to liver disorders. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS R. P.: Please tell me about pimvorms. Answer: Pinworms are brought into the body probably by water or food. The most common symptoms of their presence is itching about the opening of the rectum. Treatment consists of frequent washings of the infected region, and enemas to remove the worms from the rectum. Hexylresorcinol and gentian violet have been vised in the treatment. This should always be done under a doctor's supervision. They'll Do It Every Time HAL BOYLE Hal Boyle of the AP CHRISTMAS HAS CHANGED TOO •NJEW YORK, (/P)—"Lost, strayed or stolen—one A ^ good old-fashioned Christmas. Finder please return." But I suppose no one will ever bring it back. That Christmas is covered up with the years. It is laid away with childhood, in that vanished time when being a child was more simple than it is today. Christmas was simple then, too. Everything was simpler. Dad brought home a 4-bit tree and set it up in the living room. The base was made by knocking one end out of a fruit box. There weren't any fancy metal gadgets. It didn't take half a week's income to decorate the tree. We put on a few spangled candle holders, a star, and rope after rope of cranberries and popcorn strung on thread from mom's sewing kit. It was a beautiful tree, simple and satisfying. Everyone in the family got a special pleasure out of it because he had done something himself to make it prettier. In those long ago days the tradition of the Christmas stocking was taken very seriously. Dad entered into the game, too, and hung up his sock along with the others. There was always an orange in each stocking, and it was a big treat then. What would a modern child think of Santa Claus today for leaving him a common thing like an orange. The presents were few but well chosen. There was something to wear—a new sweater or a stocking cap. But there was always something to play with, too. What ever happened to that old-fashioned Christmas? I was talking to a friend about it the other day, and he said: "That was the kind of Christmas I had as a boy, too. But it has gone up the chimney. "I paid $5 for a Christmas tree this year, and the tinsel garbage we bought to throw on it cost more than my father earned the week he married my mother. When we were through we didn't have a Christmas tree — we had a Hollywood production. And that's exactly what it looked like: All tinsel and no warmth. There wasn't a homemade thing on it." And my friend remarked that the whole spirit of Christmas had changed—to him at least—since his boyhood. "As I remember it," he said, "Christmas was a time when you bought a lew presents for close friends or members of the family. Today I get the idea that Christmas is just a parade of people going by me with their hands out. ''My wife said she didn't know whether she'd be able to afford anything for me this year. She said she had to tip her hairdresser, (he grocery hoy, the mailman, the maid who comes every other Saturday, the butcher, the building superintendent, the milkman, and half a dozen other people. As husband, it seems I'm last in line." Whatever happened to the old-fashioned Christmas, when Santa Claus packed a bag—instead of a sandbag? By Jimmy Haf.o Christmas for the Aged k think all of us owe a spe- ; cial thoughtful ness at •Christmas time for these elders who have seen many Christmases and find themselves inevitably more and more alone in their sunset. For many of them Christmas is a day of memories— some heavy and some sweet. With advancing age, every Yuletide sees some dear ones dropped out of the charmed circle. Many live in the remembered joys of past Christmases, when the much- loved were with us, and the family was a compact unit, not yet scattered to the 4 winds or" present only in a tender memory. Death in its finality had not required farewells, life was still a brave adventure and seemed to promise unending tomorrows. Christmas is still Christmas, but it has its sadness, too, for many lonely souls who are past it hilarity and who look back upon old times with nostalgia—not with unhappiness, but with regret for days and faces that will be seen no more, and for good times that can come no more. It is often'a dull business to be old, and never could a human being be more lonely than at the season when' human happiness reaches its high tide, by very contrast. Do not let us neglect these veterans at this season of good will and gaity. Though they live with memories, they live also in the present, and need the affectionate companionship which means so much to us all. Wise in experience, tempered in the inevitable sufferings that come to all, there is something special in the smiles—and perhaps some tears—with which they greet the day. Don't fail them, please. Bring them into the fire-glow and the singing. Help them to remember happy Christmases past, and to make a special place in their memory for this Christmas of 1948, as something unique and precious. Iowa Again In Lead k was grateful to read that • unless an unexpected switch occurs, Iowa's cash farm income will top the nation this year as it did in 1947. Department of agriculture figures for the first 10 months of 1948_ show Iowa's receipts from farm marketings totaled $1,863,601,000. California, as usual, stood a fairly close 2nd with $1,775,660,000. Texas and Illinois ranked 3rd and 4th in the United States, as they have most of 1948. Texas had $1,598,934,000 for the January- October period, and Illinois $1,495,637,000. In 1946, Iowa was crowded out of first place by California. Christmas candles Should bom in devotion.* NOT desf ruction / NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCtt. E66HEAD IS STCICTLV ALL WHEEL WHEN HE PRIVES-* LISTEN- BUT GET HIM WHEM HE'S A HEARD ME/ SHUT UP/ •HOW "DO EXPECT ME TO PRlVE AND TALk AT THE SAME TIME? HOW MANV SPEEDS V'6dT ON THIS HEAP? 6ET AN/ WOODEM NICKELS? WHAT? coi'R. iMt. irmn FSATUKT-I IYNDICATK, !•<-, wont,t> incurs Rrat»vj:i> Christmas Questionnaire N have Ralph Shannon, publisher of the Washington, la., Journal, to thank for my best Christmas card laugh this year. It took the form of a questionnaire—2 postcards, one to ba kept and one to be returned filled out. Here were the questions I was asked to answer: 1. Where were you on the night of Nov. 2? 2. Do you like sugar in your tea? How many? 3. Are you making any money? How?4. Ho%v many questionnaires like this do you fill out each year? Don't they burn you up? 5. What size shoe do you wear? Wouldn't a size larger be more comfortable? . Additional comment if any? Information, Please! 1. Is the English horn a woodwind or brass instrument? 2. For whose music is the city of Bayreuth, Germany, famous? 3. What type of boat was the old Constitution. 4. What is the "culinary" art? Answers—1. Woodwind. 2. Richard Wagner's. 3. A frigate. 4. Cookery. THE DAY'S BOUQUET To CHARLES W. BARLOW— for his appointment by the supreme court as court reporter and editor of the code of Iowa. His many friends in C e r r o Gordo county will be happy to learn of his advancement from the position of clerk of the court even though it will keep him in Des Moines. Did You Know? By The Hoskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Header* using th!« service for question! of fact—not counsel—should sign fall name and address and Inclose 3 centi for return postage. Address the Maion City Globe-Gaiette Information Bureau, 316 Eye Street N. E., Washington 2, D. C. Who is the author of the Koran? The Koran is said to have been communicated to Mohammed by an angel, who is sometimes the Spirit, sometimes the Holy Spirit and later, Gabriel. It is written in Arabic and was compiled from the prophet's own lips over the major portion of his life at Mecca and Medina. How far is Europe from Africa at Gibraltar? At Europa Point the Mediterranean • sea is so narrow that the distance between Europe and Africa is only 12£ miles. What, act was referred to as "the greatest single act of courage in army medical annals?" It was the act of John R. Kissinger in volunteering to be a subject of Dr. Walter Reed's experiments to determine the cause of yellow fever. How many men composed the council before which Socrates was tried? There were probably 500 men in the council which tried Socrates. How many voted for acquittal and how many for condemnation is not definitely known. Some reputable writers believe that 280 of the 500 men voted for condemnation and 220 for acquittal. Is there a limit beyond which nothing is colder? Yes, it is absolute zero, -459 degrees Fahrenheit or -273 degrees centigrade. When and where was John Foster Dulles born? Mr. Dulles was born in Washington, D. C., on Feb. 25, 1888, the son of Allen M. Dulles, a professor at Auburn Theological seminary, and grandson of John W. Foster, diplomat and secretary of state during Benjamin Harrison's administration. What Is the origin of' the stars in the United States Hag? The act of June 14, 1777, adopting the flag, prescribes that: "The union be 13 stars, in a blue field representing a new constellation"— symbolizing stars in the heavens, and signaling to mankind the birth of the first nation on earth dedicated to personal and religious liberty. Why do the figures on the seating capacity of Soldier Field, Chicago, vary In different reference works? The actual seating capacity on a basis of 18 inches per person is 77,112. By addition of temporary seats, 101,180 can be accommodated without crowding, and the number can be greatly increased by resorting to a 16-i n c h seating basis. Using part of the arena for spectators, the capacity is well over 200,000. Whom did Captain Miles Standish marry? The first wife of Miles Standish is usually referred to simply as Rose Standi&h. She died the first winter that the Pilgrims were in the New World. Today's Birthday By AP Newsfeatures CORNELIUS McGILUCUDDY (CONNIE MACK), born Dec. 2223, 1862, in East Brookfield, Mass. After celebrating 75 birthdays - on .Dec. 23, "Mr. Baseball" discovered he was born on Dec. 22, but let the old date stand in "."Who's.. Who" and elsewhere. He s h o r tened his name to fit on a Scoreboard and batted .500 with Newark as a boy. His Athletics have won 9 penants, 5 world series and finished 16 times in the cellar. Barbara was the given name of his second wife. There were 6 children by this marriage. How does the per capita use of petroleum in the United States compare with that in England? The average per capita petroleum requirement in the United States in 194*7 was approximately 575 gallons a year> or a little over li gallons daily for each person. In Great Britain the comparable figure was 44 gallons per capita a year. What is the largest Protestant denomination? It is the Lutheran, the entire world membership embracing over 80 ' million persons. The Lutheran church is the official church of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The Lutheran World federation includes over 60,000,000 members. Has the new nation,' Israel, a navy as well as an army? Israel has a navy, at present consisting of 2 corvettes. Mosori 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, 1930. at the postofflce at Mason City. Iowa, under the act of March 3, 1878. LEE P. LOOMIS Publisher W. EARL HALL, Managing Editor ENOCH A, NOREM - - City Editor LLOYD L. GEER Adv. Mgr. Thursday, Dec. 23, 1948 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which li exclusively entitled to u»a for repub- Ilcatlon of all local news printed In thi* newspaper M well a* all AP news dispatches SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Mason City and Clear Lak« (Carrier Delivery Limits) On« year 113.00 Ou« we«k *f Outside Mason City and Clear Lake But Within 100 Miles of Mason City By mail 1 year ( B.OO By mall • months 4.75 By carrier per week Ji OuUld* 190 MuTzon* by Mall Only On« year tu 0* Six month «.M Three month* feM ^- f J(tM>T'<r<3.'tt"»riHi

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