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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 15, 1942
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS IBS BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS , TUB COURIER NEWS CO. ^ ,VH.^W. HAINES, publisher ' &AMUEL F. MORRIS, Editor R, WHITEHEAD y Advertising »" National Advertising Representative!: Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, De* twat, Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday filtered 'as second class matter at the poet- office at Blytheviile, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press. SUBSCRIPTION RATES ~~ By'carrier in the City of Blytheviile, I5c per veek, or 65c per month. ;By mail, within, a , radius of 50 miles, $3.00 per year, $1.50 for six months, 75c for three 'inontris; by mail in postal zones two to six .Inclusive, $6.50 per year; in zones seven and eight, $10.00 per year payable in advance. To Avert Nationalization ..Liberalization of New York State's ' Unemployment Compensation system appears probable. And that is of immediate interest to each of the other 47 states -and the District of Columbia. Proposed changes would increase the weekly benefit rate paid to persons - who lose their jobs, would extend the period during which benefits can be ob- tained, would bring partial unemployment under the system and would re"•' duce the waiting period. According IT "to ."which of three proposals is adopt." ed t the change would add from 24 to .V.;40; million dollars to the annual cost -•~", of3 unemployment benefits in the Em- pire State alone. *'...' * * Superficially, perhaps, the outlay of -many millions annually by New York - is a matter purely of local option, and v., of casual interest to workers or tax— .payers of the other jurisdictions which have such systems. "' - But the experts are convinced that upon New York's action will depend whether any of the states shall even .".y possess unemployment compensation • !' systems of their own much longer. The federal government is commit:~ " ted to an attempt to nationalize the "". set-up, and to take it out of the hands V. of the states. Organized labor leans - • toward such a step. That is why the -; s most reactionary employer- groups are - vieing with social workers in hoping ;* r l,that New York will deprive Washing'; ton of a powerful weapon by liberaliz- *: ing. the law in the largest and most •J-- prominent unit of the system. "-' The danger is real, unless one favors centralizing one service after another in Washington until the states lose - - everything but a rubber-stamp administrative place in the federal scheme. Sidney Hillman, worried, about the millions who would be thrown out of work temporarily by industrial conversion to war production, had a bill - introduced appropriating §00,000,000 to be added to unemployment benefits disbursed under state laws. That, in it- sell, was worthy and proper. * * • * But the bill provided that the President—which meant Administrator McNutt— could promulgate regulations with which the states must comply. And the tentative list made public would have raised all weekly benefit ; rates by 20. per.cent, extended their -'duration to a full six months, and brought every employer of a single . workman under the system. Such generasity went far beyond what - even the richest state could afford. The Hillman proposal was killed in committee by the bitter opposition of . state officialdom. For the moment it ; appears permanently dead. But word comes, that unless the slates .g6 at" least part way toward satisfying the demand-for liberalization, Washington will revive the campaign for nationalization of unemployment compensation. Keep an eye on this situation. Its solution may have a grout deal to do with, the type of federal government with which we emerge from this war. The Lesson of Bataan Bataan has fallen. When the conquest of the Philippines is completed 200,000 picked Japanese shock troops will be released for service against Australia, India, or perhaps Siberia. When and if Corregidor falls, warcraft, transports and supply ships will be Freed to initiate or support some other invasion. The bombers and lighting planes which have been harrying Wainwrighl's gallant band can add to Japanese superiority over our air forces elsewhere. We are impressed with the lesson of Bataan—that every day we can tin up axis men and equipment is another day in which the machine that will save democracy can be geared to higher speed and increased efficiency. View* o/ PObttcattoc ta this column of editorial* firm other newsiApen doc* aot neceswrilj- ***» •odoraemeut but to an acknowledgDMol •( l»- Urwt in the subject! dlscuned. Laval Means Trouble Pierre Laval, high priest of treason, mis been placed in control of the Vichy Government and that mere fact contains lour clangorous potentialities—that Marshal Petain, now doddering around In his 8Gth year, will be completely dominated by the number one Nazi collaborator; that the French Fleet will be turned over to Germany; that Madagascar and Dakar will be- delivered to the .There are some other outposUs which could be turned over to the enemy, but it is hoped that for once the United Nations, recognizing the handwriting so clearly written on the wall, will U'.ove first. A Vichy Government with Lavol . taking a leading role is no government to deal with on an appeasement basis and appeasement has been the keystone of United Nations policy in dealing with Vichy. When Petain gave in to Nazi pressure and restored Laval he ' destroyed what little hope remained that the status quo as to Unoccupied France could be maintained and that the recently pledged word of Vichy that it would not give aid and comfort to our- enemies wqukt be respected. '' * Even if senile Marshal Petain retains titular post in the Vichy Government it will be the proNazi combination of Laval and Darlan which will control the government in conformity with the wishes of Hitler's Wilhelmstrasse. Had Darlan been given his way full coiia-joration with the enemy would have been undertaken in the Summer of 1940. That it has not come before this is, • in no small measure, attributable to the efforts of strong and capable American Ambassador Leahy. ''•'-,• His diplomatic efforts, strenuous though they were, were not enough to offset constantly increasing Nazi pressure coupled with : the willingness of French traitors to play the role of tools for the enemy. The change at Vichy cannot be regarded as an isolated episode in international developments. The logical assumption is that they conform to the enemy's Spring plans of intensified operations on the Eastern and Middle Eastern fronts and more especially on the latter. With Laval as premier in Vichy, all Hitler will have to do to get him to jump is to press a buzzer in the Wilhclmstrassc. The first time he does it the noise will be hoard around the world. The United Nations can soften it somewhat by moving first, moving hard, and in every sector where full French collaboration could result in damage to their If they fail in this rrsprcl u lcn w ni lney have earned whatever raloslrophc rrsuius. Laval riding the saddle in Vichy ran mean but one thing—more trouble and plenty of it for the United Nations. —Commercial Appeal. SIDE GLANCES , '/ 'i;j<;' .; '•'.-.;.; COPR. 1942 BV NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. BEG. U. S. PAT. OFF Shorty Is Still Scooting Around We'd Jove !o have you in our defense organization, dear and I'm sure it would be a pleasant change from the drab \ dullness of a housewife's life 1" THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Fero'uson A SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS FARMER-, WATCHED TORNADO PASS OIRECTLV OVERHEAD AND LOOKED UP THROUGH THE L-ISHTMING-FILLED WHIRLING? FUNNEL./" JUNE 22., I92S. COPR. 19-12 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. FAST COLORS- DO NOT RUN,' DON BLANDINC3, fort worth's phone has been so busy | William (Holclen is gettin^ into she finally had it taken out. Howard Hughes is sending wires, and getting answers, too ____ The W. C. Fields .sequence in "Tales of Manhattan" is found to be so out of key with the rest of the multi- starred phjture, which is pretty straight melodrama, that it probably will be scrapped and replaced. It stole the show at sneak previews, and the agents of tho other stars are raising Cain. * * * ROGERS FILM SHELVED The Will planned by Rogers biographihn v.-arncrs with Mrs. Rogers' aid has been shelved because Spencer Tracy can't be obtained for the role.... After defcr- uniform....De-anna Durbin will be seen either ns a riveter or a welder in "Three Smart Girls Join Ulp.".. .Alice Faye goes to Columbia to star in "Winter Garden," an old-fashioned alloufc musical with Cole Porter numbers. 'Like gents .-who turn over their yachts to the Navy for a dollar, Darryl Zanuck has given his .six polo ponies to the Army remount service— $25,000 worth for $25... Latest request for a Disney designed insignia comes from the Army Dental Corps, whose slogan is "Keep 'Em Chewing." * * « George Montgomery was on the set of "TiD You Return" watching ments granted for the completion I William Powell make love to Hedy of a, couple of contracted pictures,! Lamarr. t was pretty tough watch- ing his fiancee being kissed by an evperb, and finally he said to Director Jack Conway: "What you need in this picture is a good villain, and I'm just the guy who could play it." TIHELEGGING DROPS OFF There has been quite a lot of tire bootlegging in Hollywood, but the racket has taken a sharp drop* lately. Several people paid up to •$3CO for sets of tires 'but never got delivery. Bootleggers know that their customers can't squawk without incriminating themselves. Tho victims also get mighty little sympathy from their more patriotic friends. The destroying angel mushroom is dangerous even to the touch. ONCE BELIEVED PLANTS ACTUALLV WENT TO SLEEP WHEN THEV FOLDEO THEIR PETALS AT NIGHT/ T. M. REG. U.S. PAT. OFF NEXT: Bath, time" in Peru. SERIAL STORY MEXICAN MASQUERADE BY CECIL CARNES COPYRIGHT. 1942. NEA SERVICE. INC. HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD OUT OUR WAY BY PAUL HARRISON MwV Service Slaff Correspondent HOLLY WOC-D.—After the first shock of the news that Lew Ayres had gone to a conscientious objectors' camp, Hollywood gradually began to take a, sympathetic attitude toward his case. It is now generally conceded that however incomprehensible his views may lie, they arc at least sincere. If the actor had been a physical coward, he would . have tried to wangle some soft, safe desk job and maybe a behind-thc-Hnes commission. Instead, he trained ;md studied for service as a stretcher- bearer, a hospital flunkey—anything lie could do toward .saving life. Today there's a movement toward a petition for Ayres' reclassification so that he could serve with the medical corps. This must fail, of course, because the Army wants no person who won't swear to defend the United States against our enemies. Neither, in all probability, do movie fans want to see such a person in an heroic role on the screen. Metro has been arguing- against withdrawal of the last two Dr. Kildare pictures, bub a great many exhibitors arc canceling them just the same. Lew Ayres has clouded his future and thrown away hts career. 'But it was a voluntary act. * * * Since her divorce, Rita Hay- Ft WE, FIME.' BUT 1 DOM'T WAWT MY SOM TO B5= GO1KJG ARoUNiD HE CAM KMOCK BULLS OUT WITH PUNCH/ WHY DOES BROTHER. OF MIME HAVE TO EXAGGERATE EVERYTHING f COMF1 DENJCE WAMT ALWAYS TO YAPPIKi 1 AT KIDS-MAKE WHY MOTHERS GET GRAY T.M.REC.U.S,fAT.OFT. By J. K. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople EXPLOSION! CHAPTER XVII "JT'S German!" Allan gasped, staring at the swastika on the fuselage of the plane that had machine-gunned Escobar's rurales on shore. He, the officer and Kay had come to their feet to watch events from the doorway of the house. Escobar's face was set and grim. "Yes," he said, "Nov/I comprehend certain hints I have had from Asia. It is Germany working with this Japanese front! And Asia is the Nazi agent, which accounts for her authority over Watanabe!" He added after a moment: "I fear, senor, we have lost the last trick." "Colonel! Allan! Sec!" Kay was pointing excitedly to the island pier. "Isn't that Pierre getting into a launch?" "Yes," confirmed Escobar sourly. "The—the Vichy-livered Frenchman is going out to greet his German pals!" •/•'/'i HAWjTWlG&S/ LET ME frSTOUNO VOU \MITH A, WAA IVW BULLET TVW 6ROO&UT DOWN M.V NE PIERCED ITS DISGUISE/—- T WONDER IF GENERAL M* USE WE AS WlS RISV-VT MAMO , ; > A<=> TUB I WALNUTS COULDN'T 1 AGO, RECOVERS doing exactly that. His launch was putt-putting toward the plane, he seated in the stern. A panel slid back in the side of the bomber and several heads stuck out. their owners staring at the approaching visitor. When the launch was 20 paces from its goal, a harsh challenge rang out. De Fontanelle stopped his engine promptly and curved away till his craft was floating parallel with the bomber. He stood up. but his back was turned to tho plane and he seemed to be looking at the three persons grouped in the doorway of the prison bungalow. He threw up his head to shout, and the words came to them clarion-clear across the water. "Vive la France!" He turned like lightning to face the plane. His right arm went back, then snapped forward. Some object he had been holding—it looked like n small stick—went hurtling through the air to strike the bomber square amidship. There was a great sheet of red flame, a cloud of greasy black, smoke, before the crash of the explosion reached the bungalow "When the smoke rolled away, there was no plane, no launch — no Pierre! "That was tho stolen brick! 1 thought Allan. From beside him, he heard the swish of metal upon metal. He turned his head. Escobar had drawn his long machete from its scabbard. Facing the spot where Pierre had vanished, he was standing very still, very erect, the hilt of his bright sword raised to the visor of his cap. A moment he held the pose, a statue in khaki then he relaxed and sent the ma- cheto ringing into its sheath. He looked gravely at Allan and Kay Sargent. "My friends," he said quietly, "we have just seen the death of a very brave man!" "But—but why?" cried Kay, almost tearfully. "Why did he do it?" "You don't understand, Senorita? e FontaneDe was no traitor to his country after all, no faint- learted defeatist. He was an. out- nnd-out Free Frenchman! Free in spirit, that is, but chained in body. The Nazis controlled his actions, )ecause they could threaten injury to his mother, in Paris. The old rerman game! And now, young lady, we know why a man, hear- ng of his mother's death, may show elation! I—" "Escobar!" broke in Allan fran- .ically; while listening, he had seen watching the rurales returning to action on the Peninsula. They've got a battery of field pieces! Stop them, man—for God's sake, stop them! That whole island is a magazine of high explosive—!" * * * TJE spoke too late. So did the colonel of rurales, who had promptly bellowed a mighty !'.' at his distant men. So much Allan glimpsed before the world came temporarily to an end. It was like all the earthquakes he had ever felt rolled into one. A terrific concussion flung him to the ground, where his body broke Kays fall as she was thrown on top of him. The earth, the water and the skies were all gyrating in a mad circle. The center of the big island seemed to split open, throw itself up in the air, then crash slowly down upon its own ruins. A pillar of fire rose from (he debris like flames from, the crater of a volcano. . . . "Oh, God! Allan! Allan! My father—my father—!' 5 "Steady, dear! He may be unhurt in that deep cell where they kept him. I'll go right over—" He scrambled to his feet and ran across to where their guards, who had gone over in a body to the defense of the island, had left one launch. He was getting in when Escobar landed beside him. "I'm with you, senor! You'll take criie of the old gentleman while I go after the lady! Asia, too. had underground quarters." "Mmph. I'd damn' near forgotten Asia. Hold fast!" "Forgotten Asia? Tut, tut, she wouldn't like that." * * « r PHE launch was speedy but Allan thought they'd never get to the main island. Looking ahead, he could see nothing but a reeking scene of ruin. A pall of smoke hung over everything. No sign of life met his eye. It would be different soon; _to the right, he glimpsed a horde of disguised ru- rales tumbling into boats and barges; they must have been surprised by the cataclysm, but were moving to profit by it. The rocky beach at last, and the two men sprang ashore. Escobar headed inland as if he knew exactly where to go, while Allan sped to the iron door in the rock. It was unlocked, as was the inner cell. And there on the bed was Dr. Sargent, stunned and confused but quite uninjured and able to pull his wits together when Allan spoke. "Kay told me they put your car in a garage on the mainland. Right? I'll take you over there, then. After, I'll fetch Kay." He waited impatiently as the old man got together some papers and put them carefully in an inner pocket of his coat. "You're lucky to be unhurt, sir. I expect it was-shells from a field gun that touched it off." "Perhaps. Or perhaps it was Poona Gungas. I saw the beginning of rihe fight. Came down here when it got too hot. Watanabe and Dr. Ishizuka were both killed by machine gun bullets—and Gungas had orders to blow up the magazine if the islarcl seemed likely to fall." A look of deep satisfaction came to the scientist's face. "At least those yellow devils got none of the stulf—and there's plenty of raw material left for us!" Allan ferried him across to the Peninsula and escorted him to a corrugated tin shad where the Sargent car had beeii placed when its owner was taken. He left the old man tinkering happily with it, and promising to bring Kay in a hurry, he stepped from the building. He paused abruptly as he spied Escobar and Asia some hundred yards to his loft. He slipped behind a clump of cactus and watched as the colonel bowed the lady into a small t o o 1 - s h e d t slammed the door on her, snapped a padlock shut and put the key in his pocket; then he turned away and strode to a launch, which he boarded and headed for the prison island. "So Asia's a prisoner herself now!" muttered Allan, and contemplated the tool-shed persively, "B'gosh—I'll chance it!" He walked to the shed, picking up a short iron bar as -he went. Most of the rurales were over on the captured island. Nobody saw him as he thrust the bar into -the padlock, snapped it, and kicked open the door. (To Be Concluded)

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