The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 26, 1938 · Page 3
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SATURDAY,,FEBRUARY 26, J93S BLYTHEVII.LE (ARK.) COURIER NEW9 Picture Story of.War/Against Underground Five Workers Near Vic- ; lory In War Against 54- Ycar-Oltl-Fire lly SKA Servlie NEW STHAITSVIU.E. O.—The Iwitlu.ss undergroitiul fire which i has hi:tn eating ihc hunt out of i .ililc Ohio coal fitlds for !>J ; h is on the poini of b/-ii);.; lifcJU'd at ia.il. • A long, iivfl-ytar fight by a force of more than SCO WPA work- | er.s, most of them skilled miners, lias produced barriers thai will block the tire's rond to the r«- uialiiliig jli-h coal IHlil.s of i)»-i slate. H has enclosed Die fire in i an area ol 3ii square miles, where i It will burn itself out unless it is : first completely smothered. j Thus ihii world's 1 costliest mine! PAGE THRKB Britain's About Face Guis-i cs U. S. To Polish Up- Monroi- Doctrine ' lt^' nt)i)M:v Ciniilci Ni'ivx i; Httves nm-lop her hojjie, u-aler Beyond this barrier of stone and dirt is a Umnel. This was driven across am! through (lie coal Vein which' Is on lire. When the vein was completely cut and the coal removed, the tunnel'wn> refilled with dirt. The western spur ol the underground fire has readied this hairier at Pinmim-r Hill; hut cannot pass it. PEEW COUNTY ' HOCKiraTcOUNTT LOST RUN BA2BIEK in ihe cisieni, \ project ever attempted. JMUUIU, nor daily tusks as usual. Smoke from the threatening mln.c- •J-li/eittrnrd Oilier Fields ''«•'•" ' K plainly visible in the background. Eventually the Rushes and 'Hie umlenjrouhd blaze., whtrti ahcr families mii.sl vacnic their homes' began in 1884 w'n'n a mine \va.s| fired by. iSorknr:; during a IOUK: and bitter strike, has made n small inferno of Ui-3 New Straitsville neighborhood for year s. Smoke, (lame and venomous gases belched from crevices in the rocks, and roads and buildings sank a5 the coal seams 'beneath them were eaten nwav by ihe crawling five. Worse still, the coal seanw \vere directly connected with other valuable Ohio coal regions by 'lircT.t veins. Eventually it seemed certain that Ihr;. fire would travel these, underground veins. ['causing sliill greater losses in rc- aiGiis as far au'ay as the Hacking Valley. .Three private coal companies went broke trying to slop this blaze. In one effort a- creel; was diverted into nn abandoned tunnel. This merely cracked the hut rock, creating new fissures through which fresh air rushed, spurring the fire. So in 1034 the lire-fighting job was proposed as a worthy WPA task. ' • j N*> Lives Lost James R.'Cavanaugh, outstanding mine fire-fighter of the country, was placed in charge as chief engineer. Experienced coal-miners who were .unemployed were recruited for the project, and the dangerous work was begun. It was extra hazardous, because the workmen often canic upon abandoned tunnels with rotted and aged .limbers dating .back before the fire began 1 .54 years ago. ; . But despitCLtKfse., hazards, not a Me =»(»'»•' been -lost. 'One .•single llfo£*J&'»-' been lost. One fipremnn whovstood top close to n ty'jk slide lost a foot, but no oilier ftVive accidents have . occurred thus far> The WPA fire-fighters ran into two underground lakes 21 feet deep and two miles square, created by the seepage of water into the underground workings. They were drained off. Many relics of the miners who left behind their tools and personal possessions the day they went on strike, have been found. Cavannugli prizes a clay pipe they found, still as good as the (lay some miner dropped it on his way out of the shaft to which he was never to return. Kxpect Complete Success 'Hie Pliimmer Hill barrier, C40 feel long, is practically finished, and thus far it has completely withstood the seething fire which reached it shortly before comple lion. The Lost Run barrier, aver 1 aging 20iT feet deep, and a mile long, is half completed, and - the fcwnee Barrier of equal length ibont 30 per cent finished. By the time the fire reaches the latter two they will hove been finished. Cavanaugh's most recent reports on the work make Dr Carl Watson, state WPA administrator, confident that the work of arresting the fire v:ill be a complete success. The WPA tunneling has revealed coal deposits never known before, enough new coal to pay for the project cost, nndnvliich can be worked for several years before the fire reaches it. Other unscathed deposits of coal have been found, and five small mines cm- ploying about eight 'men each have been opened within the barricaded area. The present task has been limited to bottling up the fire so that it can not spread to adjoining fields. It would be possible. Cav- nnaugh believes, to smother the present fire by sealing up. cvcrj ^opening in the area. ^*> This would take three years vnore. but it would cost less than $1,000,000, Cavanauph estimates ahd would pay for itself 20 times over in the coal .saved. It woulc lake about 18 months to seal all the openings, and another It months for the fires to exhaiisi their remaining oxygen below ground and die out. Stacks of letters from all over the world have accumulated at WPA offices and In the U. S. Bur- fsu of Mines inquiring about the methods used, .for no mine fire has ever been so persistent and! destructive, and no such triumph-' ant battle against one has yet been waged. lu refilling the tunnel at Plummer Hill. jhaHs me bureil in ih" 8)-oiiml from the surface, and fine din i.s H'u.slml tlmvn llmnis'i the holes with water, ns shown above. Tim makes Mire ihnl u'll small crevices, even thaw unseen, are lilli'il willi . a solid dirt barrier, offering no channel for the (levmirini'. lire u> puss Huong:!. College Class Starts World Insect trading NEW ORLEANS tUP) — "Uug Swapping, Intcrnatlonnl," 'might foe Ihe title of n uroject carried on tit (he Miirgaret C. Hanson Touch- ers' College. It ulrenciy Involves nn exchange plan with Hungary, will extend to { Imlln ami some clny nmy be (mil-1 ing American insects for lho.se of many imlions. j Miss Hattic Lorio of Louisiana Stnte University stnrtecj things by a conversation with Duron L. Soly- mosz, Vns Magye, Hunsjnry. scvcnd months ago. The bnron .snlil lie, would like to ad<l specimens 'ofI. beetles from Louisiana to his col- |. lection. Miss Lorlo was confident j j, ttiat Prof. James M. McArihur's science class ut Teachers' College i here would 'welcome an exchange. | Two dozen neatly mcimlt^l cole- j optera were sent to Misses Merle I'occklcr and Mini' Grace Ltmgc by the baron. In exchange for thin 1 ' Louisiana specimens. The Hungar-1 ian beetles show little difference' in size, the science class teachers' said. The young women arc corresponding wilh n second beetle collector in India and plan to continue their bug swapping indefinitely. Golden Smiles Coal lies under all \hc 20-squarc-tnllc area shown on (he above imp. The fire has ueon burning for 54 years and has done about $5li.000.000 worth of damage. The wavy line indicates where fire lias burned along coal veiivs outcropping «t surface. The heavy lines iliow the three barrier.'; being biiill lo prevent spread of the fire underground to other fields. He Wants to Be in Pictures Clear Lake News Mr. and Mrs. Milfred Mllier en- rlalned ft number of friends \vttn dance Tuesday night. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Croft and ^mily, ot Qilchrlst, are new resi- <U')it.5 cf the community. Contractor Always First NRW ORLEANS (HP) — Edward __ Work can be lots of fun, too, Jack Mulhall, Jr., must be thinking above, as he tries out for the movies at the request of Director Andrew Stone. Ycund Mulhal], son of ,| le star 0 : silent films, was spotted as he guide* tourists around n Hollywood stiKjlo. The object ol his screen test affections is Cheryl Walker, queen of Pasadena' Tournament of Rosfs. L. Markel, contractor and builder, permit each year for 32 years He lias received the city's first,building has not missed, n year since 1906 'New Liberty News Rev. Howard King. W. D. Prince, Mrs. Eugene pilchard,.and Miss . Liicjlle Forulren have returned from ' Coiiway. where they ' attended n Baptist church conference. ' : Mrs. a; w. Meadows, of Ashport, is visiting her son, Hiram i Meadows ;nid lainily. , ' > t-'f, Eddie Simmons,-of 'Wilson!'Ivjist he guest of Mr. and iMrs.'i j. f' '' F|,person Sunday. William Ciena, son of Mr.-and Mrs. Hiram McDonald, is in at liis home. .> ' J. M. AycocJr aiirt son. Paul spent Tuesday in Memphis. lrn. Neely Koouce is ill from neasles at the liomc of his pnr- •»ls. Mi-, and Mrs. Ira Koonce Miss Dorothy McKay, of B»r- iielle, was the guest of Miss Iia- tel Lutes Tuesday night. Mrs. Ida Simmons, who has been the. guest of her sister. Mrs _F—Epperson, and family, re-' That's n $100,000 hug Mrs. Samuel ;M. yaiijSant, Jr., is giving her, grinnirig'i husband in the pic- Uir'el abpvdi'Van Sanl, $35-a- w'cck Bbslort clerk, holds $100,000 in his lialid—a check lor first prize in Old Gold Cigarette's nation-wide contest. I timed' lo her home In Wednesday. Wilson The latest army lighting plane has a liquid-cooled engine, enclosed cockpit, steerable tail wheel, air (laps, niul landing ijcar retractable into the winds. The sliip lias a speed above 300 miles an hour, null i.s powered with a .single 1 cngliif. WASllINd'K.lN. I'Vh. M.. Hello,; .niln Aiwrli-a! This Is ,sitii|«n u! .':. A, IjruudniMliiv. . . . The hnnd , "'ill im-.r piny "Youl-e u sweet- • h'':ul il 'ihcrr KVI.-I- Wuti One," I "I'n-i'ly to l.iiuk At." "liritin 11 On! Uiwn lu My II.MI.SC, || 0 i»'v," "Who's Afraid of (lie Hi K unil Wolf?" nnd ' "Ten pretty filrls." | 'Mint Is- to liny, the Monroe l>nc;- trlno is hi-ln;; nil polished up nnd UniOi' SHIM I.s tp'lHny n new hnlr- ' nt in hi 1 M-ts «ul "10 woo those brown-eyed bnbfcs below the Hto Cii'undi-, Any yoniiK (senUemtiH who lias irvcr caiirted u fuiniilt.' nnd, bo- lunii-d down. KOCS back to the uhl In- left behind him only to find Unit she suddenly Itns become, popular wlili Ihc oilier tjovs, will net the palm. !V;ir I'liincs Wrlcuinril Oitr Klale Department has had to Kivt; up the Idea <i^ nn understanding with Kiiijliinti* since Mtiulnnd suuciimbed lo the deslsres of Oer- innny, Knly nmi jnptm and we now turn almost nil our attention to Miss Latin America with the hope llml we can persusndo hoi' to rc- mnln cool lo thu blundlsh.smtmts of such fascist fellows as Mr. lllller anil Mr, Mussolini. Already, It. Is possible lo reiwrt miicii Bice In Ihe Slaic nepai'luiont ever ihc Latin American reaction the whirlwind visit of six army "Hying fortresses" to Iluenos ' Aires —with strategic stops at other cap- itals—ami Die reception of KOOSCK- velt's bid for Inter-American co- cpcrallon In a incsrngc to the new president of Argentina, Dr. Robert M. Ortln. 'i he "Hying fortvcsscs' 1 were diced comiler-propagnnda to Ihe spectacular flight, of young Hnino Mussolini to ulo <lc Janeiro "Couriers of democracy," -TROUBLE --MONEY SEND YOUR CLOTHES TO TUB LAUNDRY It's the easiest and most satisfactory tiling lo tlo. Our scientific methods mean thrtl your elotlios will be returned spotlessly- clean and perfectly finished. You save money he- cause professional laundering saves clothes! BLYTHEVILLE LAUNDRY "PHONE 327 line lunv.spnpers culled Hie six war planes, mntruiUng tliom vvltli "the planes cif Mussolini which bomb women ami cliildren." Knd ul I'ullrliiK Our diploinnUs are hopeful that llii.V ciiii (iir.scl Hit- ficririan-lliillnii • t'lilhirtil-piilUlciii.rcuiminlu Inva.sli.n I of .Sonlli Anieilni. They fed that thi.' "Kixid nclxituor" policy of Ilio i Himrvcll admlnlstrnlion luis led lo more frlfndly rcltillonx vlth i lie oilier American republics limn ever existed before, II Is now firmly established thru tills Kovninnicnl, In stressing ll.s iidhcriin™ in HIP Monroe doclifiu' liu.s tjlvcn up lus clulm 10 lh« priv- Ilise ot ]-.olli:emiin-lll'.c liUervenllon an:) welts only 1 0 protect otlmi 1 nallons ol tin: hemisphere In pre.s- •••VKtlfln «f ti'iidltlonnl Ideals ol deinoiTury nnd frecdiiin from for- il'.n Invu.liin. t'l'hi! laet Ihnl kiim Ami'ilcnii rounlrli'.s- mostly (in; HHV- i rni-d by delators of their own Is eiminmisMim. of course. Hut what ihls country wants lo he nmo of Is Unit thfy'ni not dominated by |.;n- ropi-iiii dlcjlalur.s.) Ilu:-c win l>i r iiuini' obvious slims of Oils aovomuii'iif.s di'tiinnliiwi effort lu cnillviilc butter pollllcul. cultural, and trmle relailoas with •Soiiili Amwli-ii. The Marlllme Commission'!! dc-*i c!«luti that (lie novernnienL .should buy nnd o|ierntc three steamships lor llic South Ariii'riean run. ns ln L l iiiiiioiuiced, wns Inspired by llic Stale nepartmenl, Itudln Wiiotni; 1 ; A uovernuieiit broadcnstlnj; stu-1 lien wluise function will be. to oilscl Ihe bnrrngc of Kuropenn [nsclsl radio propagnndn In South Aiuerl- cn Is an early Ilkelliiood, llcccnlly, nllliougli few nollccd II, tin- Federal Communications Commission took ncllon for Hie use of four tm- nsslKncd Soinh American short wave bands, u ullocnlcd two bands to llif General Electric Company nnd two lo Ihc Worldwide nroiKtcnsling CorporiHlon. n iion-iiTOlU, cdnca- llonnl group In noston, Tlic contract liars Advertising and, most significantly. Is practically rc- vcknblc on 24 hours' notice—wltlch weans, In effect, thm these bands are being reserved for possible' tisc by a government station directing its messages to South America. Senators McAdoo of California nnd Ulinvct, or New Mexico have liUvtxIiiccd ti bill for a government- owned Nladon wlileh would be operated by the navy nnd whose programs would lie supervised bv llw .seorelni-y of slnlc along ••snlrllunl Back From 'Grave' Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzgerald Cossoy t above, walked Into h White Plnms, N. V,, courtroom just 03 her liusband, Stephen D., was expressing sorrow over her "death." The judge who was hearing Cossey's plea for cm Enoch Ardcn dissolution of his marriage became suspicious of tlio man's assertions that lie had not heard from his wife for ,tc,n ycnra, An Investigator, assigned by the court, found Mrs. Cosscy, in New Jersey. Cossey was licld for Hie grand jury on n perjury charge, economic, etilUmil urn! political" lines. There's lots 'ot support for (his measure. i ' Two siwcles of. bnmW nrc native lo the United Stales. Tlicst! constitute the disappearing cnne- lirakes of the .sotitliern Males. cave Lady Luck at home She is a dangerous guide for your shopping tours, this fickle lady. Let her smile, and bargains may be yours. But let her frown—or even lose interest—ami you are likely to pay more than you should/or bring home disappointing merchandise. "'' " ./:'.';' ' Thrifty shoppers long ago left this unreliable lady in the lurch. They now plan their shopping tours aa carefully as a master navigator, plots, his. course. Their weather charts are news of sales and up-to-thc hour information on new merchandise and today's prices. Where do they get this money-saving information in advance? From a source at your own fingertips this very minute! \ Simply turn to the advertising- pages of this paper. Settle down in your favorite chair, and look. for the things you intend to buy on your next shopping trip. You'll be surprised at the number of them advertised. Compare descriptions, compare prices, and you win find out exactly where to get the things you want at your prices. So leave Lady Luck behind on your next shopping- trip. Follow an ad-charted course instead, and enjoy safer shopping, with more and better merchandise for your money.

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