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Hw># HAGCJARD & BACKUS, Publishers, entered as Second Class matter at the postoflfice at Algona, Iowa, under the ts : act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Issued Weakly. : =: Subscription Rates in Kossuth County: One Year, in Advance Six Months, in Advance Three Months, in Advance Subscriptions Outside County, $2.50 per year, strictly in advance. Subscriptions continued until paid for and ordered stopped Display Advertising, 30c Per Inch Composition 5 cents per inch extra. .$2.00 . 1.20 .60 GASOLINE PRICES. Everybody who owns a car, and there are mighty few who do not, are interested In the price of gasoline. Recently a gasoline war at Bancroft, Bwea City and in many other Iowa towns brought the price down to fourteen cents, including the gas tax. In Algona the price did not change and many people driving about the county took advantage of these prices and had their gasoline tanks filled. There is little doubt but; that the price of gasoline is higher than it should be and accounts for the fact that some of the wealthiest men in the nation arc dealers in oil and gasoline. Selllnff gasoline is a legitimate businoss, but the price should be placed on a fail- basis as ts the case on nearly all othci staple articles. The Webster City Freeman-Journal, in discussing fche matter says: "The Freeman-Journal is not advised of the wholesale prices of gasoline, but when It looked the matter up a few months ago the wholesale prices of airplane gasoline In Chicago was around six cents a gallon, and presumably airplane gas is of the best quality." If that Is the case and consumers are compelled to pay eighteen to twenty cents a gallon there is no question but that they are being robbed and the city and local authorities would be justified in putting in'a municipal gasoline station and thereby save the public thousands of dollars every month that otherwise goes out of the community forever. The tipper Des Moines-Republican, January 14,1951 Hutchms Discusses Farm Values for Taxation Purposes (By O. B. HutcMns.) This is the third Installment of a series of articles by ex- representative C. B. Hutehins on the proposed tax legislation now before the Iowa general assembly.—Editor. RAILROADS LOWER FARES. Railroads are up against it just as farmers are and find that their business in most instances is a money- losing proposition. Passenger traffic is just about nothing on short trips. Nearly everybody has a car and if they do not, they are riding in busses. Perhaps the railroads are deserving but they do not geb much sympathy. The public remembers the high-handed manner In which they transacted business when they had things their own way. The Milwaukee and some other roads in this territory have lowered their passenger rates on small divisions to two cents a mile with the hope that it will stimulate local business and compete with bus lines. Some of the railroads now own and operate bus lines parallelling them and for instance, the Illinois Central owns and operates a bus lino between Dubuque and Fort Dodge. Busses can be operated more economically than trafas, but they have their track, rolling stock and men and it Is difficult to see how much they will save. The chief freight cargoes hauled by freight itralns are coal, grain and gasoline. WHh pipe lines from the oil centers they will lose much of the business of the latter. Time is the chief object of the public today and everybody is in a hurry. Wether they will wait for trains, even if the fare costs two cents a mile or Jump into a car when business has been transacted and speed to some other destination remains to be seen To the Editor: I have recently received a copy of the report of the legislative tax committee, appointed by the last legislature, to formulate a different) and better system of assessment than we have been working under as a state ever since 1853. I tmnK that the committee has done a good job and there is but little to be criticized and much to be commended It Is not necessary that I go over the Ills. of the present system. Everybody who has given the subject thought at all we come In MAKING A GOOD TOWN. The criterion of a good town Is the newspapers. A good live paper with Interesting news and attractive advertising is read with Interest by the public and the town as a whole receives the benefit. No town in Iowa has better newspapers than Algona and as a rule much of the credit is due to the business men who are liberal advertisers and use good judgment in advertising their merchandise. Persistent advertising always brings results and the most profitable advertising medium Is acknoweldged to be the newspapers. People usually come to a town to trade. If they want an article they Invariably go to the store that advertises this article. The public wants a newspaper that contains live news and the readers do read the advertisements. A dead newspaper signifies a dead town and a live newspaper can only exist with the hearty cooperation of the merchants just as much as the merchants' success depends upon the newspaper. Cooperation means success for both. News and Comment. OUR NEW GOVERNOR. Dan W. Turner, Iowa's new govern or, is an able man and perhaps as wel qualified as any man in Iowa to fil ;hls responsible as well as honorable position. As he assumes his duties as chief executive of the best state in ;he union, he shoulders respons'lbilitie that no doubt will occasionally caus him to wince, but we believe that h will be able to cope with the numer ous problems that will be brought be fore him. He was elected governo by a tremendous vote and receive nearly all of the votes in his horn county, which is evidence that thos who know him best have confidenc in him. As he assumes the numerous weighty responsibilities of governor, he deserves and should have the hearty support of every lowan who has Iowa's Interests at heart. ec oug , change. In the place of having 2354 township assessors it recommends the creation of the office of county assessor, which would give us 99 "sason I the state, the assessor to be a full time offcer, to be appointed by the board of supervisors and to hold hte office for an indeterminate time subject to the state assessment board and the board of supervisors. If there Is any ffice that ought to considered regard- ess of politics It should be that of- ce The committee recommend that le county assessor be subject to the ireetlon of and orders of the state .ssessment board, which I think ad- isable, as then all 99 assessors can be rorklng to the same plan. I have also «en and read the data sheets gotten ut by the state assessment board for he use of the state for 1931. I think it too complicated for general se and will be far more expensive ;han an assessment should be, though after an assessment has once been made it would not necessarily be, and jf course with a county assessor, af- er having acquired experience, it would not be nearly as expensive as by the township system. The sheets require that the distance from a town or city shall be stated, whether on a graveled, paved or dirt road, the build- ngs on the farm to be assessed separately from the land, the character of the fences, how much plow land how much pasture, etc. In getting a the value of a house, the material o which it is made is to be taken into consideration, whether one or two stories, the number of rooms, the cubical area of the house, depreciation year by year for thirty years, at two and one-half per cent yearly, down to twenty-five per cent of its cost be low which it is not to go. If one man built and lived in a house during hi and the life time of the house, th last provision might be practical, bu with land continually changing own ers many of them, In time, non-resi dents, with much of the land beln occupied by renters, I think It will be 'a pretty difficult task, and that It 'might be that the value of the whole jfarm could be arrived at in a much more simple manner and just as ac- I curately as to go through all the procedure required, only part of which have given. It has been proposed that the data necessary to enable an equitable as- essment be obtained by requiring the recorder of each county to keep a record of all sales and prices of real state, reporting each two years to the tate board, also that the county es- essor, each year, asceraln ttie selling jrice of all kinds of personal property and report yearly to the state board It was stated in the data sheets or the ommittee report that there were not nough land sales to furnish a guide hat would be sufficiently accurate. To atisfy myself I went over to the reorder's office and ascertained the umber of farm real estate sales for 929 and 1930. For 1929 there 560 and or 1930 528, in Kossuth county. That ould be an average of 39 for every wd years for the 28 congressional ownships of the county. I am, to a ertaln extent, a believer In Henry George's theory that the land should ay the tax, or at least farm lands hould rather than the buildings, es- ecially the house, and should pay a ery large part. Otherwise you pen- Not Dividends. Livermore Gazette: When the newspapers announce in big letters that the "bank pays dividend," its sounds to the casual reader as if Borne wealthy corporation was having a melon-cutting, and was handing out dividends to the fortunate share-holders. Instead, they are of course simply paying back a small fraction of what the depositors lost; and to said depositors this "dividend" stuff has a different meaning; to them it has no melon-cutting aroma in connection with it. Out of respect to their feelings It is a wonder that the editors have not thought up some different term in which to express the joyful tidings. It does not occur to us, just at the moment what better term to apply, but the .dictionary must contain a number. The only person pocketing anything like a dividend at the time a bank's affairs are being wound up is the receiver in charge. Steer Buried for Six Weeks in Strawstack, Corwith Hustler: While Stewart Oxley and John Riggle were loading straw from a stack on the Ben Major farm Saturday, they discovered something under the straw. Just as Stewart was about to hit that particular spot with a pitchfork, a steer stuck his head out. The boys Immediately dug the animal out, found It too weak to walk and in shape resembling a race horse. The -•—--•• • -•— ANTHRACITE;!' BITUMINOU5 E&NOKIDN&SOH lize one man for his thrift, economy & foun(J ,, Uncle Ben » ( and a i so send good management and pay anoth- fl truck wlth the expe ctation of ,. a nwmiiim for Door economy ana ,— -_i__i *„ tvm horn. hut-. the barn, but iy the time tthey got back the steer lad gained strength enough to walk ,nd was found some ten or fifteen rods rom the stack, and was licking ice. They did not have to haul him. The teer was given water and feed and ommenced to gain immediately and at this writing is quite a frisky animal. It is thought that the steer had >een buried in the strawstack for over ;ix weeks. er a premium for poor economy anlma) mismanagement and perhaps shirtless- * hey ness. Also it would fine the man wno aises a large family of children and, n effect, pay a premium to the man who has none. To Illustrate the last tatement: Suppose four men, A. B, C, and D own a section of land, each a quarter. A has no children, B two, C four and D eight. It will readily be seen that different sized houses will be needed to equally accommodate the various families. It will be granted that each house is equally valuable and comfortable according to its size, ,hat each family is equally accommodated. It naturally follows that the man with four or eight children needs a larger, more expensive house than the man with two or none. The land of each, hi a state of nature was equally valuable, each man had the same opportunity. One being thrifty and economical, is enable to build a large and commodious house for his large family of children, another does not have to, perhaps does not wish to build expensively. The house of neither is a money-maker. The man with no or a small family may be equally thrifty but does not need so expensive a house perhaps follows a line of farming that does not need so expensive outbuildings but his land being equally good he may be able to make more monev than the man of large family. Shal we penalize the man both -for his thrift and for his large family? I sa; no. Arch McFarlane is a Smooth Cuss. LuVerne News: We've known our present lieutenant governor for the paftt forty years, but we never noticed any of the traces of asininlty which he must have developed if he did write that letter he Is accused of writing. In fact we thought that Archie was smooth enough so that he could secure the endorsement both of Ida B. Wise Smith and the president of the bootleggers' union. FOR GOOD CLEAN COAL AND PROMPT DELIVERY CALL 229. F.S.NORTON&SON YARD THAT SAV)ES AND SATISFIES^ Kossuth's Population. The 1930 census figures of Kossuth county towns are: Algona ..3985 After repeated meetings, the senate Norris should have been opposed by and house conferees on Muscle Shoals the regular republicans because of his virtually broke the long exlsltlng dead- suppo rt o f Alfred E. Smith in 1928, ilock. They came close to an agree-I _, ^ „„„„„,»,„„ - twl.nAnHrims and \n We wonder what the kickers in the United States senate would do without a president to criticize. Kossuth county has eight hundred members of the farm bureau. At one time it is reported 3500 belonged. Now it is,up to the Chicago gangsters to take the fellow who squealed on Lingle's murderer, for a ride. With eighty-five counties bonded for paving it looks as though mud roads might be a curiosity in Iowa in a few years. The Webster City Freeman says four per cent beer Is intoxicating. We will visit Hunter and Tucker any day if they think they can prove it. A lot of the fellows who are worrying about the income tax law will never have to pay, while a lot of us wish we had an income tax to pay. If an income tax law is passed in Iowa, who will pay. What will the manufacturers and other industries do but add it to the price to the consumer. It Is probable that Iowa will have county assessors in the future. We now Washington News By Fred Holmes, Wash. Correspondent for the U. D. M.-R. ^uit,»*u «»»WM w»»w -—.——— mittee members accepted the seriate proposal to allow the government to construct and operate transmission lines out of the profits of the sale of power. The action of the conferees was regarded as a victory for Senator George W. Norris, republican of Nebraska, who has urged the vital necessity of the government controlling not ouseTonTer^nce^om- and his oppositi Hoover programs. Norris was a democrat. and he held alone the generation also its transmission. of power biut have '2,354 township assessors and 99 I tionol platform. Washington, D. C,, January 12.— The Wickersham commission has completed its inquiry into prohibition and s eager to leave the findings on the >resident's doorstep in order that the nembers may turn their attention to other matters. When word to this effect was communicaed to the president and he was advised that the report was due In a few days, he prompt- y decided to forward the document to congress witih his own comment. He did this notwithstanding warnings that :o lay so explosive an issue before the louse and senate at this time might upset all plans now made to avoid an extra session. It is Mr. Hoover's view that to receive the Wickersham report and try to smother it until congress adjourns on March 4 would make more trouble than would the immediate publication of the report and the president's conclusions regarding it. * • * It is officially stated the the president in transmitting the Wickersham report to congress will send a special message and that this message will deal with conclusions of the majority. The president's advisors, withou exception, expect him to adopt these majority conclusions as his own. In other words, the majority of the commission is believed to be engaged at the present time in drafting a report which will become the basis of the president's prohibition policy and if he is nominated for a second trem in all probability it will be the basis of the prohibition plank in the next republican na- will do the work. more unemployed. That means 2,355 Milo Reno calls Legge a damn liar and Legfje says ditto. That's one reason why farm relief is being held up. If congress wanted to do something they don't know what to do. Today, people with money are investing it in postal savings and bonds. In five years from now they will realize the big mistake they have made by not buying Iowa land, the best and safest investment in the world. Senator Norris is getting more comment than any other im'.ii in Ihe .senate. It would make anyone sore to have hi.s enemies try to tlulwtt him for office by getting some follow bearing the samu uamu to oppose him. Judge Clark of New Jersey gained a lot of prominence when he declared tjie eighteenth amendment unconstitutional, but the United States circuit court of appeals says it is con- Sltutional so that's that, but at the aam,e time there are many American OJMzens who would like to Bee Judge CH«* president. Far from surrendering to progressive demands for legislation, administration senators, confident of avoiding a special session of congress, have adopted a program of meeting fight with fight. The senate republican steering committee met recently and outlined a program of preferred legislation designed to offset the insurgent threats of forcing an extra session. At the same time, there is a division of opinion among the republican leaders to how far they can afford to ignore the progressives, but it can be said authoritatively that the major number is in favor of batjtling the insurgents at every step. • * • When John Barton Payne, chairman of the American Red Cross, testified to the senate appropriations committee that Red Cross funds are sufficient to relieve human suffering in the country this winter, much of the wind went out of the sails of members of congress who demanded that the federal treasury come to the aid of drought and other sufferers. That assurance from the head of the Red Cross sustained the administration's side in the battle over the principle of using treasury funds for relief, though senate and house still remained deadlocked over (the issue specifically raised in the $15,000,000 federal food loan amendment to the pending $45,000,000 drought relief appropriation. Four Old Veterans. Dine Together Burt Monitor: Four soldier boys, pas and present, sat together for Christmas dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. 0. Fairbanks. They were: J. H. Grover, 91 year old veteran of the Civil War, Dr. R. M. Wallace of Algona, Spanish war veteran and also a medical officer of World War,.W. ;H. Grover, World war ve*«ran tmf. Luther Fairbanks of the TJrfl&d States army air corps. Bancroft 854 Swea City 695 Whittemore ••- 6°* Burt 58 ° LuVerne 570 Titonka */,« Wesley «2 Lakota 409 Penton '81 Ledyard 245 Lone Rock lo 9 Township Figures. Lotts Creek 682 Swea 601 Union 590 Riverdale 573 Hebron Plum Creek Springfield Seneca Cresco Secretary of Labor Doak's estimate that 400,000 aliens are in the United States unlawfully is shocking to law- abiding citizens. If this estimate is correct thousands of American citizens are out of work because jobs are held by foreigners who violated the laws of the United States and forced their way into the country. The few aliens who might be excluded by halting immigration while the depression lasts would count for little in comparison with this army of aliens who are already here unlawfully. • * * It is apparent that in connection with the alien employment situation the labor department has been doing its utmost with limited facilities available. Deportation of aliens is a costly and complicated process. To Increase the present rate of deportations by only twenty-five per cent, says Secretary Doak, an additional appropriation of $600,000 would be necessary. Should that expenditure be made under the existing system action could je taken on only a fraction of the cases that ought to be handled. This nadequacy permits thousands of law violators to become permanent anl le;al residents. < • «• In a message to the automobile industry which he'telegraphed to a dinner of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Commodore in New York, President Hoover waved aside any desopndency over the future of the industry. Analyzing the automobile production, road building and gasoline consumption during the last year, the president said the figures indicated "we have been cheerful in the use of our automobiles," and added that he did not assume they were being used for "transportation to the poor house." < • * Notwithstanding opposition of influential elements on Capitol Hill, there Is every indication now that congress will be powerless to halt the proposed four-system eastern railroad consolidation already approved by President Hoover Senator Couzens, of Michigan, chairman of the senate interstate commerce committee, is still hopeful that the house will act before March 4 on his resolution, adopted by the senate last session, to suspend all railroad consolidations pending further investigation Republican leaders in the house, however, are opposed to the measure, and if the house does take any action, it is likely to be of such a mild nature as virtually to nullify the purpose of the resolution. And beyond that is the practical certainty of a presidential veto of any measure that would interfere in any way with the interstate commerce commission's consideration of the consolidated plan. * * • Emphatic disapproval of the actions of Robert H. Lucas, in opposing the re-election of Senator Norris and in pledging a republican national committee bank account as security for a personal loan to pay for publicity was voiced by Joseph R. Nutt, national committee treasurer. Nutt, a white- haired Cleveland financier, told the senate campaign fund committee that Lucas, executive director of the national organization, had a right to "fight" Norris, a republican independent leader, but "made a mistake" in the methods used. He, too. believed Eloquent and impressive tribute to the late Marshal Joffre of France, as Jie outstanding genius of the World War and a man of personal qualities comparable to those of George Washington, was paid in the house by Representative James M. Beck of Philadelphia. The French ambassador, Paul Claudel, listened to the tribute from the diplomatic gallery and afterward hastened to the door to thank Mr. Beck in behalf of the French people for the honor done the "hero of the Marne." The house chamber was nearly filled, and the occasion, arranged by house leaders, took on many aspects of a state affair. A laugh in which President Hoover joined heartily, was all that came of this week's regular conference between the chief executive and Washington newspaper men. After Mr. Hoover had announced he had no news, a correspondent asked: "Can we be of any assistance to you In selecting a new secretary?" "Yes," the president re- "The Ministry of John the Bap- Golden text "Bring forth there- Nazarene Church. Sunday school at 9:45 a. m., lessen title, tlst." fore fruits worthy of repentance." (Luke 3:8). Morning worship at eleven o'clock with sermon by the pastor. Text Isaiah 7:20, "In the same day the Lord shal | day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria." Evangelist service at seven-thirty with sermon by pastor. Wednesday evening prayer and praise service, bring your Bibles with you. Welcome to our services.—I. F. Metcalf, pastor. 569 559 Ramsey 55* Portland 551 Lincoln :. 544 Shermap. Good Words for Rev. B. M. Southgate. The Britt News-Tribune, in giving a. report of the Britt Congregational church says: "During the two years that Rev. B. M. Southgate has served the church, interest has grown, a fine improvement campaign has been carried out and the church in every department to- doing effective work." Fair Board Met and Accepted Grandstand. The Kossuth County Fair Board met last Friday and formally accepted the new grandstand from, the contractors, H. R. Cowan & Son. Other business- and figures were gone over and Ifoey all are looking forward to a bigger audr. better fair next fall. Presbyterian Church. Morning hours of worship, the study of the lesson. The sermon theme, "A Multitude of Gods." Evening, the Y. P. S. C. E. at six- thirty. Sermon subject, "The Exultation of Christ." It should be a happy plied, "I would like to have your unit- momen t for those who love the Lord ed opinion on the matter." Wesley Legion Post Received Citations. Wesley, January 13. Special: Andrews Post of the American Legion has Just received a community service citation from the national Americanism commission for outstanding service to its community during the period of October, 1929 to September, 1930. This citation is a reward for decorating the graves of deceased veterans, for providing, grave markers, for assistance in obtaining veterans' disability and insurance claims, and for various other merits. The post also received a distinguished service certificate from national headquarters for having exceeded its 1920 membership. The post now has thirty-six members as compared to thirty-two last year. Very few posts have the honor of receiving a certificate of this kind and the local Legion boys feel proud of their record. I to meet together in worship.—J. L. Coleman, minister. In Partner* Annual Meeting Fair Society on January 20. The regular annual meeting of the Kossuth county agricultural association will be held at the court house in Algona on Tuesday, January 20, 1931, beginning at two p. m. "\Vfeiihtj Purpose 1. To pay doctor bills. 2. To refinance your car uit reduce payments. I. To buy livestock or chickens. 4. TO GET OUT OF DEBT — by grouping scattered bills where one uniform small payment can be made each month. PAYMUNT SCHEDULE I 50— I!ci/»7 | 3.55 a Month $100— Repay » 7.05 • Mouth $200— Kepay 114.10 a Month 1300— Repay (21.10 a Month Your furniture, auto anil livestock may t>« used an security. W* will t» glad to talk with you (confidentially, of course) about arranging a loan to meet your iieeda. See CUNNINGHAM & LACY Algona Phone 598 Representing Federal Finance Co. Des Molnes J» 9 ST. 3 99'- WORTHY OF ITS MANE Beautiful in it) color and {lately IrTitt appearance, the Bucksiaff Royal Purple Vault ii truly worthy of in name. It offers a complete protection to the remains of the deceased that U guaranteed for 99 year*. There can be no greater tribute to the departed than the proviiion of a, Bucksiaff Royal Purple Vault. It can always be Identified by in purple color, geld handlei and cerial j number. Without these, it if not a genuine BudutuT Royal Purple Vault Sola exclusively by IAIBD & REIMJSB Mw. Relmer, Assistant • "There are 58,000 employes receiving just wages keeping the wheelH of Swift & Company going. Many of these employes are my neighbors. They live in this town, work here, build their homes. They patronize local merch»nts, pay taxes like you and me. Their interest!) are those ot thin community. "I'm one of the 200,000 producers who deliver butterfat, eggs and poultry to a Swift & Company produce plant and receive cash for my products. There ere more than SO ot these plants. And I'm also one of the 45,000 shareholders of this concern, w ho i ec';ive a return on their investment. "It makes a big family, doesn't it? But we are all proiul to belong to it and to do our part, JI'B a mighty fine thing to have contact with an organization which can thrive on an average margin of less than 2 cents on every dollar of its total sales, and yet — everyone receives a fair return for what he does, "The 58,000 employes receive just wages; the- 45,000 shareholders receive a return on their investments. The 200,000 producers get spot cash for their supplies anddon'thavetoiearlocal gluts or shortages, for Swift's nation-wide distribution, through 600 car routes and 400 branch houses, assures them of an ever ready market, "Next time you ask for Brookfield Butter, Brookfield Eggs or Golden West Fatted Fowl, remember that many of your own home folks take part in producing and marketing the supplies under those labels." Swift & Company - : Algona, Iowa Swift's Premium Quality Brookfield Eggs, Premium Milkfed Chickens and Golden West Fowl prepared by Algona people, On gale by local dealers, B

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