The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 20, 1944 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 20, 1944
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Sports Booming In Spite of War Record Crowds Attend Events During Year, .UP Survey Shows By United fress American sports are now com- plettng one of the tuost jilienomeimi seasons in their long history. For (iMpitt the countless restrlc- ' (ions of wartime living, the nation's '. si>: major shorts have attmcted 15 •per cent more fnns thnh they '(Mil • Inst year. r. That figure is to be taken us nn - average, mid does not apply strictly ;* to each ol the big fields 61 football, baseball, basketball, "hockey, soft- bull and horse racing. "', . A United Press survey shows that . almost 240 million persons witched 1 Softball, pro football, major league 'j baseball, national leafuie. hockey* ! basketball, and college football. ; That total Is tlie largest ever rc- _" corded for those sports In wniilme .'. years and nn increase of 26 million over last year's figures. , Crowd records for the nation's horse raeiiifi'strips arc not yet avail.- 1 • able from several of the tracks,.But '/seasons in New York-mid'Illinois ..'. htive increased their attendance by oiie' million. ,In .the world of professional JobU .-ball, each of the Notional Lcn'guc -. teams has enjoyed one of (lie best seasons in its history. • Softball nnrt basketball — which have.-developed Into the nation's ..'too-top drawing cards—have also enjoyed a banner year. Softball is once ngfiin the number ,- one crowd attraction .with an olfi- , tlal turnstile registration of 140,'•• 000,000. Tliat figure represents n ''. 3,060,000 increase over 19-13. L ;P<it't of tlic reason belilnd this big jump in sports attendance may possibly be laid to a slight relaxation of federal regulations, plus n clever staging of many big events to get around the wartime restrictions. , But whatever the reason—It can be safely said that American sports will not fall u victim 16 the war- hot nftcr three 'yenra of powerful support. ' BLYTHEVJU/Ii COURIER NEWS DOPE BUCKET •• NOTICI; •" Notice is hereby given IhiU. the ',' undersigned will within the time ...fixed by law apply to the Commissioner of Revenues of the Slate of 1 'Arkansas for a permit to sell beer ,',at"retail at 412 W. Ash St., Bly'tlie- villc, Mississippi Coimly. , The undersigned states that he is a citizen of Arkansas, of good moral character, that he has never been cohvicted of n felony or other crime involving moral turpitude; Hint no license to sell beer by the undersigned hns been revoked within five years last'past; and that the" Undersigned-has never bom convicted ot violating the laws c-E this state, or •'any other slate,.relating to'the sale" of alcoholic litmors. : ':'.'. '. ' Allen Sims. Subscribed and sworn to before ine this 20 day of October, 1941. Oscar Alexander fSeal) Notary Public. My commission expires 3-14-1945. •* J. r, LIFE'S UNSUNG HEROES We have had a lot to say in the past about tlie guards and tackles being the Unsung heroes on the gridiron, nnd the Infantry in this .ind every war. Now, wlin't about listing the teaching profession right beside those as one of life's unsung heroes? • If ever h profession deserved bmi- qucH, huge, beautiful ones, the best that money cnn buy or Die English language can supply in superlatives, H is this all Important and seldom praised business. These inch and woineh loll and labor driy after day trying to teach and mould niid shape the lives of my child nnd yours, sans thanks ami little compensation for Ihclr efforts, plans, projects, and often tears. • . 'i During those groat school • days wo didn't appreciate,those, faithful, patient saints who wcrc^wllhng to listen; to bur 'troubles," oft'eti ptilty liiiteed," ami 'offer tills of htlvke'tlmt helped-straighten out-a 1 u>H>in' Me affair that seemed like thc-renl'Mc- Coy llicn. But" since munching out into life's maelstrom, trucking this cold, selfish business ivortil where-it's ioot- hog-or-die, we can look back .and recall with greater appreciation those precious sessions: which• enabled us to hurdle a barrier,..or Smooth out a difference, not to forget the instruction nnd companionship In and out of the school room, those were the "gooii ol' days"'we like to talk about. I'RAISKS A TKACllCIl Fur away In tlio Pnciflc, on the tiny island of nnugaliiyllic,' many, many miles from home and loved ones, Corp. Herman Cross I'osey. son of Mr. and Mrs. t,. c. Posey. takes time out to praise Miss Luna Wllhelm, one of his many prep school teachers. He slips a paragraph In an interesting letter to-let her know that her influence and Instruction did not fall on deaf curs.. Is paying off with bit! dividends under tlic most trying conditions.' .In addition. I would like to add my- two-bits 'to a grand teacher, woman and friend. For the many years she hns been a- member of the local high school-faculty Miss Luna has played a prominent part in shaping the lives of hundreds oi young men ami women who have gone • on to success. Her worth 1,0 the school and community will never be kirovm; can not be measured in dollars and cents. If H could, the figure would run high. Hiit the men and.women who sat in her clBM- rotiin. kiiow. ". ' , i She has been more than classroom teacher'. She has been counsellor nnd adviser in things in and out of books,- She lins olferctl spiritual guldnncii as a teacher mul-leader of, the First Baptist Church, siip- plying the needs for a greater, richer, fuller life. She has been magnificent. Cross's letter follows: Cpl, iiei'ftiftn 0. Posey, i!i| Battery, 'io'lh AAA Oun nn APO 100, <•<. PosKirastor San Pfanoisco, Cnllf. Dear J. p.: I received softie papers this morh> Ing (Couriers, of cbtifse), riiui decided 1 would not continue riot wrlt- iiiR you anil let you know what an ddinlrnble job yoii ore doing with" y6uf "Dope Ducket." 1 kliow my liralse Is but a small sound In coin- pnrisin to the niiiss of Wends ivlid have written to yon with nothing mil Ibiid atclalms, bill i still add mine. Keep up the good work, IN HOSPITAL WAHI) I ain slaying at (he hospital temporarily while my leg henls, but hope to be In a duly status soon, Nothing to be excited alxnit. No bullet wound. Jtisl.ii chip slipped off the tone,near the knee joint.-The Olirn tiling Is stubborn about re^ joining tlie parent tone but-in time: this meeting will' inevitably come about. 'Till'then-I bide my "lime by writing lelter.'i nnd 'reading. ;J.-P-, you can do me a great favor If you will. The next time yoii sci: Miss Luna WilJwJin tell her 'i owe her very much; She may iisk why. If she docs, remember to her those days In English and American liteinture classes when she led md from cheap, fiiddern novels into deeper channels of cutcrtnlnliij? reading. All tlic novels here-In my ward lire followed by a' waiting list half a page long. Being « new patient 1 was thereby at the Well known end of Ihe list. Much to my surprise, u few of Shakespeare's, Milton's, Shelly's, Kcal's and Kip; ling's editions were shiny new. Two days later three ol us were" character reading parts ot Hamlet. If oiily Miss Luna could have seen us she would have convulsed with laughter. If ever Hamlet was hammered, It was done that day. MONK PAYS VISIT -.Have seen Norman (Monk) Mos- Icy since I have been here but iio one else from home. He Is still Die same boy we all knew and liked in the days of tweeds, flannels and sharkskin. (Or should 1 have said 'pigskin'?). ] was reclining on my cot one hot Sunday afternoon when I heard a fainlllar voice say "Yes that's him," I was so surprised i could do nothing for u'lnomciil but stare. Then, I realbcd it was Monk 111 the flesh,- very brown flesh, at that. There wiw.ft'.grtn on his face that would have -done justice lo "Red" Skclton. We had a bull session that would'have put some of those "beauty parlor sprees" in the dim. Tlic married list and the boys Overseas were.-chief topics 'of the conversation. .Through your, cohihin wt have an Idea or rough estimate where nearly everyone is. .Someone Is complaining about the •Housing No Problem ' League Leaders Cheerful Over Outlook Of Wartime Baseball WKDNICSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 19<M ;, may II.IVP to sciniy mminc! in W.islnnglon locking for ()liniloi« but IlicrVs no hnit.iRt of housing'fai .ducks in the district,'..'is,is shown by this iik'iilifiil flocX, vritalioilihg •brlcfl'v in tlif cnpilnl be fare journeying furihcr south. Picturesque. Nalionb'l Capital Parks refuge on Potomac is fnvoiilc pr.Hiing spot bfpinlolls; i.-..~ ... - _.. ... and Mich. ....-...' •» ! Sees Formation Of Ivy League Following War BOSTON, Dec. 20. (UP)—Har- vat'd's athlcllc director, Lieut. Col. Bill fjingham, predicts' the formation of a "real Ivy League" nmoni, r j eastern colleges soon after the war.: hingharn acids (hat lie hopes the' current policy agreement Involving! Vale, Harvard, and Princeton, wlllj ua icffipped. The accord is (failed light do I will wrlle finis. My steel helmet is oil to you. Sincerely, Herman. Post SoripUiin: Give my regards to the Morris' nnd the IJalrics', and' about all, 1 wish you and your family a very pleasant, Christmas ami a full New Year. I^t's hope this oiic sees the end of this useless slaughter. •' - . :•-, • "the three presidents' ngroemeiit. HiiiBham says it sci-ved to eliminate professionalism, an<l was good hi Its lime, "nut," he adds,."its time has passed" This is the Harvard official's first statement since he took leave of absence more lhan livo yenrs rigo to Join the rtriny.'Btngham is chairman 01 the fillies'Cdrrithlttec of the Nalional Collegiate Athletic Association; and lie opposes tlic rule changes adopted by some colleges Hits year without tlic consent of his committee. He labeled one change, which makes iHuniing "with n fumbled ball lej!<ii, "a cheap way lo get B-touchdown." Eingham also joined llic ranks oi athletic 'officials who doii't want to see Gehhaiiy aiid Jnpiih allowed back iiito the Olympic darned (is sfion as Ihe \yar eiiils. He says: "it's my opinion thai the Japanese and Germans should not be allowed back until they learn sportsmanship." B»»d Courier «»«• wini 44* NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS Termites niiiy ue ruining your property. Call me to cheek tip without cost; or obligation. HATS, MICE ANi) KOACII: CONTROL ' • GUAKANTKI!;!) .\VOKK . NEW YonK, Dec. 20 (UP) - iiitscbnll men ended the mid-wln- er meeting In New York with a roiiunon feeling Ihnl unless the overnmcnl enacts a drastic worker-fight edict, the ijnnie will con- ;liiue without a wartime shutdown. The Uascballers' meeting this lime had little of the despair and foreboding that clouded the annual eet-togethcr the past " U-o years. For, although most Ot the so- .llcd name players were gone last season, the fans proved that they will still support a contest—even [hough It may not have been up io «ny pre-war standards. Nobody pretends that the caliber of piny could hope to match' pie- Pearl Harbor days. Tlic current performers just do not :nntch Ihe records of the Dl- Magglos. chandlers, Gordons Tellers Orcenbergs Slaughters or Moores. Nevertheless the customer still was , satisfied that- he was laying his mpjicy on the line for the best enteft^jfimen.t In' sports. T% Arne.rican League !>Iayed to nearly . HypV);illllo)i. people, nnd Ihe Ame-flta'ii'vteapie record set In 1940 s ;.qjily.; j\ half million more. Those' ,wprer the' days when every rostov'wnV'siuiided with stars. Mir'e.',than 230 fomier American Leaguers- are now in service — and 15 qf, nils'number, 'are real name stars. -,•'.. Thq, answer seems to be that the 10 (cams have each leveled, off.- However,-attendance was undoubt- edly'bobsled by one of the hottest pennant races in junior league history. '-. Kilt that doesn't explain the fact Hint the National League drew about four an ( i a hall million to its game's, despite: the fact that the St. Louis ;Cnrdinn).s ran away with the flag. . . _Prcsld'eht- Ford Frick says National. League attendance represf-nt- cd an" iiicfeiisc of about a quarier of a''mlUlon over lfl-13 but the senior circuit head never announces actual figures. Fri:l; feels the reason for the National League's jump in attendance is the munhciv'of battles for other lim-division berths. If you exclude the well-stocked Cards, the rest of the National League teams '.verc fairly even, and the customers were always sure of spe;nrj a Komi scrap. That seems to bo the main thing the crouds (ire Interested In. They don't care uholhcr it's DSitfteglo cr.n (iuy natnctl Grumpopski who siKncks out ;i homer. • •Ar.rt just so long as those turnstiles, keep clicking, (hen the major Iciieuc inojiilx aren't ivoirying loo mu:-h. ' Therein lies (tic reason why they will still be playing- bnscball when Johnny comes murr.htnj,' homi'. SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. iUPt- South Hadlcy mou will IK- one of the few school systems in the UerkBhircs to own its own forest. The department plans to purchase a 35-acre forest where lhc> students can learn practical woodcraft. 96 Best Horses Nominated For $100,000 Event LOS ANOELES, Dec. 20. (UP)— Ninety-six of the nation's finest UioioiiKhljmls have been nominated foi DIE world's richest race, the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 3. The mllo-and-n-quarter classic fcatuvcs tlic 55-day Snntn Anita race meeting, which starts on De- ceinbrr 30. In that crowd of 9G four-legged stars arc winners of 58 major stakes this year. Happy issue, winner of the $15,000 gold cup at' HollywoKi 1? on the list; so is First Fidd'.f? ruimw-uiJ as tiic 1944 hamlfcai) horse of the year. Hounding Home winner of the Belmont Slakes, has been nominated, along with Gcorgle Drum, who took the $50.000 Stars and Stripes at Chici'.go, and Paper Bay, winner of the Saratoga Hancll- 'cap. Other top candidates are Eon Jour, Cull Heigh, Okana, Whirl- alxjtu, and Marriage, Weights for the race will be announced on December 28. and ADD LIFI-: TO VOOR TIRES izmg Ilvrj. Si Nnrlll Pl/IIDB 22tl 309 li. Keiiluckj Phone 2350 Three More xv x, — "'^i •• wm i > i i •>'• — "The Drink of ffte Soufhern Genffeman" c .OTVEkS DISTRIBUTING CO, BLV7HEVIUE, ARKANSAS -AND WE' AND GIFTS ^ » Si • —We bought, heavily in anticipation of the Christmas rush—consequently; you'll find we still have complete stocks, where most stores have already sold out. OPEN EVEHIHGS TIL XMAS. 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