Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 25, 1939 · Page 6
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 25, 1939
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IJDITORIAL PAOB ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER DE- cember 31, 1908, at the postoffice at Algona, Iowa, under the A<ft of March 2, 1S79. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION 1—To Kossuth county poatofflces and bordering postofflces at Armstrong:, Bode, Britt,' Buffalo Center, Corwlth, Cylinder, E 1 m o r e , Hardy, Hutchlns, Livermore, Ottosen, Rake, Rlngsted, Rodman, Stllson, "West Bend, and Woden, year $1.50 8—Advance and Upper Des Molnes both to same address at any postoffice in Kossuth county or any neighboring postoffice named In No. 1, .^•ear $2.60 S—Advance alone to all other postofficea year $2.50. *—Advance and Upper Des Molnes both to same address at all postofflces not excepted in No. 1, year $4.00 pensions that they are better able 16 provide for themselves? The Rumpus Over the State Board of Control The charges against the state board of control, added to the confused tangle in the legislature relative to capital appropriations for institutions under the board's control, have created an uneasy feeling that the state may have been negligent in providing for the care of its wards, particularly the insane and others not able to look after themselves. Though the board has denied most of the charges against its management, it has freely admitted such inability to care properly for inmates as is due to inadequate staff, housing, and facilities. The blame for this is laid at the door of the legislature. If the public reaction can be accurately- sensed, it seems to be that there is room for censure on both sides. There is a feeling that the board ihas not been entirely blameless, but that, on the other hand, the legislature has been negligent in that it has pursued a niggardly policy which accounts for some, if not most, of the conditions under attack. Without assuming too much either way in a case in which a more exhaustive and impartial investigation is needed than has yet been made, there seems to be ground for suspicion that the board has treated its job as a sort of sinecure and the governor and the legislature nave been influenced by politics. This latter reference is not to the present regime only but even more to the Herring and Kraschel regime*. The source is not recalled but, discussing the state's alleged failure to provide adequately for its institutions, someone offered an arresting remark the other day, to the general effect that so many excursions were being made into new fields that the old had to be neglected. Thus, for example, the state has embarked on old age pension and social security reforms. But these are costly schemes, and the expense is not static but growing. The problem is to raise the money to finance them, yet to make showings as little possible subject to attack; which, in turn, works out to inadequate capital appropriations for the older obligations of the state, namely its institutions for higher education and the care of unfortunates. Some solution of the problems herein tentatively discussed, other than any now in prospect, must be found if public confidence is to be restored. The legislative investigation was too superficial, and it is under political suspicion. Governor Wilson has given no indication that he intends a probe to the bottom and resulting action without fear or favor The governor seems to be missing an opportunity here. It is his job, and the state awaits his cue. The Teachers Pension Question Again The teachers pension bill is among the bills buried in the House sifting committee at Des Moines, and the word is that it will not be resurrected. This bill passed the Senate, but it appears that passage there rested on the assurance that the House would not act. Doubtless the teachers' lobby knew this was tho program, but for future propaganda wanted the showing that one house had once endorsed the proposal. The Senate, it seems, waived principle to let them have it. Early in the session Mi ss Samuelson, former state superintendent now sen-ing as the teacher, secretary, gave out a statement m whlch ««L PU ™ aV6raSe salary of Iowa te^ers at *S>66. The Question was at once raised but never answered, whether in arriving at this average the salaries of non-career teachers Had been mcluded-nearly all rural teachers and the great majority of town teachers, practically all women, to whom a few years of teaching are merely preparatory to housewifery. No answer was in fact needed, for it was apparent on the face of it that the career and non-career teachers had been lumped together. The non-career teachers were used to bolster the cause of the comparatively few career teachers. -At that (he lobbyists later forgot to stick to their figure. In a bit of question alu] allsWl > r propaganda, intended to .support the pension!' bill they pictured a 35-year-old leafier drawing JjiU'UO a year after 35 years' service. That was more like it, for $1200 is not far, though probably under, what the average experienced tou-n teacher in the grades draws. In newspaper debate last winter it was askud whether the teachers were bad off in comparison with the national income average of all tho people? Are they not, in fact, a lot better off? Would not investigation show a family (not a single teacher) average lower than that of the teachers? Well the Social Security board at Washington has looked into that, and its findings ware recently made public. In 1937 30,000,000 Americans earned an average of only $890 yearly! And evidently this was in the main a family average. In the face of this report, how many career teachers whose pay probably averages ?2,000 a year or better will stand up to claim that other classes ought to be taxed to provide them with America's Greatest Peril if War Comes The worst effect on this country of another great war whether we are directly In It or not gets so little mention that it has not even been among the fears of most Americans. We envision the unparaleled destruction of life and wealth, the worldwide deprivation and suffering, the threat to civilization itself, and above all the possible spectacle of our own sons exposed to horrible sacrifice. This is enough, indeed, but it is not all, for the next great war will shackle liberty as America has known it. If we are in it we shall assuredly have to have what -amounts to a dictator. War demands no division of council. Even without war Prance has already made Deladier dictator. Britain' and America will be compelled to fellow suit if war comes. Dictators must /be met by dictators. For our country this is the greatest peril ot all. For we can repopulate the land and restore wealth and civilization in a generation or two, but it might take centuries to restore liberty. And even if there is a great war,, but America is,not directly in it, we shall have to have dictatorial rule in many ways; for, again, the problems that will face us will not admit of divided council. Never, never was there a time so pregnant of disaster to the human race as that in which we live. Property, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, life itself, all in the bands of a pair of insane dictators ruling over peoples led like sheep! Timely Topics Looking forward to the time when Swea City will be out of debt, Editor Ray Sperbeck cons' the things the town might get back into debt for and suggests $5,000 to $10,000 to make the town park a real community center. And, after all, how could deot be better justified than for some project like this which would benefit all the people? Referring to the teachers' pension bill, Editor Louis J. Elbert, of the Pocahontas- Record, says passage would "surely raise the voices of other groups,of workers" who also deserve consideration. Which is hitting the nail right on the well known head, For precisely the trouble with this pension business is that there is practically no place for it to stop till it has taken in so many groups that there are not enough left to support it. Over at Estherville the other day a business man, name not "revealed, suddenly got all het up about revision of state senatorial representation in Iowa and telephoned the local Chamber of Commerce office: "I think it's all right to equalize the representation, but I'm not in favor of any more senators—too many on the payroll now." With that for a campaign slogan, maybe the gentleman could get to be one himself. Judging from ecfitorial comment about the state, even, in the most republican papers, the new state administration and the republican legislative majorities had better be watching their steps as regards governmental economy. Some promises were made before election that are expected to be kept, but to date it doesn't much look as if they are remembered. Newspapers have to draw the line somewhere as regards requests that the news be suppressed when people get into trouble with the authorities. The usual rule in this shop is that what gets into court must be published. No editor likes to publish such things, but every editor has to remember that he is under implied contract with his subscribers to give the news. If only culprits would stop to think things out before they get into trouble! The annual yard clean-up is now everywhere under way, and Algona will soon be looking dressed up again. Also soon the painters, the decorators, the carpenters, etc., will be on the jump. In a local barbershop there is a sign, "It pays to look well." It certainly does, and the slogan applies to people not only, but also to communities. Every town really ought to be "Spotless Town," particularly in spring. Whether court action can force state senatorial redistricting presents a nice legal question. Probably the courts cannot directly compel the legislature to act. The executive, the legislature, and the judiciary are independent in their own fields, and one of them cannot coerce either of the others, even to enforce a constitutional mandate. About all that can be done effectively is to raise enough hell to convince the legislature itself that it had better act. Opinions of Editors That Teachers' Pension Idea. Humboldt Independent—Well, the teachers of the state got their pension bill through one of the houses of the state legislature, and it may go through the other. This is one of .the measures that look good and sound good, but the speeches opposing it bring to light many interesting angles that throw a doubt on the wisdom of the measure. Good Grief, What Nuts! Kldora Herald-Ledger—In view of the predominant desire nowadays to get money from. the government in one way or another it is interesting to read in the Christian Science Monitor mention of several classes of workers who are giving service to the government without pay, beciiu.se they desire to be helpful 10 their neighbors and to the nation. Killing the Deficiency Judgment. Humboldt Independent— The Webster City Freeman is in favor of lulling deficiency judgments. Everybody but the money lenders is. The man who loans money on property should take just as much chance as the man who borrows. In times of stress when the value of property shrinks sometimes 100 per cent, the money loaned should shrink with the property. The deficiency judgment and the innocent purchaser laws are both unjust. IVlwt tht- Corn Loan is Good For. Ha.gle Grove Eagle—Nobody except the bright brain-trusters expected the corn loan to keep the price of corn at the loan level. The old law of supply and demand is just as active, just as sound as it ever was. What the corn loan does do, however, is to provide for a more rational marketing system. The surplus crop is not dumped on the market all at once. It can be sent to the market when there is a demand for it. All of which goes to show that overproduction of corn is just as unsound as overproduction of cotton and woollen goods, autos, radios, or any other commodity. In short, produce only what the market will absorb. When agriculture does that, it's troubles will be Qver. HODGEPODGE Webster—A stow of rations JR. Ktedientsi a mixture. THE TEJf MOST over-worked words In the English language have been recorded by Wilfred J. Punk, dictionary publisher and editor, as: 1. Okay 2. Terrific 3. Lousy 4. Contact 6. Definitely 6. Gal 7. Racket 8. Swell 9. Impact 10. Honey. MOVIES by T H C. There are many others which should be added to the use-only-when-necessary type, such as cute, really, marvelous, sweet, cure, awful, to say nothing of the milder forms of profanity. Then there's that word "aint," which has attained a faint air of respestability. Many of these words are pet peeves (such as 1 "pet peeves") while others are used without thought time after time till all meaning has been shorn, away. • • • • • I/AST WEEK Kossuth county had several inches of snow at the beginning of the week, and a warm summery day the last of the week. Where else than northern Iowa could such a climate prevail? Where elae can we have snow and warmth all in the same week? Why, those people in California must be bored to tears with nothing but sunshine and rain! MAJTY FDMTY stories are not funny to the person who is the goat—'those funny stories which have too sharp a point. But there a>t& funny stories about people where even the victim enjoys a good laugh. WAS THE ITEXT World war won at Munich; and won by the English and French? Is it really true that Hitler and Mussolini were ontmaneuvered by Chamberlain and Deladier? Hitler and Mussolini could have wiped up England and France last September. Russia would not have moved. The United States was definitely standoffish about the whole matter. Only the Czechs and Slovaks were concerned enough to fight. Now look at the line-up. Six months have gone by. (England and France are now backed by- Poland, Holland, great Russia, and by U S. public opinion, and secretly by every small nation. England and' France needed time desperately — and got it and used it. Who won the war that hasn't started yet? Figure the answer in terms of. days, weeks and months between last September and the day war begins. • • * * • A GERMAN PHYSICIAN, so it is reported in the papers, is trying to find a cure for laziness. Such a cure would be a boon to fishermen, who then could not be accused of being lazy when going fishing. That is, if they are not lazy. And there's May 15 coming up. ***** WITH THE JTEW Improvements at the Country club it should be one of the most popular places for Algonians. The entire basement has been remodeled into clubrooms, and the warm evenings' in town should drive members to the coolness of the night breezes. Members are indebted to F. B. .Timm. for the work in promoting the clubhuse improvements this year, following primary planning done by former members like H. B. White, Carl Pearson, W. F. Steele, N. J. Pool, and many others. ***** ARRIVAL OF THE KING and queen of England in this country calls attention to a difference between the English and American forms of government. In England the crown is symbolical, and hence the king and queen, as heads of the government, are immune to attack while the power behind the throne falls. Thus an English government can change over night but the king and queen remain as heads. In this country the power behind the throne is immune and the heads of the government from the high to the low are the ob- pects of attack. And when the king comes to Canada, Chamberlain is not his chief advisor. The Canadian prime minister takes that post. ***** RIGHT OR 1VROXG, depending on how you look at it, the chain store tax bill was apparently sunk in the last minutes of the legislative session. Advocates saw it as an aid to independent merchants, hard-pressed by unethical chain store methods'. Opponents saw it as a measure to increase the cost of living of the poor. Some said independents paid taxes and supported local projects, while chains did not. Others said chains are already heavily taxed. So the battle rages. The measure will come up in the next session, and the next session, till some compromise is passed. ***** HITLER GAVE OUT more than foul- millions of dollars to the aged in Germany to celebrate his birthday. The Hitler government has imposed new taxes to get it back. Sure Hitler gave the money—but it wasn't Hitler's money. Like a robber who gives his victim 10 per cent back. ***** SUCH WORDS AS dietetic, homogeneity, urophylactic, proboscis, choleric p.hysiog- numy, solecisms, and fascine determined the winner in the state spelling contest. Spelling contests are 0. K. as a stunt, but do not indicate the relative intelligence of the contestants any more than goldfish swallowing. It must be nice to know how to spell such words, but it would be smarter to know how to use a simpler substitute word that people would understand. ***** A NUMIWR OF LOCAL funsters are lament- ins the fall of the Peudergast gambling-vice regime in Kansas City, even though they have no chance to take advantage of that primrose path. They still think sometime they may have a chance to go to Kansas City, and the lure of the sin-palaces is interesting to the boys from the tall weeds. Most would like to look on safely, much like the audience watches the circus wild animal or snake charmer acts. Glad to see it, but want no active part. —P. B. D. WIFE, HUSBAND, AND FRIEND— They pulled a surprise package out of the old sock when they gave us Wife, Husband, and Friend, with a superlative cast, In one ot the season's craziest and most exciting comedy-farces. Perhaps it was the long drought—the scarcity of good picture- in tun preceding fortnight—hot, surely, the patrons of the New Call reveled in this littlt cinema treat. Because it deals with an inherent human weakness to which we are all heir, the desire to achieve aside from our mundane routine duties, some sort of special distinction, the plot In close to the heart of any audience. Loretta Young Is the attractive wife of a contractor (Warner Baxter) and has a yen for singing which starts domestic complications. But it is after the husband has been lured into the same trap by an opera singer (Binnie Barnes), and is completely disillusioned, that the picture really clicks. I think the, final oceno, accompanied by that irresistible melody Beyond the Blue Horizon, one ol the most inspired sequences I have seen in a comedy in vears. In this scene, which takes place in the compartment of a trans-continent- al train, Eugene Pallette's wife who has never even hummed a tune in her whole life, suddenly breaks forth In a splendid vocalization of the melody. This really "brings down the house." George Barbier, as harrassed husband who has gone through exactly the same experience with a vocally ambitious wife, Is an effective comedy-feeder for scenes between husband and wife, and certainly he paces his own scenes with Ma wife. •Doubling for Baxter's, Young's, and Barnes's voicea offers some of I the most cleverly conceived scenes | in the production, since none of ! this trio, acr far' as I know, has the 1 ability to sing the type of songs i which seem to come from their throats. Warner Barter's Road to Mandalay is superb, doubly since so unexpected. So here's a "Must See" on your list, you out of town readers who use this column as a guide to pictures. Take my word for it, you'ra 1 going to enjoy yourself. » Why Are the School Boards Exempt? [Eagle Grove Eagle.] For many years the newspaper of Iqya have attempted to have a law passed requiring- school boards to publish a condensed aiccount of the proceedings of school boare •sessions, including all bills allowed. School boards handle about twice as much money as does the average city, but never have to render an accounting, except the grand totals paid eateli individual and firm, and that but once a year. Our own school board has asked the Eagle to print a digest of its i meetings and list of bills allowed. They have searched the law books for a way to make such a publication legal. There is no law which would justify such an expenditure. We have not felt we could afford to publish this information without charge, especially when city councils and boards of supervisors are required to pay for such publication. Perhaps some future legislature will pass such a law. This year tbe bill died a bornin' in the senate sifting committee. Our guess would be that it would cost the school district of Eagle Grove around $50 to tell the people what they do with some $80,000 of their money. Ais far as the Eagle is concerned, we will donate the first years receipts to the Red Cross from school board proceeding publication—if an'd when. * What Will Happen to Corn Prices? [Winterset Mndisonian.] ,. A highly speculative subject among corn-belt farmers is, what will happen to corn prices, provided a fair crop is grown this season. We won't undertake to answer the question. However, the A. A. A.'s experience with cotton storage is a pretty fair indication of what will happen to corn. The government owns about 12 million bales of cotton on which it "loaned" nine to 12 cents per pound. It is now proposed to sell it back to the cotton grower at five cents iper pound. A bill to that effect has passed the House but the Senate has balked on the proposal which involves a loss of some 60 million dollars. In addition to the direct loss, this country has lost foreign markets through competition from South American cotton growers. Slowly but surely it is dawning upon the American farmer that pegging a price is a relatively easy matter but to find markets at the pegged price is a horse-of another 'Color. GENERAL PAINTING W. A. Sigsbee Small Loans Up to $300 OH AUTOMOBILES LIVE STOCK HOUSEHOLD FUBNITUBB, BIG •Prompt, ppurteous, confidential ' service.- NORTH IOWA FINANCE CD A MIGHTYflNt rnitoijjijjjti » j.. -. / * r ' •*!» IWi-SE.Ssiarw ** gloe conbihM j»6w*f, flexibju " J' 8 «n. otrtnttaf to*. Its MM of h"!?dli h > ON ANY FARM! ^s«- sai -«*£?%£ JtattB'ctiKS?* maximum economy, 83 H.P. for heavier wofkwithgapdecoflofflr.Forextrahcavy duty, MC the Ford V-8 "Regular" - - - ** truck wfch 85 HP. or 95 H*P. T- FORD V-8 TRUCK * COAMMRCMl Ollt flEATIMfS FOR 1939 Range of tix whcclbn** and 3 tnjln* «itt-60, 85, and 95 HP.... 42 body •nd chcnii type*... Big hydraulic brake* ... Full (orqoc-tubt drive... Full-float, ing rear axle in track* 06-floating hi commercial can)... Heavy-doty te»|« cenoifugal clutch ... Ford low upkeep corij, with factory exchange parts plea. ORD V-8 TMICKS AND COMMERCIAL CARS Facts That Concern You THATS INCREASED MIGHTILY SINCE IN 1932 (last year before repeal) BEER'S TAXES WERE PRACTICALLY NOTHING! •Data /ram Stole Treasurer's Office,- license, fees included. BEER helps even those who do not drink it! To Uie tune of a million dollars a day nation-wide, beer tax revenue reaches back into every community, to help pay for relief, for public works, for education... and to lift a burden that would otherwise rest directly on the taxpayers. A ^° 4 ^' add a million new jobs made by beer • And a 100 million dollar farm market. _ How can we keep these benefits... for you and for us? Brewers of America realize this depends on keeping beer retailing as wholesome as beer i itself. They want to help public officials in every possible way. They cannot enforce laws. L But) they can— and will— cooperate! May we tend you a booklet telling of their unusual self-regulation program? Address: , United Brewers Industrial Foundation, 19 East 40th Street, New York. N. Y.< BEER. >a beverage of moderation FRIED P/EZ FOLKS- XOULL LOVE 'EM! TASTX APRICOT FILLIN' IN A CRISPy, TENDER Spry-CRUST QQ09' i FRy 'EM THE Spry WAY so THEY'RE '^ /^MAKE PASTRY AND s -7;; V CAKES WITH/Jj /J * Spry.Too <|^ /y HEVU MELT IN/) VOUR MOUTH / I, EV AUNT JENNY'S FRIED PIES i teaspoon lemon juice 5 teaspoon grated lemon rind | teaspoon salt a teaspoon nutmeg cotou a e^r eete ^ d cook ^ anri- salt and nutmeg and ,nbc "^' CoT JU1Ce ' Iemon rhld Sift flour with 1 teaspoon salt Pnt ;„ i * mixture is as, fine U3 meal. Add remahSfi 01 Spry until tmue cutting until particles are ^ 3 pry and con (Notice how quickly trW t -mL e fl o! a »avy bean. your other ingredients.) s£ri3£ P b ' CId3 with . w te With a w W » BQua square. Moisten edgesT f"fd dS 8 oi n CCnt ? r of •«« on absorbeat paper. Makes 1^ 8 ° den browl »- Diain It's EASY to bake and fry the Spry way '-and foods taste SO much better PRY'S so mar velously creamy it mixes like mag'<-i say cooking experts for ?81 home-making schools. Wo wonder, then, it's sp easy to mix 3 light, velvety cake with Spry-get such deliriously tender, flaky pastry. Foods fried the Spry way are crisper, tastiefi so digestible a child can eat them. And """ has such fine, delicate flavor-try Spry! '/A TN , ALL-vegetable ip* KSf STT*^^* <r -.^i wumwoi

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