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Development Os Mining And Agricultural Resources Os This
Entered as second class matter February 3, 1028 at the post
office at Nogales, Arizona, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
The Latest Cure-All
We suppose it is entirely natural, when things are going
badly, for people to want to change everything. When
ever we have any serious economic troubles there is al
ways a crop of new schemes to set everything right again.
These schemes usually involve a complete change in the
form of our government and our system of banking, credits
Just now the new scheme that is getting a lot of at
tention is one called “technocracy”. The idae seems to be
that there is so much technical energy available and the
technical people know so much about how to use it, that
we ought to turn the government over to engineers and let
i hem run the country. We understand that everybody would
have to do a little work under technocracy, a matter of
perhaps three or four hours a day once in a while- But
everybody would have plenty of time to go fishing, or at
tend the movies, and plenty of money with which to en
joy his leisure, if what the technocrats say turned out to
One part of the scheme is to use kilowatt hours in
stead of gold for money. Money is to be based on units of
energy produced or consumed. This strikes us a pretty
good idea in some respects, but we know some men who
would starve to death if they were only paid in proportion
to the energy they Spend on their jobs.
Seriously, we haven't the slightest idea that the people
of the United States, or any important part of them, are
ready to scrap the system of government and the economic
industrial system under which we have got along pretty
well. We all know the present social structure has its faults,
and that our governmental machine creaks at times, but we
are always pretty earnest and usually pretty prompt about
patching the leaks and mending the cracks as fast as we
discover them. And, we have a notion the old machine will
run along pretty well for a few hundred years yet.
It doesn’t do any harm, however, as we see it, for peo
ple to talk about better systems and why we ought to have
them. The best ones we know anything about have perfec
tion as their aim, even if they never reach it.
i * ' Confusion At Washington
We hope this is going to be the last time that it will
ever be possible for a hold-over Congress of “lame ducks”
' to make trouble and confusion in the national government.
The people voted last November to change a Republi
can President for a Democratic President, and to put a
large Democratic majority into each House of Congress.
But under the Constitution Mr. Hoover remains President
until March 4th, and the Congressmen elected in 1930 re
main in office also until that date. As a result we have the
spectacle of members of one party in Congress consulting
with and looking to the White House for guidance, and the
members of the other party turning to New York to con
sult with the man who is going to be President after March
We have never seen a more tangled mess than this. It
will all be changed if thirty-six states ratify the Twentieth
Amendment to the Constitution, which is now before them.
This v/ould have the new President and the new Congress
take office in January, with no lame duck session of Con
gress between election and the new session. We understand
that nineteen or twenty states have already ratified this
amendment, and certainly there should be no delay on the
part of the others, most of whose Legislatures are meeting
this winter or spring, in adopting this important change.
By this time most of us have gotten used to writing it
The improved automobile clutch will be appreciated by
Love’s young dream is great while it lasts, but it some
times ends in a nightmare.
If some practical farm relief legislation is ever enacted
it will be real news.
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Anyway those technocracy fellows succeeded in coin
ing one of the ten ugliest words.
Most persons will agree that “it is more blessed to give
than receive” advice.
CRAIG POTTINGER, Editor
Another Gulliver Awakens
Growth Os Farm Mortgages
Before the World War the farm-mortgage debt of
United States farms was only about half as large as the an
nual gross income of farmers- This was true even at the peak
of the post-war boom. But at the beginning of this year the
farm mortgage is about twice as great as farm income.
To pay a dollar of interest on the principal of farm
debts today takes more than twice as much farm products
as before the World War. With the average of farm values
of approximately at the pre-war level, and with the price of
farm products at about 45 per cent below the pre-war level,
the total mortgage debt on farms is about three times as
great as it was in 1910. Therefore, there are now three
times as many dollars of interest or mortgages to be paid,
so that the real mortgage debt on farms is about three times
as great as it was in 1910.
Interest burden on farm mortgages, which is now
about 14 billion dollars, is
ly. Nearly 36 per cent of farm mortgages exceed 50 per cent
of the value of the land which they incumber. Nearly 10
per cent of farm mortgages equal 80 per cent of the value
of the land they incumber.
Above 23 per cent of these farm mortgages are held by
insurance companies. Commercial banks hold about 10 per
cent. Farmers, active or retired, hold about 15 per cent-
Interest payment on farm mortgages are now more than
five times greater than the interest payments on the World
War debts. The only method of relief to the farmers seems
to be to increase the price of farm products. One of the
direct ways to secure this relief, to raise the price of farm
products, is to eliminate the “wild-cat” inter-state trucks
which bring chaos in the local market of all farm products.
“White lies” may sometimes be justifiable, but those
who tell them are likely to become color blind.
Youngsters will gleefully pass along the news that a
New York father dropped dead while spanking his small
Surely we ought to free the Philippines. We have de
i prived those brown brothers of their revolutions long
As an economy measure to save ink and labor, why not
cut out the repetitions in Walla Walla. Sing Sing, dum-dum
4»H CLUB NEWS
Have Gas Engine Club
A gas engine 4-H club gave a
group of boys in Buffalo county,
Nebraska, a lot of fun and»very use
ful information this past season. It
was of special value in interesting
the older boys, some being of age.
Seven had been through high school
and five had taken some prepara
tory college work.
County agent A. R. Hecht says
that the boys have mastered the
operation of a gas engine so well
their fathers have turned the hand
ling of the farm engines over to
them, which is the way every good
project should end, he adds. Two
members took an old gas engine
out of a junk pile, bought new pis
ton rings and without further cash
outlay but a good over-hauling they
made it the most efficient engine of
any exhibited cn achievement day.
The boys pulled oft a good stunt
on achievement day. Before the
crowd gathered their local leaders,
at Mr. Henninger put an engine out
of time. When the program started
the leader called on a man in the
community, who rated himself as
an expert, to time the engine. When
he finished it did not work properly
and the club hoys had to do it.
They then demonstrated how to
time an engine properly. This was
good entertainment as well as a
good demonstration for the boys.
Gas engine clubs are proving
very popular in Nebraska and are a
very practical form of project. The
project includes study of farm en
gines, grinding valves, carbon
cleaning, bearing adjustment,
trouble shooting, timing, fuels,
oils, governors and ignition sys
By Albert T. Reid
Nearly 2,000 men in New York stand
ready to sell on a moment’s notice any
quantity of blood that a hospital or
ahysician requires to save a patient or
hasten his recovery from a disease
which has so weakened his defense that
he has to have help from a stronger
man. These men are called professional
* * *
More than $1,000,000 a day is re
quired to pay the salaries of New
York’s municipal army, estimated at
* * *
In New York’s sanitation depart
ment SBOO,OOO is charged for the upkeep
of 253 horses, of which only twenty are
* * *
New York pedestrians are excrcis
ng more care in crossing streets. The
city is experiencing a sharp decrease in
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The School of Law at St. John’s
College, over in Brooklyn, is the larg
est law school- in the world.
The widow of Hendrick Jansen
Sluvter was offered $240 for her home
at 49 Wall Street in 1663.
* * *
There are scores of men and women
in new York who enter every prize
mntest that comes along. They actually
make a living that way.
* * *
Little German bands are appearing
n all parts of New York and even in
he suburbs. It’s the depression.
* * *
One of New York’s hotels is wired
* * *
Deaf people in New York want a
heatre where they can see silent mo
* * *
New York department stores . are
selling treadmill walking machines.
“Take a walk without leaving your
home,” says the ad.
* * *
In the banks of this city are more
"han $1,000,000 of unclaimed deposits,
including those of churches, schools
ind social clubs. Addresses are given
from all over the world. The last
known residence of one depositor is
Sing Sing prison.
The average density of population
in Manhattan—New York City proper
—is more than 100,000 persons per
square mile, which is greater than any
other city in the world.
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PRESS OPINIONS, CARTOONS
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- • Writes of EXECUTIVE^
Supplying a week-to-week inspiration (or the heavy-burdened who will And
every human trial paralleled in the experiences of “The Man Nobody Knows/*
BE OF JOY AND GOOD CHEER
SOMETHING more than a hundred years ago a sermon was
preached in St. John’s Church, New York, which dealt very
severely with die frailties of poor human nature, and put forth, with
unctuous assurance, the promise of eternal punishment for a large
proportion of the race. Among the worshipers was
a gentleman of unfortunate reputation hut keen
mind, whose name lingers unforgettably in out
history. As he left the church a lady spoke to him:
“What did you think of the sermon, Mr.
Burr?” she asked.
“I think,” responded Aaron Burr, “that God
is better than most people suppose.”
That was the message of Jesus —ihat God is
supremely better than anybody had ever dared to
Bruce Barton believe. Not a petulant Creator, who had lost con
trol of his creation and, in wrath, was determined
to destroy it all. Not a stern Judge dispensing impersonal justice.
Not a vain King who must he flattered and bribed into concessions
of mercy. Not a rigid Accountant, checking up the sins against the
penances and striking a cold hard balance. Not any of these . . .
nothing like these . . . but a great Companion, a wonderful Friend,
a kindly indulgent, jov-loving Father. . . .
For three years Jesus walked up and down the shores of his
lake and through the streets of towns and cities, trying to make
them understand. Then came the end, and almost before his fine
firm flesh was cold, the distortion began. He who had cared nothing
for ceremonies and forms was made the idol of formalism. Men hid
themselves in monasteries : they lashed themselves with whips ; they
tortured their skins with harsh garments and cried out that they
were followers of him —of him who loved the crowd, who gathered
children about him wherever he went, who celebrated the calling
of a new disciple with a feast in which all the neighborhood joined!
Ilis last supper with his disciples was an hour of solemn
memories. Their minds were heavy with foreboding. He talked
earnestly, but the whole purpose of his talk was to lift up their
hearts, to make them think nobly of themselves, to fill their spirits
with a conquering faith. ' -
“My joy I l§ave with you,” he exclaimed.
“Be of good cheer,” he exclaimed.
Joy .. . cheer .. . these are the words by which he wished to be
remembered. But down through the ages has come the wicked
falsehood that Jesus never laughed.
Next Week: His Method Copyright, Bobbs-Merrill Company
JOHN JOSEPH GAINES, M.oi:
THE EXPECTED ARRIYAL
I write this letter at a time when every couple of moderate means
or, perhaps less, are looking with a per cent of apprehension on the
coming visit of the old stork. Adult garments are being made over into
dainty baby-clothes, and, conferences are being held as to how to
obtain the best and safest service for the least possible outlay of money.. ..
The young father with a S3O a week salary, probably engages hospital
service that will put him two years in arrears with his meager.income
but he loves his dear ones. The hospital two weeks, special nurse one
week, operating-room, and the specialist in obstetrics —they all cost,
you know, —but he loves, and wants the best. His credit is good, but it
may be “the beginning of the end” for him financially.
The humbler couple cannot even think of a hospital service. They
engage the family doctor several months in advance. He knows of
a nurse who came within a few months of graduating; she is capable,
and will work for a fraction of the sum required to hire a registered
nurse. She needs the work, and will do her utmost. The home is
prepared for the event. Antiseptics, dressings, a sanitary bed —all are
arranged under the guidance of the family doctor.
“Mother and babe doing well,” reports the home paper next day.
The parents get out of it with the minimum of expense—maybe have
little left, if they have “saved up" as they should have done months in
I wish we all were well-to-do, but wishes do not get us very far
these days when it takes action to get results. My readers may get
something out of this talk I hope so.
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