Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on December 21, 1961 · Page 2
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Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa · Page 2

Fayette, Iowa
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Thursday, December 21, 1961
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Established In 1914 NATIONAL EDITORIAL iht Old-, larrup Subscription Rates In Fayette and Adjoining Counties L '.jt.-:de i ay V.e and Adjoining Counties Chattin' With Stone v S3 00 PIT Year S3 50 Per Year "Statistics can be used to support anything—including statisticians." T'.f Leader is published weekly ir F3yette. Iowa, and distributed -r. 7hur<day morning. Entered at the Post Off ce at Fayette. Iowa a? record class rr.atter. under the Act of March 3. 187b Maurice Stoneman. Owner and Publisher Editorial Comments Crime is on the Increase As everyone who reads the papers knows, crime h; - ,r»:ft-aK-ti at a horrendous rate irr this country' T;>_- periodic reports made public by the FBI and various other organizations involved with law enforce in-.r.t teil that story in cold figures. And the increase \i not limited to crimes of violence, or to those perpetrated by professional thugs, safe crackers, forgers. h nd so on. Stealing from companies by their employes - from charwoman to chairman of the board-has soared too. In 19G0 fidelity insurance companies paid claims for employe thefts and embezzlements over three times as great as in 1&45- An interesting fact of this criminal activity is dev.-ibed by Morton M. Hunt in the November issue of Harper's Magazine. It carries the vivid titIe"Pri- vate Eve To Industry", and deals with the work of ;< highly ungual business named "Investigations. Inc.", which is headed by New. York management con sultar.t Norman Jasper. Investigations. Inc., has about 360 employes in some 150 plants, stores, banks, brokerage houses, and rithf-r enterprises from which money and goods may be filched. In the words of the article's sub- bead. Mr. Jaspers is thus "a specialist in the kind of crime that seldom reaches either the police or the newspaper." In the course of a .year Mr. Jasper, according to Mr. Hunt, wrings confession out of an average of 300 thieves of one kind or another. Internal dishonesty, the article points out, often starts in a small way a store manager, for instance, may put store maintenance men to work redecorating his home. All that's involved is a little company time and a little company paint. But. as Mr. Jaspers and Investigations, Inc. have learned, the precedent thus established may grow like a weed, and in a few years the store may be losing hundreds of thousands a year as other employes take their cue from the manager's de-eliction. Some of the thieving devices employed are obvious -a restaurant manager buys only from vendors who give him a handsome kickback. CXhers are highly ingenious. In one case solved by Mr. Jasper and his group, employes of a Western mine were packing gold in plastic capsules, flushing them down the toilet, then recovering them from a t-ap set in the waste line outside the plant. The manager of a small supermarket installed his own personal cash register at a checkout counter, and all the receipts that went into it were his. So it goes., lnvesigations. Inc. alone uncovered internal dishonesty amounting to a smashing $60 million last year. And. obviously, only a smaii part of the thefts of this kind perpetrated throughout the business community that his employees were stealing goods valued at $2.5 million a year. M-. Hunt goes into considerable detail as to In vestigations. Inc.' manner of operation, and the whys and wherefores of embezzlement and internal theft. The solution, at least as Mr. Jaspers sees it, lies in an improved altitude on the part of management. He is quoted saying: "Never in our history has the crime of embezzlement reached such a frightening level, neve- have bribes and kickbacks been so widespread. But there is no reason to be pessimistic; I believe it is largely correctable through management action. I urge the constant sea-ch for malignant conditions which haven't yet shown up on the surface. I urge the creation of an atmosphere showing that management is alert, that it cares, that it is watching. I urge planning ahead to prevent adverse conditions, rather than waiting to see if they arise." Out of Swaddling Clothes The jet age of air travel has just reached its third birthday. But it certainly came out of its swaddling clothes in a hurry! Pan American World AiiTvays, which inaugurated U. S. - flag- jet service, announces that it has flown 120. 021. 500 jet miles and carried almost 2,000,000 passengers since its planes entered service in 1958. Translated into space terms thisymeans the Pan Am's jet clippers - of which there are 52, with the greatest jet experience in the industry - could have carried the entire population of the city of Philadelphia lo the moon and back 237 times. Do You Recall j 20 - 30 - 40 Years Ago! 20 Years Ago — Robert Adams, of Lamont was elected president of the Fayette county Rural Young People's organization. He succeeds Charles Webb, of Arlington, Members of the group listened to President Roosevelt's talk, after which CHarles Webb led a lively discussion on the war situation. Roy Powers, of Oelwein, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Powers and Gib Fox, of Westgate were two Fayette county victims of the Japanese raid on Hawaii, Dec. 7. To meet war needs the National Red Cross is calling for $2400 from the north twelve townships in Fayette county. —•— 30 Years Ago Two banks in Oelwein have closed within a week, due to withdrawal of deposits. HimiSiimiiaiuiimimimiH!::^ The total number of automibile licenses issued at the West Union court house during the past year were 7884. Fashion has come out in color for the winter, gay, vivid, brilliant colors with red predominating. All shades of red from rust to tangerine shades. There a-e in my pertinent remarks we'd like to make — a )y>\>l people who . . oh. well let it 140. Christmas is no time to be digging up dirt or picking on someone. Instead, we'd like to wish all you a Merry Christmas, and thank you for the pleasant relations we have had during the past year. Christmas greetings may be a dime a dozen at this time of the year, but still we all like to hear them and to read them on cards, advertisements and wherever they may be. We did our liest to contact all of the business people in Fayette in regard to greeting their customers in the Leader, and many cf their ads will be found throughout this issue. Some of the merchants had planned greetings in others ways. A reader in itandalia sent us the clipping, which we reprint below, because in-'a.way it pertains to Christmas, and it also has a very good moral. Unlike the inkeeper who turned M iry and Joseph away because there was no room the late George C. Boldt once said to a man and his wife, "I'll give you my own room." That was many years ago. It was late one night and the man with his wife had come f o:n New York to Philadelphia ••id topped at a small hotel. The woman was ill. They had been unsuccessful in their attempt to find lodgings. Asking advice without making demands, they sought information for a place to sleep from the hotel manager. Without asking even the names of the strange -s, the manager shared all that h<> had. When the manager was called the next morning, the husband said, "You're the kind of hotel manager that should be at the head of a really great hotel; I'd like to build one for you. If that interests you please get in touch with me sometime." And that is how George Boldt became manager of the old Waldo -f Asto-ia that Mr. Astor provided for him, as his stranger-guests were Mr. and Mrs. William Waldorf Astor. Through his act of unselfish kindness Mr. Boldt evoked the generosity of a man with great financial power, which in turn enabled Mr. Boldt eventually to become known as the hotel man of his time. greatest Feed grain to ewes To lamb this winter Ewes due to Iamb in January or February need additional grain in the last one-third of the gestation period - the most critical time of pregnancy, Extension Director M. C. Wangsnoss tells Fayette County sheepmen. Tom Wickersham. animal husbandman at Iowa State University, points out that good feeding and management during this period will help ward off pregnancy disease and lambing difficulties. You can begin dry-lot feeding the ewes hay or silage as soon as the fall reed is gone from the fields. Supply them with an adflfrforinl one-fourth pound of shelled com per ev.'c, increasing this amount gradually from one-half to one pound the last five or six weeks before lambing. Supply roughage rcq»i' - ements of the ewes with four to six pounds of reasonably high-quality hay the amount depending upon the size of the ewes and quality of hay. Always provide a mineral mixture free choice, fresh every two or three days. And be sure there is sufficient iodized salt, free choice, and an abundance of fresh, ice-free water. SELL YOUR DONT WANTS WITH LEADER WANT ADS Hi::::::::::::::::::!::::::::::::: i«!:R|:::::»KKjSKH!HH^^ Creek Bottom. Comments — By Reuben The Jet Clipper America which made the first U. S. flag jet flight from New York to Paris, has now logged more than 4,000.000 miles, or some 8,000 hours in the air. And the jet power-plants used by Pan Am have proven to be models of reliability. An in-flight failure has occurred only once in approximately every 40,000 hours. This means that a jet captain, flying an average of 900 hours a year, could fly for more than 40 years without ever experiencing an engine failure. To sum up, a single jet clipper in a month's operations covers about 160,000 miles. That fact would startle even Jules Verne. "•HSin -sasssiHSHSi^ 40 Years Ago Showing at the opera house is a seasonable, human New England drama. The high spots are a realistic revival, a runaway motor van and a fight. Excellent snow scenes, pathos and humor. Harold Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Howell, recently went to Ames, as instructor in electrical engineering. » Deaths : William Wesley Ashby. E. H. Cunningham, secretary of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has been named as one of nine men chosen to constitute the board of directors of what will be known as the National Livestock Producers' Association. ..We respectfully suggest the good but perhaps over-enthusiastic people of West Union give at least brief meditation to the problems and frustrations that befell the good people of Millard County, Utah. Delta is a little country town of 1700. at the east side of the Sevier Desert. They formed the West Millard County Hospital association. They raked and scraped $112,000 in cash and $35,000 in pledges. Then they looked into the prospects and aspects of Federal Aid. At the time, they had architect plans Tor a little $250,000 hospital. They found they could get a 55 per cent ( local ) 45 per cent federal aid deal under the Hill- Burton Act. Then things began to — happen. The association had to c':Y change specifications to conform III to Federal requirements. The low- jjj est bid was $323,000. To meet the j|j greatly increased cost, dozens of 111 local men offered their time and Ijl skills to help with the concrete ill work, carpentry, and painting, ill Then came the shock, "federal jjj regulations" did not allow donated jjj labor, all the community share jji must be ;n cash. The contractor HI was' located in Provo, Utah, 86 Hi miles away. He could NOT hire jjj local Delta labor at Delta community wage scale. He had to pay wages set by U. S. Department of Labor. Those wage rates were sky-high compared with Delta community wages. So, to make a long story shorter, the good people in and around Delta, Utah, finally said", to — with Federal Aid, we'll build it ourselves", and they did. Furthermore, we have been puzzled as to how those good pure Republicans at our county" capitol could even consider "Federal Aid", that dangerous vitamin, that the terrible Len Wolf would over- prescribe for all public project pathology. The answer would of course be, "this is for our own little town of West Union". We ask, have they ever meditated the fact that, figuratively speaking, there ara ten thousand West Unions in these United States. And that is the fundamental reason why Washington "bureaucracy" has come to be the progressively costly and insidious thing it now is. This year we can rejoice in the fact that Christmas Eve comes on Sunday, and Monday is Christmas Day. The commercialization, the playing of Christmas carols over loud-speakers to nerve grating monotony, the "sales pitch", and the seasonal greed will come to another seasonal end at closing time, Saturday night. Therefore we can, if we will, have a two- day truly Christmas Season, this year. Merry Christmas to all of you. glVMiS m BLESSINGS TO YOU AT CHRISTMAS May the peace and joy of the first Christmas fill your heart during this holy season R. R. ERI0N WATKINS DEALER Black 142 Fayette BIG GAIN FEEDS Phone 144 Wert Union Further fa.hi«m hlu. the your* m of £ only the LOOK is exi 4 4 a Dress Shop Fayette, ,1™ i

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