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' -<M > 61 The Algona Upper DCS Moinci, Algona, Iowa, October 7, 1948 ^Igoita (Hpper He* JHoitte* 9 North Dodge /. W.ttAGGARD & R. B. WAtLER, Publishers Bntcred as Second Class Matter at the Postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of Mar. 3, 1870 _ Issued Weekly NATIONAL €DIT<5ftlAL. Second Place, General Excellence, IOWA Press, 1940 First Place Award Winner, 1933, Iowa's Most Outstanding Weekly, Judged by State University of Iowa SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSUTH CO. One Year, In advance $2.50 Upper Des Molnes and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $4.00 SUBSCRIPTION RATES OUTSIDE KOSSUTH One Year^in advance $3.00 Upper Des Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $5.00 No subscriptions less than 6 months. (Single Copies _ 7c ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per Inch 42c EDITORIAL COMMENT By i. W. Haggard * This Terrible Gambling With all our other war troubles it seems that somebody takes time off frequently to criticize someone else if they find anything that can possibly be open to question. And now Governor Hickenlooper has been designated a "tin horn gambler" by some churchman who looked up from the church bingo game long enough to note that the head of our state had made what might be called a. wager with the governor of Nebraska in regard to the rival bond drive in the two states. Governor "Hick" answered a challenge from Governor Griswold of Nerbaska, who offered to bet a Nebraska hog against an Iowa hog that Nebraska would sell more bonds per capita than Iowa. Our governor replied that "although he was no betting man himself", he would buy a $ to start the Cornhuskers drive, which might bo given to a Nebraska charity if that state outsold Iowa. In turn the Nebraska governor was to do likewise for an Iowa charity. Now, we would call the governor's offer a gift to charity instead of a gamble. But it is all in the way you want to look at the matter, we suppose. Up to this writing we have not learned who won the "bet", but at least we do know that neither governor stood to make a personal profit from the rivalry in the bond selling matter. Former Governor Herring while in office really did bet an Iowa hog against. a Minnesota hog with the governor of Minnesota on a football game between the Iowa City State University and the University of Minnesota. Our recollection is that Minnesota wen the game and the Iowa porker was duly delivered to the governor of Minnesota, but anyway a lot of fun was "had by all", and no one was seriously injured. It may be that someone is trying to smear our popular governor so that he may be beaten in his race for the United States Senate next year, and "Hick" should be warned that he must walk the straight and narrow. the poultry country, chickens that brought perhaps 65 or 75 cents three years ago are now selling for from $1.35 up to and above $2.00 each. Poultry has not been rationed heretofore and people have been forced to use poultry instead of beefsteak to save their ration points. At any rate it will be hard to convince most Algona peo- 1 pie that food prices are on the downward slope at this time. In the same connection the Washington statistics of the desk boys show how the laboring men and farmers are sittfng pretty in the price matter. In June this year the average weekly earnings of wage earners were 163 points, while tlie cost of living in contrast, was only 124. In other words, whereas the cost of living index had only risen 24 points since January, 1941, the working "man's wages had risen 63 points. These same Washington gentlemen have figured it out that the farmers are riding on the top wave of prosperity. Their figures show that the income of the farmers is now indexed at 227 points and in contract the retail price of food was only 145 last June. In fact farm incomes have been consistently higher than retail prices ever since the war began. In 1942, for instance, retail prices were indexed at 132.5 while income for farmers' was 180. All of these figures are being used to quiet the feelings of the farmers and laboring men and to convince them that they have no complaint to make, and .personally we think that both farmers and labor are at the top of the heap at present, It seems to us that it is only the labor lobbyists and the paid leaders of the farm bloc that are yelling for more room at the trough. Farmers generally in Kossuth coun- 'ty, so far as we have talked with them, seem to be well satisfied with prices they are receiving for their produce. It seems that those people who are on a fixed salary are the ones who are suffering, if any, from the inflated prices for food and other living costs. In Washington they now claim to have inflation definitely on the toboggan. And *we agree this sounds good now that election day is looming in the near future. But as the late Ed Conner used to say. you can prove anything with figures if you are handy with a pencil.' Silly Politics This squabble about General Marshall, as ' well as the conjecture that General MacArthur is displeased with the appointment of Montbatten of England as head of the Allied forces in India and Burma, in our opinion amounts to less than nothing. It means that the politicians are seizing an opportunity to make trouble while the generals themselves are busy in an attempt to win s the war. Both mert we think are above petty 'jealousies and want to serve in whatever capacity that will do the most good and for which they are best fitted. To place Gen. Marshall at the head of the British and American armies for the allied invasion of Europe is the greatest honor ifhat any military man could be given, and the ;attempt to belittle such a promotion is certainly ;silly. General Marshall has built up the army 1 of .the United States and is undoubtedly the best icguiRped of all military men to handle the com- ihiaed forces. The fact that Great Britain agrees to this, is a great honor in itself. General MacArthur, who has proved himself to be one of the most resourceful fighting generals that this country has produced, has an idea that we are wasting time in the Pacific in what lie calls "island hopping" and should attack headquarters at Tokio. However, he is no small caliber man and is willing to do his best wherever be is placed. The Washington politicians, some of whom are afraid that Gen. MacArthur, who i? perhaps our greatest military hero, will become the people's candidate for president next year. MacArthur is not a politician and wants nothing to do with politics, but his name and popularity ia tempting stuff for the Washington boys to juggle with. Claims Inflation Stopped It is now announced by the desk boys down at Washington that for the first time since 1940 the index charts show that the cost of food has started downward, beginning about August first last. If so, the lowered cost has not reached Iowa yet, where every food item shows a mounting cost it would seem. We know of some families, •whose ordinary monthly food bill has risen in the past three years from about $80 to over $100 and is stitl going up so far as we know. The un- rationed items such as fruit and many other things have shown a good share of the raise in price, Uttle scrawny oranges that used to sell tor 24, ceats a dozen now bring at least fifty cents a dozen. In some places eggs are selling at 75 cents a dozen. Here in Iowa, the very heart of Opinions of Other Editors Claims Russians Lost 18,000,000 Men Ringsted Dispatch: The Russians themselves, before the present offensive, admitted a loss in army killed and missing of 4,200,000 men. The Germans claimed the Russian losses at 12,800,000 killed and wounded and 5,400,000 prisoners. By comparison our own losses so far in this war are somewhat more than 100,000. It is estimated that American combat troops in Europe will not greatly exceed two million men. s ln Russia practically everybody, men and women, between the ages of 12 and 65, are engaged in war work. Here we are still arguing exemption for married men and limiting army'service to ages 18-38. We think we are patriots, yea, even heroes, when we buy an $18.75 war bond with the proceeds of $14 hogs and dollar an hour wages. Let us go Bolshevik till the war is won. * » • Nazi Germany Without a Friend Decorah Journal: "Germany has not retained a single friend anywhere in the world", comments The Wanderer, German Catholic newspapers published in St. Paul by Joseph Matt. Yet Germany has produced some of the finest of American citizenry. However, the Nazi rule has been stamping out individuality in Germany. The St. Paul •Wanderer long before the World War had been barred from Nazi Germany. "Germany territory is being devasted, once beautiful and thriving cities are sinking into smoking ruin, the German home-land-suffers as never before in the memory of man. And the ' strongest ally is writhing in his death throes while the. little vassals are searching desperately for some way out of the war, the V.'anderer snys. "Germany has not retained a single friend anywhere in the world! Little independent Switzerland, chivalrous friend of the under-dog throughout its long history, whose overwhelming sympathies were with Germany in the first World War despite its strict adherence to the laws of neutrality, hates and despises Hitlerism and all its works. "Honest little Holland which opened its heart and homes and purse to help relieve German want after the last war, was ruthlessly invaded by the Nazis whose barbarous occupation methods have turned the overwhelming majority of the Netherlanders into bitter enemies of Germany. Sweden whose sympathies were with Germany up to recant years, seizes*upon the first opportunity to turn its back on the present Berlin regime. Not a friend in God's wide world—Germany isolated as seldom before in its history, abandoned even at home by tens of thousands who hate and despise the Nazi regime because of its infamous suppression of freedom of religion and conscience." » » » , No One Wants Prison Camp Clarion Monitor: Algona in Kossuth county, is to have a two million dollar prison camp. It is to be located three miles west of that town and will, when completed, hold 3,000 prisoners that will be cared for by 500 soldiers and officers of the United States army. Why so much money should be spent in a.section this far north that requires such weather-tight buildings, and where food is so high priced, and where the land is so productive, is a mystery. Why not quarter these aliens on some of the southern sand where land is next to worthless and where the climate is mild and food cheaper? That half section of Iowa land turned back to crops would produce a lot of human fodder! . * * * Should Put Ceiling On Eggs Webster City Freeman: What's wrong with prices of eggs? They are selling for about twice as much in Washington as in Des Moines. Prices paid for eggs in Des Moines Thursday were 32 to 36 cents per dozen for general run. At the same time retail prices of eggs in Washington, D. C., were around 70 cents, That is surely too much increase, and it is inflationary, too, but at what point the inflation takes place is not clear. It may be in Des Moines or in Washington, it might be well for Uncle Sam to investigate prices iu Des Moines and Washington and find out who is responsible for the inflationary tendencies. Eggs in New York City ranged from 42 cants for dirties to 54 cents for the very best and the very highest in weight per case, and New York City is considered further from Des Moines than Washington is, hence transportation charges should be more. Should Let the People Know E6therville p»$ly News From the very beginning of the conflict, the government has made a serious •mistake in its public relations policy, which has been, predicated upon the theory that it will not do for the public to know the full truth about the fronts. The navy, in particular, has erred, in this respect- The truth about Pearl Iforbor was told, bit |>y bit Glowing victories-in the Pacific turned out to be defeats. Americas newspapers even today have an exaggerated; M*a of the relative strength of Jap and Ajgaericjn forces to tfts PAT ip a result of a only enough ftt the b§d that 'Our successes are ~?T* ''TW ii'iw ji f » • j '« .j?»5 Those who t»»ve visited TrpinaH to find the situation JPJ «•»** J?T "w? 'fc-up •iiiiwn 1 u^m rfele as i(| fc, vyhjch p mv»$»m it«ri«f fearo traying the actual fwt». TOe estricted by what tho jBJf gig "'Jjggs _MI T ™*^F* wuw . CQ "Tr ***** *P*W , the, public to map it 9j?pear ter than they are. l^ i i | ^' w f 1™"^ ^"w fronts have bee» sijr- serious and as hor<* T. " "fs . . W"\? *Pr *^*^ ttet tof A ot indifference, and all the other shades pf "let George dp it." We aye^ firmly convinced that OUT government has inaccurately judged the temper of the American people in deciding that they shpuld have half truths instead of whole truths. Perhaps the people of England, France, Germany, Italy or Russia are different. We don't know- But we have observed that Americans do their best—their utmost—when ti»g b,owf w darkest, where there is the least hope, when the enemy seems fiercest, when tte 4wsger is greatest, when the need requires supreme effort, We feel sure that there wpujd fee, no slackening in the production of materials or the subscription, of needed funds if the full seriousness pf thp W4F were realized and that cannot RAVIHGS bvREESl A LlHlt of Thlt -- A Littlt of That» Not Mveh of Anything Every morning promptly arfd on the dot at 7 bells I hear the clomp, clomp of Sam Medin's deliberate horse which pulls the milk delivery rig and I look at my watch and then set it. Sam and his horse are that definitely regular, I don't know how he does it, but that horse must count his steps and know his onions about regularity and time and I'm getting so I depend on Sam and his horse to keep the time straight. If the horse wasn't so big to carry around he'd make a dandy substitute for a guy's wrist watch, so to speak. Soren Didrikscn from over Sexton way was in the office the other day and he's a Dane and we palavered in Dane and then we sang Forgangen Not Vor Sultne Kat and I've decided he's going to be a member of my Dane quartet and Wen French of the OPA office upstairs over our office sent Bob McConnell down to find out what was going on because on account of he thougnt somebody was being beat up or murdered, that's how the singing sounded to him and Chief Art Moulds was going by and he stepped in and asked would he have to arrest somebody for disturbing the peace and Soren and I Were just practicing and it was me making the noise, I guess. Can I help it because some of the birds in town here can't understand high class singing? Chas. LaBarre is sort of up against it because on account of he's got some nice chickens and he wants to keep 'em from catching cold over the winter and so he tried to buy some rubber footwear for 'em and he couldn't get any chicken overshoes as._ he didn't have enough shoe stamps so to speak. So now he's planning on picking up some gunny sacks and every morning he is going to wrap those chicken legs to keep 'em from getting cold. And he wants to hire some kids to help him do the job and he offers 40c an hour with time and a half over 40 hours. Paul Nemitz was down from Fenton the other day and he offered to go on • the board of directors in Fenton township for the l Red Undy Club and which was nice of him and he said he wanted me to help him count a billion dollars. He didn't know where we were to get the billion dollars but he was sure I'd make a good counter and he asked From the Files TEN YEARS AGO Three of the local high school boys had broken their training rules by smoking, and had been dismissed by Coach Ken Mercer. The squad that year had been light also, the same as it is today . . . but with good fighting cooperation. Believe it or not, there were 250 unemployed workers in Kossuth county, and the employers were being asked to help them out. Nowadays the people are being asked to help the employers out. Well, turn about's fair play. ^ Mrs. Jerry Schutjer of Titonka had died after a month's illness of sleeping sickness, the first case ever to be reported in Kossuth county. The dreaded disease had baffled medical men. , A. W. Amunson had started a new optical an4 watch repair shop in a room in the old Call Theatre building. Now Dr. Amunson has an optical shop above Borchard's. Dr. F. E. Sawyer and G. D. Shumway were considered poor risks by insurance men during the duck season. It seems that the two had decided to rig up their own duck boat, and the outcome didn't sound too good. Melvin Hanson of Bode had escaped by the hand of Providence when the car in which he was driving crashed into a Rock Island train near Livermore, and the dynamite which was in the car did not explode. It seems that Jack Hilton, Kyle Keith, Lewis Moore, and Perry White had seen quite a lot of the World's Fair that year ... including some of the sideshows. Mrs. W. E. Hawcott had caught a 20-pound muskie, but after listening to her husband tell how it was caught, some people wondered whether or not the glory should have gone to him. TWENTY YEARS AGO The large thermometer which hung on the wall between the old post office and the old P«»ine & Sorensen store, now Barker's, had been stolen one night, pre^ sumably for the alcohol which it contained. With the alcohol shortage nowadays townspeople had better keep an eye on their thermometers if they still want to keep track of the changeable temperatures. , Charles H. Taylor, well known Algona delivery man, had mysT teriously died one evening after living a perfectly normal day, prior to his death. Through examinations of the stomach there had been signs of poisoning. •—::-»» The Rev. R. H. Forrester had been appointed as new Methodist minister in Algona. —.::— C. J. Mathers had passed away following an illnew with pneumonia, t ^ Jimmie Neville, the shoe mag, had been- writing hi, little fw- *^rttwroe»1» t*'e»ty yeart taw Ralph Miller and Chas. Murtagh could they lend us a billion dollars to count and they wouldn't do it. Bobby pins and collar buttons are becoming so darned scarce that Bill Haggard is now afraid he'll have to come to work without a collar on and while he doesn't use bobby pins he's worried about the scarcity of them, too. And I have got two shirts which need collar buttons and I ain't got no buttons and so I don't wear the shirts and I'm in the market to borrow a couple of collar buttons and I can also use a couple of bobby pins to hold my flowing locks in check, so to speak. But you can see what the war's done to us—no collar buttons, no bobby pins. I always knew my column was being digested every week by Algona readers and Harry Spongberg, he's one of the mail carriers, he says that when he delivers the UDM people stand out in the yard waiting for him and some of 'em even grab the UDM right out of his hands and which shows how anxious they are to get this great family home periodical and when there are no Ravings in it they weep with disappointment and throw the paper under the porch for the dog to sleep on and which shows how popular this bunk gets, so to speak. And you will notice I don't hate myself much, do 1? For a long time I thought that A. D. Brogan of Whittemore had the strongest pipe in the county but I find Dr. Scanlan's pipe is stouter 'n the Whittemore pipe and he has had to cement, and spike and weight down the roof of his house so's the pipe don't raise the roof, so to speak. And Luke Linnan and Wade Sullivan and Don Smith and Chas. Ost- winkle are now doing their best to strengthen their pipes to equal Brogan's and Dr. Scanlan's and it looks like I'd have to take up pipe smoking so's I could get into game of strength, too. Rev. L. H. Locsch came in the other day and asked me what were ebelskyvver and did they grow on a stem or a bush or a stalk or a tree, and did I have to peel 'em, or did they have pits in "em, and I was sure non-plus- sed, and he said he'd never heard of ebelskyvver in Lake City and did they have to have ration coupons for 'em, and so I explained that ebelskyvver were made from a pancake dough and baked in little holes in an iron pan and that they were good for Danes to eat and full of vitamins, but he didn't seem to think so much of 'em. But he ain't a Dane. I was invited out to the J. C. Skow farm Friday night to play my fiddle for the Wesley township farm bureau and I put on a good concert and saw several tears roll down the cheeks of a couple of the members and J. W. Goetz was suffering. I could tell my fiddling wasn'l doing him any good and George Seaberg he took it with a grin which shows he's got fortitude and John Puffer held the fiddle bow while I tuned the fiddle and he admired the bow and said it must have been a fine horse from whose tail the bow was made, and it was white horse tail, and W. J. Frimml marveled at all of the things I did with that fiddle and all of the swell notes I got out of it and he wondered a fiddle would hold so many notes and squeaks and so forth and Roy Brown and Bill St. Clair were there and I came out with them and they didn't bust the fiddle because on account of I hadn't let 'em get their hands on it. And Joe Skow led the singing and that was good because on account of I sang an outstanding and tuneful bass and Joe said at first he thought somebody was fiddling a bass fiddle but it was my voice and John Hutchison, banker at Wesley and mayor of Wesley, was there and he had a pleasing baritone voice but occasionally either him or me got a sour note on account of everybody else were doing so good, and then they re-elected J. C. Fat Cattle READY? Would like to see them Charles Chambers CATTLE BUYER Geo. A. Hormel & Co, Postcard of phone me at Algona, giving the number and approximate weight of your cattle, ...f. to territory *J«h T, Tto, Mast Carry « Fighting While our soldiers are fighting with an optimism unequaled in all history, determined that victory will be achieved, we here at home are willing to rest on our oars and in the slang of the street say: "Let George do it." That is not the American spirit or the way to win a victory. We have no right to shirk our responsibilities, or to weaken the home front by complaining about our hardships. If we were to lose the war we would lose all that we hold sacred, and defeat would result in the loss of the finest army of men and women who ever went forth to fight. We have got to build morale to a point where every home is a pillar of strength, a support to the fighting forces. Not only must we pledge our support to rationing but see that every attempt at a black market is frustrated and the offenders brought into court. We have no right to cheat, in this all out effort to win the war. When you cheat on gasoline— wink at the law—you are playing into the hands of the enemy. The same applies to every commodity that is on the rationing list. We had hoarders on coffee, sugar and canned goods. When hoarding was outlawed, there was plenty of coffee and sugar. Coffee has come into its own because of rationing and it is now. off the point list. Sugar may soon follow if the people obey the rules of rationing. Every restrictive order of the Skow president again and so we had a banquet served with a lot of good eats and I made an attack on the feed and didn't have to eat any breakfast the next morning, it was that good, and plenty of it, and so all of the men present joined the Gulpers' club and they are coming to Algona and gulp with some of the experts here and Olaf Funnemark, Norwegian, enjoyed the banquet but he said lute fisk would have gone good with it and which is a good Norwegian dish and even n Dane can enjoy and Rby Brown almost kiled one of J. C.'s big hogs which was parading in the highway in front of Roy's car but the hog ambled into the ditch and not Roy or the car and J. C. said some hogs were that way about hogging the road but he'd see to it that his hogs were brought up better, so to speak. And every gentleman member at the meeting wore a necktiu. But they are going to join the No-Tie club next summer. government is a weapon placed in your hands to win the war. Don't misuse or abuse any of these privileges if you want to see our boys back in the shortest space of time. We have an instance reported where an easterner went all the way from California to Boston on an A card. Every mile of that journey was a violation—a thrust in the back of some man at the fighting front. Think these things through and pledge your support, and you will be carrying a gun on the home front, equally M powerful at §§ gun that kills the enemy at tfi* fighting frdnt.~.Repriflt tttaft«j«l Sheboygan (Wis.) Press, by C. £«, Broughtoh, Editor. Hot trees Myrori Ahlstr6n ( Waukoft youth, climbed a tree and got hi* hands burned. 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