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PAGE FOUR BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1942 THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO, H. W. HAINES, Publisher SAMUEL F. NORRIS, Editor Wto. R. WHTTEHEAD, Advertising Manager Bole National Advertising Representative:. Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Dt. troit, Atlanta, Memphis. PublishexfEvery Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second class matter at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act or Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press. SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City of Blytheville, 15c per week, or 65c per month. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles, 53.00 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. We Must Have Ships • It can not be stressed too much or too often that ship's will win or lose this war. Shipping is the bottleneck which slows down production', because we can't bring enough raw materials into the country. Shipping is the bottleneck which slows down our preparation for tking the offensive, because we can't transport and service enough expeditionary...forces. . Nobody ever has stated the menace of shipping shortage better than the Army's^ brilliant supply chief, Lieut.- Gen. Brehon Somervell, who said: "Dead soldiers can't use the things that are delivered too late." Exact;'figures on the shipping problems are''• military secrets. But from data approved.by censors it is possible to point out some pertinent factors. In World War I the allies had use of the combined tonnages of Britain, the United States, Italy, Japan, France, Belgium and Greece, plus those of smaller allies and benefit from much neutral cargo space. Now Japan and Italy, whose combined tonnage at the beginning of 1941 was greater than that of the United States, are against us. France' having fallen, we have lost the use of much of her shipping. The same is true of Greece. ' • * * * Ignoring the enormous losses from sinkings;'the'United Nations have 7,- 500JOOO _tons less of cargo space because;-Japan and-;Italy now are on the wrong side of the fence; 1,700,000 tons less'Because France has fallen. During World War I our principal oceanic supply line was only about 3000 miles } long. Now we must transport materiel 4000 miles to. Russia, 10,000 miles to Australia, 12,000'. miles to Egypt and Libya. These long hauls expose our vessels more to submarine attack. They triple the. time required to carry a cargo to its .destination and get back for another. « * * * In World War I 3.4 gross tons of cargo capacity were required for each soldier we serviced in France. In view of the long haul and modern mechanization, this figure has been multiplied several times. Probably nobody will argue that we can get by. is world War II, with less than 10 gross tons of capacity for each soldier in our expeditionary forces. Such a computation can not be authoritative. But it can point the way to three -conclusions: First, we need more .shipping, fast, with which to bring raw materials into the United States. Second, we need more shipping, fast, with which to transport and service W '• m the expeditionary forces that eventually will defeat Hitler and the Japs. Third, civilians must cheerfully accept transfer to war use of every possible ton of £argo space, and must pass up everything dispensable which would divert shipping that is badly needed for the benefit of United Nations lighting forces. Mr. Addes Misunderstands George F. Addes' complaint, that the President's program will not enable labor's pay envelope to catch up with higher living costs, misses the whole point of Mr. Roosevelt's speech on inflationary curbs. The idea—which millions of workers seem to appreciate better than the United Automobile Workers' secretary-treasurer— is that our national standard of living must come down. Labor, like all consumers, will find less in the stores to buy. Without major adjustments, there still will be more money than goods—so much more that Uncle Sam is going to raise taxes just to get the filthy lucre out of our possession. Please Use Wilh Care Only nine no-longer-so-old men can know whether the Supreme Court's wire-tapping decision was influenced by the war emergency. In any event, it is good news that our counter-espionage agents now may, within limitations, utilize information obtained when spies and saboteurs use the telephone. This privilege should, however, be surrounded with every possible safeguard. The stifi'est punishment should be meted out to anybody, including military and naval representatives, who permits business or personal information gained in this manner to become public. View* Publication in this column of editorials Irom other newspapers does not necessarily mean endorsement but is an acknowledgment of interest in the subjects discussed, That Pay Increase for Soldiers and Sailors The House Military Affairs Committee has reported favorably a bill to double the base pay of Army privates and apprentice seamen in the Navy. Another pending bill would provide Federal payments monthly to dependents of drafted men. The second measure would re-enact a provision for dependents which was established by the United States in the First World War. The first, while it enlarges base pay far above what it ever has been, is an anticipation of the coming influx of men with dependents into the armed forces. It is much better to have the increase established now and ready to help out the men with dependents, who go into the Army and Navy in the next few months. tJian to cause these dependents additional hardship in that time. No one will argue that patriotic service can be measured in dollars and cents. Hundreds of thosands of Americans would be glad to serve without a penny in pay. But dependents cannot be kept up for nothing, and what the Federal Government can do to relieve the heavy impact of war upon wives and children will be little enough. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I heard .something about a war.—Thirty- three-ycar-old man just registering for draft at Brunswick, Me. * * * Never has there been a war in which the courage, the endurance and tlio loyally of civilians played so vital a part.—President Roosevelt. SIDE GLANCES by G«jbr thfc »• \ COPR. 1*52 BV NEA SERVICE. 'INC. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. s-z Scrapbooks "Would you like me to give you a few of the recipes for takes and pastry my boy likes?" By William Ferguson THERE WILL. BE NO &1UE BIRDS OVER THE. CUPPS OF- DOVER. AFTER TH£ WAR,/ ENGLAND A/O AND THERE WON'T BE ANY MESSEES'CHMITT.S" EITHER./" COPR. 19«2 BY NEA SERVICE T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. A\OST'- i DESERT SNAKES AND L.I2CXXR.DS, CONTRARV TO POPULAR OPINION, CANNOT LONG? ENDURE BOTTOM OF TH£ TOP/ B- F. FER&USON1, UACKSONJVILLE ILLINOIS. NEXT: Little, but oh, my! 1 never seem to. be able to recog- -By the way, that's the 600th picture nize Ann Miller, who first was a for old Jack Mulhall After his brimet,, and then a ired-hcacl, and enlistment in the Air Corps, Tim nov; has gon:; blond Veronica Holt was persuaded to take a 60- Workers Get Bike Garage Lake, who wore Joel McCrea's !day deferment when RKO couldn't ST. HELENS, Ore. (UP)—The St clothes in their last picture, now . find a substitute western star to ((Helens Pulp and Paper company is running- around the .set of -I'fill its commitments. Holt will be has constructed a "bicycle garage" quit she'd take a bath on the -sidewalk in front of the Brown Derby. Married a Witch" March's pajamas. - in Prcclric rushed through six pictures in two ! months. for the "bikes" of approximately 100 employes who have stored their No picture has had more trouble suacle Charlie Chaplin to drop the than "The Outlaw," first filmed j dramatic "Shadow and Substance," more than a. year ago and still which he's perparing, and make a United Artists Is trying to per- j cars ia favor of two-wheeled trans- several months short of release. comedy instead The merchant The much-publicized Jane Russell I marine soon will receive some at- ;tiii hasn't been seen on any screen; ! tention. lond over due, from Holly- Producer Howard Hughes is still j wood. Couple of Warner cameras chopping and retaking seductive and crews have seen placed on convenes; and the Hays Office is voy ships, still emitting- shocked little outcries. Hughes has more than $300,COO in the venture Movie business in general continues • booming. Domestic revenue is about Si.- 000.000 a week—15 pur, cent above normal—with another million from foreign sources. * *! I.' THEY WILL STAY Seven actors in Paramount's "Wake Island" will not return from the Salton Sea location. Instead, the armed' forces will get 'Robert Preston, Phil Tehy, Rod Cameron, Jcck Chapin, Kf-it'll Richards. Mac- clonalcl Carev and Jim Brown portation. Universal set was guarded like an arsenal while Kay Francis took a bath. This is the .same gal who thwarted Warner Brothers' attempt- to ease her out of a costly contract by giving her undignified jobs. She told 'em that rather than Save for Victory Have your shoes, tarpaulins and bean sacks repaired at the TRU-BLUE SHOE SHOP 316 E.- Main St. We buy and trade shoes. CA Paid for Late Model AUTOMOBILES and TRUCKS. 117 E. Main, at Blythe- ville Motor Co., W. T. Barnett. SERIAL STORY * HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD KY PAUL HARRISON proper. The st.'idio .switched ten- NLA Service Stal'f Correspondent Datively to "The Magniiiccnl. Dope," HOLLYWOOD.—B e h i n d the screen: You'd think that after all the war years—and even the previous centuries—that the expression "Thumbs up!" has been in common usage, it would belong to everybody. Doesn't, though. Before Paramount employs it as the title of a musical it must pay ol'f but "dope" miyht have somethin to do with narcotics. Current choice is "The Magnificent Stupe." And that remid.s ir,c of the producer who raised a terrific outcry when he discovered that a correspondent had \vritlen about him as a "quiet, stooped little man with a big He thought "stooped" meant ".stupid." Eddie Dowling. who produced a Broadway revue called "Thumbs ! * * '"' Up" in 1934. [KEEP THAT AOCE:-:T Another peculiar bit of li'lc \ Her .studio bosses trouble involves 20th-Fox's "The ;Son.ja Hcnie's nrraivirninils to Magnificent Jerk." which has boon 'study under n c'irlion cortrh; they ruled otit by the Hays Office. As !don't want her to lose what little a slanp word applied to somebody'accent she has !.•:? Meeting who isn't too bright, "jerk" is IGrocr Oarson of'stngo. you wouldn't widely used on the air, but for rc»a- I think of her as r.hc nr.Urvna! type sons clear only to themselves, the :But she has had :-. baby in 'hei bunch of j— ah—censors at the last seven pictun-s and is due foi Hay.s Office have decided it isn't another in ••Random Harvest,'' ? OUR WAY f .- \\ ABSOLUTELY CONJ'T PAT 'EM TO HIRE G'SLS- IM A MACHINE SHOP.' tVEQV TIME A GOOD LOOKER FLOATS BY THEY LOSE A LOT OP U?2p<5H--WE'LL MEM;£T TWO SECONDS LOOK-THAT^ TWO " "SECONDS-- HE AIM'T THOUGHT OF HOW MUCH TIME H£'S LOSIM' PIGURIM' THAT UP— HE'S WASTED TWO WEEVLS OF WAR. PRODUCTION) HOVJ U3MG IT'LL TAKE. US TO LICK. TH JAPS WITH MATHEMATIC By J. II Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Iloople VDU HAFfA HAVE: THEM PELLEP.S, ~THOL!C'H,SO YOU CAM KMOVV HOW/ MOT TO DO-TH' PEM MAV £ l - jj PAY— copfc ma BV Nf* scpvicc. INC r M. pre DRAT/ BUILD1MG /X ROBOT *& INVOLVED MORE MWUBMNTlCS \ ePEClFlCPxflOMS THAN I PROFESSOR'S OTTO OF Vv!R\TES MS HKS TUE YUE-S ••MS DP TO FOR <BW\RRBD E66£) 8U1LD > ,\ . i —-/ 1 _^ t . '> tABMTAU G1P\NVT A MON6TE UP THAT ROBOT V>TO FEE. 1 P3OSASLV FELL l ' ' OOTOF ALL EINSTEIN s= FRANTIC WEEKEND BY EDMUND FANCOTT COPYRIGHT. 1942.\ NEA SERVICE, INC. LOVE WALKS IN; CHAPTER XIX • *' J3ALDY sat up with a jerk that shook his jowls. "What's too b?vl—about FayV" "tlan't you guess?" Peggy's tone wss as innocuous as jam. "I rat l .?cr imagine she's going to be married before any of us realize whsl's happened." "Married?" Baldy was aghast. Witl>. stubborncss he could deal. But romance? "Yes. My brother, you know. She thinks he's wonderful, and well—no mistaking how he feels." Baldy groaned. Peggy went on. "And now when you find someone 'you can work on, you can't get her." "Who's that?" asked Baldy, suddenly wary. "Me, of course. But I'm going on this Concert Party." "That's right," said Bakty sympathetically. "You go." Peggy wasn't beaten yet. "Just as the glamor girls arc going out you get someone who could Stand in for Vivien Leigh . . ." Baldy sat up as though he had been struck. He looked at Peggy. "So you could." lie said slowly. Then he shook his head. "No, it wouldn't do." Peggy agreed with him. "No, it wouldn't. But that's what the public is going Cur. People get tired of these flapjacks .swaying at the microphone. They want something vivacious that can knock r em out, something like you wade out of Fny Ransom." "You got a point there, honey. Something new. always something new. Say, how old did you say you were?" "Nineteen." liod Peggy. Bnldy shook his head. "Too old. Too set. The deb has been worked to death. People ;u-e .sick of 'em. But if you could get a sub-deb cr~r.c, something fresh and fluffy from the nest, kid spirits . . . say, how oid did you say you were?" "Seventeen," said Peggy. "Split the difference," said ,/ Baldy. "You look a kid, yeah . . . and them green eyes." "If I only had talent, 1 ' said Peg- g£._ ^6* "Nuts on talent,'' said Baldy "Give me- Baldy Brien, a . good columnist and a half-wit and we'll make a genius. And I ain't shootin' a line." He looked at Peggy critically, studying every inch from top to toe. "Get up," he said. "Swing •ound." He paused. "Might take a chance. I can't lose. Say, kid, I could get you a stand in a cheap loint, friend of mine, twenty-five a week, ten lor me, fifteen for you. Doesn't mean a thing to me and if you can live on fifteen I'll cut my commission to forty per cent till we see if you can break into the fifty a week class. If you can cp 'em looking at Benny's place I'll get a band leader in to look you over. That'll show : em. The world's the same all over—knock 'em out in Benny's place and you can knock 'em out in the Cafe de Paris. All it needs is management and that's me." He continued to study Peggy as though she were a biological specimen. V^S,-if I could keep you from getting tough, keep you fresh, keep you a year in Benny's place while I get your voice worked up and some good dancing steps—it's a chance, a chance in a thousand, but that's the game, that is, a chance in a thousand. \Vhilc you got one winner, you got to have something new coming up." He look up his glass and drained it, looked at his wrist watch. "Half-past ten. I'll get Benny long distance. O.K. kid, I'll give you a chance, take it or leave it, and you help me get Fay back on the dotted line." • Peggy jumped up, delighted. She had what most girls would give anything to have, a chance to go to New York, a chance on the stage. Money and the job meant nothing so long as she had her chance. After seventeen years the world suddenly became the exciting, thrilling place she had dreamed it might be. Nigel didn't matter so much now. Nothing mattered.. Only one thing could stand in her way. Myra and her family would forbid her to go. Peggy flicked off the lights. She could think better in the dark.' \ How could she keep Baldy quiet until she got away? How could she get away before her family could stop her? She sat on the arm of a chair, a slim, attractive girl of seventeen, just out of high school, and dreamed dreams of a career that would begin in a New York night club and end in Hollywood. It was all a miracle, mused Peggy romantically, giving her machinations far less credit than they deserved. Her chance and worth fighting for! Baldy had wandered to find the telephone. A long distance call to New York, from Ferdy's house, gave him the pleasant feeling o£ being extravagant at .someone else's expense and a feeling that at last he was doing something constructive after wasting his time all day. * * * pEGGY sat in the darkened' room, her leg swinging idly and her mind a thousand miles away in her dreams. Sbc did not notice Nigel standing near Die French windows watching her for a moment before he came in. Something had happened to Nigel in the moonlight. He had wandered out with Fay still hankering after something elusive ia her strange mixture of sophistication and simplicity, still attracted by the striking combination o£ dark red hair and quiet good looks. But he could find very little to talk about. He felt awkward and ungracious. He was almost thankful when Michael joined them and he felt the burden of talking- cased. He found himself slowly- becoming more distracted by the moon riding high in the sky, by the line of tiie dark trees below the house; lie felt curiously uncertain. A day ago nothing in the world had seemed more desirable than to be near Fay Ransom, to get U> know her well and to fmvZ some channel by which their friendship might flow into something deeper. Now lie was confused. Nothing had gone quite as he had wanted it. He slipped away anct wandered back to the house, deciding to read awhile and go to bed. He crossed the darken -jd veranda and stopped by the Viindow as he saw Peggy sitting, unconscious of him, swinging her leg over the arm of the chair. l»er eyes bright with dreaming young dreams. The half-moon was shining right through the window and full on Peggy in the darkness. Something happened to him in that moment that he could never quite explain. They say that when a man is drowning he sees the whole of his life flash past him in a. few seconds. That was the experience that Nigel had, but in a :ttmllingly different sense. .(To Be Continued) ^

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