The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 12, 1949 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 12, 1949
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 1!M!» BLTTHKVILLE (AKK.V COURIER NEWS THE NATION TODAY— Minimum Wage Measure Goes To Senate With Prospects Of Action Before Session Ends By James Marlow WASHINGTON. Aug. 12. (/TV-Now it's up to the Senate to do something about changing the minimum wage law. The House yesterday passed a bill to do that. But. unless the donate also approves before going home, there'll Be no change. There's growing belief here the Senate will act. If it docs. It probably will pass a bill different from that of the House. That means both houses would have to compromise on a single bill, different from that of the House, before the law is changed. Some explanation for that—and* of the changes proposed by tht House-passed hill—will be given here. But. first, background. The minimum wage law was passed by Congress ill 1938. Briefly It said: Peoples engaged business which ministration, which carries out the law for ihe government, were themselves puzzled last night as to what some parts of the House bill meant Since they were puzzled, it's probable that a lot of House members had commerce across state lines | vvno votfd for the bill -lidn'b know (Some ! cx "elly what they were voting tor. were covered by the kinds of businesses ">ere specifically exempted from the law's coverage.) This -leant that the "covered" people had to be paid no le^ than '^5 cents and hour until 1939. no less than 30 cents an hour until 1945, and 40 cents an hour after 1945. That 40 cents an hour Ls now For example: T h c present law covers those workers considered "necessary" for tlie production of goods in a plant (goods moving in interstate commerce), besides the workers doing the actual production there. Example: Window washers and nh:ht watchmen are now considerer ihe minimum wage thai can be paid ! as "necessary" by the government worker* "covered" by the law. [if trip work in But living costs have risen so' by the law much since 1945 that 40 cents an hour has become a very low hourly wage. . There lias been increasing pressure upon Congress from many directions, particularly from President Truman, to do two things: 1. Raise the minimum wage from 40 cents an hour to 15. 2. Bring uder the protection , ot the la\v many people not now covered by it. Many Now Exceed >kaximum The House-passed bill of yesterday would raise the minimum to 75 cents an hour. The bill already for action in the Senate also would raise the minimum lo 75 cents an hour. (At this moment about 22,600,000 workers are covered by the law. But, of lhat number, only about 1,500,000 make less Mian 15 cents an hour. So only a little more than six per cent would benefit by th increase.) The Senate hill wouldn't change (he coverage of the present law by bringing any more people under Its protection. But—the House-pissed bill, instead or bringing a larger number under coverage, would actually take coverage away from about- 1,000,000 people who now have it. The Senate bill would make only tiny changes in the law itself, but the House-passed bill would make a number of important changes. If this House-pawed bill ever became law it probably would mean suits In the Supreme Court—which might take years—to explain precisely what some of the language in the bill means. Officials of the Wage-Hour Art- a plant is covered But the House bill would change that so only "indispetisible" workers were covered. So an employer might argue, if the House bill became law, that window was and night watchmen are not "in- dcspensable." Sooner or later this would hav to be fought out in the courts to decide what "indespensable" means Pitching Horseshoes BY BILLY ROSE Without introduction or icing, let le give you the story ol Cafeteria harlle who, while other men aspire o be president four times, yearned o be an alderman—just ouce . . About a year ago a bouncy 111 tie )an began hanging out In the caf- terias >f a town on tile cast coast f Florida, which, in deference to ts chamber of commerce, shall be nameless Day after day he would iark himself near the entrance where 'he checks were glren out. and welcome the customers with he grin of a professional hast. ''Let, would see— party of five," he say. "there's a table all Lumbermen Predict Increase in Demand MEMPHIS. Aug. 12. Wl — The president of the Hardwood Dimension Manufacturers Association believes the coming fall market will be satisfactory. This prediction was made at a meeting of hardwood lumber processors here yesterday by David B. Morgan, Jr., of Ashevllle, N.C.. He said business is down 10 to 15 per cent at most right now. P. A. Hayward of Louisville. Ky. managing director of the association, said trade prospects are much better than they were three or four months ago. Another speaker, M. D. Turnage of Fordyce, Ark., said pine prices are up from three to live dollars a thousand feet. cleaned up and waiting for you over n the corner. You go right ahead anri get your food—I'll mind ynur r esls. By the way, my name's 2harlie and I'm running for ald- 'rman In the next election Garbage disposal situation's bad, and I aim to do something about it, Can I ;el you some cole claw?" Naturally. It wasn't long before patrons and press had nicknamed him "Cafeteria Charlie," and ihe usual jnkes were being told about his political aspirations. But sure eucugh when the list of candidates were nostfd, Cafeteria Charlie's name was on the ballot—there are uo primaries in thus town and the little man had scraped together the small registration tee needed to put •lini in the race. As election day drew near. Charlie step|>ed up hi-s campaign of advising tray-toters, dusting off chairs and helping persuade junior to eat his prunes But the strain ol too much worry and not enough sleep finally caught up with him. He began to lose weight, got the fidgets ^ind, shortly before E-Day (he rumor ^ot around that the cafeteria candidate had Vowed to eommi suicide if he didn't get elected. Nevertheless, when !he returns finally came in, despite the suppor ol the more frivolous members of cafeteria society, Charlie placed 181 h on a list ol 20. The following day when lie failed to show up at his regular hangouts, his friend? began lo get worried. Bui ^long about 5. he walked into ] the town's biggest cafeteria and sat down at a table In the rear of the vooin. The manager watched him for a few minutes and then walked up. "Don", take it so hard," he said. No election is that important, dim-lie didn't answer 'Toll you what I'll do," said (he mi.naeer. 'I've been watching the way you help people when they come In. and ! think mi, i-onld do is a lot of good. I'll five yon a job douig exactly what you've been do- HK. and you'll make more than an llderman docs—in salary, anyway." "I'm not looking for a Job,' said :|;arhe. "Look here," said his would-be jenefactor. "you're not planning to bump yourselt off because you tost 'he election, are you?" Jharlif. grinned. "Oh. that!" he said. "I started thr<t rumor myself. It was part of my election campaign. "I've been thinking, the nmateii: politico continued. "The real reason I lost WHS that I got coins too late Without ckugh, a six month's campaign nin't enough. The time to shirt Ls right now." A minute later he Jumped up as a parly of four entered the cafeteria. 'My name Ls Charlie," he said, •and I'm running for alderman next election Care for some stewed rhu- oavb?" (Copyright. 1948. by Billy Rose) 'Distributed by The Bell Syndicate. Inc.) Read Courier News Want Ads. State to Change Motor Vehicle Registration Plan LITTLE ROCK, Aug. 12—</!')— Arkansas' motor vehicle regislra- Jon system authorized by the 1949 eglslalure may be operating by Nov. 1. Revenue Comm! iloner Dean Morley said photographic equip- uent to be used m recording proof of vehicle ownership Is cxpeclcd lo arrive in October. "We will make every effort to establish ownership other than by the 'pink slip' (state license reu- ipts)," Morley said, "Methods lo be used arc original Invoices and bills of sale. Where these are not available, w-c will as] for Mate- inents from previous owners of i-chieh as to present ownership." Morley said principal reasons [or Investigation or the rcsglsl.-ntion system arc: <1) The "pink slips" arc not recognized In olher states as proof of ownership; (2) Arkansas is being used, and has been used for years, as a dump, ing ground for stolen vehicles. Registration of the state's 359.000 automobiles and 175.000 trucks will be done on the basis of one county PACT THBFB Winter's Food Supply Must Come from Soil, Too, Farm Woman Says STEPHENS, Ark., Aug. 12-W)- Wlien oil WHS discovered on the form of Jesse and Georgia Hamilton near here, royalty buyers treated to the place. All this activity brought a complaint from the woman of the house. She said she didn't know how they would eat nexl winter if the visitors didn't leave her husband alone so he could plow his crops. It Ls estimated that the couple's royalty Income will amount to Sl.OCO or more a month. The Hamiltons arc In llieir six- at a lime, explained. the commissioner ex- Monkey Business DANVILLE. 111.. Aug. H>_(/p,_ Tile Sears Roebuck monkey was In a corn crib, but now lie's in the dog house. The ':K>I' ey escaped from the crib In Scnrs store last ulRht He ivns found hiding today In the Monlgr. cry Ward store, of all places. Maybe there's som thing in a imire. residents pol 1 ' -d nut, since the latterstore Is known In these parts as "Monkey Ward." Subversive Label Pinned on Reds Upheld by Court WASHINGTON. Aug. 12—<«•)— The U.S. Court of A- ^als yesterday upheld the government's right o label certain groups as "sub- orslve." The 2 lo 1 decision was handed iown in ihe case of the Joint Anti- •'asclst Refugee Committee which ind appealed lo the courts after It vns Included on Attorney General Jlark's "subversive list" two years ago, The Appeals Court affirmed the U.S. District Court here In dis- nl.vjing the ^cfugec Com Iltec's suit on a motion by the government. 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