The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 19, 1942 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 19, 1942
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/ PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.), COURIER NEWS THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher SAMUEL F. NORRIS, Editor Wm. R. WHTTEHEAD, Advertising Manager Sote National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co.. New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second class matter at the post- office' at Blytheville, Artensas, under act or Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press. .•••,. SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City of BlytheviUe, 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. TUESDAY, MAY 19, 1942" Anniversary of distress. Can you help? Don't be so modest. The Red Cross will need more workers than it ever can hope to obtain. "Down Under" .May 21 is the anniversary of that mild spring evening when a little group of men and women gathered in Clara Barton's house on Eye Street, Washington, and organized what now is the American Red Cross. Somehow it seems presumptuous to introduce the Red Cross to the American public. Its achievements in the field of applied mrecy, its contributions to the alleviation of suffering, in war and in peace, would seem to have publicized this magnificent organization "far above our poor power to add or detract." And yet, sometimes we t a k e for granted the benefactor who always stands ready with a helping hand. We forget that behind unstinted generosity lies the self-sacrifice of thousands whose glory it is to serve humanity. InXtime of peace we think of the Red Cross, most of us, on two occasions. One is when we make a little donation for the annual roll call. The other is wh'en some major disaster—earthquake, flood, famine, explosion—brings into swift play the efficient machinery •'"'/which has been "built up over the Gl years since Clara Barton started the movement in this country. ,.".,. . * » » "But today'we are reminded of the _ Red Cross dramatically by what it is : doing for our soldiers,-sailors and marines. The Red Cross is sending food and clothing to AYnericans : imprisoned in Italy and Germany, is checking prison ; camp conditions, is arrangingvfor mail to reach our boys captured *by the Japanese. •' "•Already some 600,000 sweaters, socks, mufflers, helmets, "sea boots, scarfs and other knitted articles have been shipped, to our fighting men. More than 7,000,000 garments have been sent for the relief of war victims. More than 30,000,000 surgical dressings have been made and sent to Europe, and more than 40,000,000 to our own Army and Navy hospitals. The Red Cross is operating 18 blood donation centers, seeking to collect 1,280,000 pints of blood for transfusions for the wounded. * * * It is estimated that of all the men who have passed through our army camps, one out of eight has received - assistance from'the Red Cross. • These are figures, accurate but neither cold nor hard. They are figures of mercy, made possible because millions have donated money and thousands have given of themselves, in work. This is not an appeal for money. The Red Cross has no financial drive on now. This is just a reminder of a very few of the things that the Red Cross, on its 61st birthday, is doing for the relief Gas Rationing Will Spread Gasoline rationing is not going to be confined permanently to the eastern seaboard, which thus far has be-on the only victim. In time, the restrictions will be spread pretty much throughout the country, except for those fortunate areas which have oil fields in their back yards. Indirectly, perhaps, this will be attributable to the effects of a dog-in- the-manger attitude on the purl of easterners—or, to be more accurate, on the part of some of their more vociferous spokesmen. Humanly, if not generously, many in the east, notably politicians, are asking loudly why motorists elsewhere should be permitted unlimited fuel while those of 17 states and the District of Columbia are drives to using shanks' mare. * * * They are not satisfied with the explanation that the gasoline shortage 1 is a matter of transportation—that it is their bad fortune to live where the; fuel has to be brought by methods which have proven inadequate under war conditions. They contend that by clever management it should be possible to reshuffle tank car, barge and pipeline facilities so as to divert some of the mid- west's and southwest's plentiful supplies to the suffering east. While these agitators exaggerate thcif* case, there is enough merit in their contention so that eventually such a shuffling will be attempted. This will not give the easterners unrestricted use of whatever tire mileage they still possess. It will, however, spread the sacrifice more evenly over the country. After all contemplated improvements have been made, the eastern seaboard still will be more than 850,000 barrels a day short of the minimum necessary for war and essential civilian use. I SIDE GLANCES J . . /•'• "'v^i. COPR. 1942 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REC. U. 6. PAT. OFF. "I've been after Henry to start a war garden, but he says if we raised our.own vegetables we wouldn't have any.tin cans to turn in for defense I" THIS CURIOUS WORLD LAUGHING KINGFISHER OF AUSTRALIA ' SERVES AS AN One of the methods by which it is proposed that the supply be spread is by diverting ^ank cars^from the long Tcxas-to-Atlantic run, and using them to bring gasoline from Chicago refineries. -This would reduce the amount available in the midwestcrn area, of course. However the problem is solved, one warning to the east and one promise to the west appear justified. By the time such relief becomes available, it will be of no particular use to eastern civilians for pleasure driving. The three gallons a week now allotted to them is coming, apparently, out of reserves. Any additions taken from other sections for use of the Atlantic seaboard will hardly be enough to increase this allowance. • SO THEY SAY _____^__^__^_^___^^^^___^,^^^^^^^^^^^^M^^MMMM^ Today in some countries, those in authority bent on replacing right by force trump up against Christians the same infringements of law that the Caesars of the first century pretended to have found in Peter and Paul.—Pope Pius XII. * * * Week after week the casualty lists will grow and it is upon the women that the Army must depend for stabilizing the shock.—Lieut. Col. Edward M. Kirby of War Department bureau of public relations. ABOUT AN HOUR. BEFORE SUNRISE THESE BIRDS- SET UP A DIN OF LAueHINe, WHOOPING AND SHOUTINe THAT EVEN THE SOUNDEST OF SLEEPERS CANNOT IGNORE. WOLVES OP NORTH AMERICA, UNLIKE- THE FEROCIOUS WOLVES OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, DO NOT ATTACK HUMANS. WHITNEY IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN CONTINENTAL. U.S. DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS" SECTOMD HIGHEST oom. Phyllis Ruth was just a jlond flash who spoke two lines. Since than, nothing lias happened. She gets her check every week, and spends part of it for vocal and dancing lessons. She keeps ner weight down to 100 pounds and goes to bed early so she'll be in condition when the studio calls. When the st'idio calls, it's always someone wanting her to donate to something, assist in a bond drive, entertain at an Army camp, or maybe post- for leg art. What makes her especially nervous is that .sh^ keeps on getting the most flattsring encouragement and yet never has a chance to earn her salary. Bob Hope, Eing Crosby, Eddie Bracken and others on the lot insist that the trim, round-eyed, wise little dish is tops as a comedienne. Executives hail her cordially, compliment her cooperative spirit, and then confess they haven't found any roles for her. HAPPENS OFTEN This might sound reassuring enough anywhi-re else in the world except Hollywood. All .studios are alike in their neglect of talent, but Miss Ruth must be aware of plenty of horrible examples just around her native Paramount. One is ' Virginia Dale, who languished ther? Tour years, recently won a lead in "Holiday Inn" and was good enough to dance with Fred Astaire. As a climax to this triumph, her con- tract was allowed to lapse. While many other youngsters have been hired and dropped without having a real chance to show their talent, fortunes have been squandered" on training- for- jeigners who can't even learn to speak English. Georges Rigaud and Isa Miranda, for instance, had to be replaced by other players after their pictures were started. They Lick Ihe Platters Clean STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Cal. (UP)—A new patriotic organization has been launched on the university .campus with the slogan, "Lick| your plates to lick the Axis." Members are pledged to clean their plates to the last crumb to save food, for winning th? war. SERIAL STORY ANSWER: Mount Massive, in Colorado. killed 21 million people in two ycurs? *• HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD BY PAUL HARRISON |was called to the front office of NKA Service Slaff Correspondent i Paramount, where executives in- IIOLLYWOOD—Movie aspirants ! timated that her work was .so good speak longingly of crashing Holly- ' wood as if a role or two represented ihe final step toward security and a career. But they can take the word of a little blond trick named Phyllis Ruth that staying in pic(uros is a lot harder ihnn starting in them. When she won a comedy rolr in "Caught in the Draft." and then in "Louisiana Purchase." Miss Ruth had a private dressing room, a stand-in and a lot of other Hatherini: altr.uions. In the midst of her work on the latter picture, she BY EATON CARIBBEAN CRISIS K. GOLDTHWAITE COPYRIGHT. 1 NEA 'SERVICE. around nil the (imp. She was of- aroun clnTr the time'. She \vn,s offered a contract. For the first time in three years of persistent effort —years of .sitting in ing offices and playiiiy bit roles and weathering disappointments—I Ruth sighed, signed and considered that her troubles \vcre over EARLY TO HE!) That was August. Presently, along with murmured apologies, .she was given n rather sm:ili role in "The Fleet's In." When the (.v came out of the cut tine OUT OUR WAY MOW DOMT AT ME LIKE THAT/ I'LL TAKE IT OFF THERE SOON AS WE TAUK IT OVER - VOU CAN COME TO MUCH BETTER OF A UNDERSTAND^ JUST SiTW DOWN TALK1N' THINGS OVER,IN CHAIRS- Y S1TT1M' IN CHAIRS/ By J. K. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople BKY-TER / OBSERVING VOO YOUR BACK E:ED PATCH PA^HS -I AM CONi6TROCTlNi6 A ROBOT T^A.^T WILL |\AAW£ SUCH TOIL CHILD'S PLfW/ BUT SONVE OF US ARc TO 6O THROUGH LIFE DCnMG> 60 NOW \T f 6 A ROBOT/V4E LHT MB KMOVvi \MHBVJ RNlSHED SO X CANl HAMOS \MiTH HIM/ IT'LL 61 A TREAT TO MBBT 60ME800V OM THAT OF THE FEJ^CE WITH A OM HIS SHOULDERS, , ,^ EttEN IF IT IS OMLV fel TIIR STOUT—UHI Tnloott Is ar- PUNfil of :i serious shortlist* iii his :ic(-<nm(M l»y :m :mdi<or vrho linn :u'fOni|):inicci hi.s s«:<:cfssor, llnlsey, \\lio is t:il;iti^r ovtrr innisii^rement of an Ann'ricjiii rlu'mir:il plant oti :i IJxitrh is l:i mi in the Caribbean, .limo I'littTsou, .1 cousin of Hill's <-;:II<'^:t: romnmiitp, :t»<l n rtdt'ofive, M:tci><mcll. also h:tv«- ni-rivi.-d with flalKoy. .Itinc :ui<l'y t:ikc a w:»!k in tin- i-vt-tiiiifc :iix.-tinst Hill's :nlv£f(>. Suddenly .Ituic strrs :i tix- itrr. Iji-Iiiiui JInlscy. :»tul screams. * * * MISUNDERSTOOD HERO CHAPTER V T EONARD HALSEY was not a small man. He had the rangy height of the squash and badminton courts; he was big-boned, long-muscled and trim. But before the native his stature was dwarfed. He was no coward; he stood his ground doggedly. But June Paterson saw with rising fear that the native was not looking at Halsey. The huge man stared with sullen arrogance. His pupils were tiny, glittering fires in a sea of yellowish whites. Bulging muscles rippled smoothly beneath the velvety skin of his shoulders; his tremendous arms hung straight down with great hands laxly open. Never in her life had she seen such hands, such leashed crushing power. She had no strength to turn, to run; as in a nightmare her limbs refused response to the agonized call of her nerves. She had no thought or opportunity to analyze Hulsey's reaction. Oiitfitle of one startled gasp, no sound had come from his rnouth. He stood transfixed, like a stubborn, obstructing post, and because he was in ihe way the native had to notice him. "Stand where you arc!" Hal- pey's voice was unnaturally thin "What is the meaning of this?' Tiic huge man inspected him gravely as though weighing his strength and counting his resist- cncc, A challenge he found there and imperceptibly his shouldei muscles tightened. The thud of bare feet sounded on the beach and Ihe bleat of the whistle shrilled with approaching volume as a iqunt. excited mar brushed past. Thrusting Halsey bodily aside he danced like an enraged, overweight bantam. "You. Tomas!" the barefoot one shouted. "Wot you doing, hey You know dis Baas Talcott's private beach! Want, him to masl down on you. hey? An' you, craz> fools back dcvc! Tink I don't se you back dorc, hoy? I. Sebastien sec you all right," and he began calling ihcm olV In- name. Strange sounding names that breathed o the sayagery of far-away landf Under his hammering they shifted uneasily, turning their glances t the massive ticiLul loader whon e had called Tomas. It's all a dream; it isn't real, she old herself. I shall awake soon o bright sunshine and flowers, he cloudless blue sky and the azy, sparkling sea. I don't sec his man. There couldn't be such man. It's preposterous, impos- ible. The shaky reassurance drained rom her. It was no dream. The lamp sea wind was at her back nd the island's stench was nau- ealingly in her face. Her first eaction began to pass and with hrobbing pulse life flowed back nto her limbs. One thought was uppermost; she must not act \fraid. If she fled now she would precipitate a crisis. Her movement would dispel" the slender margin held by Halsey and the rotesque little Sebastien. Aroused, these natives could overpower them as easily as children. And i£ she ran, where would run to? Abas was a tiny, sea- jound prison. # * * "ALL right, Tomas. Now that you've seen her, you may ay hello." Bill Talcott's calm voice was startling in its nearness. It came from her elbow although she ladn't heard his approach, hadn't seen his looming figure in the darkness. Suddenly the reaction of her fear washed her like battering surf, left her spent, wanting more than anything else in the world to cry. With the sound of that reassuring voice the madness of her dream faded. <c You've seen her," Talcott repeated in a quiet, normal tone. "Don't get much chance to see many ladies, do we?" All other figures on the beach misted to insignificance. Halsey and the bulbous Sebastien, even she herself became unimportant There remained only two strangely like kings of the worlds of day and night; Bill Talcott anc the huge native whose name was Tomas. Quite casually Talcott said "Miss Paterson, this is Tomas one of my best workers. I'm sure he'd appreciate it if you'd shake hands with him." Startled, she glanced from fear- dimmed eyes. Tomas' sullen arrogance was gone; with bewildering swiftness he had become a diffident, shy and rather fright cncd child. Awkward as a cal he stood, his great head inclined in embarrassment. Somehow she found strength Marched forward, held out he hand and said, "How do you do Tomas." Hesitantly his fingers touched hers; his muffled voice gave r«petition of her name. And thei e turned and ran away. The ther shadowy figures melted astily into the rocks. It was all so simple! Suddenly he was assailed by violent anger. 'here had been no danger. Bill 'alcott had arranged all this. He ad framed it so as to play the ero, to impress Halsey. A cheap rick arranged with his fat JiLUe oreman the moment she had lammed out of the house. put on quite a show for visitors, don't you?" she aid icily as they were returning ilong the beach. Bill Talcott made no response, but the bulbous little Sebastien urned square around. "Eh? Wot r ou say?" he gasped. "I said it was an interesting oxv. Thanks so much/' "A show? Madrc mia!" Halsey wasn't so sure. "I'll give ;u credit," he said in grudging ndmiration. "You handled those chaps beautifully. If it was some- .hing you cooked up, it was very convincing." "Cooked up!" Sebastien gasped again. Hi.s excited eyes sought 'Jill Talcott as if expecting a flood of protest. But the big boss made no defense. Slowly, as if tired, lie plodded along the path with hard fathomless eyes held straight ahead. The stones of the terrace were echoing to their feet when June Paterson suddenly felt very small and very mean. She had done Biil Talcott ;•» j';-ave injustice; liad falsely acciKTT, him after he had saved her. And he a man who had been her friend, a man already sore beset by troubles of his own. Quick hot tears welled to her eyes anil ?he moved blindly forward, putting a hand on his arm. "I'm terribly sorry," she whispered. "It was utterly rotten of me. Please forgive me." His head turned slowly. In his eyes there was no forgiveness, not even recognition. His eyes were dark, hard, and fathomless as stono. His face and entire body seemed without the power of expression: he moved as if. impelled against, his will by an inward mechanical device. Her tears would not stay down. In wild release they came, coursing u n a s h a m c d 1 y clown her cheeks. And through them she saw the sight awaiting them in the doorway. MacDowcll stood there, supporting himself against the jamb. An angry red welt glowed on his chin and a trickle of blood crept from the cover of his mustache. In his hand a snub- nosed pistol held unwavering, menacing bead on Bill Talcott* (To Be Continued)

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