The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 18, 1939 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 18, 1939
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PAGE EIGHT l^-i- •» - ••*&.*,*•* •-._ - _ '_ Stagehands'. . . Versus . , .Actors , BLYTHEVn,LE, (ARK.)', COURIER NEWS -• '•'<••* 1-4 a'i •..•., mif : , a -.'.*,* wf t ^.f.-, ,• ,-fn . , •-'.. ;•'.--. ••••:•< ..•.'-•.•.•.....,., Find Their Affairs Mixed With Theatrical World's Troubles BY PAUL HARRISON NEA Service Staff Corespondent HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 17. ~ If n movie projectionist In wnlla Walla, (Wash., stops his machine nnd be- |Blns picketing the theater, it mas jbe because the cuties In a skin show at tile New York World's Pair didn't get pnid for rehearsals. I If the fat lady with a carnival In Texas loses her Job, It may be because comedian. Prank Morgan of Hollywood hss quarreled with the boss of the stage hands In Atlantic City. If Greta Garbo wipes off her make-up nnd goes on strike, It may be beentise. Sophie Tucker, now playing In vaudeville, is still an speaking terms with William <Green of the A. P. of L. j Thus you get an Idea of the , complexity of plot and the oddly "mixed cast of characters In the biggest, bitterest raid most be-j wildering drama .in all entertainment history. '" FUTURE IN DOUBT Anything can hnppen before the fndeoul^anytliing from n love feast to n general strike of every lost crooner, fan dancer, screen star, acrobat, musician nnd stage headliner In the United States. Right now the most interesting action is going on behind tlie scenes. The labor battle is five-sided: • 1. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ivmils to grab Jurisdiction over the Screen Actors' Guild, the Theater's Actor.? Equity Association and performers everywhere else from circuses to television. It also demands n closed shop In Hollywood. 2. The movie and stage players do not want to be bossed by n union of technicians and laborers. They're already boiling mad be-' cause the American Federation of Actors, including some 10,000 of their cousins in the vaudeville,' carnival and night club fields, have been led by red-hot mama Sophie Tucker Into lire I. A T S E, 3. All of the above mentioned groups arc affiliates or branches ot the 'American Federation of Labor. But eagerly, wnlculng their intra-unlon fight Is the Federation's nrch-enemy, C. I. O. which lone has wanted a toe-hold in Hollywood. It now is giving financial support to Ihc new United Studio Technicians' Guild, and the • Natlonnl Ijilinr Relations Board hns nereed to a labov vole to decide U. S. T. G. or I. A. T. S. E. representation. 4. The nnmerous unnffillntert : guilds in Hollywood—brnin-crnfts- '; riifiri such ns writers, directors. press agents, readers—are scared Silly of alliances either with c.I.O. or A. P. of L., and they are determined to preserve' their autonomy for wlint It is worth. . 5. The producers, who ns business men must oppose the guilds shd unions, are In an embarrassing spot. So worried are they nboul nn invasion by c. I. O. that they nre hurrying to placate the I. A. T. S. E. \vlth n new working con-' tract. But such a move must offend the actors, who' will strike before accepting I. A. T. S. E. domination. ACTORS SPLIT AMONG SELVES Behind this lineup Is much hard feeling and quiet maneuvering. The actors are united against I. A. T. S. E. but they are split three wnys about how to oppose it. Some wnnt to fight it out within the lines now drawn; others argue for leaving the A. P. of L. nnd becoming independent, and the left-wingers, who nre numerous nnd prominent, want to move into the C. I, O. camp. With so many alternatives . . there is little likelihood of nn nct- or's strike. The movie players really don't care about the fate of vaudeville, night club nnd circus entertainers, whose A. F. A. charter wns rescinded, then reinstated by Greon, following charges of malpractice which involved the wages of World's Bilr showgirls. The Holly- woodsmen merely are alarmed because when George Browne, head of the Stagehands' Union, issued a new charter to Miss Tucker's group he also served notice that the I. A. T. S. E. Intended to extend control over everyone, in all the entertainment fields. If Browne means business he can call out the essential I. A. T. S. E. technicians and close every theater and studio in which unfriendly nctors arc workinu FILiHDOM SUSPECTS BLUFF But Hollywood thinks Browne is • bluffing. Observers suggest that he ;xpects only to tighten his grip on itic large and lucrative technical side of the film industry. It is predicted that If he gets "what he wants, his union will abandon Miss Tucker's organization and withdraw threats to control the Actors FRIDAY, 'AUGUST, 18, 1939 bargaining aclivillos. Blolf Is back at work now, but an investigation of the alleged payment Is still pending. Guild and Equity. There has been n good deal o grumbling within I. A. T. S. E ranks here about the autocratic and secret dealings between Browne and the producers. His Hollywoot lieutenant, William Bloff, resignei .last year when rebelling member charged that the aide acccptw $100,000 from n studio exccutlv while representing the union Dyess Personals Addresses Auxiliary Mrs. Hnrvoy Gray addressed the Girls' Auxllnry meeting Friday speaking on her trip to the Baptist Wcrld Alliance held recently in Atlanta, Gu. The regular program followed, conducted by the members. Those taking part were Evn Joy Dostcr, Chnrlenc Eubnnks, Jenn Kimbivugli, Lcjiminc Klmbfriigh, Ann Richmond nnd Elsie Tnrplcy! Miss Helen Shaw gave a scripture reading am! Miss Llnnlc Mne Carter led In prayer, Ednn Dale Cunningham was presented ns a new member. Visitors were Mrs. Gray and Bobby' nnmliill. * * * '.vefs "Neivcoincrs" With the opening of the Dyess hospital in July the stcrk has been busy Inking ndvanlnge of his 'opportunity to deliver bnblcs, A son was born July 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wnllrip. The bnby hns been named Lee Mien. On July 24. Mr. nnd Mrs. W. L. Hugeley became the parents of n daughter. Wllma Prances. . A sen was born Aug. 7 lo Mr. nnd Mrs. Clarence R, Nickols, who has been nntiiecl Robert Ifeimrd. Mrs, Nickols was formerly Miss Lottie Craig. A son was btm lo Mr. nnd Mrs. Clarence East. Aug. 10, ulio has been named Willlnm Elton. Mr. nnd Mrs. Lee Hlhnth have n new daughter, born Aug. 13, named Helen Jnncl, Mr. nnd Mrs. L. M. Keen have n son, born Monday, Aug. 14. The 'inby weighed seven nnd n hnlf loiuuls and wns named John Wil- urd. The Keen family arc nmcng he oldest In the c:lony, unvlng ome here from Bradley, in Lafny- tte county five years ngo. Their •omigest child Is eight years old. A sen wns born recently tj Rev. nd Mrs. Boyd \v. Johnston, The jnby hns been named William Scwcll. Tlie Rev. Mr. Johnston Is mstor of the Meth:dist church of Dyess nnd WhIHcn. Monday night. Aug. 14, n son wns born to Mr. nnd Mrs. Rny D. Johnton In the Trinity hesp'ital. Uttle ?ock. Mr. Johnstcn is mnimger of he Farm Division of the colony. Miss Blanche llcrrln cf Little Jock and her niece. Miss Doris fciTln cf Searcy, are visiting Miss Iclen Herrln, supervisor of nurses it Dyess ho.spitnl. Miss Eleanor Derrick of Joncs- >:ro, assistant supervisor cf library irojccls In Arcn 1. made nn ofllcinl 'isil to the Dyess Memorial Library Vcdncsclay. Mrs. E. J. Hatzcll and children ire spending this week In Mt. Verlon. Ark., with Mrs. llntell's par- Ills, Mr. anil Mrs. A. J. Trobaugli. Mrs. J. L. McPherscn left yesterday for her home in Hamburg nfter pending two weeks \vitii her daugh- er, Mrs, C. L. Cady. Mr. nnd Mrs. S. W. Anderson, of jnld Knob, have returned' to their lome alter hnving spent sonic time 'biting in the hcine of their son, "5. W. Andersen Jr.. nnd in the ionic of their daughter, Mrs. Har- 'ey Gray. Alfred A. Swnffer of Clarendon, \rk., Is visiting his son, E. M. Swaffer, and family. Mr. and Mrs. John Ackermnn re- urned to their home in Raymcnd- ville Tex., after spending a few days with Mrs. Ackcrman's brother, L. M, Keen, 'and family at Dys. Miss Helen Berlyue Holland hns recently returned to her home in Dyess after visiting «ith her aunt. Mrs. M. Spinks, mid In the A. O. Gossicn home In North little Reck. Mr. and Mrs. Wilda Styles nnd two children, of Blythcville. spent Thursday night nt Mr. nnd Mrs. Uty FcimelVs. Tlie Styles were en route to Jonestown, Miss., on then- vacation. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Barnes Autograph Collectors Do Not Regard Politicians, Screen Stars Highly BV GEORGE ROSS NEW YORK, Aug. 14.—More nnd more celebrities (ire being besieged for their signatures those days ns they lenvc such Manhattan nlglit- crles a.s La Congn and the Stork Club, so (allograph collecting must be on the upswing. I (isked Mtiry Benjamin nhont tills mid she said yes. Miss Benjamin, who Is virtually the dean of American autograph collectors nnd sellers, with officers on Madison Avenue, snid the depression had hit the autograph, market rather hard the last, few years but Hint trading was gelling rather brisk again. When I brought up the subject ot people standing around a res- timrnnt nnd stopping traffic hoping to get a look nt.Ann Sheridan or James Cngncy nnd possibly their signatures, Miss Benjamin just sniffed. It seems such signature collectors are the small fry of the autograph collecting brotherhood nnd Hint the prestige, as well as the money, doesn't particularly lie In this direction; It lies in the llternry nnd historical Jicld. C'OIWTKV TEEMS WITH COLLECTORS Collectors, renl collectors, don't. just buy signatures—they buy signatures on letters and documents of historical value. Tims, n type - , written letter done by a secretary ' ami signed by President Roosevelt Is worth about $5.00 but one writ- ' leu by the President himself brines I $15.00 to $20.00. No one knows how many autograph collectors there are in this country, but a conservative estimate would be 50,000 with a coupls of million tucked on to allow for the small fry. At the top of tlie Chlrogrnpliy market, Miss Benjamin says, Wll- linm Shnpcspenre is "tops." He left only two or fhree signatures, mid these belong lo museums and libraries. So If an authentic Sliapc- spenrc should appear on the mnr- ket today bidding would probably start from $1,000,000. But Shakespeare is an exception for almost any other signature falls within the modest pocket range. I'OMTICrANS NOT REGARDED HKJltl.Y The most widely sought after signature In this country is George Washington's, whose Autograph Letter Signed brings from $50 up. Next most popular Is Lincoln, whose letters bring nn average price of $15, with a corresponding upward jump if the letter has a renl historical value. The most valuable . American signatures arc those of two nicii whom the average citizen lias never heard of—Thomas Lynch, Jr., and Button Gwlnnclt, both signers of the Declaration of Independence. Lynch 'died young, leaving only one full signed letter, now the property ot the New York Public Library and worth about $100,000. Just his signature alone brings $1,000. And not far behind is Button ICwinnctt whose few. letters command $500. Cheapest of all autographs in (he historical field are politicians'. They write too many letters ari'.l never sny much when (hey do. The average 0. S. Cabinet member might bring $1.00. President's are In a separate class but even at that one can get a complete set of Presidential letters from MiVs Benjamin for $1,000—from \Viisli- Ington to nooscvelt. after, having spent n week here as the guests of Mr. nnd Mrs. S. W. Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fennell and daughter. Hoyltne. accompanied by Sam Richards, spent Sunday with Relatives In Halls, Tcnn. Henry Owen, of Uttle Rock and Newport, principal of the Dyess high school, hns arrived to assume hk duties prior to the opening of school. Miss Demarls Graham Is spending the week with relatives nnd friends in Forrest City. Mrs. Gecrge E. Cherry and daughter, Mnrgarel, and son, Jimmy me spending their vacation In Little Rock mil) England with relatives nnd friends. Mr. nnd Mrs. G. B, Moore nnd Mr. nnd Mrs. Earnic Kolt and daughter, of Harrison, have been visiting in the licme cf the Rev. and Mrs. Boyd w. Johnson. Mr. nnd Mrs. Moore arc the parents nnd Miss Eofl, the sister of Mrs. Johnson. Miss G. May Itnlfncre, district j licine supervisor of P. S. A. tn northeast Arkansas, spent the weekend with Mrs. Ruth Graham, home economist for the cclony. Mrs. Tom Pardew and son, Charles, of Ncttlelcn. nre guests of Mrs, Sam W. Anderson. Mrs. J. T. Franklin, cf Helena, is visiting in the homes of her | sister, Mrs. Harvey Gray, nnd brother, Sam W. Anderson. Mrs. J. R. Culberson nnd daughter, Janice, of Van Alstjiie, Tex., arc visiting In the home of Mrs. Culberson's daughter Mrs. T. V. Conner. Roscoe Chltwood, of Blytlievllle, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. ChlUvood. Demonstration Club News Notes Mrs. Jack Cox was hostess io Hie Bryant Home Demonstration Club Tuesday when ten members niul llirec visitors were present. The roll call was answered by each member telling how many quarts of fruits and vegetables she had canned. The report totaled 227 quarts. The devotional was led by the president from the 5th chapter of Matthew after which Mrs. Myrtle Hollis read a poem. Delegates to the studio cousli demonstration at Blythevillo Woman's club Sept. 1 and 2 will be Ihe president and the home Indus- lite chairman. The next meeting will be In the home of Mrs. Clyde Cook Tuesday, Sept. 19. "'•.'. The Hawker Hurricane fighting plane, one of England's newest, hns a maximum speed of 340 miles per hour. Read Courier News want am. Springs, are visiting In the Franks hcnie at Community Center. Miss Toinmlc Lou Pnrdew and —PRESCRIPTIONS Safe - - Accurate Your Prescription Druggist Fowler Drug Co. Main & First Phone 141 BUY NOW : PAY THIS FALL! FIRES, TURES, RADIOS, PARTS, REPAIRS, BODY & FBNDER WORK, AND TAINTING. All On Fall Time NO DOWN PAYMENT BUY NOW-PAY ONE PAYMENT THIS FALL TOM UTTLE CHEVROLET CO. Phone 63J . Atwajs Open and plenty of them if you attend Mead's STORE-WIDE SALE Make way for new Kail clolhinp, furnishings, hats and shoes! Thai's Ihc idea (hat's uppermost in our minils (oday for this is a style store where nothing is carried over from one season (o anollier. The balance of our summer stocks must he cleared out and cleared out at once. So join in this bargain oxlravasan'/a w hi| 0 we have ample selections. Such bargains can't fust long at such low prices TAKE YOUR CHOICE of a great group of cool-crisp-two-piece TROPICAL WORSTEDS in a final reduction to Tailored by Mansfield and HART SCHAFFNER & MARX Here is your opportunity to choose a new tropical worsted to wear for the balance of the summer and for the .03 days of summer in 19-10! A seleclion of your tropical now will pay handsome dividends in cool, refreshing, comfort and a well-pressed appearance Pastel (ones for week-ends and sportswear . . . darker (ones for business wear ... in a variety of single and double breasted models. Your choice at only §10.50! Special group of liulies' SWIM SUITS Were to $(5.95 >50 Entire stock of S3 SPORT SHOES reduced to $3 95 Special group of men's SWIM TRUNKS Were to §2.95 Special group Si TIES reduced to 50c Special group of SPORT SHOES Were $3.50 $J95 Entire slock of wnsh SLACKS reduced to $ 1 95 - .r Plus an advance fall sale of brand new Mansfield worsted We've just received a marvelous collection ct brand new Mansfield worsted suits which s,o on sale for (he balance of August at the interesting price of only ?2n. Everyone represents a guaranteed saving of $.1.50 to S10! A §5 deposit irill hold your suit until you're ready for if. All (he new rich color tones of Mallard Green, the r, e w Off-Wacks, Woodbark Browns, Ensign. Blues. Single and double brcasteds for everyone, \ As usual the best values are a/ways at M S 315- -MAIN- -318

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