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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, April 5, 1947
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Editorials- As Our Community Seeks to Alleviate Its Parking Crisis JUTASON CITY is now launched ^'^ on a new program designed to alleviate one of the community's most pressing problems—the problem of providing parking space for motor vehicles in our business section. Parking meters have been placed in use over an extended territory as a discourager of the all too common practice of employing our streets as an outdoor garage. Scores of other American communities—some larger, some smaller than Mason City — have found this an effective device to keep traffic moving. Benefits accrue-to both those who operate business establishments and to those, in much larger number, who patronize business establishments. THIS newspaper is under no illu- * sions about the potential of the parking meter in the solution of a problem based on too many . automobiles for the limited parking space available. Anybody who believes that overnight there is going to be a complete cure for this condition is expecting too much. The most that we can reasonably hope for is that conditions will be substantially improved. It's a rule almost without exception in traffic control that corrective steps for one problem create, another problem. An example is diagonal parking. It accommodates more cars but it invites accidents. So it will be with our parking meters. The question raised, as in other areas of traffic control, is this: Is the problem solved greater than the problem created? I T'S the hope of this newspaper that those affected by the parking meters will withhold answer to this question until they have been given a fair trial. We're asking for an open mind. At times when you scrape your pocket or your purse for the penny or the nickel to feed the meters, it would be well to think back on the days when you searched even more frantically for a parking space. It should be borne in mind too that this is an attempt to do something about a problem which each passing day has been getting more and more acute. Some kind of action was imperative if our community was to go forward as a business and trading center. TT may well be that the parking •^ meter approach will prove but a first step. The ultimate vacating of substantial areas for use as parking lots is probably inevitable. A full-hearted acceptance of the meters will mean building up a fund for proceeding into any supplemental facilities which may ' suggest themselves in the future. From our point of view it's gratifying that our city authorities have recognized our parking problem for what it is and taken steps to do something about it. And we hope this view is generally shared. PRICE INCREASE Look Out E}elow Merited Rebuke G AEL SULLIVAN, newly appointed executive director of the democratic national committee, introduced himself to the country the other day by proposing to Carroll Reece, chairman of the republican national committee, that-Reece join in a 2 party statement indorsing President Truman's policy of combating communism by helping Greece and Turkey. Senator Vandenberg, leader in the movement to put foreign policy above partisanship, stepped down from his rostrum in the upper house to warn that bi-partisan foreign policy will "die in revolt" if Americans yield to the political dictates of party managers. "When bi-partisan foreign policy gets into the rival hands of partisan national committees it is in grave danger of. losing its precious character," Senator Vandenberg concluded. That makes sense. Mr. Sullivan was out of order, and Mr. Truman will be well-advised to tell the democratic executive director to keep his fingers out of bi-partisan foreign policy. Gardens Still Needed T HOSE who turned to gardening during the war out of a patriotic motive—plus making certain of something to eat—once more face the question. It is whether with the first signs o£ spring they will be out in the backyard or over on that vacant lot, getting ready for another summer with the rake and hoe. The call for the home gardener is persistent again. Secretary of Agriculture Anderson has called on farmers to increase their acreage to achieve another record output of food and fiber. That may mean that government experts do not expect a food surplus this year. So it seems reasonable to believe that prices of most things Americans eat will remain at comparatively high levels. In that case, a vegetable garden can help to relieve the strain on the family pocketbook. There may be significance in he fact that Russia is spending about twice as large a share of its national income for education as United States is. * * * Maybe those first robins have .:Ust been doing a little recon- loitering to find out who's buying ;he grass seed. * * » Being separated from your money these days isn't necessarily a proof that one's a fool. Health By H. N. Bundesen, M. D. A DIFFICULT DIAGNOSIS FOR DOCTORS TO MAKE T HE physician is often called upon to distinguish between 2 conditions which, though similar, are very different in their effects, For instance, albumin may sometimes be found in the urine of young adults. This may occur because of a serious kidney disease or it may be due to a harmless Condition known as intermittent albuminuria. It is up to the doctor to decide vhich state of affairs exists, and must exercise a great deal o£ care in doing so. A wrong decision can result either in the neglect of a grave matter or in treating a healthy active youngster as an invalid. . In intermittent albuminuria, the albumin is excreted at irregular intervals. In fact, there are longer periods during the day when the albumin is not excreted than when it is. No other abnormal substances such as red blood cells are found in the urine. Intermittent albumi- nuria often is first recognized during childhood. It is most frequent in youngsters between the ages of 13 and 16 years, and is uncommon after 25. A test may be carried out which helps to show that the presence of the albumin is due to intermittent albuminuria. The patient empties his bladder one hour after going to bed in the evening. ID the morning immediately upon arising he again empties his bladder. The specimen obtained the first thing in the morning, as a rule, will be free from albumin. The patient lies backward over the edge of the bed with his feet on the floor for about an hour. He then again empties the bladder and this latter specimen usually will be found to contain albumin. According to Dr. Irving J. Waiman of Philadelphia, intermittent albuminuria is in no way a dangerous condition and after the patient reaches 25 years of age or thereabouts the condition usually clears up. He States that this disorder should not bar a person from getting life insurance. On the other hand, kidney disease xvhich produces albumin in the urine is serious. Hence, telling one of these conditions from the other is important. As . I have mentioned, when the albumin is due to kidney disease, the urine will contain albumin throughout the entire 24 hour period and irrespective of whether the patient is lying down or is up and around. In addition, it will also contain red blood cells as well as casts, which are molds of the tiny tubes in the kidney made up of granular or other material. Whenever albumin is found in the urine a microscopic examination of the urine should promptly be carried out in order to aid the doctor in determining the cause of the difficulty. Willie Willis By Robert QuUIen "If workers get portal to portal pay, why don't they give us credit for the time it takes to go from home to school?" Pros and Cons Interesting Viewpoints From Our Exchanges Retirement Fund Northwood Anchor: The Iowa pension and retirement fund, in which some 60,000 Iowa state and governmental workers are enrolled, will go broke in the next 10 years unless it gets more money. That's what .Howard S. Freeman, statistician, claims, and the report is to be used, of course, for the purpose of prying more money from payrolls. Has this new deal philosophy of security for all completely driven from people's minds the idea that it might be a wise thing for wage earners and employers alike to save some money for a later day? Helping the Schools Charles City Press: The teacher pay situation is the most aggravated of all problems generally throughout the state but here in Charles City we have another as urgent. Schools are becoming more crowded with every passing year. More space must be provided to meet the needs of a growing city. To do otherwise will jeopardize the health as well as the education of our children. John L. a Poor Loser Marshalltown Times - Republican: John L. Lewis is not a good loser. He met defeat at the hands' of the secretary of the interior and the supreme court when he tried to pull a strike against the government and now in a spirit of vindictiveness and desire to get even he tries to hang the accidental death of miners in a coal mine disaster on Krug. Cards of Courtesy Nature Oelweiu Register: It's still a good idea to equip the police department, which is doing a fine job of public relations, with little warning cards of a courtesy nature. This idea was submitted by the present administration to a group of business men at a Chamber of Commerce forum last year and approved wholeheartedly. Keep Them In The Open Mankato Free Press: When such a personage as Federal Bureau of Investigtion Chief J. Edgar Hoover says there is one communist in this country to every 1,814 persons, and that the goal of American communists is to overthrow this government, serious consideration must be given the whole communist question. Let's Eliminate Spite Cedar Rapids Gazette: We say spite has no place in the field of legislation and that Iowa's legislators, representing what we proud- -ly like to refer to as the most literate state in the union, should be ashamed of themselves for letting it creep into their deliberations. Who's the "We" Iowa City lowan: Y*, Mr. Knutson, we would like to know who you are talking about, we the people, or we the people with the biggest incomes? Did You Know? By The Hoskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Readers u«lnr this st-rvlce for questions of fact—not eoun- sel—should sign full name and address and inclose 3 cents for return postage. Address Frederic J. llaskln, Inform** tlon Bureau. Wasblncton. D. C. What was the record of Gen. George C. Marshall during- the 1st World war? He went to France in 1917 as a captain in the 1st division's general staff. In a year he was a colonel and distinguished himself by transferring a large United States 1st army force from St. Mihiel to the Meuse-Argonne offensive. By the end of the war he was a brigadier, general but in 1919 reverted to his peacetime rank of captain. / Why do some states forbid marriage between cousins?. Legisla- lation forbidding the marriage of first cousins is based largely on old ideas which held that cousin marriages give an inherent tendency toward deterioration. What Is meant by "Charter Members" of an organization? The term applies to one of the original members of a society, especially one named in the charter as a tounder or~~as having taken part ,n the first proceedings. What is the biggest railroad in the United States? The Pennsylvania railroad, according to a recent statement. It hauls about 10% of the country's rail freight and 16% of the rail passenger business. The railroad serves 13 states and the District of Columbia. Which is correct, Hondnrian or Honduranian? Neither. The preferred official form is Honduran. The other terms denoting nationality of the Central American republics are: Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Costa Rican, and Panamanian. Note that the last is the only one ending in ian. Why is a navy man's bag called a ditty bag or box? What is the significance of the word "ditty"? Originally the name was "ditto bag" because there were 2 of everything: 2 needles, 2 spools of thread, 2 buttons, etc. Usage gradually changed the "ditto" to "ditty." What is the estimated wealth of the Nizam of Hyderabad, said to be the richest man in the world? The Indian potentate is reputedly worth about 2 billion dollars. His visible sources of income equal about $12,000,000 a year, according to one authority. The bulk: of his fortune is in jewels. Is there not a place in Washington state that can be reached overland only by going through foreign territory? Ton recently mentioned one in Minnesota. It is Point Roberts, which is cut off from Whatcom county by Boundary Bay. When did "Abe Martin" first appear as a newspaper feature? The late Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard created Abe Martin in 1904. The author was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1868 and died in 1930. Editorial of Day WHERE AKE WE DKJFTING? TAAVENPORT DEMOCRAT—Too JL/ often economists talk in a vernacular which only their cohorts understand, but every so often they wrap up the whole economic situation in a simple figure which tells us at a glance just about what we have accomplished. The Department of Commerce does that in its most recent bulletin which reveals that last year we produced 5194 billion of goods and services. That was not up to our wartime effort, although by the final quarter we were producing at a $205 billion annual rate, which was the wartime peak. Lest we sit back and loll in the pleasant glow of this achievement, the Commerce Department hastens to add that the figure .represents the total output at market prices and prices were higher than during the war. The actual production was about 15 per cent less than the wartime best, but 20 per cent higher than in 1941. It did indicate that we were taking advantage of our natural resources to a' high degree and such utilization generally is accompanied by prosperity for a large number. Like most economic surveys, tho bulletin tells us where we have :een, when what we realiy want ;o know is where we are going. Remember? TEN YEAHS AGO Amateur radio bridged the 135 mile gap between Mason City and Des Moines to'bring news to the Globe-Gazette when Mason City was virtually isolated by the breakage of sleet-loaded telephone and telyegraph wires. Associated Press news was brought to a Des Moines radio telephone transmitter, W9WIJ, operated by J. J. Meyers, and dictated to Globe-Gazette staff members who received it at the home of Ralpd Lloyd Geer, 326 21st S. E. Mr. Geer operates amateur radio station "W9GLR... . H. S. Hines, Paul Gerk, and Joe Gerk of the Cerro Gordo Maytag company are attending the district Skelgas meeting in Des Moines. TWENTY YEAHS AGO Opening with a prayer for Divine guidance, the 1st Mason City 5-man council picked up the control of the city government with a firm hand. Edward S. Selby was appointed chairman of the group and automatically became the mayor of Mason City, under the city manager form of government: Attacking the immediate problems hesitantly at first because of the formal technicalities but resolutely as the novelty of the situation wore off, the council banished the board of waterworks trustee with a sweeping gesture of the ballot. The water department was placed under the jurisdiction of the city council on a par with the other city departments. With even less discussion the following board of review was appointed by the vote of the council: Allan Beck, chairman, W. S. Wilcox and E. W. Clark. THIRTY YEARS AGO F. B. Balkam was elected manager of the Decker team of the Twilight league for the coming season at a meeting of the employes of the plant who are prospective members of the ball club. Paul Thogerson was elected assistant manager. The employes of this plant expect to have a much stronger team than last year as there are several former college men and semi-pro players in the employment of the plant. Balkam, Piper, O'Neil, and Cunningham all have good records as ball players. FORTY YEARS AGO The Mason City Driving club which has successfully pulled off the races here for the last 2 or 3 years has decided to give another series and last evening at a meeting at Hon. F. M. Norris' office decided to give a better meeting than ever. Stakes and purses amounting to 35,700 has been arranged for the prospect of a 3 days series is the best. Postmaster N. C. Kotchell was re-elected president and F. M. Norris secretary. Mr. Norris was placed in nomination by Mose Stanberry who was secretary of the local organization last year and did such good work. He is the secretary this year of the Cedar Valley Circuit of which the iocai series will be 1 of the 3 members. OBSERVING Wake Up America! have the reeling that as the safety, week sponsored by the Junior Chamber ot Commerce draws to a close, it might be appropriate to make one more reference to the subject. I'm employing the statistical approach. Bemember the Galveston flood on Sept. 8, 1900, that swept away 6,000 lives? Or the sinking of the great ship Titantic with a death toll of 1,517 on April 15, 1912? Or the San Francisco fire and earthquake in 1906 that took 452 lives? Perhaps you are younger and better recall the Port Chicago ship explosion in California in 1944 that resulted in 321 deaths or the Florida hurricane in 1928 that took 1,180 lives. Just what was America's greatest disaster? Well, think of the greatest ones you have heard of. Take all of the major disasters — fires, marine, floods, storms and others — that have been visited on the homes and the families of this country since the Sultana exploded in the Mississippi river on April 27, 1865 and snuffed out 1,405 lives. Add together the death toll of all of the major disasters since that time . . . and, horrible as the total is, it will be less than the number of people killed in auto- mobile accidents in the United States last year! America simply must not—cannot—go on yawning in the face of these awesome facts. "Immortality" am passing along here a bit of Easter season verse which reached me on the second bound from Gail Elder James of Mason City, once in charge of gathering social news for the Globe-Gazette: I looked into the (ace of a flower. Its honeyed fragrance filled the air; And lo! Within Its (lowing hcirt. My soul reached out and found you there. I heard the soft notes of a olrd Thrllllnr sweet on the evening air, Enraptured tjy Its UmpJd sonr, 1 knew I had found You there. I looked and saw In the evening Earth and sky joined by a silvery stair, And In the stars' clear majesty. Once again my heart found 3Tou there. All things of beauty that yon l«.ved X know now I may always share; Could this be Immortality— My finding You thus everywhere? o— Fox Hunts Save Pheasants that as a pheasant P conservation measure as well as for recreation, American Legion posts in Minnesota have turned to fox-hunting in a big way. The Samstad-Jensen Post 375 at Atwater, already has sponsored 3 such hunts. The Legionnaires and their guests meet at a central point for transportation to the scene ol the hunt by trucks. Free doughnuts and coffee are served by the post. Foxes have been very destructive to pheasants and other wild bird life in Minnesota, it is claimed. Pity the Hotel Moid have often wondered what a hotel maid really thinks of the traveling public. My guess is that it isn't a very high estimate. Hotel patrons are temporary guests but none of the amenities expected of a guest seem to be exercised. Newspapers scattered over the floors, trays of ashes, cigaret and cigar stubs, towels carelessly tossed around give the patient housekeeper and the hotel proprietor a revealing study in human nature. Information, Please! 1. When Christ was dying on the cross, whom did He ask to care for His Mother? 2. Who took Christ's body and laid it in the tomb? 3. Who was the first to see the Risen Lord, according to the Gospel of St. John? Answers—I. John, the Beloved Disciple. 2. Joseph o£ Arimathea. 3. Mary Magdalene. The Day's Bouquet To BILL CAMERON AND HIS JUNIOR CHAMBER COMMITTEE—for staging' an effective safety campaign in Mason City the past week. They have performed an outstanding public service in emphasizing to this—community once again the importance of adhering to rules of safety. Mason City Globe-Gazette An A. W. LEE NEWSPAPER blue* Erery W««k D»y by the GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING CO. 121-123 Eul SUte St. Telephone SIM LEE P. LOOMIS -..Publisher W EARL HALL ....Muuflnr Editor ENOCH NOEEM CUf Editor LLOXD L. GEEK ..Advertlslnj Mir. Saturday, _ April 5, 1947 t Entered as lecond-class matter April 12« 1930. at the postoiflce at Mason City, Xowa, under the act of March 3, 1879. MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS, which Js exclusively entitled to use for republi- catfon of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited to this paper and also the local news published herein* SUBSCRIPTION RATES Mason City and Clear Lake, by year, $13, Mason City and Clear Lake, by week, 25c. Outside 100 mile zone, per year, $12; 6 mos., $6.50: 3 mas.. $3.50; 1 mo., $1.20 Outside Mason City and Clear Lake and within 100 miles of Mason City and Outside ot the Carrier District of Mason City and Clear Lake: By matt 6 month* 4.25 Per year by mall ..............«•«».} 8.00 Per year by carrier ............T.'..* 13.00 Per week by carrier ............... 35 SWAT SCOTT,'.' I CAN kARPLV •< TUKOTTLEtlt oaml CALUN3 LAU-JVM.' SMITH TO IMHtlf TWXSWVP DftStsES TBWS&mjRE, wow/ WHAT A KATE O'CLIMB.' fj " SLASH AVJST HAVE RLLEP'ESC* •*"• * WrTH A SUPCK FUEL/ CONDITION HEP ATT TOWN. SKlOUC TROUBLE WITH HOSTILE NATMES LEP By U.XNOWN MASTER MIND.' TOWN RAPO SABOTAGE!?.' ...A SQUARE W..STAGGERSTHE CURVE.../V IMAGINATION.: ? ( ...DOESNT IT? ^ LISTEN, DID I HEAR WL) RIGHT..-..DID VOL) TELL ME THAT ETOE MAEI T HAS DEVELOPED A K^V^I S " E \ SQUARE CURVE?/? CALLS IT.. V---\ir-^.fccr i R" A S5UARE iT^ 1 t«^9JkCURVE'.!r1 SHEVONT EVEN TALK ABOUT! TriPEE DIFFERENT 7 AND A MAN >PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ASKED ME THAT ME HOW TO GET A EARLIER TODAYJ BACK.IMTHEQE! S&—pj IN ALLTriE YEARS WE'VE / SEE.' THERE LIVED HERE, NOBODY <H 60 OTHERS! HAS EVER ASKED HEY, BETH! SOMETHING'S YOU SURE? GOING ON UP AT THE HOW DO YOU OLD HAUNTED HOUSE! W KNOW? wo/ WE WILL OPERATE W SECRET/ ARE WE/ AMY MlkiUTE, GOIWSTO SAIL, *& KMS GDRUY- CAPTAIKI (WE'RE I SIR OAKY/ WHILE WE'RE POST THIS IM WA1TIKIC I'LL A PEOMIUBIT SPOT/ UWCLE KUUTTY, IW WORRIED *J VORRT, ABOUT SIR I OLCA/ OAKY/ r^\ IF HE DOES WOT RETURN SOON SHALL WE DO WARDAUCE THUUDERBIRD, WE PALEFACES OH BEACH/ 3 VILL GO AKID GET HIM/ I'LL pur THIS SIGN ON DAD WONT LET ME HAVE AfJV CWES OI2 CALL ANV BO/S, SO I'LL USE- cue raoNT GATE so THE THE AfiEON AND FIND OUT WHAT COOKS LETS MAKE SUKE THAT CAPTAIN BOLDD (5 SAFE NHISCABIM/ THE DOOR IS OPEN AND THE LOCK'S BEEN FORCED. 1 CAPTAINBOLDO JTHENTHATMU5T \fOH.NQi vEBEENi WHO FELL F/UTHFllLM HE'D BB ItON HH8?e TUSDBKE K DICKIE'?—IT^SAILING —THE MUCH IS t f

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