The El Reno Daily Tribune (El Reno, Okla.), Vol. 59, No. 259, Ed. 1 Friday, December 29, 1950 Page: 4 of 6
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The El Reno Daily Tribune
A Bine Ribbon Newspaper Serving a Bine Ribbon Community
Issued daily except Saturday from 207 South Rock Island Avenue,
and entered as second-class mall matter under the act of March S, 1879.
El Reno (Okie.) Daily Tribune
RAY J. DYER
Editor and Publisher
DEAN WARD LEO D. WARD
Business Manager News Editor
Circulation and Office Manager
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The Modern King Canute
Friday, December 29, 1950
t Syndicate, Int ,
By Dave Breger
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Including Sales Tax
Friday, December 29, 1950
Aged people agree that life's rhief characteristic Is its brevity. It is like
a watch In the night. But today is ours. My days are swifter than a
weaver's shuttle.—Job 7:6.
Austria Is Proof
kNY who still harbor the hope you can deal with Russia
on a fair footing might ponder the case of little Austria.
The first victim of Hitler’s mania, Austria was drawn
into the German nation in 1938. When the Nazis were
pushed back in 1945, Russia and Allied armies occupied the
country. It was quickly re-established as an independent
With the Soviet Union occupying the eastern sector and
the allies the west, four-power negotiations began on a peace
treaty. Since Russia then was still the great wartime ally
of the west—not a feared potential enemy—hopes run high
for an early settlement.
More than five years have elapsed since the war ended
in Austria. The other day the four powers held another
meeting about the peace treaty. It was the 258th. It ac-
complished nothing. If anything, the negotiators are today
further apart than they were a year ago.
* * *
^JOW, you can’t explain away 258 fruitless meetings by
saying simply that the Russians are a little more stub-
born and mistrustful than most people. The truth is, they’ve
elevated stubbornness into a tactical weapon of diplomacy.
They don’t want an Austria! peace treaty—except on
terms the west could never approve, terms that would re-
duce Austria to complete satellite status. Failing that kind
of control, which they know we won’t grant them, they
want to keep their troops stationed there on Germany’s
southern flank. A treaty would end the occupation.
In opposing the Austrian settlement, the Soviet Union has
resorted to a great assortment of devices. Her reasons at
any particular moment do not matter. When the Russians
wish to oppose, they can easily equip themselves with a full
set of reasons, plus documents to match.
The history of these futile Austrian talks is a perfect
object lesson in the worthlessness of sitting around the
conference table with the Russians. To them, the green baize
cover is only a battlefield of another sort.
* * *
'J'HERE is really no such thing as negotiating with the
, Kremlin. Only the blunt facts of power make any dent
m tough Russian skulls. Confronted with these, they will
deal, as they did in settling the Berlin blockade after we
showed we could maintain the airlift indefinitely.
Otherwise, you encounter nothing that corresponds to
negotiation anywhere else in the world. You either give
Russia what she wants, or call the whole thing off. And
the minimum she asks is always and inevitably an impossible
sacrifice for you to make. Reasonable concession, compro-
mise. trade, these standard tactics of the council chamber she
does not understand, except as tricks to gain advantage.
When people want peace so badly, it’s hard to convince
them this is how the Russians are. Repeatedly the appeal
is heard for “just one more try” at getting together. But
maybe those 258 unproductive meetings on Austria provide
the clincher that a lot of doubters seem to need.
A Connecticut dentist says toothpicks are okav socially.
But you still shouldn t use one in a hotel lobbv where you
haven’t eaten. ‘ *
/ COER. 1950 »Y HIA senvici, INC,
ARE you superstitious? You're
not? Then you won’t be eat-
ing black-eyed peas and hog Jowls
on New Year’s day. Or will you?
I have long wondered where the
Idea originated that, good luck and
prosperity would follow the eaters
of this diet of starch and fat
(good tho’i If consumed, as direct-
ed, on the first day of January.
The best I can learn is that it
copped up following the Civil war.
when there were those in the
couth who were lucky to have
black-eyed peas and hog Jowls.
Running true to form, the un-
defeatnble aristocracy of the south,
whose tables previously had sag-
ged and gronned with the choicest
of foods, accepted the proletarian
menu with good grace and said
they ate it because it was con-
sidered "the thing to do for luck."
My Civil war progenitors were
Yankees: Maine and Ohio, so
until portions of the family moved
to Tennessee, we had never heal'd
of black-eyed peas and hog Jowls
on New Years day: but we eat
’em now and like ’em.
Those stiff-necked Johnny Rebs
could be right. And besides that
I’m superstitious. Further than
that, I’m not very proud of Sher-
man’s march to the sea and the
complete ravishment of the south,
but I am proud as all-get-out of
the people of the south who laid
down their arms, accepted the
ultimatum, but held on to their
traditions and principles through-
out the time when the practice of
such was an impossibility.
Black-eyed peas and hog jowls,
corn bread and beans, grits and
gravy, ham and sweet potatoes,
beaten biscuit and fig preserves
all mixed up with an intense
loyalty. That's what 1 like about
“Personally, I think it might be better to call the
DOCTOR for a heartburn case ...”
★ WASHINGTON COLUMN ★
BY PETER EDSON
NEA Washington Correspondent
Death and Excess Profits Tax
Just Seem To Be Inevitable
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29—(NEA)
—In spite of
, J*1® "f noi"es on nerves of girl typists was tested
on the b^s?4' H°W Hb°Ut test‘"K the effect of gum-cracking
Down Memory Lane
Dec. 29. 1925
♦v,;1 hC dt?U hi8hs<*ool caging team, which is touring
th's section, will oppose the Skillern tribe of the El Reno
highschooi tomorrow night in the highschool gymnasium.
1 u A,utruistic Sunday school class of the
E?”1 -Methodist church W'>I conduct their second annual
Surch^*™ banquet toni*ht *n the dining rooms of the
The Canadian County Medical society held its quarterlv
meeting at the Southern hotel last night. The following
officers were elected for the ensuing year: Dr D P Rich
ardson president; Dr. L. G. Wolff, vfceVesident"d!• Jamt
Dr Hadierc Rry ea"rer; °r ^ J’ Mu7zv* censor, and
l)r. Hadley C. Brown, delegate to the Oklahoma State Medi-
cal meeting m the spring. ^ ^
Frinl'j Hnd ^rS' C> DeLana- El Reno/ will entertain
Friday evening w!th a dinner in honor of Mr. and Mrs.
* w«£ffi,,; ST •Hnd Mr- "n'1 Mra-w-KDavi"
guefts8of MrsE FCAUrw daufh/er. Hazel, vyere dinner
day evening E' A' Waldron and dauKhteD Nellie, Wednes-
of KolftXxlS?hostess t0 member"
n * o , , Dec- 29, 1940
Owen A. Smith, director of traffic control for the state
dTm«?lnS rbl!f Safety> 8peak at the El Reno Lions
Dr Jmh'LT'1"' of the.,bo*rd of directors, according to
* nh ^ 0zmun: President of the Lions club. In addl-
wTrdt0n?vriA°n2n?Un* dlCector" are Dr- L. R. Conrad, Dean
w5«dvSSSaSr gby’N-A Nicho1"'s-***
furc,el'and a™8- Clyde and Edward,
and*Duncan.y °f re,atives and ™ends |n Marlow
villeM!5.ren!^n£ah!a8b?Ck' a<steacJher ''>» schools at Bartles-
JOE COLLEOE quickly brought
” Sergeant Eddie up-to-date on
Max’s plan to destroy the boat-
works: "They'll Jam up the power
line by grounding the Incoming
cable. They did It once before, you
know. While the lights are out,
they’ll cut the fence and walk In.
They’ll take those cans of gasoline
that Max has hidden in the paint
house and start so many tires that
the fire department can't handle
“Whnt can we do?”
"We’ll use somebody else's
strength, like we did yesterday.
The boys have scattered to their
homes and are working on their
families. And here's where Miss
What's-Her-Name comes In—”
"Mrs. Engstrom, my wife,” Eddie
"How'd you get married?”
"That’d take time to explain."
“I should think so. Anyhow, she’s
got to get that bus she drives and
go to the houses where the boys
used to live—tell the fathers what's
going on and take 'em to the yards.
One of ’em Is mayor and another
Is chief of police. They should be
able to stop things if they get
there in time."
Come on, Margie Lou—this is
D-Day for you!”
Eddie told Margie Lou what Joe
had said as they half walked, half
ran to the bus terminal repair shop.
The repair shop foreman had a
boy In the service, too, and his son,
Jake Snyder, was right there beside
him, another of yesterday's casu-
Take It away," the foreman
said. “Only we ain’t through flxln’
all the Juice trouble yet. The en-
gine’ll run all right but there’s still
more worn-out wiring In her some-
where. The Interior lights don’t
work and there's a battery drain
we can't locate.”
We don't need lights Inside as
long as we’ve got power under the
Margie Lou rolled Old Ironsides
out of the shop at 45 miles an hour,
every window rattling.
Eddie knew right where to go
and at the houses where they called
they found the men they were
looking for up and dressed, not
quite sure why but ready for some-
thing. A very little explanation
was all that was necessary. Eddie
checked, they were all there, fathers
Mayor Berglund and Chief of
Police Hilton sat together. “I don’t
understand how this girl bus driver
found out what’s going on out at
the boatworks." the mayor said, “I
should think they would have noti-
fied you, not her."
“I was notified.”
"Who notified you?”
"Now that you ask me I can’t say
exactly. But I knew some way and
was all set when she called for me.”
"Say, chief, Is that loose wire
that's hanging alongside the
dow shooting a spark every
we hit a bump?”
The chief of police looked where
the mayor pointed. ”It’s a spark
all right." He leaned over
examined the wlrs carefully.
Insulation's worn off. The
Jumps when It swings against
steel casement. Awful old,. these
buses. They ought to be junked."
“They will be," the mayor assured
When the bus arrived at the
boatworks the entire yard was dark
except for flashlights in the hands
of the guards.
"The power line’s been cut,” mut-
tered Eddie. "We've got to hustle.”
* * *
fllHE guards held them up a few
A- minutes while the mayor and
police chief got permission to en-
ter. The yard was jammed with
workers, milling around uncer-
tainly in the dark.
No one was In the paint store
room. But tin containers were
lying all over the floor. Evidently
Max and Flatface had been there
and taken away what they wanted.
It would have been Impossible
to locate all the gasoline cans it it
hadn’t been that Eddie’s squad
was< not hampered in any way as
to movement. All over the place
at once they made short work of
this grim treasure hunt. Each time
they made a find they checked
back to Eddie and Eddie, in turn,
told Margie Lou where to drive.
Once on the spot the older men
loaded the Inflammables Into the
bus. Everything was accounted for
In 20 minutes.
They didn’t catch up with Max
or Flatface, though. Under cover
of the blackout and In the crowd
of workmen it was impossible to
recognize them. The chief of po-
lice had phoned for squad cars and
all available officers, uniformed and
plainclothes, to come out and help
search the plant. He went to the
gate with the bus and ordered the
guard to let Margie Lou drive
“But don’t let anybody else leave
until I say so.” To Margie Lou he
gave a final word of praise.
"Thanks a lot, young woman. Your
name ought to be Pauline Revere.
You'll get something in apprecia-
tion of tonight’s work if it’s only a
fancy colored ribbon. When you go
back to town kindly stop at the
police station and tell the officers to
take charge of those cans of gaso-
line. They're evidence against this
man Lengel when we catch him."
* * *
JLf ARGIE LOU left the yards with
an apparently empty bus. Nat-
urally the guards didn’t see Eddie
and a full squad of infantry who
"We won’t bother you a bit,” Joe
told Eddie. “It seems like a good
idea to stick together. It’ll be dawn
In 15 minutes or so and we’ll have
to report for orders to move."
"Fifteen minutes!" Eddie ex-
claimed in dismay. He had for-
gotten the swift dragging current of
time. "What’ll I do about Margie
“Better tell her, sergeant."
(To Be Continued)
Bob Mann spent the holidays
with his parents. Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. Mann, of Bethany.
Mr. and Mrs. (Marvin Thomp-
son and familj were hosts at a
family dinner Thursday when
guests were Mr and Mrs. George
Leighton and sons and Mr. and
Mrs. Gene Leighton of Oklahoma
City, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leigh-
ton and son. Mrs. Norma Work-
man, Mrs. Minnie Leighton and
Mr. and Mrs. Frank O’Toole.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Leek had as
their Christmas guests Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Smith and sons of Mid-
west City, Mi. and Mrs. Albert
Leek and daughters and Mr. and
Mrs. Rudolph Leek. Afternoon
guests who participated in the gift
exchange were Mr. and Mrs. Har-
tvy Steffin and son of El Rer.o,
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Quigley and
children of Hinton and Mr. and
Mrs. Warren Draper and daugh-
ter Candice, of Geary.
Sunday evening Christinas guests
of Mr and Mrs. Clyde Haynes
were Mr. and Mrs. Car! Suttle of
Oklahoma City. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Haynes and son, Tommy, of
Michigan, Mr. and Mrs. Allen
Thomason, El Reno. Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Leek and daughters and
Mr. and Mrs. Kate Niles and chil-
ADAMS, Mass.—(U.R)—'The C. T.
Plunkett Junior Highschool was
jarred when the state building in-
spector, David Milne, slashed its
gymnasium seating sapacity from
900 to 600. Besides losing one
third oi its capacity, the school
had to figure out what to do with
(he 900 season tickets sold.
Answtr to Previous ruxzfo
HORIZONTAL 5 Gait
1 Depicted fish 6 Seth’« *°n
8 It is found in 7 Knocks
the-- 8 Male deer
Atlantic 9 E«* (comb.
13 Tropical plant form)
14 Human trunk Vase
15 Chill 11 Poisonous fly
16 Coconut meat 12 Screamed
18 Fresh 17 Sun god
19 Two (prefix) 20 Dressmakers
10 Palm lily
32 Not (prefix)
80 Belgian river
84 Come before
t Wisconsin city
4 Note of Guido's
26 Not forming
37 Small tower
44 Small devils
49 Make a
51 Charge for
S3 Italian river
Girl Pilot Flies
But Shuns Autos
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 29—(U.R)
—An attractive 16-year-old Los
Angeles girl who claims the dis-
tinction of being one of the young-
est licensed pilots in the world
shies away from driving an auto-
mobile because "they're too danger-
Mary Glee Chesney has been
flying since she was 12 years old
and has logged more than 300
hours of flying time. She has set
her sights on entering the Bendlx
trophy dash when she reaches 18
and is able to get a commercial
spite of protests from
business, congress now seems de-
termined to pass some kind of an
excess profits tax. The only ques-
tion is what kind, how big. and
what exemptions. Hundreds of
technical difficulties are being
raised. It is impassible to know
what the final version will contain,
since this will have to be worked
out in conference by taxation
committees, after the senate gets
through amending the house-passed
Three factors seem to have in-
fluenced congress to pass an excess
profits tax. Perhaps the most im-
portant was psychological. While
men are getting killed and wounded
and frozen in Korea, no other
sacrifice seems too great for those
who stay at home.
Secondly, the government col-
lected nearly $40 billion from excess
profits taxes in 1940-45. Finally,
corporation profits this year are
expected to reach an all-time high
of over $24 bilUon after taxes. It’s
too important a source of revenue
to overlook, no matter what the
difficulties in collecting it.
Treasury department’s final audit
of corporation income taxes has
been completed only through 1947.
But for the 383.000 corporations
with net income that year, it shows
average earnings of 13 percent on
net worth, after taxes. Corporations
reporting no net income numbered
For mining companies the rate of
income in 1947 was 12 percent. For
manufacturers 13 percent, con-
struction 20 percent, agriculture 15
percent, trade 19 percent, services
17 percent, finance, Insurance and
real estate 11 percent, and public
utilities 6 percent.
This last figure explains why the
house put a provision in Its bill
allowing public utilities a 6 percent
return on their capital, and rail-
roads 5 percent, before applying
excess profits tax.
* * *
¥N general terms, the house-passed
-4 excess profits tax formula may
not mean much to the individual
income taxpayer. It,calls for a 75
percent tax on a company's profits
in excess of 85 percent of average
earnings in the best three of the
last four years. The first $15,000
of income would be exempt from
this tax, to aid small businesses.
That’s the floor. The ceiling would
be 67 percent of any company's
earnings. In the last war it was 80
percent. Senate tax leaders think
it should be cut to 80 percent.
When a tax expert sits down and
applies this formula to any com-
pany’s earnings. It becomes a little
clearer. Here are two examples
which are said to be average cases:
Company A has $5 million in-
vested capital and avetage earnings
for best three years of the 1946-49
base period of $1 million.
First, the present normal income
tax liability of 20 percent and the
surtax of 25 percent would be ap-
plied to its earnings. The excess
profits tax would be an additional
30 percent, to make up the total
lute of 75 percent. This rate would
be applied on earnings over 85 per-
cent of the base period average.
If Company A earned only $500,-
000. or 10 percent on Its capital
in 1950, it would pay no excess
profits tax. It could earn up to
$850,000 without paying excess
profits tax. But if Company A
earned 20 percent on its invested
capital, or $1 million in 1950, the
last 15 percent (all above 85 per-
cent) or $150,000 would be subject
to the 30 percent excess profits tax.
This would be $45,000.
As its normal taxes and surtaxes
would amount to $448,750, Com-
l>any A’s total tax would be $448,750
—Or just under 49 percent.
If Company A earned $2,000,000
in 1950, all over *850.000 would be
subject to excess profits tax. This
would be *1,150.000. At 30 percent,
the excess profits tax would be
$345,000. Normal and surtaxes would
be $893,000. Total taxes $1,238,750.
This is roughly 62 percent of in-
come. under the 87 percent maxi-
Lesson in English
WORDS OFTEN M18 U S E D :
Admit is less precise than confess,
and is used of lesser things. A man
confesses his own crime or his own
faults. He admits the truth of some
statement, whether Immediately
concerning him or not.
OFTEN MISPRONOUNCED: Ap-
paratus. Pronounce third a as in
rate, not ash in rat.
OFTEN MISSPELLED: The plural
of talisman is talismans, and not
SYNONYMS: 8ure, unfailing, tn-
fallable, secure. Incontestable, true.
WORD STUDY: “Use a word
three times and it is yours.” Let us
increase our vocabulary by mas-
tering one word each day. Today's
word: TANTAMOUNT: equivalent:
commensurate. "His ability was far
from being tantamount with our
Look and Learn
1. What one thing prevents the
construction of 100 percent efficient
2. For what is the island of Cor-
sica most famous?
3. What is the name of the torpid
state in which certain animals pass
the cold months of the winter?
4. Who succeeded Moses as the
leader of the Children of Israel?
5. Who wrote the famous poem,
’The Wreck of the Hesperus?"
2. As the birthplace of Napoleon
5. Henry W. Longfellow (1807-82).
Problem a Day
A tank is 12 ft. long. 8 ft. wide,
and 6 ft. deep. If the water is run-
ning Into it at rate of 80 gallons
an hour and is taken out at rate of
35 gallons an hour, how many hours
are required to fill the tank?
08 hours. Multiply 13 by 8 by «;
multiply this by 7 1/3 (number of
gallons In 1 cubic foot); divide by
difference between 80 and 35.
“It’s the old story, dear: If I wait until I can affoitl the coat.
I’ll never get It."
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