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1 Tlf ' ' tmiL WtTRRBD SECOND CLASS MATTES December 81, 1906) lit the Postofflce at Al.««tm, tdwa, under the act of March 2, 1879. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION "1 — To Kossuth county postofflces and bordering pnrtofflcea al Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, 'Buff&Jo Center, Corwlth, Cylinder, Blmore, Hatching, Llverm'ore, Ottosen, Rake, Rlng- ' sted, Rodman, Stllson; West Bend, and Woden, year ------ ............ -------- $2.00 "•—To all other U. S. Postofflces, year ------ $2.50 ALL, subscriptions for papers going to points -wtthin the county -and out-of-the-county points nuuned under No. 1 above are considered contln- •tting subscriptions to bo discontinued only on notice from subscribers or at publisher's dlscre- Uon. Subscriptions going to non-county points .»ot named under No. i 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- SALES TAXKS I> IOWA PKOPOftED BY SKNATOJl HICKMN DCS Moliics, July 1ft—A selective sales lax, the revenue of whlc-h would lie used In relieving' real estate of a larpe portion of the iwhottl levies. IM viewed by Senator Ed II. Hlcklln, of Wapello, ns a promising field for Ux re>-ls|o*l«»H. • • ' Senator Hloklln pointed out In nil Interview here that much of Iowa's highway revenue Is derived from a sales tax on gasoline and declared the sales tax principle should b« extended to absorb a considerable amount of the school tax. "Iowa's total tax bill," the senator said, "Is about. 9110,000,000. About $50.000,000 of this sura (roes to schools. Property taxes make up almost all of this huge sum. "The state's . highway construct Ion and maintenance bill'Is somewhere near the total outlay for schools, but the highway tax seems much less burdensome than the school tax tocauee It. IN raised In large measure through taxes that do iiot affect real property. "A form o* certain tax relief for the property owner would be the shifting of a large portion of. t)io, school taxes from real property to a sales'tax : on'a selected list of articles of general consumption, through which a more general contribution to scjvool funds could be-achleved." < •;....•• > - •• , Senator Hlcklln believes real estate cannot, he entirely eliminated ns a tax source. Some portion of the property tax should remain as a check on spending bodies since.that form of tax reacts. ,most; readily to public i sentiment. Ho advocates a graduarshlftlng'of the bigger tax Items, such as schools, to the Dales tax basis, this program to go hand In hand with effective governmental retrenchment. leas, so far as gen«r*l relief of the classes least able to pay high taxation Ts concerned, be a, delusion and-a, snare, .In, that the principle of ability to pay involved'In the income-tax wouldtstlll be Inoperative and the bulk of the tax burden, as before,ftwotild continue to rest on the shoulders of the lefts able. The l 6o'minoh»ttMin*vfou(d pay part of his taxes out of a different pocket', and that Is all. Topics of the Times The U. S. Department of Labor announce* that the 1926 dollar \vas worth $1.42 last month; in other words, It would have taken $1.42 In 1926 to buy as much as could be bought for a dollar In June, 1931. At'that rate a man whose wage was $25 a week both years can figure that that his real wage now is $35.50 as compared with his 1926 wage. Ha warden, town of 2.SOO, levies no taxes foi\ next year, boasting that all running expenses will be paid from Its light and water plant profits. Pretty soft for the citizen who uses Vlttle or no current or water; not so soft for the big user. What's proper here: to do it the Hawarden way or to cut service charges and collect taxes? Doubtless there is fact in the Fall newspaper syndicate story, but the trouble is that the reader cannot know what is concealed or where fact leaves off and fiction begins. . The Mason City Globe-Gazette speake of the German moratorium as the beginning of the end of reparations. - • Looks Ifke It,- Uncle Sam may as well get ready to kiss goodbye to the billions he lent to the Allies in the World war. Millions of his citizens can give him pointers on how it feels to charge, off bad debts. The per capita general property tax "levy in Iowa dropped from $3.91 to $3.S9 in 1928-29. But it still has a long way to go before it gets back to the $1.99 of 1917. . . Mussolini has denounced the Pope's recent encyclical on fascism as a collection of "lies." Lots of protestants join Catholics in resenting that. Protestants may not understand what the fight between JHuseollni and the Pope is about, but they have confidence In the latter's veracity pn questions of fact. The Colyum L«l'< Net ft* Too D-d 9erlo«« A MONO THE FRIENDS genuinely shocked by the news of George H. Free's accident At the Call A The railroad question is too big to bandy epi- thete about. What, is needed is real .study to find out what to do. This country still needs the railroads and what they must have to exist, give, good service, and clear a reasonable 'profit m.ust i>e -granted. • • •• - •-- • •.<•Taxes are high because people insist on having the things which make high taxes necessary, says the'Knoxville Express. Too true, alas! But at tliat If wo could 'only get the' taxes fairly.apportioned according to'ability to pay the situation wouldn't be so bad. wae John W, Carey, whose Rear Seat column In the Sioux City Journal IB considered by conrjie- tent critics as among the world's beat. Mr. Free had on a few occasions called on Mr, Carey, and the latter had now and then used some of Mr. Free's verse. Following word of the accident, Mr. Carey wrote the following letter , to Mr. Free: " , A letter from our mutual friend Dewel brings me the first news I have had of your hard luck. I want you to know I feel mighty, mighty aorry for you and that I am pulling hard for your getting, over your troubles. The World just can't spare fellows of your type. You have such a fine philosophy of life and are eo apt in putting it into woj-ds ao that others may share It with you—we need your kind. I have not had a chance to get as well acquainted with you as I would like to have got, but I did enjoy meeting you the few times you favored me by calling on me, and for many years I have felt ns though I knew you through.your verse. Even though you may not have made aa much money out of your stuff as some other writers of verse have made, you have the aatlafactlon of knowing you have written considerable really worthy stuff. Some fellows are better.ballyhoo- era for'themselves than others are—some have the commercial sense more highly developed than others. Much of your output has genuine merlt.-.and If you dld'not commercialize.it/lt.was due to your modesty rather than' to' anything lacking in the poems] ' ^ I received the greetings you sent me while you were en tour, and I appreciated having I been thought of.^ It does seem too bad that this calamity should have come on you after the fine time you had on your vacation. It puts your cheerful philosophy to a real test, but I understand you continue game. I wish I might do something to make It easier for you, George, and to hurry up your-recovery. You deserve everything your -friends might do. . . This letter arrived last Thursday and was read to Mr Free Friday morning. Mr. Carey would have felt^a thousand times repaid for his kindness in writing it could he have known how much it pleased the stricken poet. Mr. Carey also gave Mr. Free top mention in Friday's Rear Seat In the Journal. •. " 3 tlohed In this cbftll nema comment that we producers were grinding: many pictures of ti» quality, thereby. Impairing '.'liwe, men*. V *^ i 'i* if ihth A W ' tVMtsm ! 6tti' <4& ~ the' Opinions of the Editors J SALES TAXES FAVOR, THE RICH AJTD •BU'BD'EX THE POOR : -: At the head of this page is quoted a Des Molnes dispatch in which Senator E. R. Hicklin. of Wapollo county, favors so-called selective sales fixation as a means of raising revenue to relieve real estate of a large part of the school taxes. Senator Hicklin's affiliations as regards taxation are perhaps sufficiently indicated by the fact that he was one of the 2S senators in the last General Assembly who voted against a motion to let the income tax bill come before the Senate without the county' assessor rider. It is time for the people of Iowa to begin the »tudy of the history, theory, and incidence of sales taxation, since the chances are that we are going to hear more and more of it within the next'two years* and it is not,unlikely that fake Hoover looks Like Own Successor. Knoxville Journal—"The "Smear Hoover" campaign inaugurated last year by the Roosevelt-Smith-Raskob leadership of the democratic party is not going over so big this year nor is the cocksureness of democratic victory next year so much in evidence It is beginning to tax relief of this kind will be proposed in the next General Asse'nibly. The demand for a state income tax has grown so rapidly in the last few years, and it failed last winter by such a narrow •margin, that the opponents of fair taxation ac-cording to ability to pay see plainly that it will •Win in the end, unless the people can be fooled Into support of a scheme which looks good on Its face, though in fact it would continue to exempt wealth and' leave an unfair share of the burden of taxation'where : it has always been, to- •jrtt. on the shoulders of the poor and the middle classes. Salee taxes are seductive for more than one reason. To begin with, it is possible to offer an argument in 'their favor which appeals to the mass mind untrained in the, principles of taxa- They are urged as fair because everybody dawn upon some republican leaders that Herbert Hoover is about the biggest asset the G. O. P. has in the coming presidential campaign. He will be reoominated without opposition and reelected by a decisive majority. Wrong Thing: at the Wrong Time. Knoxville Express — The farmer's products having gone down in value until they scarcely bring enough to warrant shipment and certainly preclude the purchase of much stuff to be freighted in, the railroads calmly suggest' that he pay 15 per cent more on what he sends out and ships in. The-railroads seem to be doing the wrong thing at a singularly inappropriate time. Bonnstetter Means What He Says. Whlttemore Champion—At a recent meeting of the West Bend school board a reduction was MR. FREE'S VERSE had made him widely known, especially, among newspaper men. Editors Whd'had' never'seen" hlhi^aria 'kneW;littie'6r nothing of. hie life and work knew him through hie writings and recognized his poetic genius. Thus Editor F. A. Moscrip, of the: Mars^alltown Times-Republican, said ln-Sflturday's-lia'pei«: ~.'' George Free, whose ' "fugitive Averse" has adorned northwest Iowa papers and has been widely quoted, is in hospital at Algona the result of an automobile accident. Critically so. Mr. Free's verse has enough in it -to .entitle him to a place among "Iowa poets." Much of It Is better than that of most of the versifiers who are so credited. This newspaper hopes sincerely that Mr. Free may return to his mail clerk run and his strophes and iambics fully recovered. The Mason City Globe-Gazette gave news of the accident first page position, and W,. Earl Hall, the editor, added a note to identify Mr. Free as -the writer of whom he had recently spoken in the Globe-Gazette's weekly-Eye Observing feature as north lowa'e poet laureate. Mr. Hall, a few weeks ago, wrote this colyum- 1st to find out whether Mr. Free would be a success as an entertainer before the Mason City Lions club, and on receiving an affirmative answer dated him for an appearance late this month which cannot now be filled. FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL it has been a custom among newspapers to clip bits of verse from , . , pularlty of stars taking ' paf t iri them» Thia tendency seems -to be growing. • There Is a, new Robert Montgomery picture out, just 30 days after Shipmates, his first starring vehicle. At this rate our popular young R&bert will be grind- Ing out a dozen pictures a year, which la more than any one man or director can do well. Is there no Other way but through mass pro- ductlon that we may have our talk* les? If the movies are to be considered . In the light 'of art, surely they must not be prostituted, on the altar of mass production. Leonar* do de Vlncl did not' turn put a Mona Lisa every 30 • days,''' and Shakespeare did riot write a Merchant of Venice every other month George Arllas doesn't appear on tWe stage in a 'new show every six months, ; ; and . our better authors 'don't attempt to write a new bqok even once . a year. ' • - BUT' THE AMOVING picture;, producers seem, bent on grinding out new talkies , ; wlth the regularity of a time clock, sacrificing new stars and really 'great actors In a vain effort to {mild a certain number of successes every season. Wouldn't It be better to spend more time and effort on a few really great pic- turea, starring really good.' actors and actresses, and leave mediocre efforts to the newcomers, the aspirants to moving picture laurels of the future? Sometimes we wonder whether producers know just where they are going? Here is an Infant Industry, or call it an art, growing with such amazing rapidity and popularity that even its'«own parents fall to recognize their youthful progeny from one year to the next. We have faith in the talkies, 'but 1 .the > "big;; shots"' 'make mistakes too, and ' we think mass production of the stars is one o£ the gravest for the Industry. S 'MART MONEY, with Edward G. "(Little Caesar)' Robinson playing the leading role, Is just an other talkie. If you enjoyed It it was because you like this type of show, certainly not because it was a clever talkie, : -nor because there was good acting in It. We expected to see a. smart show,/ at least, but this is only a smart-alec production. SMART MONEY Is the story of a small town barber named' Nick who goes to the city (commonly re ferred 1 to as "big time"), gets a good trimming, comes back with a bang, finally becomes a gambler with a national reputation, and meets his Waterloo at the .hands of a blond played by Evalyn Knapp. It is the weakest and most unconvincing role this young lady has ever played. The story lacks ingenuity — it is flat.' The dialog is horrible; not even a gambler would use such ^ . 'mor<T tttft itiU gerlhg around with thumbs' in the vesti being big-hearted, and booting' ladles In the posterior. This one scene was aa-offensive to good taste aa anything we N have. eVef seen in the talkies. Thumbs down on. this Show. • fnur l|the, "ii< hftv* <fjS JH^ i' ' _ , nCOinffllt hot July ««l. se" w« tin the It hot iiftd a i cigar might RECVRET HAVING; to p&M review of the week-end up a W pictures, some of which show prom' Ise of being Ideal warm-weather entertainment. Party Husband, wh|le not an Important talkie, at least offers Dorothy Mackall a part which should be suited to her personality. We have already reported on The Lawyers Secret, which we' thought cted'the crime W finally fastened. OTK the least likely victim, and th« audience^ leaves feeU ' f '( mortified 'at It* own stupidity, htihi! the»e mystery »torlesi i n III • " • ' , s»m«et Weaver Dies. .,Ledyard, 'July 21—Samuel .Weaver's father, Who lived At Buffalo Center, died Friday noon •,after a t6ng 'illness, and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Buffalo Center. ' • * above the average. The Confes- Is another hot sions of a Co-Ed weather show. • IPAT.RONH OF THE CALL should appreciate the fact that Manager Rice Is giving them the newest jlcuros available, . and If the general iverage is somewhat below par the 'ault Is With the producers, not the ocal manager.!? At be.st-.the'-Call ,ls delightfully cool '.these torrid' days, and what the pictures may lack In merit is amply made up In the com made in the tax levy of about nine per cent or S3,000. Representative A. H. Bonnstetter,' who fought all through the last session of the legislature for a reduction in taxes, Is a member of the West Bend board. He evidently believes in practicing what he has been preaching. More power to him. "Dick" Hands'Em a Mouthful. Madrid Register-News—Senator-elect Dickinson seems to be throwing confusion Into -the ranks of the democratic hosts. There have been t « not oc^ £ the a numberof skirmishes which of course. mind that this is in fact unfair taxation, since It bears no relation to ability to pay: the -Tnan with a huge income made possible by our capitalistic organization, which exploits the xnasees for the benefit of the classes, pays exactly the same rate that the poor and the com- •jjaratively poor pay. it is argued that the sal tax on gasoline is eminently fair because it taxes everyone who uses the roads at precisely the same rate, and so thoroughly has this argument sunk into the minds of the people that the present assertion that the gas tax is an unfair tax will doubtless be questioned by many readers. Yet H the revenue from this tax could be classified according both to its source as regards ability to pay and the incidence of its benefits it -would be startlingly plain that, say, 95 per cent of the total is paid by the poor and. the comparatively poor, whereas, say, 50 per cent, or perhaps as much as 75 per cent, of the benefits ac- •erue to the rich. To get the idea here, consider, -lor example, how much our paved roads mean to the common man in Kossuth county as compared with the wealthy city wholesaler or manufacturer who uses these roads, built not. by "him but out of the proceeds of the pennies of the masses, to deliver his products. Another reason why sales taxes are seductive la that they are concealed taxes. Few who pay such taxes recognize them as such. The gas tax Is an open tax, indeed, but as a rule sales taxes mre not segregated in such a way that they are recognized; they are merely part of the price, mnd the taxpayer pays them without being con- •clous of the fact. It is estimated that Indirect 'taxes In the United States now amount to $12 -J»er capita yearly, but how many heads of families of five persons who read this realize that •they pay some $60 a year in such taxes? The tax is so small on each item of the family budget that It would scarcely seem worth taking into account even if it were recognized; yet in the the burden Is considerable: to a man -with an Income of $2,000 it is a 3 per cent tax, mnd that Js a sizeable tax, upwards of one-half -wf a month's pay. The foregoing is perhaps enough at this time to put intelligent readers on guard against pro- :posab like Senator Hicklin's for sales taxation In Iowa, Sales taxes are consumption taxes; that is, they are passed on to consumers. The rich do not feel them, but they are a real sacrifice for the poor and the intermediate classes of •the population. Says Professor Alzada Com•tock, of Mount Holyoke College, in Taxation In 'the Modern State, the latest work on the subject: "Unquestionably the [sales] tax is a consumers* tax, operating to raise the cost of liv- tng for the classes for which such increases are preface to the main political battle next year. The democrats started out to charge the republican party with unholiness in reference to the tariff, and the senator-elect then read them names of the leading democratic senators who voted for the various high schedules, and then cited instances where some of them wanted them higher. These things are slightly embarrassing at times. Or Why the Taxes Are High. Sioux City Journal—There cannot be much in the way of tax relief in this country as long as the people demand extension and expansion of public service. If the American people insist on extension and expansion, they must pay for more Impressive 'public buildings, additional parks and playgrounds, more modern facilities for education ar ^ things of that kind, and must pay the bills in taxes. And Intangible Wealth Escapes! Iowa Falls Citizen—The visible property of the state produces half the income of the state, but pays 96 per cent of the taxes. Whenever any opponent of the principles of an income tax answers these figures, he will be out of business. Plain Talk from Tom Purcell. Hampton Chronicle — It is nothing new to those persons who are familiar with the facts, to learn that the Farmers Union Is in the hands of a few racketeers, with Milo Reno as one of the leaders, known over" the state as a cross between a rattlesnake and a skunk. exchanges. These bits are copied from paper to paper till they cross the country and back. Some of them keep going for years. It was so with Mr. Free's poems. Often they turned up in the most unexpected places. Only the other week there was an instance which had an amusing repercussion. Some time ago Mr. Free wrote a poem- which 'he entitled "Methuselah," the first verse of which follows— Methuselah : ate what he found on his plate And never, as people do now, Did he note the amount of calorie count— He ate because it was chow. This poem was printed in the Colyum and be- gan'going the rounds. In due, time it was reprinted in the Medical Lancet, without Mr. Free's name, and then, credited to that Journal, appeared in the Campbellford Weekly Herald, of Campbellford, Ont. Campbellford is the old home town of W. A. Horklns, Algona insurance writer, and he takes the paper. Mr. Horkins clipped the poem and sent It to the Advance, and in turn the Advance used it in the Colyum of July 2, less than a month ago. After the paper was out the editor thought he recognized the jingle as one which had appeared in the Colyum before, and last Thursday Mr. Free was asked whether il was his own. He replied that it was, and he even tried to repeat it. fort of theater. this Follow water-washed-alr the movie bills in the larger cities a few weeks, and you will realize that Algona is getting the best the market affords. We cannot 1 expect more than .that. o I NE OF THE UNIQUE features of the-Fox Beyer theatre at Excelsior Springs, Mo., te an "acouis- tlc-loge" where ampklng is permitted. The first two'or three rows In the balcony 'a're railed off, and «u- per-comfortable seats are provided where one may enjoy the company of a good cigar while viewing t show. There' is a charge of J more than *the general admission price. . ..• •. •- ,v •... •..», ;-. : ..;.. GOLDIE, WITH THE blond Jean Harlow in the .leading rolej was the show. It Is' a second "Women,of '. All Nations" in -plot i and re«Olves;;rttBfelf into a parade, of beautiful mannl- kins. From the standpoint of photography It is a truly gorgeous production, with enough feminine pulchritude to make oven Zelgfeld envious. The scenario, however, Is terrible, and the comedy parts,, taken by Spencer Tracy and Warren Hymer, are as tiresome as those ol Flagg and Quirk in Women of Al Nations. But since that ehow pleased a critical Algona audience, perhaps we .should add, "See Goldie when It .comes to town;" but don't blame us If you don't like it. T HE BLACK CAMEL, featuring the oriental looking gentleman, Warner Oland, is a .mystery yarn designed to keep you guessing tho *Y< I the $ift of a the . What a thrilling gift foi the bride or graduate this dainty, slender, baguette makes! Mpdernly smart, with newest chain link bracelet; U$/JTf50 jewels; only O/ W, WEHLER &> CO, Jewelers nnd> Optometrists. Phone 240. ffiMPAY tvenv YES! PHllCi ftWIo S*. and only Comple EASY Philco Baby Grand! erodyne— nnd whit . .7 Tubea (including , power pentode tulwW Grid— Balanced Unlu Electro- Dynuale j _ Sutlon-Recordtni. Control— c«b!netofA__ Black Walnut with i*! r Oriental Wood-.n<l7 •that only Phllce c*. ,' It's here now I Com* 1/4 plete With Tube*.. J N*w9-TubeSiip LOWBOY, r ___ With Tubes....... New 11-Tube dyne-PhiB— the fin.., forming radio In the \ irrespective of price. I Complete With ll Tube* Free Home Demonih HOY BJUSTROH Alg-ona— 1'hone 6!J. Hobart on— Phone It'll Located cast of Feed Stetl A Complete Stock o/PMb| Balanced TubcsforRci hackneyed phrases, certainly not a successful one.. ( James Cagney is the best one in the cast, but his part is rather incidental. The dis trlct attorney and'the remainder of the supporting cast belong in a tent show. We fear that Mr. Robinson has a bad cnse of the enlarged head, or else his director overplayed his hand for him. In any event Smart Money is riot a smart picture; it is an exceedingly dumb one, and will bring neither Mr. Robinson, the director, nor Warner Bros, any credit, reflected or otherwise^ in our SPECIALS FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY July 24th and 85th. Peaberry Coffee, fancy, 3 Ibs. —65c Pink Salmon, 2 tins -95c Farm Prices Now Below Pre War Level MR. FREE ALWAYS credited this colyumist with having started him on his poetic career. Some 20 years ago he wrote his .first poem, which had to do with the Chubb foot-bridge. He brought it to this writer, who pronounced It excellent and encouraged him to take up verse- writing. From that time on he hardly let a week go by without producing a new poem. Often he composed as he worked the .mail on his run; often again when he lay restless in bed at the other end of the run. Frequently he complied at short notice with requests for poems to be read at local affairs. He had recited, many of his poems before local clubs, always with great success. He kept a loose-leaf book in which all of his writings, neatly typed,' are bound. Many of his poems appeared in Masonic publications. MR. FREE WAS a wide reader and he had a retentive memory. His English and his orthography were almost faultless. He was like many other meticulous writers, in that he detected instantly a misspelled word or an example of bad grammar. As Is the case with many authors, he could recite his own writings like a master elocutionist. Nothing pleased him more than to appear before an appreciative audience, and he would submit to any sacrifice • to keep an appointment. Sweet Pickles, qt. jars, each ____80c A-B-C Corn Flakes, 2 pkgs. - 21c Loudens Tomato Juice, 4 oz 3 for 25c Sardines in Oil .__• 5c Magic Washer, large pkg. 26c Gold Duet, larg^e size ___! 28c Tomatoes, med. tins, 3 for ; 86c 6 large Cups 50c Gal, Red Pitted Cherries __79c Gal. Pork and Beans 45e Gal, Apricots , , 530 Gal. Peaches _4gc Ladies' full-fashioned Hose __I~79c Men's $1.00 Work Shirts _—..._75c Men's Overalls, Stronger Brand l.OJ FASBENDER'S ST. BENEDICT they are unpopular in coun- sympathetlc towards 'democratic' taxation, particularly in England and the United States. The reasons lie in the fact that most harmful •tries which are tbe tax is shifted to the purchaser and so acts as general consumption tax the weight of which of course most difficult for the poorest clti- »pna to bear and least onerous for the well-to•*•>." " Thus while Senator Hicklin's proposal, if en- into law. might operate to relieve real •ty of sojne, of the present intolerable bur- of taxation, and white H would doubtless reach the non-prmjerty owning classes [> wo,ma byy ta*«J g«ods, It would, neverthe- [Agricultural Economic Facts, Ames.] The monthly index of Iowa farm, prices took a drop of 11 points from April 15 to May 15 and it now stands at 87 per cent of the pre-war level. This is the most severe drop for any month during the present depression. According to the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, U. S. Department of Agriculture, the. prices of commodities farmers 'buy reached a new low level at 131 per cent of the pre-war level on May 15. These prices have been declining steadily from a high point of 156 per cent in July, 1929, to 146 per cent in September, 193,0, 138 per cent in January, 1931, and 134 per cent in April, 1931. v With Iowa farmers paying 131 per cent of prewar prices for things they 'buy and receiving 87 per cent for products they sell, their purchasing power Is now 66.4 per cent of the pre-war level. The Iowa farmer's purchasing power a year ago stood at 86 per cent of its pre-wgtr level. . Considering the price situation for the United States aa a whole, the general level of prices of agricultural commodities at local farm markers dropped from 91 per cent of the pre-war normal to 86 per cent. This is 3$ points lower than on May 15 last year. Ttae average of prices received by farmers during June was relatively below that for M&y. On May 15, farm prices ot potatoes, apples, cattle, lambs, and chickens were still above the average of pre-war prices, while others range all the way down to about 60 per cent below pre-war IT WAS REMARKABLE that one of Mr. Free's calling in life should have possessed such talent for verse-writing. In the opinion o£ this commentator much of his work was the equal of anything that Edgar A. Guest has written. If the right combination of circumstances had occurred he would have become a highly paid and nationally known syndicate poet. His, verse was of the type which appeals to the common run of people. He never aspired to write the nebulous stuff which many allegedly highbrow writers of today attempt to pass off on a puzzled public as poetry. ' IT HAD LONG BEEN planned by Mr. Free and this writer to make selections from the Col- yum since .its foundation for a Christmas booklet on the order of the Linehook issued annually by Richard Henry Little, of the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Free took great interest in this project and once ran through the files of the paper to mark selections. The booklet has never appeared because there has never been free time in which to do the mechanical work. NOWHERE MORE THAN in the Advance shop will Mr. Free be mlesed, except, of course, at his own fireside. Nearly always In his weekly rest period he called to submit a new poem 01- exchange cheerful conversation. In his youth, he learned the printer's case, and all his life afterwards he exemplified the truth of the old saying that "Printer 1 * Ink sticks," for he never lost interest in the printing art and alyays liked to spend free time in a print shop. It had been tentatively planned that when he retired front the mail service he would in some limited, capacity be attached to the Advance staff, ' ' ' IN ALGONA M & Y F.S.HOBTON</iON S (QUtET, PUASE," 0 FOLKS/I'M V4ERE , TO ADDfeESS *XJ \Qisl CIW<6 [IMPROVEMENT BUT VQtf RE. I MUCH I* 1 CAM* ^SPEAVC. VPU AIN'T/ SKlfc £ ^~r^- l bb^^--?¥. PHONE fl£AHhG ALCOHfi *»

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