The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 19, 1939 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 19, 1939
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1339 Fake "Movie ' T a 1 e n t" Scout, Girl-Luring Racket Is Scored Woman Prefers Bakery Sales Route To Job Behind Counter ,A Service Staff Correspondent -HOLLYWOOD, Aug J4.—The kidnaping of 'two Florida high school .girls .and the miirder of one of: them, by a man who -posed as •ft movie talent scout, Is only a particularly shocking Incident in a rather common racket. Talent executives of the Holly- Wood studios know lhat all over the continent impostors are prey- Ing on movie-struck young women —usually for money, but sometimes for lust or white slavery. "We know it," said one casting director, "by the slacks of inquiries drat come to our desks and from the stories told by our own traveling scouts. "And the worst of It is that only a reasonable amount of caution would stop movie-racket swindles ana crimes like that Florida case. But people are so dazzled by (he word 'Hollywood,' that they don't stop to check up." HOW TO DETECT A PAKE This reporter asked the talent department heads lo explain what . precautions should be taken in dealing with men who claim to represent studios. And Irving Ku- niln, at Warner Brothers, laid down the simplest rule: "If a 'talent scout' asks for ani thing—anything at all — he's phony. If he asks a girl for 'date, or tells her she must pay deposit on a screen test or he transportation to Hollywood, or he suggests that she have som iportraits made by a specific pho tographer—then she should ca the police. "A representative of a legiti mate studio sometimes, thoug rarely, may stop a likely-lookin youngster on the street or intro diice himself to a stranger' in night club. He always has creden tials, but a printed card shouldn be enough. We have seen dozer, of fake cards. A real talent scou will Identify himself with a drlv er's license, studio pass, and let ters. He will ask Die prospect t call for an interview at the loca film -exchange or theater office. "Under no circumstances will li ever ask for the payment of penny—for anything. He may as if the prospect has any photo graphs, that he or she would Hk to sehd ! 'to?.ffi'e" studio,' but'he "wi not suggest a place to have th pictures made. "The photograph stunt is til cheapest and commonest racket o the rakers. They'll send a sucke to some pal to huve pictures take and then will get a rakeoff on th outrageous prices charged." ' * * * SCREEN TEST SALES A bigger racket, explained Stev en Trilling, casting director, is in selling of "screen tests." Usiinll the shyster takes as big a depos it as he can get and vanishes Sometimes he produces a photog rapher with a movie camera. "But no matter what claims i . made," said Trilling, "the fact is that none of these tests ever are seen by us in Hollywood. Remem ber this: The only places where real screen tests are made are here and in New York. And the studios don't sell tests—not to anybody or for any amount of money "I've had hundreds of letters from people—especially ambitious mothers of potential Shirley Temples—complaining that they've paid 'Mi-. so-and-So, who represents your studio,' for tests, 01 transportation here, or something and that they haven't heard from him since. I always have to tel them, of course, that we never heard of Mr. So-and-So. "One of the most vicious grafts Is. when a fast-talking guy takes down his hair and says, "Now you're an' intelligent person am you know that nobody ever gets something for nothing. Must realize that the only way into Hollywood is by the old pay-off. I've gotta split with the casting director, so if you'll give me $200 I can absolutely guarantee your 'marvelous little daughter a contract.'" Jimmy Moore is one of RKO's prospectors for new faces, and lie handles the "Gateway to Hollywood" talent searches. Recently, after arranging auditions In Ok lahoma City and leaving for another regional center, he learned that an impostor using his name had called several girls and asked for interviews. °" e 0[ these girls was giver SIO to go to a nearby small town, where the man who called himself Moore would meet her antl take her on to Hollywood. Luckily, the S to ' dlher mother, who told police. But the man wasn't caught. SOME GTRLS ARE CAREFUL Twice in his scouting experience, which began at Paramount, Moore has stopped girls on the street, Introduced himself and suggested an Interview. Both times he was told curtly to be on his way. One of the girls later read In a newspaper that he was in town and telephoned him, apologizing that she hadn't believed his approach possibly could be on the the" oflf woman'ovef "T ^^ '"* ^^ ( * Wk ' '* Mi ° Ve(1 l ° bakery route. "° " ' rtertta? can can Chalk up a score for anothei her n woman who had the strength and courage lo invade a man's world Chalk up a score for Mrs. Sallie Fischel, a motherly woman of 29 who rolled up her sleeves and tackled a job that many men have found too hard . . . that of pilot- Ing a heavy bakery truck every day on a 218-mile route. Two months ago, she was work- Ing behind the sales counter in the Blythcvlllc Bakery where her husband, John Fischel, is bread foreman. But she was not satisfied working inside the shop all day She wanted to get out in the fresh air and sunshine, like the men who drove Ihe bakery trucks She secretly envied them as they came in each day to check up. She wanted the comparative freedom of outdoor work. Too, she wanted to make more money than a woman usually commands in a conventional job. After working several months in the sales department. Mrs Fischel decided 1 'to ask Mrs. Lula sellers owner of the bakery, for a route] "Maybe it was because a woman asked another woman for a job but anyway I got it," Mrs. Fischel' explained. Of course, the work has its disadvantages. It means being up at 3:30 o'clock in the niorniii^ -and scmetimes not getting back to Bly- Iheville until 8 o'clock at night. It means driving a heavy truck over all sorts of roads, stopping at stores along the long route where the art of salesmanship is combined with that of collector and distributor, it means punctured tires far away from service stations. The first month Mrs Fischel had the route she counted ten punctures and two blow-outs, several of which she had to repair The physical labor is pretty heavy, especially for a woman, but she asfo no special favors of the men who work with her. she loads scout by calling a local newspaper' Moore said. "If Hie drama editor doesn't know already he'll find out mighty quick." One of the reasons an accredited talent scout can be depended upon for .meticulously proper conduct, Moore explained, is that he must protect himself as well as the dignity of his studio A representative of a movie company always will insist upon lalkmg with a parent if there is !he slightest doubt that a prospective player is a minor. He never will interview a prospect in a lotcl room, whatever her age, unless responsible third parties are present. — ^— — - — — — ___ Pemiscot Allotment Of School Funds Up CARUTHERSVILLB, Mo., Aug. 20.— Harold S. Jones, Pcml5col County schools superintendent, announced yesterday that the annual August apportionment of state school funds to schools of this county would be slightly larger than the sum received n year ago. The total this year will be ap- Jrcximately $130,986, which Is about $12,000 more than received last year. The August apportionment will be approximately 33 per cent of the total for the full school year, which is set at $344,700. The second and larger allotment will be made next March 15. of he $130,986 allotted to Pemiscot Bounty schools this month, npprox- matcly $14,000 will be received by Caruthersvlllc schools, Supt. Jones stated. Pemiscpt's Births Outnumber Deaths CARUTHERSVII,LE, Mo., Aug. at 5: the f higln fresh To and same the o coiniT horts. Lepai Wilso ora, \ these custoi rolls, ducts. Dur Fisch bread On s that loadec which en h She route who 5 ably \ men partic impro mana She the b ten ye in 'He thevll band Mrs didn't the ti she li so m she \\ shop, biggcs she a she de tell h ng". 12; M seven, cff j}j' July e four. deaths record Of I girls a • *< L. J chance Roark, ground der is Kent D LON appear eters. It Is exclusl ly's p white blue b great brewin Lesli keeper "Hoppe of the He the fa first til Club b tie for Appr lalf m ivellhc try. — H her own truck and Is ready to leave at 5:30 o'clock every morning as the fleet of trucks roll out on the highway bearing (heir loads of *-esh wares. To compensate lor the hard work nd long hours, she receives the same money as the men who take the other routes, having a straight commission job like her male cohorts. Her route goes south through Lepanlo, Marked Tree, Tyronza, Wilson, Victoria, Osceola nnd Luxora, with scores of stops between these towns where she supplies her customers with freshly baked bread, *""" s, Pics and other pro- „ an average week, Mrs. Fischcl sells about 4000 loaves of bread in addition to her other items On Saturdays her load is so heavy that she is forced to send another loaded truck-on ahead of her, from which she supplements the stock en her own truck during the day. She is making a success of. the route, according. to her employer; who says her sales compare favorably with those of the experienced men on other routes. In fact, this particular route has shown much nt under Mrs. Fischels She has"a thorough knowledge o the bakery business, gained durin ten years employment in a bakerj in 'Helena, before coming to Bly theville a year ago when her hus band accepted his job here. Mrs. Fischel says her husbam didn't like the idea of her driving the truck at first, but now, sine! she likes the work so -well and 1 so much happier outdoors thar she was when working inside th shop, he, is getting reconciled to it Per Mrs. Fischel, one of tin biggest drawbacks Ls the fact tha she arises so early in the morniiij, she doesn't even have a chance to iell her four children "good morn- ng". They are, Frank James, age 12; Mary Louise, eight; Sally Jean and Nora Marie, two. Try To Syslematize Roads To Give China Victory Chance By NfiA Strvli* CHICAGO— T)ic wmerlcnu thick man who built one old two-cyllu. tier, hard-tire 'truck Into a 'fleet of 2500 streamlined lilglm-nj' crulscvs is going tp China' to systematize lie road transport system on which hangs China's only clmnce of winning the Japanese war He is Joliu Lewis Koeshln, president of tlio Keeshln Tranv continental Motor Freight. IJnes the development of which turned trucking Into big business. Already his assistant, Mum ice Shea- Imn, vice president nnd treasurer of Keeshln Freight Lines Inc n subsidiary, is on his way to Clihm to begin the huge task. Kccshln himself will follow later. The Job of creating a smooth- worklng motor transport system for Clitiia, while vastly more difficult tlian 11 was for the United Stntes, Is somewhat, similar. Ami Keeshln's experience In creating the first American ti-anseonlln- eiitnl system should be of the utmost service In solving the Chinese transport problem PRODUCT OF HOUGH AND TUMBLE ERA •Kceshln knows what It Is to build. His first delivery job was driving a horse nnd wagon for Ills father's Chicago im>nt markets. Kcesliln was soon drawn to trucking, nnd i, e hauled produce to the tough South Water' Street Market by night, nt a time nnrl place when the jimn with the hardest and quickest flsls WM the man who got his truck up to the loading dock. His first long-haul job is said have been with n load of wi grapes to Jollet— 0 miles— In chain-drive job with can-inge-lami for headlights anil no wlndshle to fend olf the winter gnle Kceshtn rose the liaicl wnv second truck, a third . . . a tie more business here a lilt Chinese Look To. Them ^ • ,, . vl »n-n, muvur LI.!- Cumrdlti believes lhat ths greater part ot the New 'Deal's social EC curlty program-old age pension^ ami unemployment Insurance—is accepted by everyone, still in controversy, he remarks, ore the wage-hour li\w and the Wagner act. The wage-hour law he considers fundamentally xoimd but in juvd of a counlry-wldc educational campaign ns to Us btnellts—and. also, of stricter enforcement He suspects that the Wagner act Is Mill causing discussion :prlnclpally because a u still so new. Beyond hese things there is'tlre problem of 'surpluses. "Surplus," says the -mayor, "is just a word. It W RS trtic In the nays of the old economy "but Jt Is not (rue now. 'Surplus' today, means tlmt amount of our production over and above all the normal needs of the people, rather than tile amount which Is over t\m\ iliove their present purchasing lower. If nil of our children were inoiierly clud nnd fed, tor Instance Il'd cut a pretty big hole In our surpluses." KNIMN'O THE HUMAN SURPLUS As things stand now, we have n surplus of manpower. And Mayor ,«Guardla wonders If It might lot, be wise, Instead of keening his surplus on relief, to send it nto (ho factories to produce ix iiife volume of goods for export— cost Ifnece'ssary-fo Central and Sositli Ameifca. suppose, },e Mys , that we produced, in that way, goods still and took a jo on the deal. It would cost us 'inuch less than it s an would have cost to keep that labor on rellef-and it would hare been a step toward cohesion and unity m the new work. He admits, with " m ' n 1 ? 1 '! D ml 8>il--)iave trouble selling this Idea to Secretary of State Hull. . / . Rcgardlesi of; the : adjustments tlmt may still be necessary, Mayor ' ,LaGuai-dla thinks that the fundamental :objectlves '.of the New Deal (ire 'so 'firmly •.established that "no .candidate 'would Ante to slate that lie'd change them or, if' elected .ji-ould dn're to .-go ahead and change them." Swimmer Seizes Flounder MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. (UP)Herc's another one ot those fish stories, c. !I. Goldmlth, while swimming In the surf, felt a fish brush his leg. He grabbed quickly nnd brought in a two-pound flounder. TERMINIX TERMINATES TERMITES BRUCE-MEMPHIS To help China build n more efficient (,-nnsnori system on which Uial country's only chance to win (he Japanese war deneiids, Maurice Sheahan, left, Is on his way to China via clipper, und John L Kce- ' - more there Every dime . tt f our0l true taken in, outside , e bare living for himself, going Int new equipment. By 1S20 he hn 30 r " CkS: by 1025 ' he ll " cl 60; b Alter that ne was one of II potent figures in the early stage of a rising buslncs; By 193, ha). . births during the month of July outnumbered the deaths by four. There were 27 births and 23 deaths in the county, reported and recorded by the office. Of Ihe number of births, IB were COURTS J. Roark has filed suit in chancery court against Essie Kate Roark, asking a divorce on the ground of desertion. E. E. Alexander is attorney for the plaintiff. Kent County Cricketers Design "Old Beer Tie" LONDON (UP)-A new tie has appeared among Kent county crick- "*.crs. It Is the tie of the "Hoppers," an exclusive club formed by the county's professionals. The design is white beer-barrels and hops on a blue background, for Kent Is the great hop-producing and beer brewing county of England. Ames, England , wlcket- . . is the president of the "Hoppers," and also the designer -' the tie. He was apparently Inspired by ie fact that this year, for tlie first time, the Kent county Cricket Club brought out its own official -. three and one- half million Americans gain their livellhcod in the trucking Indus- everybody 19.—According to figures released [yesterday by the Public Health on a talent Office for this county, the number — HOTEL PEABODY— Air Conditioned For Your Comfort Lowest Rates E. Main Si. — BIytheville Keeshin was operating' m „ „„„ dozen states with 200 tractors 30 trailers. The great yellow vans were fn mlliar on all rends. Keeshl pioneered In safety work I schedule-maintenance, in syst'ema tlzmg and coordinating a spread ng network. of truck lines. rne next year nn alliance wn formed with the Lehman Bros banking firm of -New York, ,m with added capital, further ex pansion was made, other line were purchased, consolidated inl n system which now covers th country. Notoriously unafraid of the rnck eteers and hi-Jackers who hnve a times Infested the motor-c.-irrle Held, Kecshln has faced persona danger and hardship, regulator red-tape, financial handicaps an organizational difficulties, withou "" T ' "" " ' ' W blcl -- D .».«.»..», UMIUJUIUCJJ 1 flinching. It was th | s j CC( ; r( j wmcl drew the Chinese Bovernment U seek his services In solving a prob Jem 0:1 whose answer depends lln coimtr " S B " intlc >' en(tal HE'S GOT A TOUGH JOB Keeshln's problem In China Is, tremendous. Japan holds all the seaports of Chlnn, most of the important railroad junctions nnd river-transport facilities The government of Clilna nm Us military forces have been shoved back up the rivers to the west and south. The only course of supplies is now through the 'back door," by hastily-bum motor roads from Russia, Burma and French Indo-Chiua. The desperate flinging of a ro.i,. 'rom the Burmese border to the aiinese city of Kunming in eight nonths, over nearly 800 miles of mountains, with little but the bare lands of 160,000 Chinese coolies as tools, Is an epic of modem limes. It Is a 2100-mile haul from he Bay of Bengal to Chungking provisional Chinese capital. This road Is narrow, with barely room for two trucks to pass. The route lo Russia Is vorse. Twelve miles „., „„„ .„ ;ood speed, while torrential rains ear at the Burma road, making icavy maintenance work- ncces- ary at all times. Three thousand American rucks have already been bought n the United States by China. Most of them are already at Ran- -•oon, Burma, or Haiphong, Indochina, Another 2000 are to be cnt later. To coordinate tills vast trans- lorlallon, to eliminate terminal . longer, and an hour Is NU-WA Laundry-Cleaners Phone 180 For Prompt Laundry and Cleaning S«rf« pectively of the Kecshln Truck road transport system. arc vice president m,d president Frck'lit Lines, lending American BRUCE CATION'S AMERICAN ROUNDUP Another In United States tour series by Bruce Catton, NEA Washington correspond- enl, who's out "calling on America." BV UKUCK CATTON NEW YORK.-No mutter how the political tide turns next year and no matter who is elected president, Mayor Fiord lo IflGuafdia, of New York believes that the fundamental objectives of the New Den) have been achieved and thp.t the nation j s , lo t going- lo backtrack from them. He feels that Ihe important thing right now Is for the country lo stop calling the current depression an emergency. "As long as we call It nn emergency, we will continue the wastefulness of treating it ns an emi-r- Rency." he says. "We must realize that it is not a temporary depression but a new normnl, nnd adjust ourselves accordingly." SAYS NATION AGRKKS ON FUNDAMENTALS In this situation, Mayor LaGuar- din feels that there are certain fundamentals that everyone agrees upon. These are—lhat something Is wrong when we produce both surpluses nnd want at the fame time; lhat the remedies used lo euro previous depressions won't work In this one; llml, pending a solution of the problem, no unemployed person will be permit- led to starve; and that the vicious circle which makes the cost of government greater In 11 depression—when It can least be nirorded —than in times of prosperity, Is something that can't be put up wllli much longer. If these fundamentals arc agreed My Mom say.s I nt*il more clean clolhfs In summer be- fuusc I play outdoors mure, that's why she scuds all my Ihlnes to HLTTHEVILLE STEAM LAUNDRY." mJQ&W For Better Laundry and Dry Cleaning STEAM LAf/NDM :ongestion at Haiphong, and other .lottle-necks of the system, lo set the machinery to supply the Hfe- alood of supplies to the embattled Chinese nation—that is the .Job undertaken by Kecshin ami his associates." A Child Can Add Up The Savings You Get On Firestone HIGHSPEED TIRES BUY A SET OF 4 FOU ONLY 51 7C I'cr l.f«J * PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. EIHs Snipes, Budget Mgr. 5th & Walnut Phone 810 IMPORTANT NOTICE! As an additional service to its customers, all cotton received at either the Memphis Compress and Storage Co. or the Wilson Compress and Storage Co. will ho insured for its full market value against any loss or damage by. fire. No charge will be assessed for tliis insurance. When issued, the warehouse receipt will show that the bale is so insured. This service will eliminate the necessity of owners of the cotton talcing out individual insurance policies against loss by fire. SIGNED; Wilson Compress Memphis Compress and Storage Co. Evadale, Arkansas and Storage Co. Memphis, Term.

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