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1-AfffOM (ttt.) ttpptf DM Mo<ft« Thursday, July 4, 1957 ^..^ _. .^. _,-_._ ... . __ _ -t_._ ...Jii_ .jL. . .. .^, ..k,_ . ;.-.„, ,j '. • 9*9* fle$ ulotae$ KOSSUTH SCORES AGAIN Thirty-nine of Iowa's 99 counties were rnrtked among the 700 Counties which lead the nation In value of farm products sold, according to figure* from the U. S. Census Bureau. And Iowa had more counties than any other state in the top 200. Before we get too jubilant it would be well to remember that California, for example, has for fewer counties than Iowa and each county would average at least eight counties by stand* 3rd Iowa size. But, Iowa still led, and Kossuth county ranked third among the 33 lowfa counties in value of all farm products sold. How Pottawattamie and Sioux counties Sneaked in ahead of Kossuth we don't understand, but they did, so we'll have to settle for third. Be that as it may, the main point is that Kossuth couny has once again demonstrated its importance in the agricultural marketing picture, and will probably continue to do so for many a year. Perhaps that is one reason why land values in this area have shown some increases, despite a comparable drop in prices received for farm products we produce. So long as people eat, there will always be a solid footing under the economy of Kossuth county. * * * 'SCREWY DEAL' IS RIGHT The daily press is terming the current investigation of alleged efforts to pad bids to the State Highway Commission a "screwy deal." We agree. It certainly seems to be. The general outline seems to be that two Republicans from Indiana connected with Indiana state highway activities in the past, approached folks in Iowa including some Democrats, about matters pertaining to bids to be presented to the State Highway Commission, whose majority Is Republican. Right at the outset this is "screwy". Thus we have both Republicans and Democrats involved in the proceedings from the beginning. The efforts of the Indiana'men, It seems, didn't get to first base. No padded bids were offered or accepted, just suggested. Thus everyone seems to be fundamentally in the clear. We trust, however, that,the Iowa Legislative Investigating Committee will not spend all of its time on this one incident. It Would be interesting to know If any such arrangements have ever been offered in the past, and if so , whether or not bid padding took place. The current Incident is going to lead noplace, and couldn't possibly, since no actual bids or purchases 'or contracts were ever entered into. Our guess is that the matter will start AND STOP with this one incident; nobody will ever know whether or not previous incidents of a similar nature have been tried, and whether or not they succeeded. * * * A PROMISE FORGOTTEN Mason City Globe-Gazette — This fiscal year has produced the second highest budget expenditures of any peacetime year in history. The total of $68,9 billion has been exceeded only pnce—$74.3 billion in fiscal 1953. The Korean cease-fire agreement was signed on July 27, 1853. War momentum figured in the 1953 budget. U. S,' population is 5 per cent greater today than in 1954. Per capita spending therefore is actually 3% per cent less. . Inflation figures in the matter too although that would have to be accepted as an Eisenhower responsibility. The national debt is about the same as in 1954 in total, about 5 per cent lower on a per capita basis. What all this adds up to is anybody's guess. One thing, however, is for sure: The 1952 promise of a reduction in spending, taxes and debt load has not been carried out in any conspicuous way. Upper $)re CaU StreeWPh. CY 4-3535— Algona, Iowa as second class matter at the postoffice at Al£ona. Iowa, under Act at Congress of a, J879. Issued- Thursdays in 1957 By TUB WPElt PES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. R. B. WALLER, Mawa sing Editor C. 6. ERLANDER, Advertising Manager RATES IN KCfifiUTH CO UJ« in QMQ.bfalBtJOD i PC? 5^'KA^OUTSID¥ KOSSUTH NEWSPAPER THEY LOOK PRETTY TO US We hove just had the time of year when one of the major projects seems to be to violently dig, spray and cuss dandelions, and to snap off their heads with a lawn whip. Just what is the matter with a dandelion ? It looks as attractive to us as a great many of the carefully cultivated flowers. If someone had a different name for them they would probably be greatly admired and treasured. As it is, they are just old dandelion nuisances and let's get rid of them by any means as quickly as possible. As we understand if, dandelions do serve a few useful purposes. The bees seem to like them, and nobody fools a bee very long as to the purity of nectar contained in the plant stem. Dandelions do not poison the, soil as do cockle- burrs, nor are they poisonous to livestock. We have even heard that they may be boiled and eaten with perfect safety, or that their 'juices may be transferred into a nectar that was forbidden during prohibition. Maybe the chief thing wrong with dandelions is that they are cheap. In years gone by the free lunch was offered as a tavern lure because the cheese and bologna was so cheap you could almost give it away. Butchers used to give away liver. Try getting any of these items free now. But the dandelions are still free, and very pretty in their own way. Why are they considered such a terrible thing to happen to a lawn or yard ? * * * PAVE BECK A PIKER Indianola Record-Herald — Bills have been introduced in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $1.25 an hour and even to $1.50, also to repeal the exemptions of the wage hour bill which protects local business from its provisions. Now, why be so modest about it? Why not "go whole hog and make the minimum wage $5 or $10 an hour, and make it apply to farmers, housekeepers, and everybody else? What is the matter with setting the minimum salaries of high scho'ol graduates at $10,000 a year and of college graduates at $20,000? What is the use of fiddling around with a mere dollar and a half an hour? We have no standard of money anyway; the printing presses can just as well print ten dollar bills as one dollar bills. The adding machines in the banks can handle the business by simply eliding six columns~oi ciphers, and the deposits will look much bigger. Such a scheme will soon put the government out of debt. The outstanding bonds, for which the people have shelled out their cash, will be only chicken feed that the government can pay off and never iniss the money. And then, the taxes will be so much larger. The man who has a present income of five thousand will have an income of 50 thousand and he will still have only the same figure of exemption so the government would get much more of his income. Oh, it's an easy way out. Everybody will actually be poorer, but he will feel rich; so what's the difference? Let everybody feel good. The laboring man with a dollar in his pocket, 95 cents of which is his, will feel a lot better with 5 or ten dollars in his pocket with one, two or three dollars his own, with the government taking two or three times as. much out of his earnings. Seriously the U. S. government is already the biggest crqok in the business. Congress investigates Dave Beck, but Congress could, 1 give Dave Beck lessons in filching the money of.,those who trust him, ' .' ' ; Every time the minimum wage is raised, go'v- ernmenf bonds, by which the trusting people loan their money to the government, lose value and the people who have lent the government their money are cheated. , . Every time the minimum W|ige is raised the government takes a bigger slice 'out of the laboring man's income, because the higher the income in figures the larger the percentage taken in income tax. And prices go right along with the wages or a little faster. There is no standard of money or values in the United States today. The more Congress inflates the currency the more the government takes of the people's income and the less the bonds--, a^e worth which the people have bought from the government. Poor Dave Beck! He is just a piker. P.S.—Since the above was written the federal department of labor has issued a report for a congressional committee which strongly implies that excessive wage increases are at the bpttom of the inflation spiral which threatens the United States. The report admits that there may be some other causes, and with political caution does not specifically, charge wage increases with being the cause pf inflation. Yet, according to a story from the New York Times News Service (printed in the D. Mi Register of May 10) there can be no doubt that the substance of the report is that labor is eating its own head off with unearned pay boosts. That a federal department, in view of the political implications, would go this far is significant. The depression of the '70s, the '90s and }929 were speculators' and bankers' depressions. The next panic is likely to be labor's panic. * * * Wh«n American aullwMUs $r» willing |o turn an'American soldier doing his duty over'to Japanese courts to stand trial it is time to £§k }ust who DID win that war? We can just imagine a victorious Japan turning a Japanese soldier to American authorities for trial. * * , * J«ly f has been declared af "W«««fO DriW* Pay" in Iowa. * * t Ktiold Staler, i$ giving *Wft» toilc* tfc» JlU«rt- but if lie supceeds Ut a small way In getting 4ii* armament agreements his political star will come ovftr the »horizon again. bvMcfW*£t! "7 «ww»«"W» I m i».-«t«i Riddle hurled.the Win, wfcieh was 'Insured i»y a home Mm by Acker- ion, reportedly thi longest ever belted in a Legion fame. Chances of another trip to the itate meet (Bancroft won the till* in 1936) hinted on games coming up in the next few dayt. Behind The Movie Sets WITH MASON "Our mining stock hit pay dirt!" ev wrens A— IKE 'SHOCKED' — President Eisenhower has said privately he was shocked by some of the Supreme Court's super-liberal decisions ... In fact, he let it slip at last week's news conference that "some of the Supreme 1 Court decisions are difficult to understand PHONY TAX CUT? — A tax cut in 1958 would be a "phony," claims Rep. Daniel A. Reed, Republican, of New York ... Reed is top GOP member of the committee that determines taxation. He says a cut would be "a political attempt to hoodwink the American voter" because it-would jeopardize our economy. PRESSURE ON,IKE — Ike's doctor is concerned about the renewed pressure on the President's daily schedule.. .The Chief Executive is not heeding polite suggestions that he slow down ... Speeches, guest appearances, greeting dignitaries ... All this hqs been on the rise the last few months . * \ It may be remembered that earlier this year the President flatly turned down all the FEDERAL DEBT — Here's an idea on how stupendous our federal debt is today... It amounts to $275 billion ... That's equal to the full assessed value of all the land, buildings, mines, machinery, factories, livestock and everything else of tangible value in the United States! This comes directly from Sen. Harry Byrd of Virginia, head of the Senate Finance Committee. 20YESRS AGO • ; IN T TtyK&i IN THE MS* MQINF<? MOINES 8, • • • Charles Claude, who. worked on the Severns farm in the Cor- wit]rv area, was stunned by a bolt of lightning while plowing corn last Friday morning. Mr Claude had gotten off the tractor to get some gasoline when the lightning struck him to the ground. He revived and walked to a nearby Hollywood, Cftlfi. «- Down in Louisiana, where a good sugar cane crop means money, there's a • plantation owner with "money to burn!" This gentleman planter relaxed in an easy chair, calmly puffing a choice cheroot, and smiled affably as he watched a roaring fire race through his prize acres of cane. Under ordinary circumstances, any planter found smiling while a raging inferno devoured his season's crop, would risk having his neighbors gently escort him to , the nearest local laughing academy. * * * However, the gentleman in question had good reason to smile. Not only was he being paid for .his burning sugar cane but, Warner Bros. Studio was paying him for next year's crop, as well!'' It seems that the studio didn't get' around to filming his blazing fields until long past time for next season's planting. While cameras cranked merrily away, every multicolored blast of flame and billow of photogenic smoke was being imprisoned on celluloid in all the beauty of "WarnerColor". A spectacular background for stars Clark Gable and Yvonne De Carlo in their new film, "Band of Angels." « • • In all ils fiery grandeur, the conflagration will speed across the screen in less than five minutes. For that brief interval, it will be the costliest member of the high-salary cast, its cost running into thousands of dollars. * * '* "Band of Angels" is a Civil War drama. In the story, Clark Gable as a Louisiana planatation owner, sets fire to his own cane fields .in. a.highly, dramatic effort to keep them from being seized by Union troops. This location trip marks Gable's -first visit to the South since he traveled there for the opening of "Gone With The Wind." Baton Rouge went all-out in extending its tamous Southern hospitality to Clark and his lovely wife, Kay. They received so many invitations that they found it impossible to keep up with all the phone calls and letters. * » » If ever a man was "born to the most important and significant changes proposed as an amendment to the Act, especially in these times of higher costs, was the proposal to lower the interest fate on the money loaned •by the SB A from the present 6% to 6%, while femovtng the limitation on the fate charged by the private lending institutions which participate in small business loans. The committee rejected a proposed flat 8% interest rate offered by committee-member Clarence E. Kilburn (R) New York. The general consensus of opinion of the committee was that the primary objective of the SBA should be to help small business as much as possible and to encourage local participation in the loans by private lending institutions. * * * SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATION I introduced two bills in the House of. Representatives Thursday, which offer benefits to small businesses in order to get these Small businesses to use surplus commodities for new industrial items or uses. The two benefits offered would be: 1. Loans for construction of new facilities and for expansion at the same interest rates tne Government pays. The present Government interest rate is 3'/4 per cent. 2. A fast tax write off to those small businesses which have to construct new facilities or, which have to expand in order to go into the program of 1 using farm surpluses for the manufacture of new industrial items and other purposes. ' » » • U. S. FARMLAND UP 3% The Department of Agriculture Research Service released the results of a study of farmland values based on index numbers of value per acre, including improvements showing an average increase of 3% in the dollar value of farmland in the United States. Increases ran from less than 1% increase in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, to 7% in New Jersey. Iowa farm- Icind increased 1%, which is considerably lower than the national average. Iowa's increase ranked with those in Vermont, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Maine showed no increase in value whatsoever. * * * FARM PROGRAM AND SOIL BANK Even before arriving in Washington for the opening of this session of the Congress, I felt, and so stated, that we must have: . .• ••'•'•• 1; Higher price supports- 2. Increased soil bank pay per acre 3. Increased commercial corn acreage 4. Increase provisions of Soil Bank Act to include feed grain acres, because it is aji over-production of feed grain which is causing the real trouble. I believed it then, I believe it now, and I have consistently worked for ALL of these mea- others. What amazes the White House people is that the President is permitted to play golf in Wash-* mgton's oppressive 90 degree heat. —o— RED CHINA TRADE — Some southern congressmen arc now quietly advocating increased trade for Japan with Red China Reason: Japan would thus sell off some of her textile goods now flooding the U.S. and creating havoc in textile industries. 'MODERN' GOP?—The Democratic National Committee, to sh*ow the vagueness of "Modern Republicanism," recently came out with a fact sheet.listing : 66 definitions of "Modern Republicanism," many of them uttered by GOP leaders. ,Each definition is different! .PREDICTIONS^— Justice Frankfurter is getting ready to retire from the Supreme Court ... Justice Black may not be far behind ... Civil Rights debate will wrangle on for possibly three weeks, delaying adjournment of Con' gress to' beyond the expected August 1,5 date...The bill will die in the Senate SUPREME COURT — Congressmen "bitterly charge that the Supreme Court is "taking over" the functions of the legis* altive body... Rep. Donald Jackson, of CaU* fornia, for example, lashed out at the Supreme Court on its -decision which protects the rights of Cohj- munists to a greater degree 10 this country ... ,,; "Because it restricts inves,tJT gative committees of the llou?e and Senate," said Jackson, The third time is a charm. A check artist worked .feverishly to get a $30 check cashed in Swea City Saturday night. His story was a good one, but failed to impress two clerks working in garages, so the man went to an implement store, purchased $4 worth of parts and $26 in change. Of course, the check wasn't any good, and local authorities were searching for the man, who scribbled the name Mitchell on the back of the check. • • • A car belonging to Waldo Wagner of Cedar Falls refused to give up Sunday. It rolled over several times east of Livermore on highway 222, righted itself the last time around and Mr Wagner drove it on into town. The driver was uninjured, but the car was badly damaged . » w * It was . decided the county board of supervisors had ' the right idea. They struggled around in the courthouse the first part of the week, when all at once they decided to go fishing at Lake of the Woods along the Canadian border. They were scheduled to leave Thursday, Supreme Court is slowly putting the Congress out of business." ROACH TESTif —• The culture Department is using roaches as "guinea pigs" in tests to find a sure-fire insecticide against mosquitoes and hou^e- flics which are developing inv- munity to insect-killers ... Twelve species of roaches are being used at the Agriculture Re* search Center at Bcltsville, M4- CHARITY FRAUD — A total of FIVE HUNDRED organisa- tions soliciting charity contrib^- tions for veterans arc under Ciyi- gressional study today ... CQQ- gress has mailed questionnaires to these 500 to form a grouhS" work, for a sweeping probe in.tp abuses and fraud. Congress has evidence that bj|* — pronotors are pockef&g jtHMWir*>4$ of thousands of dollars annually under the guise of ccl- lecting cimtributiom for veteran causes A Des Moines traasieajt was found sleeping on the iplroad tracks in |he Milwaukef yard herp Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.,|yst 55 minutes before the Sioux was due to roaj through. When found his head was resting comfortably on the track. He was also fpund to be pretty well "under the weather" with a slight case of "self-induce^ flu." He was hauled , } to the county jail and the next day (given a 30-day suspended sentence for intoxication. He was also, given 30 minutes tq leave town — and not on the Sioux, either., »'" « t Hail, which accompanied a, sharp electrical storm, damaged corn and small grain in the Swea City area Saturday afternoon. Some of the hailstones which fell at the height of the storm measured three inches in diameter. John Cassem, who lived four miles north oi Swea City, brought in a pail full of stones an hour after the storm and most of them were as large as hen's eggs. t f t . We'll take elephant training. The L«ek boys from the Plum Creek area captured a full-grown badger- Friday in its den. According to all reports the animal put up a real scrap. (And a badger can rip the end right out of a work shoe, according to men who know) * » • Bancroft's Junior Legion baseball t^arn took another step to. a possible shot at the state title with a resounding 17-4 win aver Humboldt at Humholdt Tuesday. man. It's not alone the vibrant personal njagnetism of Clark that enslaves* his friends and fans. There is a deep sincerity about him that keeps him as warm and frendly toward the thousandth autograph seeker as he was with the first fan of the day. • • • Studio personnel, the stage workers and technical crew, folks who daily rub elbows with the great and near-great of (Film- land, are Gable's most ardent admirers. Back at the studio, on the day he completed his role in "Band of Angels," Clark autographed more than 200 photos of himself for the studio gang and the picture's crew. Everybody from Yvonne De Carlo to the studio gateman wanted one. That's the acid test of popularity. When tired co-workers risk going home to a warmed-over meal, and delay checking out just to get a star's autograph on a photo, you can be certain they consider that star to be a sincere, personal friend, And, if you think that the little woman who's been slaving over a hot can-opener is going to get into the second stanza of the monologue she's kept sizzling on a back-burner for her overdue spouse, you can forget the whole matter! For that's exactly what that little lady will do when her tardy helpmate displays his prize with," Look, Momma! Clark Gable signed this photo of himself, just for US!" sures. Your Congressman, Merwin Coad LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Congressman Goad's Comments 6th District Congressman From Iowa Reports On Washington Activities SENDS GREETINGS Upper Des Moines Hi, there. Thougnt you might enjoy the "Reaving Reporter" in enclosed clipping from local paper — and congratulations on the newest award of merit. I'm sure you are deserving. Say hello to any of our good old friends you may see. We hear from them once a year, at Christinas time, but we will never forget Algona, with all of its good people. Kalph Miedke Valley Inn, Neenah, Wis. (the clipping from the Neenah News-Record comments on the fact that the Upper Des Moines, published in Algona, Iowa, the former home of Mr and Mrs Miedke, had won a national newspaper award for general excellence). « » * CONGRATULATIONS Algona Upper Des Moines Congratulations on your honors in NEA competition! Nice going, and it certainly looks as if the State of Jowa did pretty well, Leslie G. Moeller New hit with millions! \/ for dozens of fast cheese treats SMALL BUSINESS ACT The Chairman of the Banking and Currency Committee has submitted the Committee's report to the House on H. R, 7963, a bill to extend the Small Business Act. fhe main provisions of this bill make the Small Business Administration a permanent agency. However, there are other provisions in this piece of legislation which are yery significant such as increasing the loan capitalization from $230 million to $500 million, which would allow the agency to make more loans to the , small businessmen who need financial assistance, and can qualify under the provisions of the Small Business Act, One ot |POflNIT into hot foods HjEjATJT for cheese saute SPREAD IT fbrsaocki 4 PA5UURUEB PROCESS CHUSE SPREAD Director, Scheol of Journalier State University of Iowa » • ' * We just wish to thank yeil i the nice hospitality received our brief visit to Algona. We ate both quite imptissd with yout paper. It is rare, if deed, for weekly publishers take as much pride in their pat as you obviously do. The rtesui really show. You have a stan| ing invitation to be my guest a presidential news confeien^ when you're down this way. gards. Ed Kotfirba, Editor Washington News ErttCTJpfi L. 8. 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