Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 5, 1931 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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KOSSttTtt COimtlr AfrVANCfi. AtCtOtiA. IOWA ' ' '"'' ••"•"•'••""" ' ' lllliri <E<mnt a SVtomttcc A Weekly Ventpaper Fonale« In ItOl, NTBnED AS SECOND CLASS MATTEH December 81, 1908, at the Postofflce at Al- Iowa, urider the act of March 2, 1879. >:: TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION Koeauth county postof flees and bordering postofflces at Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, Buffalo CehVer, Corwlth, Cylinder, Elmore, Hutching, Hvermore, Ottosen, Rake, Rlng- •ted, Rodman, Stllson, West Bend, and Woden, year : $2.00 ••*—To all other U 3. Postofflces, year $2.50 AJLJj subscriptions for papers going to points within the county and out-of-the-county points aed under No. 1 above, are considered contln wing subscriptions to 'be discontinued only on •otlce from subscribers or at publisher's discretion. Subscriptions going to non-county points •ot named under No. 1 above will be discontinued without notice one month after expiration Of time paid for If not renewed, but time for payment will be extended If requested in writ- la*. THE COUNTY ASSESSOR HILL A>'.D TAX REFORM IX IOWA "Whether tax reform will come out of this General Assembly will be seen soon after the present recess. The legislature must now either fish or cut bait. The Income tax bill has passed the House and Is now in the Senate 1 . In the House the majority was overwhelming, but it is another story in the Senate. Some observers even doubt that the •Dill can pass in any form. The companion bill for a county assessor system, called the keystone of the proposed tax reform structure, occupies a similar position, but -with the two houses reversed. The let alone resorting to legal retaliation. If young Mr. White's remarks are libel, then Hits writer can recover damages from some scores of Inconsiderate contemporaries, and the only fly In the ointment Is that they can set up highly embarrassing counterclaims. The plain fact Is that Mr. Marshall, who takes himself far too seriously, Is giving a public demonstration of the fact that he is a poor sport. Seemingly he expects people to stand for columns of denunciations from himself without a fair exchange of compliments. What onlooklng newspaper men really think of Mr. Marshall's exhibition may be suspected from the fact that Monday's Dee Molnes Register reprinted in full from the Gazette a more than two-column reply by Mr. Marshall to the lowan's. modest half column. The Register used It for Its news value all right, but not for that alone, far from It. The fellow who clipped It saw clearly enough that Marshall's ill-advised, intemperate, and Incoherent attack would react unfavorably on himself and his cause. Probably this comment Is'highly llbelous from the Marshall point ot view, and possibly the intimation that young Mr. White Is to be regarded as inexperienced and perhaps more or less soph- omorlc Is also libelous. To make It a grand party .ill around, let It be added that regardless of how this investigation comes out it might be a good idea for President .Icssup to save the state further embarrassment by petting out while the getting is still good. Maybe he Is all right, but Ft takes too much fighting to prove it. 'STRAXOE.THESE LACHRYMOSE EDITORS POX'T 1MTY FARMERS TOO It is diverting to watch the antics of some of the newspaper boys who -are going to have to pay a state income tax if the pending bill passes. Here is one of their pet instances of anticipated tax cruelty, taken from the Oelweln Register: We know of a. ease In Ochvetn where the mnn lives in his home on which lie pays $180 per yt'iir -passed: the Senate but its fate in the House is jinxes,, «s It Is. This Is on (he basis of (ho Oel- In doubt. i wpln taxes of 241 mills. Thp amount frolner (o Among the people there is widespread fei\r of the steady trend towards centralization of government. has the state Is about $8.25. Thus, If the state property tax !s entirely wiped out, Hiore would be iivm.1 L\J 11 »n ».»«,-• V-...1..H.'-".- v*- e- -- - ..... ....- --- . M .- ^ nnn . During the last three or four decades) $171.75 to pa}'. He hns an Income of about H»>,WH> both the federal government and the state KOV- j per year: under (lie plan lie will pny an Income crnmcnt have been expanding at the expense ofldix on that amounting to $180 nnd on his home local government. The township trustees have lie will pay a tax of $171.75. This will mnko his ~ total tax amount- to $351.75. Poor man! After he pays these frightful taxes he .will hav.e.pnly $4648.25 left to live on. In every town we shall see oppressed fellows like him'in. the bread line, and farmers whose gross income is less than half as much and who pay taxes just'as heavy will have to take up a collection to buy shoes for'the abused city men's children. "been shorn of nearly all their powers. Few townships elect justices and con.stnbles. For practical purposes the school directors and the assessors are the only remaining local officials. There is a natural prejudice against razing these last bulwarks of local freedom. Nevertheless it must be admitted that the argument for a change in the assessment system Is difficult to withstand. Study of the returns from Iowa's more than 3,000 assessors discloses astonishing inequalities. The machinery for the correction of this condition is cumbersome and in large part ineffective. The fault is not so much in the assessors as in the system. The assessors M'ork independently and the natural result is confusion. There is lack of the centralized oversight needed to assure uniformity and coherence. This is what the county assessor plan is intended to remedy, and much as one may sympathize with the opposition" to further curtailment oC the system of local government the argument for it seems irresistible. Evei'y authority on taxation agrees that the present system i.s indefensible and that the only remedy is a county assessing system under state supervision. Much of the popular fear of the proposed system would doubtless disappear on trial. There is a prevalent impression that taxes would be Taised. This might be true in communities ;it present under-assessed, but not as a rule or in the Ions run. On the contrary, greater efficiency ought to result in lower taxes. In fact this is the very object of the whole plan of tux reform. It is true that property not now assessed might be added to the rolls, but this •would not necessarily mean higher taxes, for it might just as well mean lower levies. Even the local assessors who fear loss of their jobs might and probably would be happily disappointed. No county assessor could begin to do the assessing himself. He would have enough to do in his own office and would have to rely on local help. What more natural than that he should turn to the present assessors, already trained in the work? Indeed he could scarcely flo otherwise. The fear of a horde of strangers invading local communities to do the assessing is chimerical. It was unfortunate that the new state tax board chose thus winter for introduction of the flata sheets. This was a logical effort to secure information for the correction of abuses, but it •was premature and ought not to have been attempted while consideration of a new system was pending. The scheme has resulted in a pop- •ular scare which, however ill-founded, threatens to wreck the county assessor plan. The people do not understand it and they are afraid of it. It is probably the popular reaction to this ill- advised experiment which more than any other one thing now threatens success of the county assessor bill in the House. For three decades in Iowa we have debated tax reform. Nearly 20 years ago a legislative tax commission recommended the very reform* -now in issue. It i.s eight years, more or fewer, since Wallaces' Farmer brought to light the unfair tax burden carried by the farm owner. At about the same time Senator Patterson began his fight for the income tax. For more than a Crear prior to last June's primaries Governor Turner went up and down the state preaching tar reform. In June and again in November last year the people overwhelmingly demanded •relief. A legislative tax commission and the state tax board made an exhaustive study of the tax question and the bills now pending in the legislature represent their mature judgment on •what Is needed. What is to be the result? Is a majority in the -Senate prepared to block the Income tax merelj ibecause it will make wealth stand its fair share «f the tax burden? Will a majority in the Hous. permit local influences and badly informed pup •alar prejudices to overrule sound judgment am -Intelligent action? We are at the parting of the ways. The next few weeks will show whethe- the legislature has the capacity to understam -what is needed and the courage to apply th Temedy, J. C. Lewis is'out with, a- communication to the press complaining at length because the, legislature refused to attempt impeachment of Lieut. Gov. McFarlane. Apparently Mr. Lewis does not know when it is time to lay off. Nothing would be gained by wasting time and money on' McFarlane. There is no use shooting at L'I dead duck. Topics of the Times The slezure of the university's records looks like a pretty highhanded piece of business. It Is up to the Investigating committee to explain satisfactorily why such radical procedure was deemed necessary. Falling that, the growing suspicion that the committee Is prejudiced will seem Justified. President Hoover, whatever other faults he exhibits, cannot be accused of lack of Intestinal fortitude. Twice within a week he has vetoed pet bills passed by Congress. The chances are that he was right both times. The congressional redlstrlctlng bill at Des Molnes which proposes to hook up Kossuth with two tiers of counties running east to the Mississippi ought be squelched. The west end counties belong In a north central Iowa district. ' Why doesn't some legislator propose a logical scheme of redlstrictlng which would divide the state twice vertically and twice horizontally? This would put counties with common Ideas and common interests together.. What Governor Turner needs during the next few weeks is a - JMg stick. The present legislative situation seriously threatens his whole tax reform program. Senators and representatives seem to be listening too much to rumbles from petty politicians and office-holders back home. Some of them are going to be held responsible if- the tax reform- program fails. Numerous Iowa newspapers owned by rich publishers continue to represent that if a corporation income tax is adopted the state will lose many of its manufacturing industries. The notion that a corporation earning, say, $100,000 in profits will move away merely to escape a $2,000 or $3,000 tax is pretty farfetched. Let won't do it. no one worry: they Undoubtedly President Hoover has seen Congress adjourn with great relief, and for once the country, all jokes aside, agrees, especially business interests. What business needs now, and needs badly, Is to be let alone a few months. The Colyum Let'* Not Be Too b—d Serlout .Messrs. Schoby unit Hnney Might try This at Bedtime Tonight. [Farmer's Prayer In Illinois Journal.] Oh, Lord: I Pm thankful I am not like other folks; and yet, I am no Pharisee. I am thankful 1 am not the owner of city real.estate. I am thankful that I own no stocks and bonds bought at peak .prices. I am grateful for guidance that kept me out of the speculative grain markets. • } have not drilled an oil well, and I am thankful for that. It Is good not to have to read the stock market quotations each morning before prayer and.breakfast to learn how much poorer I ani than I wfls the day before. I am pleased that I am not in retail merchandising with a oulglng ledger of unpaid bills. I thank thee, O Lord, that I am not a laboring man without a Job or In danger of losing one. I wear no white collar to the office, wondering whether I am to remain till night, i surely am fortunate that I am not a coal operator or steel manufacturer, or a railroad official, hunting trade where there Is no trade. , I am only a poor farmer with 160 acres of Illinois gumbo, all paid for. Once it was worth more, but I didn't sell It and I thank thee that I did not buy more. " , Give me, O Lord, my pigs and' chickens and cows, my health and my 'strength .and 'my faith. I am not making money, 'but I am not losing so much that I face disaster and 'hunger; I .-live on three bounteous meals a: day. ' These thou' hast provided me, whatsoever : happens. Once I looked with' envy upon these mv fellow citizens. I thought they llve'd in luxury and peace. This' morning,. O. Lord, bless them and comfort them, and give'them divine grace to face their plight. May the day of upturn % and better things come for all of us. I am grateful to. thee for the small blessings and the regular blessings that fall upon me and mine and.my land. Forgive my sins-and overlook my, hypocrisy arid my shortcomings, and believe ^me, 'O Lord, I am content that I am .not as others are. CHERISHES idealfl 'and theories. Often Impractical, we cling to them. Not so in "Illicit," sophisticated movie dealing with of free atfc ^^aA At the Call A Review oi the Recent Wallace on the Income Tax Hearing By Henry A. Wallace in Wallaces' Farmer Senator George Patterson, the income ax man, went to school at Ames the *ame time that I did, and for more than -.even years I have watched his fight for in income tax bill here in Iowa with much nterest. In 1923, I argued with him that he saving to the average farm owner ,'ith a state income tax would be only $15 r $20, and therefore that there were other things more worth fighting for. Grad- ially, however, George converted me to he belie! that we must find some other vay of supporting the state government .han by means of a general property tax. Because of all this I listened with much nterest to the public hearing held in late January by both houses of the legislature, on the income tax bill. Senator Clark, of :eclar Rapids, formerly a bitter enemy of the income tax but now an ardent friend, presided. First, he called on three men •epresentlng organizations which wanted to be put on record. George V. Leffler, of Stockport, lowai representing the Farm Bureau, told very briefly how definitely the Farm Bureau was committed to the ncome tax proposition. Following Leffler, came J. C. Lewis, of the Iowa Federation of Labor, who said that his organization had endorsed an income tax and that labor believed an income tax would attract industry to Iowa and not drive it away. Lew Mighell, of AVashta, representing the Farmers' Union, apparently thought that Leffler and Lewis had been altogether too mild in their presentation. He said .hat in times like these, when few people are fortunate enough to have an Income, those who do have should be only too happy to pay in Income tax. Mighell had no patience with the folks who argued that the income tax would merely be an additional tax. He said that farm organizations would insist that' the bill be so drawn as to make the income tax a replacement tax. ncome of $2,000, but that he would pay 120 if he had an income of $4,600, or, in other words, one per cent on the first ;2,000 in excess of exemption. On the third $1,000, however, the proposal is to lay two per tent; on the fourth, three jer cent; on the fifth, four per cent, and on th'e sixth, five per cent. Orchard apparently would reduce the exemptions and lave every one pay a flat rate, which means that the man with an* income of $4,000 would have to pay about three times as much as under the proposed bill, whereas, the very wealthy man would pay about half as much as under the proposed bill. Governor Dan Turner, when he appeared before the gathering, expressed exactly the opposite view from W. R. Orchard. Prefacing his remarks with, "Fair play. You can't go wrong if you keep that in mind," he said, "I believe the exemptions should be higher and the graduations carried a little farther." In closing, Turner said he was amazed at the unusually fine spirit shown by the wealthy people of Iowa in their attitude toward this matter of an income tax. Six Indies Above the'Knees Would Revive Good -Times a Lot—Eh J [Knbxville Express.] Prof. Brownwell,-head ' of the department of contemporary thought,at Northwestern University, is asking, his students to do- some thinking along a line that may relieve' the. world's economic depression. "It has been observed," the professor said, "that fashions in women's clothes are closely related to economic trends. Specifically, when skirts grow longer an economic depression is approaching. And conversely, when skirts, grow shorter, better times are coming You will all remember that in the early part ol 1929 when the boom was at Its height, skirts were extremely short. You may also remember that in the fall of that year the long-skirt vogue was started, and that the crash in the stock market came immediately afterward." This sounds like something. Of course, The Express is well aware that the women will not shorten skirts unless they want to, regardless of the world's economic condition. But we're willing to do our bit to get the world out of the trench by Christmas; any that want to shorten sail and thereby improve economic conditions can use our office shears, which are sharp and r'arin' to o. Now, girls—a long slash, a strong slash, nd a slash all 'together—and remember that the rofessor says the shorter you .cut 'em the bet- er the prospect for the world. Goodness Snkes Alive! What a Powerful Optic Our A'erno's Got! [Verne Marshall In C. R. Gazette.] Yesterday, after he had indulged In one of his eriodlcal wide-mouthed, gold-disclosing chuck- es, Dean Packer saw this writer reflectively Dazing in his direction. His eyes wavered, /then eturnecl, wavered again, and again. Then he Mared at his observer, lowered his head between ils shoulder's, shrugged and gave up both laugher and gaze. s WARD BARNES sends up this clipping: George Fitch enshrined the Eta Blta Pies in ilstory, but it remained for the University of Michigan to immortalize the Drinka Nippa 3ins." Which reminded Ward—but we don't enow why—that somebody ought to say a word or the University of Chicago Eye Feela Thighs. THE MILITANT MR. MARSHALL AND THE SOI'HOMORIC MR. WHITE Headers do not have to be familiar with or much concerned about the university Investigation to conclude that Verne Marshall, the Cedar Hapids Gazette managing editor who started the luss, Is a bit hysterical, to say the least. Mr. Marshall gives indubitable if unconscious proof himself. Persons who hadn't suspected before that Mr. Marshall had brooded over the alleged scandalous doings at Iowa City till he was somewhat beside himself were put upon warning last week •when the news was flashed that he had sued the youthful editor of the Daily lowan for libel. The lowan's editor is a collegian, and as sucli « was to be expected that he would defend the -university and might be sassy about it. There •would have been no occasion for surprise had he cone somewhat beyond limits. The lowan is not supposed to be edited by writers taught in the •chool of experience to express themselves with flue caution. Students can hardly do else than act their age and some sophomorlc extremity of language is natural. Even eo, scrutiny of the young Mr. White's editorial fails to disclose startling lack of re- Btraint. Quite the contrary. Having due regard tor the provocation, it seems rather mild, especially when contrasted with Mr. Marshall's own •wordy and denunciatory fulminatlons. Mr. Marshall's lawyers will have to do considerable tall interpreting to make libel of it. They would perhaps have a far easier Job if they were to fcring suit against Mr. Marshall on behalf of the •university and President Jessup. The perfect silliness of this suit must be real- ised by every newspaper editor who stops to think of it. Probably there is not an editor in «wa who has not times without number suffered far worse libel from hie contemporaries even the least thought of getting fussed, It was now time for the enemies of the income tax to be heard, and first came A. L. Schyler, a pleasant appearing old gentleman representing the business men of Clinton, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Davenport. The general line of his argument was that the income tax had always been an emergency measure resulting from war, and that it should never be used in normal times. He seemed to think that an income tax would cause much business in the river cities of Iowa to shift over into Illinois. He warned the farmers that some day they would be prosperous, and then they would not like an income tax. He told how the farmers in the period extending from 1917 to 1920 came around to him to get help in making out their income tax reports, and how they hated it. John Houston, a newspaper man from Ottumwa, sald_ he wanted to be fair, but that he thought the state of Iowa could get along without an income tax provided the tax on moneys and credits was properly enforced. Jie : estimated that three and one-half billion dollars of moneys and credits were now escaping taxation in Iowa, and that if the State Board of Assessment and Review would only continue the good work it has done during the past year, it would eventually be possible to raise a total of more than eighteen million dollars on moneys and credits now escaping. This statement by Mr. Houston roused Louis Cook, chairman of the State Board of Assessment and Review, to say that it is impossible, for one reason or another, to reach the greater part of this three and one-half billion. Mr. Cook said his board had been instructed to form a bill which would make it possible to do away altogether with the state millage tax on property. It is totally impossible, according to Mr. Cook, to enforce the moneys and credits law in such a way as to do away with the state millage. In the course of his talk, Mr. Cook received applause several times—once when he said: "We must take into account the earning power of property and individuals when we make assessments." Senator Clark then read a letter from W. R. Orchard; of Council Bluffs, who has long been opposed to ,an income tax. If we must have an income tax, Mr.' Orchard would favor one with a low exemption and a flat rate. The proposed bill provided that a married man with three children would pay no income tax if he had a net After Governor Turner left, a number of people spoke on behalf of the income tax, provided an amendment • could be offered to subtract the amount of your property tax from the income tax. There are thousands of people in'lowa who have property taxes of from $200 to $500, who would have an income tax under the proposed bill of around $30 to $100. All of these people, of course, would get off without paying any income tax whatever. The men who talk on the property offset tax, therefore, gain a very favorable hearing from the great mass of uninformed people. From a strictly selfish point of view, I found myself listening to their argument with a favorable ear, because ] pay property taxes amounting to about $1,000 a year, which is many times what I shall probably ever pay in an income tax The chances are, therefore, that a state Income tax so amended would never hi me as long as I have to pay heavy taxes on property. About the only argument for the property offset tax idea Is that i would cause all doctors, lawyers, veterinarians and other professional men who do not own any property at the present time to come into the market at once. The rea estate boom whcih would result in thii way might enable a lot of land-poor people to unload to excellent advantage. As a tax proposition, however, the whole thing would be a joke, because in order to raise enough money from the few folks who have a large Income and yet do no own any property, it would be necessary to put on a very, very high income tax rate. Some of the farm folks have made the mistake of assuming that all city men were against an income tax. These peopl were surprised when J. C. Ferguson, pres ident of the Des Molnes Real Estat Board, said that from 30 to 33 per cent o Des Moines rental property was being ab sorbed by taxes. The city real estate men therefore feel like the farmers, that 1 would be a good thing for income to bea a larger part of the expenses of govern ment, and property a somewhat smalle part. Mr. Ferguson made the point tha when every one pays his fair share of sup porting the state government, there wi not be so many demands on the leglsla ture to spend so much money. There were so many splendid appeal-in, people who spoke on all phases of the in come tax question that the legislator must feel quite confused. So many peopl judge questions of this sort unconscious! from the standpoint of the Bide on'whici their bread is buttered. The legislator themselves think chiefly, of course, of th folks who voted for them back home, an they know that some of these people wh are for an income tax at the present tlm will not be so enthusiastic about it afte the law is actually passed and they ae that taxes are reduced by only $15 or 6 per quarter section. In fact, after th enemies of the income tax get through with the bill, the saving may not amoun to even this much. It is easy to be ex ceedingly pessimistic about these taxatio matters, yet progress is slowly but surel, being made in the direction of working out something which will be right and fai to every one concerned. he ultra-moderjj versions ove, The pretty Barbara Stanwyck gives an attractive appeal to the character of "Anne Vincent," Independent young woman who chooses :o carry on an "Illicit affair" with ier lover rather than assume the marriage vows, with its obligating .ntlmacies and conventions. Gossip and her "protecting" lover finally oersuade her against her own Inclinations and theories to "love, honor, and obey." As Anne anticipates, the weight of each other's petty, trite Interests and peculiarities causes love to fade. She bravely attempts to return., to her Independent life, hoping to recapture the| airy, frolicsome lo.ve of other dajts. ' Strangely enough, she discovers she Js miserable with her husband/but more miserable without .him. Then he appears !at the proper momertt to carry .her. back, weallened and disillusioned, 'to the Ives .Mansion, the seat of •• convention and propriety. LoVe works wonders —in the .movies!' TjMGHTING CARAVANS, the talk•T Ing edition of the silent Covered Wagon, lumbers.clumsily over the 1600 miles from Missouri to California, weighted down with local color, Improbable dialog, and a speci- tacular but unconvincing battle with the Indians. Ernest Torrence and Tully Marshall, in an attempt to run a'jvay with the picture, accomplish nothing but painfully long and tlre- somely monotonous comedy scenes which make their tragic death more of a relief than a calamity. Even In the somewhat stagy battle with the Redskins,. our sympathy Is, somehow, with the Indians rather than the wagon train. •Lily Damita supplies the best and most sincere dramatic effort in the play, although the stupidity of the role and the rather careless acting of Gary Cooper almost ruin her earnest endeavor. This lanky Gary Cooper swaggers through his parts with a careless assurance that was far from satisfying to us. His only approach to good acting was done in Morocco with Marlene Dietrich. The direction and photography, of course measure up to the usual high "feature" standards, made possible ith an almost unlimited supply of noney and the gorgeous western cen'ery for a background. After all a plot is as necessary to ur enjoyment of a movie as a book; icse lengthy characterizations leave e rather cold. Fighting Caravans is futile effort to glorify the pioneer movement in the development of our ountry. The Great Meadow was a iuch nobler experiment. into bur ears fojf'months, It seemed) used to eatf "The Faii.seasbn holds brilliant 1 pudmtse," etc., et6. So, also, the month of Match. Briefly, 1 there la "Abraham Lincoln"—don't fail to see if yourself and send the children; "It Pays to Advertise"—If It's half as funny as the stdge show, it'll be plenty good; "Kiss Mfe Again," with Victor~Herbert's marvelous music; "Rango," another picture for the kida, 'though, of course, the old folks will want to "take"'them. 'Jitit why go ori? The list, Is imposing; in fact ,the. best month of movies we have had the pleasure of anticipating.' O NE OF OUR BEST SIDELINES Is'mimeographing. This Is th"e reproduction of 'typewriting on paper or cards. You would be surprised to know how much Of this \vork we do. 'We mimeograph bulletins, letters, cards, etc., and the cost la much less than printing. Suppose you want to send put a circular letter, a notice of any kind, or a card. We mimeograph the job for you In a few minutes, and the work cannot be told from individual typewriting. And you can sign your name to the mimeograph stencil If you desire, and the signature will then appear on every sheet.—Advance. 25tf j£*' ^ -**.. •• 3-Day March 6.7.5 Round Tr to Chica o| FROM For going. trip, tickets w m „ bred in conches on trains Friday, March 0, Satm-(i,, v \ and until 1-.lt a. m. sunn'™ 8th. •For return trip, tlckela will h ored In coaches on trains to reach Algona not iut 0 ,'. night of Monday, March 0 than t Children Half ci, PC | ieil For full particulars nml apply to Agc'nt tick* I ' CHICAGO & NORTHWESTERN) READ THE WANT A! HOP TO IT! We see folks at their goal arrive And marvel how the heck they do it; But hist! these hombres quit the hive, Run down a job and then hop to It. They do not flit from flower to flower In search of snaps or easy money, Nor loiter-in some fragrant bower But shout "Hands up! Let's have your honey!" They do not brag, but mind their biz, They toil away, demu.re and humble— The fullest saddle-bag^ are hie Who takes the briefest time to bumble. Your task may be the hollyhock, The pumpkin bloom, the crimson clover; No matter, up and punch the clock, Spit on your hands and put it over! —Bystander. As Tom Carmody Says, "Ain't It the Truth I" [From Spinal Colyums.] At 18 we were bent on reforming 'the world At 30 we were willing to specialize on the heathen. At 40 it was enough to take on the republican or democratic party. At 50 we were reduced to reforming the people on our street. No till 70 did we find the real place to begin. (O: course you WOULD .ask where it was!) IT IS PAINFUL to note that there 'has been no rumpus at Ames since President Hughes' took hold. And as for the State Teachers college— what's the head guy's imme down there any how? Are they too dead at Ames and Cedar Falls to stir up a fuss, or are they merely hiding themselves away by attending strictly to bus! ness? Come, Now, Juwn. There's an Idea! Where and When, Jawnl [Jawn W. Carey's Rear Seat.] J. W. C.: I suggest that you set a time and place for a Let's Get Acquainted Dutch lunch fo contributors to The Rear Seat—Old Bill, G. A E., Mrs. Clnclnnatus, Conde, J. U. H., Maggi O'Reilley, Benlo, C. K. L. Le Roc, The Observer The Quakeress, Aunt Sally, Mesoist, Sez Eye Editha, Adam's Off Ox, Kansas Kid, Erro, Rob erta Robertson, Flat Tire, Will Chamberlain Alien, Ol 1 Man River, Atlas, Casey, Allison, Lil Han Rose, Jim Graham, J. W. F., E. 'W. Q., G W. F. Tom the Piper's son, Jarney, Iowa Bi Orto, Spaire Tyre, Margot, Pancakes, Kappy Jessica, J. E. R., and C. H. P. (Not the Boo Chatterer) and' of course, we'd be delighted t have the Book Chatterer, too. What, by th way, ever became of Jazbo of Old Dubuque? An we might Induce Jay House, or Doc Brady Charles B. Driscoll, Odd Mclntyre, Edmun Vance Cooke and Eddie Guest to join the party Eh,.wot? —Mere Woman. DESPITE THE DENIALS of some politician of the charge that all taxes are passed on to th ultimate consumer, the dear general public, th charge still remains with us, and we find it am plified and broadcasted by the Knoxville Ex press,—Plain Talk. Well, if the Express is bound and dee-ter mined to espouse Plain Talk's economic falla cies, let us hope that it will at least balk in r formation of the past tense of "broadcast. ONCE IN THE dear, dead days beyond recall we devoted two columns to lambasting a gen tleman who had Incurred our displeasure Though 35 years have passed, we still blush t recall this amateurish performance. It was wor thy of Verne Marshall at his worst. HARLAN MILLER filled his Over the Coffe column yesterday with what other colyumlst said when the b. g. arrived. That's okay, Har lan; nous autres. we understand. There or tto.es when colyumg have \o be filled In a deuc w a hurry, and anythjng g 0e a. -r- Western Electric Sound Kooler Aire Ventilation Noiseless According Thursday and Friday, March 5 & 6 2:30 Matinee Thursday—10-30c. 2:30 Matinee Friday. 4:15 Special School Matinee, 10-20c, adults 30c. D. W. GRIFFITH'S "Abraham Lincoln" LYNNE, written In 1S61 by * Mrs. Henry Wood, was regarded its time as the supreme dramatic chievement of, a decade. Now Fox its dragged it out of the moth balls nd given It a notable cost, an Ur- anese setting, and a really preten- lous production, so that audiences may again weep at the misfortunes f the lovely Lady Isabel, made even moue beautiful by the tender Interrelations given the part by Ann Harding. Next to Uncle Tom's Cabin, no lay, probably, has enjoyed a great- r and more lasting popularity on lie stage and under canvas than his weeping, heart- tearing melo- rama of Ihe "wages of sin." No evice known to dramatic art fpr ugging at the heart-strings or un- ooslng the lachrymal glands has ieen overlooked — ruthless husband, ender but faithless lover, sick child, >lind mother, all have been employed to increase the sufferings of he audience. As a tear-stained fem- nine customer remarked as she staggered from the theater, "It was vonderful; I certainly enjoyed it!" And what a cast! The always beautiful Ann Harding plays the iart of the outcast wife; Conrad Nagel, that of the cruel husband; and the suave Clive Brook that of :he weak, vacillating villain. With this trio of 'talent- and the gorgeous settings designed by Joseph Urban, t remained only to supply a play worthy of their best efforts, but East Lynne Is far too melodramatic, far too stagy, to meet requirements. This, however, is safe to say: no matter when or _ where you have seen East Lynne, whether in theater or In tent, you have never seen it so deftly handled, so perfectly act<?d, so faultlessly produced. That the screen version will be a tremendous box-office success is certain. If you enjoy this sort of thing, you spent a most delightful evening at the Call S TOLEN HEAVEN, with Nancy Carroll and Phillips Holmes suffers, as did other pictures of the week, from stupid dialog and rather weak direction, not to mention i plot which- seems just to "miss fire. 1 It concerns a young pair who seek temporary happiness by spending money the man has stolen from a radio factory at Palm Beach. Nancy Carroll makes the most out of a rather difficult role, reaching a dramatic climax when she realizes that life which meant so little to her and her partner has suddenly taken on different aspect. The scene In which she gambles the lasl thousand dollars on a night which will perhaps be her last is a delicate piece of acting, done with finesse. Phillips Holmes- also turns in a notable piece of dramatic acting in the role of the girl's lover, never overdoing the part, always bringing to every situation a sincerity which makes him one of the coming young actors on the screen. The supporting cast is especially well chosen The settings are beautiful and the production a distinction which completely overshadows the shallow ness of the plot. A good Sunday night show. , The audience, however, was in al most a too hilarious state of mind Sunday night, and spoiled severa highly dramatic- scenes with un called-for laughing. This is not con fined to email towns; we have heard it in big city theatres. It always an noys. A ND THUS ENDED a week o 4* competent acting but tnsufficlen Plot; an average week certainly, fc u not outstanding. Yet every clou< has its silver lining, and a glanc at the March calendar of coming events at the Call Is encouraging (whlc WALTER HUSTON The man who gave us the criminal attorney and the warden in "Criminal Code." The outstanding character actor of today. Battles rage, Sheridan rides, history is written, and Lincoln lives again. Also Special Entertainment ALWAYS A TWO - HOUR SHOW As the Manager traljer-announcer ineist«a on Saturday, Sliirch 7 ',1:30'and 3:30 matinees, lO-Jfel Extra Special Attraction! Advance information on then T'om Tyler Serial which starts March 14. . . " Last Episode of Hie Illii Tin Til " • . Serial ' "The Lone .Defender* FEATURE ATTRACTION ' Harold Hell Wright's "Eyes of the World" JOHN HOLLAND and I NANCE O'XEIII Startling - Realistic - Human, I Who was the veiled stranger! I A thundering drama oC thehlDil A fatal mistake In youth \rast] cross she carried. Night Shows Talking Comedy Sunday, March 8 1:30-3:00 matinees, 10-35c any seat Night shows at regular prices. Your best friend will tell you to ee this one! It pays to keep happy! It's all about two Romeo's who go nt'o the soap •business. See it and get joyous! NORMAN FOSTER EUGENE PALLETTE SHEETS GALLAGHER CARROLL LOMBARD Wodncsday-Tlinrsdiiy, Jlnrcli ll.| Matinee 2:30 Thursday. Prices ID-! Sir ; Gilbert Parker's drama brought to life! The strangest romance ever toll At last Algona will know the i of "Beauty" Steelei Vitaphone invades the far adian north woods in a big drama. CONRAD NAGEL LORETTA YOUXG ItWOLION Kntutit-- aiOPATt* News • Comedy - Spotlight Cartoon ALWAYS A TWO - HOUR SHOW Monday and Tuesday, March B ft 10 Tuesday matinee 2:30, prices 10-30c. IT'S NEW—JUST RELEASED! Technicolor sequences! Style show in full color for the ladles! Smile show for the men! A love story for the whole world! BEHNICE CLAIRE WALTER FIDGEON Edward Everett Horton '"•• H« "pjlltk it a Hick of dynamil*! No wendtr . ' h*r kill** hov« kick I KISS ME , Spotlight - Review 2 -HOUK SHOW JSASTEB DOUGL-AS FAIRBANKS lor the News • Comedy • ALWAYS A TWO - HOUR I Frldny and Saturday, Match H.» '2:*Q.Matinee Friday, 10-W. THE REAL— Chant of the Jungle. 5.0QO miles from safety—*•'» gles of Sumatra. ' '.- ,-.i The Wonder Picture of 1W.J Showing at Call, theater' In with all the big cities. 13-Vear.Old Hoy Fights H \ E X tr* Special 1 • Today's mattnee features eptaod-e of the bjgrr- ft «:«Q

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