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PAGE SIX BLYTKEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THE BLYTHEVILUC COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAJNES, Publisher HARR\ A. HAINES, Assistant Publisher-Editor PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, MemphU. Entered as second class matter at the post- oHice at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act Of Congress, October », J917. Member of The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city of Blytheville or any suburban town where carrier service is maintained, SOc per week. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles,' $7.00 per year, $4.00 for six months, $2,50 for three months; by mail outside 50 mile zone, $15.80 per year payable in advance. The newspaper is not responsible for money paid in advance to carriers. MEDITATIONS For as a snart shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.—Luke 21: 35. * * » He is free from danger who. even when safe, Is on his guard.—Syrus. BARBS Our grandparents would be broke, too, if they eould have bought all the modern things we buy. * * * Speaking straight from the shoulder is fine, but what you say should originate from a little higher up. Gray Areas vs. Gray Matter From time to time we lament the fact that in this complex era there are so many "gray areas" that major decisions of national and world policy often become painfully difficult. At such moments we look longingly toward the "hard events" of the day, where the only task is to learn and act upon things that have occurred before somebody's eyes. They of course run the gamut from trivial pleasures to tragedy: Dolly B. wins the fifth at Hialeah. A gangster takes the fifth in Washington before the McCellan committee. Secretary of State Dulles tries a swim in Florida. Two ships collide in the Atlantic. And so on. But are all of these events quite so neat as they seem ? Where accidents are concerned, the answer has to be "no." The cruise ship Santa Rosa collided with a tanker off the U. S. coast. Plain enough. Yet at the hearing on the matter, highly conflicting testimony was presented as to the respective positions and courses of action of the two vessels. The accident really did happen in a certain way. But how do you extract the truth from such widely varying accounts? You can't split the difference, as House-Senate conferees do in effort to reconcile opposing views on a major bill. The same problem arose at the time of the fatal collision in 1956 of the liners Andrea Dona and Stockholm, which led to the Doria's sinking. A fully accurate picture of that disaster is still denied us by conflicts in the testimony of principals and witnesses. Then there was that plane crash in New York's East River this past February. Government investigators do a re- THURSDAY, APRIL 18,195? markable job in ferreting out the causes of accidents in t h o a e instances where planes chash without survivors. To be able to question, as in this case, a surviving copilot, flight engineer and other witnesses is a windfall to be weJcomed by any investigator. Yet the public hearing on the Feb. 3 Electra crash almost disintegrated in confusion and conflict. Even with two of the three men present who were in charge of the plane at the moment of disaster, no clear image emerged. If truth is this elusive in the realm of hard, physical events, how dare we complain that there is so much gray in the complicated zones of policy? Apparently it's no tougher to decide between five billion dollar or three billion dollars for foreign aid than it is to determine what a certain plane altimeter read at 11:57 p. m. on the night of Feb. 3. Letters to The Editor Kate Osann Dear Sir: I attended this week's meeting of the City Council. Civil service for Ihe Blytheville police department was endorsed by our mayor and then , was voted down by five of Ihe nine councilmen present. These councilmen are representative of all our votes, but remembering how the police pension was given overhelming approval by the citizens, I find it hard to believe the general public would have forfeited so lightly the chance to acquire a young, efficient police department. These five aldermen merely voted "No," and no explanation was given as to why they voted it down. Maybe others know their reasons, but I would be interested to hear each of them state Ihcir objections. I'm sure these five gentlemen were convinced civil service in our police department would hurt our town and voted their convictions, which is as it should be. But what were their reasons? Those of us who have lived in Blytheville for a long period have seen it grow and are proud that it is our home. The air base will mean more growth. But various crimes are keeping pace with the growth. Our city is not rich and the salary offered our police is not attractive to a young man looking for a job to insure nis family's future. Civil service could have been an inducement tor yovjf, men who would know their job was secure as long as they performed their duties efficiently and conducted themselves as gentlemen. Certainly the salary and duties at present are no incentive. The general public expects to have home and business well-policed and our children usher ed across dangerous crossings at schools. Bui do we know that at any given lime of day we have only three officers to 'police the entire city? Then there's another on duty at the police station. When one man has a day off, there are only two. Officers report, at times, early to work the crossings and stay lale to work funerals. When they're on night duty they often have to appear in court, not getting to bed before 10 or II a. m. They attend instructional classes on their own time. I don't think they begrudge giving this time, but I'm sure each of them is human enough to want security and appreciation for their efforts in exchange for risking their lives in performance of duty. Blytheville needs something to offer intelligent men who can be trained to cope with the increased criminal activity in our town, and after (raining them we need to capitalize or, their training for years to come. As it is now, we can't expect to hold our young men when they gel other job offers. The pension was a little sccurily, but without civil service to insure their jobs it offers little, except a chance to save a little money until such time as they might lose their job. I'm sure the five aldermen had good reasons for voting civil service down, but I would surely like to hear their reasons. Aldermen are elected for two-year terms, but it is a mistake to think of our police department in terms of two years. As important as the safety of our city is. it should be considered a permanent unit and treated as such. A Citizen (Name withheld by request) 75 Years Ago — In Bfyfhevf/fe April i« Ross Stevens has returned from a meeting of the Arkansas Presbytery held April 11 and 12 when he was a delegate from the Firs Presbyterian Church in Blythe ville. Miss Sue Ramey of Memphis spent the weekend here with relatives. Corp. Charles Lipford of the Army now is in New Guinea with a hospital corps, having been in service for 22 months. The red-hot hurling of Metvin Parnell, BAAF lettie. forced th. Memphis Chicks to shift into high gear to finish ahead of Blythe ville's soldier learn in an exhibi lion yesterday at Russwood Park in Memphis. ' ANCIENT INSTRUMENT The psaltery was an ancient Hebrew stringed instrument, playe< by plucking wilh the fingers and shaped somewhat like a harp Later, it had a keyboard mech anism and from it gradually wer evolved the spinet, harpischor and piano. The Boutonniere Peter Edson's Washington Columr Trumans Birthday Cake Will Have Icing Of Gravy WASHINGTON- (N5A) -Democratic National. Committee is [oing inlo a couple of fancy fiance promotion schemes to pay off its 1956-58 debts and to raise around $950,000 for 1959. If there's a little lefl over for 1960 too, no- )ody will be mad. First is the "750 Club." The dea is. to sign up 710 Democrats o give $1,000 apiece and so pay iff the party's $750,000 debt. E.H. Foley, Washington lawyer who vas treasury undersecretary in Vuman's time heads this up. Principal attraction for mem- )ers is that their subscriptions—in iddition to coming to the aid of heir party in time of need—will [uaranlee them a hotel reserva- on and two tickets to the 1960 invention in Los Angeles. President Roosevelt tried this dea back in 1944 to finance the arty in wartime. He called it the 'One Thousand Club." The plan hen was 1,000 members at $1,000 ach, to raise a million. But only 91 signed up. At the end of the campaign, the One Thousand Club had 53,400 in (s t r e a s u r y. Suggestions were made that the money be turned over to Democratic National Committee. The members would have none of that. They came to Wash- ngton for the 1945 inaugural, 275. strong, and threw tnemselves a big dinner. The bill was $6,155. They ended $2,755 in the red and just who paid the tab never was cleared up. The Democrats think they can do better this time. So far, 225 members have been enrolled, leaving 525 to get. The second Democratic flyer will be the Harry S. 75th birthday celebration May 8. This is a real gamble. Mr. Truman is the only Democratic ex-president to reach 75 since James Buchanan in 1866. There was no celebration then. This time the Democrats decided to do something. Mr. Truman went along with the idea, to help the party. So a celebration is being built around a 90 minute closed circuit TV show. It will originate in New York at a $IOO-a-plate dinner in the Waldorf. It is being organized by Judge Sam Rosenman. Speaker Sam Hayburn, Democratic National Chairman Paul Butler and other biggies will be there too. From New York the program will be networked to other Democratic dinners, rallies and assorted clambakes now being organized as Jefferson-Jackson Day money raisings. So far, 14 cities are on the hookup definitely. They include a Constitution Hall show in Washington at $20 a seat top, a ?25 dinner in Boston with Texas Sen. Lyndon Johnson — not Senator Kennedy — as chief attraction. Also a Detroit rally with Eleanor Roosevelt as the star and a Chicago celebration headed by Gov. Adlai Stevenson. They'll all be cut in on the program for brief bits. Other cities signed up are Albuquerque, Chattanooga, Denver Gary, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Sar Francisco. About 30 other cities are trying to organize tie-ins anc 10 more are possibles. If most of them hook on, the eel ebration can make the party a lot of money. If they don't the losses can be awful. For the first costs are $80,000 for the show alone. The program will include a half hour filmed life story of Presi dent Truman, now in production under Roger L. S t e v e n s, New York play producer. Mr. Truman will make a short personal appearance at the end of the program. The financial arrangement i that the Democratic Nat ion a Commitlee and local sponsoring committees will split gross receipts 50-30. But the Nationa Committee will have to pay origi nal production costs and (oca committees will have lo pay tick et, dinner or hall rental cosls plus $2,500 for line costs to cities o under 500,000, or 55,000 to cities over 500,000. The cities will have *o raisi this money and pay it on Ihe line before April 24. Otherwise the} won't get their big screen in stalled and connected for thi show two weeks later. That' where the risk comes in. the Doctor Says By EDWIN P. JORDAN, Wriite* for NEA Serric* Healthy people ought to use their muscles if they want to treat their bodies in the way intended by nature. The circulation is better, the digestion and bowel elimination work better, and probably all of the other various functions of the human tissues and organs behave better if appropriate physical exercise is taken. Far too many people take little or no exercise during the winter. Thus their muscles and circulation lack the stimulation provided by exercise during a good part of the year. A second mistake by starting out on the first pleasant day of spring by trying to make up for lost time is also common. Several sets of strenuous lennis after seven or eight months of desk work can be tnily dangerous. How much exercise a person should take to maintai the best possible health is not easy to say. However, the strenuous athletics all right for a young man of IS or 20 can harm the rapidly growing boy of 13 or the man of 40. Age is one of the factors to take into consideration when considering exercise. The greatest amount of physical exertion can undoubtedly be taken by young men in full maturity, usually from about 18 to 25. Even at these ages, however, it is possible to overdo, especially for the man who is not "in training." Ai 00* correspondent wrote me, scholastic sports should be for amusement and not so strenuously conducted as to injure the heart. After the late 20s there is a gradual decrease in the tolerance to strenuous physical exertion, though of course the ability is tremendously influenced by practice and "condition." The sex also influences the amount and kind of physical exercise desirable. There are certain types of exercise which worn en can stand better than men. For example, most women can stay in cold water longer than men because they have » larger amount of fat under the skin which serves as insulation material. The muscles of women, however, are not as a rule so well developed as those of men and their organs are so arranged that certain types of physical exertion are frequently undesirable. The general health of the individual is an obvious but frequently overlooked factor in deciding abo.ut exercise. In practically all forms of heart disease, the amount of exercise has to be decreased. Exercise after an ill ness or operation must be ap preached gradually, as the rnus- cles have become flabby and need lo b« reconditioned. The general physical condition should, therefore, always be one of the items weighed in choosing (he kind and amount of exercise. Most people believe that there is greater benefit obtained from ban from one who does not. • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Ironclad Slam Is Unbiddabh When today's hand was playi in an important team match on team stopped at four no-lrum and made five while the otht team arrived at six clubs, dow NORTH + K9.4 VAQJ93 M + Q975 EAST * 1065 T 8742 VK5 010878 OQJ952 *K10 +432 SOUTH (D) 4AQJ3 V 106 WEST 4873 A AJB8 Both vulnerable Sonth West North East 1 4* ' Pass 1V Pass 1* Pass 3 + Fas* 3 # Piss 3 V Pass 3N.T. Pass 5* Pass 6 A Pass Pass Fact Opening lead—4> 1 one. The hand was the subject considerable comment because s clubs was obviously the pooro slam contract. Six no-trump wou mak« with either Utt heart Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD By ERSKINE JOHNSON NEA Staff CorreepaBdent HOLLYWOOD - (NEA) - Hol- woodites are Talking About: mg Crosby's declaration that he as a "failure as a father" and e immediate denial by his sons at he was not. , Twin Philip,- speaking for the ur boys, declared: ' "Being the son of * person as amoui u dad preclude* any pot- bto normal childhood, yet we ere luckier then mo«t MM ei ch and famou* parents." Immediate Hollywood reactiog: "Bing is and always has been, great guy and good father." Ing rid Bergman's triumphant ;turn to Hollywood after her year absence and the genuine 'armth of her legion of Holly- •ood fans. 'She's just the great- st" beamed a fellow studio •orker. . . . Marlon Brando and le length of lime it's taking him o complete his first picture as roducer- director. Someone de- lared that Brando is directing wo pictures — his first and his ast! Buddy Adler's ear-to-«ar grin i'er the reception THREE of his Oth Century-Fox (he's vice presi- ent in charge of production) pic- ures got on Broadway. "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Sound nd the Jury" and "Compulsion" II playing to packed houses after ot ham scribes tabbed all three vith.Four-Star accolades. man!" Any applicants? * Michael Reaaie's decision to ake out his U.S. citizenship b«- ore returning to his native En|and in June for 19 segments ot television starrer, "The TWrd rlan." . . . The revival fever m lollywood stronger than ever wifti 'Blue Angel" expected to do for Swedish actress May Britt what t did for Marlene Dietrich back 10 1930. Debbie's feetsta i» lei Eddta (• through with she Mextau divorce. . . . Erery s t ii *U e IB town vying fe get • q«ees> Ula i Angeles CaUsewa far Ike Dodgers' opesJag g a m« with Stan Mivial aod the Card*. "W« don't need Ike publicity," one harassed producer sighed, "that's the only way we tan get • ttcktt to the" game!. . ." : The best golfer actor in Hollywood, Jim (Mavrfck) Garner, who o-hummed his way to a subpar t t'other day. Presidential timer? ... Milton Berle's Utesl stolen from anonymous source): 'A gopher is a chipmunk that iasn'1 made • hK record." Walter Wanger's search for 'Cleopatra," which will riva earch for "Anne Frank." Re- uirements?. "A face that can make her look 19 when the pic- ure starts and 35 when it ends; the greatest figure of the century and the acting ability of a Berg- club finesse working and six learts was just aboul as good >n Ihe other hand any bad trump Teak would ruin the club slam Finally, someone came up with an unusual angle. No bidding sys em anyone could devise woult ;et North and South to six spades Yet, six spades was ironclad in .pile of both finesses being wrong Let West open anything he vished. South would cash dum my's king of diamonds, get back o his own hand in any manner he might choose, ruff his low dia mond with one of dummy's rumps, lose a trick to East' king of hearts and eventually dis card his three losing clubs on dummy's heart suit. Esther Williams, blushing froni :he top of her two-piece swim-suit 'o her manicured toes when sb* iad to say NO to a television outfit request that they take a filra of her in her backyard pool Hers is NOT an Esther Williams pocll . . . Frank G if ford giving up the. movies for pro football. . . . Arjd other top athlete, basketball star Dennie Miller, getting th« "Tarzan" role. Bridget Bsxdot's decision not (o come to Hollywood. "She's to» nervous," says her agent. . . . Mort Sahl, who is reported having a nervous breaddown—he had to wear a tux to the Academy Awards. Diane Varsi's decision to leave the glamour of Hollywood for tlje austerity of. Vermont and bib studio hoping it's not a permanent decision .. . The mark the youngsters are making in Hollywood with Carol Lynley, Brandon DeWilde and Warren Berlinger al! teamed in "Blue Denim" (all were former N.Y. kid'stars). • For Safer Driving MILWAUKEE <*> — The Wisconsin Highway Department plans to paint white stripes on the edges of 2.000 miles of state highways this year. ' Wayne Volk, state traffic engineer, said the 4-inch wide stripes will lessen the hazards 'of night driving and driving to heavy fog LITTLf LIZ Why is it a fellow' hardly ev«r has an off day on bis day off? Artist's life Aruwer to PrevTou* Puzzle, ACROSS I American portrait painter, Gilbert 7 French landscapist, Pierre Auguste ~^~ 13 Neater 14 Possible "still life" subject 15 Slip away 18 Team —— 17 Honey 18 Dutch painter, Vincent Gogh 20 Bitter vetch 21 Idolinrs 25 Thief 28 Lor.gj 32 Bellowing 33 European ermine 34ZoroastrUn 35 Diadem 36 Coat part 38 Hockman 39 Depreciate 41 Exclamation) 44 Short-napped •fabric 45 Royal Mario* Artillery (ab.) 48 Enumerate 51 Venetian painter 54 Lariats 55 Mistake* 86Changei 57 Cuddl» DOWN 1 Plant part 2 Far off (comb, form) S Soviet riv«r 4 Cleopatra'* snake 5 Legal point 6 Actress, Claire — 7 English portrait artist, George — 8 Age 9 Naval air station (ab.) 10 One flow 11 Masculine appellation UBotsBuby exposure IB An* measure 21 Humbled SZDtduc* 33 Putted SICensurous composition 25 Knocks 2« Verbal 37 Hen* 29 Highway 30 Nostril 31 Asterisk 37 Exit 38 Hurry 40 Egyptian 41 Odd (Scot.J 42Sho»p»rt " 43 Begone, ca« 45 Tumult 46 Peacock nb«r 47 Handle (ft.) 49 Follower 50 Pitch 52 Anger &3 Transpose*

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