The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 14, 1942 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 14, 1942
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PAGE EKJHT BLYTHEVILLE (AKK.), COURIER THURSDAY, MAY 14, 1942 B.LY*H? *TS* COURER V&NB CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher SAMUEL F.' NORBIS, Editor ' NEWS "Sole National Advtrlising Representatives: Wallace Wittner Co., New York. Chicago. l) " Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as* second class matter at the post- offige at; Blythev^iitft Arkansas, under act oi Congress, October* 9, 1917. - Served «by the United Press. ~ ' ..... ""SUBSCRIPTION RA.TRS By carrier' Ip'.t^e C\ty of Blytheville, lf>c per we^k, or,J55c psr mouth. 'By mail/ Tirtthln a radlu? of 50 mijes, $3.00 per year?, $1.50 for six months, 75c for Dioriths;' by mail" In postal zones t\yu to .six induce, '$6.50* per \ear; in zones seven and eigh.t, $10,00 per xear payable In advance. Bit It is safe to say that Henry Moi> genthau could upt win a popularity contest with "the lower income levels as jury, since he has proposed to cut income tax exemptions to drag another seven millions'under the umbrella. Nevertheless, h i s recommendation has much merit. There are at least two major reasons why-we should extend universal service to the tax field as far as possible. First, there is no, better -way to impress upon every man and his wife that this really is their country and their government. Most taxes are hidden in the retail prices of commodities we buy. We don't notice them. Nobody mentions how much cheaper each item would be if it weren't taxed. As a nation; we have thought of the financing of government as a loaves- and-fishes miracle. Nobody paid, we supposed, except a i;e\y rich and near rich. Therefore we felt—and many still feel-^-that economy in government is a fetish of Autocrats. -Why should we try -to buy ships, tanks and planes cheaply, just to relieve some millionaire of a little tax .burden? Let him pay. Suppose higher pay scales, with stiff overtime provisions, make war equipment cos.t moj:e? Isn't it merely trans- - f erring so ' m.uch from corporation stockholders, who, don't <need the -money., to workmen w|ho, ,do? ' • *• '*• ... . *V. Why worjcy because the ifefea] government ajpne pays- almost 1,7,00,000 employes, at the ra,t;e of more than a quarts p£ a Billion dp]]aa;,s a. rppntjh, exclusive of soldiers, sailors, \VP-4, • TMVA rrr i IN X A, \j.v/Vj. The answer comes when the New i Deal secretary of the treasury asks to have income taxes brought down to every biimarried -person whp earns §11.60 a week, ever.y family which receives S2^.20. a week. Second, and' this is what Secretary Mprgentiiau had in mind-, there is the "inflationary gap" estimated at some 20 billion dollars for next year \y,hich, if not absorbed, will cause'high prices in spite of .pur ceiling program. i * * * Most of this. 20 billipns, will corne fi;om increased war production. A sixth will be made available l?y the fact we caii not buy everything >ye \yant, for which we ha,ye, money. The best available studies indicate that our lp\ves.t income classes — the people whp never- have had money . enough to buy mpre than a subsistence : —the. §3QOO ..antf- under families—are ; going to find, when they go to the i stores, that they- will have t\yo billion dollars in 1942 they can''t spend.' The tax collector won't get much from these newcomers, but every -little will help to finance t)\e war, to make everybody tax cpnseiqus, and to reduce the margin of idle dollars available to promo.te inflation. Loose Talk We know a man—perhaps you do, too—who has begun, using his automobile quite freely of late. For a time after the sale of tires was prohibited and gasoline became scarcer, he kept the car in the garage most of the time. Now he has returned to normalcy. We asked him why. He said that judging from all the talk in Washington, his tires and possibly even his automobile would be confiscated soon. He proposes to get all the fun he can out of the car before he loses it. So by a lot of loose talk this man has been induced to wear out tires, use up gasoline, and generally to defeat the administration's desire to promote conservation. How Kids We wouldn't be nasty, for the world. Wo know a lot of school teachers, and they're fine folk. But we did go to schools for a lot of years. Therefore it is with. a. sneaking feeling of glee, in which 20 million youngsters will share, that \ye read how New York City's teachers must go to defense schools this summer, and must stay within 24 hours' travel distance of the city, in case of a war emergency. The teachers deserve vacations, and our head tells us it's a darn shame they have to go to school. But our heart is non-comlortist It says: "By next fall, they'll know how kids feel about this going-to-school business." Resolution , With Mother's Day gone and Father's yet to come, there is one intervening Day whjich ought to mean more this year than ever before. That is National Maritime Day, May 22. Just what to do about it is a problem. It would seem a bit inappropriate to send dainty boxes of bon bons or bou- .quets of flovyers to the men who cheerfully sa,il ; into submarine-infested areas. Could: we, perhaps, observe the day by resolving that we shall not grouch the next time some commodity is rationed in order that the lives of these sailors need: not be risked to gratify our liking for luxuries? • SO THEY SAY The .government will operate on the theory that voluntary compliance is the whole basis ot success for halting inflation, but it must not be forgotten that the price ceiling bill has teeth, in it.—Dr. John S. Sly, Office of Price Administration official. * * * At five to one we can lick them, and man to man we can run over them like a .steamroll- er.—Lieut. John D. Bulkelcy, torpedo boat hero, speaking of Japanese. . * *• *.. The longer the German people allow Hitler to lead them to destruction, the greater will be their responsibility for the daniage Hitler has heaped upon the world.—British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden. * • * * If to beat Hitler a few state laws and local ordinances have to be stretched, why, I say. stretch hell cut of them.—Gen. Brehon B. Som- crvell, Army supply chief, to state officials. I SIDE .GLANCES COPR. m2 BY NCA SCftVlCC, INC T, M. REG. U. S. PAT, OFF. f-ff "Our cook Id'l us after 18 years for a war job. The wife. does ail riitlil, kit I'm warning you her biscuits arc the, honeymoon brand 1" THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson IN O€L NORte C*£DWOOO GREW ASTRIDE ANOTHER THAT HAD FALLEN/ VET, THE TREE., AT LEAST WAS ENOUGH FOR. WHEN CUT UP A FEW YEARS AGO. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. U/CNISTOM CHUKCHCU- LIVES NEAR. 8ROOKINGS, vSOUTH DAKOTA, IS 7 VEARS OLD, AND 7/V^T OA^y /A/ /V/CT ANSWER: Australia is almost as large as continental U. S. NEXT: The lucky HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD ISY PAUL HARRISON N",EA Service Sliiff Corresnomlenl primarily in, making movies instead of bouncing off on strenuous, HOLLYWOOD. — Chances | IS)-day tours. Glamor stars and M , , ,. nro top comedians and famous singers that a more Unit dozen movie, cclo- brilie.s coiul have began calling up the Victory Committee, announcing that they'd like l.o go along. Final result was that the spe- y jcial train pulled out for the east Victory Committee invited ~onlv~ 10 \^ , - th ? ° Peni n S engagement in people to headline the monevnnk- W f ^ °» ^ 21 stars, and iniT trips to 13 mil or cilK \nd ! ' th Clght lea(1:ng ul g emies scrv even that number would Inv • i ing ns Ch ° rUS girls> Coi;ntin S mu- rnmtitiMori n->,. .-* ;.^ ,,;._(.siciiins juul th^ Directorial and gono on tour and raised n million dollnrs for the nyencicr; which iirovide emergency rdiei for Army and Navv families. In fact, the SERIAL STORY CARIBBEAN CRISIS BY EATON K. GOLDTHWAITE COP.V RIGHT. 19, NEA SERVICE. INC, Illustrated by Carol Johnson Bill Talcott had no difficulty in spotting the new man, Halsey, and he guessed the little fellow would be the company..auditor. But the other two, a mustached character and a slender blond girl in plum-colored slacks, ware entirely out of place. CHAPTER I TT was a little past noon when A the mailboat reached Abas Island and Bill Talcott, who had teen up since dawn, noticed with amazement the arrival of four visitor?. He had no difficulty in spotting the new man Halsey, a rangy, lantern-jawed individual in his forties, and he guessed that the skinny little fellow with the voluminous briefcase would be the company auditor. But the other two, a mustached character much the worse for the ride across Anegada Passage, and a slender blond girl in plum- colored slacks, were entirely out of place. It was only because the girl was so positive in ordering the transfer of her luggage that Bill Talcott decided she must be. a. relative of Halsey's who had come along to see him settled in his new home. ••< "I'm your successor," the rangy man admitted after he had gotten the dock under his feet. "Not surprised you didn't meet us in Saint Thomas. Had no idea it was such a long trip. This is Struthers, the auditor, and Mr. MacDoweU." The girl in the plum-colored slacks was fresh as a zephyr, as coolly unconcerned as a scudding cloud. "I'm June Paterson," she announced, wrinkling her pert nose. "Lowell.Byrd's cousin. He cabled that you were expecting to return to the Continent. I've been spending a month with friends in Charlotte Amalie and Lowell's afraid I'll go native. You're to look after me." "Wh-what?" Bill Talcott gasped "Aren't, you thrilled?" she murmured, lowering her lashes in exaggerated coquette. And then she swept away to organize the confused scampering of houseboys for luggage. * * * "DILL TALCOTT gaped, wracking his brain to recall Lowel Byrd's cousin. Could this be the kid he'd, danced with after the water polo meets at Cornell" . Dimly he remembered a lot o arms and legs all wrapped in - yards of green silk. It had been a dozen years since he had sharec a room with Lowell Byrd in en gineering school. Suddenly, be cause you don't go in for the socia niceties after'six years on a plac like Abas, he became conscious constituted the starriest , -.- and th^ rvpv iiinv-hnri -> f . • cxp ton i business staff, there eve, launched in rnterlainmcnllm-; in thc caravan< It - s What hnppeiifjcl instead was a viirpri^e even to Hollywood, where people are .supposed to bo engaged name show on earth. AT1DS EMPHASIS OUT OKR WAY thc biggest that he had neither shaved nor changed his clothes. "I suppose you received Winters' cable?" Halsey was saying. "I presume your accounts are in shape for the customary audit?" he new man's critical eye canned the rocky, barren con- our of the island. Already he /as fretting in the closeness of ie brassy, stifling heat; flaring his ostrils at the smell. "I'm all set/' Talcott said. We'll go up to the house for a rink. You'll be able to get in a wim before lunch it you like." Halsey hesitated- a half-smile, n his lips, and the sweating little uditor cut in. "Uhanks for the nvitation, Talcott," Struthers said' n a thin voice. "But if you don't nind, Halsey and I will get di- ectly to work. If you'll just show us to the office." Bill Talcott nodded in mild surprise. Such eagerness to buckle down didn't seem just right, not after a 1600-mile steamship ride opped off with a night and a morning on the jolting mailboat. Still, auditors were creatures of. labit more than whim, and itruthers seemed set on living up to his role. Shrugging, Talcott pointed to a cluster of galvanized Buildings on the ridge and, taking June Paterson and the wobbly MacDow.ell, in hand, he set off along the path to his bungalow. JL , frosted glasses appeared, luggage melted from sight, and Talcott relaxed with his guests on the terrace. From comfortable chairs they watched the rustling fronds of royal palms against .the trade-wind sky, eyed the antics of a tiny lizard perched on the swaying bough of a flamboyant tree. June Paterson fidgeted and her eyes, glinted hostilely. She sniffed. "From what Lowell told me I expected to find you living in a cave. So you're leaving all this to go in the army?" "I have to take up my commission," he said, and decided that she was horribly spoiled. He didn't think it necessary to tell her that "all this" included operation of a fertilizer plant. Her up- tilted nose must have told her that. He didn't tell her, either, that the population of Abas con- 9 sisted of tough blacks; that she was the first white woman who had set foot there in more than a year. The recovering MacDowell filled his mouth with ice and grunted, "Say, it's kinda nice here. This one o' the Virgin Islands?" Talcott smiled. "No. You're now in the Netherlands, or what's left of them. It's quite a job to keep track of the minor pawns in the strategy of international chess." "Holland! Gosh!" Talcott would have liked to ask him his connection with Halsey and Struthers; there hadn't been any MacDowells mentioned in the hectic correspondence with Old Man Winters. But he kept his peace. After six years of sameness a new face, ,even a closemouthed one, was welcome. June Paterson supplied the lack with an endless round of questions about the extraction of nitrates, and they were on a fresh round of drinks when Halsey came up the path. The new man's jaw was grim and his eyes were both puzzled and appraising. "Struthers wants to see you," Halsey said abruptly. "So soon?" Talcott flushed. "Aren't you fellows in a bit of a rush?" "I think you'd better go," Halsey said. Again his eyes held swift appraisal, mirroring perhaps . incredulous disappointment. Baffled, Talcott got to his feet. Turning to June Paterson he said, "I trust you will excuse me. The boy will get you anything you need." The ash-blond girl regarded him with a quizzical smile. "Trouble in paradise," she laughed. "Do we dress for dinner?" "If you wish," he said coldly. Whatever concern he held at the strangeness o£ Halsey's manner was stifled when he entered the office. In its hot interior, Struthers had surrounded himself with books. The auditor's coat was off and his wet shirt qlung to his skinny ribs. His eyes were enormous behind thick-lensed glasses, and he sniffed and said, "Talcott, you appear to be short in your accounts by $158,000. I suppose you've got some explanation?." (To Be Continued) J MOW NEVER tyllMD ~TH SARCASM.' IT'S JAMMED IN. THERE AND, I' " HAVEKTT QUIT- FOR THE DAY-I'M. JUST GETT1M' MV WIND, so PLEASE "KEEP OUT OF THIS/, By IIL Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople BUT I KNOW HOW WHENJ X STOP VOU PUT THINGS \ OFF, AMD I CAM'T STAMP I TH\S TILL ^OUR SUMMER J VACAT.1ON/ J. —^"^ - X D'.DNiT DREAM T BUILDING A ROBOT ENTAILED PR08LE-MG OF VpLUME AMD AS I RELISH SWISS CUtESe, MktfOR,COULD VOL) A BIT OF C AMEMBERT 1M TVAE IC&80% FOR OUR WORK PERIOD?— M0\^ LtT'6 COMPUTE THH O TKH ICEBOX, WOULD MAMO ATMOSPHERIC RGURH9 . 74.O /VMLLINAETERS OF 1.03 KlLOSRf\NV<=> PER SQU&Rt OR IOIO ; LIKES THE ICEBOX ATMOSPHERE mean much more in revenue." said a committee official, "since we were pretty well assured of capacity crowds under our original plan. But it will put extra emphasis on ,,.... , 'importance of the work of the •All tins turnout probably won't . Nnvy and Army relief organizatiosn. When the country sees a show of this size maybe it'll realize how great thc need is." More celebrities were anxious to go. he added, but it just wasn't possible to use. .any more talent. The sketches and songs and dances as now ararnged run two hours and 40 minutes without allowance for encores and applause. With ad-lib artists such as Bob Hope and Groucho Marx; with warblers such as Rise Stevens. Frances 6AS\6 OP ^j'Langford, Ray Middleton and Desi Arnaz introducing a bunch of brand-new songs; with Gary Grant. Spencer Tracy. Charles Boyer. I Claudette Colbert. Olivia de Havilland and Merle Oberon clowning Sin comedy skits—there's no telling 'how long the program will last. Eleanor Powell sS dancing will tie up the show for a while, and so will Joan Blondell's attempt at a strip tease. DIGNITY DERAILED As one who hung around watching the -show being put together. I can tell yo u *" !l ^t the spirit and effort were nkfi nothing ever ser.n in this region of temperament and pride and ease. They worked themselves to n frazzle and enjoyed it. They took direction 1 meekly. They served as mere stooges I in acts starr.ins other players. Dignity was kicked out the window as they practiced kidding themselves and Hollywood. Even before they left Hollywood, Frank McHugh was black and blue from the violence of a first-aid demonstration practiced on him by the normally charming and gentle Claudette Colbert. I don't know what the tour, but it she'll wear on quite a sight at a rehearsal when the actress in a too-tight skirt, planted a foot on his chest to tighten bandr ages or struggled to give him artificial respiration. The glamorous starlets of the chorus take plenty of ribbing, and dish it out for. themselves in their chanted introductory number. One v.erse says: "They took away our girdles, and silk stockings are taboo. "Nobody bought us mink this year the way HE used to do. "But we're gonta break the axis if we have to break it naked; "For VICTORY—we can take H!" English national forests are .equiped with stacks of fire brooms to help fire fighters combat blazes. Mackerel frequently attain a spejd of 70 to 85 miles and hour, according to calculation. PRESCRIPTIONS Freshest Stock Guaranteed Best Prices Kirby Drug Stores Read Courier News want ads. "Fine Imported and Domestic Liquors" Your Patronage Appreciated Russell Marr's Liquor Store 10G N. Broadway Phone 28G8 Next Door South Post Office SPRAY PAINTING E. SHEPHERD phone 2272 Blylhevillc FITTED BY Doctors J. L. and J. C GUARD OPTOMETRISTS IN BLYTHEVILLE SINCE 19S flPTICRL STORE 209 W. Main SI. Phone 2912

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