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ECONOMIC HIGHLIGHTS
As a business magazine recently
said, “It was to Washington that
business looked this week for clues
to what’s ahead." That has been
largely true ever since 1929. It is
probably more true today than it
ever was before. Politics has be
come the dominating factor in the
business situation and the business
outlook.
Nunber one late Washington oc
currence was the President's state
ment, made at a prws conference.
to the effect that he wishes the ult
imate of all holding companies. He
specifically mentioned banking hold
ing companiw. The public Utility.
Act of mas—whose constitutionality
will be finally decided by the Su
preme Court this term demon
strated the Administration‘s policy
of eliminating holding companies in
the public utility field. but up to
now no one believed the President
was looking into other fields. His
statement was greeted with both
wonder and amazement in finan-
cial circles, which pointed out that
about half of all the widely-held
listed securities represent concerns
which are wholly or partly holding
companies by nature. and said that
it would be impossible to accurately
guage the effect of a wholesale
anti-holding company policy until
Mr. Roosevelt clarifies and explains
his views and purposes.
The holding company declaration,
coming on top of the recently in
augurated anti-monopoly move
ment, further illustrates. the widen
ing breech between an administra
tion which is still clinging to its or
iginal more or less revolutionary ob
jectives, and a congress which seems
to be daily turning more conserva
tive and dubious of White House
policies. It likewise further em
phasizes the tremendous cleavage
of opinion that exists between the
administration and American busi
ness-at-large.
Less-headlined, but of unusual
interest, was”an “investigation" on
the subject of employment which a
senate committee recently held. As
Time says, “To the public general
ly, a senate investigation means a
scandal hunt." This one was very
different the committee honest
ly wanted information, and the
questions asked were generally de
signed to achieve just that, not to
smear the questionee.
One witness was Federal Reserve
Chairman Eccles, representative of
right-wing administration opinion.
Mr. Eccles, who has long advocated
immediate budget-balancing. attri
buted the business slump to the sol
diers’ bonus payment. which ac
centuated inflationary sentiment,
and to strikes, increased operating
costs for the railroads, lack of ex
pansion by utilities and the gov
emment’s effort to reduce its con
tribution to consumer spending
power. He said it was necessary
to reduce “monopolistically control
led prices and wages which are now
too high.”
' Another witness was General Mo
tors’ William Knudsen. who des
cribed the dilemma in the automo-
tive industry, the amazing fast drop
in new and used car buying, spoke
of “rear psychology" as a factor in
producing bad times, and attribut
ed this in part to government’s at
titude toward business. A similar
opinion was expressed by Robert
Wood, Sears Roebuck president, who
said that “business lacks confidence
and is scared,” and observed that
the businessman “has been clubbed
over the head many times." Mr.
Wood also said that a number of
specific factors led to the current
slump, including: overproduction in
the spring of 1936; sterilization of
gold; increased Federal Reserve re
quirements, and the fact that pri
vate spending did not take up the
slack when the government began
slowing down some of its emerg
ency activities.
All of these witnesses likewise
agreed that abnormally large in
ventories had contributed to the
unprecedented sharpness of the de
cline last fall and early winter. The
inventory situation is gradually be—
ing corrected now. and in some in
dustries recent figures indiciate that
inventories are excessively low—one
of the main facts on which the
many economists who look for an
upturn this spring or summer put
their hopes.
So the debate goes on. In the
meantime, the actual business in
dices have not changed much lately,
with improvement in some lines of:-
set by further declines in others.
Certainly automobiles are cheap.
Why a war that would kill as many
people as cars do would cost ten bil
lion dollars.
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the
Oyer 10,000 years ago a mighty cataract 40 times greater than
Niagara roared over the Dry Falls of the Columbia, in Central
Washington. A history of the North American continent is written
on the 400-foot face of this waterfall, three and one-half miles from
bank to bank. (This picture released to our readers through the co
operation of the Washington State Progress Commission and the
Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association of which
this newspaper is a sustaining member).
EAGOODEXAMPLE
'l' When one town sets other towns
5 a good example, then the town
I which does so is entitled to a little
I: free publicity and the other towns
7 are entitled to profit by following
3 that example. The latest instance
1 is offered by the town of Fulton,
5 Mo, and its people are to be con
gratulated upon the development of
. a sound idea, one that the residents
:01 Kennewick might do wen to
_ take advantage of through work
. ing out a similar Win. ,
- Asanationwearelackinginthe
- common courtesies that prevailed
- among the older generations. We
3 have either forgotten how to be po
- lite or we do not take the time to do
a so. Nowhere is this growing lack
. of courtesy more evident than be
e hind the steering wheel of an au
-3 tomobile. A large percentage of
- the highway accidents are due to
this lack of consideration for oth
-1 er people, and all the propaganda
1 turned out does not seem to make
r us any more polite on the road.
5 Since they can’t change the oldsters,
- Fulton citizens believe it will pay in
I. the years to come to concentrate on
r the youngsters, so each year tour
. cash prizes are awarded the four
3 children adjudged by a committee
- of local citizens to have been the
3 most polite and courteous in the
community during the year. Since
3 every child in town is anxious to
I win the coveted honor, as well as
. the cash prize, the, the result on the
l general politeness and courtesy of
, the town can easily be imagained.
. The example is passed on for
- what it is worth, but it is of inter
, est to note in passing that the
; children who win the prizes each
- year are those who are taught
- courtesy and politeness by their par
- ents in their own homes. That is
g the place for such lessons, and par
, ents are the best teachers. But in
- more recent years both the homes
' and the parents have been some—
what lax. Maybe the example set
.by the Missouri tOanill go far
- toward remedying this.
VAN ISHING HIRED HANDS
It has not been so very many
years ago that practically every
farm home of any consequence
around Kennewick had its hired
man. He was not regarded as a paid
laborer: he was a fixture and could
be taken into confidence as rapid
ly as any other member of the fam
ily. He seldom proved to be a
“floater.” He came out of the no
where, and no one cared about his
past. He was content with board
and lodging and a little money now
and them for chewing tobacco an
a change of shirt and socks. He was
jack of all trades, could fix any
thing that went wrong about the
farm, and was an indispensable‘
member of the family.
Times have changed. The hired
man as he was once known and
cherished has been melting into ob
livion, and there is a vast difference
between him and the farm laborer
of today. Today’s farm hand gen
erally migrates with the season; he
isn’t content to spend his life inl
the employ of one family. Today he
is nothing more than a man work-1
ing for wages—and always as high
wages as he can get.
The old-time hired man has suc
cumbed to the lure of the city. He
couldn’t resist the dream of big sal
aries and wages and the fascinating
life of the city. If he has found
happiness there, all right. But
when he left he took away from
the farm a lot of sentiment and
happiness that can't be put back
by the hired man of the present day.
RED FLANNEL DAYS
“Women of the red flannel days
were more sensibly dressed than the
women of today," declared a Ken
newick merchant a few days ago.
But he doesn't want his name men
tioned for obvious reasons. “In those
days." he goes on to say, ‘we used to
sell 20 yards of silk for one dress.
Now a wothan buys three yards and
considers that more than enough.
Then there were only three or four
shades of silk; now there are hun
dreds. The men of fifty years ago
were superstitious in the matter of
what they wore. In winter it had
to be red flannel underwear and
only a few people or the richer class
could be induced to wear white
MYSTERIOUS DRY FALLS
merino. Today. manufacturers tell
us, there are 4800 different articles
of women’s underclothing and 1800
different kinds and shades of
stockings. Today it is as hard to
find a red flannel garment as it is
a needle in a haystack. And yet
some of the old-timers often won
der if in the matter of comfort the
red flannel days did not, after all,
have it all over these “more modern
times." _
PLAYING WITH MATCHES
Now and then we read of a trag
edy in which lives were lost. or per
sons seriously burned and property
destroyed, though children playing
with matches. The first thought
that arises is that hte parents have
failed to teach that child the mean
ing of “safety first.” But the real
censure belongs on the shoulders of
the person who leaves ‘matches
where children can get hold of
them. And yet, children are not
alone in “playing with matches.”
Many grown people light them, use
them and then carelessly toss them
aside as though an danger from
them had passed. Recently a smok
er in one or the larger cities of this
state dropped a match he thought
was’ extinguished into a waste has-‘
ket and two hours later he had
burned down the plant in which he
worked, and thrown himself and‘
several hundred others out of em-\
ployment. We want no serious fire
low in Kennewick this year, so let’s
be extremely careful where we toss
our matches when they have served
their purpose.
“SMALL TOWN STUFF”
Put out the lights in the farm
houses and the small towns of this
country and Broadway, New York,
would soon be as dark as pitch.
That is because the money which
makes Broadway’s lights possible
comes from outside of New York.
The big city resident does a lot of
talking about “small town stuff.”
and yet he is always eager to head
his auto toward the small town
where he knows he will find hospi
tality, good, wholesome food, clean
air and noiseless sleep. He knows
he will find the one thing the city
lacks to make it worth living in—
friendliness and a regard for one's
feilowman. So more and more each
year toward the small towns the big
city autos are headed, carrying the
sons and daughters of men who or
iginilly came from such places. For
after all it was small-town men who
made the city possible, and small
town men who still are largely re
sponsible for their prosperity.
Something. Everyone Should Know
We put milk and honey in our dough
BELAIR’S “BETTER” BREAD AND
‘ PASTRIES
Baked Fresh Daily and Sold at Your Grocers
KENNEWICK BAKERY
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The KENNEWICK
COURIE-REPORTER
THE KENNEWICK (WABHQ COURIER-REPORTER
!Elect Rice As
Townsend Head
1 ROVER—Officers elected at the
Hover-Fluley Townsend club {nect
lng in Finley last Tuesday are as
follows: W. W. Rice, president. J.
E. Cochran, vice-president. How
;ard Smith. secretary, Mrs. C. Thol
[mam treaSurer.
Audrey Slaybaugh, who is at
tending kindergarten in Kennewicl:
spent the week-end with her par
ennts, Mr. and Mrs. Jewel Slay
baugh in Yellepit.
Bobby Hampton. who was taken
to the Pasco hospital for treatment
ofaskininfectionwasabletobe
briught home Friday. He is recov
ering rapidly.
The Riverview grade school team
has a game scheduled to play Pasco
at Pasco Thursday evening, Janu
ary 2'l. ‘
Mrs. Ham Benson and Mrs.
Stanley Stillwell of Finley spent
Tuesday afternoon with Mrs. Chas.
McFadden.
Glen Parker from Kennewick ls
staying at the E. E. Toothaker home
and attending school at Finley.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Ashby were
dlnnerguestsattheJ.E.Cochrsn
home Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Casslnatt and
family from Kennewlck called at
the Guy Nelson home Sunday after
noon.
, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Gilmore ofJ
Finley were guests at the R. C. Ashe
ley home Sunday. 1
Bud Mclntyre from Grandview is
visiting home folks this week. ‘
Mrs. Wm. Mills accompanied by
Mrs. Chas. Mills, Mrs. Cari Slay
baugh and Miss Dorothy Dahlin at
tended a surprise birthday party at
the J. W.. Graves home in Kenne
wick Monday evening.
The River View boys' basketbau
team played Richland on the local
floor last Friday evening. Both
teams were victorious. the first
team scoring thirty-nine to eigh
teen and the second eighteen to
seventeen.
Mrs. Carl Slaybaugh, who has spent
the past two months visiting rela
tives in Kansas and Missouri re
turned home Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Neel and
daughter returned home from Cel
ifomia Monday.
Rainbow Girls Hold
Public Installation
The Kennewick Rainbow Assem
bly No. 66 held its regular meeting
Monday, January 17 at the Masonic
Temple. Discussion of a Joint
dance with the Pasco ambly
headed their business. Mrs. Dora
Smily, mother advisor at Pasco As
sembly. and Mrs. Minnie Bird,
Worthy Matron of Alma Chapter”
order or Eastern Star. were pment
ed to the assembly. 1
After the meeting public instalt
much was held for all those who!
are interested in the order. includ-‘
ing close to 150 guests. Miss Alma
{'Dean Wysong acted as installing
1 Worthy Advisor, Virginia Visger, in
;stalling marshal, Jane Nagley. mu-i
siclan, Ella Mae Liebel, chaplain
gand Margaret Cox, recorder. The!
following girls were installed into‘
qthdr new offices: worthy advisor,‘
Wilma Cox; worthy associate ad-‘
visor. Ellen Wysong; Charity, Mar
garet Reed: Hope. Vivian meleya
Faith, Irma Waggoner: drill leader.
Lorene Rauscher; chaplain, Trula
Selpha treasurer, Velma McCamish;
recorder, Irene Lum; Love, Ruth
Stoddard: religion, Sue Anglin; na
ture, Peggy Burton: immortality,
Zelma Erickson; fidelity. Dorthy
Doyle; patriotism: Jean Lmn; ser
vice, Barbara Perkins: musician.
Joyce Mulkey; choir director. Lois
Campbell: confidential observer.
Anna Marie Mueller; outside ob
server. Louise Moulster; members of
the choir. Lou Mae Sloan, Dorothy
mus, Victoria White, Lois Gmrd‘
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Following the services the guests
were served refreshments by host
esses Margaret Reed. Virginia. Vis
ger, Ella Mae Leible. Jean Lum and
Zelma Erickson.
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of convenience outlets. Why put up with makeshift",
outlets another day? Call in an electrical contractor.
You'll find ‘that convenience outlets cost little and
can be quickly installed.
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