The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1942 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 21, 1942
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1942 NEWS EWS CO ' ? H;;W. HAINES, Publisher SAMUEL P. MORRIS, Editor .~WHTTEHEAD, Advertising Manager Sok-National Advertising Representatives: Co., New York.. Chicago. De troit, Atlanta, Memphis. ~ Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday 'Entered as second class matter at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act ol Congress, October 9, 1917. Served, by the United Press. . • SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City of BlvtheviUe, 15c per *eek, or 65c per ino.nth. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles, $3.00 per- year, $1.50 for six months, 75c for three months;'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. A Challenge to Hitler • It "is with deep regret that most Americans consider the possibility of facing the French in a shooting war. The military aspect—the strengthening of Hitler's naval resources—has been-stressed. • It is important. But today, as Pierre Laval's resurgency makes armed conflict between Frenchmen and Americans appear imminent, we should like* to indulge in a final splurge of sentimentality. ... Of all the earth's peoples, until recently one would have said that the French were the last we should have to shoot, bomb and attempt to destroy in defense, of fundamental democracy. c-Nowhere, we believed, did the love oi' liberty^-equality and fraternity flourish more -vigordusly and even belligerently tHaia m France. ^No'nation had contributed so much to the-establishment and preservation of 'democracy in the United States. : * * * Millions of young Americans, now in the prime of life, fought in and for France less than quarter of a century ago, and came home convinced that in all future world alignments we and France" would stand side by side. ..Those who realized the essential offensiveness of Germany thought of France as democracy's Maginot Line,, which would hold until her democratic allies, could come to the rescue. That, of course, is the key to the sad situation we face today. We counted too much upon that Maginot Line, literally and figuratively. When it broke —when, the actual fortifications proved incapable of making up for the moral strength and national unity France had jost-^-the rest of us were caught unprepared. ; So -now, we see our traditional friend and ally beaten, "dismembered, ravished, forced at gun's point to become the military ally of her and our bitterest enemy. When and if 'Laval completes the sale : of his country, even to the extent of turning the French navy over to German crews and permitting the use of French naval bases by the Nazis. we shall have to lay aside this .sentimentality and treat all of France as a i part of the Reich. * * * But first, there can be no harm in remembering that for most Frenchmen, this alliance with Hitler is not even a matter of- expediency. It rests upon bitter compulsion.. Probably the average Frenchman hates Hitlerism worse .today than before Dunkirk. There is reason to believe that the French public, as a whole, desires an Anglo-American victory so whole-heartedly that our bombing of even their beloved Paris does not arouse resent- ment, since it is an act of initiative against the Nazis. The French, as a race, have not changed in their love for democracy. The senescent Petain, the anglophobe Darlan, the fascist Laval may let them down, and place them nominally on the side of Hitler. - Their fleet and their bases may be used'against us. But here's a Challenge for Dor Fuehrer: Docs he dare today to raise a French army, equip it with tanks, artillery and planes, and take his chance oji which side it would fight? Used Car Lots The Administration didn't take long about repudiating Senator Downey's bill authorizing the confiscation of all privately owned automobiles. There is plenty of dynamite in any such plan. The American people will .not object to giving up- their cars at any time when they arc convinced that the military machine really needs them. But they would require a' big job of selling at this moment. It would be worth the rubber that would be used if Mr. Downey would drive by automobile .from Washington to his California home, and look over the used car lots he passes. Then, perchance, he would withdraw his'bill for the present. I SIDE GLANCES I ty CtftrcNh \ \ ^ /f 'NVi* .Vv^ COPR. 1942 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. 5. PAT! OFF. VieuA of Publication fat thi* column of editorial* front other newsjApers do«* aot necessarily me*n endorsement bait U an acknowledgment at l»- terwt to the cubjecU discussed. , ._ ("Dail's a~g6oi.rsoklier'aml lic'ouglillo know, biu maybe ' he was only kidding when lie wrote about General Mac\ Arthur being crazy aboiil carrols and cauliflower I" ' New Fashion Designer THIS CURIOUS WORLD Robbing The Government Another very effective though rather unpatriotic way of bleeding the government, and through it the taxpayers, has been revealed by the United Press which quotes records of the House Naval A Hairs Committee to .show that two Oakland, Calif., wood caulkers working on a naval auxiliary vessel charged the Navy $160 each for eight hours work. The Navy admitted owing the caulkers $28 apiece under the terms of its contract with the . union, but through, a rather far-fetched interpretation of union ruler, as to what constitutes an eight hour day, and double time pay for holidays, they claimed $160. Here is how the caulkers computed their pay according to the Navy pay officer as reported by the United Press. The rules of;! the caulkers' union state that caulking of ISO 'feet on deck or 100 feet on the hull of the ship shall constitute an eight hour day's work. If any caulker does more work he is subject to fine or suspension from the union. On Feb. 21, which fell on Saturday, two caulkers at Oakland, working on the purse seiner, Santa Rita, which was being converted as a naval auxiliary, completed 550 feet, each outside the ship and 375 feet each on deck, in eight hours. Since 100 feet outside equals eight hours work they figured they had worked the equivalent of 5Vi days or 44 hours each. They also completed 375 feet each on deck caulking and figured they had worked the equivalent of 2!i: clays or 20 hours each. . On the basis each had worked the equivalent of 64 hours in eight hours' work. But since they worked on Saturday and were entitled to double time, they claimed they each had worked the equivalent of twice 64, or 128 hours each. A caulker gets SI.25 an hour so the two caulkers claimed their pay for the day was 128 times §1.25, cr $160 each. If federal taxation seems a bit high this year, it may not be entirely because of the bombers which have been sent to General MacArthur, or the number of enlisted men receiving S21 a month. There may be other "caulkers" working on government contracts who receive S160 a day and who arc Icasi partly responsible for hi^h taxation. —Sanford. F!a., Herald. WILL BUY /^ FIFTV- DOLL.AR. IN THE OR \H VORUBA- LAHDj AFRICA. By William Ferguson GIRLIS RECOCSMIZED AS THB //te~ I7-VEAR LOCUST HAS A rubber tired trailer. Quite modern, eh? But the turbans. They are unfathomable. They range from those of th.3 poor which look like a dirty flour sack to some which are as much as 25 yards long and are as complicated as a iiegro girl's homemade brassiere cut evening dress. When entering church they take cff their shoes, but leave the turban on. Sounds silly but it's probably the only sensible thing they do since the majority of them don't wear shoes anyhow and it must really be a job to rewind a turban. Some of the cows are sacred and have free run of the town. Saw one of the natives walk up to a cow on the street and catch her by the tail. I thought he was going of the way. but no, he raised the ; tail to his forehead, then actually kissed it, very reverently replaced it and went on his way. Too much for me. I fell off a truck the other day and got a. few scratches. When some of the natives rushed over to pick me up I fought, them off. I was afraid they might entertain some ideas about rubbing some sacred manure on my wounds which this unreligicus one kn£w. could be better cured by mecurochrome. In town the streets are a seething mass of push carts, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, horse and buggy taxis and every size and variety of wagons pulled by camels, bullocks and the local species of to give it a twist and boot her out ' the donkey which is about two feet high and weigh about 300 pounds. If you add to this thousands of milling natives who never walk on the sidewalks and about as many sacred cows who never walk anywhere else, you get half a picture of India. Yours with love. JACK ROBERTSON c-o American Consul Karachi, India. Burton's 411 Service 1 1411 W. Ash St., - Phone 053 WASHING - GREASSNG Rain Checks Given iCars called lor and delivered /V\ATUE:E.S v5"OO/V£ve AND IS KNOWN /XS A J 3 -YEAR LOCUST. SERIAL STORY FRANTIC WEEKEND BY EDMUND FANCOTT ^ '^1 COPYRIGHT. 1942. NEA SERVICE. INC- The whole affair was a field day and for two days we had something like a picnic.—Brig. Gen. Ralph Royce, leader of daring U. S. air raid on Japanere bases. 4--2f ANSWER: Boots,, in "Boots and Her Buddies," by Martin. NEXT: ~ Designs for swimming 1 . THIS STOUY! Fenly Lnrtntt, nr<!st. Iin.s invited Myra Muck, her soldier Iirotlurr Mtvli'irt ami lier 17-y ear-old, sister l'c;rpry for. « weekend sit his country iiotise near Moiilrt-.-il, IVij^cI Mozilclinusc, nlurt u soldier, will lie another JCHCN*. Myra think.** of nskinjs :i pri'tty • Nfennprnphcr ivhmn she and Nigel have seen on a train. # # « EiNTER FAY RANSOM Myra's eyebrows lilted, but she said nothing more. * * » • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Editor's Note: The following letter, system confusing. Business of was received by Lhe family of Jack j pounds, shillings and sixpence, etc Robertson Jr., who lived near Osce- | The Arizzies were certainly as hos- ola until he joined the American | pitablc a bunch as you'd ever want air force and was sent on foreign j to see. I fried chicken, twice for duty. The latter was received re-1 a couple I met there. Seems they cently from India. His parents also | had never gotten around to frying received a cablegram from him.j chicken. Probably a throw-back to The letter follows: | the stupidity and dullness of the Dear Family: j English. As you remember Roark Brad- j Am now in India, the land of ford's John Henry, was always say- 1 mystery. The big mystery seems ing. -I'm tree top tall and I aims to be why in the devil's name the to git about." Well. I don't have natives don't take a bath, to say it—I'm doing it. i Although I haven't seen the We have certainly laid some' famous rope trick yet I've seen wicked tracks across the face of enough that I won't bat an eye if this earth. Had some shore leave and whoa I see it. Even as I am in Australia where the beer is fair. 1 writing I can look out of the win- thc women fairer and the money [ clow and see a camel pulling a OUT OUR WAY J. It. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople VOL) KIDS ARE GOMWA WAV OUT- \ G\T A SWAT WITH THAT 60SH, AIN'T 1 BRUSH/I TOLD S'OU GIRAFFES ) TO LET THEM ALONE PURTY,THOUGH? -CAN'T VOU WAIT UNROLL IT OUT/ TILL 1 PUT'EM ' |l J' LOOK FER fH* DATE. 1 A UOCKIT THIS-VOPEN IT LOOK IT/ THEY GOT A BLACK PAMTMES THIS ' i ffr KEA some. MO. T.H.SfC.O.SWT.OFF. • BORN THIRTY VEA.RS TOO QHAM L&TTEQ. FROM THE r-r-, I TOD/\N» E-MUMBLE) WE W/XNTG BUSTER; TO COME MUMBER O^ CNIC TO BESTOW ANi APPROPRlPxTE ONi "OUK CVTY 1 S MO6T CHAPTER IV T>EGGY : S excitement over the weekend suddenly faded to dismay, and her gamin-pretty face melted into a pout. "But Myra!" she wailed. "I've got nothing at all to wear!" "If you've got glamorous ideas about this house party, check them at the lipstick counter," replied her sister. "You "won't need anything more fetching than your swim suit — especially if the weather is as cooking as it's been today." But Myra's glance was gentler than her \vords. Here "was another "baby" of the family suddenly groxvn up, just as Michael seemed to have done. And this no-longer-child, if not exactly beautiful, was certainly dangerously attractive. And more. She had a kind of vitality that made one feel she was charged with electricity. Her dark hair fell in natural curls about the nape of her neck, and with her blue- green eyes there was more than a suggestion ot the piquancy oJ Vivien Leigh. It was odd, thought Myra, tha she had never noticed that rc- somblancc before. It boded no good for some man—or men. She wondered what \vont on behind rJH| that lively face. One got so much in the habit of thinking of one's own family as just a collection of younger brothers and sisters that one often forgot they had Hives of their own and were living their own thoughts and feelings independently of the rest of the fami- "No," said Myra, wondering whether it would be \visc after all to take her sister away, "you needn't worry about clothes. The place is buried miles away from anywhere.'' "That just shows how little you know about anything," replied ?oggy with a toss of the head. HPHE next day Myra was sent again to the office of Mr. Ransom. And again she saw the copper-headed girl at a desk. There was something familiar about her that puzzled Myra and she could not place it. Something that made the girl seem out of place at a desk. However, she greeted her with a smile and the girl was equally cordial. Myra stopped on impulse. "Do you remember that officer you saw me with on the train yesterday?" The girl blushed "faintly and Myra decided that she did. An irresistible urge toward natcbmaking was upon Myra and he pressed her question. "We are going up to Ferdy Lorton's place his weekend. The artist, you tnow. I was wondering if you vould care to join us? It's all very nformal, but he has an aunt up there who looks after the place and as an alibi for anxious parents T—if your parents are the anxious ki..... Again the girl smiled slightly the chores for Ferdy. The house itself was a low, sprawling affair which 3iad grown charmingly as extra space had been added to the original cottage. It was set on a great outcrop of rock at the very top of a low hill, and its windows gazed out on every side over the trectops of thickly wooded hillsides. It was comfortably furnished and equipped because Ferdy spent a great deal of his time 1hnro. vorking outdoors or painting in he studio built onto the house vhile his aunt attended to the housekeeping. He arrived there alone a day and again Myra wondered what i was about her that she could no place. "Don't bother to let me know now/' said Myra. "Telephone me at the office if you would care to join us." That afternoon Myra telephoned Ferdy. "I've hooked her," she said "She called half an hour ago to say she would come." Ferdy laughed. "What is he name?" "Fay Ransom, daughter of the stockbroker." Ferdy whistled at the other end of the telephone. "Fay Ransom?" "Do you know her?" asked Myra. But Ferdy w-as in a Puckish mood. He laughed aloud and rang off. "Darn you," mumbled Myra into the buzzing telephone. "What arc you up to, Ferdy Lorton?" She shrugged and replace the receiver. Wasn't Fay likely to be enough of a problem, without adding mystery to the plot? * * * T^ERDY'S place in the lovely •^ Laurcntians was just 60 miles from Montreal, yet as secluded as if it had been built upon the highest crag in the Canadian wilds. Tucked away off the beaten track in a countryside \ of dirt roads, lakes and wooded'i hills, it was a fairly large estate 'and had a home farm complete |with a French-Canadian family -frho did before he expected his guests and announced to his aunt that she could expect a houseful of guests 'or the weekend. She looked at licr favorite nephew with a quizzical smile. 'Well, it's nice to know in advance. Usually you arrive unannounced bringing hordes of strange people with you." She was a small woman, so completely composed under all circumstances that it seemed as if the calm of. the Laurentian country had become an essential part of her nature. Conveniently, too, she was thoroughly conditioned to Ferdy ? s whimsies in the way of guests. "Do I know any of the people who are coming up?" she asked. Ferdy wandered around the wide lounge, across to the plate glass window that filled an alcove and gave an uninterrupted view of a great sweep of country. "Yes. There is at least one you like. Myra Mack." "Ha," replied his aunt. "I hope nothing is going to happen then." "What on earth do you mean?" asked Ferdy with a grin. "You know very well," said his aunt. "She is a very nice girl with a lot of character, but every time she comes here something extraordinary happens. V, 7 h o else?" Ferdy listed the others. His aunt listened patiently. "Must you always bo complete slranges up here?" ^ Ferdy grinned. He turned back to his aunt and lifted a cautioning finger at her. "You know very well you arc as bad as I am. You always say that nothing is so fascinating as the latest crop of young things. I'm merely pandering to your curiosity and bringing up a fair selection." She smiled her admission o£ what he said. "True. All the same, that Mack girl has a Hair for complications. We'll have anything from a circus to a triple wedding before this weekend is over. (To Bo ConlinnccI)

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