Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 22, 1934 · Page 12
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 22, 1934
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PAGE FOUR KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE. ALQONA, IOWA •NTERED AS SECOND CLASS matter December 31. IMS, nt the Postofflce at Algona, Iowa, under the act o£ March 2, 1S79. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 1—To Kossuth county postofflces and bordering postofflces at Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, Buffalo Center, Corwith, Cylinder, Elmore, Hutchlns. Livermore, Ottosen, Rake nlnB- Bted Rodman, Stllson, West Benfl, J2.00 S. Postoftlces, and Woden, year •—To all other U. "• *• ,\ -„ year * 2 ' M ALL subscriptions for papers going to points within the county and out- of-the-county points named under No I above are considered continuing •inscriptions to be discontinued only on notice from subscribers or at pub- Usher's discretion. Subscriptions going to non-county points not named under No 1 above will be discontinued without notice one month alter expiration of time paid for, It not renewed but time for payment will be extended U requested In writing. AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE OF THE BIDDING GAME The board of supervisors was handed a neat package last Thursday and didn't like the contents. The occasion was the biennial cer concern, and if it is found that because of lower costs the hatchery can sell chicks at 5c instead of .63c and still get cost of production or above, the prosecution will fail, for the hatchery will have done nothing that it has no legal right to do even under NRA, It may be assumed that the national code authorities are endeavoring to arrive at reasonable and fair interpretations of the codes. The trouble is that they have to entrust deails of execution to men of lesser vision who in too many cases endeavor to effect a price dictatorship wholly -foreign to American theory and practice. Under these circumstances it is inevitable that cases arise where designing men attempt to make use of the codes to enforce price regulations plainly in violation of .the anti-trust laws. This may or may not be the case in the baby cbick industry. The point is that the danger is there and is being exemplified in many directions^ most of which never become public because the parties concerned are in effect close corporations and are wise enough to work sub-rosa. The fundamental question _ remains whether code regulations letdng for supplies If or the June mains whether code regulations primary election. This includes all forbidding sales under production supplies except ballots. The board is required by law to advertise for bids. The supplies are specialty stuff made up or handled by a few fol- blank book houses. There were seven bids, as lows: Klipto Loose Leaf, Mason City _—$1010.14 Acres-iBlackmar, Des Moines 1010.14 Fidlar - Chambers, Davenport 1001-94 Matt Parrott, Waterloo _- 1010.14 News Printing, Newton — 1058.34 J. P. Welch, Des Moines— 1010.14 Koch iBros., Des Moines __ 1010.14 In the ordinary course of events costs are economically sound in any event. In the first place an individual plant may at any time find conditions either ifor itself or for the industry as a whole such that for a time sales under cost of production are reasonably necessary. If, for example, a plant unintention- tionally becomes overstocked, and if to avoid greater loss it is essential to stimulate sales at prices under production costs, how can a "verboten" rule tinder an NRA code be defended? Secondly, it would seem that the ordinary operation of economic law would be sufficient to take care of ,. , , . i W UU1U IJ^ £>ULLXlf4.t;ill, I-*-/ IUIV1- \jtllV. W.I. the contract would have been let any hatchor which consiste ntly to Fidlar-Chambers, lowest balder, chicks um , ej , cost ot , produc . a tion _ No one can do tnat oyer any but next morning early came _ 1NO OHe cmi uii tnai over ui.y special delivery letter notifying; at gtretch of Ume am , remain in County Auditor Butler that the buslnoi . s _ This is of course as true salesman Hi ad made an error • of am . ]ine of endeavor as it is of against the house and the bid was objectionable was this added paragraph: "The appointment will he the administration's answer to defeat of a state NRA bill in the Iowa senate." There is a hint of federal arrogance in that statement, which the Register attributes to John Hughes, Iowa director of the national emergency council. As if the Iowa senate does not have a perfect right to dispose of bills within its Jurisdiction >as' it sees fit. As if Iowa, like a naughty child, is to be spanked by the federal government for declining to let Washington dictate in state affairs. If the state senate were still sitting, the appointment of a committee to hale Mr. Hugihes before it and inquire whether he was correctly quoted migiht well 1)6 in order, and in case he admitted the statement a formal resolution of censure might be the next step. Since the senate is no longer in session to take appropriate action, Mr. Hughes might be called to Washington for an explanation, as was J. A. Hannah, the Kansas City hatchery code authority managing agent who threatened to ruin the business of a Spencer hatchery accused of the crime of selling chicks to farmers at a price under cost of production. Surely there are cool enough heads somewhere in Washington to realize that threats and intimidation either before or after the fact against sovereign legislative bodies functioning within their own. unquestioned domain are an intolerable invasion of state's rights. In this connection it is revealed that as soon as intrastate 'NRA in Iowa was blocked by the state senate, Lieut. Gov. Kraschel hurried to Washington to get the special attorney appointed. The spectacle of a lieutenant governor ihimself under indictment for claimed violation of a federal recovery act in such an exhibition of officiousnes: is certainly interesting. Fine! And will the RFC he on Hiand when the big bad examiner comes? Contracts Mean Little Nowadays. Northwood Anchor—That part of the argument against the soldiers' bonus which refers to the contract calling for payment in 1945 should be abandoned as immaterial. Contracts have meant so little during the last 18 months that the dispo- would therefore $1010.14. to i the ihatchery line. be raised ^ . . , - ., The natural conclusion would _„ , . .. ,, ,, seem to be that provisions forbid- What happened in the case of theij. sales um]er cost fff pl . 0(luction Newton concren is not known.' hou]d , je oliminatecl from all Perhaps it was an unexpected out-1 d The best reliance against aider Whom nobody had thought to Ruch actice ^ upon the pellalt ie s instruct m the rules of the game. exacte[ , ])y ecollomic law> whicll is In any event the board could notj s fai and more inex orable ™ ns ! d0 !' i h °.£?! vt ,° n _ l °£ c _ r b _ ec . aUS ? than man-made law. In this discussion the interest of the consumer is ignored. To complete the picture the fact that chick hatcheries sell to farmers who still get only 71 per cent of pre-war for the law requires that the contract be let to the lowest bidder. As to the rest, there was what certainly looked like plain evidence of conspiracy, connivance, and col- sition generally is to regard abrogation as Justified on the ground of emergency. There may be plenty of arguments for or against paying the bonus now, hut the reference to the contract is not one of them. lleject'on of Instrastate Ni II- A. Estherville News—The legislature redeemed itself from some of its many blunders when it voted down intrastate NRA. The assembly came near delegating its lawmaking power to code-makers and NBA administrators, with Sheriffs and constables empowered to throw people in Jail for selling candy bars at a nickel instead of Be. The least the incompetent legislature could do was to leave the people a few of their constitutionally guaranteed rights. A 'fearful crisis has been passed. GLA REPLACEMENT SERVICE — We replace glass on all makes of cars while you JOE GREENBERG would have been considered a violation of the anti-trust laws. Considerably' miffed, the lusion, probably under claim and| theh . pl . oducts but liave to buy at ;"_ 116 per cent of pre-war (official U. S. figures as of February 15) would have to be taken into account, board There is as yet no code which recalled in the local printers and quires a profit or even cost of pro- asked for bids, but the printers Uluction for farmers, found that the work was out of (their line. There were 55 items in the list, but all in small quantities, mostly ffrom 36 down to 12. An example is 36 forms for the bills of election judges and clerks. Local printers could do most of the work if they •could depend on selling to 20 or more counties, as the blank book makers do, but the latter, manu- CAN YOU SELL TOUR GOODS AT TOUR OWN PRICE? Some strange things are happening under interpretations of codes. Thus we read in last week's Swea City Herald: "Provisions of the farm imple- facturing in quantities, could un- ment dealers NRA code caused A dersell any local printer serving a single county and still make per cent profit. 100 H. Hundeby to cancel his market day sale of new and used machinery Saturday. After Mr. Hundeby „,,,,' . , , had distributed his advertising a So the board was stumped, and i . f fl j \ e]d stumped right, for these are prac- » t Hum boldt, where the .provisions tically or quite the only houses in; the code ' were made c \ One Iowa n the business, and the law, le { u t machinery cannot pnmnpl:: tnp Knmvi rn "IMIV Truvo , „ . ^ be sold for less than the regular retail price at auction. ,Mr. Hunde- eompels the board to "buy Iowa. Still, something was saved in the end, for a day or two later, when take advantage of its right to reject "any 'and all bids," one of the .bidders climbed down from his high-bid horse and agreed to do the work for some $150 less. Anybody community . A dealer m farm implements . is at liberty to guess whether :hei fmds himself overstocked; or he ' had an understanding with the lest. If the board had stood pat and instructed the county attorney to needs money to pay bills, or a note, or something; or he wants to add some new machinery as a bait to bring a crowd to an auction and Uel l' SU used stuff =. or he }las take the matter up with the state ' IB11 Y+ tuseu blull; . ur . " e . lu ! a attorney general and the NRA au- foulul tlhatta concession m price is horities' there might have been n >ecessary to move the new goods; teresting developments. Bidding byj 01 ' he "lf feel th , at / armers wh ° collusion is forbidden by both fed- f 011 a V" eentf °^ ft*-™*** eral and state law, and the NRA ' iuy at " fa » er ^nt (official U. S. code, if it applies at all, forbids f W™*: ™>™ry, 1934) cannot pay only sales under costs of procluc- le kuiai tion, whidli obviously cannot be the same to a cent in any two estab- P rlces T "o new stuff is his own property, duly paid for. He has been The latest RFC scheme is direct federal loans for small industrialists who need long terms. If tried it will doubtless be hedged about with such restrictions as will make it mean little or notlhinp to most of the proposed beneficiaries. What is needed is the accommodation a responsible business man used to be able to get from his local bank, and this goes for responsible farmers too. They fight over local elections at Spencer, and the approaching city election has drawn into the fray 19 candidates for one job or another. The latest to announce is E. E. Bender, who seeks to replace Mayor W. H. Lewis, fattier of Mrs. Eugene Neville, till recently of Algona. Mr. Lewis defeated Mr. Bender four years ago. Congress is at last again taking the bit in its teeth and defying the president. Though for the most part the president is right and congress bull-headedly wrong, the performance at least demonstrates that this country is not yet 'governed by a dicator, certainly not of the Mussolini or Hitler brand. David Lawrence writes that the most drastic labor bill ever seen in this country has been introduced at Washington. It consists entirely of fonbids for employers; not a ingle "don't" for labor. To make ure that no employe is influenced against joining a union the em- iloyer is even forbidden to do him he least "favor"—the word actually appears in tihe bill. The ides! Umost seems to be to force em- iloyer and employe to be persona' -nemies. 'Farmers who need money anc annot get it from a local bank vill do well to read carefully the lews on another page of the or ;anization of a government pro luotion association to serve Kos suth and four other counties. This issociation, has $400,000 to lend on :he terms ordinarily required b; banks. 'H. J. Bode, Algona, is a n ember of Wie board of directors nember of the loan committee, 'ant aishments. Perhaps knowledge of ! Brought up in a country where it these facts influenced the decision !i has always been taken for granted to settle quietly at a cut ot some 1 that a man can sell his -own prop- 15 per cent. Nevertheless we have here something wortfli contemplation and speculation. Were the original $1010.14 bids a bluff by conspiracy erty at whatever price suits him, •provided only that he can find a buyer. But under Iiis code, if the Swea •City case is not founded on misap- to get the limit? If so, have such j prehension, ihe cannot do this. If ibluffs been worked, or will theyj'he cannot sell the goods at cost or be worked, in counties where the]better, he must let them rust on his boards are more accommodating?'hands. It doesn't matter that 'he How did Firtlar-Chambers 'happen'needs money; if Hie cannot pay his find out about its error and i bills lie can go bankrupt and let the to then hit on the same bid that the others made? Other questions are: How much ' Prices, .that's just their bad luck, of this sort of thing goes on in! In the Oelwein Rsgister we read Iowa in bids for other sorts of of a similar case: bankruptcy court sell at legal auction. If farmers can't pay regular public contracts? In the light of •what happened in this case, what is the eiffect, occasional or obher- "We recently read of a case where a man was in the wholesale business 'handling a certain article wise, of our "lowest bidder" and j and he was disposing of it for "buy dowa" laws? How much, if at i $3.75 and was making a good all, is NRA being abused to over- j gin of profit on it and wantt-_ .. charge^ not only .public bodies but continue to sell it at that price But under the NRA ruling he had to raise that price to $7.50 because tha was what they iliad ruled was a "fair" price for it. This may work the public at large? THE CODES AK1) THE 1IATCII- EUY CASE AT Sl'ENCEH The Des Moines Sunday Register played up the Spencer hatchery case with the main banner line in it Iowa in the interpretation and enforcement of the national industrial recovery act are involved. At bottom the question here is whether Nira means the elimination of the competition which the lessons all economic history have , tt 1 Nor can we see Where the public the articie is to be bene vice .president. Do you think anyone who hap pens not to take stock in a Nev Deal project is necessarily influ enced by republican prejudice Then how about Alfred E. Smith and John W. Davis, erstwhile dem ocratic nominees for president wfli' are distinctly not new dealers? Th truth is, partisanship does not hav to enter at all into one's views on current governmental questions. Editors rolHics at Its Worst. Knoxville Journal—The passag of tihe soldiers bonus bill through the lower house of congress appeals to the Journal as the "crudest polities" yet displayed—an insincere and flamboyant bid for the soldier vote. It is impossible to believe ttia under any true interpretation of the National Industrial Recovery instances as these can be be fair petition under the codes or the u^nauiL^ <ni ev;uiiuiiiic uibLUiy IliiVii * , , f , , demonstrated to be necessary to > n ,?' lts °* , deale !'* afm consumers * alike will be subject to an intolerable dictatorship. IS IOWA DUE FOR A SPANK- I\<! «Y UNCLE SAM? Saturday's Des Moines Register carried a first-page story saying protect the masses ifrom unscrupulous priee-gouging. Tihe code oj the baby chick in- idustry specifically requires that no chicks be sold under cost of production, according to the Register. But this does not mean that all competition is stifled. If any hatch- j that a special United States dis- ery can keep its costs down and still iti-ict attorney to prosecute Iowa sell under the prices of competing NRA violators would be appointed Dynamite 1'or Democrats. -Swea City Herald—The retail sales tax law and the liquor control bill, either one, contain enough dynamite to blast the democrats into kingdom come; 'provided, of course, the badly disorganized republicans can get together. JillA and the Little Fellows. Primghar Bell—-Cs'RA came out of 1933 as yet a big question mark. It has reversed all our anti-trust laws, and told big business to combine and fix prices, but the machine is not yet so perfected as to allow little business to assimilate the new hours of labor and the resulting high costs of necessities. And Agin the Sales Tax Too. Ward Barnes in Eagle Grove Eagle—We are for Geo. W. Patterson for lieutenant-governor, or anything else he wants, because 'he. and Special Pre-Easter Selling Spring's First Fashion Leaves Unfolded! Turn over a new leaf! Give yourself the good things you deserve to have this spring. You'll find this store fully prepared to fill your needs with new wearing apparel and accessories at attractively low prices. Quality has not been sacrificed to make this possible. If you want to get an early whiff of Spring, do come in. The fashions will give you a comprehensive picture of the 1934 Easter parade too! New Spring Coats Colorful tweeds, crep e y •wools, many in the new windblown silhouette. Coats for dress or sports wear. Coats that will stand the strain of being worn in automobiles and at the same time retain their smart appearance. Priced at $12.95, $16.95, $19.75 and $29.75 New Spring Suits The swagger styled suit is this season's most popular creation. Here is a two purpose garment. May be worn separately as a coat or as ia shirt. A lovely assortment to select from. Priced at $12.95, $16.95, $19.75 and $29.75 Smart New Dresses We are now showing a tremendous assortment of attractive, colorful spring dresses that are created from silk prints, mossy crepes, ribbed sheers, all in glorious colors. Jacket dress styles are important, and we have plenty of them. Always you'll find here a complete size range. Featuring groups at $5.95 $7.95 $11.75 $16.95 $19.75 $23.75 Our Millinery and Shoe Sections are Filled with snappy new Spring creations that we hope you'll see. Spring Opening Specials in new—smart accessories GLOVES HAND BAGS French kid gloves — capeshin gloves and sut'do gloves in blues, blacks, tans, greys and white, in smart new styles, priced at 79c, $1.69, $1.98, $2.98 SCARFS Smart new scarfs from attractive silks in clever new shapes. Whites and spring colors. Freaturo groups at 69c and $1.00 GIRDLES Every tiling that is new and correct in foundation garments — correctly fitted by expert fitters, at prices from $1.00 and better Handbags in patent leather, rough grains and new silk fabrics in every wanted color and shape. Feature groups at $1.00, $1.95, $2.95 HOSIERY "Belle Churiuoer" and "la France" sheer chiffon and service weight hose in every fashionable spring shade. Feature groups at 79c, $1.00, $1.85 UNDIES Silk and rayon undergarments in dainty lace trimmed, also the more tailored types m every new style and color. 1'eature ,prices at 39c, 48c, 59c, $1 & better Christensen Bros. voted against the NRA toil! in the batciheries it has a perfect right to by Attorney General. Cummings. do so as far as this provision of the There can be no «ode is concerned. that, provided the special attorney Ah, Thereto the B-ubl Story City Herald — Bankers Thug if NRA auditors carry out Violators of law should 'the threat of the code authority to be caught and punished whether IMust Loosen Credit, says the Reinvestigated. the books of tfce Spea- the law "be right of wrong. construction Finance Complete Outfitters for Women"

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