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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

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PAGE FOUR BI.YTnEVn.LB (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS THE BLYTHEVILLE COUKIER NEWS THK COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBUBY, Editor SAMUEL F, NORRIS, Advertising Manager Sole Natiorvil Advertising Representatives: Arkansas Dallies, Inc., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Oklahoma City, Memphis. Published Eroy Afternoon Except Sunday Entered' as second class matter at the post- office at Blytherflle, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier In the City of Blytbevillc, 15c per week, or 66c per month. By inail, within * radius of 50 miles, 53.00 per year, $1.50 for six months, 15c for three months; by mail In postal zones two tn six inclusive, $5.50 per year; In zones seven and eight, $10.00 per year, payable In advance. Falsehoods Gather Weight, No one knows jusl liow these happen, but every once ill a while (lie most innocent set of facts gets jumbled up and . emerges as a national legend without a grain of truth. Take the case of (he Memphis, Tcnn., dog pound, for example. When the building was first erected in 10311, with llio a|d of VVI'A, (he story got around (hat the place was so luxurious dial Memphis' canine population was openly inviting apprehension by the dogcatcher just to share the penlhoii.se comfort of Hie new pound and to enjoy the shower bullis which were supposed to he part of the project. Memphis tried hard to stop that. Hut the story, with embellishments, kept popping tip'. Just the other day, it reached the halls of Congress when a representative referred to southern ladies bringing their poodles in for shower baths at the ?fiO,000 pound. The facts? First of all (he place cost only ? 19,0(10 with WPA putting up ?I3,000 and the city $UOOO. And (here are no shower baths, except the garden hose used on badly soiled inmates. Since Die dog shelter was opened, there has been not a single death from rabies; although, during the three years prior to the opening, six deaths were recorded. The number of Pasteur treatments *foi- rabies, costing §7 each, has declined from 880 in 1935 to 64 last year. With tears in her civic eyes, Mcm- .phis pleads with the nation plcase^to .stop (he libel. That's not gditijf toi'bV- casy. Give a lie a little push, and it grows larger and larger— about as easy to recall as a 10-ton boulder crashing down a mountain side. The classical example of a falsehood that received, wide and official recognition was H. L. Mencken's war-lime story of the origin of the bathtub in America. The (ale was conjured up in the famous author's mind on a dull day. Scientists did research on the basis of it, wrote scholarly treatises. Plumbers used the story in advertising and speakers accepted it as gospel. It was not until about three years ago that Mencken chuckled a little and admitted the whole tiling was a hoax. The story, however, will probably live on' for years. If you're thinking of starting a fable you'd better consider well before you start whispering. What might have been, it not. the curt of American art, at least a long period of stagnation (because of the depression) has become instead (he period of its greatest development. —Treasury Secretary Morgcnlhau, OUT OUR WAY Courage lie It is ii .shameful tiling to have (o report that sonic people snickered u little when Paul Salko's "ark" was halted by Seattle authorities an lie was about to sail for Alaska. Courage and determination and the . imshaUcrahlc dream of 11 better future in a now land are never tilings to laugh at. Satko's story is an epic of courage (bat .should make the snickerers t'ecl humble and iishmned. It Ls a fountain of inspiration and hope to .see .such determined bravery in our time. Salko was unemployed in Richmond, Va. Using odds and ends as material, he built a .strange-looking "ark," an amateurish and flimsy '10-foot boat. He loaded it on a trailer and hauled it all the way across the country to Tacoma, Wash. He supported himself and bis brood of children by doing odd jobs. For .six monlli.s at Taeonm he prepared fur (hu journey to Alaska. Me worked at what he could get. lie worked at bis boat. Gradually he equipped it in makeshift fashion for a ISOO-milc voyage—a voyage by a landsman in a home-made boat through unknown waters, with no guide but a vision of a new land where lie might hew out a future for himself and seven children. Authorities slopped him at .Seattle. The boat \va«u't strong enough, hadn't enough power. The children wouldn't be safe. No doubt they arc right. Hut can the United States alford to see Paul Salko Unvaried? Is this kind of courage .so common Dial, it can be cast aside? How safe were Hie western pioneers when they pushed oil' for the wes.l in clumsy wagons, facing hostile Indians, ami brutal blixxards, and starvation'.' "Pike's Peak or Bust!" read the scrawled slogans on the Conestoga wagons, and whitening hones along the trails testified that maiiy fell short. Yet the west was won. Without attempting lo judge between Satko and those who are holding him up at the moment, there is something there on the Seattle docks that must "not be wasted. It'is courage andile- tcrmiiiation and initiative, and it must not be frustrated. Alaska needs men like Paul Salko, and the United States needs them, and the world! • SO THEY SAY These arc clays when every man calls himself a liberal.—Wendell Wlllklc, Commonwealth and Southern president. * * * Your policy will terminate in a finis dur- manln.—Frit/. Tliyssen, German industrialist, in a letter to Hitler. * * * The grcnle.rt need In the tabor picture today is for better iiuiimgcmcm on (lie labor side. —William S. Kniiclscn,' General Motors president. * * « Life i.s given you so lhat you can see how much you can put into il. not how much yon can set out of it.-Sir Wilfred Grcnfcll, founder of the Labrador Mission. * * * We sorely need Ri-rjit expansion of industrial output vvhcllier ivc have new cxpnndine industries or nol.—Col. Leonard p. Aycrs, Cleveland M.ilisdcian. TUESDAY, 'APRIL 30, 10-10 SIDE GLANCES fcy Gdbrcfth «SiR»«[. l«c. T. M. PIC. U.'E. PJf. OFF. 4-io "Drive easy, folks-ladies value a new spring hill more , "' than their lives* THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson Gi MILLION PERSONS IN THE UNITED STATES .,- IF THE GARTH i Dlfo NOT ROTATED OM ITS OWN AXIS. THE SUN WOUUD RISE AMD SET ONCE DURING THE -YEAR, DUE TO THE EARTH'S JOURIMEV AROUND IT. ANSWER-' canoes iiiijjhl 71)0 r;mor . .- . AMERICAN CIVILIZATION hnvc conic inlo bcco for birch trees, NF.XT: The shortest airmail route... STARLINGS GIVE COUNTRY", THE BIRD X • .**' jf*. Nobody Knows What To Do About Feathered 'Nuisance' !}• NEA Service WASHINGTON, April SO.—Noisy is a war argument, iicrsi.stcnl as i sprint; cold and jnsl a.s welcome; mpleasanl, disagreeable, messy and anlankcicus, the starling is nevcr- hele.ss here to slay. Gradually spreading from the .thinlie to llic .Hoc-kit's, in titles vhosc buildings It has turned into reining bird roosts, the sturling has in SO, years succeeded in becoming i\ major n u i s a n c e. But, nobody knows 'what to do about 1 it. Rome pcnnut- traincd ntiencltml turned the first i ones loose from Ne«- York's Central Hark. Zoo on that unlucky liny in the OOs, experts of the U. S. Biological Survey Sluffeil owls believe. scare them. Until 192r > <'« Wrcls sUiyerl piel- .)' close lo the eastern seaboard, inci the rest of the country snickered at arcl) stories telling of vain inrt ludicrous attempts in New i'ork, Philadelphia, Washington mcl Baltimore (o shoo the pesky starlings away from their nightly conclaves around the coniices dl ill the more elaborate public wildings. > The nightly din, the defacement of niaiblc colonnades. was subjcci for many a jest, lint il isn't so funny now. for the starlings lire moving west, and have appeared Utah. West coasters fear it is only a question of lime (mill some bold pair makes a non-stop (light over Ihe Hockies, New birds arriving in this country are usually killed off by the o I d ti mcrs. Not so the starlings. They doii'l bother .sparrows or robins because they don't nest in (lie open, but They en Joy hi downtown Komiiii raiHllrs. buildings. They don't bother pig- cons, because they cat insects and fruits and shun the pramit-ancl- griiin diet of city pigeons. Every effort to get rid of the starlings has flopped. Am! since London has tried vainly for 100 ycitrs to scare them off wilh Roman candles or balloons, to annoy them by beating dlsbpans, to drown them out with fire hose, it appears thut a better trick must be found here. Only one bird scares them, (lie owl—even a stuffed one will do it. Bui, it's lough to set enough ou-ls together to do the trick—and anyway substituting owls f o r starlings is merely leaping from frying-pan lo lire. Poisoning them won't do. for the starlings dine out. They leave t li e t r downtown nests al crack of dawn, and scour t h e countryside as far as 15 miles away for insects. „. Then they return, •-• lite a crack They s i> c n d bombing sqtiad- ilaj-s in country. ro ». "t night, to jabber themselves into sleep atop the city buildings. Fanners and fruit growers generally don't mind them. The birds eat insects that cat the grain and fruit. A few cattlemen, however, have complained lately that In eating insects o/f cattle the starlings are taking chunks out of the entile, causing them to rim thin. , In the cities, where they nest, r,t night, the starlings are about as popular as hay fever, and jusl as hard lo (jet rid of. Harvard Lecture Goes On Even With One Student CAMBRlDGET~MnS5. (UP) — Richard Andrews of Plrasnntvlllc, N. Y., was wrong if he thought he would he excused from a lecture at Harvard University bnc.iuse he was the only student present. The lone junior sat and listened while Prof. Frank outlined his talk am! gave a 50-minule lecture. O SERIAL STORY BET ON LOVE BY CHARLES B. FARMER COPYRIGHT. IB4O. NEA SERVICE. INC. Ex-Kaiser Appreciates Chicagoan's Greetings CHICAGO IUI>)—Karl Niivrnlil just likes lo innkc royalty happy, nncl roynl(y apparently appreciates it. He never fulls to sent! his liest wishes to Wilhelm llohciwrallcrn on Christmas. Busier mid' his birlhday. In return (lie ex-Kaiser responds with "Umnk yon ,, 0 les" I Archduke Olio, pretender i n the i UniBlitirg throne, is remembered and every Enslcr King Oeoruc of England is felicilalcd. Society Counts Stumps Of William Penn Trees PHILADELPHIA (UP)—A "census" of tree stumps which were alive when William Peim landed in 1C8'J has liccn stiirtccl under direction ot the American Philosophical Society's committee on education and participation. In a .similar count .several years :<;;o. more than -SCO such stumps were discovered. AKC of the trees is determined by ih c number of growth rings. JEALOUS.' YOU'RE- CRAZY.' H E STARIM'ATMUSCLEt, EMPIRE BUILDERS By J. R. Williams OUK BOARDING HOUSE; will! Major ) NETS FORTV.O Df\VS y/ UNDER ALL -E SOU ' _ JTKE WlM6! NOW NOG £1 TABLES, A\'D~,f V^LD BE AS 1 FLUTTER 1MYOTUF- 1'^J riitlM'T RMnM \\..,*-,,,< ™ -. „..„,,„ . o« TRIBE CHIEF A BURDEM '. _. „ WITH BRASH BOARDERS ? I- j FLUTTER INTOTHB ^ DiDM'T E\JEM i MEST WITH M MORE \ CACKUMG TWMJ POE'S I) PRiMT IN! 1MB JRPNEN.'^'MHM'S / \SftWDOST' WHE E-ME BEEM OOT ^"*—•—-i i -L-.V—T""'M !' ^^ shaWa^ H %H VI:S'I'I'.III>AV: Slirrrv s:,il,ll,'« In-r (Ir-st fnlry. U'lu-u ii,-r ji,rl;cj- -Mi^Kt-sIs lli:il TIL- ^Ivi' IVpjiiT Ui».v Jill I'jisy rill,-. If the fmrsr Is [iH- Iliitr ]M-:ilcn, Sherry unlcr* liini lit ride to ivlu. CHAPTER IV CHERRY BOND was .standing in Ihe infield, where she had gone lo escape talkative friends in the clubhouse. She wanted lo walch Pepper Boy's first race undisturbed; but Sam, the colt's blanket thrown over his shouldcvs, was growling: "If dial boy gels him oil, fast- like, we got a chance, ycs'in." Pepper Boy had headed Ihe line which cantered, then dropped lo a walk up lo the gate. Now suddenly the colt stopped—15 paces behind Ihc starting line. Spread out his legs, shook his head nervously. An assistant starter had run back, was jerking the coil's reins. "Thai fool man—ain't (-/it no business jerkin* a baby colt." "Hush, Sum!" Now she saw Madden soothe Pepper Boy—walk hirn into the starling stall—number one by Ihc •rail—but Pepper Boy rlitln't slop nt the starling line wilh the other horses—he bolted through. Madden was turning him around, waving Ihe assistant starter aside, was walking Pepper Boy back through the stall — turning him around aqain—all the oilier entries were mi (lie line. Slowly—slowly—Marlden walked Pepper Boy into his slall once more—halted him for a split second. The starting bell clanged. "They're oft!" « * * 'PHE watching thoujands cheered and yelled as the field of dorses —a moss of moving color—surged forward. But Pepper Boy on the mil—Ihc cine black coll in the race —was stumbling—was falling almost to his knees—Pepper Boy was left al (lie post! "Oh, lawsy, lawsy!" Sam mooned. The field was plunging down the backslretch in brilliant sunlight, the horses kicking up a dust cloud; and behind the mass of horses and riders, behind the dust, Mi-caked her liille black hope- running nil alone. A sain (he groom was mtimUinfi al her side. "What's that, Sam?" '•Vnu didn't give Hint jockey no discretion. Miss Sherry," he grumbled. "You should a-lold Madden to qualify if he sees hisself beat— then he wouldn't bust the little fellow's heart. Look, he's a-whip- pin* already!" Ko Madden was. Here in the infield Ihcy roiild hear distinctly not only Ihe stsccalo clump of hoofs. b»l also (he sh^rp crack!—crack'. —crack!- of Madden's bat on the horse's barrel, lie was forcing him. Punishing him. liidinjf him to orders. "He's a-lnistin' the little feller's heart," Sam protested again. "Oh, hush, Sam!" Sherry spoke it as a plea. Sam was right—she should have, done as to many horsemen did—No, no, she was right! Always send your horse out to win. Suddenly she leaned forward, her bands clenched. The field was stringing past the hair-mile pole—,-. toy horse was loading by a length. The favorite, Sun Halo. Next, two horses lapped each other; there was n length opening, then came the remainder of (lie field, jumbled together. And Pepper Hoy was running into that Hold—he had shot through Die dust clourt—lie was closing ground fast—he was stealing through on the rail—was alongside that mass of horses. They were passing the three-eighths pole — Pepper Boy had made up five lengths in three furlongs! * * * JpASCINATED by Ihis living drama of the Ir.ick, Sherry fell herself breathing in excited little gasps. She even heard her groom mutter: "He sho' got class—yes, suh, he lie n runnin' fool—if he kin only hoi' out!" Madden was, still ImgRiiiff (he rail—was jamming Ihc colt inlo n space no wider than a handkerchief—yes, tic was on Ihe rail and was saving ground os Ihcy went into the far turn. "Lawsy, Miss Sherry, it Pepper Boy had a-go I n even start, he'd sho' lie spread-eagiin' (he field!" The litilc black fellow was running neck and neck with two horses in (he second division—now was pulling away from them; only three horses in front ot him, and one ot those, the thin! horse, running n bit wide as they turned toward liie homestretch. Sherry Bond could sec Madden pointing Pepper Boy's nose al the space between that third horse and the rail—but .'.lag horse's jockey suddenly swerved over, look the rail himself, blocked Madden. Pepper Boy pulled out, was coming up. but the third horse shot ahead into a space between Sun Halo on the rail and (lie outside horse, n dark chestnut. Madden was pocketed. Three horses in front ot him, almost on a line, and no jockey would give way and let him through. -Then Sherry saw him start a daring move—saw him pull out and start around Ilioso lead horses as lhay entered the strelcli— a move no jockey would make unless he knew he was on a powerful itreich runner. A wild roar went up from the jlands—Sun Halo was slill a half- J length in front. The third horse was dropping back, the ehoslmil was running steadily—but a long shot, Pepper Boy, was coming like a house afire on the outside. He was burning up the track! Pepper Boy was alongside the chestnut. Now the black was gaining on Sun Halo. The favorite— did he swerve then? Another roar from the stands—Pepper Boy was coming up lo Sun Halo—the chestnut was out of it- now Pepper Boy was looking Sun Halo in the eye—and only a furlong to go! "Look at Ihc gray! Look at him coming!" Someone near Sherry shouted. For 'from the pad; of horses a gray—No. •! on his saddle blanket—Gray Star on the program—was shooting forward wilh reserve speed. Another stretch runner. The favorite, Sun Halo, was done for; hut Gray Star was coming on with a mighty burst of sliced. Pepper Boy had left Sun Halo behind—but Gray Star was coming up fast oulside of Pepper Boy—now he was at Pepper Boy's tail—now at his saddle blanket— now at his neck. In thai last 10 yards Sherry Bond saw Gray Star's rider lasii down will) his whip—saw Gray Slav's white nose shool forward— saw Madden jerk up his coil's head—-now Ihe noses were on a line—no, she'd swear Pepper Boy's nose was in fronl— The black and Ihe gray swept under the wire together. Behind them thundered in the beaten field. * * * CAM gathered up Ms blanket; he had thrown it nil the ground in liis excilemcnl. "Looks like we win sure, Miss Sherry," he said, hopefully, as they walked toward the finish point. As Sherry and her groom readied Ihc track, horses were jogging hack (o the finish line- jockeys were dismounting, taking off saddles and weighing out. The beaten ones were always first back. Generally the v;inncr too!; a couple of furlongs to slow down and stop in. Today it seemed a:, if Pepper Boy would never stop, but he did at last. There he was at the head of the backstrclch. Sherry crossed the (rack wilh Sam, then Hie groom went out to meet the colt. Madden didn't slop among Ihe oilier horses, he -rode straight for Ihe winner's circle- then reined in abruptly as a shout went up from the stands and a guard vraved him back. The winner's number w.is coin" up at last, and the winner was— Gray Star. (To Be Continued)

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