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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 17, 1959
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PACE SIX VHX BLTTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W.-HAINES, PublUhw HASRY A. HAWES, AatisUat Publijbtr-Editw FAUL D. HUMAN. AdvtrtUinj Maugw BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Sol* National Advcrtidng Representative.: Wallac* Wibner :co.. N«w Vork, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Mempblf. Eattred aj tecoad class nutter at the post- eflic* at Blythevill*, Arkansas, under sot ol CocgrtM, October 9, 1917. Member of The Associated Prw» , SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in tfa* city ft Blytbevtlle or tcy «uburb«B town where carrier service is maintained, aoc per week. By mail, within • radio ol so mil**, $7.00 per year, $4.00 for sir month*, |2.50 for three, months; by mail outside 50 mil* zon«, $15,60 per year payable in advance. The newspaper Is not responsible for money paid in advance to carriers. The Police Problem Is Still with Us No doubt the m • m b « r s of City Council who defeated civil service for the police department had their own reasons and certainly we respect the fact that the toughest part of a lawmaker's job is to stand up in p'ublic and give his vote on a controversial issue. However, just by ignoring the police department, it won't go away.^Jome very basic problems concerning its operation are *till with us. Civil serv vice might not have solved them all. But like th« council, this newspaper had to try to arrive at an honest deci- •ion on civil service and it still concludes that measure would have helped the city of Blythevilla and th« people in it. It would b« interesting to know what Council intends to do about the polic* department. For .instance, does the nejrativ* vote on civil service mean that the majority of the eon n c i 1 is happy with th« present set-up, vulnerable as it is to political tampering? Is this what'they imd th« majority of citizen* of Blytheville wish in the matter of their polie« and fir* departments? Admitting that investigation of the ordinances has been only cursory, there appears to be ao city laws or regulations governing the police, department. This year, for the first time in memory; policemen w • r e required to take an oath of office ... swearing, at least, to do their best to enforce the laws of the city. Lack of a legal framework in which the department would operate, boils down to this: the strength of the police and fire department rests with the mayor, through his legally- constituted power to appoint the heads of these two important departments. And this m a. 11 e r of regulations, brings into the spotlight what would appear a tactical error on the part of the friends of the civil service measure who attempted to steer it through Council. The aldermen first should have hammered out the rules and regulations under which the department was to operate. This would have enlightened many lawmakers and voters as to how civil service operation might work. In view of the fact that rules of the department were not law, it is understandable that some Councilmen might be reluctant to create an independent department which conceivably TIZZY C^altor 6 tlote So you like these pain relievers that work fast, fast, fast? Well, a doctor friend reports they sometimes leave children sick, sick, sick or, worse, dead, dead, dead. The mercurial qualities of these drugs, he says, are presenting quite a problem in connection with accidental overdoses when children get hold of the bottle and gulp down a few dozen. "Often the damage has been done before w« get them to the hospital. They act too fast," he noted. Anyone for a nice, candy-coated drug which works slow, slow, slow? * * t For those interested In a quick, light breakfast, may we suggest kissing the baby goodbye before going to work? The toast, jelly, egg and bacon are there in more or less proportionate amounts. » * * , Fragment of overheard telephone conversation: ". . . well there's no hurry. I'll be in the PTA until 1976." * * * Another fragmentary story comes from a special agent, who heard it from someone who heard it from someone. It goes like this: A busy mother was returning in her car from Memphis after shopping In one ol the large de- parfment stores. The thought that she had forgotten something kept nagging her. Then she remembered ... she had forgotten the children. * * * One of the newspaper trade papers this week carried a picture of six newspapermen, relaxing at poolside while on a tour of California newspaper plants. The disturbing thing (to other newspapermen) about the scene: 1. All were bald. 2. All were paunchy. 3. All looked worried. * » • Asked how a sore spot on her gum was coming along, the youngster solemnly reported. "It's better. I can get a whole. Girl Scout cookie m my mouth now." * * * One of the best things about being married is the blessing of a mother-in-law, the most maligned person (in domestic fiction and fable) on the American family scene. Those of us who selected our mothers-in-law with care have found her, like th« children, one of the biggest bonuses of the marital institution. So, today from our mother-in-law comes a clipping from her North Carolina paper. It carries a picture of a new granite tombstone, decked with a large floral wreath. And that, friends, is the grave of old Tom Dooley, who hung down his head and then just hung. Tom Dula's (for that was his name) grave is in Wilkes County, N. C. A multi-millionaire contractor, Hal B. Hayes, erected the tombstone at a cost of $263. The fascinating story going around in Wilkes County is that Hayes bought the'monument as a favor to Zsa Zsa Gabor, his fiancee. Seems the song about Tom stirred Zsa Zsa's compassion for the underdog and Hayes, a former Wilkes countian, naturally wants to make Zsa Zsa happy. -H. A. H. SO THEY SAY — They (the Chinese Reds! intend to dominate and run the country completely. If the Tibetans resist, the Chinese will resort to genocide-kill all the people. It will be much worse than the 1956 Hungarian revolt against the Russian Communists. —Thubten Jigme Norbu, brother of the Dalai Lama. wouldn't have a code of operation for months to'come. Council should turn its attention once more to the rules and regulations and win that battle first, for whether civil service is to be or not, this code is vital to a sound foundation for a police department. 15 Years Ago —In Blytheyillti April 17 Mrs. F. A. White spent today in Memphis where she met her son, Lt. Dick White, who arrived today from Douglas Army Air Field, Douglas, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Stevens have purchased the while stucco bungalow at 1313 West Main, formerly the Milton Stcrnberg home. Mrs. James 7«rry and children Mike and Jane will leave Monday for New York where they plan to make their home while Lieutenant Terry is stationed there with the Navy. Mrs. Pearl Hires will leave tomorrow for a month's visit with relatives in Union City, Tenn. Going Too Fast WINCHESTER, v a ,, w _ A merchant here who put cider jugs on the street in front of his store found the product going too fast. The cider was moving faster than the cash register. To slow the movement down ho ran a chain through the handle holes on the jugs. FHIDAY, APRIL 17,1959 Static . . . NEA Service, Int. Peter ft/son's Washington Columr Hunt Is On For Grammar Books To Send Overseas B PETER EDSON :— WASHINGTON - (NEA) - A "Books From America" program —launched here on an experimental basis' to counter Communist propaganda printed in English for distribution in other countries — is developing into quite a thing. It all began" here last Feburary when it was discovered that the wliy Russians were pulling a fast >ne on foreigners who wanted to 'earn English. The demand for such instruction in. non-English speaking countries is terrific. But the supply of textbooks and instructors is limited. Moving in on this situation, the Russians began to print English primers and basic English grammars for free or low-cost distribu- :ion abroad. Their gimmick was hat the Russians loaded their exts with Commie propaganda. So unwitting students get a load of Marxism and anti-American- sm right along with their English esson. This is supplemented by- other propaganda printed in naive languages all over the world, o build up hatred for the United States. To offset this dodge, the Office of Private Co Office of Private ^operation in U.S. Information Agency got the idea of collecting old E n g 1 is h grammars in the United States and shipping them abroad. Advertising Council was brought into the campaign. It prepared a r aet sheet which was sent to all radio and TV network broadcasters. They were asked to prepare spot announcements and feed them out on a voluntary, public service basis. The message was to the effect that, if you have an old, hardcover English grammar in good condition around the house, wrap it up and mail it, book "rate prepaid, to Box 1960, Washington 13, D.C., for shipment overseas. By so doing you can help some foreign student learn English. The response so far has been 800 books and about 80 letters of inquiry which will produce other books later on. Not much, but a start. The books come into UIA. There they are sorted and given a sticker reading, "This book was donated by an American as a contribution to the Pedople-to People Program to promote international good will." Defense Department wives have been doing the sorting and pasting and reshipping as their charity project this year. .The project is being broadened. A radio kit is being prepared for the 30.000 independent broadcasting stations, to bring them in. American Library Assn. was asked for a list of American authors, old and modern, whose work they consider represenattive of U.S. culture. Their books would be shipped, too. As a starter, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry D. Thor- eua, Carl Sandberg, R o b e r t E. Sherwood, Carl C. Van Doren, Ernest Hemingway and John P. Marquand are being added to the list, one or two a week. Later on, USIA may broaden the program still further by asking for books on philosophy, religion, music and so on. But paperbacks, pamphlets or ust any old book aren't wanted. It is believed 150,000 books can be placed to good advantage. But some overseas posts report they can use "all the books you can send," because demand is so great. Not all the problems have been licked, however. It costs an average of 44 cents to reship a book overseas. This is now being handled on contract with U.S. Book Exchange. The hunt is on for some angel organization to pay this cost as an overseas good will gesture. This drive is just one more effort to offset the huge Communist propaganda machine. Last year the Russians published 30 million volumes in free world languages. Another 100 million volumes were published in the free countries' through contract with the Soviet Union. Recently Co m m u n i s t China joined Russia in an enormous dissemination of books to 71 countries of the world. Sunday School Lesson- BT DR. WILLIAM R. D.D. it is not easy to fulfill the two great Commandments, to love God and to .love one's neighbor, when te asked (I John 4:20) "If a man love not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" To love God with all the heart, soul, mind and strength is obviously not easy. It demands the full commitment and consecration of one's whole life. The more truly one believes in God as a Being of Love, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the higher is the soul's goal of attainment. Strongly emphasized is the plea of the same Apostle John: "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another" (t John 4:11). If the Apostle seems to imply that to love one's neighbor who is iear at hand and is easier than to ove the unseen God, 1 think his own emphasis upon what it mean,, lo love his neighbor as no other a possible reversal The man who has truly learned :o love God is spiritually equipped to love ris neighbor as no other man.can be. For the fact is: loving^oue's neighbor is not always an easy matter. Jt often calls for spiritual discipline, wisdom, and forbearance that only a man deeply cc,n secrated to the Christian ideal and lay of life is likely ( 0 possess. To love mankind in the abstract is a very different matter from love for the man next door, or on the next farm. The New Testament is profound in its insistence upon right attitudes and motives, and Jesus put His supreme emphasis upon the Two Commandments of the Jewish Law. There is no conflict between Old and New Testaments regarding the true neighbor. But the Old Testament is a great textbook concerning good human relationships, and the business of people getting or with one another. Think of some of its great teachings: "A soft answer tumeth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger"; "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty"; "Let not the sun go down on your wrath," and a multitude of similar good counsels. In my own long life, in many communities, I have been exceedingly fortunate in having good neighbors. In the only instance in which I met with unneighborliness I learned a lesson that I pass on for what it is worth. For a long iime a next-door neighbor had driven into town with me. All he had had to do was si'" in my car without any obligation. Yet one day when my wife had a young boy helping her in the garden, the boy happened to step over his. line. He stormed jut of his house and .aised a great fuss. When I went out he was apparently embarrassed, but when he began to sputter about it being a strange thing if a man couldn't control his own property, I said, "I won't talk to you." I didn't feel it quite fitting to continue his free rides to town, and that's where I made my mistake. The man moved away, but much later when his mother died he sent for me, to my great surprise, to conduct his mother's funeral. It was then I realized how much better it would have been if instead of simply avoiding him 1 had taken an aggressive attitude of friendship and urged him to continue riding with me. It would have been the right answer to a temporary churlishness. Sobering Change LOUISVILLE, Ky. ClWanitors at Jefferson County Courthouse are paid on Saturdays now instead of Wednesday. Fiscal Court changed the payday after Frank Morris, head custodian, said too many of the men celebrated Wednesday night and weren't able to work Thursday. Being paid on Saturday, Morris said, would give them Sunday to recuperate. • A smart gcrl never shows her nond until she has o man ready .to eat out of it, «MA> Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD By ERSKINE JOHNSON NEA Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON - (NEA) Those "angry young men" of today's nonconformist set _could learn an indignant bleat or two from a big sinewy actor who has a craggy countenance, blazing blue eyes, the growl of a lion and the name of Charles Bickford. Charles Bickford admits to an oneriness once blamed on Die red hair he brought to Hollywood in 1929 for his first movie role. Today the hair is gray and he grins: "My hair is not red any more so I guess my ornery nature is all Bickford. Hollywood has tried to push Bickford around and Hollywood has learned he just will not be pushed. Sacred cows mean nothing to him and he doesn't just "go" anywhere. "I don't buy Influence," he seys.... In 30 years of film making he's never slopped rebelling at what he calls "some of the Hollwyood commandments self-appointed disciples around here have laid down as final." His reputation for a fieryness as he displays an independence of spirit has become Hollywood tradition along with his extraordinarily fine performances. They have in fact, won him five Academy Award nominations. Pin him down and Charles Bic- ford will "confess" to being an actor with an uncommon fervor for verbal nose punching, won a day off from his role with Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster in the movie, "The Unforgiven," he told me: 'K's always been a characteristic of mine to stand up for my rights when I feel Infringed upon and to exprees my mind, freely and pungently, when I hear what I think Is unreasonable or just plain, damned silly." But he will add, with amusement, that his "You Can't Push Me Around" reputation has been unjustly won because of Hollywood insecurity. The insecure ones have just failed to recognize New England well-balancedness in the Bickford thoughts, words and actions. Or as he puts it: "I know where I am, but do they? If you ask me, I think I'm an easygoing individual capable of exasperation only when aroxtsed by exasperators." The Hollywood woods,' be says, 'are full of them." The man from Cambridge with the tough New England hide probably the first (some say the only) man to say "No" to the late Cecil B. DeMille. But in DeMille, Bickford found an ally. DeMille agreed with him. Bickford had come to Holywood to star in his first movie, "Dynamite," and C. B. had a reading of the script for the entire cast. A stage star from Broadway, Bickford went to sleep 'alter 10 minutes and DeMille's eyes were wilder than MUM at Us fam«d mob scenei. Bickford told him, to coo] down aw} then explained, simply,, that he didn't like the script and why. DeMille, to the surprise of everyone, agreed to a rewrite. When Bickford wes under contract to MGM, the studio was <Je-, termined to cast him as a romantic hero. "I'm a character actor, not a hero," he said, and he went home and remained there for months, off salary, but turning down script after script, until h* See HOLLYWOOD on Page 10 • MCOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Defensive Play Dooms No-Trump South had a lot of ways to make his thre« no-trump contract and it was unfortunate that the line of play he adopted gave East a chance to make a most unusual defensive play and beat him. South won the first.trick with his king of hearts and played th« ace and queen of clubs. East held off so South continued with th« jack and knocked out East's king. ' Meanwhile, West had let two : spades and a heart go. East did a little thinking. How could he beat the hand? Obviously South : held the spade ace. Maybe it waj NORTH VQ83 » Q 10 4 + 105* WEST EAST 410543 4.J9M VA103742 »JS »KJ2 4A.986 SOUTH (1^ *A VK8 • 753 + AQJ9832 Both vulnerable Soofk West North 1 * IV 14 Pail 2 Jk Fast 3 * Pass 3N.T. Pass Pass Pass Opening lead — V 1« a singleton ace. IB that case East saw a way to sink South. He simply led his six of spsdee. South was in the lead and had to cash his clubs or never make them at all. He cashed them all right and that gave him eight tricks but • that was all he could make. Those club leads squeezed dummy hope- • lessly. .He ran out of discards and had to unguard one suit at that time. Actually, he threw away th« hearts. It was barely possible that West had started with seven . hearts and that East would hold both the ace and king of diamonds. Of course that was not ' the case. What's Good Word? ACROSS 1 and seek 5 A (all . "1 9 the clima.v 12 Sacred image 13 "As I was going to Saint " 14 Chemical suffix 15 Calm 17 Encountered 18 Fastens 19 Russian plains 2lLetitstand 23 Born 24 Uncle Tom and Little 27 Eucharistic wine cups 29 Solar disk 32 Tell 3 4 Urge on 36 Ascended 37 Austrian city 38 Without 39 Expletive 41 Fish 42 Hearing organ 44 Afresh 48 Remark 49 Wireless 53 Hail! 54 Haters 56 Number 57 War god 58 Seth's son (Bib.) 59 Table scrap 60 Bows 61 Girl's name DOWN 1 Suggestion 2 Notion 3 Village 4 Pixies 5 Sesame € Parsee sacred writings £5. to Prevfeut Puzzle i 7 For fear that 8 German city 9 Vying 10 Toward the sheltered side 11 Favorites 16 Landed property 20 Tranqullity 22 Improve 24 Ages 25 Very (Scot) 26 Straightness 28 Jewish month 30 Volcano 31 and far 33 Indian state 35 Saltpeter? 40 Deserted (slang) 43 Fortification 45 works 46 Roman coasal « and under 48 Fiddling emperor 50 Sand bill 51 Wash and 52 Bones 55 Worm

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