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PAGE BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIEfl NEWS THE BL-YTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS * THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES 1 , Publisher SAMUEL P. NORRIS, Editor Wai. R. WH1TKHEAD, Advertising Manager Sofe National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witrner Co., New York, Cnicago, De- trolt, 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 Blytheville, 15c per reek, or 65c per .'month. J3y mail, within H 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. Explanations In Order "Let me congratulate you with my full heart upon your first issue. Tt is well that you did it in back and white. . -.-.It hits the bull's eye with every paragraph; it is straight fro m the shoulder. . . It speaks the truth." When Gerald L. K. Smith, onetime pal of the late Huey Long and member of William Dudley Policy's seditious Silyer Shirts, announced publicly that Senator Reynolds of North Carolina had written him the above panegyric about the first issue of The Cross and the Flag the natural reaction was ut- fer disbelief. ^'Surely the chairman of the Military Affairs Committee would not write Jhus of such a publication. ^"International Conspirators Seek to Destroy America's Sovereignty in the feme of Wartime Emergency and Peacetime Chaos"5 is the subtitle of {erne patriotic offering in this magazine ^^I'Ch^B.eliator^^ynolds was said to have praised so .eulogistic-ally. Take Jobs Left Va- srs?" inquires the title of anotjierv "IS'-Pfesidelit Roosevelt Be- '''' : bySickedVSmciir Artists?" hird/Jand-'Sir^Stafrord Cripps —Whose ffihrfls": He'r Churchill's or Stalin's;?" ctemahcls a tourth. witness a • crucifixion of vindus try 'surpass ing - even the liquidation" of similar groups-, during and tollowing the 'Russian Revolution; 1 writes Smith of the automobile ban made necessary by steel, rubber, and plant shortages. "Ain't it the truth," Smith said Reynolds agreed with these dicta. '•'it hits the bull's eye," docs Smith's editorial offering, three months after Pearl Harbor: "What is victory? How will we recognize it? Does it mean Hitler in his grave and Stalin in Berlin? . . . We -must build around the United States a hoop of steel. . . . Any military activity beyond this hoop of steel should be indulged in only for the purpose of repelling attack." Now Senator Reynolds publicly admits that he actually wrote Smith such a letter. Does this mean the Senator approves the obstructionist, defeatist tone of the publication and the fascist record'of its publisher? ' « * * And what? of Representative Roy Woodruff of Michigan? Has he taken the public printer to. task for making him appear, in the'Congressional Record, to have inserted an editorial from the Cross and the Flag which says very clearly—though not so unequivocally that a clever attorney couldn't defend against a liber suit—that the entire administration in Washington is made up of "porch climbers, confi- OUT OUR WAY dence men, and snake-oil salesmen . . . political racketeers, propagandists, and character assassins." Senator Nye has admitted corresponding with Smith, but arc Senators Taf t, Vandenberg, Brooks, Whee- Jer—and Conressmen Woodruff, Hankin, Taber, Rich, Hofl'man, Shafer, Short and Jones—content to rest supinely under the slur cast by Smith when he described them in the Cross and the Flag as "real statesmen whose words we shall quote"? Come, come, statesmen, this is no time to be tongue-tied. It's time for some explanations. Arc you really satisfied that Gerald L. K. Smith should approve of you? Publication in this column of editorials from other newspapers does not necessarily mean endorsement, but is an acknowledgment of interest in the subjects discussed. This Is The Payoff Government orders went out Monday that the use of iron and steel in more than 400 classes of articles in ordinary civilian life must be stopped within 90 days. Limited production will be allowed up to the deadline, and reasonable opportunities for cushioning the shock arc al- forded, but. the elToct on our lives will be wide and deep. Included in the order were such things a.s bathtubs, mail boxes, fountain pens, pie plates, cash registers, house numbers and the like. In brief, this order, plus similar ones already issued, just about finishes oil' the industries that have been making durable goods lor consumer.';. While \vc do not underestimate the impact of this policy on the everyday lives of the American people, we believe they will greet it with approval. It evidences something of the realism and toughness that the people have been waiting to observe in Washington. The people know that halfway measure:; merely prolong the war and add vastly to if. 1 ; cost in lives and materials. They want to get on with it and have done with it. If there arc any left among us who have not understood that this i s total war. this move i'rcm Washington should persuade them fully and finally. This is the real payoff on what the war means to all the people, old and young, big and little. It is to be hoped too, that the vast majority of the American people will stop to study the effects of this drastic curtailment order, and if they do we believe they will behave unselfishly and patriotically. The natural temptation, very likely, is to rush out to buy this or that in sufficient quantities for a long siege. To do that, however, is to issue an invitation to further rationing that Washington will be unable "to" re-" fuse. Those who exercise self-restraint, even though they have the money, will be performing a material service and setting a helpful example. There is no real reason to believe that undue hardships will be imposed on anyone but we shall have to get along on less in some instances and do without in others in the course of time. Let us do so with good will and good humor. Memphis Commercial Appeal. • SO THEY SAY We are going to beat the axis by building- enough planes and ships to smother Germany and Japan—Senator Josiah Bailey, chairman Jf Senate Commerce Committee. * * * Earlier, when I must have thought I knew everything, I sometimes acted without consulting her, and always I was sorry.-William N Berry, Greensboro. N. c., husband of "The American Mother of 1942." * * * I may be cynical, but I can't .sec why some executives ran't take time out for court cases without interfering with the wnr effort, but have- t'mc to disport themselves at cocktail part,cs. --Senator Homer T. Bone, chairman of Senate Patents Committee. * » , There will be no room for .Hash privilege or cjs in England after the War .-Briti 1m r Lord Halifax WEDNESDAY, MAY G, 1942 SIDE.GLANCES ! 1542 BY 'NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. S. PATToFF. It'll Take All of Us to Keep the Lid On 'Thai's a nole for you! After starving out here, in this crazy Hollywood for Ihrcc years i finally gel a part—and 1 have to take oil 10 pounds"'." . - THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson i TAKEN BY PROFESSORS OF CHEAAISTRV AT ViTAMSNS, WHEN HIGHLY APPEAR AS T. M. REC. IJ. S. PAT, OFF. CONTINENT ANTARCTICA gag contests, but a good many of his remarks are widely quoted around, town. The other day, for instance, jomeone was commenting on the .ntermncnt at Santa Anita Park of alien Japanese. Murmured Maloncy: "D'you think that's the "irst crooked race they've had out here?" He wroie most of the patter that Bob Hope, as master-of-ccremon- ics delivered at the Academy Award banquet, and the grateful Hope sent the gagster an order for" a $150 suit. Like everyone else in Hollywood, Mahoncy has an agent who Ls supposed to col- icct 10 per cent of his earnings. So instead of sending the agent a commission check for $15, Mn- lioney had the tailor make an extra coat sleeve, which now hangs in a special glass case at the agency office. Of course this bit of monkey business preceded WPB restrictions on clothing design and surplus materials. : After he was graduated from Santa Clara University and had starved for six years as a Hollywood actor, Mahoney decided to explore the field of written humor. He still remembers the first two jokes he submitted: To Judge went a suggestion for a cartoon showing a. judge' sending his mother-in-law to jail, alon:j with the inquiry: "Wnat's wrong with this sentence?" To the low-brow, racy Capt. Billy's Whiz-Bang he .dispatched an idea for a woman | saying: "We'll celebrate our tin wedding anniversary when hubby i;cts out of the can." When each of these attempts brought a check for $5, Mahoncy became an ex-actor. In one month in 1920, he recalls, lie sold $648 worth of jokes. Whiz-Bang was paying him so much as a contrib- »tor that it finally made him a staff member at $75 a week as an economy measure-. Later Mahoney, was the originator of the magazine Hooey, but he backed out when the publishers began to smear it with gutter gags. K EJECTS OLD MODELS Radio writing was a natural and lucrative outlet for his talents, Intt Mahoncy disliked the endless grind and the unbashed remodeling and twisting of old jokes. He is saddened by the fact there can be no copyright protection against these forms of plagiarism, though he also is comforted by a belief that the public rejects a [good deal of it. [ "People know when a poke or a ; formula isn't new." he said. "Their i subconscious, self tells 'em, even I though they can't remember . how ! or where they hoard- a gag before." Mahoney's passion for originali- ty is responsible for his unique (Position in Hollywood. The advent of famous novelists and highly | trained scenarists drove the old- style gag- men out of movies. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION Letters of administration on the estate of Elijah Monroe Terry, deceased, were granted to the undersigned on. the 8th day of April, 1942, by the Probate Court of Mississippi County. Any persons having claims against said estate arc required to exhibit them, properly authenticated, for allowance, to the undersigned as administrator of said estate before the end of one year from the date ( of the granting; of letters of ad| ministration upon said estate, and 'if such claims be not so presented, they will be forever barred. JAMES TERRY, 'Administrator of the estate of E. M. Terry, deceased. Frank C. Douglas, Atfy. A8-15-22-29-MG-13 Expert Tractor Tire Vulcanizing Materials Limited! Blytheville Tire Co. Highway fil North Phone 2201 SERIAL STORY NEXT: A lot of walcr in a one-inch rain! HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD T5Y .PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD.—More about Wilkie Ma honey, the only remaining gag man of the movies. A stranger might talk with him for hours without. guessing his trade. Tor humor is a .serious business with this Irishman. The tall, loose-joint crl laush specialist started out to be an actor, but he was no extrovert and now i.s satisfied with thinking up ways for other actors to appear funny. Mahoney has written radio and stape material for A I Jolson, iuldirC antor, Ed Wynn. Bob Hope', Milton Benc anri Phil Baker, but! he never liked that type of rapid - firc wisecrckcry and now i.s much happier in pictures, where the be.<=t joke.s can be developed out of story situations and can be slyly j underplayed. At present he's a consultant on the Jack Benny-Ann Sheridan movie. "George Washington Slept Here." At home, he writes out suggestions for future scenes, but some of his best lines and situations have been thought up on the set, where lie .slumps in a camp chair. In conversation he .seldom engages in Hollywoodcn pun-and- Savc for Victory Have your shoes, tarpaulins and bean .sacks repaired at the TRU-I5LUE SHOE SHOP HIG E. Main St. We buy and trade shoes. I /: , NOTICE HOW BIG FEET WRAP RIGHT AROUND A ROCK' THINK OF TH' SECURE MOBILITY IN SUCH FLEXIBLE. TRACT ION ' |F YUH P»^V A u LCLERS / ^,NESS, " 1 ~ A '~ N WHY IT'S PER SOME 3$ TO KEEP I~H' LEAD/ £i£S» OORBOAgpIN5 HOUSE wnhMajor Hoopb DAT OES'A LITTLE REASON, M1STAV1 CURLY—DE BIG REASON is THERE AIN'T NOBODY IN FRONT Q' THE TER TAKE THEIR MIWD OFF THEIR OWN s v /. .L^ -^ **:>: * — /" f^KCA SfJlflCC. IMC. THE TOP HAND AVV WORDj o/\SONi/ LOOK/ "^ AND THIS NiOTE/-**- W "DE/\R PQOF. BUXZLCOMK, WERH is •tUW SM/^LL SCAO-E MODEL OF ' BIG OTTO 1 I PROMISED TO SEND — ALSO EMCLO5ED ARE FORMULf\ AMD PLAN'S FOR CONSTRUCTING ThllS RtMARv^ABLc AAECHANMGXL MANJ LIFE S^E— VOLJRS,OR. GREAT CAESAR/ ROBOT.' /vUSTAH — It AME BIG OTTO! OM f\ GRAMD ^CAvfEjDATT w I013UD MAKE^ TH' "RUG BE^IM 1 "PROBLEM DUCV< SOUP/ SONiOS a >\ I Bt £T-6 FRANTIC WEEKEND BY EDMUND FANCOTT COPYRIGHT. 1942. NEA SERVICE, INC. CONCERT PARTY CHAPTER XVII unaware of Peggy's latest machinations, was enjoying herself no less than Ferdy as the two of them sunned on the \vharf, their swim suits steaming in the warmth after a leisurely dip. Fcrdy thanked his pampering stars all over again, as he had occasion to do several times a year, for Myra's friendship. Surfeited with women who overworked their charms and traded on allure, he felt Myra to be the one female in all his broad and sometimes troublesome acquaintance who could be relied upon never to intrude beyond friendship upon his happy inclination towards bach- clordom. "Nice child, that kid sister of yours," said Ferdy. "Too much like an electric eel fcr my comfort," said Myra. "I have a feeling that I can never be sure she isn't up to some mischief, some way or other." "Vitality, that's her strong point. I'd like to paint her." Fcrdy paused as if seeing her posed upon his studio throne for a portrait. "No, there's that touch of Vivien Leighishncss about her face and eyes. It's been overdone. When is your brother going back?" "He finishes his leave next week." "Good face. Strong. I'd like to get a sketch of him in battle dress. Might be a good subject for the next exhibition." "He is tops," said Myrn who had a very deep affection for Michael and admiration for his strength of character. "He .seems to be attracted by Fay," continued Ferdy. "So is Nigel." "I wouldn't be too sure about Nigel," said Myra. "There's something about this place that gets them. Maybe it's the sun—maybe the altitude." Myra snorted. "Reaction'from long isolation in military camps." Fcrdy shut his eyes and felt the Trarm sun on his body. It was difficult to tell his age from his expression. The sandy hair, the sandy mist of freckles on his face, and the wrinkles of humor around his eyes lent an illusion of perennial youth. "Our friend Baldy is quite a specimen, isn't he?" observed Myra. "Not bad in his way," replied Ferdy drowsily. "A week up here and he might become human." "He said he'd go mad, but I suppose there's not much difference." Fcrdy grinned. "We really must rescue Fay from him. We'll mix things tonight. Keep him away from her, cut in whenever he begins to talk." evening was even more serene than the previous one. After the hot day, coolness drifted up from the lake, the trees and over the hills the moon, already a little larger, cast a pale glow over the Laurcntians. There was a mellowness of mood over the party. The easy tiredness that comes with sunshine and bathing and walking had relaxed everyone. Everyone except Baldy and Peggy. Baldy had had an afternoon of unbroken sleep aided by three Tom Collinses and he was full of restlessness. Peggy seemed just as full of spirits: and energy as she had been all day. Nothing seemed to dampen her. Her plans had not gone as well as they might have done. She had steered Nigel to the view where she expected to find her brother and Fay. They had eventually found them, but not nearly as close to one another as Peggy would have liked. They were sitting on a rock at the top of a hill, apparently engaged in a quite ordinary conversation. It would have been better had Michael worked as fast as she did herself, but that couldn't be helped. Perhaps he was really in love and that always slowed things up, reflected Peggy. At dinner Fay had tote the rest of the company about Michael's idea and they had all received it with enthusiasm except Baldy. who interrupted at every vital point with a grunt that registered disgust. Peggy perceived his general frame of mind and whispered to Ferdy, who obligingly speeded up the replenishment of Baldy 's glass, and shortly the grunts became less non-cooperative. "You see," said Fay, "wo could easily get a group together for rehearsal and if the show went well we should have the satisfaction of doing war work and doing what we wanted to do at the same time." "Concert Party!" said Baldy. "Concert Party!" What does this country want— concert parties or dollars, good American dollars? With these contracts I got for you, you could make enough American exchange for this country to pay for t couple of Spitfires. Now there's war work for you. There's some real war work, bringing in the dough! The soldiers can sing to themselves, they're singing all the time, ain't they? Got nothing else to do with their time. What do they want—a three-figure dame wasting her talent on them when it could be bringing in dough to buy stuff for them to fight with? That's a real job, that is." * * * "DOTH soldiers sprang to Fay's defense with such s tongue- lashing that even the Vr-opressible Baldy couldn't bcur up under it. He retired to a neutral corner to nurse wounded feelings and a fresh drink, but Myra, Fcrdy, Fay and Ferdy's aunt entered the ring, giving Baldy a lecture on the morale-boosting importance of good entertainment for soldiers that left him with no defense save sputtering. Looking about for escape, he thought he saw it in Peggy's mischievous wink. "After nil," she said, "there is something in what Baldy says—even though I'd love the Concert Party idea because it looks like a grand chance for me." Peggy looked prettily petulant, wondering if her latest strategy was having its effect on the cornered showman, or if he was too miserable to be influenced by anything less subtle than a falling safe. "But Baldy, darling—" her PO- cent on the second word nxght have been gibe or genuine friendliness. "Baldy. do be sweet and play a sort of game with us." Myra cocked he^ hsad suspiciously but Peggy rtished on before her sister could intervene. "Jusi *"or tonight, let's pretend we are going to stage a Concert Party. After all, we may none of us—except Fay, if she likes—have another chance to meet a clever New York producer like Baldy." Peggy was at his side, her arm snugly -through his. "Wouldn't it be tragic if we didn't learn all we can from him? Ke was telling me all his experiences on the stage only this afternoon, and really, with his background—!" Fay caught the spirit of the ruse and entered in. "I don't see how Baldy can refuse us. especially since it's all in fun." Baldy was warming perceptibly and the others were interested in Peggy's wheedling. Only Myra looked her suspicion. "I'd swap my favorite swear word to know what shenanigans that youngster is up to," she muttered to herself. "Whatever it is, we'll probably all find our lives upside down before this night's over." .(To Be Continued)

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