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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1947, Mason City, Iowa To in ted Campaign Gifts Ought to Be Ruled Out by Law EXCEPT for the fact that De Moines is Iowas capital city and as such gives tone to politica activities throughout the state the smelly local political situation there could be passed by rather lightly as a local situation But in the light of this fact there may be some factors in the Des Moines picture which woulc rate a little consideration from outside the legisla ture There are evidences of an influ ence if act an actual control by certain elements of the under world This has revealed itself a least a dozen times down through the years AND one of the devices employed by these shady characters is to slip sizable contributions into campaign funds for the paten purpose and intent of pressuring successful candidates Look what I did for you is a pretty persuasive argument when a racketeer comes around after election asking for special favors of a protective nature Within the year this very tech riic has been employed by one o the capital citys most notorious characters with respect to the Polk county attorney election contest This has come to light in a def inite way and theres speculation on how great a hidden factor this has been in other areas A LL in all the situation would seem to call for appropriate corrupt practices legislation tha1 would serve to identify those who fatten political coffers out of evi motive and provide a suitable pen alty Offenses of this type should be set up as misdemeanors As matters now stand the lega requirement to report campaign expenditures is primarily on the candidate The law should be ex tended to cover all who contribute Honorable contributors woulc have nothing to fear and dishonor able contributors would be prop erly dealt with In the working out of the pres ent law its possible for a candi date not to know who is backing him with money on the dishonorable motive in his heart Its after election when the pressure starts that he becomes aware of the previously concealed contributions MO honorable contributor to any honorable candidates cam paign fund one of our friends puts it should have the slightest hesitancy about making his con tribution and his personal support known No candidate can afford to have any one contribute to his campaign fund whose support would be a reflection upon his character or his candidacy if known Decent government cannot be expected under the present system of encouraged duplicity double dealing and conduct bordering on blackmailing This legislature should amend the corrupt practices act to protect the good name and reputation of every successful candidate for of fice and thereafter to protect them from the blackmail tactics of crooked contributors and to pro tect the public from the demorali zation and corruption of elected public officers Andrew J Volstead IWTINNESOTAS Andrew Volstead known as the father of prohi bition went to his grave pretty much unhonored and unsung The liquor plan with which he was identified was a noble but unsuc cessful experiment The plain fact is that prohibi tion failed for a fundamental rea son It did not have the backing of enough of our people In its administration by a treasury sec retary not in sympathy with it the law didnt have a decent chance to succeed But the funda mental shortcoming was the lack of popular blessing without which no law can work And so prohibition was sup planted by a variegated private sales state monopoly etc The mark of it is that anybody with the desire and the cash can get liquor Nobody of our acquaintance ever suggests that the problem to which Mr Volstead directed his efforts has been solved The prob lem of course is the liquor itself And never in Americas history has it flowed so freely Hoover Serves Again AGAIN reversing the narrow and prejudiced viewpoint and pol icy he inherited on assuming the presidency Harry Truman is call ing upon Herbert Hoover to survey food conditions in the Anglo American occupation zone in Europe No better envoy could be found None has had the experience of Hoover from the first World war through the postwar famines It Is all a familiar story to the for mer president He has found ways and means to feed millions before He knows what it takes and where tfie necessary materials can be found and handled In accepting the assignment at age 72 Mr Hoover is giving ef fective answer to those who have maligned him down through the years And in asking him Presi dent Truman reveals an admirable bigness I PROGRESS OF DEMOCRACY IN POLAND LookOut Below The lineup in Washington A Taft senate a Dewey house a Truman white house and a Roose velt supreme court There are still those who think that pprtaltoportal pay has something to do with the postman After 15 years of deficit spend ing now would seem a good time to balance the federal budget Health By H N Bundesen M D RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS IS CRIPPLING DISEASE MORE people are disabled each year by rheumatic diseases af fecting the joints than by cancer tuberculosis diabetes and heart disease combined These rheumatic diseases which stiffen the joints and cause swelling tenderness and pain in the areas around them are also the most common cause of ongcontinued illnesses One of the worst of these of lenders both in the severity of its symptoms and in the number of eopel it affects is rheumatoid ar hritis For this reason it is a pity hat the exact cause of this painful and crippling affliction has never een discovered Today doctors are beginning to suspect that the destructive changes which take place in the issues surrounding the joints may e only an effect of some more generalized disorder whose secret begins much ear ier Dr Roland Davison of San rancisco takes this view stating hat many persons may be sick for months or even years before the oint symptoms develop In the beginning the Xray ex mination of the joints shows lothing abnormal but as the dis ase progresses destruction of the artilages which act like pads on tie ends of the bone may be seen in the Xray The treatment of rheumatoid ar hritis requires many months be ore improvement may be ex ected To begin with efforts hould be made to build up the atients general health particu arly with physical and mental est Pain must be relieved by the se of such drugs as the salicyl tes When possible treatment in hospital for sevral weeks may be f advantage Socalled physical measures of reatment are particularly helpful Simple exercises especially when he patient is confined to bed are important Warm baths massage nd manipulation or movement of he joints are all helpful as the iatient begins to recover Heat applied to the joints by means f the electrical method known s diathermy is also of value However diathermy treatments may do more harm than good in he early stages of the disorder As a rule no special diet is re quired However the diet should e wellbalanced that is it should nclude all of the necessary food Jarts In all instances a search hould be made for infections uch as m a y be present in the eeth tonsils sinuses or prostate land and if any such infections re found they should be cleared p when possible Arthritis is not a hopeless dis ase but there is need for much urther search in regard to the ause and treatment Once its ause is discovered it may well ie that measures to forestall this rippier can be instituted so that n the future it will never reach ts most painful and disabling tage Pros and Cons Interesting Viewpoints From Our Exchanges Fords Announcement Marshalltown Times Repub lican As a result of Fords an nouncement of price reduction on cars Chevrolet is advertising its claims about price It is a good thing for consumers when rival producers make their claims di rect to the public It is an ac knowledgement that in a country which has the capitalistic system the consumer not the capitalist is boss Doubling State Tax Waterloo Courier There is no need for additional state funds and existing taxes bring in suffi cient money at present to permit a reasonable increase in state aid to schools Doubling state income tax rates would make the Iowa tax the highest of any state in the union whereas the rates in effect the last few years already place Iowa well above the average 56 Farmer Legislators Northwood Anchor That 56 of the 108 members of the present legislature are farmers by occupa tion ought to mean sound legis lation for Iowa Farmers who have had to earn their income the hard way arent likely to endorse more than a minimum of crackpot no tions G I Insurance Kiester Courier If you have let your G I insurance lapse now is the time to reinstate it In our opinion government insurance is the best benefit to come out of the G I Bill of Rights Later on you might be sorry you didnt rein state your insurance Easing Tax Burden Davenport Times If tax burdens are to be eased there must be a ruthlessness on the part of con gress And it has been a long time since we have had anything tif that sort Responsibility falls on republicans to show that it can be done Marshall Takes Over La Crosse Tribune Our highest hope for Gen George C Marshall as he takes over the secretary of state spot in our federal govern ment is that he will do as compe tent a job in that assignment as the man he succeeds James F Byrnes Lets End WitchHunt Davenport Democrat One of the most hearteninj pieces of news to come from Washington since the change in congressional con trol has been the report that the house committee on unAmerican activities may be abandoned Merger Bill Cedar Rapids Gazette The thing for congress to decide is whether keeping peace among the army and navy bigwigs is the same thing as setting up the best possible system for military de fense of the country National Menace Albert Lea Tribune Divorce is no longera personal problem but a national menace threatening he United States and striking at the very fabric of our society by destroying our homes and our families Willie Willis By Robert Quillen Mom ought to stand outside and watch When she is backin she never knows what the back end of the car will do when she turns the wheel Editorial of Day PROBLEM OF BETTER MOVIES lyjANKATO FREE PRESS Amer ican movies with their tech nical perfection their beauty of costume and setting their ideals of luxury and seeming laxity of morals are feared by European political leaders This fact was brought out by William Benton assistant secretary of state in a speech before a meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Rela tions Benton cites the fact that the movies are skilfully constructed to appeal to the masses and thus exercise a wide influence in all parts of the world He says Euro pean intellectuals are horrified when they hear their children speaking English with an Ameri can accent using American slang and discussing love divorce and murder in Hollywood epigrams The speaker might have added that intelligent Americans are also horrified at these developments in their children and that the reme dy may lie in providing counter attractions on a higher level to exercise a stronger influence That is really aproblem worthy of our best minds Did You Know By The Haskin Service EDITORS NOTE Ersilcrj mine his service for questions of coun sign full name and Bddresi mid inclose 2 cents for return postage Address Frederic J Haskln Informa tion Bureau Washington D C Can mistletoe be made to grow in the soil like other plants The roots of mistletoe cannot take food directly from the soil The plant is a parasite that grows on the trunks and branches of various trees How much income did Cicero derive annually from the practice of law In Ciceros day the rec ognized method of paying ones attorney was to include a clause in ones will in favor of the ad vocate Cicero was the most suc cessful lawyer in Home In this manner he received without ac cepting fees approximately a mil lion dollars in about 30 years How many gallons of fuel oil and how much natural gas does it take to equal a ton of coal It takes approximately 196 gallons of fuel oil and about 27000 cubic feet of natural gas to equal one ton of coal How long should the mattress of a bed be expected to last The majority of hotels consider that the maximum period of service of a mattress is from 8 to 10 years itstill the practice of Chinese in the United States to provide that their remains eventually be returned to China for burial De vout Chinese still do so The cus tom usually followed is to bury the deceased in an American cem etery with an identification tag in the casket Ten years later the remains are removed to a zinclined box and shipped to China for reburial By this means freight charges are kept at a min imum What foods did the early settlers of New England have Aside from fish and game their food was con fined largely to maize or corn ground nuts which took the place of potatoes pumpkins squash sieva beans and species of sun flower whose roots resembled the artichoke Some writers claim that they had cucumbers and water melons but that has been disputed Why is Lima Peru called the the City of Kings Lima is often referred to as the City of Kings because it was founded on Epi phany in the year 1535 When one reads of the death of an acquaintance should he call on or write to the family Upon read ing the death notice of an ac quaintance you leave your card at the house or send your card by mail Upon the death of a friend you should go at once to the house write with sympathy on your card and leave it at the door or write a letter to the family What is the opposite of a de facto government De jure gov ernment is one existing by legal right orinternational agreement De facto government is a power governing irrespective of its legal authority Remember TEN YEARS AGO Dick Brady 722 Jefferson N W and his uncles A T and R J OBrien of Independence who on a trip south are marooned at Evansville Ind for a few days Although the town is crowded with flood refugees they were able to get hotel rooms and ga rage space for their car They are enroute to Miami Fla New Or leans and points in California and Arizona Mr and Mrs Charles Gilbert left on a combined business and pleasure trip to Chicago and Mil waukee and Oshkosh Wis TWENTY YEARS AGO H J Brown of Mason township who has always been among the higher winners in the quality con tests carried off the sweepstakes prize for the best corn at the Cerro Gordo county corn show it was announced today by the 3 judges Prof L C Burnett Prof E S Dyas and Prof F G Church ill Iowa States college experts The winner of the sweepstakes was selected after the winners of 4 classes junior and senior white and junior and senior yellow corn had been selected Mr Browns corn which had first place in the senior yellow was given the prize THIRTY YEARS AGO The Hamilton Business univer sity has made a long time lease of the 2fad floor of the Blythe Markley building to be erected this spring at the corner of Dela ware and South First street oppo site the postoffice The floor space will be 67x24 and will be arranged and furnished on plans made by Mr Hamilton himself The en trance to the 2nd floor will be from Delaware avenue on the west At a meeting of the fire and casualty insurance mens bureau of the Chamber of Commerce to be held in the club rooms tonight J W Irons will deliver the first of a series of papers dealing with several phases of insurance work Mr Irons will dwell upon the mat ter of computing rates in his pa per tonight FORTY YEARS AGO The Medical association of the city is discussing the plan of clos ing their offices of evenings in accordance with the custom of the nerchants They will do this for several reasons among them to save wear and tear of body for hey work from 12 to 18 hours every day and also to save light ng expense They say they can just as well enjoy their evenings at home with their families as work and if needed can be called for at home Mrs Archie Bell has been awarded one of the clerkships at Des Moines Her knowledge of stenography and typewriting came in good play after the decision of the house and her knowledge of chemistry and medicinal terms makes her especially valuable to the committee to which she has been assigned OBSERVING No Preaching Needed have a local insurance man fsBlto tbank for passing along this bit of safety verse out of a recent issue of Wheel of If every one who drives a car could He a month In bed WHh broken bones and stltchedup wounds or Iraotures of the head And there endure the agonies that many people do Theyd never need preach safety any more to me or you Hypnotism by Television JlBBSarn just a mite terrified by laSfifithat story about the Lon don hypnotist who in a test of his powers of mesmerism by television succeeded in putting 4 of the 6 judges to sleep Two young women one of them the BBC announcer also succumbed to his so the story goes Now the ominous possibilities of this form of televised enter tainment are readily apparent For it is common knowledge that once a subject has been put into a trance he can be made to do al most anything the hypnotist tells him to And with television sets as commonplace as radios in the near future we shudder to think what might happen The innocent housewife happily absorbed in her favorite televised serial might find herself sudden ly transfixed by the paralyzing gaze of a hypnotist engaged to do the commercial Lets face it friends If a hypno tist can make a subject sleep he can also make the subject buy Giyen a nationwide audience he is in a position to make a mockery of the family budget and under mine the precarious solvency of the average American home We may live to see the day when millions of ordinarily fru gal housewives go forth entranced and bemused to buy Crunchy Munchy Cereal by the case bot tles of Peach Fuzz Lotion by the dozen and that exciting alluring exotic new perfume Snajfu by the quart So gentlemen of television the hour has struck Your govern mentregulated brethren in Brit ain have shown the way We must act and act quickly forour future already fraught with peril is threatened with a fate worse than the singing commercial California Bank Largest dJEjy venture it will surprise wpfe many to learn that Ameri cas largest banking house is in California not New York A P Gianninis Bank of America is definitely on top at the moment having taken the lead about mid year in 1946 Bank of America started 1946 with deposits of and finished the year with 000 a rather phenomenal per formance considering the way the government steadily drew down its war loan deposits in banks everywhere Chase National which headed the nations banks at the begin ning of last year with deposits of is now in 3rd place Chase lost more than one billion in government deposits last year Today the National City Bank of New York has moved up to the 2nd spot in the nations banking roster with yearend deposits of still far short of the Bank of Americalootings In the yearend list Chicagos banks are well down the line The Continental Illinois National which had in deposits at the end of 1945 showed only a little more than 2 billions at the end of 1946 The Continental now ranks 6th in the nations banking lineup Chicagos First National dropped out of the 2 billion de posit class in 1946 Information Please 1 What eastern United States university announced that it would discontinue the B S degree 2 What letter stands for the Roman numeral 1000 and why 3 In which of the United States are the greatest copper mines found Harvard 2 M from the Latin Milla meaning 1000 3 Michigan Montana Arizona anfj Utah The Days Bouquet To KARL M for being appointed by Gov Robert D Blue to fill a vacancy on the state board of architectural examiners Recognition this j Mason City member of the proi I fession is appreciated by his many friends in Mason City and surj rounding territory Mason City GlobeGazette An A W LEE NEWSPAPER 8 Issued Every Week Day by the s CLOCKGAZETTE PUBLISHING CO t 131123 Cast State SL Tclcuhono SSUOii LEE P LOOMIS Publisher W EARL HALL Managing Editor t ENOCU NOKEM City Editor J LLOYD LGEER Advcrtislnr Ngr s Saturday f Jan 25 1947 J Entered as secondclass matter April I2 1930 at the postolllce at Mason City Iowa under the act of March 3 1879 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS whlchtil Is exclusively entitled touse lor republH cation of all news dispatches credited it or not otherwise credited to this papery and also the local news published SUBSCRIPTION KATES Mason City and Clear Lake by year Mason City and Clear Lake by week 25ci Outsidc IOC Mile Zone per years 6 mos 5G50 3 mos 1 mo Outside Mason City and Clear Lake andf within 100 miles of Mason City and Out side of the CarrierDistrict of Mason City and Clear Lake Per year by Per year by 1300V Per week by By mail C months 42T By mall 3 months By mail 1 month 85 LITTLE WHJTPO YOU MEAN BY CHATTING SWIH 1 WHILE I FREEZE 1NTHATWKTEK THEY SAY IN ME 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