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Local Editorials

From our archives: State came to the rescue over ruined bridge

What we thought: 75 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Telegraph on March 23 and 26, 1938.

Prompt action appreciated

The city of Dixon faced a major crisis when the flooded Rock River ruined the old Galena Avenue bridge. The action of the Illinois State Highway Department, which promptly responded to the appeal of Dixon officials and businessmen, is greatly appreciated by the people of Dixon.

Gov. Horner and his highway department, when they were acquainted with the gravity of the emergency in Dixon, lost no time in taking over the situation. They have promised that the state will build a new bridge at Galena Avenue and are going ahead with the project.

Soundings are being taken and plans prepared, and Dixon is assured that the new structure will be completed at the earliest possible date.

This prompt action means a great deal to Dixon as well as to state and interstate travel. The closing of the bridge seriously hampered local communication lines between the two sides of the river and discommoded traffic that used the state and federal highways that converge at Dixon and cross the river here.

It is fortunate for Dixon and the traveling public that the state administration recognized the importance of an early resumption of this busy artery.

The new Galena Avenue bridge will be modern and adequate in every respect. Its 44-foot-wide surface for vehicular traffic and the six-foot sidewalks, full vision railings, better approaches, higher water clearance, modern lighting arrangements, etc., will be a very wonderful improvement.

– March 26, 1938

Communistic Mr. DeMille

Surpassing the understanding of ordinary men are the machinations of the German propaganda ministry, which now bars from Germany Cecil B. DeMille’s western movie, “The Plainsman,” because some of Herr Goebbels’ lads suspect Mr. DeMille of conspiring, consorting, and otherwise plotting with the Soviets.

It seems that back in December of 1935, Mr. DeMille sent to Boris Shumiatsky, then head of the Soviet film industry, this cryptic message, “Season’s Greetings.” This was in response to the equally sinister cable from Shumiatsky, “Merry Christmas.”

So the Nazi sleuths have decided that they must keep an eye on this fellow DeMille. Shumiatsky, like a good many other Russians who were on the top side a short time back, has been “liquidated.” But DeMille, the Nazis suspect, is still busy at his communistic plottings.

It is all too funny, of course, to get sore about. But Mr. DeMille may not be pleased at the implications. He is a pillar in that extremely radical, revolutionary, and very left-wing political party known in the United States as the G.O.P.

– March 23, 1938

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