The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1952 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

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TUISCAY, DEC. 23, 1952 Okiahotnan Plays Santa Claus To Tkousands of Convicts' Kids J^VTHEVTLLE (ARK.)' COTOffin NEWS .' MARIAN ROGERS NEA Special Correspondent OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (NEA) —Dan vinson runs a Christmas " »hopping service tor the strangest clientele in the world — murderers, thieves and dope peddlers—ond because of them he pays the'freight on a million gifts each year. The Oklahoma City contractor •hips carloads of lays and clothing to the children of convicts In both North and South America. Begin' nlng in December, one freight car after another rolls out of the Oklahoma City train yards, bulging with gifts for the "forgotten" children of men who broke society's* laws and were locked up. Vinson provides the freight cars, supervises the gigantic Job of making the toys and often pays personal visits to penitentiary death houses so thai a murderer who won't be around at Christinas time can get-in his ordev. He turns Oklahoma City Inside out, looking for scrap metal Hi?' cnn be turned into toy alrplr.'.es, automobiles and other mechanical' gadgets. He solicits gifts of cloth. Ing, discarded dolls, has-been tricycles nnd other dilapidated toys that are headed for the scrap heap. From his toy stockpile. Vinson gets enough playthings to fill the Christmas orders that pour in from nearly every penitentiary In the Western hemisphere. Last year lie sent a million presents to the children of convicts felons. This Christmas Vinson expects to surpass that mark. Making Christinas happier for such youngsters Is a crusade to Vinson. He's a bit gruff about the fate of the unlucky offspring of America's criminal population. "These kids don't deserve lo be cheated out of Christmas, he tells everyone. "They have committed no crime." Any prisoner in the Western hemisphere cnn get, on the mailing list by writing Vinson in Oklahoma City. Some of America's most vicious criminals have done so. Men who are serving life sentences for murder, bank robbery, sex crimes, sell- ingi dope and other crimes clamor for Vinson's unique personal shopping service. The toys go directly to the penitentiary inmates. They in turn mail the packages to their children with « ".Merry Christmas" from Dad. Vinson always has plenty of help with his Yiiletide shopping Hundreds of Oklahoma City residents join in. Volunteer workers from .civic clubs. Boy Scouts, business firms , and housewives work long hours re• pair!rig'old toys and making new ones. Vinson himself puts in 18 to 20 hours daily in the last hectic days. Nearly all the presents are made from material donated by businessmen and private citizens. Vinson never solicits money, when all the r~- Unlll he developed an asphalt concrete for roads. Vinson went broke two or three times. Now his 'contracting and royalties earn him an excellent Income, vinson puU several thousand dollars Into his program each year, spreading his name • nd fame afar. November and December are fantastically busy months for Vinson. His family almost never sees him. Employes at his company nearly forget what the man look* lilce because he spends the last two months directing the program. Running the biggest one-man Chrlstmaj deliv- ,»?ry service in the world is '» lull- tlme Job. . . . Dan Vinson . . . "The Kids don't deserve to be cheated. . scrap material Is gathered up, the volunteer helpers convert it into dolls, airplanes, cut-out books trinkets, scarves and hundreds of other items. The genJai oa-year-oia Vinson Is a natural in his role. He was once an "underprivileged" child himself. Hot Springs Sells Hospital Bonds HOT SPRINGS Ifp, — A $600.000 bond issue to buy a hospital was sold yesterday by Qnrland County' to the First National Banlc of Memphis and associates. The bonds will mature from Dec 1, 1953. to Dec. 1, 1972. The County, which wants to buy a hospital here and construct an extension to it, has pending a test case before the Arkansas Supreme Court to determine If a county may legally nbat a bond issue. Read Courier News cluRsified Ads English Walnuts Grow in California But Brazil Nuts Only in Brazil By STANFORD BEADSHAW RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil «)_ Your English walnuts probably come /i-om California nnd your Jordan almotids from the candy store — but those brazil mils are strictly from Brazil. The mils are gathered in January and February rteep in the slate of Amazonas, the heart of the Amazon region. The tree from which they come, a variety of chestnut, abounds (here. But e.vperls estimate that the lota.1 an » ual ""'Put conies from perhaps 100,000 trees, a fraction of (lie total number. These trees nre closest to the Innumerable water courses jn the region. The nuts grow in shells about the size 01 a coconmil, and each shell weighs from two to Compounds. They are called "ourlcos," if and contain 15 to 20 separate nuts The Indians who work In the harvest are therefore very careful about being under the trees during a wind. An ourlco dropping 75 or 100 Icct can easily smash a skull. As the mils fall, the native takes a heavy knife, called a lercado nnd cuts through the lough outer covering to free the Individual nuts. These nre trunsported to his nearby canoe. The canoes, In turn, gathor at collection points, where motor boats cnny the nuts on down to Ihe Amazon. There, ocean-going vessels that can travel 2,000 miles ' h » f{ v « ™«y talc, them on down to ihe port of Delem. Belcm, itself 60 miles from the sea, Is tho center of the Brazil nut Industry. Eight of the 15 shelling plants in the nation are lo- tatcd.ihore. m recent years, Iheso shelling plants have come to play a larger and larger pnrt In the exportation of the nuts. About half of the exports now leave completely shelled. This Is a hard process because of the Brazil nuts' resiliency. First the nuts are soaked for 24 hours in cold water. Then they are dipped suddenly, for two or three minutes n boiling water. The final step I* 1 lo rim them through a machln. much like a home bottle capper Pressure is applied and the meat Pops out, ready to be slacked in 65-pound boxes. Only 11,000 ton sot Brazil nuts have been exported this year — about a normal crop. Last year's 31,000 represented a bumper crop. The carburetor bowl of an »u(o- moblle should be removed every 5000 miles and cleaned of ill accumulated dlrl. * CHOCOLATES THE CANDY SHOP '/« Ibi., $2.00 lbt.,'$4.00 J Ibi., $8.00 At Trade Marl of At WorU 1 . Fteea Cmdial There's a magic to Christmas fliat cash • star-studded spelt into the hearts of young and .old alike! Its enchantment ij expressed in every hearty handshake , . . ;„ eve ry smiting face . . . and in every Christmas wish -- tik* ourt .. that says be gay . . . b« glad ... have fun! Yes, that's ow friendly greeting to you, each «nd tvery one! GUDE BROS. Wholesalt Meats T. M. BIcCAUL Owner CHRISTMAS J. D. PAULKNEJ Gen. Sale* Manager JOHN BURNETT Store Manager -d J >- CONNER TAYLOR Salesman With the arrival of Saint Nick and the Christmas. Season, our hearts swell up in gratitude for the friendship and patronage that YOU have given us during- the past year. We feel that it is appropriate to take'time out during this joyous Holiday Season to tell YOU of our appreciation for . every act of friendship and consideration. Each of us wish you the season's best and solicit your continued patronage. r ERCEL SKREN Retread Manager ORIHK THOMPSON Rctrc.nl Department WILLIE COWLKY Service Department McCAUL TIRE STORE « FRED WALPOLE f-* Relreoil Salesman jif 8» South Highwoy 61 Bl y ,h«ille, Ark. Phone 8662

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