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From our archives: Aussie women and ‘American idols’

What we thought: 75 years ago

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

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Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on Jan. 20, 1939.

The wrong idols

American movies, increasingly influential in modes and manners of living, are said to be raising havoc in Australia.

The report is that Australian women have been attracted to the handsome heroes. And the men are trying to recapture favor by having their hair frizzed, lending their hands to manicurists, and, of all things, plucking eyebrows.

Reputedly the men of that continent have been famous for their complete masculinity. If the male parade to the beauty parlors is becoming a mass movement, Australia has cause for alarm.

But on whom can their ladies be concentrating?

Certainly not Clark Gable. In the United States, Clark sends the young fellows to developing a deep bass voice or donning breeches and boots for an exploration trip.

Nor Errol Flynn. American schoolboys attempt to be Flynn-like by fashioning swords from laths and staging an impromptu battle on the easy chairs and davenports.

Nazi manners

Now the Tokyo Kokumin, in a flurry of excitement, tells the world that “the Japanese people are determined to smash the American fleet” if the United States “intends to get a political foothold in China” by fortifying the Guam and Wake islands.

Since the United States doesn’t in the least want a political foothold in China and wouldn’t know what to do with such a thing if it had one, the “Japanese people” won’t have to attempt the sizable and highly uncertain task the Kokumin has laid down for them.

Still, we think the remark of the newspaper is rather unfortunate. It makes one wonder whether the Japanese are commencing to be corrupted by the crude manners affected by their Nazi and Fascist friends, which incidentally seem to be infecting even some of our Washington “statesmen.”

No wonder

College news is often of a sensational or ridiculous nature, and one must dig pretty deep into the stories to uncover the reasons for all the horseplay. Outside of the fact that youth is youth, there is generally an underlying motive for its seeming insanity. Example: the election of brawny John Brennan, 200-pound football player, as “queen” of the University of Michigan Ice Carnival.

Why should the students vote for a gridder with hundreds of nice co-eds walking the campus? It looks like a publicity stunt.

But, no, Mr. Brennan just nosed out Miss Marian Phillips, a cute freshman dish. And it seems Miss Phillips once wrote an article titled, “Why I Hate Men,” listing 80 reasons for her attitude.

Pretty girl. Doesn’t like men. Ah, there it is!

Flame game

Fire chasing, like football, is being simplified for the spectator. The fire laddies of Orange, N.J., are sporting white numbers, eight inches high, on the backs of their shiny rubber coats. The bystanders thereby determine which is O’Hara and which Mulligan as the firemen handle the hose and ladders.

Business reasons, not fan demand, inspired the stunt. Company officers will be better able to direct their men from a distance with the aid of the numbers. Like it or not, however, it would seem that the firefighters will be handicapped by an increasing number of the “chase the fire engine” variety of people, some of whom might offer odds on which fellow will rescue the blond beauty on the third floor.

And it wouldn’t be too surprising to find a hawker on the sidelines shouting, “You can’t tell who the smoke-eaters are without a score card.”

Praises Gazette

Illinois Markets, an organization covering the market division of the Daily Newspaper League of Illinois, through Paul L. Gorham, manager, extends congratulations to the Gazette on the recent Progress Edition.

“Without question,” Mr. Gorham writes, “it will add greatly to the optimism of your community, and the psychological effect will be reflected not only among your advertisers but the readers of your newspaper.”

Route 7 update

Chances are bright for the construction this year of the state aid Route No. 7 connecting Milledgeville and Polo, providing all of the right-of-way details of the Carroll County part of the road can be cleared at an early date. All of the Ogle County right-of-way dedications have been procured.

That the State Highway Department has placed the Polo-Milledgeville road improvement on the preferred list of the 1939 program is indicated by the action taken by the department in advertising for bids on the new bridge for erection this spring over Buffalo Creek at the Doty school house.

The bids will be opened at Springfield Jan. 27. The bridge will be of I-beam construction, and will be the largest on the highway which is to be improved.

Marijuana bill

An amendment to the narcotic law specifying that marijuana is a habit-forming drug will be submitted to the Illinois legislature for approval, Municipal Judge Thomas A. Green [of Chicago] said.

Representative Charles H. Weber said he would introduce the bill on Tuesday.

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a conviction for possession of marijuana, holding that it was not named in the 1935 law defining narcotics.

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