The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 15, 1953 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 15, 1953
Page 11
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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 1958 (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS Mamie's Army: The Whitehousekeepers By PATTI SIMMON'S NBA Staff Correspondrnt WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Ike gave up an army to become President, The President's wife, Mamie,' will take on an army beginning Inauguration Day. As ruler of the housekeeping roost at 1GOO Pennsylvania Avenue. Mrs. Eisenhower will be lucky if at first she stays just one step ahead of the Executive Mansion's regiment of maid';, butlers, cooks, housemen, doormen, laundresses, gardeners and repairmen. Sixty-five strong, with another 20 'fir so to handle, miscellaneous Jobs, ''•feey're battte-seasoneri from years of blitzkrclg with dirt, dust, moths and uninvited guest.s, There's even an exterminator, except that at the Executive Mansion you politely refer to him as "the engineer" who sprays the place. The new First Ljidy must learn tome fine points of protocol. For Instance, Mamie must never, never tell a White House maid to man a mop or wield a vacuum sweeper. Strenuous Jobs are tackled by six housemen, leaving a quintet of maids to go about the chores of bed-making and waiting on lady guests. It would be a first-rate boner to send a butler to the grocery store. Each morning the shopping list is handed to Melvin Carter, the steward, who does all White House marketing. In spending the taxpayer's money for spinach and lamb chojis, Carter't have to stick to the same store. One rule, however, never changes — a while House policeman always accompanies him. Another precaution Mamie will have to get used to Is having every department store purchase fluoro- - Ecoped in the White House mall room before being delivered to her. gill she "goes shopping and carls "raie package home herself, there's that'secret service man who'll stick by her side. , * * • . Any resemblance between Mamle.'s kitchen and a womans 1 world would upset !he White House tradition Probably as large as the Blue Room, the place Is a mammoth chromium kingdom ruled over by Maltre d'Hotel Alonzo Fields, aided by five cooks and four assistant butlers The impeccable Fields-Is responsible for inventory on all food, as well as the china, glassware and silver. It's up to him to decide on WrflTE HOUSE CLEANING —. Cleanlnf Job 'is tackled fn the executive wing after a tense day of conferences produced this Utter. the quantity and quality of food purchased and to prepare the daily menu for approval of the President's wife first thing each morning. If the new First Lady follows In the housekeeping footsteps of Bess Truman, her day will begin at 8:30 or 9 a.m., which is when one of the ushers appears on the scene with the menu. The ushers, captained by Howell Crim, constitute four majordomos in charge of White House maintenance and staff personnel. Should * Prime Minister or guest of st^te come to stay with the Eisenhower's, It's still the maitre d'hotel who'll conjure up four different dinner menus for each day of their stay. From these Mamie will make her choice. Ask most anyone at the White House about Fields and they'll tell you there's not another man In Washington who could take his place. He learned his butler's secrets from the blue bloods of Boston. Before coming to the White House 21 years ago, Fields worked for the president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. White House Chief Chof .Esfanis- lao Medina is a native of the Philippine Islands and chats In an accent thick as one of his country's dishes. Medina retired as an officer's cook first-class in 1949 after 30 years in the Navy. In the sub-basement mess where the White House help eats, an assistant cook dishes out the chow. If .'Mamie would like « bedtime snack, there's a small diet-kitchen on the third floor. The gal who can'tell the new First Lady all about the high cost of living at. the White House is Mrs. Eli Ciarrochi. As acting housekeeper grocery bin's are her responsibility. • * • ' • One houskeepln* headache that doesn't exist at the white House ts Spring and Fall cleaning. Prettying up the Executive Mansion is one perpetual process, floors may be waxed three time.! In a single week. It's Difficult to Tell if Abbott, Costello are Arguing or Acting By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD if! — Bud Abbott and Lou Costello argue so much that sometimes you can't tell when It's part of the act and when It's for real. ' I realized this-when I hart lunch with them during a break in their TV lehearsnl. They were 'accompanied by a targe, audience, consisting of their producer, writers, etc., and both boys were in good ^argumentive form. '. tt started with the Llmburger chnese. Bud w.isfhaving n dish of Llm- burger with raw onion as a chaser. -This pained Lou, who put a napkin over the fragrant repast. "It's dead," satd Lou. "Let's give it a decent burial." "Cut it outl" snapped Bud. "That cheese doesn't smell." This touched off a heated exchange that lasted several minutes. After the battle cooled off. I put forth the question of whether it's harder to make the public laugh today. "Absolutely," replied Bud. 'nvilh all the war, and taxes and unrest In the world, people don't laugh as readily as they used to." "I disagree," countered Lou, who used to be the fat one but has slimmed down to Abbott's size. "I think people are more eager to laugh than ever before—because of all their troubles." "You're mils," answered Buri. "I'll tell you anolher reason it's harder lo make people laugh today. Thanks to TV, more people ore getting more entertainment iUlan ever before In history. Some- rfhlng's got to be really funny or they'll switch the dial to another program." They argued this back and forth for a while. About the only thing they could agree on was: TV ~ wonderful. "Ten or 12 years ago, we'd gel mobbed wherever we went because of our movies,". Lou remarked. "After a fen- years, that sort of thing died down. But now we're getting It all over again. ,- •. "I"Just took a. trip east. When I stopped over in Chicago, I had to make my way through the kids. When -I walked through the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria In New York, it was a mob scene. "The same thing happens h'ere in town. I used to take my kid to the amusement park with no trouble at all. Now I can't go there, unless I want to sit doWTj and write autographs for an hour." Both comics agreed that they work hard for the new revival of their careers. Their show looks like a breezy, easy hour. But; Lou said, "I'd rather make a feature picture than do one live show on TV. " "TV Is actually harder work than pictures. Before starling to prepare for a show, I go in training—just like a prize fighter. I'm constantly working on new Ideas lor the show." The boys are keeping up their NOTICE Carpenters Local at 209 !/2 Main SI. will be Open Monday through Friday from 8 .lo 5. If you need to remodel, repair or build Call 3372. First class work by union craftsmen, and information you need. After 5 p.m. Call 8747. strenuous schedule. During the rest of the year, they will do several more live TV hours, 26 half- hour films for TV, two or Ihfee movies for theaters and also play the El Rancho Vegas in Las Vegas , thfitr first night club date In several years. Don't they ever run out of material? "That doesn't worry tis," answered Hurt. "Why, when we were in burlesque, we played the same theater fcvr five, years, changing the show every week. We've got enough material to last us as lone as we live." About 40 per cent of the farmland in the United Slates is made up of farms with more than 1000 acres. Every few months the stage-size draperies are carted to the dry cleaners and the myriads of separate crystals sparkling In the big chandeliers are given a bath In ammonia and water. The domestic staff works a 40- hour week and has different days off, Ushers probably work longer hours than' anybody in the place, They've been known to arrive at 6 a.m. and slay put at their posts tin midnight—with no overtime pav., When veteran doorman Robert Mayes takes his day off there are still four others to take turns at the front door. Mays Is one of the real Washington landmarks. His tenure at the White House dates back to the administration of President Taft. Another staff veteran, head gardener Robert Redman, started at the White House when he was 16 years old. Redman claims his work is light compared to the early FDR days. During Roosevelt's administration 33 greenhouses which he- longed to the while House were destroyed to make room for a city bridge. Today's lone greenhouse Is on the While House roof and Redman places a daily order for cut flowers with a Washington florist. "It was President - Roosevelt's Idea." Redman says, "that this would he cheaper than rebuilding 32 greenhouses." ..For a typical rlai|y nrrlrr, Redman •figures so rosesj eight or 10 bunches of pom poms and 25 lo SO snapdragons. As soon, as Mamie's last luncheon or tea guest departs, Redman will transplant all bouquets to the ice box. This way (hey keep a week or more. Redman and his 10 assistant* also maintain watch over 300 or 400 plants stashed Into rJark White House corners. Every couple of weeks, the plank go back to the greenhouse for light nnd sun. The Eisenhowers will have their own full time staff of repairmet able to fix anything from a leaky faucet to a temperamental streak in the air-conditioning. . The Impressive battalion include plumbers, carpenters, painters, electricians, engineers, even a movie projector man. About i the only emergency that can't be handled on the grounds is a crimp in'one of the Executive Mansion's three or four TV sets. And so far. no one's thought of recruiting a lifeguard for the White House pool. Maximum Age Limit for U. S. Jobs Dropped .WASHINGTON (ff) _ Th/ Civil Service Commission yesterday dropped maxium age limlles for entrance Into most government Jobs, nnd said ft has urged federal hiring agencies to take on older persons. In the past, the commission's rules provided that generally new Job applicants would not be considered If they were 62 or over. The commission also announced regulations 'covering the temporary employment In government Jobs of persons 70 or over. Visiting Around Arkansas BY JOE MARSH THE ARKANSAS PRESS Meets To Take Stock ArkaiMM editors Mid pablishera »re meeting thin mouth 1» t»k» stock, swjp Mi-ao am) rtneir their tilth w the power »nd rflijhilily of the^ press. For many, ennvpn- tion time mcan.s locking op lh< shop, because they serve as printer and presaman »s well is editor. Large of wnall, Ihoiigh, Arkan.»«F editors meet on common ground »nd make Ike some decision for thp heflerment fit their communities, and neighbor*. II s liVe the brewing industry hi uomr ways. Large or small, the American brewer strives (o give service lo the pllhlic through pro- duchon of a fine and reliable product. Just like (he editor wauls his subscribers and advcrtiscm tn appreciate and have faith in hi.i paper, the brewer waals his ciis- Inmers to relish a good, con] cl.iss of beer in pleasant, legal siir. rotmmngs- s NEW WORLDS IN * N G I N R E R I N G » SHOW BY CHRYSLER C r~TTXX3r : *!V*zrs fSf.-v. •x*™""> Boy discivers new way to steer... fecls how Msy Chrysler Power Steering makes life for the driver. This is iusl one of the interesting axpcriences we invite you to enjoy at "New Worlds in Engineering''... the most exciting demonstration of automotive engineering achievements of modern times. Let us put you behind (he wheel and with just two lingers you'll turn your car wheels, even at a standstill. Power Steerine does K of the work of steering for you ... gives your hand on ths wheel-many t.mes more steering control and safety in ruts or on soft shoulders! Chrysler's full-tfme power steering n work" "" "^ Wh * ll "' r y ° U "" <"" kin * or «" «« worth in Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto o'nd Chrysler cars!There's no admission charge. Come brin B your family and friends any time-ll:0u A.M. to 11:00 P.M. daily except Mondays-January 10 thru January 11. The Auditorium-West Hall, Memphis Don t miss seeing engineering wonders previously not revealed' SHOWING IN MIMPHIS Days of Metal Shortages Running Out NEW YORK W) _ . Tne day , „, netal shortages.-anri controls—are •unnlng out. Sleelmcn say thai, most manufacturers of household appliances nnrt even of autos may soon be able to get all they can use—the accent will be on finding customers for their products rather than on finding materials, Aluminum production Is about to be stepped up again—In this case •vlth an assist from the weather- nun out in the Pacific Northwest Steel controls arc about to be relaxed—acordlng to reports from Washlngton-wllh larger quotas for makers of civilian goods, And many manufacturers arc already stepping up th'eir own pro- dnction qnoles because (hey fell tha materials controls u-ill tic a thing of the past shortly and tiiat therefore, they can borrow now from antlcpatc supplies. Copper remains the tighlest of the metals—hut even there the supply situation Is brightening some, Norwoy fo Spend $22,580,000 OSLO. Norway M>i—Norway's 60- government yesterday nailed (or a record expenditure for defense in presenting its 1953-54 budget to parliament. It calls for spending 522580,000 more for arms compared with last year. Taxpayers would he asked to put "P about $S20.400.000. Of this amount about J161.400.000 goes to the armed service^, 100 Sfotc GOPS To Inauguration LITTLE ROCK (If, __ A rkan sas will 5c nri a 100-rnember delegation to Washington Tuesday for |he Inauguration of Presidentelect Si D Elsenhower, State Republican Chairman Osro Cobb announced yesterday. _State fi oa t will move in the in- Japon Borrows 10 U. S. Ships TOKYO M>»—Jnpan borrowed 10 ihips from the United States yesterday ns a starter toward rebuilding I he flec-t she lost fighting the U S in World War II. Some of the ships formerly had been loaned to Russia. Their latest transfer came Just one d,iy alter Japan, in a strong American-backed statement «\irn- ed Russia that U.S. planes of the Japan defense force would shoot down Intruders over Japanese territory. Altogether .the U. S. will lease 68 ships to Japan for her Maritime Safety Board (Coast Ouard). PAGE NINE actinia) parade. It will bear the words "177.000 for Ike," Indicating the number ot Arkansans who voted, for Elsenhower. Up the Easy Way; Down The Hard Way KANSAS CITV W)-Hercs' * puz- Two workmen climbed to the top of a 140-foot brick smokestack lining Iron hooks In the Interior a» * ladder. Then they removed a hcavv castiron rim atop the stack, The rim dropped down the renter of the stack knocking off most of the iron hooks and leaving the men stranded. How did they gel down? Jamts Donnelson and Gene Husky found themselves In lh*t situation yesterday atop a smokestack of an old college building;. But they're not still up there trying to find « way out. They worked their way down— Wholesale Food Prices Advance v . NEW YORK MV-Wholesale food prices advanced this week for the fourth week In a row and were it (he highest average level since mid- November, according to the Dun & Bradstrcet food Index. Al J6.25 the index compared with 15.23 last week »nd was off 4.8 per cent (rom the yoar-ago week's {687 Wholesale prices of one pound each of 31 fods In general us« are totaled to establish this index. leafing down the structure brick h» brick. It took them most of the day' But by evening they had reduced the size sufficiently so that they could be lowered to the building'! roof by rope. Nobody complained about their method. They were nupposed to help dismantle the old stack anyway Beit lime for ttit Norlti American four-marv bobsled mile—1:12.031 torn 85 lUHOID WHSHI CMUIKS Kl illll i mHl ; mil ; KENTUCKY BLENDED WHISKEY M»3 ~ V\ Ql. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY •*£» m mm mi twnu«imiur, unrntir CLOSING OUT SALE IN PROGRESS! This Is Your Last Chance to SAVE ON THESE TERRIFIC VALUES •Check These Money Savers'- . 2 pr 25c . 2 pr 39c 49c & 75c 49c Regular 25c & 29c Anklets .,.....,,..,.. Regular 39c Anklers ....... Regular 98c & 1,49 Wool Head Scarfs Ladies Nylon Hose pa ir Quality Canvas Gloves pair .,, 20c Bedtime Story Books, a big one 15 C AIT Buttons per card 5 C Children's Cotton Bloomers 25c Quality Print Dresses ...... 99 C Corduroy Overalls pair 99 C Gabardine Jackets only .- 99 C ALL SUMMER SHORTS AND SUITS REDUCED 50% j ALL TOYS REDUCED 50% ^^ and 10 C THRIFTY *f and 10 e

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