Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on December 1, 1938 · Page 13
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 1, 1938
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fimTORIAL PAGE <E*mt*9 Iowa, under the Act of March 2, 1879, TERMS OP SUBSCRIPTION I— To Kosauth county postofllces and bordering postofflcea at Armstrong, Bode, Brltt, IP-jffalo Center, Corwith, Cylinder, Elniort, Hardy, Hutehlns, Llvermore, Ottosen, Rake, Rlnffated, Rodman. Stilson, West Bend, and "Woden, year -------- ................. _______ jl.60 I— Advance and Upper Des Moines both to same address at any postofflce In Kossuth county or any neighboring postofflce named In No, 1, year ___________________ ....... ___ ' _____ $2.60 I— Advance alone to all other postofflces year $2.50. t— Advance and Upper Dea Moines both to same address at all postofflces not excepted In No. I, year _______ ...... . 1938 — DECKJEBKK ALL, subscriptions fo/ papers going to points •Mthln the county and out-o£-the-county points named under No. 1 above are considered continuing subscriptions to be discontinued only on notice from subscribers or at publisher's discretion. Subscriptions going to non- county points not nam 1 eel under No. 3 above will be discontinued without notice one month after expiration of time paid for, If not „«, ™ » ,„ renewed, hut time for payment will be extended If requested In writing. S M T W T F S 12'} 4 6 C 7 8 » 10 11 12 18 14 15 1C 17 18 1» 20 21 22 28 21 25 20 27 28 2!) 80 31 Mr. Average Taxpayer and His Taxes That unknown "average lowan," probably a 'Bes Moines man, who keeps track of his visible taxes penny by penny and month by month is still on the job. The total this year up to November 1 was $151.52, and since his salary is $1 ; S70 a year he finds that he pays one dollar out of every $12 in income for taxes, on the basts of the record for the first ten months of 1938. Nothing .is included except taxes that he definitely knows about and pays directly. He has no means of knowing what invisible taxes he pays—something for the tariff, some passed on to him as the ultimate consumer in the prices of things he buys, the taxes he pays to his landlord in rent (for he is a renter), etc. This business of keeping track of visible taxes is now in its fourth year. Each year a new man is found to keep the record. The idea in changing men is to find out whether they agree pretty well. If they do, then the claim that the visible taxes they pay are average, or thereabouts, is corroborated, assuming that the average man with a family earns around $1800 a year. And so far the records do agree pretty well. Here are the figures kept by this year's average taxpayer for the first ten months: October Total Type of Tax Payments To Date Sales $ 3.28 $ 22.10 State gas 4.92 30.60 Federal gas 1.G4 10.22 State cigaret .74 5.9S Federal cigaret 2.22 17.94 Auto registration 20.00 State liquor permit 1.00 State liquor (est.) .4' 3.78 Social security 1.91 18.8G Federal tickets .60 3.80 Telephone .50 State income 14.32 Federal playing cards .20 City auto test .50 Fishing license .60 Other taxes .60 Totals : $15.76 $151.52 Having perused this statement, let the reader not pass on to something else with the impression that this man's taxes average about $15 a month, or $180 a year, or one-tenth of total income. Remember what was said above, (hat the record shows visible taxes only. This man pays out considerably more than that, in invisible taxes. Suppose we add $75 a year for taxes in rent. We can make only a wild guess at what he pays in passed-on taxes and because of the tariff. Let us say only one per cent of his income for the one, or $18, and only $10 because of the other. Add these to his visible taxes, and you have $290 a year, or more than 15 per cent of his total income. This is practically a dollar a day, excluding Sundays, and at $6.17 a day for 303 working days in the year he works for government 47 days, or nearly seven weeks, which is nearly one-seventh of all his working time. Of course it will not do to conclude froni these figures only that Mr. Average Taxpayer is overtaxed. That question requires other and laborious research. To get at the answer one would have to go over a thousand governmental costs item by item and weigh every cost on scales of necessity or of social desirability. Government costs something, and to the extent that it is necessary or desirable from economic and social standpoints it is right that it should be paid for. With that in mind, whether Average Taxpayer pays more than he ought to pay is a question for debate, though it does seem, to begin with, that working one-seventh of the time for government is far too much and calls for rigid investigation. The Proposed Inquest by Iowa Democrats Friday's Mason City Globe-Gazette carried the following Washington dispatch- Iowa democratic leaders will meet in Des Moiues next month to study the general situation of the state party in view of reversals in the general election, Senator Clyde L. Herring said here Thursday night. Senator Herring eaid he had talked with Senator Gillette just before he left for Washington and that "we thought a group from over the state should get together and try to find out just what caused some of these things (election setbacks)." The Des Moiaes Register first-paged a longer story to the same effect and hinted that the conferees would not be the Eicher-Wearin type of democrats, which comes near meaning the FKD type. The conference is certainly needed, for the democrats did take an awful licking In this state. They saved only Gillette, and he, too, would have been beaten if BO many voters hadn't "had it in" for Dickinson. There w*e •something vitally wrong somewhere, probably several things in fact, and wise generalship demands an attempt *t identification, and, tt possible, speedy «nd adeawate remedy. The helptew dtfttculty fur low* democrat* is that the debacle was probably rooted chiefly in national issues. Iowa democrats alone can't do anything ab&ut that. They can only bring whatever Influence they can exert to bear on the nationa} leadership, and that lead ership Is at present' In chaotic condition, owing lo differences among the leaders. Some causes' art pretty plain. Too many farmers were not. satisfied with the agricultural program. Discovery of the fact that after all the administration couldn't head off * recession created loss of confidence. In the background the growth of the national debt and distrust of the ever-growing federal po.w- er cut a big figure. The democrats of Iowa will do well to think and confer earnestly on these and other causes of their setback and to do what they can in the way of reform; and republicans would do well to 'follow with their own conference, to the end that they may not be victims of the same pitfalls. That Is the way to bring about good government, no matter what party administers it. Speculating on the Big Fight in 1940 In his News Behind the News column in the Mason City Globe-Gazette, Paul Mallon, one of the cleverest of Washington's syndicate correspondents, includes this paragraph of great Interest to politically-minded readers— An eminent democratic authority home from the war at the electoral front has just about made up his mind that the demos are in for a licking in 1940; says that right now FDR cannot keep from running again, a4 no one else cr.n do the job to his satisfaction. This general opinion is widespread here. Well, it does look that way—now. But a lot of water is going to run over the dam in the next two years. If FDR is going to be saved, one thing alone can save him, not to mention anything else. Suppose this Hitler-Mussolini- Jap mess gets a lot worse and we get drawn into it willy nilly. Would we change horses crossing that stream? We might, but there's a big chance we wouldn't. 'But if that doesn't happen, and if FDR does :et into the running again, you are going to ee the derndest electoral fight that this country has evey had, and a ringside seat at this political battle of the century will provide more thrills that John L. Sullivan's historical encounter with Jake Kilrain or Dempsey's with Tunney. Timely Topics In this -country even small local papers like :he Advance take positions on questions of state and national policy and are free to support or cnndemn the government. How long, do you think, would they last in Russia, Italy, or Germany? Remember that the next time your local newspaper takes a position that you don't approve. Harry Hopkins now knows what Hoover was up against in the "smearing" line. Rightly or wrongly he has been so "smeared" himself that he must be severed from the WPA. Latest rumor at Washington Is that he is to be made secretary of the navy—if the senate doesn't object. In any event he seems slated for some new JOD that will keep his so-called crown prince boom alive. A recent paragraph in this column advised ceeping an eye on Taft, of Ohio. Now Governor Landon offers the same advice. In G. 0. "P. circles "Taft and De'wey for 1940" is already !n the sub rosa gossip. And since Landon has agreed with the Advance, this sheet returns the compliment by agreeing with him that Lehnan is the democratic white hope — if Mr. Roosevelt will please not upset the applecart You had better not envy Governor-elect Wilson at this stage of the game. Job hunters, iob hunters button-holing him at every turn! What a chance for Wilson to appeal to the bet- :er instincts of the people by announcing flatly, and once for all, that politics will not enter into his appointments, that he Is going to take the time necessary to weigh every appointment on the basis of the best interests of the public service, and that in the meantime button-holing will count 25 points against every job- seeker, Practically every republican newspaper in the state laid stress on one theme last week. Sobered by somewhat unexpected success in the election, they with one voice declared that .low the incoming administration at Des Moines must keep its campaign promises. Which is mighty good advice. The Wilson regime needs to realize above all that it is going to be on trial for the next two years and that only high performance of duty will save it in tne presidential campaign of 1940. Freedom of the press is important to pub- .ishers, but if that were all, the problem would be of small importance. It is because the freedom of the people is inextricably bound up with freedom of the press that the question becomes of all-Importance. The people of the overseas dictatorships can read only what bureaucrats let them have. Be prepared, if need ever be, to fight fiercely for freedom of the press and every other means of public communication—not in the interest of any purveyor of such communication but in the interest of your own freedom and the freedom of others. Opinions of Editors It Does Sound a Little Phony, Logan Observer—Even the man who sealed his corn for 50 cents, then resealed it for 57 cents, then bought his own or his neighbor's corn for 30 cents or less, knows that there is no sense or intelligence in such government- sponsored operation. He knows that the whole performance is one of absolute asiuinity, impossible to continue. Something New Dealers Overlook. Webster City Freeman—It is absolutely impossible fpr a man or corporation to continue in business indefinitely if the outgo exceeds the income. The wage and hour bill may work quite satisfactorily when business is booming, but when a depression or a recession comes along, as they have a habit of doing, many employers will find it impossible to meet the requirements of the law, and that will mean less rather than more employment. "Dick" Made a Great Bace Anyhow. Ed. M. Smith in Winters^ Madisonian— Senator Gillette £ould squeeze through by only the narrowest of margins over Dickinson, the former senator who la bitter in his opposition to the entire New Deal program. The vote in Iowa was a tribute to both men, for Gillette did win in the face of a minor republican landslide, while Dickinson staged an-amazing comeback in the face of a campaign of vilification and mud-slinging which had few equals. Hie vote WM « tribute to * man who has,the unjjp t*4t«*4 by hi* ideate, no matter what the coawiuwjc* j»*y be. at the Btatehouse." First off come the tax divisions. Anyone on the inside has known IDEA— day, drink poison, play the stock market, ride in airplanes, go to bed the same day they get up, are misunderstood at home, work five hours a day, play ten, die young. Stores have electric .lights, cosh registers, elevators, never have what a customer wants, .trust nobody, take inventories daily, never buy in advance, have overhead, mark down quota, budget advertising, stock control, annual and semi-annual, end of the month, dollar day, founder's day, rummage day sales, and—never znake any money. • • * • • T »cm iiTTi-nw^.c, T ft,^^ i-uio,! ueiwruiieiii conects various LAST WEEK'S MEM about the teachers fees f rom restaurants, oil stations, MLB drawn some comment, some both ways, In etc ., an d makes inspections. The fact. One merchant, on the .extreme side, insurance department collects wanted to know why it wasn't more emphatic, premium taxes. opining that 'he Was "regusted" with' trying to .' '. sell to teachers. The other extreme said the'STAFFS— merchants were too tough on the teachers,! After the taxes are collected, i and that it was none of the merchants' busi- is not likely that much administra- ness where the teachers spent their money—; tion can be saved. Every collec- after all they earned it. Well, it's a good ar- tion must be kept in its own ac- gument either way—probably one which will'count, general, homestead, old age never 'be fully answered. Perhaps the teach- ] pension, motor vehicle, highway ers should give the local merchants at least a commission, sinking fund bond re- break and look in Algona first — with an at- 'tirement, etc. HODGEPODGE Webster—A stew of Tartons !•« gradients | • mixture. CLIPPED FROM SOME exchange or other, and going the rounds In newspapers, is the following comparison of the "Gibson" period and the present: Fifty years ago women wore hoop skirts, bustles, petticoats, corsets, cotton stockings, high buttoned shoes, ruffled cotton drawers, fl'annel night gowns, puffs in their hair, did their own cooking, baking, icleaning, washing, ironing, raised big families, went to church Sunday, were too i •busy to be sick. Men wore whiskers, square hats, Ascot ties, red flannel underwear, big watches and chains, chopped wood for stoves, bathed once a week, drank ten cent whiskey and five cent beer, rode bicycles, buggies or sleighs, went In for politics, worked 12 hours a day, and lived to a ripe old age. Stores burned coal oil lamps, carried everything from a needle to a plow, trusted everybody, never took inventory, placed orders for goods a year in advance—always made, money. Today women wear silk stockings, short skirts, low shoes, no corsets, an ounce of underwear, have bobbed hair, smoke, paint and po'wder, drink cocktails, play bridge, drive cars, have pet dogs, and go in for .politico. Men have high 'blood pressure, no hats, and some no hair, shave That Wilson Promise to Cut Useless Bureaus Reporters and Politicians Curious to See How Governor-Elect Ifl fttiing to Djo the Job [Weekly news-letter of the Iowa Press association. The material presented herein does not necessarily conform to the editorial policy of this paper.] When Governor-Elect George A. Wilson started his post-election "rest-up" trip, he knew the grass fires which precede warm legislative fight were starting. He has been in politics too long not lo know that. He has also been in politics long enough to know that the fire? would not spread till he gave the "go" signal. i So he hunted pheasants a few days on a friend's farm in Cerro Gordo, near the Clear Lake spot where he goes fishing in summer, theiiireturned to the capital, but in a- few hours was off to Burlington to shoot ducks, his sons going along. • •• — " —-— — starting sometime thl» week, when P. reasoning, Would get more votes he plans to get hte administration jthah added employes could bring ..^ji_ u ....... • t^«i nf\ #Mi* A!) • Ar TnA iTl. . •'. .-'• '•-•,' im JJlUIJtJ \,\J o*iw »«•** »»»"•-«•—•—— i under way; but so far all of the In rumors have gone with no Indications from the governor-elect. A quiet man who knows most of the governor's plane — In the popular political assumption here— Is Charles Fischer, widely known aa "Charlie." He Is also tight-lipped. Charlie was the governor-elect's 1936 campaign manager, then went to Arizona for his health, but returned for this campaign. Sometimes at. odds with the party central committee people he nevertheless consistently declared that he was ,interested only in "doing this job." But behind Fischer's back, rumors crept forth that he, was. to be the next comptroller. However, the same sources now believe that Charlie meant what he said and will return to Arizona. Yet there nouncea tor epeaKer or tne house town« t n , c «ir of representatives. To read the list I The charges j^ ° ver sounds like calling the house ros- siv ° ""'tVfew^u' ter. Leaders in the race so far g"" 5 ' |1(!f »iscd topf seem tb be John Irwln, of Keokuk, clieckcrs nrRncl tllat and Bob Blue, of Eagle Grove. The well paid, ^J!" ( grapevine is not yet carrying re- lnp; °«t" their \ ports of the next speaker pro n l 01 ' c , tlnic nntl . , _ . *"" chccknrq """Wtaf.l tempore of the Senate—third rank- He HI t ing office of the state, ' ty'.s Mi!, Upa " ( !l if may ' Wj some talk that he might take an VARIETY— | Meantime news reporters and: •-•— political insiders were conning the appointment which comes up next governor-elect's campaign program Ju 'y *> such as the highway com- for possible hints of legislative mission post now held by C. L. McKinnon, New London, democrat, who will be replaced with a republican. McKinnon Is a democrat that proposals. The most fascinating one, the ouic, uu anus, anu some no nair, snave -_„ . . . . . ' their whiskers, shoot golf, bathe twice a I™ .f* ct . * mort "pecutatlon j was the pledge for "elimination of useless bureaus and commissions the republicans would like to see left on the commission, but his term will be up. since 1.934 that there is a duplication of the tax-collecting efforts of the state. | The state treasurer collects the .cigaret, beer, gas, and inheritance taxes. The etate board of assessment and review collects the sales ,tax and the personal and corporation income taxes. The agricultural department collects various lilude of trying to find something here. But Savings would have to be made ione. Take a merchant who is re- The general conclusion from all of the consolidation-of-bureaus talk is that the state machine, which republicans considered Important in the good old days, was built bigger and better by the democrats, yet still failed them in the 1938 time of ne"ed. Therefore, would it not be a much better vote appeal to reduce expenditures and ehow efficiency by cutting the number of state employes? This, in the G. 0. SPEAKER— A dozen candidates nounced for speaker of the house have an- Th ose LIQUOll- ty'.s bin, the two n !"m "" It's the real advance ddpe that "hcfi" ft U , le l)0 local option forces gained In the charging f or 30a b11 , 1 lot' legislative elections. They may be - vcni ' Hinlr bill j u S strong enough to give the state lo- j^or charKcd Pay for cal option in the coming session.! The i Llquor-by-the-drlnk, as auch, Is not defeated i favored by many would probably do down to defeat. DEAD— , ' members- and blft mc(] for thcse^' IC ' W >8 iu' time than they Iknow, bm there . ", <y,,[ mere nr Census figures Indicate a major- vestlgatlnn, and jf n h Ity of Iowa's population has been | hl ' ow n upon the scen y lh j l born since the administration, of attention' 0 Kh ™ l<1 8lv ° former Governor 'Frank, t). Jackson,. 1894-96; so it is little wonder' that few had ever heard of him fir" i , ^8 JMIUHI1 , [Blister City Fro, when his death last'week at Red- Iowa ' Vh af drtemand ' lands, Calif., was broadcast. But Omaha .sold 57 '" old-timers remembered him ae a 1(liSt month, one-time figure in Iowa politics. MILLIONS— mo n th history, Charles c dent, reported that i — =»i, lujioriea that fh« A, The board of control estimates tlon succeeded in return]™ its next biennium building and re- of 133 far "i» and ranches pair needs, chiefly for insane hos- f!?iT ship duri "« ° pltals, at $1,750,000 a year. There braeka? SouT Mot!" „,, is considerable agitation to..gi-ant ing- Fully three-four™] the money In the next legislature, lanti solu ' President Mi but If that is done it will be one RIIVR wntlt """"' '" " of the things which will knock tax-reduction plans. THE MO VIES By T. H. C. porting sales taxes every three'phesy. JUST AROUND THE CORNEK— I commented about the prospective passing of little Shirley Temple after her last picture. I ventured the prediction that the little sweetheart was no longer the big box-office "draw"; " also that I sensed a change from childhood towards adolescence. Just Around the Corner strengthens my pro- RAY, YOU FLATTER . ,,,., «•«. noted Milor I'.rltt Xcws-T From a Personal Lei just finished reading your ( ial page and that of the D.! ister. I want to complin' on your fine editorial pagt,, opinion you have a better t ial page than the great] daily. is harm, and that the .., worse than the dime the regular week-end trips to big towns will mainly in the tax-collecting divis- not make the State streeters any happier. It's not only the "head" of the 'business who u J iCi l\. UtJl.JGl.lUi) -«~.j v*»»j» JL »4*J £3 l/ClljG . CtUUim lilCt "~" «"«• ***»VJUl»v*til DLCLLIU 111C * i. upon Algona business for that job. Teaeherls books, inspectors go after "chisel- donlt think Shirley is definitely .... .. - i "thru" yet; but I do think the .producers should have the sagacity to likewise, all foresee what is taking place and months. The state audits his eceive approximately $40,000 & year in Al- ers." The income tax division has ;ona, and an dtem that size is important the same p'roblem; money. • * * • • AGAIN THAT PLEASANT time of the year when the youngster-part-of-us, submerged under those terribly important things, can at least shyly emerge and look over the toys—the trains, the dolls, the gadgets on mechanical toys, the doll furniture, the erector and similar sets. Algona's stores are now coming into that pleasant time, and it's worth while to take time just to walk through the stores. Make some child happy this year—if there are none of your own there are many children who could do with some toy. * * * * * GUESSING ON THE identity of the merchant whose coat was not purchased last week other divisions." In Wilson campaign addresses, he told of as many as five state men in the same town the same day to do the business which one could perform. Each was on state expense account, including hotel, meals, and mileage. So there you have a key to speculation on tax-collecting reform. POSSIBLE— f Had the democratic administration been re-elected, possibility that the there was tax board would be "revised" to become a tax commission. But these rumors !concerned the wish of the admin- Is entirely wrong—about 100 per cent wrong, istration to make new appoint- on the first guess, and 95 per cent on the sec- j ments, chiefly to end the service ond guess. He ordinarily doesn't get riled up'of Frank Green, republican and —that's what makes this whole argument J "many-times "no" voter on the something out of the ordinary as a complaint present board of assessment and against out-of-town buying. And some people review. along State street are suggested as candidates -or the next bombardment against "foreign" purchasing. Who wants to be the "fall guy" state treasurer or transfer to on this one? *•• * * • THE NEW METHODIST cook-book, completed last week-end 'by the Advance force (adv.) gives the following recipe for a husband : "First get one not too young, but tender and of healthy growth. Make your selection carefully and 'let it be final, otherwise they will not keep, and like wine, they improve with old age. Do not pickle or put in hot water — this makes them hard and sour. Prepare as follows: Sweeten with smiles according to va- iety. The sour, bitter kind are improved with a pinch of common sense, spiced with patience. Flavor with kisses according to taste. Wrap well in mantle of'charity, preserve over a good fire of steady devotion, and serve with peaches and cream. The poorest varieties may oe improved by this process and will keep for years in any climate. Wives may be successfully preserved in the same manner." PARKING COUPLE8*should be on guard against carbon monoxide ga«. Turn off the engine. Wasn't there a song something about letting your love keep you warm? Good advice. If you can't keep warm, better get a new date or stay inside the house. tax-collecting board. The chief difference is patronage. The tax- board patronage, heavy in • state politics, is now under the governor's thumb. «e would lose it to the treasurer on the one plan, continue control under a board. Assessment and review board pla,ns are of minor importance as concerns patronage. The intricacies are not so well known to the public. Rails and telephone companies appear to be well satisfied! with present Iowa assessments, which are equalized on a state basis. The utilities, too, seem satisfied. NOW IS THE TIME to start work on the Ice skating pond south of town. This is a worthy project which could be sponsored by the city or any group, but someone should arrange to keep the snow off the Ice. The Junior Chamber of Commence erected a neat and comfortable shelter home a year fcgo. » • » » * ONLY 85 PATS till CbrtetmaB. Those who made resolutions a year ago to do their Chrtetraas shopping early tM» year should start by reading the Chri»te*9 advertise-, men** in ihia l»»ue, «id. then act PA the Suggestion*. ThereV only one Way to ft»rt^-an4 thai ia to atari. OHOA under WAY the'rMt r^i*p9 *BI . !£*• y^* ** V w* ^f Ppjf • 9 9^f * PB V? • ^^F P The present new ideas concern transfer of tax-collecting to the Do not misunderstand me: I orchestra number—a scarce article in these days of double program features in which there usually no room for shorts. •• v..»j%- mull LIU; uiiue nm The one of the Thanksgiving used to road, but which m program was by Merle Kendrick gotten as our minds mal (name unfamiliar to me), who Those blood curdling gave a good account of himself, stories which made us a playing good old numbers like fright half the night-i Limehouse Blues, waltzes, and fl re even putting gold-lei ers on them, and prei ! judges of the supreme , y,«n.<.ca, mm — -•—• i».^-i. 6 types of music less currently .pop- ers on them, and ular than swing. l4 "' 1 — •" " star the little scamp in about one picture a year, thereby tapering to her dwindling is something the producers' never learn. Yet when we feel, for example, that we have had enough oysters for awhile, we don't go right ahead and ruin our future taste for the delicacy by frying and stewing them, with reckless repetition. We just use our heads, and serve them less frequently. Why can't we have this same formula with our movies? No, by heck, if Shirley was once the country's biggest box-office appeal, then, by darn, she still is, and will be od infinitum. So we'll get Shirley crammed down throats 'till hades freezes over. Just the same Just Around the Corner is actually one of her most enjoyable and interesting efforts and I think it's Pangborn's — ~-. M j. "*T 1*1(3. ]*i ««ov-» ut in v nupivii Then a good feature, nothing f' he , ™ Idn| R n t °» to .. especially outstanding from a kl i'? d ,, cock robln! " Hollywood ballyhoo standpoint,' Well, It's a dizzy we just good, plain fare, doubly wel- a bad J? ace to live in '' come after a big turkey dinner and wo stl " have unCMS ° r e |i a lazy afternoon ment presses, radios, and lazy afternoon. Bob Burns Is taking over the pictures. !, v job. For the aver- TAKBK' m. . i. Time ma * azme ' whose -i m. . age audience made up ot folks'. Tim , e ma *v azme ' w from the smaller towns' and com! *°»" tm ™ .1 respect munitles this IB duck-soun Anrtirn 1 S ently - believes the ca " * our of quiet and ° town n c tu e comedv of There's plenty of rush P whil hi^h nra but 6 w« J r ft " *!? *n £!rec o?Fra ° *** Ma masterful portrayal of far d Dang- complex characterization] c °n- have even been added to I role. Too, b'ig Bill a fine job, as, also all with ~ * 1--""*w ««UUV«L uuiiiBy "a just a case of "enuf's enuf.") '* . The Declaration of Independence snort was a splendid educational reel— good for both young and. old. Such pictures should be encouraged And the Walt Disney techni- color, "The Old Mill," is a pip!— stnnt n,mKi« «» T Tl , nave even Deen atmeQ w slant rumble of giant trucks. readjr bulging sta g Mast ), imi anSas Travel er, harks back cerely think this astute a nttie to melo-dramattc day s of has made the common e: a decade ago—the vllllan, the boy most pictures in trying vno comes home to make good, his 'an . extremely simple h sweetheart, and the sage-brush , comedy to the height of a Philosopher who helps the young. colossal spectacle. ™~ —,V ^ uple set hitched." Surrounding The original show, ,, Farrell, the cast are folks who run stores/twice saw in Chicago,*!! or j-infit- Oil 8Lfl_tlflTlS onrl i V 1 1_ ^^ 1 A t a B S0 ^u lled " busln ess interests. i lovable old'man and his I e . plot . is incidental. In this'of eccentric men and ,—.. , 0 i»i;iueui«.i. in mis oi eccentric "'cu case, its the newspaper business, j Grandpa Vanderhof nut it speaks the language of ev- ' " eryone of us, and in my humble estimation It's a darned good plc- " nest to out M, - o that hit-shop. Not only the subject matter, but the coloring effects, reached a new high in artia- tlc beauty. DOUBLE BILLS— We had two double bills over the week-end, the Iowa continuing Its policy of two features while the New Call made an exception. Bob- OTHEK Other reports concern an end to the state emergency relief administration), revealed-(in the late stages of the campaign to go so far in administration as now to have 91 agents drawing expenses (but not salary) in the counties. These agents have had np definite duties. Reports also concern removal of the stete highway patrol and the motor vehicle department from control by the secretary of state to a separate department, the head to be appointed by the governor. The rumors concern less etate control of old age pensions, some change in the «tate comptroller set-up, land a few other possible consolidation*. AGADT8T- "~" Arguing against change in the state board, of aa*eaexnent »nd review to another of the ten points, Wiiioj8'pl«d|:« to appoint a — «Mf Siffp&r, <* the hoard. . at the Call— the former being a pocket edition of the latter Manager Rice, with his cutom- ary sagacity, points out to me that » y ear a • similar combination netted him one of the best Sundays of the year. Which only maybe, how little , i anguag(i of ev -|rymore), Penny Sycamore! In my humble Byington), his daughter,™ tUl*6. Special credit goes to Fay Baln- ter, who does a fine piece of Work as the mother in a field already overcrowded with talent, Her talk with her daughter about am- Wtlons in youth it quite the loveliest thing I have seen in the movies in a long time. Well, kind readers, now you know about what kind of a program I enjoy at the rapyies, and I hope you'll be more charitable when they drag out some blood^ and-thunder gangster picture and a few 11'1-assorted shorts, includ* ng a swing band and a cheap imitation of a Walt Disney. x THE WOULD ABOUT US— This short Is one of the cleverest advertising blurbs that has ever come out-of The motion picture w ever, makes a social V •of this difference in _ goes even farther. I £ difference to the poljt,' max and introduces an maybe, how little I know about °°T ° ut ^ f Hollywood. « bpasts the motion picture business from I i ne , oast< Wellteent direction, the box-office «tandni>int ana almost inspired Dhotoeranhv. • the And, standpoint of ignorance, the t ™ iiZ a 'suuiauce, tna famous "horror" combination of Dracula and Frankenstein, about i wMch I wrote in such scathing terms a few weeks ago, when it was perpetrated o n the good pec^ pie of Des Mqines, is billed for the Iowa in the near future AH you horror fans, and there are mil, lions of you around the United States, lurking in the dark corners (so they tell me), get o n your toes and see if "you can take it." ARKANSAS TBAYEtEB- T . ..- —r Jnapired photography, n tens, in not too flagrant ft wan-r reason why movies are a Wttle Johnny, „ H+ are Wta. I suppose, who read thi* column week after week and who sometime exclaim (meu- H«J' V^V 1 *oader Jiwt "tot kittd of a show that old wi|j>y really enjoya." To put such c : vng sow as fecf example of the kind of ' ;-\*. _ — • - - T ™f* **»vy»,« ww^ff 13— no, excuse me, HM seen the retreat of Napoleon from Moscow, the earthquake m Sail Francisco. • in short great events in history. . y I found the picture convincing, even though directors and product er.s do sometimes take liberties n. -, ' * themselv «» aometlmeff 49 that «• eomethiaK to beea « denied privilege* wbicb ar«,now the every-day fare of the generation? W|ft%ii aymgionj, "is uuu6"»"i--i law (Samuel Hinds), andj of others comprise the c" eryone in the Vanderholl does what he or she e| they are a'H happy. The stage production^ suggests that the Vander. the better of the million bys, who are so busy am fortune that there is little devote to the son (James who has fallen vi?leaW with Alice Sycamore (Je« the only member of the , tribe normal enough » f a court room scene to « he Vaoderho nlay a harmonica, » . . &s and far-fetched tW ders on the vote 1 a little time to foi B^ftSgSa !rrA'v- !5 -"1

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