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PAOfc TWELVB BLTgTHBVILLB (ABKJ COURIER FRIDAY, APTUI, 18, 1947 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. , H. W- HAOiBB, Publt^fr •: ' JAMBS L. VXRHOSPP; XdltOT PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representative*: Wahic* Wltmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta. 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 city of Blythkvllle or any EUburum town where carrier service Is maintained, Mo per week, or 85c per month. By mail, within a radius of 40 miles, $4.00 per year, *2.00 for six months, $1.00 for three months; by mall outside 50 mile zone, $10.00 per year payable In advance. Meditation Acquaint now thyself with Goil, and be at peace; thereby good shall come unlci thcc.— Job 22:21. » • • One could take these three thliigs-com- panionsliip, calm and hope—and live a bcauu- ful life with his fellowmnn. Soft Soviet Answers Mr. Molotov's mild answers to *MI American writer's questions on the Greek situation have caused considerable comment. The Soviet foreign minister contented himself with the opinion that he "very much doubted" that President Truman's proposed policy i wiil-restore democracy in Greece. The best way to restore it, Mr. Molotov said, is the "renunciation of foreign interference in Greek domestic affairs." ..Some have guessed that Mr. Moiu- to^ : 's soft answers arose from ;i desire not to anger America while the Gorman reparations question is hanging fire. But the UN investigating commission has not yet made, its report. Perhaps Mr. Molotov held back bo- cause of a suspicion that the invc^ti- • gators might find that all "foreign interference" in Greek affairs diit'.H -•• - not come from one direction. ance, so dear to the professional politician's heart, between the home states of (he presidential candidate and his running mate. Om; technique of elections is not so perfect or the conduct of our national parly conventions so high-minded ns lo bar any though I of change. One of our country's great needs is lo make its government function more democratically (with a lower case "d") within its republican (lower case "r) framework. It is at least worth considering whether Senator Lunger's proposal is a step in that direction. Now We Can Have Some Peace and Quiet &s Direct Presidential Primaries In Ihe 157 years since the Constitution was ratified, four amendments have been passed which affected the methods for participants of national elections. The 12th Amendment made the office of vice president subject to e!eclion, rather than giving it to the losing candidate in the race for •j -;:dent. The l'5th Amendment gave the ' V'ypte to Negro citizens; the 17th pro- ''vided for popular election of senators; the 19th legalized woman suffrage. Now Senator Langer of North Dakota has proposed another change. Ke would give the people the privilege of . selecting candidates for president and vice president through direct national, primaries conducted hy both major parties. in the rush of recent events, Mr. Langer's suggestion hasn't caused much popular excitement. Yet it is sound enough to merit wide discussion. The biggest, most obvious advantage of the proposal, would be to remove the. chances for bosses or small political groups to frustrate the people's will. This is not the rule, but it has been done. .-," Theodore Roosevelt's defeat in the 1912 Republican convention was pretty L cleaily a defeat for rank-and-file sentiment. Warren G. Harfling emerged from the fog of a smoke-filled room as a boss-picked Republican candidate m 1920. There is reason lo believe that Al Smith, not John W. Davis, was the- popular Democratic choice in 1924. In fact, Wendell Willkie's nomination is ^bout the only recent example of direct public influence in picking a n c\v candidate. Another advantage is the possibility that a presidential primary might give some voice to the impotent and virtually- disfranchised Republican minor. L ity in the South. As it is now, the "votes of southern delegations to Rc_publican conventions are numerically ' *;-. iittportairt and politically powerless. They can he manipulated to influence " even decide, the choice of candidate - without any pretense of popular representation. Objections to the Lunger proposal IT". * naturally have, been' raised. It has been said that primaries would give no clear " Ijnwjority to one candidate. It has been ,,, ^predicted—though this is open to seri- l, n question—that most states would pick a favorite son. It has also laimed that direct primaries destroy that geographical bal- VIEWS OF OTHERS Another Peril in Communism Peace is, of course, this country's first, nlm In helping Greece and Turkey to slant! against communism. We would be Inking long cJmnces wilh our security It we held back while .1 new rmlocrncy swept lo power in Europe, alter the price we paid to slop the Axis gang. Dut Iherc Is another slrong reason for our opposition lo :i ounimini/lng ol Europe. It concerns every Arknnsnii, every American—anil is this: We must have large exports to prosper, to avoid a depression. Millions of our workers depend on exports for their jobs. And a com- miinlzetl Europe would play hob with our exports by pouring goods- at cut-throat prices • Into world markets—Ihose of South America everywhere else. Communism could do Ihis because it has complete control of production. It could sell . export goods nfc n loss, and lake thc loss out of ils workers. We could te crowded out of world markets—and into nnolh'cr depression. Then thc communists in this country would have their chance. They could foment strikes and discord. Our |>eople, In desperation, might well enough vole some radical regime Into pnv.-er in Washington which would spend nnd regiment us into a destruction of our democratic system. >* Communism has shown itself fully capable of just such a scheme. Ils leaders are ruthless, nnd they know that our need of foreign trade is a vulnerable point at which to strike. We cannot stand on hair-splitting niceties In dealing with such n power. There should be no "witch hunts,'' no persecutions. But we should move firmly lo check this peril before it eels loo big lo resist. A bucket of water in time is bcilcr lhan a fire department later. —ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT. ?UBUC ENEttY NUMBCR ONe/ »T LEAST SOAiE Othman, With His Experience, I Must Know Other Guys Like L S. Ol _esson Scripture: II Samuel 5:C-10, H-25 BY WILLIAM IE. GlUtOY. I>. I>. When news reached England 01 he Battle of Saratoga in the merican Revolutionary War with he defeat and surrender of Gene- Moral Suasion Seldom Proves Effective Method But Truman Tries it to Bring Prices Down Revenue For Schools The El Dorado School District, which includes the city and a large outlying areu. is showinij other sciiool districts how to raise more revenue. The key lo property tax revemie is of course in the assessment. After a survey of the situation, which revealed many deficiencies tmii inequalities, "expert appraisers" submitted assessment figures bascrl on normal valuer. It is Ihe happy situation reported by Assessor Prldriy that 1-ig and litlle property owners are accepting the new figures. The expected increase in the district's assessments from $8,819,000 in 1946 to ixrhaps SH.000,000 will provide more money for school bond issues, as well ns for current excuses. And yet the goal is a 20 per cent assessment, Instead of the 50 per cent basis on whU-li assessments are supposed to he—but are- not—• made in Arkansas. We arc told (hat three other large Union county school districts arc moving to follow the El Dorado district's plan. It is open to every district in the stale. —ARKANSAS GAZETTE. ' BY PETEH EDSON NEA Washiiuytnn Corresnomlcnt WASHINGTON. April 18. (NEA) — Revived White House concern over high prices is something of a paradox, six months later' you may find people worrying because prices are too low. Economic prophets are a dime a dozen now. They are about the only thins; on the market which is cheap. Their predictions run e! 1 . the way from continuing boom, through varying slakes of temporary recession, to inevitable b'nst. The reader can take his pick". Probable truth of (he matter is that nobody really knows what's ahead and there isn't much that anybody could do about it if ho did. Even the President has admitted that all he can use lo help force prices down is moral suasion. It's never very effective. Right after price conlrols were taken off last June, there was a lot of loose chnller about how the good housewife would force prices clown by her moral siinMon. The theory was thnt if housewives refused lo pay high prices, sellers would be forced to cut prices. As every consumer nnd his cats and dogs well kno\v, it hasn't worked that. way. Prices kept going right on up. Today's real problem is (o keep prices from KOinf; any hlphcr. The higher prices go the greater the danger because price changes always lend to overshoot themselves. When rising, they go too hifih. When falling, they go through the bottom. WAN'l'liT): MAGIC WAND WITH INSTRUCTIONS The trick fhat business must perform today in avoiding disaster to reduce prices so gradually that the country can absorb a little deflation without a crash. As tilt? president said, they've sot lice enterprise—now let's see if th«y can make it work. If someone around the White TIcuse had a macic waii{l to wive over prices nnd lorce them down, he would be hard put to know just how much waving to do. There is no one price index that takes in all farm, factory, and tnis- activity in the U. S. Based on prico.s ris being 100. Ihe con- School BY KKEIIKRICK C. OTHMAN United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, April 17.—There are some ladies with unhappy expressions because their feet hurl from picketing thc telephone company. The secretary of labor says that I, as a member of the p'=rt>ltc, should demand that they their so.uabbles with the brj Ditto the phone company!!. ^ tary Lewis Schwellenbach sal.-, f also should demand that the. biggest corporation in America get off vival at all. Even now, some centuries after it seemed that the national his- .ory of the Jews in Palestine had forever closed, we see great numbers of Jews hoping to reestablish Jewish national slate in their homeland. Palestine seemed doomed almost i tile very beginning when thc armies of Israel went down .TOB AHEAD FOR FREE-ENTERPRISE If maximum employment an production are maintained, thci can be an increase of supplies for consumers, and there will be enough purchasing power to soak it up. Say that a 10 per cent increase in production would do tills trick. The question then would become: How much should prices be dropped so as to absorb this extra production and still maintain a stable economy, without a crash and without even a recession? A few economists who have worked on this problem have come up with an answer of from 7 to per cent. In other words, if the sumcrs' price index today stands at consumers' price index could be 153. Wholesale prices arc 176. In- . dropped from 10 to 13 points clown rinslrial production i s 188. Con- ,'to 140 or 143. it would be a healthy slt'iictlon activity is 2rVl. Cash farm j thing for the whole economy, income is 200. Factory payrolls are I This was where the index stood 3'20. Freight cur leadings are 151, last July. That was just utter the and department store sales arc 2GO. i first round of postwar strikes and Averaging them doesn't mean s ] wnge Increases was over. Wage ad- Ihing. even when the figures are juslments made up to that time "weighted" to give each Its proper . were supposed to cover the in- proporlion in the economy. ; creases in the cost of living up to But take tlic Bureau of Labor that time. Things were supposed to al Burgoyne, • someone remarked _ . o Die economisl -Adam Smith, its high horse. He's done his best. The nation is doomed," and the he says, and now it's up to the ininent author of "The Wealth of citizens to demand settlement of Nations" replied, "There \ s a great Ihe slrike. deal of doom in a nation." | How does a member of the pub- The remark is amply illuslrat- lei. name of Othmaii, go about 'd iji the history of nations, but this? Do I write lo the American icrhaps' nowhere more pointedly. Telephone & Telegraph Co., men- han in the history of Israel. When turning off-handedly my fine new one considers all that happened' co t e O f carrier pigeons? And inti- letwecn the journeyings from thc mating that I soon won't need a bondage in Egypt and the dis- telephone? jorsion of the Jews from their Do T stride up to the weary beau- "alestinian homeland thc marvel tlcs hoofing In the picket line and 11!' „. " K lmVC bCCn SUr " Sil S'. "Ladies. I demand 'that you cut out the monkey business?" That's what I'm worrying about. I dropped by the Labor Department to see if Schwellenbach had any ideas how I should present my demands without getting a poke ill thc nose. His secretary said he wasn't ther. The poor guy was sleep- Ing in after a couple of weeks of to trying to get the phone company defeat with Saul, who had begun and its workers to turn their dis- hls rule s o auspiciously, a suicide putes over to an impartial boaul. on the field of battle. But David. So I talked to some of his help- a man of the sword rather than | the harp, soon made his prowess felt, consolidating and greatly enlarging the kingdom. Then came the reign of Solomon, a long period of peace and apparent prosperity—a sort of golden age of Israel, but an age in which all was riot gold that glittered. For the oppressions of the people under the show of glory soon led tr- rebellion and disruption. Peter says in hi s Second Epistle that "holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Ghost." They were moved to write with the candor of realism and truth, for the remarkable quality i Uneaten not to pay my phone bill, of these records of ancient Isra-jl T^J' s! »d that wouldn't do, be- is the way in which nothing is cause the A. T. & T. probably withheld. The sins of David, es-1 would remove rny telephone, unless pecinlly the sin of adultery and all its phone removers also were thc murder of the -man whom he on strike. had wronged, are set, down beside! The Labor Department gentle- his great qualities of heroism, ten- men said just make my demands dcrness, and generosity. by letter, or by telegram if I felt The strength of David was in extravagant. They menioned a his magnanimity. When the pro-I phone call the secretary's secretary phet Nathan brought his sin home had received from a veteran of-the to him in plain lerms. David hum-; Marine Corps He said he was go- bly acknowledged his wrong-doing.] i ng to phone Ihe union and the When he expressed a longing foi^ companj', too. as soon as he could n drink from Ihe well of Bethle- • ge t to a dial telephone', hem. without any thought of get-c T,,,, secretary made his suggesting it. three warriors went through] tion 011 the ,. adio about the rcst of thc enemy;* lines risking their „„ doin ome demand!ng. His was lives to bring it to him. But it m iion-wide broadcast; 12 hours was too sacred for him to. drink. ; later he had received six telegrams It was. he said the b pod ol, fro people ofterillg him thcir full men who had put their lives in jup™,^ ers. "Gentlemen," T said, "how does tile public go about making demands like this?" This question seemed to catch them off balance. After considerable lining, ahing. and throat p^ring, the experts said well, /fctHRld write the phone company ijOD the union a letter. "Mentioning my pigeons?" I asked. The government fellows said.they thought I was serious. I said I was serious. They said skip the Pigeons. I suggested that maybe I could BARBS BY II Al- COCHRAN Statistics consumers' price index as the most familiar figure of the lolls .shows prices fo consumers' cost of living items for moderate income families in the larger cities to be 53 per cent higher than they were in 1939. There is genera] agreement that the prices making up this index aren't fzoing lo come down until there is more than enough of everything—food, furniture, housing, [clothing, and so on—to go around. be on an even keel. If the country hadn't been so anxious to get out from under price controls and if congress hadn't killed them off. the index might have stayed around 140. The job still ahead of the free enterprise system is to get prices back to that level with a minimum of disturbance. If it doesn't, well —as Harry Truman says—another round" of wage increases would justified. IN HOLLYWOOD When yon're all set lo flop back ami take It easy this summer, look out for thnt sunburn! * • v A Georgia turkey growers' organization had a banquet and dined on roast bcel. perhaps they didn't wont to bite Ihe bird that was feeding thcni. » • • Uncle Sam' spends about 54 a minute for insect control—almost as much as tin average family will claim Ihey spend each summer for bite remedies. » » » A Missouri woman sued for divorce because her husband did all Ihe lalking for 34 years. Thai's one way of getting the last word. * «r » Persons with normal color vision cnn distinguish about 150 hues—nnd situ some can't tell red from green in an aulo. SO THEY SAY BY ERSKINE JOHNSON j NEA Slaff CoriTspnndenl j HOLLYWOOD iNBAi—So you would like to go lo a Hollywood party. You would lie ir> rub shoulders with all Ihe bi;* movie stars, sip champagne and eat caviar. You would lurn to Clark Gable and say, "Isn't Oils a delightful party?" And Gable would say. "Yes. it Is. May T get you another drink? 1 ' But you had better i )e . careful when you accept a n invitation to a Hollywood party. Hollywood p a r f*i c s have n quaint habit of having idtrrior motives. Thorp's always a reason, usually^cinnmrrcial. fur irin£ up tlift phanipagnc. A nr\v pictur,', the introduction nf a new artor or actress, or a. new type (if fjirtllc is reason rnouKli for a party. But the most annoyim; abusei' of Ihe Hollywood party racket is the host or hostess out to make an Impression for monetary and so .cial gain, it's an almost painless operation, and Hie S'u'sts niUi'.Iy don't even know what's liapDenlng. MII.UOX-U-SS HOST Like on affair we hotnl about Ihe .other day. Word won; around Hollywood for a week that a "mP- lionalrc" was throwing an all-riiy party al his mansion in the Hollywood hills. There would be swtm- I only know what I read in the papers about what goes on in this commuter.—Hop. Waller Lynch (D) of New York, minority member House Ways nnd Means committee. » » » I believe In large families. That's what a woman Is for.—Mrs. Joy Scth Kurd, mother ol 15 and wife of Cleveland judge. * • « I believe It must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are reslsling attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.—President Truman. swimming pool. But there wns a tennis court, on which the host had set up a Kj-mni. movie camera and sound equipment, and was photo- J graphing nil of his important puests in affectionate poses with himself. The buffet was soggy ham sandwiches and poria pop. The atmosphere was gloomy except for the host who was rushing; i people in front of the camera. He hud to lasso them with a ghb tonsue, because guests arrived, took one distasteful look, and disappeared quicker than ice cream at a four-ycar-old's birthday parly. S'l'ANIl.AUl) PUACTICK So now what happens? The film will be shown in Ihe office of some hanker or wealthy friend when the host makes a pitch for a loan lo finance his movie. "Srr." Ihr Iiosl will say proudly, "T had the llollywooil Sans np lo my house [or a parly. They're all my iinls." You think bankers are too shrewd for this? It has been done before in Hollywood. Are the two reputable and well- known Hollywoodsmen who did the | Inviting blushing? Not a bit. It was all to their t>ossible advantage, too. ff thp party's hos! gets the money to produce the movie, lie will give would be afraid to sit down ant play with the experts. I will adm: Hint I would hesitate to get into the ring with a champion fighter but bridge is an intellectual pas time, and fear of the expert oini makes it possible for him to gc away with murder. That is wha happened on today's hand. First of all. tlie bidding was no n,ood. Pl%ying the hand at thre no trump with a void can onl ict of reli°ion | only six people in America cared How many of us have that spirit. a 1 ' 0 " 1 settlement of the strike, toward the many men—and wome.> Maybe everybody 5 buying pig- fivho have so recently risked ancl eons - Or Perphas the population Is Betting ready for the day when pivcn I heir lives that we may have' 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"? Truly we may learn from these stories of ancient times. 15 Years Ago In Blytheville — Dr. Carolyn Hcdger of Elizabeth McCormick Foundation in Chicago spoke to several hundred Parent and Teacher lenders in the City Hall. Her topic was "The Adolescent Child". C. G. Smith is able to be back at his business after several days illness as a result of an automobile accident Friday. J. Samuel Landrnm visited in Joncsboro Saturday. Misses Marie Leggett, Louise Bourland, Alma Laurie Evans and Doris McOhee spent Sunday there's a lipstick size broadcasting station in every vest pocket. I'd ike to help out the secretary, myself, but those demands sound dan- ;erous to me. Last time a lady striker socked me with her reticule, it left a nasty bump. Church Women Meet LITTLE ROCK. Ark., April IB. (UP)— The 1947 convention of the Arkansas Council of Church Women opened here today for a 3- tlay session, with delegates expected from every Arkansas County. Mrs. E- L. Rauschkolb of Little Rock, state president, was scheduled to open today's meeting at 1:30 p.m., and the group will hear Mrs. Harper Sibley of Rochester, N. Y., tonight. Mrs. Sibley is president of the United Council of Church Women. Oxford. Miss., us Avis Pricharci. Plans will be m the formation of guests of 'Miss t for an<^nlerchurch make for trouble. Declarer allowed the opoening spade lead" to ride up to his jack. For want of a better * Q 10 9 G 4 J92 VNone » KJ 10854 + KJ8-1 Tournament—Neilher vul. South Pass 2 * 2 N. T. 3N.T. West Pass Pass Pass Pass North 1 V 2* 3V Pass Opening—A 5 East Pass Pass Pass Pass 18 ... : mtn<* in Iho pool, champagne, bul- ttiem jobs, fct tables, and entertainment. | II's a Hollywood trirk that The identity of the rich fiost wasn't revealed. All the inviting was dour by a pair of reputable and well-known Holly woodsmen. Quite a few "name' 1 players said they would come. And they did. But instead of (he sumptuous affair it promised to be, here's whilt Hollywood found: The "millionaire' 1 was a lornicr production aide In one of the studios currently trying to Interest bankers In financing him lo an independent movie. The "mansion" turned out to be a broken-down pink stucco, rented for $150 for Ihe day. There was no seems ; lo bp standard practice. McKENNEY ON BRIDGE The Expert Keeps Ric/ht on Trying HY W1MJAM K. MeKKNNEY America's Card Anthnrily Written for NKA Service .Many players tell me (hat they and all the hearts were good. The difference between the expert and the average player on hand like this i s that tile' experthorseshoe league Representatives never gives up He keeps right of thc di ff crent churches will meet on trying, and takes advantage ot at 7:30 , onigllt with w w Honi . every mislagc that the opponents pctcr _ to d , , n f ,, ie make. league. U. S. Congressman ;r lead, he played the king of diamonds, and was surprised when il hold the trick. A small diamond was Irci and won by Wesl. who returned the deuce of hearts. Declarer played the eight-spot fron dummy and East won willi the ace ISast returned the ten of clu'ns. declarer put on thc jack and West won with the ace. Thc jack of hearts was returned, which declarer won in dummy with the queen. He cashed the king ol hearts and-throw West hack in the 50 Coming in lead with a heart. At this point, il West had led a diamond. East's queen would have won and set the 55 Faded contract, but instead West led a VERTICAL small spade. Declarer won \vilh th P nine, cashed the king of dubs, led a small spade over lo dummy, HORIZONTAL 1,6 Pictured U. S. congressman from i f. Michigan, jjj; 14 Omit 15 Retinue 16 Writing tool 17 Greet 19 Large V 20Siamese j language- fi 22 American ? i patriot 23 Prima donna 24 Cornmcal mush 26 Doctrine 27 Twilled cloth 28 Remove 29 Paid (ab.) 30 Rough lava 31 Fruit 34 Parlicles 38 Burdened 39 Rock 40 Footless 41 German river 45 Slupefy 46 Tear 47 French city 49 Gill's name 2 Chemical salt 3 Servile favorite 4 Editor (ab.) 5 Thing in law 6 Thick fabric 7 Equal (comb. I form) 8 Grooves 9 Give (Scot.) (10 Higher f ~> II Roman ' empress 23 Wrecks 37 He is in the/ 25 German seaport I 41 Turkish' "_ 26 Sels of players official 4 31 Shone fiercely 42 Raveled linen' 32 Plunder 43 Pleads 12 Pointed arches 33 Takes as one's 44 Half an em' 13 Nullify own . 47 Exist 18 Army order 35Cossacks '48 Enervate' „. £ ai ?'' j 36 Musical 51 Plural ending 21 Snipped exercises 53 Sun god 52 Edict 54 Meal courses 1 Group ot seven ~

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