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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, June 1, 1942
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PAGE FOUR BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) .COURIER .NEWS MONDAY, JUNE l t 1942 THE BLYTHEVILLB COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher SAMUEL F. NORRIS, Editor Wm. R. WHTTEHEAD, Advertising Maoagwr Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer do., New York, Chicago, Da- ,trolt, Atluita, Memphis. _ Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday .Entered as second class matter at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press. "" = SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the pity of Blythevllle, 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. The Sea Otter The best information available indicates' that the Navy was justified in its coldness toward -the proposed Sea Otter type of emergescy cargo ship. This does not mean that such miniature carriers as were conceived by Commander Bryan and Warren Noble cannot be built and operated successfully. Probably they can. Nor is the reputedly high money cost of constructing and using such craft a matter of prime importance. Rather, judging from results, the apparently irremovable objections simmer down to these: Working day and night, Sundays and holidays, an efficient shipyard required 83 days to complete Sea Otter IT after deducting a full week for an unusual weather disturbance. Liberty Ships are being turned out regularly in from GO to 80 days. A Liberty Ship will car- r ry 10,000 tons, a Sea Otter 1000. A 10,000-ton Liberty Ship average cost is $1,500,000. The Sea Otter II cost about $500,000 before installing certain equipment which would have been required for completion. This §500 per cargo ton would have been less in mass production, but could hardly be. expected to come down to the $150-per-ton achieved on Liberty Ships. * * * The Sea Otter's automobile engines would use $4.20 worth of gasoline per cargo ton delivered in Europe. The Liberty Ship uses 48 cents worth of fuel per cargo ton on the same run. In order that the crew members might sleep and rest between tours of duty, the Sea Otter would -require a crew of 22 officers and sailors, or roughly one for every 50 tons of cargo Liberty Ships need . only one for every 200 tons of cargo, seamen—or even men capable l)f becoming such—are getting increasingly scarce, and we cannot afford to use four times the" crews actuality needed. These objections are fundamental. Materials, plant capacity and manpower are too valuable to be wasted. It would have been swell if it had worked. The idea of building hundreds of small, shallow draft ships at SI00 a cargo ton was enticing. They could have been turned out in yards not usable for the larger types. Swarms of 'them all over the seven seas would have made Germany's submarine task impossible. * * * There may yet be possibilities of reviving the general idea by revising details. A sum of $20,000 has been made available to the sponsors to redesign the Sea Otter. Meanwhile, let us concentrate upon the 10,000-ton carriers which we are producing efficiently, cutting down on .time so rapidly that already we are ahead of schedule. The Liberty Ship appears to be the current answer to Operations Bottleneck Number 'J, the shipping shortage. One Extreme to Another It never rains but it pours. While we were 1 up to our ears in war production and rationing to stop Hitler in Europe and Hirohiio in the Far Kaul, Nature opened her own spring oH'en.Hive on the home front. Tornadoes, cloudbursts, ice jams, Hoods and forest fires, plus a disastrous mine explosion, brought death and suffering in 18 slates from roust to coast. Seldom have so many domestic disasters come along at the same time. But fortunately Nature, like man, goes from one extreme to another. After J3ataan came the Coral Sea. After our home disasters we may hope for a period of calm in which lo give the wheels of democratic progress another quickening spin. Two Objections When you hear or read of I he "in- ieresL" expressed by high officials in new schemes to supply more gasoline for eastern civilian use, you will keep your perspective better if you remember two things: First, that the steel required for the Texas-to-New Jersey pipeline, which would be the most efficient relief agency, is enough to build 120 ships with which to transport and service troops. Second, that the more gasoline we have, the less rubber there will be soon thereafter—and we can't pipe rubber to the east from Texas, or vice versa. • SO THEY SAY The plain people know whnl. thry want, after the war. They want, to be vimied; they \v:mt a chance to work and be useful.—Mihr Perkins, executive, .secretary of Board of Economic War- faro. * * * , : ' ; The only time business men seem interested in elections is when th<^ President i.s running. —Fred VV. Evens, chairman of St. Louis city Republican committee, nf.tempti/ig to ye I. business lenders to run for office. * * * The only way to feed Europe is to get starvation out of Europe. That starvation is spelled H-i-t.-l-e-r.—Dr. Daniel A. Poling, president of World's Christian Endeavor Union. The bombing of Tokyo wns an ntJvnnco sample of \vhnt. nil the air crews trainim.', in the United Slates will be able to do.—Mnj. Gen. Robert Olds, rmy Air Corps. The Russian tactics are cnsling nn enormous amount of blood, but Russia lias more blood I him Germany.—Charles A. Wells, world traveler. A certain proportion of people will not work unless they have lo -ami tain's what, plays mischief with federal relief.—Elmer T. Peterson, Oklahoma writer. * * * Complete victory will not be won until there is full and mcrea-siny use of the world's resources to lift living standards from one end of this plunef to the oilier.— Milo Perkins, executive secretary of Board nf Economic Warfare. * * » We must not permit the .sabotage of democracy by potty political tyrants at home.—Gov. Charle.s Edison of New Jersev. ^_ La Cucaracha mm o ''' : ® ^ijf^lilWSlilrfttil.' I COPS. 1942 BY NEA SERVICE, INC. T. M. REG. U.'S. PAT. OFF. 6-1 was a great idea of yours to write to all the girls back at college who are taking domestic science I" K— THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson 1 OURINtr WAR TI/WES IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO FLY THE PLAG eluding Miss Rafferty, the test indicated she should be put under contract not as a singer or dancer, but as an actress. After a couple of bit - roles and a discouragingly cut part in "Two Yanks in Trinidad," she was farmed out to Universal for the feminine lead in a remake of "Broadway." Miss Blair, as she now was known, tuned out to be quite a lot better than the dated story. COPPED PRIZE The title role in "My Sister Eileen" obviously was the prize of the year for any young player, and the studio tested between an estimated 20 and an announced 80 aspirants here and in New York. When Miss Blair finally got the in- ide track, she worked so hard and ong in a succession of extra tests BARENTS HOLD CHILDREN DOWN WHILE THEY'RE GROWING UP/' ULV DALE MEYERS, €-1 NEXT: Arc humming birds poisonous? * HARRISON IN HOLLYWOOD RY PAUL HARRISON NIJA Service Stuff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD — The Misses Rr.salind Russell and Janet Blair :m: living in a Hollywood replica of n basement apartment in Greenwich Village, and as Miss Blair rxcl.ums hysterically in the script, it's like .sleeping in the street. Mat[cr of fact, it's worse than that, though funnier. Not only does the sidewalk run along the hot lom edge of their one barred and .sli;ule!t\s.s window so thai drunks ran leer in at them and kids can bang .sticks on (ho grai- Russell's relax on in a that when the announcement finally was made she just went; home and went to bed, "feeling sort of nurnb." By now, as heretofore indicated, Miss Blair has . recovered her bounce and is even having to restrain her exuberance. The expert competition, of Miss Russell keeps her watching her scenes and cues, but there's little danger that Miss Blair may lose much audience attention. In the pajamas she's wearing now. or the scan ties she'll be wearing most of it. tomorrow, she gets The "Mysterious Seventh," so called by members of the Seventh Marines, was 'bitterly disappointed when the regiment landed in Cuba instead of France in 1917. Rodin Sculpture Collected SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. (UP) — Fourteen outstanding pieces of sculpture by Rodin, ranked as one of France's greatest sculptors, have been gathered for a permanent resting place in the city's Legion of Honor Palace. x New Home Rim Incentive GARY, Ind. (UP)— Softballers of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel plants combine softbail with "Jap- will slapping" this summer. Each of the balls used in organized league play will bear the painted faces of Tojo, Hitler or Mussolini. Ice skates and roller skates used up about 12.000 tons of steel-enough to build the hulls of two heavy cruisers for the navy. SERIAL STORY CARIBBEAN BY EATON K. GOLDTHWAITE COPYRIGHT. 194ft, /NEA SERVICE INC. i^V ing aloud at Miss effectual efforts to understuffed day 'bed. The picture is "My Sister E leen" and it has been taken almos straight from the stage hit in Ne York. Columbia paid a quarte of a million dollars for the mov rights, which is qilite a bale of lettuce even in this business. ,10V IS HERS j Undoubtedly the happiest indi- • vicinal of all is Miss Blair, whose i real name is -Martha Rafferty and | who wa.s warbling with n band {only a year ago. Being a very my. bin swarms of visitors peer i choice dish in the matter of eye at the set from another direction ''. appeal, but having no dramatic and snir-ker at the embarrassments j training, she was regarded as just and tribulations of the two gals. Di- ; another ctitie when studio officials j rector Alexander Hall even spoil- ' gave her a screen test. |ed one of his own scenes by laugh- { To the surprise of everyone, in- By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople •* - *• •-•-• — ——.—_— — .... .,_ -.—. ...... « i ,ALVIM.' — IF HE'S GO RICH j VOL) BRIMG HIM OVER AMD V^LU G\vJE UlM OUR PATRIOTIC TREATMENT/ IP ME DON'T COMB CLEAN HE'LL. TUlMK OLD R\\)£R CNERFLOVJED/ LOOKING FOR TO BUY FROM 8iS OTTO, HOW /ABOUT WORCESTER. "DEPLA6TER ? — HE'S GOT M/XNN DIMES INl POCKETS BUY VJAfc STWPS BUY WAR STAMPS OR 616 OTTO WEST P01MTER.S BEH\MD YOU THRU THE ST, WHERE TW GOlKiG'S ROUGHEST KWEVN YOU WHEW TH 1 BEAMS WERE SCANTY AMD YOU TtGKTEYOED UP YOUte WITH MEM LIKE YOU 1M FREEDOMS BATTLE, H\TLERl HASM'T GOT A CHAMCE. 1 PREFERRED GEK1ERALS NOW THE PLOT THICKENS ^V CHAPTER XVI J are William Talcott?" "Yes." "You are the manager at Abas Island?" "I was. I have been relieved and am on my way back to New York." "But-you were in charge when the launch left the Island?" "Yes." "How long was Sebastien in your employ?" "Five years. He came to us from San Juan to operate the distillation apparatus. I made him foreman three years ago." "Did he have any enemies that you know about?" "No." "Can you tell us where he got that stab wound in his arm?" "Yes. The night before last a smuggler named Jackson attempted to land on Abas and we attempted to stop him." "Jackson!" The chief of police became apoplectic. "Is he mixed up in this?" "I don't know." The chief appraised the group with a sour eye. "Which of you is Miss Paterson?" She stepped forward. Smartly of the night at the Grand. Did you go there directly ^ after clearing customs?"'' ~~~ "~ • "Yes." . "Did you at any time during the night or this morning see any of J a c k s o n's crew in Charlotte Amalie?" "I can't say that I did. Tilings happened rather fast down there, you know. I doubt i.f I would recognize anyone outside of Jackson himself." "Would you say that Jackson lad sufficient desire to get even by vnifing this man?" "It would be possible, yes." The chief quelled an uprising In his liver. "We have every reason o believe that Jackson was here ast night. He left his calling card, 5 dozen natives smuggled in from Tortola. It is just possible also that he despatched a man to take care of the unfinished business of Abas Island. As I understand it, you ore all passengers on the "Slue Petrel. I see nothing to prevent your departure." So it was over. Jackson's name had done it. Guilty or not, his reputation was enough. If th*y ever catch him, Talcott thought grimly, they'll hang him to the Postolfice flagpole before they start their investigation. But it couldn't have been Jackson or any of his men who had changed; wasn't cocksure anj? more. He kept his thoughts silent behind a puzzled face, and onc» on board the Blue Petrel, disap-j peared in the throng of baskefcJ laden passengers. Talcott sought a lonely spot foirv ward, his mind filled with fat,' faithful Sebastien. The man had feared violence »nd death, had offended no knife-thrust one. had Yet a covert finished him while in sleep under the stars he loved. Why had he been killed? He recalled the words of th« quiet, gray-eyed man. Sinister, suggesting a web reaching out across the blockaded European Continent to envelop Abas ih its toils. Intrigue for the control of a tiny, smelly speck in Anegada Passage. Not for nitrates alone. Something bigger. Some enterW prise that could be carried on under the guise of American business. murdered Sebastien. If it was revenge they wanted, they would have taken it on him or Halsey. And a-fter unloading his freight, one to stick attired, she was, in a suit of gabardine, a flaring blue bonnet confining her ash blond hair. Coo and self-possessed, with not the slightest tremor betraying her emotion. "You were one of the guests on Abas Island and a passenger 01 the launch. You arrired at two j on Abas Island, o'clock this morning. After clear- June Person came to him as Jackson around. wasn't No. Of one thing only was Bill Talcott positive: the murder was directly connected with his frnmeup and the intrigue ing customs, where did you go?" "Miss Swenson and I went to the home of my friends near Estate Cantante." "Were you a witness to the attempted landing nf the self-styled *Captain Jackson' on Abas Island?" "Yes." ••Would you say that the results were successful?" "No. After one of the crew struck Mr. MacDowell, Mr. Halsey grabbed a pistol and forced theon to return to the schooner." • » • chit* scowled. "Mr. Halsey, I understand you and Professor ipent the rmainckr they were leaving. Her hand rested on his arm, and softly she said, "I'm sorry, Bill. You were very fond of him, weren't you?" He didn't answer. His eyes, hard and fathomless, were on Halsey. For he, despite his worldliness, was acting most strangely. Pulling away to walk by himself. Jumping at shadows. Scared, that was it. Did he know more than he wanted to, or was he beginning to have misgivings about his auditor friend Struthers? Whatever it was, the man was frightened to death. • • • *- rrALCOTT checked out at Hotel •*• 1829, refused one of the pfb- prieto^s famed planter's punchtt, and with MacDowell rode to West India wharf. MacDowell had a legitimate Right under the guns of the destroyers at Saint Thomas. Right under the nose ot Old Man Winters. Why had Sebastien been killed? Were the plotters prepared to remove everyone of authority so that their work could be carried on unhindered? It didn't make sense. Surely Struthers must know that as soon as Bill Talcott readied New York all hell would break loose. The frameup would dissolve in thin air. But was it so simple as that? Had Struthers purposely played up the obviout so that his true machination* would go undetected until too late? Halsey had the auditor's report Perhaps in that report Talcott would find what he was fighting. Those carefully worded page* must contain more than a charg* of shortage and payroll padding. For now sudden, violent death wa» in the cards; murder had becoma a part of the hand. Talcott's eyes turned from thi long concrete wharf. In five days he would be in New York. What awaited him there lie could not fathom. He'd been sure of himself when Struthers, he thought, was playing a lone dang«rou» game. Now— "Have you seen Halsey?" "Eh?" He turned, startled, to confront Professor Conslantine. So deep in thought had he been h« hadn't heard the odd little man's approach. "Oh, Halsey? Can\ S9y that I have." The FTofessor clutched tighter to a voluminous book and transferred a botUe of pills to hi* left hand. "I thought he was right bt- hind me. He complained of t headache so I secured this aspirin— Likable ehap, isn't |«T. Pure Nordic. Vfcry rtliabl*— I to hofe he doesn't ral» the boat*

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