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COUNft-A6VANCte. ALftftNA, IOWA a«*ulft A Weekly Newspaper Founded Jn 1D01. WINTERED AS SECOND CLASS matter December 31, 1908, at the yostofflce at Algona, Iowa, under the »et of March 2, 1879. XET US KEEP LIBEL OUT Of POLITICS Last week Mortday the Advance teceived for publication a political ^communication from B. F. McfFar- fland, West Bend democratic candi- *}atc for state senator, which Includ- •*d the llbelous statement that Sena- iitor Patterson had confessed "peculations" as regards the so-called sal- grab. "'Peculations" is synony- anous with embeKzlement. The Advance w:-ote to Mr. McFar- xland to call his attention to the fact tthat this was libel, and in order that •other editors of the district might be Informed, a copy was sent to every editor. The Advance offered to publish the communication if the libel»us word was changed to something >»ot libelous. Of course there was no notion <that Senator Patterson would resort to legal action against anybody. iPutolic men have to stand for mis- arepresentation. The point was that -editors, like the members of other professions, have a professional •creed and that part of it is •(avoidance of libel whether or the not the libelee is in a position to object. Editors are laymen as regards the Taw, awd a good many throughout ithe state within the last three years .'inave been committing libel in com- sment on the salary grab. They have *alled it a "steal" and have used other libelous language to denounce Begislators who took the money. O£ •Course they have been innocent o£ OJbelous intention; they were simply Jed away by excess of zeal in de- •Jruinciation. Not one of them, doubt- Jess, but would have "deleted the II- "bel if it had been recognized. AVhen legislators who took the money came up for renomlnatlon or •re-election, rival candidates, in mmny cases, were quick to sieze the opportunity to work on the prejudices of unthinking voters by ap- •pealing to anti-grab sentiment, and «ome of them unknowingly., resorted to libel in the same way that careless or unirtformpd editors had done. No such candidate, we are confident, lias realized that libel was involved. Nothing herein is intended to convey the idea that candidates opposed •lo so-called salary grabbers are not iairly entitled, politics being the :game that it is, to cite the grab in their own behalf. As politics goes, ithey may excite prejudice, however all-founded, provided they keep ivithin limits imposed by the slander and libel laws. This is equally true •of editors. 'But both candidates and editors ought to respect themselves and the public enough to keep within such limits without being forced •to do so, and editors, in addition, •ought to have regard for the- ethics of their profession. Because the salary grab law was adeal for purposes of misrepresen- •tation, it' was a great political blunder. The Advance recognized it as such and told both Senator Patterson and -Representative Jensen so "Within a few weeks after its passage. We have frequently expressed *the same opinion editorially. But the charge that the legislators were 3cnowingly guilty of unconstitutional action or had the slightest idea that make easy fortunes by flooding Uncle .Sam's Snlnt with silver., So not one-half of our circulating medium, not even one dollar, was eliminated by the congressional action in question. Timely Topics In many counties boards of supervisors, overawed by taxpayers' reduction committees ou public sentiment, have abandoned the mandatory road levies for this year, payable In 1933. Desirable as tax reduction may be, ought we to achieve it through open violation of law by officials sworn to obey and uphold the law? This question needs sober thinking divorced from mob psychology. The recent democratic state convention declared for a non-partisan judiciary in Iowa. That is a consummation devoutly to be wished. The present system, toy which the state is deprived of the choice of democrats for judges merely because they are democrats, is a monstrosity of politics. A lawyer's .political views have absolutely nothing to do with the question of his fitness for the bench. ' • Is Mr. Hoover president of the whole world? A man from Mars would naturally think so, to hear The Colyum let's Not be too 0—d Serious' D R. B. STARTED IT In the Rear Seat by recalling happy clays on a South Dakota prairie when he used to eat "tepsone",'the Sioux Indian name for a wild plant now almost extinct but which used to grow In abundance in the middle west. Allen couldn't recall tepsone, but D. R. B.'e reminiscences set him mooning over sheep sorrel and wild strawberries In which as a boy he luxuriated about the same 'time D. R, B. was eating tepsone as a substitute for ice cream cones and store candy. Then Mere Woman chimed in with tomboy recollections of Indian tobacco and slippery elm. Now almost everybody Is doing it. Fred B. Wolf, of the Prlmghar Bell, wants In with a few flashbacks of bo.vhrfcd life in O'Brien county, "when nature in the raw was wonderful." To him and his prairie playmates "tepsone" was known as ."wild sweet potato," and it was "meaty .and mighty fine to a hun- sry boy's taste." But Mr. Wolf sets iip most enthusiasm over old- time wild strawberries, "compared with which for flavor the modern , the depression complaints against Earden strawberries are like apples TT__ _;_.___,__., .„ ., , _ ..... _. I nf Snrtnm." Thus hp ecstasizes fUr- of Sodom." Thus he ecstasizes fur ther: ''You needed no sugar to sweeten them, or cream to wash Hoover ris voiced in this country, and then find the same conditions everywhere on looking abroad. Even , France, cocky so long because the | tnem flown—just the plain berries, hard times hadn't hit her, is now in i caten as >' ou P icke<1 tliem from the the dumps. And the Japs — good j vines > wer e ambrosia."—J. W. C. in Lord! Is Hoover their president too? Rear Seat - Sloux City J°« rnal Why is it that the cultivated strawberry of today lacks the delicious flavor of its predecessor? Or is it a jaded'appetite which makes the modern strawberry seem to lack it? The joint legislative. committee has justified its existence. It has been industrious in compiling statistics which demonstrated the need of tnx reductions and has shown where they could be effected; and it has also been aggressive in demands for reductions in askings by state boards, as, for example, when the committee declared that the 5 per cent salary reductions contemplated by the state board of education were far from adequate. Among the Editors .Tust Listen to the Silence. Cedar Rapids Gazette—Why wasn't it good strategy for President Hoover to put control of the R. F. C. into the hands of the democrats? Back seat drivers usually shut up when shoved behind the wheel. As Lafp Young Once Said. Rolfe Arrow—This laying everything onto a president or governor, only executive officers, is hardly fair, but as long as their partisans claim everything good for them we presume the public and opposition will insist on laying the bad things at their door. Politics is a great Hoover I'ollcies at Last Winning. Knoxville Journal—There is every indication that business is on the upturn. Scanning the trade papers, we read numerous cases of steadying prices and increased work. The tremendous efforts which the Hoover administration has put forth are beginning to have their effect. Everybody Must Take the Hap. Northwood Anchor—Slowly it is recognized that public officials must help lower expenses, and when it is •they were perpetrating a "steal," or | considered that practically every- sven a "treasury raid," is not only bodv in Private life has had to take cuts in income it appears only fail- that taxpayers' employes should share the losses of those who pay their salaries. Tearing' the Disguise Away. Newell Mirror—Opponents of. the income tax are trying to deceive the people with a new kind of tax which they call the gross income tax. The gross income tax is nothing more or less than a gross sales tax. Salse but ridiculous, and no man of sense will entertain it. You could not find 150 men in any precinct in 3owa, let alone among representative men in the whole state, who would think of countenancing what *they knew was a public steal. Mr. MoFarland seems to think -that his libel is condoned by the re- tent supreme count decision. This is aiot true, as any competent lawyer ••will tell him. The supreme court -"decided nothing except that the «alary grab law was unconstitutional. It remains just as much 11- i>el to accuse any legislator who took the money of "dividing the Ewag," peculations, embezzlement, *r stealing public funds, or any oth- «r act asserting or implying dishonesty, as it ever was. ' BELIEVK IT OR NOT, THIS • IS T1FE TRUTH "W.hat justification can you offer lor the congressional demonetization fit silver, whereby about one-half of •our circulating medium was eliminated? > ' This is the third inquiry in the ^Questionnaire submitted recently'by SHenry E. Schroeder. Lakota, in confection with the oldtime greenbacks '•wtory. We take it that Mr. Schroeder re- Insurance Chief on Farm Loans [Marshalltown Times-Republican.] It is reported in Des Moines that Gardner Cowles asked one of the large life insurance companies of that city to borrow funds from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation so as to be able to keep on loaning on Iowa land. This was before Mr. Cowles had any intimation that he would be appointed to the board that governs that corporation, Cowles had been in the farm loan business In northern Iowa before he went into the newspaper business in Des Moines, and he is said to have argued to the life insurance president that this was the first time In hl« long business life when there wan no money available to be loaned ffens to the dropping of the silver j on I O WH dollar from the list of U. S. coins in The life insurance president took «the 70's. We think also that he is %oing to be surprised by what we aire about to say. The dropping of the silver dollar from coinage eliminated no monetary circulation whatever, for the simple reason that no sliver except subsidiary coins below the dollar tha/d been in circulation in this country for nearly 40 years, and not even ^subsidiary coins for more than a ^ozen years. The silver dollar went out of circulation about 1834 because it was TOndervalued in relation to gold, that 3s, it was worth more in the market -as bullion. Silver dollars were therefore melted up and sold. None remained in circulation. The smaller silver coins remained fln circulation till the Civil war because there was not enough silver 'flu them to make 'it worth while to onelt them up. Then they, too, disappeared, because the depreciated •rreenbacks, in accordance with Cresham's law (bad money drives <out good), forced them out of circulation. We do not know how long Mr. Bchroeder's forebears have been in *his country, but if they have been fcere 100 years, then, depending on 3»te age, it is likely that either his igrandfather or his great-grandfath- <er never saw a U. S. silver dollar. It may be hard for this generation to believe that, but it is true. Gold •was the main circulating money of country from 1834 till the greenbacks drove it out. The 1 silver dol- Oar was dropped in the seventies because nobody thought of it as money any more, since few could wemember that it ever had been The famous "Crime of '73" wasn't ol till later,' when new sil- mine* were opened and the tmtui that they couldn't the position that his life insurance company should loan only the funds of its own policyholders and should not become an underwriter of farm loans or guarantor of farm loans merely 1 to help the land owner. Cowles was then sent to Washington to administer for the R. F. C., and forthwith his brother-in-law, Senator Dickinson, suggests to Governor Turner that the state of Iowa have a finance corporation that shall provide mortgage money for loans on Iowa land that the life Insurance companies are failing to provide. While there may be much of wisdom in refusal to use life insurance companies as farm mortgage companies to borrow government funds for the purpose of loaning on land Mr. Cowles and Senator Dickinson are right in seeking some relief for the absence of mortgage money. It is true that all life insurance companies are out of the farm mortgage market temporarily and that banks are unable to make loans on land. This limits buyers to those few who can command cash, and the result is that land values have been depressed to the point of confiscation. While we are waiting for courageous leadership here in Iowa such as Hoover has given to the nation the bankers could incorporate a mortgage loan corporation which would obtain funds from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to be loaned on Iowa land. Once there Is mortgage money available in Iowa the land security back of every farm lean in .any bank or insurance company will be worth more, and the assets of banks and life insurance companies will cease to be 98 doubtful as they are now when invested in farm mortgage 'R. R. ROBERTS, genial editor, has started a rhyming "Folks We Meet" first-page feature in the Brltt News-Tribune, and right off the bat he dedicates one to our old partner (1909-17)— ' There's Frank Clark, Who lives at Garner; E)easant man and one of honor, What a pleasure just to say, "How you coming on today?" "Coming fine, Ray; how's your lot? How's your wife and little tot? How is business? Collections good? Do you get enough for food?" Simple talk is this between us, But somehow it seems to help us, As we relax from daily worry, And life's'hustling and scurry: Better than medicine to meet Frank Clark coming up the street. THE FUNNIEST SIGHT in all Washington now is to see somber Attorney General Mitchell playing golf daily in his b. v. d.'s. He belongs to the millionaire's golf club, Burning Tree. It has only 50 members. They have affected the style of playing in shorts. The attorney general is following the style, wearing only abbreviated cotton pants. He is as brown as an African.—Paul Mallon in "The National Whirligig, News .Behind the 'News," in S. C. Journal. Well, what's funny about that? We know an editor who on hot nights tacks a sheet of wrapping paper over the window beside his desk, locks the door, strips, turns on the fan, and works in comfort. Why not? What Newspapers: Say About Senatorial Fight R EADERS WHO MKE politics v will be Interested In the reaction 1 p£ newspapers of this senatorial district as regards the latest phase of the Patterson-MoFarland battle. Last -week's Upper Dee Molnes- Republlcah quite properly sensed the news value of an Advance letter to Air. McFarland relative to the libel In a communication and so page streamer—IS IT POSSIBLE TO -BLUFF MVARLAND? However, the introduction, below this heading, to the Advance's letter consisted merely of definitions of the word "peculations" which'confirmed the Advance's position. Whether .the Advance was attempting to capitalize on a "bluff" may perhaps be left to the judgment of renders of both papers who noticed that there was riot a word in the Advance about it. The . Advance, moreover, is not publishing its letter to Mr.- McFarland at fill. "Speculations" In V. ». if.-R. It may amuse some readers to know that In the Upper Des Molnes-Republican of the week before the McFarland letter was printed, and the word "peculations" appeared innocently as "speculations." Whether the Upper Des Moines- Republican edited Mr. McFarland's copy, as it had a right to do, the Advance does not know, but the Estherville Enterprise printed the letter the same week, and Editor Allen, of the Enterprise, said he was publishing it just as it was -written. In the Enterprise the word "peculations" appeared, and It also appeared the same week in the Emmetsburg Reporter. The Lu Verne News and the Estherville Vindicator & Republican substituted "shortcomings" for "peculations," and the Ringsted Dispatch substituted "mistakes." The Armstrong Journal simply left out the word "peculations" and in its place, in parentheses, inserted "deleted." In the opinion of some observers, iiowever, the Upper Des Moines- Republlcan's version was the cutest in the lot. AVIiHtemore Champion Comment. Comment which appeared in the Whittemore Champion follows: "That Mr. McFarland, of West Bend, is a capable business man we will not dispute — we don't know. The point is that he uses that argument as a point in his favor as to Ills being .a suitable , opponent for Senator 'Patterson. "Being- a good business man may have its attributes toward being a good senator, but if Mr. McFarland is afraid of an oral combat with Mr. statement printed last week In the North Kossuth Record : he 'hastens to accept' the challenge. What wtfuld you think? Mr. McFarland' must have decided, on more mature thought, that discretion Was the better part of valor. ' "He says In the statement Juet mentioned that there Is a 'crying need to repeal laws,' but does not of but one,law that Is Imperative,'and that is 'the Income ^y'. Th'e gentleman probably means an 'Income tax'; stealing Senator Patterson's thunder but not,being intelligent enough to use It,properly. "Mr. 'MoFarland:says: We are ,in favor of the 'bl-metalllc standard of money, which would" at '.ortce deflate the gold dollar. 40 per cent and ma.ke prices .higher.' Here he branches out Into the -realm of fi- fnnce with a vengeance, going back to the 'free silver' times at • one jump. "If Mr. MciFarland Is a successful merchant, he surely should stick to that business, for as a- law-maker he would qualify as one of the most notable failures in a decade." Sperbcck in Signed Statement. Editor R. ; S. Sperbeck, gf the Swea City Herald, who had previously printed the communication, published the following signed first- page statement last week: "Like Mr. Dewel and other editors in the district. I sensed 'almost instantly the libelous character of Mr. McFarland's, communication, ', but, unlike • Mr". Dewel, -I did not study the letter carefully to pick the vulnerable spot. "I have known Mr. Patterson ever since he entered politics, and I have been one of his warm personal friends. Nevertheless, I have tried studiously to give his critics a fair hearing. Indeed, in personal conversations with them I have urged them to 'go after George.' My thought was not to damage his political fortunes or to reflect upon his high personal character, but to help bring before the people a clear, fair, and honest debate of legislative questions of Importance. "Mr. Patterson is a profound student of measures he advocates. That is wh'y he has won by unqualified support. He puts in weeks, months of time studying these questions, whereas too often other champions "of the dear peepul base their..actions upon innuendo, prejudice, and catch phrases." lu Verne News Gives Warning-. • The Lu Verne Ne\vs accompanied publication of the communication (with "peculations" changed to •*, , v *"' '> I ' * '" i Atth« & bi the Ricetat fett^Jjr.f/fi Patterson we do not see where we "mistakes") with the following edi- would be capable of taking his place PERSONAL BUT NOT Private: The campaign of 1SS4 is the first we remember, and our principal recollection of that is of a post-election nature—the triumphant democratic marching song, "Elaine, Blaine, Elaine Got Left.—-J. W. C. in Real- Seat, -Sioux City Journal. And ours is of G. O. P. pre-election campaign marchers . in white stovepipe hats keeping step to the sonorous repetition of "Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine." Stories Like This Have "Made" Both Coolidge & Ford. [J. W. C. in S. C. J.] Borah is the subject of as many facetious quips as any man in public life, but we like the one attributed to Calvin Coolidge better than any other. Someone is alleged to have reported to Mr. Coolidge that Borah had been seen out horseback riding, and Mr. Coolidge is alleged to have asked: "Was he going in the same direction as the horse?" Add Embarrassing' Moments Headline [H. S. M^ in O. t. C.] "I've seen Hoover blamed for everything that went wrong," reports Bob St. Clair, of LeMars, "but when I saw the headline, 'James Burke Expires After Seeing Hoover', I thought it was carrying things too far!" A CAN OF SPINACH in the home of Ben Burns exploded In the furnace and filled the house with smoke, at the same time giving the inmates a scare. — News Dispatch from Estherville. If spinach will do that to a stove what won't it do to the human stomach. Here's a chance, men to get off a silo diet.—Chords & Discords in Northwood Anchor. Boy, take that to the third house south of the Botsford lumberyard. RANDOM THOUGHTS: Personally MdFarland ie a good fellow The Algona newspapers are achieving a 20-year record this month—for low advertising . . . AV. R. Prewltt, Forest City Summit editor, is another newspaper guy with whom we fight things out by mail Visions of the coal bill begin to intrude . . . 'Sid Backus is exactly 30 yearn younger than Chris Heise . . . Beach pajamas on a plump woman look like h— . . . Guy Butts is a bighead—like us; wears a 7% hat . . . Never knew before that goldfish grow . . . Ike has been a printer 50 years . . . That proposed new paving east from Wesley looks unnecessary . . . Sorry Dist. Supt. Lease is to retire . . . Horse races don't excite us ... Can't recall ever meeting Mr. Schroeder ... Is that prosperity, peeking around the corner? . . . Six months ago we thought Garner was timtner for president . .. This ie the courthouse's 60th year. AT SODA FOUNTAINS there's a new gadget to help busy bartenders. When you ask for a bottle of pop, first he puts a warm one Into a sort of torpedo tube on one side, causing a cold one to jump out on the other side.—H. S. M. in Over the Coffee. New, your foot! Where has this bogus sophisticate been all these X.ears? —AI4BN. on the floor of the senate chamber. "It is easy to sit back and hurl written accusations of inefficiency and corruption, but it is quite-another thing- to be able to go before a public gathering and stand back of those same accusations in a public debate. "If Mr. MoFarlarrd is able to prove his statements he will comply with alacrity to 'Senator Patterson's proposal to put the question before the people in open debate; tout instead he has flatly refused to do so. Is he afraid of his ability as an orator, or does he know that he cannot prove his statements? "Perhaps he is afraid of both and maybe he has not the ability to "think on his feet" which is an ab•solute necessity, we believe, in a candidate seeking the office of senator. "After writing the above we received from Mr. McFarland a belated reply to Air. 'Patterson's letter, published two weeks ago. We were about to put it into type, as a matter of fairness to both sides, when the morning mail brought a letter from the Algona Advance pointing out that a certain phrase in Mr. McFarland's reply might make the newspaper liable for damages, in case the reply was published and the point in question not proven. "Mr. MoFarland has been made aware of his serious error, and If he sees fit to change the phraseology of his letter In this respect we will publish it next week, though we do not coincide with his beliefs in any respect. We believe, however, that the reply has been published in several papers in the district already. "Another astonishing thing is that in the letter we received from Mr. MoFarland he flatly refused open debate with Senator Patterson; yet the North Kossuth Record carries an advertisement of Mr. McFarland's in which the phrase is used, 'I wish to acknowledge Mr. Patterson's challenge for debate and hasten to accept.' "In the letter which we cannot print because of its libelous nature Mr. McFarland states in direct contradiction, 'I will not discuss the salary grab measure with him before any assembly'." "Our readers can thus readily see that the question 'Can McFarland think on his feet?' is a. fair one, and now we wonder if he can think sitting down, along legislative lines." As Seen by Burt Monitor. The Burt Monitor, Senator Patterson's home paper, said: "The Monitor this week is publishing what B. F. McFarland, of West Bend, democratic candidate for state senator, calls a reply to 'Senator G. W. Patterson. We publish it because we want to be fair and give candidates for public office a chance to present their views. "We have a sneaking idea that the article will do Mr. MoFarland more harm than good;, in fact, the insinuation contained in the first paragraph and the use of the word 'peculations,' come mighty close to being libel per se, if Mr. Patterson should choose to take action against Mr. MoFarland. The' most charitable view is that Mr. McFarland. does not know what 'peculations' means. The fact that this newfpa- per and others printing the statement would be equally liable has been guarded against by this editor by consulting Senator Patterson and getting his assurance that he would not so act. "Mr. McFarland has shown a tendency to make pretty strong and unguarded assertions all through his opening campaign. In fact he has indicated a startling lack of judgment and perspicacity. "In his statement published in this paper this week, he certainly says that he will not debate with Mr. Patterson. Yet in another torlal note: "The editor reserves the right to censor any news or advertising matter when it is believed that the matter in question is libelous or false. Therefore, we are asking that all candidates confine letters or arguments to facts that are within the laws of the state and the laws of decency. "Some statements have been published, and the News pleads guilty to having been careless enough to be one of the offenders, that are a violation of both. But in the future a careful scrutiny is to be made of such matter, and objectionable features deleted. "Calling a man a crook is easily done, but we doubt whether many believe the charge of crookedness; in fact, we doubt whether the man making the charges really believes them." Democratic Editor Writes. In a personal letter to the Advance, Editor A. L. Ariderson, of the Ringsted Dispatch, who is a democrat and is opposed to Patterson, wrote: "I don't wish to accuse Patterson of something he has not done. I believe he is just as honest as I am, or you; or MoFarland." Apparently Mr. MoFarland did not send the communication to other papers in the district (except the Advance) which had not already printed it. At any rate it did not appear in others, so far as noticed, and there was no comment. SHOW AT THE FAIR WILL USE TWENTY PEOPLEJN REVUE The principal grandstand attraction this year at the county fair will be the Joe Marion Revue. This is an entirely new show of 'more than 20 people, with a full equipment of stage scenery and change of wardrobe, and lighting effects which will give the enow the same setting as in a theater, Besides giving the main . night show, the company will do specialty numbers each afternoon. The chorus is snappy and pretty. The principals have been carefully selected for ability to entertain outdoor audiences. Members have voices which carry and please. This is by far the largest revue ever shown In this part of the state. In addition to this feature attraction there will be hippodrome and circus acts, and patrons of the fair .may be assured of a full afternoo'n and evening entertainment of the former same high standard as In yeark The Midway attractions will be In keeping with the grandstand attractions. There will be every \*orm of entertainment. A special attraction for children will be an they operate themselvee. automobile It is fully equipped, with bumpers to prevent accidents, and It provides a riot of fun for youngsters. Another special attraction will be a full program of running races each afternoon except Friday, when there will be the "world congress of daredevils." Superintendent of Speed J3. L. Vincent announces four races dally with plenty -of high-class runners to put on a burst of speed for race fans. There will be a ball game dally, the teams to be announced later. Festival The Catholics at Bancroft are preparing for a We 'festival' 1 Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30-91, M ANAGER RlCfi SERVED . A double dish td his patrons Sat* urday, when he gaVe them daredevil Buck Jones in Deadline and the late Robert Williams and Jean lHarlow In The Platinum Blonde, Of westerns, we have little to say, since they please, apparently, only Satur- day'morons; but. the blonde potpourri, a last y,ettr*s production, directed by that, master'of many a ^uccess, (Frank' Caphi, Is certainly <jiie o£ the „ cleverest 'things that has graced the" local boards In ' a long time.. This youngster, Kobert Williams, died 'sometime -last year * but Platinum Blonde ' Is his memorial j In it he contributes a neat little piece of .natural acting-.which gave promise to a brilliant screen, .and stage career. ..••' , : What Is more important than: the screen bill, however, is the crowd which, filled our 'theater.,. for 12 hours, one to one. It was Indeed a promising sign of the times, forecast of the vaunted return of prosperity for which we have 'been Walting lo these many years: 9 >M ERIRILY WE GO, TO HEL1, isn't as bad as the title Indicates; in fact,- it's a' light slant on some heavy drinking as practiced In these United States under prohibition. 'Fredrlc Marsh, a cplyumlst, meets his future wife while'"seven sheets to the wind" atop a penthouse skyscraper ;he courts her devoutly, a'la Cocktails', passes out completely at the announcement party, and Is slightly addled at the wedding. When his play Is accepted, he takes up with the leading lady (an old flame) which complicates things badly and proves that the wine-women combination is poor stuff for a happy marriage. Merrily We <3o To Hell packs its most effective wallops In the, first few reels; In fact, "the opening scenes and subsequent events up to the marriage point show Fredric March at his best. His efforts to secure a baritone to complete a quartet in a speakeasy, and the rendition of On the Banks of the Wabash when the effort .is consummated, make one of the rrios^ effective comedy scenes ever screened in a talking picture. Sylvia Sidney, as the wife, contributes her usual sincere and convincing performance. There is something delightfully naive about this demure, smiling, happy-go-lucky little actress. Towards the end, the talkie drag* frightfully, and the final scenes, a reconciliation In a maternity hospital, are a bit unreal and "pulled In toy the hair," ns the old German adage puts it. As a whole, however, the talkie is a pleasant surprise and a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment, If you are not bothered with d fcgfttndmether point of vtew,* 1 tne herofne'i'ejieatedlj'' t5Uts.lt. .. A SMARTNESS about A (Reserved for Ladles which places It high among the romantic comedies of. the screen. It Is a curious coincidence that just one week after our tirade agilneti English-made talkies, Reserved for Ladles should come along, made In London's Para- tnojunt studids, with English actors and" actresses and English . camera men and assistants. . Hungarian Director Alexander Koi'da is responsible for much of the subtle finesse which makes this a completely enjoyable picture. Mot''the least of the charm of the talkie Is due to a i background of music which runs the | gamut of jazz to classic; terminating with that theme-song classic of romantic love, Llebestraum. This Is the story .of social status, a plot particularly* well hrtndled in England by an English cast. Leslie Howard Is a head waiter who falls In'love with an heiress. He follows her to the Austrian Tyrol, where he meets a king who is traveling Incognito. The-king recognizes the head waiter but keeps his "profession" a secret, Complications follow, of course. The girl (Elizabeth Allan) believes the waiter to be a prince and brushes aside her social scruples. 'Back .In London, she learns the truth, snubs the young man cruelly, but finally succumbs to his love-making,, when he convinces her that above all, he Is a MAN. • There's a lightness, , a subtle charm about Reserved for Ladles which epeaks well .for this combination of Leslie Howard; a. London background, and a Hungarian director. The talkie Is well phonograph- ed, though the recording is a bit indistinct at times. Perhaps It Is the English accent, which Js always more or less confusing; >At any rate, it's a pity so few patrons were In. their pews at the Call to witness this one of 'the smartest comedies of the season. , W HEN WE THINK OF million dollar leg's, generally -speaking, our thoughts Instinctively turn to the feminine gender. Paramount misled patrons slightly, when It showed, on an advertising poster, «ix comedy stare gazing at a pair of female legs. But Million Dollar Legs has to do with the Olympic games, and the valuable'.extremities in this case belong not to a beautiful young woman but to rusty-haired, homely old Andy Clyde. The talkie 'is a hodge-podge of nonsense, and if you like your alap-stick comedy served in liberal portions you probably enjoyed the show. W. C. Fields, famed comedian of many a Follies, is president of mythical Klopstokia toy virtue of his strength. When his treasury fttna low he appeals ffiin, Jack Oakle, wh ° Mngd<?m'fl entry i n th Los Angeles. Then i° the available athletes compromised bv a =i> Ploy of govern^'' 011 Principals in our slorv honor's In novel an ,, ways. Susnn ~ ' hava "> the'; U "°* hirls •"> «« a hto,"^- Sr^.^T 1 »MOO-lb. weJKhtVouR win both a lifting CO ' E Shotmrt. And Anclv \., first In, a motorcycle ,.,„ * erln- n letter to n gh-] •Million Dollar Leg,'i, on a wholesale .scalp Craziest, goofiest, duced. Some of t oldedly raw, ftn d 1 y(n ou-tes a rather nnu B | U v «h?, ' M ahe concludes with the ,'* W as .far ns sh c can - T . _ But most of the «.i •'» are of the harmless, mit v ^ ns -when Fields sny« y varl * that his new cabinet'con,I*," 8 Kle men, "We'll fikr, 17 ° Jbogie' 1 rid," At anytfe Is no great strain on • ' as such i. MASON CITY on cojispiij The following story Friday's Mason City'oiol) C .G azc ,J A. visit to the ,, 00 i ami ,. OC fc7 den (Of Carl. Grupp nn ,i a ^J . D, H. Goeders, past president of, Ktwanis club, of Algona, and of the sate fish and K ,ime ment, following the noon the lawn .of • the Dr. (, Crabb home, made up the refrt™, program of the Kiwanls club Th« day. ' Conservation of natural resou r < in -the state was the subject to on largely by Mr, Goeders, thon he gave a few pointers on tacii and lures ;for.fishing at the close J his talk. "It Is horded that we can „ something more for the generatlo to follow than sandhills and roads," .said- Mr.' Goeflers. He „,„ briefly on the 25-year conservatl[ plan for Iowa, the selection of | and g-ame wardens, the destrucl of undesirable fish, recreation an game -environment, and galne.m agement, revealing, how in states a check is made on all ^ •Mr. Goeders explained that a 1 year survey is being conducted c which will.be based the outline i the conservation program. Tills pn gram, he said, is foeins watched b every state In the union and foreign countries. The destruction of carp, and | fish was especially stressed, Our Final LEAN-UP of Fine Summer Dresses Begins Thursday And offers values far greater than any you haw ever seen before. ' It is not a matter of price or profit now—but a de. inite and complete clean up in the quickest possible time. THE VALUES ARE INDESCBIBABLE-they can' i only be appreciated by being seen. But they must be sold—and sold quick—so now's your chance, don't miss it. , I Lovely Silk Frocks $9.90 VALUES TO 985.00 ihese consist of long sleeve printed silks — an»| plain canton crepes. Splendid all the year round dresses. Many "Hollywoods" Included. ' Marvelous Values $4.69 Th. * * K¥ VW® *»»« 75 * l be greatest values we have ever offered—canto! crepes—shantungs—chiffons -^ prints and pl»W colors, dark or light colors—small and large tty*. __m__ • ' . ,. Irresistible Bargains * j * **"* < V*> I K» AM »*<•'•«'!!» ,il , just a question of how many you can fin** I this group that will fit, y 0 » wllf want them youve never seen anything Jjfce it before. Wash Dresses Must Go! For $1.98 «.~rt;'Ti ^VoUes—UueBg ftnd »esh. es that have been originally priced for as much as $5.00, f«tea lor For $1.39 You can buy !inens-<-YOiIes and originally worth to 12.7 5.

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