Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 2, 1931 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 2, 1931
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t»AGE SIX KOSSUTH COOTftT ADVANCfi, ALQONA, IOWA . THtRSDAY A Weekly Newspaper Founded In 1»01. •NTBRED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER December 31, 1908, at the Postoffice at Al- :9tO3a, Iowa, under the act of March 2, 1879. TEHMS OF SUBSCRIPTION i\ —To Kossuth county postofflces and bordering postofficea at Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, Buffalo Cehtter, Corwlth, Cylinder, Blmore, Hutchins, Ltvermore, Ottosen, Rake, Ring»led, Rodman, Stllson, West Bend, and Woden, year $2.00 1—To all other U. S. Postofflces, year $2.BO T1IK M1LWAUKKK 1! AI MM) AD'S TAXKS IN KOSHUTH COUNTY -[From Milwaukee Knllrotul >"cws linrciiii.]- Coiinty treasurers located In Town counties In which t.Im Milwaukee railroad operates hnro this week received clieckH In pnynient. of tuxes. Kossuth county receives this year $17,080.21 out. of $1,»7.I,572.«2 paid by tlio Milwaukee In lowii. I'aymcnt Is iiindc In two Installments. The Milwaukee hns an Important Investment In Iowa, comprising rlplif-of-way, ?iulld- Ings, eiiulpmeiit, and more than 2,000 miles of track. Service Is maintained at 350 stations. In normal times Its payrolls In the state amount to more ilian $11,000,000 iiiiiiuiilly, divided among nearly 0,500 employes. Each year tlio road purchase's material.* and supplies costing more than $1,000,000 from manufacturers and producers In Town. Kallroad taxes have Increased considerably In recent, years. Complete figures for the year just closed are not as yet available, but In 1929 the railroads of this country paid lu taxes approximately $120,000,000. Since 1911 railroad taxes have Increased 302 per cent, while Investment In their properties Increased but 74 per cent. From these statistics It would appear that, so far as taxes are concerned, our railroads are In a class by themselves. BEPKESKXTATIVE HE1OASON AJfD HIS ASSESSOR. BILL ATTITUDE . "We find the following paragraph in the Ring- •sted Dispatch: "It is to be noted with satisfaction that north- •ern Iowa state representatives from this part of -the state supported the assessor bill which met defeat in the House last week. Helgason, of 3Smmet, Bonnstetter, of Kossuth,and Johnson, of Dickinson, voted for this measure. We believe ZDonlon, of Palo Alto, also supported the meas- iire. This bill may not have met with the ap- •proval of ali of our readers but it was the most jforward piece of legislation that has been of- lered towards equalizing taxes. The Kossuth County yVdvance recently intimated Helgason -would vote against this bill. We hope they take particular notice of his support of the bill when 3t came to a vote." The Advance did not say that Representative Helgason intended to vote against the bill, but aid express a fear that be might be inclined that -way. Comment published over his name in the Armstrong Journal appeared at the time to justify this fear and' some unpublished facts lent •color to it. In view of his later vote for the Ml, we withdraw whatever inferences may have been drawn. "Wo find this paragraph, which may or may not have a bearing, in a loiter from Representative Donlon, of Palo Alto county, published in Uhe Emmotsburg "Democrat: i "Avery, Bonnstettor, Donlon, llelgason and | Speaker Johnson voted for the bill. A few clays "before, Senator Patterson had called us together and asked us to vote together in support of this hill to help carry out the governor's plan for tax reform. He said it would help to get the income tax plan through the Senate and that the Gov- «rnor wanted both bills to pas.s." ligently. The choice of officials is haphazard and accidental. In the second place, the governor's hands are tied In many ways because he has no effective control over these officials. The governor is held responsible for state policies but the itiea'fis of enforcing his program Is, as regards these officials, withheld. The governor should be permitted to name his own aids in the same way that the president docs. This would enhance the Importance of the governorship and attract better men. It would help focus public, attention on state policies, and the people would have more effective control, for.by centering interest on the proposals of one sot of candidates they could determine definitely the policies to be pursued. Finally, the plan would be a great help to the governor in carrying out his policies. The Allen proposal hardly needs discussion. Though the constitution provides for senatorial redistricting after every census it la nearly 40 years since the state was redistrlcted. In spite of the current demand for redistricting, it does not at present seem likely that anything will lie done this winter. Political considerations .are too conflicting and the present favored districts selfishly oppose change. Obviously the legislature is no fit instrument to carry out the constitutional mandate. The power to rcdistrict should be lodged elsewhere, and the supremo court is the logical body to undertake the duty. This was suggested in an Advance editorial more than a year ago. Of course it is not at all likely that either of these bills will receive consideration, either now or in the far future. As was to be expected, they have been consigned to dusty pigeonholes, and that will be the last of them. We are a self- governing people, but when we once get Into a groove it takes hell and high water to drive us out. Topics of the Times Recce, of the Ravings column, suggests something that probably most people hadn't thought of before,' including perhaps the pastor of the L,ittle Brown church:'-The new 5-day marriage license notice requirement is likely to put a good-sized crimp Into the going-to-Nashua-to- be-marrled stunt. ' . It begins to look a.e"if the thing for the tax reformers to do'is to forget the income tax and the assessor bill, Concentrate on state senatorial redlstricting, -and wait till the next legislature convenes. AVIth fair representation in the Senate from northwest Iowa, both bills would have been law weeks ago. The Hampton Chronicle holds up an oleomargarine tax, a cigaret tax, and the like as ideal alternatives to the income tax. Sales taxes, eh? The kind that the wealthy do not feel but that weigh heavily on the poor! Such taxes on oleo and cigarets can be defended, but not as income tax substitutes, and they ought never to be imposed on necessities. The Webster City Freeman-Journal calls attention again to the fact that income taxes are .always and necessarily replacement taxes, even when no pledge to that effect is made. They replace other taxes by so much, and it is a mathematical impossibility to make them do otherwise. Opinions of the Editors THE MOTOR TKAXSI'Oirr.VTIOX PHOHLK.U AXD THE UAILllOADS Everyone interested in the economic problems of the times ought to devote-a moment to per-' usal of the contribution on this page from the Milwaukee railroad's news bureau. The Milwaukee crosses the county in almost a. straight line. The distance is approximately 25 miles. The railroad pays the county in 1930 taxes the sum of $17,!)30. This is $717 to the anile. The railroad maintains its own right of way. The county does not pay out a cent for upkeep. The railroad also maintains four stations in the county, and its agents spend most of their wages Jiere. It further maintains three section crews. Facts like these demand consideration .is Iowa cstudies the motor bus and truck problem. The >trus and the truck present both a public and a railroad problem. They are a public problem (1) •because the public maintains their right of way and (2) because they cripple the railroads. For 'the second reason they are a railroad problem -.also. To add aggravation to injury, the railroads •even have to help maintain the right of way for iheir competitors, since part of the taxes they .pay is allocated to the county road funds. Motor bus and truck transportation is so new •that there has not yet been time to solve the tproblems it presents. It took a generation to •work the railroad problem out to a satisfactory solution after it became acute in the SO's. It may mot take as long to deal with motor transportation, but it will take time. The problem has areached the acute stage and demands solution. Motor transportation has come to stay. It is a. development of the age and cannot be stopped. Moreover, it meets a need and must use the pub- ilc highways. No one can deny that, not even Tailroad executives. But the railroads are need- i*d too, more than that, vitally needed.. So the 3>roblem is not how to extinguish motor transportation but how to keep botli and give each of •them and the public a square deal. Solution of the problem will have to be •worked out through public regulation and taxation. The busses and the trucks must be made •to pay not only their .share ol highway capitalization and upkeep but of the costs of government. This will place them on a par with the railroads. Besides, they must be regulated. In "the interests of public use of the highways the jjlze and operation of busses and trucks must be lept within limits. Other regulations will doubtless have to be adopted to prevent undue crippling of the railroads, but these will have to be -worked out in the light of further experience. Since the foregoing was written, it is learned *hat the House at Des Moines passed a bill Monday limiting use of the highways by motor trucks which had already passed the Senate. The 5bill now awaits the governor's approval before becoming law. Details of the bill are not yet tknown here, but apparently it limits weight, -load, length, and speed. AVhether it applies to •busses also has not been learned. If it does not, it ehould be made to apply or busses should be •covered in another bill. The proposed law probably does not meet all the needs of the situation, tout It Is at least a start in the right direction. TWO GOOD BILLS WHICH LIE IX THE LEGISLATIVE CEMETEUY It is characteristic of legislative bodies to ignore bills proposing changes in the accepted (practice, even when it is generally agreed that tthe proposals possess merit. On fundamentals Jeff tola tui't-.s move only under great pressure. Two such bills in the present legislature are •the Elliott bill for adoption of the cabinet system of government and the Allen bill to place ctato senatorial redistricting: in the hands of the supreme court. The Elliott bill would do away with election of •*he secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer «t state, etc., and make these officials appointive toy the governor. This would be applying the na- •tlonal .system to the state. The advantages of such a system are obvious tt» any student of government. In the first place, *he people are little Interested In candidates for offices in question and so do not vote intel- There'll l?o n Price to Pay. Towa Falls Citizen—The Kossuth County Advance says that legislators who defeat tax reform will bo held to accountability. AVell, they ought to be held to accountability. When the people have long memories, they will have greater response to the public demand. And Neither Meant a AVorrt of It. AA'bittemore Champion—"The Grouch," writing In the Republican, advocates that the next two sessions of the legislature put in their time repealing existing laws, in place of enacting new lines. Old stuff, Grouch. You are about ten years behind the times. The Champion advocated such a plea at least that many years ago, with a further proviso that the legislature meet but once every ten years, and then for one day only. As Seen by a' Strong Democrat. Kmmet.sbuw Democrat—Of course Congressman ITaugen and Senator Dickinson were for years staunch equalization fee advocates, but they cast aside the plank on which they rode into office for several terms in succession, and they are now supporting the administration. AVhy Xot Toll the Stato Hoard? Hampton Chronicle—The State University investigation is getting to be a bigger joke every day. If there is something wrong with the inside management down at the University why not tip it off to the state educational board. It would be remedied within two days time and would not cost the taxpayers of the state a cent either. The Other Side of the U Scholastic Policy [Albia Union-Republican.] Hereafter it will be more difficult to obtain a degree at the State University of Iowa. A raise in scholarship requirements for university students was announced recently. The change will become effective next September. Students entering tho university next fall will be required to have a "two point" or "C" average,If they are to graduate four years later. The average now required for graduation is one and one-half points, halfway between "C" and "D" grades. This will mean, it is said, that a total of 240 points will be necessary for obtaining a bachelor's degree, whereas 180 have previously been required. The Kossuth County Advance, at Algona, becomes "red in the face" with wrath over the proposal and demands that the present university investigation cease and a new one bo started with the new scholarship requirements as a basis. "AA'hat the university authorities, whether they know it or not, are aiming at is a school reserved for the rich and the brilliant," thunders the Advance. "The university was not established to educate the rich and the brilliant alone Its function is not to build up a scholastic aristocracy, but to take the common or garden variety of student and give him as good an education as he can absorb." Rigid requirements in the professional schools at the university are cited as horrible examples of what the whole system is coming to. Yet the educational grist mill seems to be turning oui Just as many doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc., a: it ever did, even though more time and more effort is required in the courses. And many ol these graduates continue to be the sons and daughters of average parents with average incomes. In fact, we d.sagree most cordially with the Algona editor's entire disagreement with the new ruling. If we know anything about educational activities in the larger schools and colleges, those individuals most seriously effected by a raising of scholarship requirements will be the idle sons of the idle rich. Generally speaking, there are probably more loafers to the square inch on any large university • campus than anywhere else in the world. The new order may put them to work. If it doesn't do that ii should put them "out." Either will be equally desirable. Usually it is the "average" boy or girl from the "average" home who is found washing dishes, waiting tables, tending furnaces and doing other things to get an education, and who is "making the grade" by dint of hard work and economy. It will be much easier for them to meet the new requirements than it will be for their more opulent brpthers and sisters. The Colyuiti Let's Not Be Too D—d Serious D OG-GONE THAT OLD syntax hound and grrtmrtmr sleuth up at Algona. AVe mean Brother Dowel, of the Kossuth County Advance. Here he Is poking fun at us just because, haying !>lcnty of letters at hand a while ago, and feeling in a generous mood, we referred to the dissemination' of information as having been "broad- casted," putting Ihe final "ed" on the word, which he says we should have let ride as "br.oad- cast." And he's even got Casey at the bat for him. over at Knoxville. " AVell, sir, Brother Dewel, and Brother Casey, we ain't no great shakes at manipulating the English "langwldge" so that every vowel and syllable shall be in strict accordance with someone's mice and regulations. We just try, in our humble and simple way, to express ourselves so the readers of this great palladium of liberty will, without straining themselves, get the idea that we may be trying to convey. And, by gum, all your highfalutin' rules to the contrary, nevertheless, and notwithstanding, when we say a thing has been "broadcasted," we mean It has been done, and gone and said. To broadcast ts to spread, to give out In quantity, to sow to the winds ot the world. One who broadcasts is a broadcaster, isn't he? When he stands In front of the microphone and through thn medium of his voice gives to the ethereal waves that which he intends to be received by the public for its joy and edification, he broadcasts, doesn't he? And when he Is through and goes back to sit down and await the response to his efforts which he hopes will come in the shape of fan letters, he has broadcasted, hasn't he? in your search for the pure and the undeflled in the realm of polite and correct usage of the words comprised in the language, you thumb your grammar, or your authority on words and their usage, and when you are through thumb- Ing, you have "thumbed," haven't you? You hum a tune, and when you stop humming you have hummed, haven't you? You send a message broadcast, and when you have sent It, you have broadcasted, haven't you? And that is just what we intended to articulate when we penned the article to which you except, and we hope you will forgive our shortcomings, "if you get what we mean." — Plain Talk, Des Moines. WE TOOK A AVEEK off to digest that, which was why there was no Colyum last week (like fun!), and in the meantime along comes the Story City Herald with this (which Plain Talk will, of course, talk plainly about this week)— "The editor of Des Moines Plain Talk has been taken to task by those grammatical sharks, the editors of the Algona Advance and the Knoxville Express, because he used the word 'broad- casted.' No such word, they said. Which proves that grammatical sharks get themselves in bad, because they do not keep tab on the new words. A-t any rate, our AVebster's New International Dictionary says plainly that 'broadcasted' is a perfectly good word, albeit a new one. (The worst of this wordy fracas is that Editor Gallarno made abeisance to the grammatical sharks, practically admitting they were correct, etc., when nil he had to do was to have us look up the word for him in our brand new dictionary, after which he could have broadcasted their ignorance to his heart's content.)" AVell, .we have that new International too, but we're not finite 1 so sure that it "says plainly" that "broadcasted" is a perfectly good word. In the main lexicon it does not appear, and the inference is that the word does not change in the preterit and the past participle. True, there is a New AVords section in which "broadcasted" is given as an alternative, but the following note hardly justifies "says plainly"— "The form 'broadcasted' for the preterit and past participle, though illogical on the analogy of 'cast,' is common." In view of this note, we should say that instead of saying plainly that "broadcasted" is a perfectly good word the International says It >retty doubtfully. AA'ould Plain Talk and the Herald say "John picked up a stone and casted it into the stream"? If they would, let them go to it: we prefer the English of Shakespeare— "How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me." GEORGE T, ANGUS FORMER KOSSUTH RESIDENT, PASSES Mr. and Mrs. N. TJ. Cotton, Lone Rock,- their daughter, Mrs. H. S. Shellito, Ames, and R. T.' Angus and his daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Dltt- mer, Lone Rock, returned Monday from Chicago Heights, 111., where they attended funeral services Saturday for Geo. T. Angus, brother of Mrs. Cotton and R. T. Angus. •Mr. Angus, who had lived. 35 years at Chicago Heights, a town of 22,500 inhabitants, 30 miles south of Chicago, was the son of the 'late Geo. S. and Mary Angus, of Kossuth county. He was* G'5 years old, having been "born June 16, ];8GG. His parents brought him to this county when he was IB years old. Later he attended business college, taught school and then attended Iowa state college, from which he was graduated In .isni with a degree in civil en glneering. After graduation he went to Chicago ynd entered the employ of un archltott. At the time of the World's Fair, he secured employment with the Mackolite Comapny, which constructed the first Industrial plant at Chicago .Heights. He rose to superintendent, and then, with a partner, bought the plant, which was renamed A. B. Fireproofing company. This company went out of business six years ago. Mr. Angus married a Rochester, Minn., girl' in 1900. They had a son who was named George. Mrs. Angus died in 191'2; and Mr. Angus was later married to a Chicago Heights girl, who bore him two daughters and a son. In UarmdnL/ with ASTE » The'new season calls for color—plenty of color—harmony in color or contrast in color. And here is a stock which gives every woman just what she wants in quality Footwear. In this showing are one straps, pumps and oxfords; in the style of heels you like and in the kind of leather? <- combination leather ^you desire. And .n line with economic conditions values \\ ire never so pronounced. Christensen Bros., Co. Shoe Department >+«««»»»»»««•»»»»»»»•»»»«»«»»+< . ^3 The Advance Does Job Printing—Give Us a Trial Ustcr DAY 111 odes * '•..... • .• -'4«• -• .. ' ".' THE TIMES-REPUBLICAN, of Corydon, noted recently that "Our legislature are facing an impassable passe." Ignoring the distressing use of a plural verb with a singular group noun, this stirred AV. J. Casey, veteran Knoxville Express editor, to remark— "Former Senator Karl Le Compte is editor of the Times-Republican, and he ought to know all about legislative procedure; and if he says the two houses 'are facing an impassable passe 1 we'll just have to call it an 'impassable paese' and let it go at that. AA r e hope grammatical ucrillas like Dewel, of the Algona Advance, and jocular jiggers like Jawn Carey, of the Sioux City Journal, will not make monkeys of themselves by dragging In AVebster's dictionary and trying to limit Karl to its worm-eaten Victorian diction. The house and senate have arrived at something impassable, and if it Isn't a 'passe,' what do you claim it is?" There it goes again! Syntax hound, grammar sleuth, grammatical shark, guerrilla. Doubtless It will be gorilla next! Just to show that none of these opprobrious names is (are) justified, we shall decline to reveal that AVard Barnes perpetrated "Gibralter" last week; or that C. H. P. (the S. C. Journal's best Book Chatterer on earth) used the strange word "Inadventant" (erstwhile favorite of H. S. M. and O. O. Mcln- tyre); or that H. S. M. has sprung a couple of new ones—"literateur" and "Des Moines Capitol"; or, finally, that the current Modern Woodman probably meant a little more than it actually expressed when it remarked that "Modern Woodmen of America has long been recognized as the peer of fraternal beneficiary societies." MONEY Money!—riches, fortune, pelf— Hoarded, squandered, stored on shelf, Toiled for, stolen, given, lent, AVorshipped, feared, disdained, and spent— Copeck, lira, guinea, sen, What the power you wield o'er men? Sequin, rouble, greenback note, Chinese cash and English groat, Shares of stock and notes of hand, Bonds and title deeds to land, Wampum beads and cowrie shell, AVhat your mystic charm, pray tell?. Oft your rule has led to shame. Trailed in mire an honored name, Woman's virtue bartered, sold. Treason, murder—all for gold! Peso, drachma, pleee-of-eight, AVhat your force of which men prate? Paper, copper, pewter, brass, Nickel, silver, bullion mass, Printed, minted stamped or coined, In one grand ensemble joined, AVidow's mite and miser's hoard, Tell me, why are you adored? Algona, Iowa —GEORGE H. FREE. Add Gossip ot the AVeek. [Over the Coffee.] Confidentially, now that Senator Dickinson has donned his toga and feels able to relax a bit It's whispered that he's to become a grandfather in late summer. OUR APOLOGIES to the Eldora Herald. The ad clipping in a recent Colyum about the P, & G. soap was not taken from the Herald but from the Iowa Falls Citizen. Honor to whom honor is due! AND, BESIDES, we can't put any faith In the judgment of a guy who spells it "abeisance." —ALIEN. iiiiimiiiiiuinimiiimiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiDiiiiH Accessories An Important Part of Wardrobe ACCESSORIES can do much to improve, or detract from the appearance of an otherwise well selected wardrobe. We pride ourselves on having just the right thing, "at the right time" and now is no exception to this rule, as our new Spring Accessories are here, and just waiting for your review and ' approval. Gloves Pine imported kid gloves — in pull-on styles in the new Spring shades of tan, mode, grey, white and black. Special values at prices ranging from $2.00 the pair and up. Bags Just to inarch, or harmonize with that new spring coat, suit or dress. Bags of soft calf skin or tooled effects, in all the new shapes and sizes, priced at from $2.95 and up. Millinery In an array of beauty—unsurpassed anywhere. What would Easter be without a new hat? Here you can choose from him. dreds that have just arrived, The prices, too, are very reasonable. Are You Ready For Easter? Looking Your Best This Year Costs So Little. And our late arrivals of Coats and Frocks will thrill you through and through. Featuring Pre-Easter Special of Fine Silk Frocks at $16.95 Hundreds of new frocks have just been received for Easter selling which our Mr. ChriBtensen has chosen this week while in the Eastern style centers: For the three days preceding Easter we are featuring an outstanding group of dresses which includes styles suitable for almost any occasion. This is truly a wonderful group of dresses that should demand your attention. We have silk dresses from $5,95 and up. Coots for Dress and Sport Wear af $19.75 and $29.75 \ We are featuring the two mentioned price groups of coats as they include every type of coat in the very newest styles as our Mr. Christensen, who is in the Eastern style centers this week, has sent us coats and coats that are truly wonderful. We have Coats from $12.95 and up. . Foundations Two important factors of dress. — without the proper foundation, your dress can't look good— without nice lingerie, you caix't feel good. Here you will find an abundance of both—and in just the styles, colors and prices you want. Christensen Bros. Company i*A!gQni*'$ Garment Center" Footwear In every color and style to go perfectly with your Easter costume. The shoe department has finer footwear tms Spring at cheaper prices than shown, in years. Costume Jewelry In beautiful reproductions of the most costly creations. necklaces that add dash ana color to every frock, ano , bring out that . "sometbinfT , that would be lacking vats- out it. "You must see tbetf to appreciate their beauty. Eatter In all the new Spring shade?, the new weights— "and al the new low prices"— t ing pure silk full "Wayne France" ' $1,00,

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