The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 10, 1936 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, August 10, 1936
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MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 1936 BLYTHEVIILE. (ARK.) COURIER NEWS An Accident-Proof Highway Crossing Swifter and Heavier ..Traffic Presents Problems for Road Builders Ey NEA Service • The 3,000,00(/-mlle public road system of which the United Slates is so proud Is already in large part obsolete and even dangerous In view of modern high-speed traffic. The science ot- building safe roads simply hasn't kept pace with the science? of : biil]dlng faster safer motoivlcars..^ : ' That is the fining of a road survey by Fortune. Magazine, which concludes, Jri a stimulating article In Its August ; Issue, "The cold fact Is: traffic today l s a combination of an 80-mile-an-hour car in the hands of a 20-mile-an-houi- driver struggling to adjust Itself to a 30-mlte-an-hoiir road. And it doesn't work out very well." The open road, away from city, iranic and congestion, killed 25 000 people last year. People ki'll • themselves twice as fast on such loads as on city streets. Three factors govern road accidents, (he Fortune aiticle concludes: . . First, the drivers. There are 40,000,000 of them taking turns at the wheels of 26,000 000 car* ' Nothing can be done about drivers, the survey decides. They will not and can hot learn to drive safely of their awn will. They! must be restrained. . Second, car failure. This lias I been almost eliminated by the 1 motor manufacturers. Not more' . than 5 per cent of accidents are] duo to structural failure of the car if kept in reasonably good re-1 Pair. I Third, the road. U Is too slow lor the car and too dangerous for the driver. We thought the remedy for congestion and accidents was simply more and wider hard- surfaced roads. 'This, Fortune concludes, is not enough. "What is needed Ls better roads, designed to! handle safely the high-speed traffic that flows over them. * * * Many Roads Unfit Federal, state and county governments have spent JlS.000.000-! 000 for roads of all Muds since, the :turn of tlie. century. Back-| bone of the system is the state priniary'highway,-or trunk roads, tying, cities together. About "971 per cent of the surfaced mileage! is made up of two-lane, two-way, 20-foot roads, which were stand• ard 15 years ago. : "'.'"' . ' Federal road-design .experts .have- pronounced a quarter, J perhaps half, of the roads.- built, during the last .20 years nnfit.for today's high-speed traffic. ..-. If the two-line road were' widened to a three-lane affair, It has been felt in recent, years, much would be done to make overtaking and passing easier-and thus eliminate accidents. But, says Fortune, "the thrce;iiin'c road turned out to be the most- dangerous Will,- H,| S clover-leaf Junction.' a traffic system is shown al Its bc.sL I,, New Jersey Two types of friction have been,,ated-ll,e middle by the middle drip. W ltl. not „*„ ,,,tol o mlo • nd the inter-sectlona, by the c,ovcr-,c»f. AH turns are made to the ,l K ,,t n^'He ^ of ^ • "leaves." thoroughfare ever built. "If the road builders liad deliberately set out to make more accidents, they could not have contrived a more murderous weapon," declares the magazine. That center lane Is equally' attractive to cars going In cither direction —too many meet or side-swipe In trying to use It. * • * Wider Routes Unsafe Nor has widening roads further into four, five, or even six-lane highways made them any safei. The wide highway not only Invited more .accidents, but ' worse accidents. Instead of simple two- car smaslinps, it evolved "Intricate and bloody patterns, with three, four and five cars piling up at a time." New Jersey built such a highway between the Holland Tunnel and Trenton. It was regarded as a miracle In 1932. But within two years this super-highway had killed 1KB |>eople and Injured leoo. Now traffic "braln-trusters" in colleges and experts of the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads are liard at work pn new kinds of highways that just as difficult as possible for fools to kill themselves and others on the roads. * • * • Find Four Answers Four things can be done to make broad, hard-surfaced roads safer, they have long realized.' One is to divide the road in tils middle so. that cars can not gii over on the wrong side of tlie road, even if the drivers want to. Another Is to route cross traffic over or under the main road by bridges or tunnels. Another is . to close off property abutting on the road so that access to the road and the danger of'cars leaping out into tile'traf- fic stream are minimized. And still a fourtli is fast and slaw lanes to reduce friction 1 among cars traveling in the -stum- direction. Tlie way these principles work, if perfectly carried oilt, is shown by New York's Holland Tunnel under the Hudson to Jersey. Here, under special conditions of course, is a highway with a separate road in either direction, no Intersections, fast nml slow lanes, mid a policeman every 160 yards to s;e thill tlie rules are observed. in n:nc years It has carried n hundred million cars, yet only live people have been killed. 4 * * 1'llii Is Too Costly : Naturally, such conditions ns those of the Holland Tunnel can not be duplicated in. open road.;, but they show how the principles work. Any approximation of such conditions on country roads makes n terribly expensive construction Job. One of the best, , the Worcestc- Turhpikc In Massachusetts, has already cost $230,000 a mite. . But the movement to improve roads, not only to make them bigger, but also better and safe,-, is going farword. Miller McClin- slock, one of Hie best .mown' road experts in the country, ' puts It, this, way: . : '•: ,,. _ '" ^ "If it were passible to apply east Arkansas ntid southeast Missouri, The men arc Jxislcr M. Potts Francis J. Locked and Everett Marshall. All nre around 30 years of age tuiil l>otls U married. They are said to Imvo obtained about $3,000 In lliclr burglaries and I) lefts. They have admitted the burgln- ml"6 of the Liberty theater safe Ueiv on January i of tills year, «hen SGOO was Inktn. the theft of $20 In registered letters at the local poslollk'e and about $10 from f>ie local high school building At Blyllicvllle. the men (old officers, they burglarlwd tlie cwu Cola Homing plant and the high school building. At Koimolt n tlicntvr. mllroad station olllee and store were biirii- mrlzcd and at Hnyll about $500 «as (liken from tlie Arkansas-Missouri power company olllee. Other thefts occurred at Slkcs- Jpn, cape Glrardeaii, Pornrell, Cnmpocll, Parma, Charleston mid iuwl Prairie. PAGE SEVPtf " ft letter that the nullon's underground water resources are being exhausted by Improper « s e. In a survey In the vicinity of ucaver Rills, Pa,, lie discovered tlie great snnd rock formation that extends under purts of Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and west Virginia has been rendered unlit as n source of well water. Wallers said that in other parts of Pennsylvania he found con- lamination, oil and salt In the water of wells drilled at. heavy ex- |»nsc. He proposed [lint between 3.000 nml -1.000 engineers, draftsmen. :bemlsls and others be nnployiul by the government to conduct the Survey Urged of All Water Below Ground u')-A pi ni , tor n mlloiml survey of underground ,, sl ,' 1 , 1 "" es " ns bro " Emitted o President Roosevelt by U I, ' survey. The survey, Wallers said should Include tlw Inspection of every kind of mine or well (tint had penetrated to Hie water-bearing .strata, to determine whether It was draining the water away or t'x]x>slhg It to contamination. Walters' plan was tinned over lo (he National llcsotirce Board foi study. T!ie U. S. |»slolllcc revenue In 1789 was about $'J5,000, wlitlo In 1021) It exceeded $700.000,000. Make your vote count— Vole for your next County J mini', Virgil (im'iie. _WiiUcrs advised the I'n-sidenl In Charley Parker For Second Term State Auditor everything we know about traffic control, we could eliminate 98 per| cent of all accidents and practical-1 iy all congestion." Trio of Cairo, III., Men Confess To T h e { t : s Here - . CAHUTHERSY1LLE, Mo—Three men, all of Cairo, 111., arrested by Cape county oflllcers and highway patrolmen, have confessed a se'- ries of burglaries in this section during the past two years, at least, three here, two at, Blylhevllle and several .at other places in norfn- Virgil Greene promise?; to quit the practice uf law and to devote all Ids time ti> Mississippi Conn ty's business if elected. Ills Unie and attention will not be divided between his own business • aiii the county's. " s ' i HARVE B. THORN For Lieutenant Governor Hnrve B. Thorn, the present Sinker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in tlie primary tomorrow. He is our neighbor, living at Harrislmrg our sister city In Poit.sett county. He Is the only candidate for state office from tills section of the state, the great eastern SCC | io ii comprising the first congressional district. It is Lin proper that the people of Mississippi county vole for 1,1,,, for this office because of his living so close to ns and because our troubles nre the same, we speak the same language' ntid have the same governmental problems. To vote for either of his opponents would be voting for a man far removed from ns in a rtislnnt part of the slate. Eastern Arkansas, his home, pays more taxes lo (he slate and gets less for it than any other part. Tt Is high time that we had some able representation In the 'slateliouse at Little Rock, s.iclf as Speaker Thorn, llmt we might, get our just dues ami gel value received for our tax money. It Is said on the best authority thai he will receive the unanimous support of his home votes. This is the highest compliment that can be paid any man- what His home people say of him. Let Mississippi county vole for him, our neighbor, and S ho w u> the world that Enslern Arkansas will vole as a unit by electing one of Its outstanding citizens, Lieutenant Governor. KB NEIGHBORLY WITH HARVE THORN —Thorn Campaign Committee, Miss. County. LUM 'N' ABNER'S TIP- WIN WITH CRIP C. G. 'Crip' Hall OVKK i05,nno VOTKS FOR SECRETARY of STATE In 1931—The Winner by a Landslide in 19,10 Beware of last minute campaign propaganda by Crip Hall's desperate opponent who lias already becn^on Hie public payrolls for 39 YEARS and wants moro public tax funds. Crip Hall has conducted n clean campaign nml is A SURE WINNER is as large as 212 Rho4« Island;. Jft '•• — __ x Aspirin Is a ileilvallvc of coal tar. " , I 0$C« HUMPHREY For State Auditor "MO still |,e mured.!.* ' The Kind Of LEADERSHIP ARKANSAS WANTS! t; A Vote for Carl Bailey Is a Vote for: Civil Service for Stale Employes Carl Bailey is the only candidate advocating Hie placing of state employes miller civil service for the protection of the taxpayers, as well as tlie employes. By putting omplpymenl on a merit basis, 'Curl Bailey- will end forever 'the practice of forcing slate em- ployes to contribute to |x>1ilicnl candidates. Pilling; Vacancies by (he People Carl Bailey is Hie only candidate who has promised the people Hint lie will lot them select Ihcir own elective officials: when vacancies occur. Constructive Educational Program Carl Bailey, is pledged to whole-hearted support of an' educational; program Hint contemplates, e'pial opportunities for all .children and adequate salaries for teachers, i Continuation of Present Refunding Program * Carl Bailey, as a member of tho Refunding ^Boardxi'; since'• Jamifiry, 1«)35, has supported the ' refunding . program and be will continue this policy. '.' - -, •••- , --• -, .X ' ' .••"~'^| licicnlion of the,Sales Tax Carl Bailey proposes :i simplified sales lax, which can be collected without inconvenience to the public or to tlie merchants, and ho is committed to a program that will lead to reduction in tlie property tax. Progressive Welfare Program Carl liailey will establish a co-ordinated non- pohfical welfare agency to handle old age pensions' care of the destitute and unemployable relief ' ; ' THE IIATTLU IS ON Says the Arkansas Democrat,- 'in an editorial of Friday," August 7, 1930: "Civil Service' has had. a hard road to travel . . . Patriotic men and women have forced it upon political leaders in county and city a.lministra ions .- s W eU " ' s " ee " G(l to s! " rt sllcl1 " l)flUle - i » Arkanla .r NIGHT ' PKOMISBD - T0 " A Vote For Carl Bailey Is A Vote Against: The Shakedown Racket in (he Stalehousc Carl Bailey will end the "assessing" of slate em- ployes for campaign purposes. There will be no more slush fund for a political machine to use to try lo "buy" the governor's office. The Judiciary Meddling in Politics Carl Bailey will remove the courts from the political arena, by protecting them from political influences. No longer will citizens he coerced politically by fear of judicial disfavor. Puppet Candidates Gambler Methods in Politics Carl Bailey has demonslraled that gangsters can't scare him. He will eliminate the gangster type from Arkansas politics, and take whatever steps may be necessary to prevent Arkansas from becoming a- liiiven for racketeers. Political Despotism Carl Bailey has fought throughout his career—as prosecuting attorney and as attorney general— against every cll'orl of machine politicians to run roughshod over the people without regard to rights. ,ndn,,n-n,n,,| n , ^°T rn , 0r - H ° wi " llc no Dn ' 1 " 1 '' Governor owned body, and soul by the I-ulrcll administration or by any other clique.' Carl Bailey's conscience and the expressed will of the people will guide his administration! Elect CARL BAILEY Your GOVERNOR

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