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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 8

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PAGE EIGHT. marginal Holes 1 By 51LL Outdoor Rambles (By Arthur J. Falas) CURBING TRAFFIC VIOLATORS. One of the Iowa highway traffic cops told us of a "smart" guy up at Calmar that isn't going to do any driving for a year at least, all because of some capers he cut at fifty miles an hour in the business section of his home town. It seems this man made a bet that he could circle around the band stand which stands in the intersection of the highway in Calmar while traveling fifty miles an hour. He did it and collected his bet. Not satisfied, he wanted to bet with another friend he could do it again, but couldn't get his money "covered." So in order to prove his point, tried the stunt again. This time he didn't navigate the car just right with the result that he turned it over. Arrest followed and the judge revoked his license for twelve months. More and more the public is learning to respect the khaki clad highway patrolmen and the laws they are so earnestly striving to enforce that are aimed to make the highways safer for all. « • « * ACADEMIC TESTS AT SCHOOL. Those of our readers who have one or more children in school have no doubt heard them tell of the state academic tests that are being given at Postville schools this week along with other schools in Iowa. If there are any adults who think these are simple tests, they might be grossly surprised after giving them a "once over." The "Understanding of Contemporary Affairs" questions will tax the best of the students of current events as they appear in daily news papers, periodicals and magazines. We belittled the objections raised to the test by our own girls, little know ing what it was all about. They had discussed various questions contained in the test and we felt certain our perusal of four daily papers, some forty odd weekly papers, several magazines and our trade journals had kept us posted on the important events of the world's affairs. So we went up to the school and secured one of the left-over sets of questions and clocked ourselves according to the rules. And were we taken down a notch Imagine our chagrin when we learned after our papers were checked that we had incorrectly answered 16 of the 1011 questions propounded to our children. I If you can possibly do so. get a set of the questions, chart your answers, and await the results of the students' tests which we are told will be given out next week. You'll be surprised to learn how you stack up in knowledge compared to the children in your own household. • • • » POLITICS WARMING UP "With the primary election but three weeks distant, candidates are making the most of their opportunity to call on voters to "sell" themselves for the particular office they seek. Newspaper offices especially are a favorite stopping place for the seekers of public office for there it is they expect an item from the editor setting forth the qualifications they possess for the job they are after. However, thus far we haven't run across any candidates the following in cident would apply to: Not so far from Postville an editor two weeks ago had a candidate visit him. "I've come," he said, "to have you explain why you called me a 'political jobber' in your old sheet." The editor hastened to apologize "* regret the typographical error very much," he replied. '"I wrote the word 'robber' and underlined it, but the typesetter got it wrong. We'll correct it in the next issue." It appears now that there will be no dearth of office seekers, good, fair and mediocre. At the June primary only one for each office on each political party ticket will be elected. But here in Post township the par ticular interest of local voters is fo cused on three of our own citizens who are outstanding men of this community. For the county treasurership Carlton Schroeder's name is to appear on the democratic ticket; for representative Lloyd D. Walter, and for supervisor for the 1937 term Mort Deering, both on the republican ticket all of whom will more than likely garner about all of the votes cast for these offices by their respective parties. • * » * NO BECIPROCITY Up at Lenox the editor of the Time Table out for a drive saw a farmer shoveling coal into a furnace out in the middle of the yard and upon investigating learned that the man was protecting his seed corn from frost. He carried a news story about what he had seen and as a result the farmer, according to bis own statement sold a thousand bushels of seed corn at $5.00 per bushel. Knowing the farmer was not a regular subscriber to the Time Table the editor solicited him for a year's subscription. But he was told a subscription wasn't necessary because he could borrow a copy any time he wanted to read it from the neighbors. Fortunately, we don't have many of the above kind of people in this community. Most everyone subscribes to the Herald and doesn't need to borrow his neighbor's copy. , it Why does the Pasque Flower prefer the top of and near the edge of a cliff or the summit of a hill? It grows in other places, but I ha ve usually found it in such localities. It may be due to the fact that in such positions it is not so likely to be destroyed by the hoofs of grazing cattle. Even . that cannot entirely account for its choice of site, for on the shore of Lit tie Wall Lake, near Jewell, Iowa, thrives on the summit of a small sand blown hill. This hill is only about 30 feet higher than the surrounding land, which is all quite level. Here it grows in a pasture that is grazed quite closely every year. Is its choice probably governed by a preference for a wind-swept location? Or does it choose a well drained spot? It seems there are many well drained positions on the lower slopes of the hills that are also exposed to the winds. Is it possibly carried by some bird that chooses fto leave it on the highest summit? This is one of the most interesting early spring flowers. Its name "Pasque" is the French for Easter, indicating the time of year when it appears. The flowers are beautiful cups, growing closely together, covering the whole plant. The stems all come from the ground, and in groups, making spots of color from pale blue and pink to purple. They are quite common in places on top of the bluffs along the Yellow and Upper Iowa rivers. The Pasque Flower is in bloom for a long period and is always a thrill for the flower lover. If you enjoy the flowers, the trees, the birds, the hills, do not wait until June or July to see them. When the plants spring from the ground, when the buds open on the trees, nature of fers some of her most interesting sights. Have you observed poison ivy when its vines spring from the ground? A painter's brush can never expect to match its brilliant colors Did you observe the dogwood and swamp willows in April? Even be fore the buds showed color, the bark of these two shrubs offered brilliance to the landscape.' NEWSPAPERS TO OBSERVE JOURNALISM CENTENNIAL Meadow Xarks Hold An All-Day Meeting The Meadow Larks 4-H Club held an all-day meeting at the home of their leader, Miss Julia Wettleson, on Saturday, May 2nd, with 16 members and four visitors—Alma Opsand, Mar jorie Reierson, Mrs. Lawrence Welzel and Miss Gladys Lynum—present. Roll call was answered by each one giving their "favorite hobby." The business meeting was called to order by the president. Bea McNeil was elected as our dele gate to Ames. The following program was then given: Talk, "Good Equipment for Bread Making"—Irene Erickson. Demonstration, "Making and Starting Bread"—Irene Welzel. Talk, "History of Yeast"—Carol Jacobia. Talk, "Pheasant"—Dorothy Jacobia Talk. "Care of the Eyes"—Neva Waters. Songs and games by entire club. Demonstration, "Plain Muffins"— Carol Jacobia and Elizabeth Cahalan Demonstration, "Knead Bread"— Irene Welzel. Demonstration, "Bread Variations' —Irene Erickson and Bea McNeil. Demonstration, "Swedish Tea Ring' —Ivanel Lubbers and Irma Koopman Demonstration, "Molding Bread Into a Loaf"—Julia Wettleson. Talk, "Robin"—Evelyn Krambeer. Talk, "Care of the Feet"—Bea Mc Neil. Judging of the baked products by Miss Lynum. A picnic dinner was enjoyed by all at noon. The next meeting will be held at the home pf Elizabeth Cahalan, May 18th.—Reporter. Read the advertisements in today's Herald and save money! • •••< Boy, what sound Is more penetrating than a shrill whistle? You'll probably say none. But you'd be surprised how penetrating the news about a sale is after it has been advertised In the paper. (Facsimile of paper from file in possession of Historical. Memorial, and Art Departments. Dcs Moines) The centennial anniversary of the newspaper in Iowa will be commemorated throughout the state this month. Exactly one hundred years ago, on May 11, 1836, the initial issue of the Du Buque Visitor appeared in the ough mining town of Dubuque. Its folio line read, "Truth Our Guide, The Public Good Our Aim." The paper was printed on an "Imperial Sheet" which, folded once the narrow way, formed two sheets twenty by twenty- six inches in size. Each of the four pages contained six columns. The story of the Du Buque Visitor is told by Dr. William J. Petersen in the April number of "The Palimpsest." The Du Buque Visitor came into existence through the vision, energy, and resourcefulness of John King. Born in Virginia in 1803, King had moved to Ohio in 1829. Four years later he set out for the Black Hawk Purchase to mine lead at Dubuque. Recognizing the need of a newspaper at Dubuque. King returned to Ohio in the fall of 1835 and engaged William Cary Jones to act as foreman and superintend publication. Jones' salary was set at $350 a year plus board and room. From Galena King brought Andrew Keesecker, a skilled compositor, who is credited with setting the type and running the Smith hand press that turned out the first Iowa newspaper. Beginning with the very first issue the editors experienced no qualms in pirating material from other newspapers and periodicals. On August 3 the Visitor admitted that its columns were "frequently enriched" by extracts in prose and verse from such magazines as the Knickerbocker, the Zodiac, the New Yorker, and the Rural Repository. Territorial, national, and foreign news usually occupied less space. Local items were fragmentary in character. Advertising occupied five columns in the first issue and an ever increasing space in subsequent issues. The Visitor pledged itself to pursue an "impartial, independent, and honorable course" in political affairs. Unlike most pioneer editors of that period, John King endeavored to re main neutral in politics. Despite his best efforts, however, he could not please all. Late in August. William C Jones resigned because of his own "strong antipathy" for the Jaeksonian administration. King was perfectly aware of the utter futility of attempting to please every one of his thousand subscribers. Financial problems were of more concern to him: wages and provisions were high in the mineral region, the paper was larger than King had originally anticipated, and many subscribers did not pay in advance. Nor need they, for the subscription rate had been set at three dollars a year in advance or four dollars if paid at the end of the year. A charge of one dollar was made for a single insertion of a "square" or less of advertising. Each subsequent insertion cost fifty cents, while advertisers by the year were granted a liberal discount. On Nov ember 9, 1836, King informed those who owed him for job work that a little cash was indispensable in order to sustain the Visitor. A distinctive feature of the Du Buque Visitor was the number of men connected with its history during the brief span of its existence. On Do cember 21, 1836, King announced the sale of the Visitor to William W. Chapman, a native of Virginia, who had arrived at Burlington in 1835 and opened a law office. Soon afterwards Chapman was appointed Attorney for the Territory of Wisconsin and the Visitor then fell into the hands of its third and last owner—William H. Tur ner. It continued under Turner's ed itorship until May n, 1837, when the first volume of fifty-two issues was completed. Throughout its existence the Visitor was the only paper in the Black Hawk Purchase. Its files constitute the most important single documentary sources on Iowa history ; hundred years ago. As an aid in observing the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Du Buque Visitor the State Historical Society of Iowa has devoted the April number of "The Palimpsest" to the "Iowa Newspaper Centennial." (Continued from Page One) | but scored their two runs when they j coupled two walks with n hit and art j error. The feature of the game was the two-hit pitching of Knmp against three other pitchers for Lansing, who,! as the score book shows, wore not very effective. Kur.il Pupils' Examinations Seventh and eighth grade pupils from many of the surrounding country schools will come to Postville on Thursday and Friday of this, week to take the year's final examinations at the high school building. First Grade We arc making pictures of the three bears for the border above the blackboard. Second Grade The following pupils had perfect spelling grades last week: Marjorie Baries, Dorothy Boose, Jean Douglass. Bamonn Meyer, Rose Marie Meyer. Margaret Mae Shitzmnn, Dunne Lammcrt. Jack Martin. Eugene Severn, Milton Turner and Dwight Marston. Third Grade Elizabeth Schultz brought us some grass seed to plant in our sand table. We water it every morning. We are anxious to watch it grow. Fourth Grade The following pupils received perfect spelling grades: Caroline Bursell, Mary Helen Eberling, Virginia Marston. Dorothy Ann Waters, Harold Boese, Eugene Huebner, Edgar Nelson, Willard Oestman and Jimmie Searls. Fifth Grade In geography class we are studying our neighbors to the south, Mexico and Central America. The following pupils were neither absent nor lardy the last six weeks: Sophia Dyke. Charlotte Gordon. Cressa Beryl Luhman, Ida Mae Severn Lois Tindell, Arthur Bareis and Craig Marston. Country Club Holds Its Monthly Meeting The Grand Meadow Country Club held its monthly meeting in the home of Amanda Schierholz, May 1. | Elvira Panncke joined the club atj this meeting. A donation of $6.00 was sent to the Red Cross for the relief of the flood sufferers and a large box of clothing was sent to the Elkader Red Cross for local distribution. Two vocal numbers were given by Lorene Walters, "A Beautiful Lady In Blue" and "Its Been So Long." The contest was won by Lorene Walters, while Hertha Thoma won second. Claire Brewer and Louisa Oldag, who presided, gave very interesting talks on notes, checks, taxes and other business notes concerning expenditures; they also discussed the various types of checks, etc. They then gave a one-act playlet, "Jones' Home," with Lorene Walter assisting. This was the last of the project work for this year. Achievement Day will be held at Elkader, Friday, May 22. The hostess then served a delicious luncheon after which the members had a seed exchange. Eleven visitors were present at this meeting.—Publicity Secretary. All of us have smirked at one time or another about high school gradu ating class mottoes, says "Scribblings' in the Sumner Gazette, such as "Out of the harbor into the sea" and "We sail tonight, where shall we anchor?" But one class decided to be very original and adopted this: "Out of the frying pan into the fire." Home Garden Club Meets at Kuhse Home Postville High Girls to Attend the Veishea Ames. Iowa, May 4.—Fourteen Postville high school home economics students, headed by their instructor, Gladys Lynum. have registered for the Homemaking Congress to be held at Iowa State College, May 14, in connection with the fifteenth annual Vei shea exposition. May 14 to 16. Bernice Burling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Burling of Postville, and a junior in home economics at Iowa State College, is engaged in pre paring an exhibit in the Child Devel opmcnt department for the open house for visitors to Veishea. Thirty-five Iowa high schools will send 560 delegates to attend the Vei­ shea Homemaking Congress as recog nition for outstanding work in high school home economics classes. The Congress of 1936 consists of dis cussion groups on foods and nutrition child development and related art. In these discussions, problems will be presented for solution by the audience and leaders will carry out demonstra tions. Climax of the day's activities will be the formal Homemaking Congress banquet to be held in Memorial Un ion. Other activities of the fifteenth annual Veishea will be open to those girls who plan to stay on the campus the night of May 14. The Homemaking Congress has. for seven years, been held in connection with Veishea each May. It is sponsored by the Home Education Depart nient of Iosva Stale College and Phi Upsilon Omicron, home economics professional society. The Home Garden Club met Thurs day afternoon. April 30th, at the home of Mrs. Will Kuhse, Mrs. R. E. McNally, assisting hostess. Eight members and two visitors were present. The business meeting opened by singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Mrs. Lloyd Bigler gave the lesson on "Economic Facts of Interest to the Homemaker." Mrs. Edward Doerving gave the lesson, "Points In Business Women Should Know." The meeting adjourned by singing "Onward Christian Soldiers," after which delicious refreshments were served by the hostesses. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 4th, at the home of Mrs. Clifford Osmundson, with Mrs. Ormus Trudo assisting hostess.—Publicity Secretary. NEW STRAWBERRY BED EACH YEAR IS A GOOD PRACTICE THURSDAY, MAY 7, Biermann 's Letter (Continued from Page One) New Tax Bill Due to the repayment ot We bod and to the,Supreme Court's dej destroying the A, A, A., more feJ have to be raised than were confe plated when the president sent \M budget message to the congress cjS in January. The result is a tax bill, which u| ably will be through the house by |[P time this letter is in print. \\ rep ^ the present corporation taxes tmi p In their place a tax oi\ corpotatijB surpluses, The improvements bills aim at are set out in the \ Wi m of a newspaper correspondent s$ y lows: "To prevent avoidance ol surtax b individuals through the accumulate of incomes by corporations; to rem 0 Q serious inequities and incqvialllicj j tween corporate, partnership and b^. virtual forms of business orgatja| tions, and to remove the inequitj» between large and small sharetokfcjw resulting from the present flat cotptj ate rates." 9« An Evcngcllst For Fcaec George Lansbury, former leat... a the Labor party in England, is fa QJ United States talking peace like i K ligioUs evangelist. Lansbury rcsij^ his leadership in his party because wouldn't go along with its "prepati ness' program. 1 heard him i hero in Washington. He is impr® ive. He leaves the feeling that tii of us owes n moral obligation to i something to preserve world pats Though he is well over 70, Lanstssq has a pink and white complexion Jib a baby's and an eye as clear asa athlete's. He seems as vigorous aa il man of 60. One thing is certain: it isMjs talk of balancing the budget or of «\ ducing taxes, if we are to cwtisjj present day expenditures on past ti| future wars. Financial Statement Before me is the last compfef statement of the public debt of Q* United States, that of January o! BJ (There are other later statements, M they are not final figures.) On January 31, 1936, our total goi] public debt was $30,500,000,000.1 leave off the odd figures.) SubW ing cash on hand in the treasury, it had a net public debt ot $29,200,000,0% In spite of that huge debt, the mi it of the government is so good to! the average interest on the pj& debt obligations now is the lowest s our histoi-y, less than 3 per cent Es highest rate is 4M per cent. Thaii? plies to some bonds issued in teens which are not payable before IK The lowest interest rate applies d treasury bills that run for only a In months. Some of them bear less to l-10th of one per cent. An appalling feature ot the p-Jfi| debt statement is the securities o by the United States. They ta| 518,000,000,000. Foreign governments owe us $,-] 000,000,000. Of this sum Great I owes us $4,300,000,000, France j 000,000, Italy $2,000,000,000, and &s| many $650,000,000. Somewhat more than $6,0 in obligations of American COCKS* are owned by our government, a$ stock in the Home Owners' LoanO* poration, obligations of the KM* struction Finance Corporation, strf in the Federal Farm Mortgage Con* ation, capita] stock in Federal Usi Banks, etc. It would be pleasant if we 1 cash our 18 billion dollars of «ss*| and apply them on our 29 billions*! debt; wouldn't it? Some of our f eign assets aren't worth anythinj.Bl par; I'm afraid. But much of the PI billion we have coming at l"" 1 ***! be^ paid back dollar for dollar, im0| of it with interest. The forgotten man, says the West Union Union, is the fellow who worked his head off for the party before election and then saw the jobs all handed out to others less deserving. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.—Abraham Lincoln. The city of Manchester put on a rat exterminating campaign last week, employing two professionals from Ft. Dade to run the rodents ragged. Advertisements are your pocketbook editorials. They Interpret the merchandise news, M ««n4 «ii •»> *U ufi -w!latl »-il<ii*;uk* Many Iowans now have the "fever" to plant strawberries, observes C. V. Holsinger, Iowa State College extension horticulturist, who believes that every farmer in the state ought to have a plantation o£ from 100 to 200 plants. The horticulturist says that it would bo far better if people interested in growing a supply for home use would put out a new bed each year instead of allowing the plants which were started several years ago to develop into a solid mass of plants. Strawberries need a certain amount of room if they are to bear a maximum number of berries. Plants in rows may be spaced from 6 to 7 inches apart in every direction. This can be done satisfactorily by hand. Space the plants where they belong at the beginning of the season and remove all other plants which come out at a later period. The United States Department of Agriculture has found this method to be the most satisfactory, giving by far the largest yield. From 150 to 200 quarts of berries should be produced from 100 to 200 plants on an ordinary farm if attention has been paid to proper spacing and other good cultural methods. Experimental work conducted in southeastern Iowa for the last 3 years indicates that the largest yield of fruit may be obtained from the Blackmoro variety which yielded about 4,900 quarts per acre. The Dunlap variety produced about 100 quarts less.. There arc a good many varieties that have been satisfactory, but none of them compares in yield with the Blackmore or the Dunlap. Loses On Unique Contract Usually a contractor has some cs? rience to guide him when he JM1«| bid. The contractor who was a»W ed the job of cleaning and "po&$ up" the Washington monument $ no experience to guide Wm. He «* awarded the contract for $66,000. OS would think that he couldn't I that figure, but he did lose im $2,000, as I learned today. A >ta*| I wrote about the difficulty i expense of putting up a sa feet high. Workmen were m $2.00 an hour to do the poW Anyway, when he got thro** "successful" bidder was out $^,71 he had done a job the like °f imagine, never has been done» H wide world. Samuel Gompers, Jr. It doesn't seem very long ^ Samuel Gompers was P « sld ^l moving spirit in the American' tion of Labor. The Hig" 1 of '^J mphasized the other day M^^ Washington newspapers son, Samuel Gompers, Jr., W*H years old. "Young Compel "k been in the government s ^ji years. He entered' the gover*?! printing office when all the WW set by hand. , On his 49th anniversary, he r( *|l that he had seen the opening «*l famous Brooklyn bridge and twVi exhibition of an electric light in York City. , k ,l Mr. Gompers now is chief *' I the Department of Labor, Sincerely yours, • • FRED BI£BMA»|

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