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tfe*«j»fc]»et Fovndei til 1M1< * ' ' '' r K " * "'* u ^i^-^'^*"^ Ft* t\e ...:. i... L. 1. .j^^^Miiffefel ry ' AS SECOKD CLASS matter December- 3i, 1908, at the JPmtoffice at Atgona, Iowa, tt« Act of March 2. 1879. under BEJfNETT REVEALED AS A TAX SALE BUYER The Mason City Globe-Gazette, Marshalltown Times-Republican, •fend numerous weeklies, Including •the Titonka Topic, have given space •fto charges that Senator Clark, candidate for'lieutenant governor, Is a Jtax-tltle buyer. The effort has been *o picture Clark as an oppressor of the farmer. .Senator Bennett himself, the op- jrostng candidate, in a speech, stooped to this trick of pettifoggery, naming no names perhaps but knowing full well where he meant 'tis bolt to strike. And now come the chickens home to roost. An examination of the treasurer's records in Monona county, Senator Bennett's home 'till he moves to Des Molnes to be- active service as member of a -Saw firm he joined there a year ago, has'revealed that he has been -&. buyer at every tax sale In the last silne years, including last Decem- fcer's sale! Will the Globe - Gazette, the 'Marshalltown T.-R., and other llbel- ers of Senator Clark please copy? Senator Clark, viewing this revelation, well says: "I would like to .jput the tax sale purchaser out of -(business by reducing the tax burden •on property so that there will be no itax sales. My opponent, however, srepresenting big interests which re- •ceive preference under maladminis- tration of the present law, has voted egainst every effort to relieve the 4ax burden on the homes and farms at Iowa." As a matter of fact, it makes no difference,, whether either Clark or IBennett have been purchasers ' at -tax sales. Buying at tax sales has always been common in every county in Iowa, and no one attached any j -etigma to the purchasers till this -winter, when there were so many delinquent taxpayers. If it were illegitimate to buy at such sales, the -Jaw would not make provision for them. In fact the tax sale buyer confers a favor on the public by tpaying the delinquent taxes needed for public purposes. And the status of the delinquent is not changed a whit. He can redeem from such a sale at any time within three years, and with or without sale he pays Interest just the same. The real question is, where do the 4wo candidates before the republican voters stand on tax relief? Why did Eenator Bennett, in the closing hours of the legislature, vote against [permitting the income tax to come up without the county assessor rider? Why did he vote against the •only bill in the last session Intended to reduce the amount of tax-exempt securities? Ts he for a sales tax»in TTowa, as he has more than once indicated? If Senator Bennett will answer these questions fairly and fully, in- •etead of trying to sidetrack the voters on a pettifoggery charge to "which he is himself subject, we shall get at the facts needed for an intelligent choice on the republican nomination for the lieutenant governorship. A SEASONABLE TOAST TO FELLOW EDITORS On how it works in other lines let ignorance be bliss, tout there can be no doubt that vacations and the editorial game do not agree. We have just returned from ten days off 'fluty, and we know. "What every editor finds when he eatisfies his wanderlust and comes home is a mess. To begin with, it "•takes two or three days to settle flown. Then there's a stack of correspondence which acts like a mountain. Worst of all, he has got out of the current of things editor- •iaJ, and it has swept by him. It would take a week to catch up—but the linotyplst is waiting. It's then that an editor looks lovingly but despairingly at that heaped up bundle of unread exchanges 3f there were but time to run through them and search their fertile pages for ideas! But alas, the linotypist is still waiting. Reading the exchanges looks like -an easy job, but it's work. Anything one has to do to make a living 4s work, if it Is done well. And if you are reading for ideas, you cannot relax; you must be on the Bllert. Hard to make a layman see that, maybe, but it's the unfortunate truth. And yet how any editor worth •*ihe name misses that daily grind 1We itch as we write to tackle tha •fcea.p and rob it of its secrets. Jus to miss John W. Carey's column i been a real deprivation; and W Ziarl Hall's Eye Observing in the M. C. G.-G.; and F. A. Moscrip's sparkling page in the Marshalltown T.-R. And Inhuman Interest a Eagle Grove, and Jarney's Own fituff and Nonsense; and Ira Nichol's page in the Iowa -Falls Citizen ftnd the two Knoxvllle papers; and •that Des Molnes Plain Talk, and —tout, hold! there's not room to name the whole exchange list! Nor time to catch up either. Ten flays has gone out of a newspapei Jife, and they cannot be recalled. I; there has been aught to clip, it mus He undipped; If there has been food lor a paragraph or an editorial, it cannot be tasted; and if a swel -chance to nail some editorial hide to the fence has been lost, it mus 1 remain lost, more's the pity. So in this season of toasts, let us .propose one: "The Exchanges." Goc •Jjless 'em, every one. Bless most of all the ones we fight most with their wrongheadedness, their ••Contrariness, their ignorance of fact their unwitting perversion of truth; and bless 'em more for theii «$ra.rm hearts, their good intentions ft their stimulating ideas, their faithful service to a careless public for the most part passes them ,§>y unheeding. .strict;,.-replacement „ til*, amohg those .who. are'now escaping their just share of the tax fenrdenj" the Governor declared. "To make the replacement feature 'copper- riveted 1 We should Incorporate In the laws of Iowa a plain provision that hereafter there shall , be no mlllage levy against property for state purposes. We will then be compelled to derive all revenue, for the state government from Indirect sources, Including the Income tax. The money thus coming , into the state treasury will replace, dollar for dollar, the present tax burden "which is now borne almost entirely by farms, homes, merchandise, and other visible property. "We can produce enough revenue through the replacement Income tax and other indirect sources to pay the entire cost of state government, and when full justice obtains in the tax situation, there will be additional revenue to allocate to the school districts, lightening property taxes just that much more." The Governor also reiterated his contention that "the cost of, all government—national, state, and local —must be cut still further, till it is brought In line with the present reduced incomes of the people." Timely Topics The House at Washington has followed the Senate's lead in turning down proposals to legalize beer. The wets will have to think up something new now. About all the old box of tricks has been worn out. The Sioux City Journal thinks that the republican nomination for the U. S. senatorship will have to be settled in the convention. Well, a lot of Brookhart supporters are from Missouri and will have to be shown. If Governor Roosevelt fires Mayor Walker our guess will be that Roosevelt will win the nomination for president. And if he doesn't, then goodbye, governor, and good luck. 'Returns from this year's prlmar- es may achieve a record for slowness. With so many names on the ballot, every voter will be in the booth longer than usual, and the iudges and clerks, too, will find the ounting a real job. Judging from the efforts which are being made to defeat Attorney leneral Fletcher, he will be a good man for the garden variety of voter I seemed steep. 3-UEKER TALKS TURKEY ON THE INCOME TAX Iowa can have a "copper-riveted" ^^replacement tax that will pay the • entire cost of state government, i out the state levy against prop- <ffiy. and provide revenue for part naif our school costs, Governor Dan iTjF. Turner told a farmers' meeting *t Morton Mills Monday night. "There has never been any gues' about the income tax being a' In t he Land O'Lak«« " t By W/.C, Dewel, Mtof , B EMIDJI, Minn., Atay 20 — On a tour like this,, observation and opinion are necessarily hasty and immature, but 1 think that-of all the towns we have so far 'visited I would pick this one for living purposes, though I aril not so sure as regards making a living. For this Is a summer resort town, and long ago I came to the conclusion that, in Iowa, at least, such towns are to be avoided >by one seeking a good business location. A walk in the business district here last night confirmed this impression, for pared with Virginia and Hibbing, the'Bemldjl business district Is inferior. But the setting of Bemldjl is Ideal. A beautiful lake borders the town on the east, artd this is the only northern Minnesota, lake we have seen which Is lined with summer cottages, and the cottages are well ibullt, with beautiful yards and with real trees the like of which we have not seen since we left St. Paul. The town, too, Is neat and clean-looking, though the business building are not so good as in the iron-mining towns farther east. En Route to Dulutli. With my wife's sister and her husband, Postmaster Hugh . R. Smith,, our hosts, we left Wabaeha early Tuesday morning. Our first objective was Duluth where we -were to spend the night. The river drive to St. Paul is beautiful, especially In such ideal weather as we have had all the way. The road Is paved, and it winds about among wooded bluffs which tower hundreds of feet in air. At St. Paul we paused for dinner and I made up Rotary attendance. Leaving the city we struck off due north towards Duluth. There are no large towns here, but the road is paved, and .in a good car one sails along at ease. On the map it looks like a long way, but we got into Duluth by night, traveling, at only 30 to 40 miles an hour. The Advance has published so many travel letters concerning the steep hills about the city that I had expected much worse than we found. True, there is a long downhill drive into the city, but the grade nowhere to remember at Fletcher seems to the primaries, have offended "the interests" in many ways. The next session of the legislature is only seven months away. Xo\v is the time to determine what policies that body will .pursue. Agitation next winter will be too late. Auditor Long and His Dodging [Hanson Journal.] J. W. Long, who -was recently suspended from office for dishonesty in the conduct of his duties as a public servant, has sent out a statement over the state in which he does not attempt to disprove the findings of the committee showing irregularities in his office -but attempts to evade the main issue by stating that at one time there was a "saloon in the basement of the State House," and that he was opposed to it and made enemies because of his stand in relation to drinking in the State House. He goes on with a long, meandering tale that does not stand up when the facts are known. The commission appointed by,the governor to investigate the auditor's office was hea'ded by ex-Governor B. P. Carroll, one of the outstanding citizens of Iowa. The average man will be willing to take Carroll's and the commission's word for it, especially after reading the report, that Long was guilty of malfeasance in office. Evidently Governor Turner believed this for he suspended Long "from this office. It seems to us that, if drinking was going on in the State House as Long avers, he should have mentioned the fact before Long himself was investigated and before he was removed from his office. He has been in the State House for four years as a member of the Executive Council charged with the management of the Capitol building but said nothing about it until it is discovered that he had been taking money that did not belong to him Long's statement centers around the fact that the appointment of Willis as custodian was against his wishes for the reason that Willis might presumably have known about the so-called "saloon in the State House," and now comes the information that it was Long himself who nominated Willis for the position which he now holds. In fact, when the Turner Administration came in it was decided to do away with an assistant custodian and thus save the taxpayers the salary for that office on the theory that the custodian could handle the work alone and it has been discovered that there was really no necessity of having an assistant custodian; so it all seems to come to this —everything was all right in the State House as far as Long was concerned until it was discovered that he was filching from the taxpayers of the state. When he is suspended he comes forth with the statement that is a reflection on the character of employes of the state who were in the 'State House prior to January 1st, 1&31. This looks like dirty politics and should not have any weight with the people of this state when they consider the source from which it comes and the fact that Mr. Long has been found delinquent In his duties as a public officer. -*• Bode Wins Game. St. Joe, May 24—A large crowd attended a ball game here Sunday between Bode and the St. Joe Cubs, score 9-6 in favor of Bode. The game was umpired by Charles Hoffman, Algona. Next Sundav the Cubs will play Bradgate here, an-1 the battery for the Cubs will be Cooper and Larson. Turner, Patterson Speak. Charles City, May 24—Governor Turner and Sen. Geo. W. Patterson have been dated for speeches at a political rally here next week Friday. City Built on Terraces. The business district is a succession of terraces. A few miles farther north it could have been built on flat ground, but for commercial reasons the hilly district was given the preference. The city borders Lake Superior, and from _the hills one looks out over a vast expanse of water. The main streets parallel the lake, and each street is perhaps 30 or 40 feet above the next one below. There Is a steep climb from every street to the next one above, and I imagine that for pedestrians the site is a good one for the development of lung power, though suicidal for people with weak hearts Puluth's population is just above 100,000. Looking East 400 Miles. Wednesday morning we drove along the lake shore to Two Harbors and a point a few miles beyond where the road had to be cut through the side of a stone bluff. Here we stopped to read a tablet which said that from that point the lake extended 400 miles due east. It was a sunshiny morning, and the view of the untroubled waters was inspiring. Turning back, we struck off north and a trifle east for Virginia. I have a cousin there whose husband runs a hotel, but I could not recall his name, nor could I remember the hotel's name -either, but finally I recognized the name of the hotel on a signboard a few miles from the town. When we arrived we were amused to find that the cousin's husband bore the "uncommon" name of Smith. However, the Smiths were at their summer cottage 12 miles out, and I saw only Mr. vSmlth, who came in after supper. His wife was to follow next morning, but we were traveling on schedule and could not wait. In the Iron Mining Country. Our objective Thursday night was Bemidji via Hibbing. On this drive we passed through the heart of the iron country. Virginia and Hibbing both depend on the iron ore industry for their existence, and there are many smaller towns similarly dependent. The business districts are surprisingly large and well built. The soil is red, , indicating iron, and everywhere there are large hills of Iron ore taken out of the ground in mining operations. I was surprised to learn that the ore is not a kind of stone I had imagined it to be but a sort of dark red dirt. We drove around the famous Hib- 'bing schoolhouse, but did not stop to view the interior. All of the towns in the iron district have Imposing public buildings, paid for with taxes collected from the mining corporations. The stores are well built and the window displays indicate heavy patronage. On the Way to Bemldjl. There is eome farming in the neighboring country, but not much. In fact there is little open country anywhere between St. Paul and Bemidji. 'Nearly all the way the road is lined on both sides with a thick growth of small trees, mostly birch and spruce. Everywhere this growth extends back for unnumbered miles, and one gets the impression that all northern Minnesota is a vast forest, with young spindling trees so thickly set that one can hardly walk through them. It would be easy to get lost a block back from the road. All this territory has been burned over time and again, and the traveler can easily see why news of a forest fire in these parts causes consternation. Everywhere there are signs along the road begging travelers not to throw out burning cjgarets. After we left Hi-bblng we began gradually to leave the iron country. We were now traveling west towards Bemidji. At noon we took a sideroad down to the little lake hamlet called Federal Dam. There is a dam here which holds high water back from Leech lake and turns it into the Mississippi. Here we spent three hours with the Smiths' eldest daughter, wh.om some ' * Leech lake, close by, covens several townships. and Forest Everywhere. There are lakes on lakes all through this region. You are scarcely out of sight of one before you coiHe upon another. The way to Federal'Dam lies through an avenue of tree's,,and here for the first time since leaving St. Paul we found real trees, mostly Norway and white pine. As one goes east.from this point the trees are i somewhat like Iowa's. v After leaving Federal Dam we passed between upper Cass and lower Cass lakes, on one of which R. H.' Guderlan, Advance llnotypist, and other Algonlans have a fishing cabin. Well, that's about the story, in brief, to date. I want to come back here sometime for a week In a lakeside 'cottage. Today our. objective is Bralnerd, and on the way we are to stop at the Itasca state park. - Itnscn State Fork .Visited. Rocky Reef,' Mllle Lacs, Minn., May -21 —This Is the "state of ten thousand lakes," more than 11,000, to be exact, and you begin to realize it when you travel through northern Minnesota. Near Hackensack yesterday we* noticed a sign which said there are more than 120 lakes within a radius of 20 miles. More remarkable still, there are no fewer than 365 lakes within the confines of Itasca state park, seven miles square, or one for every day in the year. Regretfully, we left'Bemidji Friday morning, our first objective be- ng the park. Here are 32,000 acres of virgin forest, constituting a park more than 266 tlmea as large as our Ambrose A. Call park. We got lost once, and only discovered the fact after we had driven out three or four miles. Source of the Mississippi. I. had been astonished from time to time as we crossed the Mississippi to find that it was a large' river, even so near its source. Previously I had'imagined that in'the 'upper reaches of north central Minnesota it gradually dwindled to a mere rivulet fed at the far end by a spring. Instead it takes its rise from a sizeable lake in this park, flows through unnumbered other lakes, and is a real river from the start. The Itasca lake is fed mainly by springs, but 12 small rivulets enter into it. Doubtless the real source of the Mississippi is underground connections with great bodies of water farther north which feed the springs. A visit to this park and a winding drive among the woods is an event, though the general description takes but a few lines. Near the main entrance is a hotel built of logs, with other log buildings. We registered in a park book kept for visitors, and among recent signatures we noticed that of a man from Mallard. Leaving the park, we headed for Brainerd, and just as we entered a side street we had to seek the curb to avoid a parade in .honor of Geroge Washington. 'Mostly the paraders were school children, and we were astonished to find so many. It took more than a half hour for the parade to pass. A Night at HHle Lacs. We had planned to stop for the night at Brainerd, but instead we drove on to this point (Rocky Tleef) on the south shore of Mille 'Lacs and rented a cabin for the night. This is another real lake, 40 miles long, or thereabouts, a;nd almost as wide. The evening shadows .are fajling, but there are still many fishermen out in boats. The caretaker just showed us half a dozen big strings of pike in his ice house. The fishing is said to be good. Tomorrow we proceed south to Elk River, where we get definitely out of this northern wilderness and return to a farming country like Iowa's. Via St. Paul the Smiths will take us to Le Sueur to spend a night with the J. >E. Raymonds, Mrs. Raymond being another sister of Mrs. Dewel and Mr. Raymond the elder son of the late J. C. Raymond, obituary particulars concerning whom appear elsewhere in today's Advance. The Smiths will go home from Le Sueur, and the 'Raymonds will bring us home Sunday. ±uiL^ ana* iMMMif ra r-vw *>-< ^<"jai»m 'SLiiji 1 I TiKk, * i. T *> f ^ t 1 ' A K^iew of the rUcdif Talkies b>t, H,6: *'$>. A I N Experiment is being tried out In Brooklyn, where Saturday morning talkies are being held for the benefit of the children ' under the auspices of the Federation of Catholic Alum* nae. The program Is -varied Wlih news reels, short educational features and the feature "Pues In Boots." It Is a curious fact that Disorderly Conduct is also included, this being a film that this department commented on particularly as being especially adaptable for a children's picture because it showed the "moral" power of the Law in a' favorable and human light, euch as would appeal to an adolescent mind. CRY OF THE WORM) Is a brand new film which Is apparently taken from the very Interesting book Only Yesterday, showing the trends arid' the drifts of the world during the last fourteen yeara,' especially, the decade Immediately following the World war. This la a new and novel Idea for the talkies: Just as our literature , is divided Into varljpus classlflcatlons-^-no.vels, philosophy, biography, -etc. — just so the screen may well give Ite patrons a little change from just one phase, namely, purely entertainment. While we surely do not go to the movies to be educated— heaven forbid — still a little variance from the same old routine, always a story and a plot, might be decidedly' refreshing. •.-.: . The Wet Parade was ,an Idea — even though It was crudely and ineffectually worked out. It took a political and social problem as a central theme and tried to work out a screen drama. That it failed miserably is simply because it 'lacked the courage to handle the subject In an intelligent and fearless manner. Other attempts' may • be more successful. Let us hope that, mere "box office appeal" will not always dominate our producers ; ;lef-us .hope that future talkies will tackle the problems of our day with more fortitude. Let us hope that we may see history revealed tp us in as impartial a way as Only Yesterday, after all, the movies are .just in their infancy and those of us who have faith in the future of the silver screen have such serious "bees" feally* their owiTsdn, A'simplfe ta!e> told with a efWiislieity Vhich Is fare on the screen. Ttye psychological angle ot the thing & e*pwtly handled •— mental pictures, mental quirks, mental anguish, realistically portrayed by Lubitsch, Every member of the cast Is an artist, ^beginning with the trio ot stars, Lionel Barrymore, Nancy Car* roll, and Phillips Holmes, and going right down to the most minor character. Lionel has never done a bet* ter piece of work on the stiver ecreen, not even in his powerful portrayal of the drunken lawyer in A Free Soul. In the tiroken Lullaby he takes the parf of the old German father, torn by the loss of hie only son, yet mellowed by the appearance of the young Frenchman, whom he believes to.be a companion to his lost boy. Nancy Carroll also contributes her most effective portrayal In this grim etory of the war, and she is'slmply superb in the scene in which, she reads, the letter from her dead fiancee. Phillips Holmes ateo seems unusually well cast.as the Frenchman, .his Usual dazed manner fitting the, part like a glove. Luclen Littlefleld is great as the jealous German. ' The genius of Lubitsch is so apparent that only two examples of it are necessary in this review which has already,Breached unpardonable lengths. One is the ticking, of the clock In the room, once,occupied by the dead. German youth, now kept sacred in the old home. When the father seeks solace,in this sanctuary the clock 'ticks away the seconds, which become the symbols of happiness rather than sorrow as he finally steals into the darkened room and gets a violin belonging'to his departed boy. The other incident Is the ringing of the door bells in the shops and houses of "the little German village as Idle gossipers look askance, at the spectacle of a iFrenchman courting a German fraulein. The thing is so perfectly handled that the mere tingling of the bells presents 'the mental picture. One final scene stands out in as these buzzing around bonnets. in our -*WHITTEMORE PUPILS HOLD SCHOOL PICNIC Whittemore, May 24—Grade pupils of the public school held their picnic last week Tuesday afternoon on the local school grounds. Games were played and lunch was served. 'Last Wednesday the primary students had their picnic with dinner at 12, and the afternoon was spent at games. Last week Wednesday was Senior day and picnic was held for all high school pupils. Dinner was served in the gym. The program follows! Class poem, Esther iBehnke; Faculty, ILinda Roeber; class will, 'Lloyd Walker; poet's corner, Martin Wagner; key oration, William Heller; class prophecy, Bernice Balgeman; advice to juniors, Linda Roetoer; Boy of Mine, song, Lloyd Walker: Alphabetically Speaking, Martin Wagner; Senior saps, Esther Behnke; Senior grab bag, William Heller; Boosting Out- Old High, aong, high school pupils. After the program a kittenball game was played. School closed Friday. Six Want Postoffice. Candidates who wrote .examinations here Saturday for the post- mastership at Whittemore were: Mrs. Alice Cariy, who Is temporary postmistress, succeeding her late husband,-Peter M. Nellls, Oscar C. Schattschneider, George W. Carmody, Alfred H. Semon, and Charles E. Barber. The examinations were given by M. J. McCall, local, civil service representative. Under K»Ife. Llvermore, May 24—Mrs. Archie Wilson has gone to Mason City to be with her son Philip, who underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Park hospital there Monday night. .The son lives at Earner, and the .attack was su<Jden, PhUip -worked as meat cutter in into 'thrffe rP Tfig'drde»t»ftlr : . 'BteW to one of inmost touching Wfen&f eVei proJuceCaon the sllVfif ecfe'en., ilf you niimd ' Broken Lullaby • you -_i£jAi.«&t.ii55ii»4 4AM *4r fcA t'tt '•i^'^i ^ttftlllin* •" ut rGiiiGmDCTCQ lor ytftiiB •—• WHI^II ^ *& something you are able to say-about very- fe^productlons, , . < > _ Vi& ,-i • . iftttkota, May „,_., Gertrude Wortman, ArU," ftrtd Henrietta Alderks cemneoua shower at t parlors in THE' PACT/ that flticils an ektremely Char* thtel itable fefloW, we omit a review 6f The PlaV!"<3irl», featuring' Winnie L'lghtnerVand Loretta Young. 1 Of course, tye could write Pages about the , loudmouthed, 'gum-chewing Winnie, fls well as 'about the utter aalnlnity 'ind puerility of this offer* Ing starring these two "gals" with Norman 'Foster, but we aren't going to do it. »Oi? we might dwell on the reaction ^'that the average theatre- goer 'feefe' towards the matter of childbirth*,} on tthe screen—especially when. practically nothing Is, .left , v to the Imagination; but we aren't even going to "do that. And we are scarcely able to re'fraln from mentioning the lovely Christmas short subject, which goes oVer so bi£ in May, but again our* generosity is getting ,the •better of oUr judgment. So we'll jusf wash-Jour hands of the whble affair, not. even hinting to our kind readers that it was the lousiest, - H .4 . < and « young" w om ' eunl ' H ;;^ ne ««ln & Miss itfrerking received m InVltattoris are out f 0r i, Cl . to,Gerald Ukena June 1 R t 'Presbyterian church. "~ ' uu « f A *. B. Meet at Lakota, Lakota, May 24—A general m,, , ing of the Ledyard Paim -n "' was held at the McthodUt •"' Lakota, Friday evening • an girls' quartette from ,, sang: Alice -Dahl, Martha and Doris and Lu 1311 a .Tens quartet had the distinction' of broadcasting from Shennnrt, ,T. P. Harrington, Algona "n ok ! M . George Washington. P ke ""I BILL'S BARBER SHOP I Located..east of Johnson'J Variety Store. " "It Pays to Look Well" For best in bartering WM. J. WEIS, Prop. IOU can deal safely with Authorized Virgin Diamond % Jewelers, who alone handle .; genuine Virgin Diamonds. F,W,WEHtEr&CO, > JEWELERS AHl> OPTOXETBlfeTS ' ' Phone 340 "\< ' <' L, - T HIS IS TBE 'NIGHT Is a flippant, sugary little morsel with a "distinctly Lubitschian to.uch, a naughty, iFrenchy farce, gorgeously mounted against a background of studio canals, gondolas, and moonlight, purported to be Venetian. Frank Tuttle directed this talkie In the most approved One-Hour- With-You fashion. In it the ladies are continually catching their dresses In doors or on suit cases and exposing liberal expanses of nether extremities which are certainly not hard to look at. With each accidental "exposure" a catchy song, Madame Has :Lost Her Dress, is introduced, which runs through" the picture like a terrior after a fugitive rat. , This loss of dress by the blonde Thelma Todd forms the basic plot, if the so-called theme may be dignified by the name of plot. Discovered 'by her husband In this most e;n- barrrassing situation, Roland Young, whose cinema career has been a series of embarrassments, is forced to take on a Make-Believi wife (for -no good reason at all) and the foursome set off for Venice accompanied by the alcoholic Charles QRuggles, who manages to keep his friend (Young)-in contih ual "hot water." The fiery Lily Damita plays the part of the near-wife with true Continental finesse, giving each situation the flavor of innocent infidelity which is the chief ingredient of farces. Oh, there's nothing to .get excited abe<ut In ' Tlhia is The Night, but it provides a pleasant evening's entertainment—that Is, if you're not too straight-laced about such things. The cleverest bit of "business" is the juggling of baggage by an &rmy of porters to the tune of the theme song. It is an original and perfect ly timed scene, which might be said to have had its nearest counterpart in Monte Carlo, when Miss Mac Donald sings Beyond the Blue Horizon from the train window, while native workers in the passing fields join in the chorus with complete synchronization. It js incidental scenes like these which ,raise our sometimes forlorn hopes that • our talkies will rise to the- .uncertain' peaks of true dramatic Art. It may only be a will-o'-the-wisp, but we may as well be chasing this as the equally illusive Almighty Dollar, DROICEN 'LULLABY, taken from " , the play of Maurice -Rostand, The Man I Killed, is one of the most extraordinary pictures ever made, and it will unquestionably be in-, eluded in every list of • the year's •best talkies. There are several reasons for this. In the first place, it tells a, simple narrative in.a simple way without the intrusion of extraneous matter wh)ch so often ruins really fine pieces of storytelling. In the second place, it •brings to the audience an almost perfect cast—even the post Inconsequential actors are stars. In the last place, it reveals the power of that great director, Ernst Imbitsch, to an amazing degree. In (Broken Lullaby iLubitsch seems to have scaled the heights of subtle direction and given us an almost flawlese production. Let us examine each of these reasons separately. (Broken Lullaby tells the simple story of remorse, the remorse of a young French soldier who during the World war has killed a. Germah and Is haunted by the thought of his crime. Even though a priest assures him that he has but done his "duty," the Frenchman is not content till he Journeys to the home of the /lerman boy's aged parents, intent on confessing the facts. When the parents take him to their hearts to fill the place left vacant thrpugh the death of their only son, and when he falls in love wjtb the dead, man's fiancee, he finds it Increasingly difficult to fulfill his mission. 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