BLYTHEVILLE COURIER UEWfl SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 1945 -r-THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS' • - ' ' THE COURIERHEWS CO. '* H. W. HAINES, Publisher ,. i . SAMUEL P. NORR1S, Editor < ' - JAMES A. dATEflS, Advertising Manager > Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer 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 at Congress, October's, 1917. Served by the United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier In the city, of Blytheville, 20o per week, or 85c i»r month. • By rr.all, within a radius of 40 miles, $4.00 per year, $2.00 for six months, $1.00 for three months; by mail-outside 50 mile zone, $10.00 per year payable in advance. Reproduction ta ihh Mima of edlttrUlf tlhtr nmp«E>«M «Mt tnfenemoii tat to M ttkaowkdinciit of ta- Untt to UM 'Congress Cabinet?' Plastic .Dilemma For a time it seemed thnt the end of this war would usher in im area which some already were calling^ the Age .of-Plastics and Synthetics. By and large it promised to be Quite an era, filled with light; durable, inexpensive comforts and conveniences achieved through wonderful new feats of alchemy. ' 1 Even before the era arrived we 'could imagine archaeologists of some distant millennium beginning a new subdivision of man's history at about 1950. (They'd probably call it The Ago of Plastics and Synthetics, loo.) They would consider (lie date significant as mnrking man's abandonment of the quaint old notion thai the edible fruits ! of the field were useful only as food. It was then, those distant archaeologists would say, that our semi-primitive 20th century ^ancestors found that the grain which he ground and baked to ease his hunger, or distilled to case his troubles, could be combined with oil to make tires, for his land journeys; and that the humble bean he fed to his animals and occasionally to himself could be cooked and pressed and molded into vehicles and other useful objects. - But it seems,now that such a chapter in man's history may never be written. For our inventors, though full of wisdom and ingenuity, had overlooked one thing. They forgot that the race of man shares this earth with some old and highly respected inhabitants who'sUll • maintain the uncomplicated idea that something to eat is something to eat. Period. , tJ ' ' . " ' > And thus, before the Age of Plastics and Synthetics is even upon us, we read that in one place dogs have 'eaten the. soybean license plates off ail automobile, and that in another bears have devoured a set of synthetic rubber tires , with apparent relish. Not many years ago a man traveling Siberia in a. troika ran the chance of having both his horses and himself consumed by ravenous wolves: Today the horses and sleds are disappearing. Modem civilization is moving in on those frozen Russian wastes. But at the rate things are going, it will only be a question of time before the Siberian motorist starts dreading the thought of having wolves spring , iSJoii his lunnmjsf board and go, to work !«nVrj|ij^ sb^ib^n" toiiiWiij)'tliislibrVartVatid steering w'hsel. sparing him diiiy long enough to make .sure that they have had their quota' of plastic proteins. Peihaps discouragement is pre- .mature. But as of today it looks as if the Age of Plastics and Synthetics had struck an impasse. Man ihinks lie has" discovered something to make human existence more attractively human. The animal kingdom stubbornly persists in believ.ng that man has simply whipped up ;> few new recipes. For the time being we shall forego both plastics and judgment. But we shall watch developments with what we hope can remain a detached interest. An article which Jamee P. liyrnes, War Ma- bllzallon Director, says ho wrote In the expectation he would be n private citizen when It appeared urges the crcaton of n Congressional Cabinet consisting of the heads of the principal Congressional committees, to meet,,Jr with the President. The suggestion has merit and there Is' merit,. too, in (ho further suggestion Hint the number ot Congressional committees be reduced and that Congress provide itself with experts Independent of the executive branches. The latter move has already l;oen urged by other!.. liiil the suggestions leave the executive Cabinet untouched and there, under Die present administration, seems the most room for improvement. The Cabinet seldom mcct.'i and 1ms in fact been overshadowed by the agencies, war and otherwise, thai have been set up Independent of it. ' Byrnes himself looms bigger in the public eye than any Cabinet officer. The President's reluctance to make changes in his Cabinet— whlch, aside from one or two posts, Is filled with mere stooges—is partly responsible for the decline of the Cabinet In Importance. Particularly Is more ability needed In the Treasury Department, whose iiead carries no weight either with the public or with Congress, nor even, apparently, with Byrnes, who lias Just made tax-" rcvlslon proposals without consulting Morgcn- tliau. A strengthened Cabinet could well be given the privilege or duty of appearing on the floor of Congress to explain and detent the policies each department advocates, thus Introducing the novelty of real debate, In plnce of the mere oratory which most Congressional speeches now consist of. There would be no ix>lnt In calling most ot the present Cabinet before Congress. Such a change would be, In all probability, as beneficial to Congress and the country as any of the plans suggested by Byrnes. —LOS ANGELES TIMES. Temporary Respite SO THEY SAY The German forces nrc 'Utilizing every device or diversion to cling to the offensive to prevent General Eisenhower from recovering the Initiative. The weather continues to be fi critical (actor. — Secretary of War Henry L. stimson * ' * I The recent. Japanese offensive iti Chlni and the present German counter-offensive In Western Europe both lend to show thnt before the enemy is finally 'liquidated more-will have lo be de- manddd of us than before. We must not relax — Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. • * • Anglo-American friendship is the foundation of world peace. Without that friendship there can be no real peace in our time or in the future.— Francis E. Evans, British Consul General in New York. » » » We are now satisfying present military demands in full as well as supporting the present civilian rations. But if military demands increase much, we would have to meet them at 'the expense of the American civilian.— Deputy Petroleum Administrator Ralph K. Dnvlcs. »• » » When n popular sergeant gets news that his wife wants a divorce, nil his men who arc married immediately think the' same thing may happen to them and wonder what their own wives are doing.—: Margaret Hagnri; Red Cross 1 ' • ^•JUU^x-vJJfc^i'—• "'^Ci-'^::;:.:'-'" "Il'.s I ho baby's cute sayings I'm sending his father in Die Philippines- can I insure I hi- package for THIS CURIOUS WORLD •yWBUn Ftrgwon Announcements The courier News has been authorized to announce the following .•andldacies for the Municipal Elec:ton In April. Municipal Judge she said: 'I am afraid of what my husband will think.'" Vets Want Homes First HOUSTON, Tex. (UP)—A place to hang their hats is what returned servicemen want more than anything else in the world, says O. E. Crawford, head of the Veterans Information Center here. Crawford says he received far more inquiries, from veterans on buying homes than on any other subject. Buy Your Winter Supply of ,-WOOD and KINDLING While It Is Available. PLANTATION OWNERS' SPECIAL PRICE ON 100 RANK LOTSi BARKSDALE MFG. CO. Blytheville, Ark. Phone 2911 LIFE EXPECTANCY IM THE U.S., AT BIRTH, INCREASED FROM 4& YEARS TO <oO YEARS IN THE PERIOD FROM I9IO TO 1935. ANSWER: Hawaii, Mrv'j if..'.. Kauni, and Niihau. ' NEXT: Wlial co,o.- ij li-.c Danube river?. FARMERS (Ve have plenty of Iron Hoofing and Itough Cypress Barn Timbers, 3 Year FHA Terms II desired, E. C. ' nson GUARANTEED TIRE RECAPPING! 24 Hour Service Also—Vulcanizing and Tire Repair WADE COAL COt N. Hwy. 81 CEILING PRICES Phone 2291 In Hollywood No one objects lo healthy constructive criticism. It is good for us. But let us hnve done with destructive criticism that aims a blow at Allied solidarity.— Field Marshall Sir Bernard L. Montgomery. » » • • The Inflation (in Chinn), is terrible. A fare for a 100-mile bus trip has jumped from $8 in • Chinese money lo $1260, A 150-pound bag of rice that cost ?8 before the war row costs $2600.— Rev. Francis J. Moehringer of New York, back from 2'J years in Kiangsl Province. « * . I don't think there Is any reason to be siam- pcdcd into a hasly decision. A peacetime draft 1 cannot become effective until after the war, and it should -receive mature consideration.— Rep. Joseph W. Martin Jr. of Massachusetts.' BY KKSKINK JOHNSON NEA SlafT Correspondent HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 13. — Merle Obcron, the press agent said, was taking n milk bath. "Wouldj y°"i llkc i'° come. ; put and./. Ivl :; ' :j ; !|'| : ; M ip!! Universal studio is 12 miles from our house but we,\vere there before the press agent hung up the telephone. (OPA. traffic officers and that P-38 we passed, please ignore.) Wearing only a nice smile and a. flesh-colored, strapless bathing suit Merle was reclining In 80 gallons of milk in a mother-of-pearl bathtub built in the shape of a swan. The swan's eyes, we are happj to report, were closed, although we 1 caught him peeking a couple of times. But the camera's eyes were wide open, with an extra big lens. So were the eyes of every electrician carpenter and technician on the set We were a little pop-eyed onr self. It was the first time we hai ever Interviewed a lady while sin was taking a milk bath. Or an kind of a bath. We talked lo Laiv Turner once while she was taklni Our Boarding House with Maj.Hoople Out Our Way ByJ, R. Williams EGAD. MR. PIKE.' I'VE AUMNZEO THOSE O&IN LETTERS VOU RECEIVED AND DECIDED THE M(\*J is A OF HIRING ME BE A WJX6T6 OF WOMEN 1 -•*- VME •SHOULD BIN WEB WftR BOMO&, \'0tl K«OVS/~ AFTER ALLl oH.t'M WllWGTO tf YOU. t r- 1 && -( 8UMP6D OFP WILLVOU HEVP A> LITTLE WVtH"TH& -fOMBSTOMB ?. VOU'RE A PR.ETW RMR: <\ ' Whole sole your worn foolivcur for Winter and obtain sturdy wet resisting: -soles, greatly lengthening the shoe's life. WHV MOTHERS 6ET GRA.V .-„•".;; i,, 1 " 1 * shower but that doesn't count. was on the telephone. "Hello-o-o," Merle cooed, skim- ing her finger around in the Jinined milk. •ARM :I) JIT.STICKY It was'tV good thing, we thought, iat the old master of celluloid itliroom scenes, C. B. DeMille, was ot present. He would have turned reen with envy, paid that $1 to FRA, and shot himself. 'It's nice and warm," Merle aid, "but It's sticky." Director Arthur Lubin was looking urough the camera and said: "A little more milk, please. About wo quarts." Cameraman Hal Mohr looked hrough the camera. I think three quarts would be better." Lubln whispered that he was •aising the milk level just to be iure (lie Hays office censors would re happy. We couldn't see why, xicause the milk already was up around Merle's neck. But the prop man warmed up three quarts and dumped it into Merle's bath, anyway. The crowd behind the camera grew larpcr as we talked—and looked. Word was getting around the lot that Merle was taking n bath for a scene in the movie. "Night in Paradise," In which she plays a Persian princess. It didn't take long to shoot the scene—just a couple ot shots of Merle splashing in the milk. Cameraman Hal Mohr Mopped the cam- era'shots, during a closeup, to wipe j dli'rs"of ~onc"kind"or a"iothcr"as the lens. There was milk in Ihe | - well as tourists whose pockets camera's eye. _ '; wcru well-lined with money. slcpphV^'l TtiVr atuTtt, "«**- there W as a solid maids helping her into a fluffy robe. MISSED SOMETHING Everybody on the set said we should have been there when Merle first stepped into the lub. The same crew recently filmed a scene of Maria Montcz taking a bubble bath, and they couldn't get over how different this was. Merle just stepped Into the tub and that was that, With Maria it was different, their spokesman said. "She was wearing more than Merle Is wearing now but she made every body, shut their eyes. Then she said the water was too hot. Then it was too cold. Then she; said one of the electricians was^ peeking. When sorncouD asked her'why she made the fellows shut their eyes, infers Hdw. Co,, Inc. home of SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINT DF. LAVAL MILKERS and SEPARATORS GOULD'S ELECTRIC WATER PUMPS U. S. BELTING and PACKING CANDLEWICK CRYSTALWARE COMPLETE LINES OF HARDWARE Phone 515, BlytheTille, Ark. PEOPLE : lcd by NEA Sc^kc, Inc. WHEN NEW YORK WAS YOUXG VI 'rpHE town of New York, in the ; 18th century, wns considerably' .different, in habit and tcmpera- 1 mcnl, from any other colonial community. A large number of travelers and strangers were always to be found on Manhattan Island. To accommodate them there were numerous inns, with such names as the King's Anns, the Merchant's Colfee House, the Blue Boar, the Three Pigeons, The Sign of the Spread Eagle. Anybody who had the money to pay his way could come to New York and stay indefinitely without being questioned by the authorities if he uchaved- himself. Most ot the coastwise vessels, carrying passengers between Ne\v England and the southern ports, put into New York, where they remained from three or four days to three or four weeks. For some reason that is psychologically difficult to analyze New York at- (racled counterfeiters and swin- Major's purpose in going there. "Oh, I'm going there to get a prisoncr released. A bricklayer I know, named Jason Kiltie. A good man and a good workman. He's been in the jail for two months, and today I lake him out." "What was his crime?" Mason seemed somewhat bewildered. "Was it nothing but owing debts?" "That's all," was the reply. "He owed four pounds and some shillings." When they had reached the Commons—the square where the city hall now stands—the Major pointed to a dark, bleak, bare building and told his companion that it was Ihe debtors' prison. "Tlie man I'm laking out is a good workman, as I've told you. He helped build one of my houses A few months ago he fell from a house and injured himself so (hat he was laid up for weeks When he got well at last, and was ready to go back to work, he owed some money, mostly for provisions and rent. He couldn't pay and his creditors sent him lo but also various charges and fees, ;'|l and got a release from them. To- s|| day he'll he released and I'll see || that he gets to do. Then core of highly respectable citizenry—both English and Dutch— in the town. On top was the community of gentle manners, quiet homes, elegant furniture, and good taste. Under this community lay a heterogeneous horde of tavern roisterers, Negro slaves, thievish servants, underpaid workingmcn, and crooked individuals of all conditions. Many of them from the other colonies were fugitives from justice. » * * "JVEXT morning, as Major Lawrence and Charles Mason left the house together, the Major said, "I'm going up to Ihe debtors' prison, nnci !. thought you might like to sec it." 1 Mason said that ho wanted lo see everything, but asked the "How could he be expected ever to pay his debts it he is kept in jail and is not allowed to work?" "The question you ask," the Major replied, "is Ihe essence of the whole Ihing. They jail a man because he is unable to pay his debts and fix it so he will never be able to pay them." "But I should think that the government would object to feeding Ihcsc prisoners," said Mr. Mail. "The government doesn't feed them, nor docs it clothe them. The creditor who has the man put in jail must pay a few pennies a day for his support while ho is in prison, but it is not enough to keep him alive, so the prisoners depend on the charitable public lo send them food and clothes. "I arranged yesterday with Jnson Kiltie's creditors. I paid them nol only all he owes them he can repay me a little at a lime,"') 'TWERE were no cells in the debtors' prison. It consisted of a -;_ arge room with 50 or Gu men in j[| AH Ihe men were shabby, un- i kempt and hungry-looking. A g fire of logs was burning in a vast s^ chimney at one end of the room, jjjl A few lables and rickety chairs £|l were in the place. The pallets on HI which Ihe men slept were rolled t*| up against Ihe wall, all except-'] three or four. On Ihese men were lying. The proslrale men seemed very ill, all of them. They found Jason Kittle. He ^ was a wan, nervous-looking man _<| in a shabby but decent suit of clothes—the long trousers of the workingman, the stout shoes, the checkered shirt—so soiled that it looked black, and a coat ot coarse gray wool. ^ As they stood outside the door, '•: the young Virginian, the Major, fj and the shabby man with the bundle said. mdle under his arm, the Major <; .id, "Now, Kiltie, we're saying •/ goodby lo you here. Wait"—he i drew out his pocket book, counted [ 30 shillings, and placed the money j in the man's hands'. "Take this i and buy yourself some warn) . clothes. I'll add it to what ydV,,\ owe me. Go to your wife, takt> a good rest tomorrow, and come to me the day after, and I'll"find some work for you. No, no, not another word from you. On your way now." ' Ho waved the man away and | turned to Charles Mason. "Now, my young buck," he said, "I have jj 10 shillings here that says I can 15 beat you at your favorite gamch of billiards. Want to bet? Ofii course you do. Well, let's go down to the Merchant's Coffeehouse ond try our skill." NEXT: A GEORGIA TOWN IN , 1S07 .,!
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