r . •"* %" The Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, Iowa, March 25,1937 Slgona Upper Be* Hloineg 9 North Dodge Street £ W. HAGGARD A R. 8. WAITER, Publishers fcntered as Second Class Matter at the Postofflce at Algona, Iowa, under act of Congress of March 3,1879 Issued Weekly NATONAL EDITORIAL ASSOCIATION •10)6- •UMfR- Member Iowa Pre« Association SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN KOSSLTH CO.: One Tear, in Advance W-50 Upper Des Molnes and Kossuth County Advance In combination, per year J2.50 St'BSCRttTION BATES OCTSIDE KOSSUTH One Tear in advance ....$2.50 tipper DBS Moines and Kossuth County Advance in combination, per year $4-00 ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising, per Inch 35c Want Ads, payable in advance, word 2e SOCK THE OLD GIFT HORSE We somehow find It Impossible"!* rally any enthusiasm for that Mil now before the seventy-fourtH congress proposing a 1-cent a gallon tax on fuel oil. If this tax is warranted then there should be a comparable tax for coal and natural gas. And we have not heard anybody calling for a tax on either of these competing fuels. The plain fact Is that the petroleum industry has become so much a target for taxation since 1919 when the formula was first worked out, that lawmakers seeking additional revenue aim at It almost instinctively. Surely they do It without thinking for if they thought they would recognize that a gift horse has been just about ridden to death. "Let the people know the truth and the country Is safe."—Abraham Lincoln. THE CITY ELECTION Within a few days the annual city election will be held. Its outcome will determine the policy of the city government for the next two years, and that definitely effects every citizen of this community. The City of Algona is a business—it's a big business, the biggest single business in Kossuth county. It is a business that pays salaries to not only city employees, but indirectly has a decided effect on every other person in business or connected with a business In this city. It is a business that must effectively meet the competition of other business of a similar nature—ta other words, of other cities, that seek to compete with our own local business. And because of the Importance of that fact, it is Imperative that the City of Algona elect men to •erve for the next two years who will do everything in their power to help The City of Algona toward not only holding its own but making progress as well. There are a number of questions that are more or less issues before the public today. There is the question of downtown band concerts, the question of handling transient peddlers, the question of obtaining cooperation from city officials in matters of community promotion and community progress, the question of sliding hills in the winter for children, traffic problems In the city, the general operation of city business, the handling of city funds, and dozens of other points that come up from time to tune. It is for the citizens of the community to choose, by popular vote, the men they believe capable of meeting and solving these problems. Until a few years ago, city, governing was a comparatively simple matter, but today it is no longer so, and even municipal government requires some thought, some time, and some intelligent management, to the best interests of the whole community. ITS TOO BAD—TOO BAD! A valiant battle, but for a lost cause. The Iowa three-point tax, including the sales tax, will continue. Only Improvement in it, is a slight alteration of the income tax law allowing a bit more of an exemption. Since our paragraph lant we^k about the goings on in basements, we have had three different people ask us how we found out about their basement parties— never going on any ourselves— which only goes to show that you can never tell, not even about a basement. • • • "Jim Farley" Huenhold of the Bloody Third was spilling a little political palaver the other day, but the boys at the Smoke Shop have told him that until he begins to pass out "seegars" and develops a hearty handshake he can't expect too much — to say nothing of kissing babies. • * • Sad wan our dininoslonnwnt to have a bad cheek passed on us last week . . . and the culprit was Immediately cornered by Frank Green and Valentine ... it only puts the city and county to expense to put 'em in jail, and If they go scot free it looks too easy ... in this case we compromised, and had the defendant spend a night in the city Jail. 4 • • The new state bwketbafl beauty queen ha* a little of the old Sioux blood in her veins, she says. Which reminds us that after all the only REAL Americans were our red brothers. • • • WINCHELLING AROUND Jimmy Murtagh and Johnny Haggard with a nominating petition . . . Sunday, with throngs leaving church, and others communing with nature on afternoon hikes . . . three high school seniors are awfully disgusted with us, for losing a choice manuscript—we're, sorry girls . . . Elmer Hagg, former Algona man, now editor of the St. James, Minn., Courier, down for a visit . . . Dana Paxson with his ever-flowing scarf waving gaily in the breeze . . . C. R- LaBarre sipping coffee and talking fishing . . . Milton Dahl. so they tell us. is known as the 10 a. m. boy down at Pratt's; always punctual in arriving, but never till 10 a. m. ... With 1500 combined membership in the Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian churches, the average attendance at the union preaching services has been about fifty ... why doesn't someone with money (that leaves a few of us out) go to town and build a few nice houses in the city— ought to be sure-fire money makers ... Cliff Aalfs, girded, as usual, in his Armour (terrible, isn't it) ... Bob Williams boasting of playing a round of golf already . . . woman bringing new born infant back to the hospital to have the doctor look at 1U "mabel"— well, that was close enough to navel, wasn't it? ... Leo Swanson churning through town, probably going over to inspect his dance hall at Sexton . . . Burt lady backing her car gently into a tree. "Artie" Outran Tells the President around objection* to the old Three-Point plan (and which in effect merely continue* the old setup), it was dicovered that the head of the state board of assessment and review had purchased a new car, in Illinois, in his wife's name—and paid no sales tax. Saddest part of all ia the lack of understanding of the fundamental points on the part of both the consumer and even some business men. There have been quite a number who expressed themselves as favorable to the sales tax—and they meant it in all sincerity. They say it is as fair a tax as we could have. We agree with them; but unfortunately the question of how fair it is, is not the point. The point is that the state ia developing new ways, year after year, of dragging out more tax money from the public purse, without any clear reason, yet, why it should do so If the salts tax was a real replacement tax. and if the sales tax did not cause Iowa business to go outside the slate, then it would deserve the credit many give it. But again, it is not much of a replacement tax, and whatever it replaces is seldom as much as the additional revenue derived from the new forms of taxation. Home time, perhaps, the public will awaken to that fact. There is only one way that taxation can he reduced by state government, and that is to cut down .spending. Anyone in any touch at all with Des Moines knows that administration expense, administration soft job.s. and administration looseness is taking up all of the additional revenue thus derived. Even the Homestead Exemption hill allocates so many milliun to thin fund, to many millions to that, a half million more for administration 'which means jobs' ar.d what is left KOI-S to the benefit of property owners through homestead exemptions. But. friends keep track of how niuih money you turned into tile state treasury four years ago, how much you turned in this year, and how iriu* h you will turn in next year and you will find un- le.ss we mis.', our guens. ;ind we hope \ve do—tnat the SUM TOTAL will show you that you are paying a j:riat£r total state tax. year by year. The pioof of the pudding is in the eating" and the Htate of Iowa is' going to eat home unpalatable food, and like it. Jesse Bonar and Bill Haggard up at the Armstrong wrestling-boxing matches than film* of the actual grappling. • * • Algona rould get iUrlf on the map if the mail carriers would start a sit-down strike. • • • That funny-looking thing on top of the post- office foundation that you mistook for a tool house or something is really the vault, and work will go ahead just as fast as weather permits. • • • Stnoke Shop ha* enlarged «pari" for magazine)} . . . K. D. James has rearranged his wall-paper department . . . and change means progress, usually . . . people, cities, businesses never stand still — they either go ahead or glide backward. • » • Our little friend, Smoky, the English cocker spaniel owned by G. D. (Doc) Shumway, picked on six big dogs the other day and got the tar knocked out of him . . moral is. never pick on six at one time it's much better to take each of the six separately. Weekly News Letter of the State Legislature Activity (Legislative New* Service IPA) Des Moines, Iowa, March 15. 1937 —The good ship, "47th General Assembly", sailed past it* first important land-mark last week—the dead-line for filing new bills by individual members. Some of the last-minute bills are important, others are not Due to the short time remaining, experts say that any bill of a controversial nature, introduced at the last minute, has got two strikes on it already. And both chambers have some pretty fair pitchers. Adjournment In Sight The normal legislative span of 100 days will expire about April 13, according to a joint resolution adopted by the senate last Thursday. The House may not concur. No Speed Limit No exception was the motor vehicle law revision bill, which has now passed the Senate, following an able presentation of the bill by Senator Beardsley (Warren). The New Virginia Senator's explanation of the bill's various 200 sections left him with aching tonsils: but victorious, as the bill was passed almost unanimously. Not without several major operations, however. The section limiting speed to 55 miles per hour, daytime, was taken out by Senate surgeons, as well as other phases objected to by the "57 varieties" of lobbyists—insurance companies, auto manufacturers, truckers, railroads, etc.—who objected to various part* of the bill. Kr..«*l«I Vetoed O««., The 47*>4Jen«rml Amenably hal found Governor Kra*eh«l quite easy to get along with, so far. Last week however, he exercised for the first time his gubernatorial privilege of vetoing a bill passed by both houses. The measure was picked out by the Governor for his first bit of target practice was Senate File 49. by Senator Billingsley of Jasper county, a bill to place the cost of contesting county officers elections on the county rather than on individuals. Banker* Win Chances are that bank customers will go on paying service charges and fees charged for cashing checks. The Iowa House has tabled the bill which would have abolished the practice. During the lean years, Iowa banks have learned to depend on this service revenue, and fought vigorously the measure to stop the charges. Lard War Senator O. E. Husted of Madison county may have stirred up a war in the old Confederacy against one of the northern states, Iowa. His bill to place a 5-cent-a-pound excise tax on lard substitutes sold in Iowa has the cotton seed oil manufacturers of the south propagandizing the newspapers with dispatches to the effect that the embargo will ruin the southern states, would lead one to suppose that Iowa is the leading state using lard substitutes. Homestead Belief The homestead tax exemption bill is in conference where a few differences of opinion between the House and Senate are likely to be adjusted befere the bill eventually goes to Governor Kraschel for signature. The principal point of conference is whether the tax credit rebate to homestead property owners shall be limited to 25 mills of the total levy on property. The House voted the restriction and the Senate opposed it because It seeks to curb future possibility of increased revenue from the 3-point tax levies. At last, the long build-up of the structure of the state social security law took form in the legislature on the final day of introduction of bills by Individuals, but the enabl ing legislation was introduced, not tqtdydlviduala, but by the senate cfflWHtUe on Sftdal Security. It comprised five bills on the following subjects: 1. To create a department of social welfare, county department of public welfare and to co-ordinate the federal, state and county welfare activities. 2. To establish a division of child labor in the state department of public welfare. 3. To provide for state aid for blind persons, and the terms and conditions under which it will be granted. 5. To provide for state aid to dependent children and to prescribe the terms and conditions under which it will be granted. "Artie" Curran, the LuVem* potato king, a few yean ago had a scheme'for warehousing grain under government supervision «o as to save the farmers and we think the present corn sealing scheme may have been suggested from Artie's wheat warehousing idea. Now Artie is going to show the government how to handle the flood situation on the Mlssisippl river. Monday he mailed the following-letter to President Roosevelt: "LuVerne, Iowa, March 21, 1937— President of the U. S., Washington, D. C.: Our Beloved President of the United States: Tou are about to sanction something you will regret, that is, diking the Mississippi instead of cleaning It out. The bottom Is now five to fifteen feet above the streets of the towns along its banks. It is an inland ocean on stilts. What would happen if we would have an earthquake to break the dikes? Would be too horrid to think of. Why, not put the bottom down where It was when It was discovered by 1 DeSoto who is buried there. Your cousin, Ted, finished the canal across the isthmus nt Panama. Why can't you clean out the Mississippi? Tours truly—A. F. Curran." Artie threatens a sit-down strike unless the president heeds this letter. any public treasury geta any money In it not appropriated, such excess becomes a curse instead of * mewing. The "gimme" forces spring tip In flocks and bunches. Who Is In favor of tax reduction? Not anybody in this town. Ask our people, do you want a swimming pool? Yes; do you want a social center? Yes; do you want more paving? Yes; do you want more parka? Yes; do you want a new post office? Yes; are you In favor of bonds to secure these things? Yes; are yon In favor of taxes to pay these bonds? Oh, no. We let somebody else do that The spirit of spending is manifest In every little group, whether It be card parties, church parties, golf club, the Chamber «rf Com* merce or the more wfle spread movie picture attendance of Increasing expectation for traveling, and purchase of cars to travel three block*. I am not Intending criticism, I am only stating fact*. We pay for our tobacco, our beer, our trips, our movies, our gas, but we balk on church dues and on taxes. And U Is just because both these Items of church and state expenditures are following our personal practice of extravagance and discontent. S. H. McNUTT. The newspaper advertisement can have as much news value and reader Interest as the news item. Jo the Editor: You quote Roy Sperbeck of the Swea Sity Herald on the sales otax as follows: "There is no present need In Iowa for the extra millions of dollars from a sales tax. Moreover, why continue to harass the citizens of this state with this abominable tax for social experiments which same men realize will end in abandonment." I want to give the editor of the Swea City Herald credit for saying a lot of good things that other papers copy but which go with the wind. The Herald editor is not among those who follow the bell weth- er. As he says, relief, old age pension will come to an end. But when? They will come to an end when they swamp for lack of funds. If we add to relief and pensions homestead exemptions, the end can come sooner. How is anybody going to get elected to legislatures or to congress except he favors relief, pensions, assistance and the rest. If the rich paid the taxes here as they do in England, they would see to it that curb was put on expenditures. But the poor and the middle class pay taxes out of all proportion to the rich. If a man has $100 income and pays ten per cent on It he feels it. but a ten per cent tax on 1100,000 Income means nothing. One man has 190 left to live on while the other has $99,000. It has not been and never will be possible to apply taxes equitably. A sales tax i« an easy way to get receipts. It will be more before it is lean, and my objection to it i» that is provides money too easy, and thug encourages extravagance. If FBI. SAT. SUN.-MON.-TTJES MARCH 2ft-27-28-29-8Q «••'• |: In a mad, irany yarn from th* writer af "Mr. DM*" A COLUMBIA PICTURE OTTO KRUGER ifowRA cofiBtn VIVINC WEDNESDAY THUBSDAY MARCHM AFKEL1 Short Subject News Reel Color Cartoon Famouit th»-w Line— How many more oi Old Golds do I have to smoke the contest end*? Ixir l^-atl<-rt> I M- Workmen in Fight for Power \Veb.-.Ur <'ity Kitcinan: ii wouldn't be harmful to tin i ountry if John L. Lewis. Chairman of the ' in.nuttte for Industrial Organization and Wrri liiet-n prt.tnlint of the American Federation of Labor \vo-ild ;;.!! ea< h other off. We do not mean inui'itr. oi i our.^e but simply that it would be to the ,..!,,:ntaye of labor and the country if thefce f..o tii.uble makers were eliminated from the pic- ••ii • Labor and the country now need labor ifcad- • ; - i:Ke old Samuel (Jornper.-s and before him iike ': ' : < i.i * V. I'owderly Yhehe rnen constantly sought to [/.'ijniotc- UU: intere.it ot labor instead of their '.. .::. inluiit., and their o'*n ambitions. "DON (Jl IXOTK" HATTI.KS KAdKS ON When y,_ei get a ' un.biriatii,n like I'a Olson of The Story Ciry Hi aid Hay .Sj erb ( i ,. r.f tin- Swt a City Hei..ld. and W C I n v. c 1 .,1 thi Ko.-..-ulh Ad- van, e plus Albert Kiscli if the Blue- Karth Post all battlh.;/, i.'.er tile <;u<-.-lion o! wnc'.her or not "I>o.-i Quixote", the old h'pani. n i !,:.-sn- i.-, ilull or full of life, you've really jumpid n.'.o the (enter of a li^ht. ;-.',jl a rial fi^ht but a baitie of ".voni::. .N'ovv 'i'hi- I'ppt-r iJe>. Mn.lies lays no i lam. to ranking witii the immortal h-n.ihi -.j.care. or cv« n l.'crvaiites. in the matter of hteiaiy cX'ilUni-c. but we do have a copy of "I>on Quj:<i,ti" ., hii n . : . e picked up one tune- at a booiv store during a i-.aie. We started to read the confounded thinj; ani) only got as far as a tangle with a windmill in v, hii h the illustrious Ijon cii^a^ed, or .MjincU.i?.^; i;i-:e that It seemed quite dull at the tin.c But Biother Lfevvcl in hid paper l.»:t week, aroused oui i Liliosily v.nm lie a.--Htd t.'.e oth.-r battiil.-. .n the- C^uiXoti- ,n^.Uiiiint v. iie-tn. r 1,1 j^-t they reacheU ti.c- point in Hit boon, '.vhc ie the valiant I^on inaele a :>ui pi i.-.e Ui.'i o". er..' :n m.- oui ui.i- nij^i.'. And '.Ve promptly -Ae-nt. iiun.e :.nd ie..-j the 1'Ci i of tile booiv. Ail that we can bay now .it in:.-, iaie date i.- li.at litele were certain things rather nil e about! living in thf m.ddle ayes -life nud .-.inn a /ice and easy .-I'.iin^ aijout it. And ii you navi-n'l lead the buck either, yuu mi^nt liiid some iiiliic^lin^ lid- bits, here and then- But Brother DeWel. you tur- Terrible, Isn't If.' Kninictsburg Reporter: The presidential indict;..enl tit the ability of older men in publu lift — as i -.1 n.i'litn.d in Kooscvelt'b uttu< k on the Supreme ' 'ourt — iii, c.i not acc-m to be the guide or /neasLirfc .i.-ed by the democratic Governor of Iowa in rnak- :.•.,; appointments Among nine bent to the Senate .n it hinKle day John T <'iark.ion 'I^ern ' for In- du.-rnal * "ojnjni:>.-,ioi.er *.•; 1*i ye<tr.-. of age. K K Moure i Hi p • appointed to the i'arole Board 1.1 tti. ii W Bate* ilJcm i rcappointed Superintendent of Banking !••> b'-i. David L. Murrow ilJem / reappoiiit- cu to the Board of Aooe.s^nient and lievievv la to. * « * Hit; Farm Sait Ada 1'ay !>• : oraii Journal: In northeastern Jovva the in. demy in recent years has been for farrnera in . dvei ti.-.mg ti.cir farm auction* to try and crowd .iiiportitnt tales in small advertising space. When f-irn.i'/.: in the Spencer Iowa, district, advertise, :n«y ;/inerally u.-.c about a. half a page ad for a ;ai;.'e .-ale l j ro,,'rc: .-jive retail men handling concerns devote .; to !, per cent of their total revenues to iid- ••cMi:,n;g A tanner with a farm auc-tiori -should devote <H least 2 to 3 per cent of hi.s anticipated '^i<i.'., :-.al< receipts to ne.w.i paper advertising. ,%'ot many months ax f > William Sevathon had u farm .luction lie u.ied liberal adverti.-ing apace. A iiaiiy big <iowd a! tended the auction. v,hn h w<... advi i ti.,i d in tut Journal and I J ubh<: Opinion. He <*i- lj ii , tb.tt in.' re. 'iiue from the sale was m- 1 i • i- •' d null n muie tn.m the additional eO.it of ti.e .id.i i ti.-.ing. I! ,-. nc-v..=p.tper ad. ic. idling Z UUO j,cr-,ono m ii.ii.ii ,irca.> biMixbt in ju^t o/je additional iiood Ou3i-r. the entile co-l of the advertising wouid be ;;.<,!. in.in j...i>i -.;.< a n.-ak Just one Kood add- liioii'.i! bidder will tilt the priee of a single hornt or ,1 gi.nd in., mole than the cost of the neWt>- !•>•;;" i "d A largi; and impreioive ad will bi ing n. ;;:y nju/i. i/uyt /.-, < ( n'j bi'JUe/a to your ^ale. TWENTY YEARS AGO About kixty Aigona bu»ine*» men and farmers had attended a very I spirited meeting of the Commercial i Club held at the court house W. Clum of Des Moines, secretary of the Greater Iowa Association, was I the speaker of the evening. Following his address the farm members had clashed with the business men in open forum. The meeting had been very interesting from start to finish, and although several statements bordering on peraqnal- ities had been made, every one had departed feeling that the differences existing between the farmers and business men had been more thoroughly understood, and with proper cooperation, could be greatly improved. City Chairman B. F. t'rooe had called a non-partisan convention, which was to be held at the court house, for the purpose of placing in nomination a mayor, four councilmen from the respective wards and two at large, a city treasurer and i an asheisor. ; i There u a* to be a meeting at | the Cororniri tai club room for the ' purpose of discussing the newly organized Building & Loan Asaocia- itiori. and for the purpose of explain- i ing ita operation to those whom ! wert interested and did not under- 1 stand all the detail.-. At this meeting there also was to be discussed i plans ar.d the desirability of orgari- j izing a Goif and Country Club, and 1 all interested were to be on hand to voice tneir sentiment in the riiat- , ter. ters. They had also visited in Arkansas, enroute, and had taken in the Mardi Gras carnival at New Orleans. • * * Fred Geigel had moved to a farm near Irvington. Fred was a diligent and industrious young man, and a practical farmer who was expected to be a great success. . • • The dog poisoner had again been busy in Algona. and several had died within a few days. "Duke," the well known bull dog owned by Earl Vincent, had died and two or three others were reported as having died in the streets. * * * Mr*. Alfred Norman and little daughter, Margaret, had spent several days at Boone. where Mrs. Ncrman had gone to see her little grandchild, the baby daughter in the Joe White home. • * * Senator H. C. Adonu and Representative T. P. Harrington had been at Des Monies, attending to their duties at the legislature, after they had spent a week's vacation at home. The roininitUrc that had been an- pointed to secure a /arm agent for Koisath county met and selected W. A Wentworth of Waverly to the position Mr. Wentworth had bten a fine appearing young man and had been manager of the Wil- I low Lane Dairy Farm at Wavtrly. 1 | On Uie Feiius) U ajiia railroad I John Bohannon had been acctdent- ' ally injured, and he a:-Kcd that the i ompany pay ilO.OwO damages. While returning home from Virginia. John had been hurled headlong to the floor when a fast train • niid rounded" a curve in the moun- ! tain., cast of I J ilt; burx Hi- had I been iiibeiioible for a time and had I been i onfined to hi* home by the i injury. * « « . Mr. jjid Mrs. Si. E. McMitiion ar- I rived home from a visit of several \ v,iek.> at .San Antonio, Texas. With ; .'.lr.i. M.Maitofi's r/ioltitr und ais- TEN YEABH AGO county wa» able no doubt to boast of more miles of gravel and hard surfaced roads than any other county in the state. The county had graded, drained and graveled eighty-nine mile* of primary roads, the entire system, and every town and village was connected with Algona, the county ic-.it. by a road that could be trav- elled the year around. • • • Another Civil War veteran had answered the call when Chan. B Mem field had died at the home of his son, Charles, in this city. He was survived by three children, William of IxmUe, Texas. Mr*. Clark Coffin of Burt, and Charles of Algoca. * * • Mr. and .Mrs. Raymond Norton hud returned from u three day*' visit at Murahulitovra. During their absence. Ztlla ToiUi uud Doris Curbtr had slaytd with their son Richard. Mrs. K. U. Uuuue ha4 from u chair, its alie had been put- Ung uij curtain;*, and had brukc-Ji lur vvri.it bi.in Her arm had given unmcditite alU-atioji Uyde Lutby of Lou An<ck-*, Cal- ng his b ifornia, had been visiting er, E. W. Luaby. broth- TIME FOR ACTION! The New Homestead Exemption Bill Makes Ownership Of A Home Doubly Attractive, The New Homestead Exemption Bill, giving exemption of $2,500 in Real Estate Property Tax to home owners, means that now is the time to build. And We Offer The Following Helps 1 — A complete set of plane, estimates and building hints without any charge. 2 — A variety of ways to easily finance new home construction. 3 — The services of an organization founded on honesty and integrity, in the line it specializes in — home construction and remodeling, and business buildings. 4 — Our crews are all experienced, and we're ready to start on any job at once. Now Is The Time For Action! Costs Are Still Within Reason! We Invite You To Interview Us Now H. R. 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