Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 6, 1938 · Page 5
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Thursday, Octobor 0, 1038 HOpfe STAR, HOPE, ARKANSAS FAGS first fiapfet Is Association Host 'Receive Church Or- ganisation Hrere Qc- tobci'13-14 The First -Baptist church will onler- tain tho imiiuiil meeting of the Hope DapUst association Thurstlny imtl Friday, October 13 anil M. This association meeting comes to Hope every ten or twelve years. The district includes Lcwisvillc, Stumps, Magnolia, Brndley, Stephens, Genoa, Fuuke, Texarknna, and Mtindcvillc in nddition to Ho|)e. Among the speakers will be Rev. j. B. Luck of Mugnoliii Blue Ribbon Bread BREAD At Your Grocer and Bakery nose broke in football GET THOSE LEOPARDS, "BOBCATS' Bananas, Ib. 5c Green Beans, Ib .... lOc LEMONS, Doz 21c Carrot*, 'bunch 6c Celery, stalk lOc APPLES, Doz. 25c BRIGHT & EARLY COFFEE Pound 23c Whole Grain Lb. Cloth Bag 25c SUNSHINE NEWSBOY CAKES Serving Tray Free With 1 Lb 29c KRAFTS DINNER A ,Meal if or Four in 9Min., Pkg. LIBBYS CATSUP 14 ounce Bottle 19c Pound Tall Korn BACON 25e SAUSAGE L Pound? Z9C HEESE SWISS-—PIMENTO BRICK—AMERICAN Pound Box t^f 2 • >—' A »4 1 49c STEW MEAT £ Pound f BOLOGNA •Tropical Spice Cake 2 cups sifted Cambric Flour. Hi teospoon baking powder. '/4 teaspoon sail. ; teaspoon cinnamon. '.•if teaspoon allspice. '.-i cup bult..v. ','•'. teaspoon caih of cloves, nutmeg, iiiitl Hi/ice. : H cup dark brown sugar, firmly I.NIC keel. 1 egg, unbeaten. '•'/•i cup milk. Sift flour once, measure and add baking powder, wilt and spices, am sift together throe IS) times. Crean butter, mid sugar gradually and cream well. Add eggs and beat. Add flout alternately with milk, boating after each addition until smooth. Bake in 2 greased M-incli liiyer puns in moderate oven 20 to 23 minutes. Spread following frosting between layers and on top. Tropical Frosting Combine 2 egg whiles. 1 cup sugar, 1 table.s|K)on water and 3 tablespoons lemon juice in top of double-boiler. Beat. Place over boiling water, beating' constantly and cook 7 minutes. He-move from fiie, add Vi teaspoon grated lemon rind unit 2 drops almond extract. Heat till ready to spread. Add '/i can coconut and 1 cup chopped, raisins. Shover Springs Mrs. Parker Rogers who is leaching school at Columbus, spent the wcck- ;nd .with her husband and attended it Shover Springs. Joe Haley Beckworlh of Ifaynesville, '.M.. spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. J. 13. Beckworlh. Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Phillips. Mrs. Hugh Laselcr. Mrs. Mollie Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Karlie McWilliams and laughters Elenor and Marjorie and Maomia Dudney attended singiijg convention at Patmos Sunday. Misses Elolee Cussidy and Maud U'Wallen of Hope were guests of Miss June Rugglos Sunday. Thomas Walker had the misfortune of getting his practice. Mrs. Virgie England entertained Sunday with a birthday dinner in honor of hnr son. Tom. Miss Aria Mae who is leading schiool nt Urbana near El Dorado spent the week-end at home. Mrs. Sid Skinner and Mrs. Elton Cassidy ehtortainod recently with a miscelaneou.s shower for Mrs. Robert Garrett of Green Laseter. She received many lovely gifts and tho after- noo nwill long bo remembered. The guests were served with delicious sandwiches, cake and iced punch. Firemen Start Fire by Blowing Fire Whistle MONITOR, WJS.-MV-A fire was hitarl«-d in the fire-house when one of (he firemen blow the noon whistle. A short circuit in the electric wiring started the bla/o. which was ex- liiiMuish'.'d before much damage was inflickd. All over China written Chinese is the same, but every province, or even district, has different pronunclion. Oiive trees are known to live 1000 yoais. The length of the school term in tho United Stales is increasing. Latest records show that it is now about 173 days out of the year. Southampton dealt with 13 linor— several cross channel steamers in two days during a recent week. yy,*T* .OPENING -SPECIAL This coupon good for 1 game of Billnrds rcltp and take lo OWNER'S -BILLARD ami DOMINO PAItlAW Next door lo New Theater SLICED Pound By the STICK, :Lb. 1Uc BEEF ROAST or STEAK, Lb. Pound PICNIC HAMS 19c ARMOUR'S STAR PORK SAUSAGE Pound L 'A.*. 29c rhono 2GG HOBBS Gro. & Market Free Delivery Drs. Wade and Andrews of Te.xarkana, 3r. Walls of Strong, and ;i represenla- ive of the Slate Convention, Little Hock. Sessions of the Association will be U'ld beginning next Thursday morning it 10, in the morning, afternoon and evening of Thursday continuing Friday morning until noon. The- public is nvited-to attend all sessions. The cn- tortaining church is planning to .serve meal.s to the out-of-town visitors Thursday and Friday. Many will stay overnight Thursday and they will be entertained in the hoine.s of the members,of First Baptist church. Friday Night? Look your best by letting us Clean and Press your— SUITS and DRESSES Men's Felt Hats cleaned and blocked like NEW. HALL BROS. Cleaners & Hatters Phone 385 And why not?grocer for: -You'll have perfect baking results if you ask your ^^^^* '^Wi^^^^^W ^^^UPP^^ ^^UB^^ BBBIB iBB (If he doesn't have it he can get it.) Government Cotton Loans Immediate Payment Classed by E. iCiBrown, Licensed Govern- E. C. BROWN & CO. A Statement of Public Policy by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company The Honorable Wright Pattnan, representative in Congress of the first district of Texas, has announced that he will introduce in the next Congress a punitive and discriminatory tax bill frankly designed to put chain stores out-of business. In the past, Mr. Patman has been very successful in securing enactment of legislation which he has sponsored. He has demonstrated that he is a very able lobbyist and propagandist for his own bills. The management of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company is therefore faced with the necessity of deciding upon a course of action in relation to this proposed legislation—whether-to do nothing and risk the possibility of the passage of theibill and the resulting forced dissolution of this business, .or to engage in an active campaign in oppositionito the bill. In arriving at a decision, the interests,of several .groups of people deserve consideration—the management, 'the 85,600 employees of the company, the consuming public, the millions of farmers producing the country's food, anil labor. 1. The Interests of the Management The interests of the management can be dismissed as of very little importance. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company is managed .by George L. Harlford and John A. Hartford under an arrangement made by their father, George Huntington Hartford, the founder of the business. George L. Hartford has been actively engaged in the grocery business for 58 years, working generally six days a week, 52 weeks a year during that entire period. John A. Hartford has been actively engaged in the grocery business for 50 years, working generally six days a week, 52 weeks a year during that period. Both of these men could, of course, retire without personal or financial inconvenience and live very comfortably if chain stores were put out of business. The record of the last calendar year shows that out of any money earned annually from the business, in the.case of George L. Hartford, 82 percent is paid to government in taxes; in .the case of John A. Hartford, 83 percent is paid to .government in taxes. As neither of the brothers has any children, any monies left out of their earnings would accrue to their estates, and in the event of their death, inheritance taxes would probably amount to two-thirds of such -accrued earnings, leaving-,ap-i proximately 6 cents on the dollar as a motive for continued personal service. It is therefore apparent that the interests of management need hardly be taken into consideration in arriving at a decision. 2. The Interests of the Employees The interests of the employees of the company are, however, a matter of very grave concern. It is simply a statement of fact to say that the employees of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company generally throughout the United States receive the highest wages and have the shortest working hours of any workers in the grocery business, whether chain store or individual grocer. Many of them have devoted all of their working lives to the interests of the company. The management, therefore, has a definite obligation and duty to defend the interests of these 85,600 employees against legislation intended to throw all of them out of work. 3. The Interests of the Consumer Since this business has been built by the voluntary patronage of millions of American families, we believe that we must give consideration to their interests in this matter. Millions of women know how acute is the present problem of providing food, clothing and shelter for themselves, their husbands and their children out of their present income. When food prices go up it is not a question of paying more for the same food. They do not have the additional money with which to pay. Therefore, they must buy less and eat less. A & P Food Stores last year distributed at retail $881,700,000 worth of food at a net profit of 1 '/< . This food was sold to the public at prices averaging from eight to ten percent lower than the prices of the average individual grocer. Literally, millions of sales were made at prices twenty-five percent lower than those of the average individual grocer. This saving of eight to twenty-five cents on each dollar is of vital importance to these millions of families. If they were denied the opportunity to buy at these lower prices it would simply mean that in millions of homes they would have to leave meat off the table another day a week, eat less fresh fruits and vegetables, give the growing child one bottle of milk less every week or stint on butter, cheese, poultry, eggs and many other of the most nourishing foods. In the last 1 0 years during the greatest period of chain store growth, the number of individual dealers has increased rather than decreased. We maintain that there is nothing wrong when these dealers charge more than we charge. They must charge these prices in order to make a fair profit. The average grocer will, upon request, deliver the groceries to the customer's door and in many cases extends credit to some of his customers. Delivery service costs money. The grocer must put this added cost in the prices to his customers. In the same way the extension of credit involves the expense of bookkeeping, the tying up of capital, and credit losses. There is nothing wrong in the higher mark up of the individual grocer, because he is rendering a service that justifies his prices. If some customers can afford and voluntarily elect to pay a higher price for groceries and meats because they want credit or because they want delivery to their homes it is quite proper that they should pay an additional price for such service. However, the millions of families in this country whose income is limited and who can have more and better food because they are willing to pay cash and carry home their own purchases, should not be denied this opportunity. Millions of families of limited incomes can only enjoy their present standard of living through these economies and savings. These millions of American families have helped us build a great business because they believe we have rendered them a great service. The company, therefore, has an obligation and a duty to protect the interests of these customers. 4. The Interests of the Farmer Eight million farm families are engaged iti producing the food consumed by the American people. All of the,farm homes ; in America, therefore, comprising one-fourth of all of the popu- 'lation of the.United States, have a direct interest in the methods of distribution by which.the products,of their labor and of the .soil are marketed. Approximately 30% of their production is marketed through the chain'food stores; about 70% through individual .grocers. Their fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs are sold'thrpugh the chainstoresatpricesaveragingSyo to,l 0 % cheaperthantheprices at which they are sold by many grocers. If the .farmer sells a niven product to both at the same price, the individual grocer .must .charge the public more to take care ,of :his "higher .costs. T;hus 30% of the farmer's products reach the public at low prices and 70% of his products reach the public at higher prices. If the public cannot consume a given crop of apples, potatoes, .berries or any other product, at the prices at which they ,are,offered, these goods do not move from the grocer'-S shelves; a surplus accumulates and the farmer finds that he either cannot sell 'the balance of his crop or must sell it at a substantial loss. Only .too often a situation arises^when it is literally cheaper .for,the farmer to let his apples or his peaches rot on the ground than.toiexpend the labor costs necessary to pack,and ship them. 'Every-farm economist knows that a 1 0%-surplus does ; not mean '\0% less return to the farmer but often more than .20 % less .return. •jn .other words, the Farmer's problem is to sell his products at the.cost of production plus a fair profit and to get them to the public with asiew intermediate costs and profits as .possible. ;lt .is.therefore obviously unfair to.the farmer to propose legislation which would, at a single blow, wipe out 30% of redistributing machinery—and that 30% the part which maintains the price to the.farmer yet reaches the public at low cost;because of economical distribution. It would be just as unfair to the farmer to .propose putting out of .business all of the individual grocers,of the country .who distribute 70% of:hisproduce. Bo.th chain food stores and individual grocers perform .a distributive function vital to the interests of the-farmer. If .either failed to function the .farmer would be faced with tremendous surpluses and heartbreaking losses, For years the A .& P has dealt with the farmers both as producers and consumers. We feel that we have a .definite obligation and duty to oppose any legislative attack upon their best interests. 5. The Interests of .Labor .Every business in this country has a vital interest in the purchasing power of labor. When labor has'high wages and great purchasing ^power, everyone is prosperous. ''When labor's purchasing power is curtailed, all business suffers and the American standard of living is impaired. For many years f it has been the wise policy of the national government to protect real wages and the purchasing power of the worker's doljar. Combinations qr agreements to raise prices, thus reducing real .wages, have been declared illegal. It certainly seems strange that it should now be proposed to destroy a group of businesses for the frankly admitted reason that they furnish ; the necessities of life to the wage earner and his family at low prices. There are approximately 900,000. workers directly employed in the chain store industry. What course is open to us but to oppose the action.of a man who, at a time when more than 1 1,000,000 wage earners are already out of work and 3,000,000 families on relief, proposes a bill that would add almost another million to the roll of unemployed, wipe out 30% of the distributing machinery of all of the farmers qf the United States, and raise the cost of living of the wage earners of the United States. We believe that our organization has rendered a great service to the American people and that it is as a result of that service that we have prospered. If we consulted our own interest it would be very easy to stop and enjoy whatever leisure we have earned. No one is dependent .upon .us except our fellow workers. However, after the fullest consideration of all interests, we have arrived at the decision that we would be doing less than our full duty if we failed to oppose, by every fair means, legislation proposed by ; the Honorable Wright Patman. As we have said, Mr. Patman is an able politician, an able lobbyist and an able propagandist. In that field he is w e L P i? rl ' We are ex P erts onl y » n the grocery business. We believe the chain stores have a right to present their case to the American people. We will not go into politics, nor will we establish a lobby in Washington for the purpose of attempting to influence the vote of any member of the Congress. We expect only a full and fair opportunity to present the case for the chain'stores as a great service organization for the American people. Since the task we have set before us is one involving the widest dissemination of complete information to all of the American people, and since this is a profession in which we are not expert, we have engaged Carl Byoir & Associates, public relations counsel, to do this work. We realize that our views are seldom news. We know, therefore, that we must be prepared to spend a substantial sum of money in telling our story to all of the American people. We declare now that this money will be spent in the di». semination of information through paid advertising and every medium available to us, and in cooperating in the work or formation of study groups among consumers, farmers and workers, which provide open forums for a discussion of all measures affecting the cost of living. We believe that when the American people have all of the facts they will make their decision known to their representatives in Congress. As Americans we will be content with that decision. JOHN A. HARTFORD

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