Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 8, 1932 · Page 6
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 8, 1932
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FAOESTX KQSSUftt ADVANCE. AtQONA, IOWA o»«uflf »NTERED AS SECOND C ti A S S matter December 31, 1908, at the Fostofflce at Algona, Iowa, under the act of Mnrch 2, 1S79. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION t—To Kossuth county postofflces and bordering postofflccs at Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, Buffalo Center, Cor- •wlth, Cylinder, Klmore, Hutchlns, Ijlvermore, Ottoson, Rnke, Tiinp- Bted, Rodman, Stllson, West 'Rend, and Woden, year $2.00 i—To al! other IT. S. Postofficea, year $2.50 ALL. subscriptions for papers going to points within the county and out- ot-the-county points named under No. 1 above are considered continuing •ubscrlptlons to be discontinued only on notice from subscribers or at publisher's discretion. Subscriptions KolnB to non-county points not named under (No. 1 above win be discontinued "Without notice one month after expiration of time paid for, If not renewed, but time for payment will be extended If requested In writing. sence, fs not democracy in government as we know it, but .the oligarchy of the ancient Greeks. THE AHGUMKXTS AGAINST THE PIUMARY SYSTE5I Recently the Advance asked whether the democrats, who have always professed a desire to repeal the primary law, would dare do it, now that they have governor, lieutenant governor, near-control of the senate, and overwhelming control of the house. Commenting', last week's riain Talk, Des Moines, said: "But It was only two years ago. •Brother Dewel, when you were deploring the fact that we had a primary election law in Iowa. That was •when the primary nominated for lieutenant governor one Arch Mc- 3Parlane, of Waterloo, instead of your favorite for the office." Plain Talk misrepresents. The Advance may have expressed disgust »t the McParlane choice; disgust «vhlch, by the way, was justified by •disclosures in the succeeding session •ot the legislature which caused the •unprecedented action whereby the .senate deprived McFarlane of the ^power to name committees. The Ad- -vance did not then, however, and fcas never suggested repeal of the ^primary law as a whole. The Advance is willing to modify the primary law to this extent only: Jet the state offices below governor and lieutenant governor be removed. Let the candidates be named in the ~>old way, by state conventions. Lieu- : %enant governor might well tie added, provided the power to name «enate committees and thus influence legislation is permanently tak- •en away and vested in a committee on committees, as was done two years ago. The candidates for governor, lieutenant governor—if the power to 3iame committees is not taken away -—•, U. S. senator, representatives in congress, and the legislature should, as now, be named by the people. The people know enough about these candidates to exercise an intelligent •choice, and their will should govern. Plain Talk, a consistent foe of the Jirimary, recently attempted to set out its objections categorically. It was a weak and unconvincing exposition. "It has contributed nothing to Kood government." That is debatable. It has interested the people In the choice of candidates. Who will liave the nerve to say that In a republic that was not desirable? Even if no improvement has resulted, it lias at least given the people the say 3n nominations, where, before, they *ad practically none. Why do not -the people have a better right to name candidates than a few politicians whose object, as % rule, is something for their own personal "benefit? "It has made running for office a sort of free-for-all." If that is so, *ow does it differ from conditions Tinder the caucus-convention system? There were as many candidates un•der the,pld system as now. Besides, is It not the inherent right of any American citizen to seek office? Do •we have a privileged class whose sole right it is to run for office? "It has disintegrated parties and rparty organizations; it has encour- •aged party disloyalties." That's questionable; or, if not, at least •there is no proof of damage; on the contrary, there Is proof that it has taken away the power of politicians to name candidates and given it to *he people, to whom it belongs. The old precinct, county, and state boss•«s have been unhorsed. As for die- integration of parties, the parties are here yet, are they not, and ap- Tiarently going as strong as ever? It la only the politicians who have been disintegrated — a wholly desirable outcome. "It has invited as seekers of public favor many who were not quail- tied and has thrust some of these 'undesirables upon the public." But wherein does that differ from condi- *ions prior to the primary system? Tt differs in no way. The primary system is not responsible; it is human nature that is at fault, and no system can eliminate it. "It has created personal animosities and factional fights which do Slot heal." The same observations as in the last paragraph apply here. The bitterest personal animosities in the history of Kossuth county grew out of a factional political fight un•der the old system, and its repercussions linger to this day. Viewed from the standpoint of precinct, •county, or state, there have never fceen the personal political animosities under the primary system that jgrew out of the old system. In this irespect the primary system is to be praised, not blamed. "It is a source of extraordinary and unwarranted expense," It caus- •ea expense, certainly, but the expense is neither extraordinary nor unwarranted, any more than any other necessary expense of government. The cost may be ten or 15c a voter. Is it not worth that to have the common people interested in the choice of candidates? Does any voter want to yield his rights to save It? "It has made domaproguee of many seekers of office-." As if iliat never happened under the old system! As it the word "t]tmas<>Kue" were not age-old! Whnt a childish argument! Tin-re is, in fact, no argument against the primary system which cannot be advanced equally against the elective- system as a whole. If the p&ople are not competent to choose their party candidates, they are no more competent to elect at general elections. What Plain Talk and its ilk really stand for, in es- i VfWf THE TAX nuiUJEW OK HEAI, ESTATE tS TIJfFAIB The Kansas Income tax association recently completed a survey in 17 counties of 211 estates which revealed an appallingly unjust distribution of the tax burden, according to a last week's Iowa, newspaper the Identity of which Is not recalled. i Conditions are practically the same in other states. This survey shows that ditch diggers in some instances have been paying more taxes than millionaires. A Johnson county man who left an estate of $1,120,340.35 in stocks, bonds, mortgages, and various credits was found to have paid only !;;4r>.97 in taxes the year before he died. In Wisconsin, one of the 24 states having an income tax, 'he would have paid nearly ?4,000. A Shawnee county millionaire who died last year had ?1,308,1S6 in personal property. His 1931 taxes were $169-20. A large part of his wealth was in federal, state, and municipal bonds, and other tax-exempt securities. but he also had a large amount of money salted away in Topeka banks. His real estate was valued at only $13,800. A Wichita man paid a tax of $2 on $110,305 worth of personal property, most of it in bonds. Within the last 18 months nine men of wealth have died at Wichita, leaving estates totaling $1,487,642, Of this, $421,785 was real estate and $1,057,050 was personal property. Yet of this personal property only $27,590 was listed for taxation. Which means that $449,375 bore the ntire tax burden for nearly one and one-half million dollars. A similar case was revealed in Lyon county where of estates examined, $440,446 of personal and real property Hsted for taxation bore the tax burden for $1,433,508; that 'is, no taxes were paid on $993,062. A Franklin county man with an estate of $250,000, all but $44,000 in personal property, paid $60 In personal property taxes in 1930 and $45 in 1931. In the name county another man with an estate of $150,522 paid $191.03 In taxes last year. These are a few glaring casea' in a long list of amazing discrepancies discovered in this investigation. The 211 estates included in the survey just as they came in courthouse records, totaled $10,500,000. Taxes were paid on only 28 per cent of this wealth. Only $404,800 of the above amount had been placed on the personal property tax rolls, but when these estates were probated after the death of the owners the personal property totaled $7,919,900. Taxes evaded by these men of wealth and thousands of others had to be made up by farmers and owners of city property. It Is such Injustice that proposed state income tax laws seek to correct. The Colyum Let's Not be too I)—(1 Serious 'TH-IE PARTS PAPERS are noth- -l ins if not original In their foreign news service. I/tntranslgeant, for example, recently announced that as a result of the American election Princess Alice (Roosevelt would be White House mistress during the next four years. You may think that paper's name a funny one. It Is, indeed. But we have adopted the word, except the second "a." The definition is, "Refusing to agree to come to an understanding; uncompromising; Irreconcilable." That is, it means about the same as our word "insurgent"; or you can call it Brookhart, if you prefer. So when the Intranslgeant Insists on making the Princess the mistress of our White House, it Is just being Brookhart; or any other son of a wild jackass. And La (Liberte is just the same way. It announces that the victory of M. Roosevelt insures M. Garner's election as vice president. This will comfort the democrats. It also says that M. Garner is practically certain of election to the presidency of the senate. This may make the senate .pretty mad. Heretofore the senate has never picked the vlco president for its own private president. But La Liberte rises to heights of At the Call By T. H. C. TTVVTE PI/AYS PECULIAR pranka. *•' We attend the movies regularly, week after week, witnessing "super" specials and features of doubtful merit. Suddenly, from out of the Nowhere, unheralded and unsung, comes a production that crashes in upon our consciousness with the force of a hurricane. One Way Pnpsagrc if* one of the year's best talkies. ' Perhaps It Is because it runs so true; perhaps we are sjiU- nted with the more sordid aspects of life—whatever It Is, this grim, stark tragedy strikes deeply into the. innermost recesses of the soul and leaves one breathless and surprised. Against a background of moonlight and swishing ocean waves, two mortals meet on shipboard. ' It is their second encounter. We are introduced to them at a bar in Hong- kong, where, breaking their glasses in a toast, they eay "Auf wleder- sehen." He is a fugitive from justice, sentenced to death and in cue- tody of a gavlic-belching off leer r she is an Invalid, • her apparently worthless days numbered. It is a fight against a ruthless Fate which grants them stolen hours of happiness aboard an ocean liner and under the sunny skies of Honolulu, where they stop over for a day. To the seductive music of guitars, they whisper love words to real genius when it goes on to say each other, always aware of their that during the short session of congress M. Garner will preside as both vice president in the senate and speaker in the house. This will be somewhat difficult, but La Liberte is informed that M. Garner's friends think he will be equal to the task. Probably the republicans will entertain great doubts about this. We must subscribe to some of these 'French papers. One keep posted on the news. must Mr. Berfldd, t.h e W. K. Grocer, Broadcasting- Again. [Ad in Iowa Falls Citizen.] I'll take a check, under some conditions I might take a drink, but I'll be doggoned if I will take more, than IBc for a can of Little Chief baking powder .. . Oh, of course if you are making a collection of boxes you might care to pay the extra price for package oats, .me, .I. am not that crazy, oh, yeah, I am some crazy at that Last, spririg the Timely Topics It's a rocky road to repeal. The house has the first say, then the senate, and in both dt must carry by two-thirds. Then the president has a say,.and finally It must hurdle legislatures or conventions in three- fourths of the states, which may take years. It's no time yet to whet the appetite for booze with the oldtime kick. Present taxes, Insurance rates, and repair costs, added to a reasonable allowance for depreciation, make home-owning unprofitable. One can actually rent cheaper than own. This Is an unhealthy condition. Families who own homes are the bulwark of government. There should toe no buyers at tax sales this winter except ^such as have a legitimate right to prote.ct interests acquired in due course of business. Men who have in the past bought property offered at delinquent tax sales merely ae an investment of idle money at a high rate of interest should stay away. That Governor Herring will be a good business administrator there can be no doubt. That he will do his 'best to reduce taxation is certain. "Where doubt arises Is on the question whether he will favor reform of the tax system to make intangibles and income 'bear their share. On this he has said nothing to indicate interest. The farmers and others who were so anxious to beat Hoover that they also defeated Turner, Clark, and Speaker Johnson, and all but defeated Patterson, may rue the day. Their action is being interpreted as a verdict against the income tax, which wouldn't have touched them, and instead they may get the sales tax, which they can't escape. lady who married me planted a couple of date seeds from our bulk dates, they grew and are 10 to 12 Inches high now, in a year or so we will be raising our own dates, try It some time, lots of fun to watch 'em grow. PROBABLY the maddest man in any American community just now is the rare democrat who changed this year and voted for the republican candidate for president.—Carl (Brown In Atchison Globe. Boy, page Dudley Malone — and Alien of the Algona Advance.—J. W. C. in Rear Seat. Not speaking for Dudley, move to amend and substitute: "Rarely a democrat." IN CASE YOU HATE A COM). [Clipped from Damfino.] Now id th' berry widder dibe, When stars are -bride abub, I sid bedeath your widdow, dear, To sig a sog ob lub. Oh! I cad sig far sweeder soge • That e'er were sug ob old; I've god a soul plub full ob lub A'd a head plub full ob gold. Typical Comment As They Arc Already Doing 1 . Iowa Falls Citizen—Now is hardly the time for the drys to become superheated and resort to desperate means. This is the time to give the wets plenty of rope. They are more apt, we believe, to hang themselves than the drys, are to hang them. Don't Bock the Boat. Traer Star-Clipper—Every patriotic American, regardless of politics will now hope that business gets back on an even keel and that we resume the march out of the depression that started last summer. If we keep our nerve and faith the march will continue. Excusable Tit for Tat. Albia News—To make sure that all judges should be republicans, the partisan legislature repealed the non-partisan judgeship law, not taking into consideration the fact that there arc more ways than one to do things. If the demos couldn't participate on a 50-50 basis, they decided to gobble the whole show. Salaries MuKt Conic Down. Humboldt Independent—Any official who was receiving a salary proper for the work he delivered in prosperous time.s is receiving too much today—unless hits salary has been reduced. The salaries of the state officials at Des Moines should be reduced to keep pace with the increased purchasing power of the dollar. Well, Sadie, tike Barkus, We're Wlllln'; It's Up to Ruth. And wasn't I glad this morning (and still am) to see the Colyum once more in place? Its old, familiar face looks pretty good I want especially to tell you how much I enjoyed Ruth Messenger's poem. I've never met the lady, though I've had a letter or two from her, but I've seen a little of her work, and most surely enjoy It. Use some more of her poems, please! Oakdale. —'SADIE SEAiGRAVE. OUR SCOUT in the city reports that the following puzzle in code is quite the rage in select social circles at present— •A B C D Puppies. L M N O Puppies. O S A R Puppies; C M P N. Referred to Kossuth's two brightest women, one on the east aide, the other on the west. YE EDITOR is spending the week flat on his hack, suffering from an a-jute ci se of hemorrhoids — Story City Herald. Ah! Ah! Pa Olson fracturing rule No. 10 of the editorial union. Referring to "a minor illness" as hem— such language! THE PARTING -WORDS of a traveling salesman as he left the News office this morning were: "Well, it was a. terrible depression we had, wasn't it?"—Esthervllle Enterprise, Champ optimist, eh, what? WHAT WAS IT 'Senator Dolllver said about Iowa never going democratic? Something like "not until the Methodist church goes to Hhe bad world."—lAlbia News. "Bad world," eh? Dollars to doughnuta, Editor Gaes still calls legs "limbs." And Kotv Look at the Darued Thing [Tltonka Topic.] The treaty which gave Iowa the white man was, signed just to 100 from years ago—1832. It was free incumbrance when we got it. KRUSE GETS 30 days in county jail.—Spencer Reporter headline. Mistake. The editors didn't treat him that rough. And anyhow this was about a namesake in Clay county. THE REV. MR. KIL/BOURN in- advertantly, etc.—Ward Barnes in Eagle Grove Eagle. Tsk! Tsk! Such orthography! A letter in the morning mail suggests that we comment on the common cold. II is a pleasure to reply. We are against it.—Editor W. R. Prewitt in Forest City Summit. There ought to be a law. WALTER WINCHEL!L invades the realm of science, says H. S. M., Nemesis, yet struggling bravely jalnet a cruel destiny. William Powell is ideally cast as lover, and the beautiful, glamorous Kay Francis, more alluring than ever, plays the part of the girl. Such tender love phrases as, "Whatever happens, we 'belong to each other, always," take on a romantic significance when they come from the lips of the happy pair, so skilfully do Powell and Francis play their respective roles. The lure of the ocean, with its mellow moon and rolling tvaves, has been faithfully caught by Director Tay Garnett, and there is an uncanny touch of cinema genius n the simple but tragic ending. Comedy relief Is supplied toy that nlmitable pair,- Aline McMahon -and Frank McHugh, a team which worka to perfection at every stage of the play.'-One Way'-Passage is a credit x> the actors,- to .the director, and to Warner Brothers, HPHERE SEEMS TO BE a wide diversity of opinion regarding The Big Broadcast, but most of the comment is favorable. It Is, the're- fore, our pleasant duty to record the fact that our reaction was entirely negative. With a carload of talent (such as It is), the thing wheezes and coughs along till it finally gives up the struggle, curls up, and dies. Even a slender thread of plot might have saved the situation, at least taken the curse off "Blng" Crosby et al; but there Isn't a pretense of story-Interest in The Big Broadcast. You are introduced to members of the broadcasting studios, to be sure, but we are not so certain that seeing 200-lb. Kate Smith cavorting around like a lamb In Springtime helps us to appreciate her music more when we get it over the radio. In fact, we have an uneasy suspicion that too close acquaintance with radio favorites is disastrous for everyone concerned. The only excuse for headlining iStuart Erwin seeme to be to slow up the proceedings, which he does with complete success. Lila Hyams scores heavily in the scene ^wherein she •takes a bath; there is plenty of suspense In the several episodes relating to her ablution. Bing Crosby plays the part of a swell-headed", swaggering crooner with natural grace and aplomb. The rest of the cast includes famous radio stars and announcers mixed up into a goulash which is slightly unpalatable. This Includes Burns and Allen, the Boswell Sistes, Mills Brothers, Vincent Lopez, and Cab Calloway. Of this array, only the first "team" registers with us. Briefly, then, The Big Broadcast is a waste of time, money and material—if you like any of the radio stars you will be disappointed in their brief sketches; if, on the other hand, you don't like them, well, why torture yourself? If the director had kept up his apparent original intention of burlesquing radio-land, this might have been a different picture. As It is, everybody takes himself too seriously. T HE STRANGEST part of the Strange Love of Molly Louvain Is that • they ehould waste such a capable cast on so mediocre a picture. Here Is Lee Tracy, likeable, breezy, chatty as ever; sad-eyed Ann Dvorak, busy taking off her clothes without apparent reason, except the two which she displays so numerously throughout the production. Added are Richard Cromwell, Guy Kibbee, Frank McHugh, Evalyn Knapp, and a host of others. Just what the strange love of Molly really is remains a. deep, dark secret, after the show .is over; unless promiscuity Is looked upon as so unusual in our modern movies. Moll has at least three violent affairs In this one show, which is quite a record. Some of the gags have whiskers, some have a taint of vulgarity, and the rest of slightly shopworn. Situations are exceedingly frank, or frankly suggestive, if we may be pardoned for saying so. The second part of the evening's entertainment is a Nite Club Revue, a sort of denatured burlesque show, with a fairly good-looking chorus (we sat in our usual seat in 'the last row, center), some clever dancing, and some atrocious singing. The black boy got the major part of the applause with his strenuous, honest hoofing. The production was well staged and handsomely costumed, and anybody who would kick at 35c for a good full evening's pleasure ought to get out of town. IPOR THE PAST, eight weeks,At•l torney Llnnan and this critic have been bending every human effort to complete the railroad in the serial Heroes of the West before winter sets in. To paraphrase a popular old song, "We've Been Working on the Railroad." But up to the present moment the handicap of hostile Indians and dastardly vil- will not grow in Iowa. won't- Speaking of things lains has proved Insurmountable. The heck it I Saturday n! s ht - not one spike was Walter "never knew before," that's one of them. —ALIEN. not one snow will yet fly and the cruel (Continued on page 10.) In Abundance Can be Seen Attractive Silk and Wool Scarfs An extensive showing of new creations in this useful item. 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