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C PAGE FOUt BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 1942 THE BkYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE "COURIER NEWS CO. ML W. HAINES, Publisher BAMt?EL P. NORRIS, Editor ,Wm. R. WHITEHEAD, Advertising Manager fide National Advertising Representatives: Wtikee Witmer Co. New York, Chicago, De- JMifc, Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second class matter at the post- Oftjpe at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act ol Congress, October 9, 1911. These things are pretty elementary. They are neither mysterious or complicated. Perhaps they're trite. But sometimes, when we get all tied up in words and side issues and wherefores and whercases, it is worth while to strip an important issue of everything except -the fundamentals and start all over again. Served by the United Press. SUBSCRIPTION RATES ••'.; By carrier in the City of Blytheville, 15c per week, or 65c per month. Py 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. Why We face Inflation Unless we get hard-boiled very soon, this nation can hardly escape a spectacular' and eventually disastrous wave of-price inflation. In the abstract, that stark statement will create little argument. But concretely, the issue has beeen obscured by so many big words that the man in the street is confused. • There can be no better time than now to try to clarify the danger in words of few. syllables, and in figures that do not lie. "• • In order to produce ships, tanks, guns, planes, munitions and other materiel of war we are having to eliminate the manufacture of many articles of civilian use, so that men, machinery and raw materials can be used against the axis. '* To satisfy President 1 Roosevelt's war, production program, we must divert so much capacity to military purposes that the remaining plant and materials 'will not be able to. make more . than $56 billions worth of civilian supplies. * * # But in the coming fiscal year, civil• ians will have at least $110 billions with .which to buy such goods. -. Therefore we start with the picture of civilian's at an auction, all anxious to buy the commodities offered for sale, and each with more money than he can . spend. f If you've ever been at an auction where everybody had relatively plenty of money, and was enthusiastic about the items offered, you don't need to be told what will happen. .; "Unless the setup is modified by some type, of controls, prices will skyrocket as each of us tries to outbid the others for the commodities on sale. This tendency will be exaggerated by the fact that much of the new money is in the hands of men and -women who haven't been prosperous for so long that they have no ideas of saving. : The quantity of civilian goods available will be just about that of 1933, at the depth of the depression. The quantity of money, seeking to pay for such goods, will be about double what was available in 1933. This unbalanced economy hasn't yet* reached its culmination, both because employment and payrolls have not reached their peaks and because the shutoff of most civilian dispensables has not become established. * * * Nevertheless, price inflation already has made strides. The cost of living generally has risen close to 15 per cent since the war began. The cost of food has gone up almost 20 per cent in a year. Numerous individual table items —important ones, too—have risen from 25 to as much as 65 per cent in a year. Clear the Road If there really has been some question as to the scope of General MacArthur's authority, we hope that it has been completely and finally cleared up. It is important that nothing be permitted to hamper the hero of Hataan unnecessarily. First, of course, in order that he may harass the Japs mercilessly. But of equal importance;, perhaps, because he has come to personify accomplishment of the impossible. There is a limit to what even he can achieve. The longer the time before that limit can be measured, the greater the spiritual urge his example will give the United Nations toward ultimate victory. VieuA fe tbfc column * •dttcrtak other newij»pen *» *o* Dfrrn>rily codoraement but hi Mi ftckxumledCMnt rf SIDE .GLANCES COPR/1942 BY NCA CERVICC, INC. T. M.'R'EC. tXS.'PAT.'OFP. Return of the Native Setting Arkansas On the Path To War-Time Austerity In a state budget on the scale of §36,000,000 n year, the $164,872 lopped from the appropriations of 27 state departments for the remainder of this fiscal year by Governor Adkins' three- member Economy committee may not look impressive. But as a definite step in the direction of systematic and vigilant economy it has great potential importance. There can be little question that the state government, and the local governments, are facing a period of financial hard going whose severity and duration can not be foreseen at this time. The yield of certain taxes may be reduced. The cost of operating certain public agencies and institutions may go up. And certainly a public loaded clown with federal war taxes, and expected voluntarily or through compulsion to set aside a substantial proportion of earnings and other income for war bond purchases, has a right to expect the state not to spend so much as a dollar of tax money that does not yield a full dollar's worth of essential public service. Once before, in 1933, Arkansas was pulled up to the snubbing post of compulsory economy. By drastic measures, operating expenditures were cut by 50 per cent until a $1,000,000 floating debt had been paid off and the treasury had been put back on a cash basis. In this war emergency Arkansas can again save money that under normal conditions might justifiably be spent for various purposes. The sooner war saving is started, the better for both state and taxpayers. —Arkansas Gazette. SO THEY SAY The German people have passed through a winter such as they have never endured before. —Nr»zi Propaganda Minister Joseph Gocbbels. * * > Action of our national committee shows \ve have absolute unity in the Republican party. —Clarence Buddington Kelland, executive director of GOP national committee. * * » I want to convert India into an armed camp of people who will continue fighting no matter if the army surrenders.—Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian nationalist leader. * * * If Social Justice, as Attorney General Bidrile :: is reported to have declared, is "clearly seditious/' the responsibility is mine alone.—The Rev. Charles E. Coughlin. * * * I have no responsibility whatsoever in the misfortune winch has befallen us.—Pierre Laval. "Well, Tom, if they take us in Ihc industrial draft, I'll iiuikc tlicil old bet a^iin thai I can set up a job faster than you on n drill press!'*- THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson A DROPPED FROM |2,OOO FT. WILL BE TRAVELING OVER. 7OO /M/L£S AM /YOUGL WHEN IT STRIKES TH£ EARTH/ "The wall is the real goods," he declared. "It is practically as good as when laid down by the British 190-odd years ago." The officials will report their findings to the National Park service, which has been asked to sponsor a national park at the Feint, v/here the Allegheny and c-nRahela rivers merge to form the Ohio river. The park's con- struction would be delayed, however, until after the end of the war. No. 343 Dad Ncxvs for Grocery Regardless of the season, the ocotillo, a desert plant puts on a nnw crop of leaves after every rain. PITTSFIELD, Mass. (UP)—John Read Courier News want ads. F. Sullivan and Malcolm. F. Wheeler, co-owners of a grocery firm, discovered after the second draft lottery that each had drawn the same draft order number—343. -SEA of DON EDWARDS "The Typewriter Man" ROYAL, SMITH, CORONA, AND REMINGTON PORTABLE TYPEWRITERS 118 N. 2nd STREET - PHONE 3382 (Every Transaction Must Be Satisfactory) AUTO LOANS NO ENDORSERS NEEDED 193G and later model cars Repayments On Easy Terms Borrow S10Q . . Pay S7.3Q Monthly 1 Borrow S150 .. Pay 10.95 Monthly Borrow S20D .. Pay 14.60 Monthly Borrow S300 . . Pay 21.90 Monthly Borrow SHOO .. Pay 29.20 Monthly (15 Month Plan) COMMERCE CREDIT PLAN INCORPORATED! (An Industrial Loan institution) Lynch Buildind 321 W. Main Street! Phone: 503 IN PALESTINE, \S -ALTHOU&H IT LIES <Z>QC> FEET SERIAL STORY • FRANTIC WEEKEND BY EDMUND FANCOTT COPYRIGHT. 1942. KEA SERVICE, INC. ANSWER: A small section, usually over the leading editorial column, giving name of paper, publisher, etc. , ,,. v , -" f NEXT: Why «U<I the ancients jput whales on maps? FDRT Pill PITTSBURGH (UP)—The walls of historic old Fort Pitt, built by the British in 1759. have been "frozen and preserved" since French and Indian War days, National Park Service officials have found after an inspection of test diggings here. Digging under streets and railroad yards in the busy "Point" area of Pittsburgh, WPA workers have unearthed portions of the wall of the old bastion that once was the "Gateway to the West," in accordance with plans of the Point Park commission to even- tually turn the site into a park. The findings were examined by Dr. A. R. Kelly, chief of the Archeological Division of the National Park Service, and Dr. T- Boms- sen, also of the NPS. expert on 18th Century fortifications, who helped restore the battlefields at York town and Fort Niagara. Almost Good as New "I am surprised and pleased to sre that the walls are in such a remarkable state of preservation," Dr. Kelly said. "It is remarkable th«t the Point has been so completely covered over with several feet of fill that has frozen conditions and preserved them.' 1 Dr Kelly said he considered the findings "highly significant" and that an inspection of the sections uncovered indicates that practically the entire fort can be excavated. TIIR STOUT: The weekend prijfsls jtt I'Vrdy .Lofton'.* i>l:icc near Aloiitrvnl discover th:»t 1he K«rl they know tin Fay ll.-iii.som, beautiful broker's d:»uf;!iter, in realty <;:iy Il:iiiit:ill. famous nifclit «:lul> Kinder. This chanycoM the ]>lnns of jVi^rel Motikhousc and Michnel j>I:ick. >vlio JIHVU fallen in lover tvith her. To Michael's older winter IHyra and to Frrdy it's only mildly interesting. Hut ti> younjc INrpgy Mack, on her llr.st weekend party, it's a challenge. * * * BALDY BARGES IN CHAPTER VIII PAY laughed. "Peggy certainly does have a voice," she said. "With some training she might go places. Someone ought to stop her before it's too late." There was a note of bitterness in her voice that made the others look at her with sharper interest, but her lace shewed no sign of it. "Won't you sing some more?" asked Ferdy's aunt. "I'd love' to, later," she said, sitting down again. '•Let me," said Peggy. Nothing like the same enthusiasm 'greeted her remark. She looked at the assembled company. "That's just like people. When cerned of all. "Probably some stray motorist. We've had them before. They get lost and come and ask the way out." * * * AT that moment there was a squeal from below the house. The three girls looked from one to the other with a slight apprehension. After all, it was a very lonely house, even though they had three men for protection. Then their faces showed a mixture of feelings as Michael Mack led in a prisoner who was angry, slightly disheveled, and a revelation in the way of clothes. chance and we got you climbing so fast the top won't "be high enough for you next year. ..." * * * A STRONG hand hooked itself in -*- the back of his collar and Michael heaved him away from Fay. "Thank you, Michael," she laughed, apparently quite unperturbed by the spate of words that had just splashed all over her. The little man turned on Michael. "You take your hands off me. I'm Irish I am . . ." "So am I," said Michael quietly. "So you are, eh?" said the man. "So what?" A stream of unbroken protest "So this, was coming from his lips. to a lady, "Dat's no way to treat a gennel- man! I come quietly and I said I'd come quietly and I was just looking round to see if I was come to the right place. I got business. ..." Then for the first time he saw Fay Ransom. "Gay! I got you. I come from New York this afternoon, flew up, and they told me you was here If you want to talk talk to her. Don't SPRING PERFUMES' ' By J. It Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople a girl is unknown you think she's ! ?? T come an j *? lost a " d /-?} 1 A LETTER. FROM THE PROPELLER II ENCLOSIN}& CHECK FOR iV\ODtST REWARD FOR NOUR 6PLE^D\D E IM SVAOOTlNG DOWM FULL VMO PLOTTED TO HE VME AO" CLUB/ OR DO NOO PREFER TO COMH ILL SUMMON THE 6UUTTER yvv M-AW8E no good. Just wait. Someday you'll be crawling on hands and knees to buy my records." Ferdy burst out laughing. "Go to it, Peggy, sock 'em hard." Peggy stood there, her green eyes resenting the unconcern of the others, her full lips set in a narrow ]^ie. Nigel caught her angry eyes and laughed. "You too," said Peggy. "And then you'll be sorry you ditln't ask me to sing again." "But I want you to sing again," laughed Nigel. "Sometime when the rest of us are down at the lake," said Michael with a wink at Myra. But Peggy did not hear him. She was staring down woods. at the She pointed. "There's a man down there. I saw him." Ferdy laughed but Peggy continued to stare through the darkness. "There is a man down there and he doesn't fit.'' In a moment the men were by her side. "Probably Marie's boy friend." 'sj Marie was tne daughter of Bilodeau, the French-Canadian farmer who managed Ferdy's property. "No," said Peggy. 'That is just it He doesn't fit. *I saw the moon glinting on a round bald head." None of them noticed that a startled look had widened the lovely eyes of Fay Ransom. Ferdy and the two soldiers slipped ou1 into the darkness. Ferdy's aunt was the least con- :hese guys who I am and take their hands off me." The words came from his mouth in a tumbling stream that wouldn't stop and the others stared in amazement at the little man, round as a ball, with three or four chins hiding his collar and the shiniest dome of a head that glistened with perspiration. He crossed to Fay, leaned over her, talking almost into her face, waving his-hands around her hair as he did so. "Listen, honey, you got to be sensible! It's the biggest thing you've ever heard of. There's a million dames on Broadway and every one of 'em that would give their eye teeth for the chance I'm giving you. I've got it in my pocket, not one contract, not two contracts, but three contracts all in my big time." He paused for breath, not noticing the glance of mutual disapproval that slipped between Nigel and Michael. "All in the big time. Johnny White wants you back. He's jumped the price and he goes on the air in a week for Peppy tup Cereals and it's name your own price because he doesn't get it without you and Benny Shaw's putting on a musical in the Fall and there's a place for you—not the lead but real gravy. It's the biggest thing you ever saw and then you run out on us after all we done for you, built you up, got you the best press in the country, right from nothing. Honey, you got to listen! It's your breathe your nasty breath all down her neck'' "So that's it. Listen you ..." Fay spoke up. "Ba3dy, shut up! Let me introduce you." His anger subsided a little while Fay performed the necessary in- ^ troductions. He was Baldy Brien, her late manager from. New York. The little man pufted with importance like the bullfrog in the story. "That's me," he said, "and if there's a better manager I'd like to meet him. I managed Bea Leclaire and made her the top salary in show business until she married some Count. Handle the best names, I do. Wouldn't touch anybody that didn't have the stuff to ' take 'em. to the top. And that's where I'm taking Fay. . . . Oh, that's O. K. Fay. I know this run- out is just a line. We'll work up some good press on it. • Show girl quits fame and takes farm, public laps it up. Then sacrifices happiness to return to the public that loves her. I'll telephone New York. Get a photographer up here, shoot you grubbing out a pigsty, hoeing potatoes. ..." "Easy there." said Ferdy. "If you get a photographer within range of a .22 rifle I'll spend all day shooting at his camera." Peggy Mack, during all the excitement, had been edging nearer the- little man. Now she turned to him with an admiring, a too- admiring glance. "Arc you really a manager, like all the stars have?" "Sure, I am, the best manager any girl could have. Any girl ought to be grateful for what a man like me could do for her." He went on at great length and at greater speed. Peggy's eyes wandered over his immaculate suit in pale gray, with overbroad shoulders and trousers that ballooned with overfulness below the hipline. Myra, had she caught the canny look in her sister's bright eyes, might have known a plan was hatching. (To Be Continued)' *

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