Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 16, 1931 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 16, 1931
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*AGE FOUR KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE, ALQONA. IOWA 2Vt>tntntc A Weekly A T cwspapor Founded In 1901. ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER December 31, 1!)OS, at the Postofflce at Algona, Iowa, under the act of March 2, 1ST!). [If. A. Wnlliice. In Wnllnros 1 Farmer.] This Is a year In which a number of slates nrc passing' or (nidus' Hie first steps preparatory to passing a state Income lax. Some people are worrying lest such a tux may lend to more slate cxfravnirancc. One of our friends In the Iowa assembly thinks II will llnvo Hie opposite effect. He Siiys: Two men were In to see me (he oilier (lay. They have called on me nl every session of the legislature. Always before they've been asklniv for lanrer appropriations for some cause or oilier. This time they were nrp-iii£ a reduction In expenses. What made the difference! I think It ivas Hie possibility of (he enactment of a sliile Income tax. Always before (his, the "economy bloc" In Hie leg-lsladirc hits been made np of farmers. Farms and oilier real estate, felt a tax Increase most, severely. City legislators worn5, usually pretty liberal. AVlth a state Income' tax In force, these town people will see thai Increases In expenditures will come out of their Incomes. They'll join the "economy bloc." Taxes on land, of course, will still be plenty lieavy. so th/it (lie farm s'nmp will stay In the "economy bloc." It strikes me (hat (he eniielmenl of a state income lax In any state will mnke all classes of people scrutinize state expenditures more carefully than ever before. It seems to us that there Is merit in our friend's argument. The Indirect results of an Income tax. In enforcing 1 economy, may be more Important than the direct results In reducing' the general property tax. . the McFarlanc type and discouraged every advocate of reform. Tt fs passing strange that In tills world men who are Intelligent enough to rise to riches and power cannot be content^to enjoy their achievements In moderation but must blindly and selfishly deny justice to their less favored fellows, till at last the enraged people are ready to resort to revolution and by sheer force of numbers .strip them of every privilege. « Topics of the Times SCHEMES TO ABROGATE THE LAWS OF ECONOMICS WILL >'OT WORK Even a eolyumist can talk economic sense on occasion. Witness this paragraph from H. S. M.'s Over the Coffee column in the Des Moines Register: What a comlc-trag-ic pantomime Is this attempt to get the farmers to reduce their plant- Ing 1 of wheat! Every farmer thinks the rest of the farmers will reduce their planting 1 , while he will cunningly plant a few extra acres, the sly rascal! The result is that all plant more than last year, and Hie surplus piles up. This illustrates in a nutshell a well known economic truth. Many people who never studied economics cnnnot understand what a practical science it is. They Imagine that it is only theorizing much like that of the scholastic monks of the dark ages who solemnly debated how many angel/; could stand on the point of a pin. Quite the contrary. The economist merely notes what the mass of people tend to do under given circumstances and applies the facts to the problem in hand. This wheat situation is the pattest possible case. Economists could predict from the beginning that the Farm Board's efforts to bring about voluntary reduction of the wheat acreage would never work out, because human nature isn't built that way. Whenever and wherever there is overproduction, attemiitci to induce a great mas.s of free producers to correct the situation by voluntary limitation fail. Every producer secretly leaves it to his fellows to do the, limiting, and the result is no limitation. So on wheat: in spite of the widespread and long continued campaign to cut production this year, .advance estimates «how that production will be nearly up to normal. The only UiiiiH that will stop overproduction is unprofitable prices. The much vaunted McXary-Haugcn scheme would have failed if it had been tried. So would the debenture scheme. Any scheme which would raise prices to a figure above tho market would inevitably bring so many marginal producers into the business that overproduction and consequent unprofitable prices would result. There is nothing mysterious about, this economic law if we view it from the practical side. Here in Iowa the wheat situation does not affect us, except a« low prit-fs for wheat have a bearing on low prices for corn and meats. But we, nevertheless, follow the same law. Witness the farmers in the matter of production of hogs. "When pork prices are remunerative, every farmer plans to raise more hogs the next year. This results in a glut and low prices, and in the following year the farmer, having lost money on hogs, or made no profit, raises fewer hogs. Then -self-limited production boosts prices, and the cycle is repeated. This is the way economic law works, and no method of getting around it has •ever been found. And let it be noted in this connection that it is not farmers only who have to obey this law. All business obeys it. The only difference is that in the field of business as distinguished Irom agriculture it Is often possible to effect temporary voluntary limitation because there are fewer producers and the producers are not free to be such individualists as farmers are. But even in industry, where there is no monopoly, constant profitable prices brought about by •voluntary limitation will eventually bring into •competition enough producers to break the scheme down. The law always and inevitably works out, and it cannot be repealed by human •agency. Slowly and painfully we may learn •ways (reserve banking, for example) to amelior c ate the effects of its operation, but that is all. The law will remain on the economic, statute ifcooks and we shall have alternate ups and downs forever, or at least as long as human nature continues to be what it has been through- cut recorded time. Considering the howl over the 5 per cent total reduction in all 1031-32 tax levies ordered by the legislature, what would have happened if the bill had called for the cut in income which economic law has imposed on taxpayers in the last year ? The university investigating committee may fail that it must save its face by turning in a report submitting criticisms of the management and its methods, but the general impression seems to be that little or nothing of a worthwhile nature was uncovered. The taxpayers asked for bread from this General Assembly, but all they get is a stone. There were not enough statesmen in the legislature put over real reform. It is astonishing how hard it is to obtain political justice when privilege and selfishness are arrayed on the other side. Since the state has the power to quarantine where the owners of cattle refuse tuberculin testing, it would seem the better part of wisdom to do that and patiently await results. Force would precipiate a nasty mess and should not be employed if quarantining will do the business. Raising the average grade required for graduation at Iowa City is another blow to the small colleges, which had a hard enough job to keep up as it was. The results will be quadruple: 1. fewer email colleges; 2. private funds available for Iowa small colleges placed outside the state; 3. more students at state-supported institutions; 4. liigixer demands on the taxpayers. One may be pleased over the ousting of Thompsonism in Chicago and still not overly enthusiastic concerning expected benefits from the change of administration. Chicago has seemed to like its bad government in the past, and it is difficult to believe that the election of Cernrak spells more than a veneer of civic reform. The one thing needed to insure real tax reform In the next legislature sems to have gone by the board: senatorial redistricting. One or two more votes from northwest Iowa would have turned the trick this time. Instead the income tax was killed by the single or double-county districts in southeast Iowa which have only from a third or fourth to one-half the populatioil of northwest Iowa districts. Opinions of the Editors THE PEOPLE OF IOWA ARE STILL FOB THE STATE INCOME TAX The Sioux City Journal remarked editorially one day lawt week that tho proposed state income tax was unpopular, The context left it to i>e inferred that general unpopularity was wieant, that Is, unpopularity among the people 'at large. Unfortunately the Journal did not explain how it arrived at this curious conclusion. The Journal might have eaid merely that the proposal •was unpopular in certain circles and spoken the admitted truth, but when it goes beyond that to include the mass of the people it is time to ask low the Journal gets that way. I iVVh.at waa the issjue between, the two republican candidates for governor a year ugo? Certainly it waa the income tax. The uOUl'nal cannot deny that, or there is no reasoning with it. What did the result mean? In vltnv of the long and bitter campaign, could Dan \V. Turner's immense victory mean anything elee than that the income tax was decidedly popular? Now, then, if we take it for granted that the Journal concedes, as it must, that the proposal was generally popular when the primary election took place, what, if anything, has happened since then to indicate that the people have changed? The Advance challenges the Journal to cite evidence on this point. This challenge cannot be met, because the Journal cannot produce such evidence All the Journal can point to is the failure of the proposal in the legislature, its condemnation by men selfishly interested, and the attitude of a large number of newspapers which the tax would reach. But this is far from proving its case; it proves only that not the mass of the people but certain classes are opposed to the Income tax. The Advance does not hesitate to declare that the people of Iowa as a whole are still overwhelmingly for the income tax. We are even prepared to go farther and assert that this legislature has shamefully deserted and traitorously betrayed the people: it has listened to the loud- spoken classes and ignored the inarticulate masses; it has kicked the oppressed ' taxpayer out of its path and bowed down to privilege wealth, and power; it has denied justice to the poor and confirmed the rule of the- rich; and finally,- it has encouraged venal politicians of Pretty Punk, Even as Legislatures do. Albia Union-Republican—The bill passed by he Iowa house last week to effect a general cut of five per cent in all taxes in Iowa doesn't have he earmarks of good statesmanship. In fact, it would seem to be the panicky effort of a brain- lefogged group to seek a remedy for a situation which was too deep for them. Tax revision and tax reduction were mandatory upon the present egislature, but the job has been most effectively Bungled. Like Ffddlliifj While Rome Hums. Eldora Herald-Ledger—The drivers' license hill has apparently gone by the boards, and the state has Iccst a painless way to raise a few thousand dollars and at the same time help along the cause of public safety. It begins to look like the House and the Senate were going to spend the rest of the term "getting even with each other. Just as on the Salary Grab, Eh2 Ringsted Dispatch — Editor Dewel intimates Sun. Patterson is responsible for Representative Helfi'ason's vote In favor of the assessor bill. We'll remember that, Bro. Dewel. Helgason may need an alibi on this vote when he gets home. Itiit We Need Senatorial Rmllstrictlnir First. Knoxville Journal—The newspaper boys over the state who are inclined to the view that Governor Turner has been unhorsed by the action of the legislature in defeating his tax revision program will have an opportunity to revise their opinions next year. The people of Iowa have faith in Dan Turner and will elect a legislature next time who will go along with him in the matter of equalizing taxation in Iowa. Law Is Law, Even In Cedar County. Story City Herald—Those Cedar county farmers who "marched" to Des Moines last month to protest against the compulsory tuberculosis cattle test no doubt got a thrill out of it, but now they are having that "morning after" feeling. Those who refused to permit the testing of their cattle are having their farms quarantined, which means that they can sell no dairy products until they have complied with the law. Just a Grown Babies' Fig-lit. Iowa Falls Citizen—The quarrel between the House and the Senate at Des Moines is,like unto two babies, and the opponents of tax justice egg them on. With Which Opinion tho Advance Agrees. Ed M. Smith's Winterset Madisonian — The Madisonian has made rio flamboyant promises of a quick return t'b normal business conditions. It makes none now. It does believe the long looked for "around the corner" turn has been made and that from now on the trend of farm land and farm products will be upward. Commission to Study Tax Reduction Proposed [Des Moines Register.] A senate joint resolution proposed by the com' mittee on reduction of expenditures calls for £. $20,000 appropriation for an interim committee that would study retrenchment in both state and local governments and make recommendations to the 1933 genera] assembly. If such an interim committee will really take its work as seriously as, for instance, the joint legislative committee on taxation took its work of devising new taxes, or as committees to devise new taxes almost invariably -take their work, the money spent for the new committee's expenses of investigation may readily prove the best invested money the state or Iowa ever appropriated. And of all the recommendations that the joint tax committee'made, this one for a study of economy possibilities, though introduced as : resolution last of all, and possibly with less enthusiasm than some of the other things, assuredly deserves the palm. Indeed, while this resolution calls for but a temporary committee, functioning between this legislative session and (lie next, there might well be a commission to function year in and year out, like the existing state tax board, but with no other duty except the duty of studying possibilities and devising methods of cutting the costs of government. But this is not in the slightest to deprecate the potential value of the interim joint committee. By all means let it be created. And let it in deed make a "scientific study" of governmental costs in the state, in the counties in the cities and with regard to the schools, with the single purpose of finding and reporting on ways to get equal or better general results at less aggregate cost. To assume that equal or better results cannot be got at less cost is beyond the assuming powers of any intelligent and experienced lowan. [The Register fails to say that the joint legislative tax commission and the state board of assessment and review which made a study o; the Iowa tax situation last year included in its report a recommendation for the appointment o another commission such as Is now proposed.- Editor Advance,^ The Colyum Let's Not Be Too D—d Serious rBLU THAT COLYUM CONDUCTOR In the Algonn Advance, known to fame as a grammar shark, still sticks to It that "broad- casted" is a pretty doubtful word. This, too, af- er looking It up in the new words In his latest Webster, which says it is "common," Words lint are common are on their way to being recognized by the grammar sharks. And grammar sharks are slow or quick to adopt the new vords according as they (the sharks.) are con- 'ervatives or progressives. And then the Algona man makes faces at us becavise we began the word obeisance with an a! We bit the ear, iguratively of our linotyper for that, which Is as much satisfaction as we can generally get vhen the proof render (which is us) overlooks a mistake.—Story City Herald. Casey, bntting in the Knoxville Express, wlt- ily sums up the argument with this heading over the Colyum's remarks of two weeks ago— 'Hronrtcnstoil" Seems to be Only n Sort of Poor Relation. True, incorrect words, If commonly enough used, do sometimes creep into the language and come to be recognized as good English; .but It takes time, and though "broadcasted" may be on the way, sufficient time to give it impeccable standing- among the Four Hundred has not yet ilapsed—as was indicated by the Websterlan exlcographer's doubtful comment heretofore quoted.' As to such words, Pope's w. k. phrase loncerning the inclination of the so-called human race to succomb to evil seductions is pat— 'We first endure, then pity, then embrace." This answer goes also for Plain Talk, which opened this learned controversy by making use of the offending word. Discovering the Herald's defense of the word, Plain Talk clipped It ast ' week in an editorial headed "HEY, DEWEL, CASEY, LOOK HERE!" and prefixed he following paragraph: "Glory be, we have found a defender! We lave found a true, free, full, and sufficient demonstration that should convince the erudite and netlculous Editor Dewel, of the Kossuth County •Vdvance, and the gargantuan grammar-gorger, Casey, of the Knoxville Express, we were within our rights and were traveling an official .path of inguistic purity when we used the word 'broad- casted,' in telling of that which has been made n accomplished fact, done, spread to the winds, is 'Information which has been broadcasted, printed, published, circulated, or spread on the >ther from a radio station.' Editor Paul C. Smith, of the Story City Herald, has noticed the echnical hole of 'English as she should be ipoken' which the Advance and the Express ve're endeavoring to dig for us, and he comes to iur rescue, as follows" [quoting—see last week's SEXTON CHILD 5 MONTHS OLD DIES APR, 5TH Sexton, Apr. 14—Caroline Jean, Infant daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Carl Paetz, died last week Wednesday night at the Paetz home, 2% miles northwest of Sexton. She was our months and 24 days old, and md not been strong from birth. The cause of death was intestinal flu. Tuneral services were held Saturday ifternoon at one o'clock at the home and nt 2 o'clock at the Evangelical lUtheran Trinity church, Algona. Burial was made in Rlvervlew cemetery. It was an unusually large 'uneral for a child. Attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Theo- lore De Bower, Chicago; Mr. and Airs." Otto De Bower, of Allison; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gaedke, son Billy, and Mrs. H. F. Buckholz and son Leslie, all of Hewitt, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Reddenmn, Mor- rlsonvllle, Wls.; Mr! and Mrs. August Froh, Fort Dodge; and Martha Froh, St. Louis. The Rev. P. J. 3raner, present Algona pastor,, and :he former minister, the Rev. H. Dubbe, now of Vincent, conducted the services. with their wives, because they are too Indolent to get tip and dress, or are afraid to listen to something they may not agree with, or are so indifferent towards a sotered and beautiful Interest In the wives' lives that they never enter with her Into the fellowship of the hour of worship. Come on, men! Brace up, clean tip, surprise yoiir wife at breakfast with a Sunday morning kiss and the announcement that you are going to church with her. But don't be too abrupt, If her heart Is Mrs. Wise's Birthday Observed— Mrs. G. B. Wise was given a surprise Saturday v evening at her son Mack's, east of town, in honor of ler 64th birthday. All her children and their families attended, and Mrs. Wise received many gifts. IT WAS NOT TILL, we gained recognition by Editor W. C. Dewel, of the Algona Advance, and •made" his Colyum that we got really interested. Editor Dewel gave us our pen-name, "The Flapper on the Lino Down at Dobberstown," nd finally we began to sign our column "The Flapper.' We have a "Flapper Book" which contains clippings from our column which were used by other editors, and which we value be- •ond price.—The Flapper on the Lino Down at Dobberstown. The Flapper (Marge Acheson) is saying good- lye, in the best column she ever wrote, and between the lines there is a hint of parting tears. Why she is leaving she does not say, nor aught of her plans, but many a newspaper friend who lever saw her will wish her Godspeed. She began her column last week with a verse— There is a word . . . The saddest word fond lips have ever spoken ... 'Tis called "Goodbye"— and ended with— The book is closed . . . And we are part of the countless dead: Twice happy, then, if some soul can say "I live because he has passed my way." Seven and a half years ago—the Flapper explains—the editor of the Journal took a vacation, leaving the Flapper to edit the paper. To fill space she wrote a column called "A Little Bit of Everything." And when the editor came home, he told her to keep it up. And so it has appeared ever since, and Journal subscribers learned to look for it, and neighboring newspaper men discovered it and exchanged persiflage with the authoi> and the Flapper came to be known far and wide, and even mail addressed simply to "The Flapper" was promptly delivered, and "A Little Bit of Everything" became a recognized "column." And now The Flapper signs "3Cf," the newspaper man's sign that the story is finished, and many a reader for a long time to come will lay down the Journal feeling that something has gone out of it which it is a pity to miss. CONGREGATIONAL — Fred J. Dlurk, Pastor—During the next few Sundays the pastor will contrast so- ution of the great problem of human life and human society as of- ered in the Bible with the different solutions offered 'by the greatest scientific minds In the world today. Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, G. B. S. Haldane, F. C. S. Schiller, Geo. Bernard Shaw, and others have definitely set forth their expedients for Caving human nature from decay and human society from collapse. These sermons will constitute an honest effort to present what some if our ablest thinkers are offering is the hope of humanity,, and in- elligent citizens of this community \re invited to think these things hrough with us at our morning iervices. The subject of the first iermon next Sunday nt 11 a. m., vlll be, I Am Not Ashamed of the »ospel. An especial invitation t.o attend is attended to Algona's "church widowers,' by which we mean the group 3f husbands who never go to church AT THE ROTARY-Kiwanis banquet for high school 'boys last Thursday night the two clubs sang favorite songs, but the boys had the best ones. As Exhibit A, hum this one, received with hearty guffaws— Mary had a swarm of bees, swarm of bees, swarm of bees, Mary had a swarm of bees, And they to save their lives Were forced to go where Mary went, Mary went, Mary went, Were forced to go where Mary .went. For Mary had the hivee! And here's another, sung with immense feeling to the tune of Auld Lang Syne— On mules we find two legs behind, And two we find before, We stand behind before we find What the two behind be for; When we're behind the two behind, We find what these be for— So stand before the two behind And behind the two before. \EB1VAL VAPORINGS Come into the garden, Maud, And list to the humming bees; ' The frolicsome toad's abroad, The onion perfumes the breeze. The cat's catacoustic yowl's Catapulting from off the barn; Cacophonous curs makes howl, But nobody gives a darn. Oh, look at our ashplle, sweet, The lap of the sea 'twould fill; We sure used a lot of heat, The landlord must foot the bill. Hark! Hark, to the rythmic thwack Of rug beater's listless blow, For Johnny must toil for jack To spend on the picture show. Ah, yes, it is spring! I snlff- My leek-eating neighbor's breath. 'Twould sure knock a polecat stiff And stifle a goat to death. Yea, Spring wakes the slumbrous land, The ice from the walks has thawed, It's blowing to beat the band— Come into the garden, Maud. Algona, Iowa. GEORGE H. FREE. DETERMINED TO IMPROVE the orthography and grammar of H. S. M., most brilliant colyumlst of the, day, we point out- that "war- hoops" needs another letter and that a diagram of the following paragraph to discover what the opening clause modifies would present a surprising result: "Never very fond of milk, the present loud yells and catcalls about vaccination of cows te (sic) going to make it doubly hard for me to drink a milkshake or a torn & jerry. I AM LED TO BELIEVE that as a result Of the conference [with farmers opposed to t. to testing] that the situation in Cedar county Is clearing.—Governor Turner. Up, Army for the Suppression of Double-That- ters! Forward, march! Hep! ..Hep! . , Hep . Sleze the governor and bring him before the court martial! wedkl See/ftoil Sunday, at 11; pnESMtfiiiiAff — ii IH Coloman, i'astwiv-Next Sunday warning- services,' f6! to 12; sermon theme,Man ri>ChlM of'QOcl.^ Bvehine;—Y. P. S. C. fi,,,0i,30, topic, "Must I Always Forgive?" For the worship hour, pictures .'. . The annual con- gregatipnnt meeting Was held at the church "April 7, and reports from the departments indicated- healthy gr.owlh. . . Plans are in the,mnlt-. ing, for a dally vacation Bible school, nlso for youth of the stewardship cnm podge Preshytery ', church is a r,', P ,n1,;,,. 1, 21-22 at the • -• '" Tll «l , lvlll *l next Sunday f, IHfVlf ••••!*••• •••••••••••••••-•---"- ( "-•••»ni| _rPS:SPRIN 1 House - Cleaning - T RUGS WHICH CALLS FOR N| RUGS, LINOLEUMS, SHADES, CURTAINS AND DRAPERIES All rugs and draperies are much lower J prices this-spring so you can have things for your home 'without a big ex pense. The newer styles in floor coverings anil draperies will give your-home a fresijl new appearance that you are stire toen- joy. - \ | Join - Our -Dollar -Down -Rug -Clubl 1 $ 1 One-Dollar And the balance on | -V Down easy Weekly payments] | Ask About This Unusual Offer I Christensen Bros. Co. inning , April 161 " >ti ' • A timely event right when you might want to freshen up your wardrobe. You can now buy a smart hew silk dress at • V; «.,.'' . • an extremely low price, as we are offering over ^00 beautiful garments for leu than their original worth. You can choose from a varied assortment, chic printed effects and in delightful solid color!. They proclaim the late fashion notes and all priced at real sale Values. Features Short jackets are smart. White collars are flattering. Tuck-iii blouses are youthful. Flared skirts are graceful. ;p The natural waist-line is emphasized. Both long and elbow sleeves are being used these days. And gayly-printed silks and crepe de chines are seen everywhere; are being worn everywhere by everybody. - ' IV ^•^•^•^•••^••^^•^•^^^•^•V Dresse s Worth to $10.00 Silk Dresses JQ.85 & Worth to $15.00 Silk Dresses Christensen Bros. Compan; "Algona', Garment Center" *

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