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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.). COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1942 > THE BLTTHEVILtaCX)URIER NEWS* f 4 , THE COURIER NEWS! CO. H. W. HAINES, >PubHsh«r BAMUEI?F, J MORRIS, sEcii$or, WBL R. WHTTEHEAD, Advertising - Sole National Advertising Representatives: W»i*ce Witmer Co. New; YorJ^ Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis. •, Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday _ Entered as second class matter at the pcct- offk* at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act oi Congress, October 9. 1917. _ ^ _ Served by the Unfced Press. SUBSCRIPTION RATES I By. carrier "in 'the City of Blytheville, 15e, per week, or 65c. per month. '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. Why We Are Rationed the American people are indulging in imrealism today which is going to add to the unpleasantness of tomorrow. Even after Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Singapore, Burma, • we- -insist- • upon pampering, ourselves with the narcotic of wishful thinking. ~. ....... ...... Specifically, to ; take current illustrations, there are the matters of automobiles and of sugar. . With all that has bevm said and written, the average man 'still appears to believe. that the tire shortage will be relieved soon by a huge -output -oi : synthetic rubber ; that there is .310 need for severe restriction upon . gasoline, and so this will be lifted as soon as a few dunderheads in Washington have been rebuked scathingly. The same is true of sugar. We have been told, truthfully, that enough sugar' is available to fill our national sweet tooth to overflowing. There are stories, believed if not true,- that in Puerto 'Rico sugar cane Is rotting uncut. Ergo, we are being victimized by. some bureaucrat in the capital The Lord knows there are bureaucrats enough on the Potomac. Bujt that is another story, which doesn't 'affect the bald; unpleasant truth. Tires, gasoline, sugar are banned or rationed because there is no other way of beating Hitler and the Japs. In all probability: "they will be banned, or rationed until the war is over. . "': '"...' * * * He who plans on any other basis is blowing soap bubbles of the- -flimsiest • type. He'll be very .sad when they burst. ;-; : ,.-'_•••. ... Everybody realizes that tires are cut off because" we - can't get 'rubber 'to' ' make more. As for synthetics ," . . ^Ve're so short of. Steel, already, that we're struggling ''to keep armament and munitions production booming. We are forced to divert some of that steel to construct plants in which -to make enough synthetic rubber for military. use. Is it sensible to suppose that any sane government will pull more steel out of war production, just so we can have tires for pleasure automobiles? Everybody knows this country has more petroleum than we can use for generations to come. But neither crude nor even gasoline helps unless it can be brought to our filling stations. War use and sinkings have depleted our tanker fleet. The . railroads are handling all the oil and gasoline they possibly can. * * * Moreover, as a recent Washington statement said perfectly: "It is unbelievable that sailors be asked to take the risk of going "down on a burning ship in order that someone- may have gasoline to go to a bridge party or the ball game." Everybody -Knows- there is plenty of sugar. But where? In Cuba. In Puerto Rico. In Hawaii. Are we going to ask sailors to risk submarines to bring us a second spoonful of sugar for our coffee? Are we going to let armament and munitions lie in factories unused, so the railroads may haul Cuban sweetening from Florida for our gustatory delight? ' The War Production Board says No. These shortages are here for the duration of the war. If we don't like thorn, we might get busier and shorten the war. L Law Of Compensation The War Production Board has ordered the rubber content of girdles reduced. In that manner girdles may be kept available until the effects of sugar and gasoline rationing have appeared-—after, .which, suggests the optimist, the absence of foundation garments may not be so tragic as some would consider it right now. A little more walking, a lot less candy, is the idea. thte column of •dttcriala from other oewsiapen doe* not necesmllr me*» endorsement but ta »n *efcnowled*n»i of m- te OM «ub)ecU dtecu Government Contracts It comes as somewhat of a shock to little business men in non-defense industries, many of whom have been wondering where their next payroll was coming from as government priorities clamp down on the only things they have to sell, to read that at least one defense industry, fattening itself off lush government contracts, made a profit of 12 percent last year and paid out over half a million dollars in bonuses in order to- keep from making a profit oi' 20 percent, and thus avoiding high excess profits taxes. . Jack and Heintz. Inc. of Bedford, Ohio, makes starters for airplane motors and sells them to the Navy at SGOO a unit, although the esti^ mated cost does not exceed $272. That leaves a nice little margin of profit to take care of sink- ing funds, reserves for future emergencies and bonuses to favored employees. And this: linn has, according to testimony before the House Naval Affairs Committee, some $58,000,000 in government contracts for these starters. So good was business last year that the firm gave its president a bonus of $45,845 although his salary was already $100,000 a year, representing a salary increase of $75,000 over the previous year. That makes an increase in earnings for the president of the company of $120,845" a year since he started working on war contracts. Certain other employees fared proportionately as well. The president's secretary, who no doubt was a very competent girl and deserving ot" some special consideration, received a bonus last year of $14,356 though her salary was listed at $25,000 a year. This year she seems to have done a little better for herself as she admitted making during the first 10 weeks of the year some $18,205, which is not bad in times like these for a girl secretary. .Now it, is bad. enough for a business to gouge government like this when taxes are so nigh, when the financial condition of the country is so uncertain, and the situation in general so critical, but it is infinitely worse for the government to award contracts out of which such unconscionable profits are possible. It shows a complete lack of regard for the taxpayers' money and a careless and extravagant way of doing business that is nothing short of appalling. And it-is a ;sorry commentary on the legislative ability of Congress that after all these years, after all the talk about taking the profits out of war, and all the laws that have been passed to recapture excess profits and to prevent profiteering on government contracts, here is a man that has found a way to get around the law and to amass huge profits out of the blood of his fellow countrymen. Congress should pass a law limiting profits on government contracts to G percent and prohibit the payment of bonuses for the duration of the —Sanford, Flu.. Herald. SIDE GLANCES > by CaJbraith COPR. 1942 BY NEA SERVICE, IfjC. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. After Waiting So Long For Nice Weather The war may have taken your auto, Mrs. Jones, but I sec you haven't given up your i'avprile parking place 1" THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson ..) IN ARIZONA, ACTUALLV WERE ONLY >M NUMBER./ T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. //VCSV7/VC7". \ DON'T WAMNA GO HOME/ THE US'. GOVERN/UENT PAID RENT TO FRANCE F USE OF ITS BATTLE TRENCHES WORLD WAR X. COPR. W2 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. NOT ALC. HOM1N& PCGEOHS ARE. GIFTED WITH THE * ' f who gave a stereopticon show and lecture on "Cecil B. DeMille and His Place in the Modern Bathtub." Tasty refreshments were served. * - ' Alfalfa, oats, dairy feed and hatching eggs for sale. Also kittens to give away. Phone 75 ring a, or call at the Harry Warner place. —Adv." * * * HANK IMPROVES His ninny friends will be glad to hear that the splint has been taken off Henry Fonda's finger winch was mangled in the fan belt of his tractor. Doc Branch says he was afraid for a. while that Henry would lose the finger. -Bob Taylor has been helping with the chores at the Fonda place. Jane Wyman gave Ronnie Reagan a surprise party before • he left for the Army. Jack Benny, Bob Taylor, Zeppo Marx and their wives were guests. Games were played and nice refreshments were served.. Sheep dogs, antiques, rose cut- ings, live bait, carpenter work ourisLs accommodated at the Edvard Everett Horton place. Drive out Route 3 from. Encino or phone ANSWER: Wrong. The U. S. did rent training ground in France, one! p.Tid for damage to property caused by digging training) trenches. NEXT: The gypsy moth invasion. • HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD 78 ring 2.—Adv.- ' * * » Lionel Barrymore is missed bj* the boys around schwa,b's Drug Store these nights. Mr. B. is staying home because he says with weather forecasting a military secret he don't dare talk to anybody about his rheumatism. '' * * » SILOAT-SHOUTIXG MATCH Next Sunday, clear, there will be a hog-calling contest and barbecue at- Bob Burns' place in the San Fernando Valley. A new entry this year will be Oliver Hardy, who. just bought six pigs off Joel McCrea. McCrea also sold a cow to Don Ameche. Building- plans of quite a few people here were stopped by the government order on materials. One of the last houses completed belongs to 'Merrill Blosser, the art- is who draws "Freckles and Hi$ FOR SALE Nice 4 room cottage with bath. Plastered throughout. Price $1850. Terms. Thomas Land Company 11. C. Campbell, Salesman Friends" for this newspaper. Blosser has a real farm home on his new place east of town, and he would like it known that' he is busy with his spring planting and doesn't want to be bothered with lightning rod salesmen. Read Courier News want ads. CASH Paid for Late Model AUTOMOBILES and TRUCKS. 117 E. Main, at Blytheville Motor Co., W. T. Barnett. SERIAL STORY FRANTIC WEEKEND BY EDMUND FANCOTT. COPYRIGHT. 1942. NEA SERVICE. INC. war. P.Y PAUL HARRISON right along. Her job at the Warner NEA Service Staff Correspondent . Brothers film 'HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood news ' and persoiuils, exclusive to this paper: liing Crosby is figuring on a new business venture. He wants to bring his race horses from his Del Mar place and .start a livery stable here. Adolphe Mcnjou. who lives east of town, drove in Monday and bought a new suit of clothes without cuffs on the pants and went; to the picture show. canning factory is being held for her. The Hollywood Thursday Evening Young Peoples Elbow Bending and Literarv Society met at Lnna Turners' house. The guest of honor v;as Robert Eenchley ( OUT QUR WAY Ida Lupino is still on the oiiinp, list, but her many friends will be glad to know she Is getting better Save for Victory Have your shoos, tarpaulins and bean sacks repaired at the TRU-BUJE SHOE SHOL' 316 E. Main St. We buy and trade shoes. I DOMT WA.MT YOU TO THINK I'M BUTTlKi' IM OM VOUE ~ " BUT feAJLPH IS- JTLJST A CLERKHE: MAKES ABOUT -ZS BUCK'S A, WEEK CWVE MAKES 15 BUCKS A ' DAY AS A PUDDLJER.— AWD JACK WILL GET AM EMG1ME eOOM — AMD YOU KWOW WHAT THAT TT-UMK BEFORE AK1VBODV/ By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople / JUST STROLLING PAST THE BkNitf — TV4& HAPPV J THOUGHT STRUCK ME T M\SWT VMBLL CON^E-RT MN PETTV MONiEV VAB'6 BACK TOMORROW S- 1 TO TrAB BONDS THAT'S HOOPL& FOR VOU 60BTLE »/=> TVA& AROMA. 1M PET SHOP/ THE STORY: IVpxy Mnek. 17, Is ike lm.fie.st Rirl in Canada on. IMT first iveekend party. Invited •with her sister Myra anil brother HUeJmel to UK; country place of I<'erily Lot-ton, .slir is dropped into a snarl of tangled iiffciirs and immediately lakes over. Her project Is to win flu: lovely Fny Hansom for ?vH.-hael in spite of i\igel ]>loi<khouse, -\vlio also loves her, anil llnldy Hrieii, her manager, •who is trying to take her lim-k to her former successful Ilrondtvny i-nrrrr. IVj?JCy nl«» is -trying: to persuade llaldy that nkc, too, belongs on JJ road way. * * * PEGGY TAKES OVER CHAPTER XII TV/TYRA yawned, stretched her arms toward the' sun, feigning casualness. Baldy, preoccupied though he might be with the problem of getting Fay back on his bread and butter 4ist, was a shrewd customer, Myra decided. If her younger slater had made an impression. c«i him, she must counteract it without betraying more t/-an a detached interest in Pcggr. "Plenty of pretty girls around," aaid Myra. "Why worry about losing one, even if her reputation is built up in show business? The woods arc full of talent. Look at Peggy, for instance." Baldy, his cigar chewed to pulp, sputtered as he jerked it from his mouth to speak. "Listen, sister. I seen so many pretty faces in my time it gives me a positive pleasure to look at yours." He flicked the cigar into the lake and continued. "In show business, pretty faces are a dime a dozen, you get so you'd rather have a stein of beer any day. When I was a kid I liked molasses, couldn't get enough of it until one day my mother leaves a gallon crock around and I eat until I'm sick. After that I don't touch it and if I see the name in print I feel my stomach turn. That's the way with pretty faces when you've seen 'em coming and going like me in show business—just a bunch of bugs around a street light. The face that gives a movie fan a thump in the ticker gives me a pain in th« contract. "And that's why I like you— honest to goodness, plain downright homely." Myra looked at him with a doubtful expression. "Easy on the compliments, brother." "Them's not compliments, them's facts. If I'd kept out of show business maybe I'd have married a nice homely girl like you, maybe I'd have had a nice cozy job and a home and a couple of kids." His voice drifted off with the suspicion of a 'break in it, but he recovered himself. "But no! I go into show business. I marry a pretty girl and what does she do? As soon as she gets the contract to love, honor and obey, she walks out on me, and that's the way with all of 'em." "All of them?" said Myra. "How many have you married?" "Don't get me wrong, sister. After the third try I quit. But I got a talent for managing talent and that's what I mean. They're they change their minds. I shoulda bought a ball team—they got no minds to change. But no, I pick on girls and they got to be pretty girls and there ain't a doll n this world who wouldn't give a 6.0 per cent cut to be managed by me. I make 'em, see. I ouild 'em up, I put 'em on the ;op of the heap and keep 'em. there and believe me, sister, do you know what nightmare wakes me up in the night sweating, I'm so scared?" Myra shook her head sympathetically. "You wouldn't," said Baldy. "It's glamor girls, glamor girls, huiidreds of 'em, smiling at me ia my sleep with hunks of white teeth, perfect teeth, and blue eyes black eyes, sweet as sugar, and I jump up screaming in the middle of the night" "Well," said Myra. "That certainly is a point of view." "It certainly is," said Baldy "And believe me the time is coming, sure as blondes follow brunettes, and vicey-versa, when a girl with a pan like yours will ge up on a floor and knock 'em cold.' "You leave my face alone," said Myra. "Look at the landscape instead." _ • * * • fJALDY glanced around at the serenity of the tree-bounded lake in the sunlit morning. " wouldn't give you two cents fo this in a picture postcard," saic Baldy. "Give me a smoke fog over Pittsburgh in a nasty rail in winter. That's beauty, that is. Myra glanced over Baldy's beau tifully tailored play suit, pains takingly immaculate, the colla pressed carefully open at th throat an«l even the short sleeve knifed with a sharp crease. "You don't look as though yo dress to your beliefs." Baldy gave a grunt of digus "That's show business. You go to put on a front—splash it on Wear a pair of pants twice an boys think you're on the way ut and after a touch, and you an't get near 'em." With a snap of his fingers Baldy umped to his feet. "Sorry, sister. got to be going. You're a nice id, you are. Wish there was more like you. Where's that kid ister of yours, with Fay? I got o get that girl. There's a girl for ou. Character, she's got. Character and what it takes; best looker n the business and what a voice! nocks J em fiat. I got Benny Blatter from Hollywood all fixed up to spot'her on her first reappearance with Johnny White and hen you'll see me play 'era for contract. Play 'em like a fish, I will," he planned excitedly, "one against the other till their pockets sweat the dough. She'll really go places, then. I'll swing her up vhere she can't quit even if she wants to. That's what you gotta do. Dream up a contract that'll JJ lx 'em so long they'll never be able to wriggle out of it." Myra let her fingers trail in the' water by the wooden wharf. She could see through the clear green- sh water under the shadow of the wharf down to the clean san<i of the bottom. : 'Just like pinning down a but-; terfly," she said slowly. "That's it," said Baldy. "That's just it. Give 'em a chance and they'll quit, and you've chased 'em all for nothin'." * * * 1VTYRA began to understand \vfiy ^ Fay had run away. She looked up the lake for her sister and saw an empty canoe floating idly with the current. It was the blue canoe that Peggy and Nigel had taken. It drifted slowly from nn island that lay at the far end of the lake, and had it been occupied by anyone except her sister and the capable Nigel she might have been worried. As it was her eyes narrowed slightly as she wondered what prankish trick Peggy was up to now. Peggy, as Myra suspected, had worked out her plot as carefully as any teen-aged strategist. As Nigel guided the canoe up the lake, flicking his stern paddle against Peggy's bow strokes to scan the wooded shore for any sign of Fay- Ransom, she studied him with a calculating air. Not handsome, she observed again to herself, but with possibilities as a charming companion. He was also—point for any designing female to remember— fairly well-to-do. But for other and more devious reasons he fitted into her plans and Peggy, not one to underestimate her own attractiveness, intended to make him useful. If they were to lose th« canoe. .., (To Be Continued)

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