The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 30, 1944 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 30, 1944
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BLYTHEVJLLE COURIER HBWO COURIER NEWS .* (THE COURIER NEWS CO. >> * H ,W. HAIKES, Publisher SAMUEL P. NOimiS, Editor A. CATENS, Advertising Manager *' «- S^ 1 * Atonal Advertising Representatives: <, '.Wallace Witm,ei Co, New yorj>, Chicago, De- ^uolt, AU^nta Memphis EJveij Aftcmoon Except Sunday 2 ' Entered as second clnss mailer tit the posits oflice at Blythevllle, Aikunsas, under act of Con' <" B*ess,'Ocl6hei 9, 19H *T ft,' Served by Hie United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES " By carrici in the city o/ Blylheville, 20c per "^ week, or 85c per month. By: mail, wltliln a radius of 40 miles, $-1.00 per '»'' year, $200 for si\ months, $1.00 lor three months; v •* by mall cubicle 50 mile Mine,,$10.00 per year „ payable in advance. .•£'>! Adhere Are th'e Smokes? : Tin's piece may not atkl ranch (o . * the growing literature o» the'cignrol shortage, but at least it's goinj? to be different. For it is not (rohig (o attempt to tel] you what Is causing Die dcnrlh of smokes. In, fact, it. is goiny lo take iss\ic will) those who have assured you that the responsibility for this small-caliber 'crisis iu the lives of millions belongs lo governmental control of (he tobacco crop, shortage of tobacco, scarcity of manpower, the black market, hoarding, ••-. or intemperate smoking; of epidemic proportions. This piece is going to lake issue '.,- with those explanations without offering any new ones. Hut it 'is going to I .; cite some figures, from sources deep in • the heart of (he tobacco industry, which reveal that there were fewer cigarcts potentially available to civilians at Ihe •;• end of 39'M than at the same, time in - 1943, but which account for, support :-. or Condone the current threat of cigaret '.', extinction. •]', Cigaret manu/aclurcrs have certain .;,; military obligations. They have a quoin *; to provide for the Army and Navy, ~;for Red Cross distribution to service personnel, and, in much smaller • amounts, for the British. These obligations are taken care of first. The manufacturers recently claimed that they were up to date on their orders, and the government did not deny the contention. In 1944 the big companies turned out 70 per cent of the'previous year's civilian production, or seven packs for every IMS carton. These are the companies that make the brands that most people called for back in the days when •we could be choosy. That isn't loo bad. And when you add in the manufacturers of the fags that we have been smoking recently, :• the picture is potentially oven brighter. For all American cigaret companies turned out 19 packs in 19M for every 20 in 19-13. The military'iniota is generous. And if the full quota had been in the hands of (he ultimate consumer last year, there would have been 50 cigarcts a day for every man and woman in uniform, smoker or non-smoker. Instead, .men overseas', packs' a ; 'week;,or' iC3s* 1 tiiitii v! six cigarcls a day. ;, It may be that shipping and transportation shortages and bottlenecks have held up (he flow of smokes lo the fighting fronts. But thai doesn't account for what has happened to the civilian supply. . Even with all the talk of more smoking, black markets and hoarding— and how are you going to board''cm ; when you can't buy 'em?—it's hard to figure out what has happened to 95 -per cent of an almost-normal 1913 supply to make (he tobacconists' shelves look like Mother Ilubl.ard's cupboard. And so, wo, where arc Ihe c'igarels? That isn't a rhetorical question. We'd really like lo know. «{ *dlt«W» trwn MM «t *». ten* to 0» \Aounting Casualty Lists : No appraisal oi war casualties can lighten the traiittJy lot those who make up the lists, espccial- !}• the dead ami severely wounded, or assuage the Brief ot (heir families ami friends. For nearly Uvo and one-half years of this war a measure of assurance was obtained from the fad that, letal casualties still had not exceeded the total for nineteen months of the Inst World Wnr. But In recent months, notably since the Invasion In early June. Ihe aisuallles Jmvc been mounliiiB and when the reports covcrlnc the western front are at linnd they will be substantially higher. The inosl recent totals reported bring the entire list for this war to 5C3.S30, n figure Hint compare. 1 ; vvllJi n grand total of 271,419 for World War I. Of the totals for this ma- 112,717 have been killed In action, 02,135 from the army and 30.D82 from the navy. In citing these figures the United Slntcs News observes tlifU "army death losses already are almost twice iu> Jilyh as for the first World War, whereas the navy Jras lost, leu times as many dead In this war us In the last." The numbers wounded, taken prisoner and listed us missing afford varied comparisons with those in the Insl war. Today tliere Is wide'and not unfounded misgiving as to what shortly forthcoming and future casualty lists «•(!! show. Tlie grave Import of them cannot be. minimized. But there are sonic • compensating facts. One is that comparisons with the last war easily nir.y lie misleading because .'>t the great difference In Die numbers of Die nrmeil forces then and now. In World War I the armed force grand total was but slightly in excess of 4 million. Today It is approaching 12 million, nearly Ihrce times more with correspondingly greater tuunbers In combat,—while this war already hns extended over more than three years compared with tlie nineteen months of the last. Ami as reported to date the total casualties arc only about ouiile what thcf were before. Part of the incniilnv is that until recent months there has not been In general the intense combat that marked for us the closing period of the previous war. More ,than before, this Is n war of mechanized coinUat, and to the extent l:umnnly possible the aim has been lo avoid the costly sacrifice of men. Furthermore, deaths from disease and wounds have been heavily reduced through nctnble sdvjincc.s In sniiitnlioii nnil science. While shortage's of nurses. have been reported nnd there iuc other .handicaps In ministrations, all in all the fick and wounded arc- accorded the best care that has been provided in nny war. These tire factors to. be set over against the mounting casualty list. —TUB KANSAS 01 TV STAR. * SO THEY SAT H may come as a surprise lo many, but, it is time we realistically face the fact that not all Japanese have been barbarians. Horrible military atrocities were performed only under the worst of commanding officers.—Dr. WiHon M. Hume, North India YMCA secretary. * * * We construct whole parts for unloading ships, roads, airfields, housing facilities and storage clumps, In a few short .weeks \vet cqnvcrt au island into an American ba'e.— J.t.-f-n 'Brchon B. Somcrvcll, Army Service Forces chic?, ' Mr. Churchill not only endorsed the annexation of 47 per cent of Poland, charter member of the United NMlons, bill lias openly brought pressure to interfere with the legitimate Polish government in order to force Poland (o siyn away its lights without cousu'.tation with the Pclish people.—Co-ordinating Committee of American-Polish Asr.xiallons. T ' Let's cut out trying to run the home front by intuilion and give our Army staff an even break with the enemy. Let's let the professional soldiers lell us what is needed to wage this war. —Frederick C. Crawford ot Cleveland, cx-Nu- tional Association of Manufacturers president back from Europe. SID1 CHANCES SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 19-i-i Yeh, but Some of Mother's Cases Are Most Urgent "(Uicss I'll have lo apologize for our t'.bri.slnias timdy— must Ijo weal; or .something, bcnuisc I didn't have any of Ihe sloinach aches Ihcv said I'd have!" •THIS CURIOUS WORLD ZitL DOES NOT HAVE A \K OISPLAV FEATHERS ARE FORMED 8Y THE UPPER TAIL. COVERTS, AND FOKt\\ WHAT IS PROPERLY KNOWN AS A KOSES CONTAIN NO NECTAR. .. FURNISHES THE SOLE FOOD SUPPLY OF THE BUTTERFLY. >anks in Arkansas have increased 30 per cent In the last four years. ; jtate tonnk assets now total 242 uillion dollars, compared with 105 ; nlllion dollars four years ago. Lcggelt says that, for the first! imc in the bank department's his- ' ory, no slate banks were In lirmi- ' latlon. And ndris: "State banks •avc the largest deposits and cash eserves in the department's his- ory." State's 1944 Pig Crop )2 Percent Below 1943 LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 30. (UP>— Tlie Federal-State Crop Reporting Service says the 19-W pig crop in Arkansas was 32 per cent, beloiv the record crop of 1943. The reporting service says t)ie 19-14 pig crop totaled 1,403,000 — while the 19-13 crop totaled more than two million. And indications are that the .number of sows to farrow next spring will be 20 per cent lower than the 1944 spring total of 134,000. T. M, KEG. U. S. IMT. OFF. ANSWER: Wharves, piobo:dde.<. lisUimos, octopuses. NEXT: Looking ilvc yrars ahead. Buy Your Winter Supply of WOOD and KINDLING While |t ^ Available. PLANTATION OWNERS' SPECIAL PRICE ON 100 RANK LOTS? iARKSDALE MFG. CO. Blytheville, Ark. . Phone 2911 .l.*,.HI!M«^^^^ FOR SAI/K CONCRETE STORM SRWER AU, SIZES Cheaper Than Bridge Lumber Osceola Tile & Culvert Co. I'lionc G91 Osceoln, Ark. 11V KKSKINK JOHNSON NKA Staff 'Corrcsiionde-nt C1IIEP BOATSWAIN'S MATE VrrjTOH MATURE, alias the Great Conceit-, the Beautiful Hunk of Man, tlie \IaenificflUt Jerk.: tlia Hunk of Juufc'"nn<l VictorUhc Gix-al. js liick in sunny Cnlifornla as the slur of the Coast C!u:»rd's musical revue "Tars and Spars." Fourteen months at sea on North •Ulantic convoy duly has sobered the gent a little but ho slill cnn-ics his iress clippings around in his dutfie bag. "Wait till narryl Znuuck soos these." he .sakJ, .sprrn<lin^ nev.'s-- papers all over the office of his mngnzinc edit o r friend. Carl. Schroeder. "Look—they say I'm I tie star on his campaign ribbon. Last time he visited Hollywood in uniform on a week's furlough the Great Conceit led reporters on a merry chase when lie announced his' enfiasqment to Ann Shirley. "ALL A MISTAKE" ORSON WELLES had just stolen his best gal, Rita Haywortli. and, the gossips said, Vic was going to drown his sorrow in a quick marriage. Mjitui'c continued the engagement, promised an elopement, then .said it was "all a mistake." Todny he explained: "I was suffer ing fin:)) convoy fatigue." Vet he may be married by the time you're reading Ihls. "l.o\e." lie announced, "sneaks up Our Boarding House with Mqj. Hpople O.ut Our Way terrific. Zanuck will have to put an me like a ghost in tlie dark. How me in a good picture aftsr tlie war do I know if I'll fall in love and get or millions of people will write in married tomorrow. I never know and say 'Why aren't von doing j what I'm going to do." right by this kid'?" I As he prom fed last time he visit- Tlic Great Conceit ivon'l lj<- com- | re) niovlelo',vn, Victor Mature i: ing hack to the movies., though • vviiiins a book about Victor Mature, nut!) aflcr bath the Gcnnaiis ami j Tlie title is "The Great Conceit." U the Japs arc licked. He says: "When I starts when he first fell in love at II! million other guys set their jobs i 16—"I have fallen in love 92 time.s back I want mine, too." Uince Ihen." There- are chapters on Victor the Great is wearing a bat- ! -1's romance with Hita Haywortli, his film career. an ( ( his father. .., IT TRUE THAT ,;,[ feiAH.iHfc OLD CHU^V< ff^L^ 1 " 10 TH& )A op UTILITY BEEF wf^s oS R pK G ^^'^ T e.^ *»-# wow IT'S SEEM OOIMG 60DV6UARD — SMie YA GUERRILLA 3K8AS--&SSS&; S^WA^f^^Ji^t^i I " To "I^ve." another FARMERS We have plenty of Iron Rnnt- ing ami Uutigh Cypress liurn Timbers. 3 Year FHA Terms If desireO. L C. Lumber Co. GUARANTEED E RECAPPING! 24 Hour Service Also—Vulcanizing and Tire Repair WADE COAL CO, N. Hwy. 61 CEILING PRICES Phone 229J infers Hdw. Co. f Inc. home of SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINT DE LAVAL MILKERS and SEPARATORS GOULD'S ELECTRIC WATER PUMPS U. S. BELTING and PACKING CANDLEWICK CRYSTALWARE COMPLETE LINES OF HARDWARE Phone 515, Blytheville, Ark. PEOPLE leJbyNEASci.icc.1 With Jle," niKilher .. TI)e Wcmell female columnisti. The chapter on love stalls with a Tennyson quote "'Tis better to have loved and lost j than never to haved ioveci at all." j And beneath: "Yeah, but it get: '. monotonous"— Mature. "My Wives" is the shortest cha- ! tcr In tlie book— and the shortest ever written. There's a quote from . Shake.speare. "Hansins nnd wiving I BO by destiny." with Nature's reply, "I do not expecl to lians; twice." j TI!V A CIlM'TI'.lt | Here's the ch.vpior. litled "My Wives"— "My first wife was a beautiful red- hairerl girl nnnicd [•ranees Evans. ] veiu-on. I don't remember the date > we Here married. ] don't remember the date we were divorced. "My second wife w,\s Martha Stevenson. T don't reminbcr the dale we were married. I don't remember the, dMp we were divorced. "The less said a taut all thi ! bettor." il'nd chapter "My Wives.") the Arkansas Bank Assets Show Marked Increase - LITTLE ROCK. Dec. 30. (UP) — Arkansas Bank Commissioner T. W. Leggett says total assets of stale >_ rURITAX VILLAGE IN IC80 VI j\r}"ISTRESS REBECCA WALL" JNU seldom paid any attention (o lecture day, but Captain WalliiiK Tell thai, as a man of public imporlancc in the community, it was his duty lo appear. So, fairly early in the morning he left his house, accompanied by his daughters, Harriet and Comfort, and proceeded, gravely along the wide street to the village green. Harriet endeavored lo look as pale as she could, but without much success. Before leaving home slie studied 3\cr face in the mirror, and was disappointed when she saw that she still had the ruddy, red- checked complexion of a hearty milkmaid. Maybe the milk, vinegar nnd pear treatment was not much good, she reflected. Anyway, Oliver Hillmnn liked her just as she was, and that was a pleasant thought. As Waitslill Walling walked slowly toward the meetinghouse lie. was wondering what he would say when called Upon to speak. He seldom spoke on these occasions, for Ihe minister was supposed to do nil the lalkinif, but the subject o£ today's lecture, or sermon, was "Moses as n Lawgiver," and Mr. Goodwin had told him that he would be caller! on to say something, as the town's magistrate, after the leclure. What could he say? He realized his own shortcomings; lie was not a philosopher, or a deep thinker; lie was a doer. But he would have to say something. The Puritan code was basc-d on tlie Mosaic Law. There were only twelve offenses punishable by death in Massachusetts, just the- same as in the laws of Mo.=e?, while- at that very lime there w two hundred or more offenses that called for the death penalty in England. That is worth talking .about, he reflected. Lecture day, to In's way of thinking, was just a \vasle of time. Tlie Sabbath was a woikless day- '.ay oE rest—and one clay a week vas enough, he thought. With no vork done on cither the Sabbath n- lecture day, the Puritans had a Ive-day work week, and Captain W:!!!:r»{: fimnoiif this pampering of working class had gone too far. * * * A FTER the lectures and the Cap- Iain's talk in the meetinghouse Harriet and Comfort went walking iround the green, while the Cap- .nin accompanied the minister into .ho tavern, where they expected to drink a bowl of punch logelhcr and to have some conversation ft'ith any of (lie townsmen who were present. Harriet, with a calculated se- ilalencss, strolled slowly under the trees, speaking lo some ac- ciuainlances and bowing to others. She was soon joined by Oliver Hillman. They looked first at the Ihrcc men in the stocks. One of them hart a card which said "Blas- phemer'' across his breast. The second man was a Quaker who had bcr.ii sentenced to spend the day in the stocks, then be whipped on his bare back and expelled from the colony. Although there was an official watcher, a constable standing near by to keep watch over the prisoners, small boys in the crowd of onlookers picked up pieces of sod ond threw (hem at Ihe Quaker. He tried to missies by ducking his head, but lie had not dodged them all for his hair and clothes were covered with dirt. Whenever a clod hit him in tlie face there was a roar of laughter from fhe crowd. The third man in the slocks had no ears: they had been cut off long ago, evidently, as Ihe scars had healed. In the middle of his forehead the Idler "P" \vas burned. It stood for "perjurer." Harriet turned her head sadly and said to Oliver Hillman, "Oh, it is awful. I feel faint." Young Mr. Hillman took her arm at once to lead her away, and they went albng slowly, with Comfort following tiicm. Tlicy slopped now and ien to see (lie games and Harriet nviled her friend Oliver to come loine with llicm and have dinner. 'But you must take pot-luck," she said. "We have nothing special. In reply he remarked that he cotnpany was enough for him, and better than any dinner. After this exchange of amenities they made llicir way across the green to seek Captain Walling at the inn. * * t T-T/VRRIET and her little sister wailed in the entry of the ;avern while Oliver Hillman went :nside to lell Captain Walling that his daughters were outside. Young ivomcn, in those day, did not •ralronize houses of public entertainment except occasionally while traveling. In such cases, women who stayed overnight at inns did not ordinarily take their meals in the public room. Captain Walling, young Hillman discovered, was listening intenlly lo a stranger who had come overland from New York, and was on his way to Boston. This dusty and road-splashed traveler was telling his audience of the actions of Governor Andros in the New York colony, of the quarrel between New York and Connecticut, of the slightly disguised pirates wlyj made tiie port of New York their headquarters. Harriet waited many minutes before her father ap pcarcd. The importance of the colonia tavern as a news center can hardly be grasped in our generation of cables, telegrams, radios and printing presses. In 1680 there was not even one newspaper in the colonies. The village tavern, or inn, had the place that is now occupied by the newspaper, (he radio and the, newsrccl. Much of the information that one obtained in such circumstances was ridiculously false, of course, and most of th,e news, even 1£ true, was vague and uncertain. NEXT: A DAY IN A VIRGINIA rtANTKR'S LIFE (J713>.

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