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PAGE FOUR BLYTEEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. *;H: W. RAINES, Publisher SAMUEL P. NORRIS, Editor R..WHTTEHEAD, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: ,WUfflier Co., New York, Chicago, E*- tK*t;;AtlmnU, Memphis. _ ^ _ . Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Jfatered as second class matter at the post- bflloe 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 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. Philip Murray's Shirt : I " If- "I would lose my shirt today," said President Phil Murray of the C. I. ()., "to help.the President win the war." Almost -simultaneously William. L. Batt, head of the WPB's Materials division, was quoting Rudyard Kipling, writing out of the collective mouth of World.War British war dead: x \. The battery is out of ammunition; If any mourn us at the % shops, say We died- because the- shift kept holiday. Murray is willing to lose his shirt to help win the war, but he insists upon $l-a-day 'pay. raise ...for 180,000 steel workers. His union is working "unceasingly, untiringly and relentlessly" for Labor Board elections on the basis of which a closed shop campaign will be waged. - The two declarations can be reconciled. Only' the most reactionary deny to unions or individual workers the right to ask for "wage raises or even for the closed shop. But no realistic observer believes either will be granted without a'struggle. When the struggle comes, "then what'.' Will there /.be Slowdowns, sitdowns, strikes? Will the shifts keep bargaining holiday while ships and .planes, tanks and guns wait for the metal that doesn't come? # • * * Only Phil Murray Knows how far he is willing to go to enforce his demands. Probably not even he can predict that . su/ch j| campaign will not get out of hand/'"and sabotage the war effort. .-. Whenever the effect pf union activi ties upon war production is discussed, , there is somebody in Washington ready to prove with figures that strikes are 99.97 per cent non-existent. In the absence of complete, authen- is difficult to refute But the best observers claim they do not tell the whole story. * * # For instance, there was the shipyard whose management had two thermometers painted on a wall. One registered actual production, the other indicated "What We Might Have Done." The second came down promptly. Union officials objected that it was an attempt to speed-up the workers. . For la.ck of ships and planes and tanks We lie here where we fought, in serried ranks Because too little and too late The shift made six instead of eight. That is Big Bill Bait's suggestion as to what a 1942 Kipling may have to write as the epitaph for thousands of American. men who never will come back from Bataan, Batavia. Burma, India, Australia, and later from the con- MONDAY, MAY 11, 1942 tinent of Europe. It is good news that Mr. Murray is willing to Jose his shirt for a victory over the axis. But how about our American Expeditionary Forces—will they be satisfied if we send them the G. I. 0. chieftain's shirt to wave at Japs and Germans? Will the fathers and mothers, the wives, sisters and brothers of those who die in battle concede that Mr. Murray's shirt is ample contribution from a man in his position? / tir Farther To Go Apparently there is no end to Russian trickery. They declined to collapse after the Nazis had threshed thorn soundly. Then, while snow and cold put the Nazi advance into reverse, the Reds moved their war plants off to the Urals and beyond. So this spring, when the Reich armies battle their bloody way eastward, they will find slim pickings. At prodigious cost, the Nazis probably can push back the Reds. But miles mean nothing in Russia. So long as the Soviet armies remain intact, and their Pittsburghs, Detroits and San Diegos keep smoking, Russia will endure. VieuA of Publication in this column of editorials from other newspapers . does . not necessarily mean endorsement but is an acknowledgment of Interest in the subjects discussed. Financing the War Income and excess profits taxes contributed a large percentage of the financial support..of. the first World War as they are coming to do in the current war, it is sh6wn' by an analysis by the. Federation of Tax Adminisrtators. • The two levies, enacted not long before the United States entered World War I, multiplied in yield from 125' million' dollars in 191C, to two billion, 601 million in 1919, supplying 17 per cent of all tax collections in the year before the Unted States entered the war and 73 per cent in 1918. Even if the Treasury's proposals for broadening tax bases and increasing rates are adopted, the proportion of Federal tax receipts from income and excess profits will not- soon reach the 73 per cent level, the Federation said. A climb of 64 per cent, approximating the 1919 level, is anticipated if the Treasury it-commendations are enacted'into law. Both periods of war financing have seen a decreasing dependence upon custom." and excise taxes,- the latter chiefly gasoline, tobacco and liquor levies. Unless a general taxes is voted by Congress, only 15 per cent of all taxes will come ^from commodity taxes during the fiscal year, the Federation- estimates. This would be about half the 1940 percentage. In World War I, excise tax yields shrank from 47 to 19 per cent. But the Federation's most significant statement is that ."less than one-third of the total cost of World War I was financed by taxes, borrowed funds bearing the -larger share of the financing." The people of the United States are going to have to bear more than one-third of the cost of the current war through taxes if they hope to avoid passing on to the next generation a burden too heavy to bear. Lending Uncle Sam their money by buying War Bonds and Stamps is fine, patriotic. But it must not be forgotten that those bonds and stamps must be redeemed and the heavy cost of Government also-be met. And the greater part of that money will come out of the pockets of the boys and the girls now in grammar school. —Arkansas Democrat. I have been with my men from the start and if captured I will share their lot.—Lieut.-Gen. Jonathan M. Wairnvright. commander at. Corregidor. * * * We cannot defend democracy ami business enterprise on the battlefield and then deny them at tne ballot, box and the marts of trade.—Dr. Robert H. Montgomery. University of Texas economist. SIDEGUNCES COPR. 1M2 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REO. U. S. PAT. OFF. Yes, That Book Is Closed "My wife used lo buy oul u whole store in one afternoon before lliis 'carry your bundles and help national defense' idea came along." THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson ACASKA S€ AC- CAN SWIM FOR. DAVS AND LONG, FLAT GUARD HAIRS LIB TIGHTIV OVER THE FUR AND KEEP IT DRV AND seeo PODS OF THE. CO/V\AAON GIRL- IS STOOD UP LET DOWN ''Says i / /WfZS. JO//A' J. f^/K \ OT77\ U/^ AVq A NEXT: How to wear out sionr tires. made showing Mary as the strip- pin gest of them all. "A tame psychologist can be rigged to do a 'Character Reading by Legs' for art and a story. If \ve don't want to pay a psychologist, use someone on the lot. " 'Where Have You Seen These Legs Before?'—good for roto layout using famous gams of Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Lamour, etc. . . • 'Ten Best Undressed Women of 1942' good layout, featuring Mary Martin and Betty Hutton. "Vallee should re-introduce the old song, 'Happy Go Lucky,' which is theme song in the picture, on his radio program. He is top song plugger of country. '•We ought to have some fun with that perfume, saying we have actually developed something accidentally, or quoting some scientist to the effect that there is such a thing as love potions. "The -phrase, happy-go-lucky, is a campaign in itself. Ge a congressman, educator, commentator to say that America needs to continue the war effort to the extreme, but remember to he happy- go-lucky. Let's not lose the American principle " after the war is over. "Have a convention, a fraternity or an Army group choose Mary Martin as their Happy Go Martin and Betty Hutton showing-how each .would set out. to.get; her man. "Kissing is highly important in this one because the whole, plot swings on that kiss between Martin and Powell. So why not a big kiss layout on the types of kisses, their trials and tribulations and the whole business of movie kissing?" (Suggestions then are offered for the illustration by various players of the "comedy" kiss, the ••primitive-jungle" kiss, the "win- back-your-wife" kiss and the "aggressive" kiss.) And so on and on, for nine pages. At Idea No. 48 the conferees paused and decided: "Here's picture that looks as though will really lend itself to some ve! good leg art." * for all occasions Personalized Service THE FLOWER SHOP Phone 491 Glencoe Hotel Bldg. FITTED BY Doctors J. L. and J. C GUARD OPTOMETRISTS IN BLYTHEVILLE SINCE 18221 8PTICHL STORE 209 W. Main St. Phone 29li SERIAL STORY FRANTIC WEEKEND BY EDMUND FANCOTT COPYRIGHT. 1942. NEA SERVICE. INC. •HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD BY PAUL HARRISON HOLLYWOOD — Of all the trade and technical secrets cherished by the motion picture industry as illusion preservatives, none is more closely guarded than the schemes and strategams of the press agents themselves. Before a camera begins turning on a new movie, the exploitation and publicity geniuses assemble in closed conference and belabor their brains for angles in selling the epic to the public. By chance. I have got hold of the campaign script evolved from an idea meeting on Par-amount's "Happy Go Lucky," a musical now in production. There are 88 detailed suggestions dealing with all sorts of artifices and are—mostly leg art —and I believe you may be en- lightened by a few excerpts: "Mary Martin is as co-operative as ever and has agreed to let us shoot scads of leg pictures—and her legs are plsnty good. Leg art on Mary, will be one of the most important factors in the campaign. "Betty Hutton smartly wants to do anything we propose, and she has a swell Bracken OUT OUR WAY figure, too. (Eddie) stand for anything. (Dick) Powell is willing to cooperate. (Rudy) Vallee is hanging back a little, but agreeing to anything reasonable. He doesn't like fan mag stories or women interviewers. "There- are s:x regular Igirls, most of them 'Louisiana Purchase' babes, and they will give phnty of leg art. A layout, should be OH, YOU'LuT/YEH, WE'LL B6 BACK^ \ IN TH' NLJTTY NINETIES/ NO SOLDIER'LL HAVE-TO DRIVE A' HORSE AM' BU66Y-WE'LL HAVE THIS IS TH' WORST AGE A GUV KIN BE, AT A TIME LIKE THIS/AT ASE WE GOT TH' iMOST AMB1TION TO GO IN THE AIR .CORPS,THE ARMY , NAVY OR MARINES- ANf WE CAN'T DO BUT SIT AN' WATCH FELLERS GlTTi NT MEDALS LORY/ GO THE5U ENOUGH BEFORE IT'S OVER TO BE A HERO-BUT YOU'LL NOT GET ANV MEDALS FOR IT/ TO SO THEY WON'T-HOW DO KNEE LOOK AGIN? BOY,ALL TH' HEROES' AIN'T GONNA BE IN THE ARMY/ By J. T v Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople A.R& VOU GIN/INS* THOUGHT TO < A <E>APEW TPAT H\M BOB AND VOUR. FOR STOPPING TUB BIG 'FELLOVJ APPROACHED BY" MISSUS A CRAFTY BALDY O CHAPTER XXI "TT'S like this." Nigel had found out all he could from Baldy before calling a meeting. "She wanted a chance. Baldy thought she was at least as good as average from what he sawlast night and that there was a possibility she might be better. She wanted a break and he's spotted a job in the chorus line of some dump in New York." "Did he tell you the name?" "No. Some cheap place, probably on the East Side." Fay was thoughtful. "Baldy knows every joint in town, the tfood as well as the dumps, but I don't see how he could get her anything as easily as that unless it is a hole in the wall. I'll find out about it." Michael turned to her with a s-low smile. "He's after your blood too. Maybe Baldy isn't bad on the .surface, but underneath he's just plain parasite." "You read my thoughts," muttered Myra. Her face was gloomy. "I knew I was taking a risk when I brought her out of the cotton- wool, but who'd have thought she could find trouble up here?" "Wait till Danny hears about this," said Michael with a rueful 'He'll go after Baldy with he'U blame me," said smile. ' a gun." "And Myra. "Danny is the father of the Mack family," she announced to the others. "Noted for his impulsiveness rather than his forethought when it comes to disciplinary action on his family." "What shall we do?" said Nigel. "Simple enough," said Michael. "Spike his guns. Stop him and we stop her. But why shouldn't she have her chance?" "A chance is all right." Fay's voice was serious. "But she is only a kid and she'll be starting the hard way. Believe me, I've seen so much of it. I was lucky and went the easy way, but I wouldn't want a sister of rriine to have the hard road. Baldy is straight enough. He does his best according to his lights. But "The point is," said Nigel, "we ought to solve,this thing so that nobody is hurt—pleasant feelings all round and all that kind of thing." ' Michael grinned at Nigel. "You and I could fix Baldy." "What about. Peggy?" "She'll have to lump it," said Myra. "Why do I always land in other'people's troubles? They chase me even when I'm trying to get a vacation." "Can't be helped," said Michael. "Any suggestions for a plan?" V * * TN the house Baldy wiped the perspiration from his brow. It gave him a sense of power and ful- filment to be working over an act again, even if it was with the greenest of green kids. The idea was glimmering in his brain that through Peggy he could hold on to Fay. How or why he did not as yet know, but since they all were up here together they must be linked some way—maybe relatives—and if he was going to get Fay over this run-out spell he would have to play every card in his bag of tricks. •That's swell, kid," he said at last. "In that line-up that Benny's got you'll stick out like green grass in a bunch of dried hay. He'll have to pull you out in your own act or fire you, and that's your funeral. Come on, let's go over that again." Then Marie came in and Peggy paused. "Have you seen any of the others, Marie?" she asked. Marie said, that she thought she had seen them all going into the rockery. Peggy stopped. A warning signal flashed in her brain. At home, whenever the family gathered in conference it meant trouble for someone. I don't like his lights. would you." Neither "Wait for me, Ba]dy," she said, and slipped out of the room, through the kitchen and out of the back of the house. ^ • * • J>EGGY made her way cautiously to the back of the rockery which was screened from the house by bushes. Here she looked and listened. She ran back* to the house a little later and grabbed a..surprised Baldy by the arm. "Quick, Baldy, let's get out of | ;iere into the woods. There's a plot on foot to stop you getting' Fay back." Baldy had begun to acquire aj grudging admiration for Peggy's shrewdness and felt that if she didn't start using it-too much on him, he might be able to use it 1 to his own advantage. "I know," she said. "We'll go to-the island! They won't be able to see us there and they won't think of looking there." A quarter of an hour later, Peggy tied up the blue canoe on the farther side of the island and led Baldy to a shaded rock where he could sit down and smdkeKone of his long cigars in peace. she told him what she had overoj heard. True to her own nature she only told him, the part that applied to Fay, that they were conspiring to cheat him of his legitimate prey. She did not mention that they were apparently much more concerned about preventing Peggy from going to New York. But Baldy was no fool when it came to cunning, and he read between the lines. He gathered that there was probably more to the conference than Peggy had confided and he began to figure that if he could use Peggy as a bargaining point he might be able to persuade Fay to change her mind—on condition that he cancel his offer to Peggy. It was up to him, therefore, to.add fuel to the fire of Peggy's enthusiasm for a chance in New York. He led her on, let her speak, encouraged her with a question here and there, and before long had a fair picture of the situation. ^ Briefly, it was that they were all against him—not personally, but as an influence; that at all costs, Peggy was not going to New York and that he must be kept away from plaguing Fay until such time as she left. In other words, he was to be strung along and ditched. Baldy rolled his cigar from omF side of Iv.s mouth to the other arrd laughed to himself. If they could put on an act he was pretty sure that he could put on a better one. They were a nice bunch of kk<.?, but when it came to fooling a man like Baldy Brieh, they were up against something not included in their nursery rhymes. "That's fine, sweetheart," he said to Peggy, when he had found out all he needed to know. "What we need now is a plan. You want to swim. O.K. You have your swim, and I'll do some thinking." .(To Be Continued)

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