The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 5, 1966 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 5, 1966
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Wythevffl* (Art.) Courier News - Friday; August 8, IBM - P«<» .'(•'••••' ' ... .. • . ... In Shanghai, the Streets Are Full of Surprises (Third in a Series) By FELIX TOPOLSKI Copyright 1966 by Newspaper Enterprise Assn,, Inc. SHANGHAI (NBA) The Shanghai Children's Palace boasted an amusement arcade with a difference. Here, instead of shooting at clay pipes or ducks, school children aimed at cut-outs of American planes. If you scored a bull's - eye, you brought down a bomber over Viet Nam. Similarly, by pulling a rope, the tiniest toddler could hang Lyndon B. Johnson in effigy. Shanghai's streets were full of surprises. Costumes have color, variety, and even elegance, despite reports that the Chinese all wear the same drab blue uniforms. Although the women had only two basic hairdos — pigtails, or short hair with fringe — they managed to suggest a variety of beauty. I still saw elderly women with bound feet, however. As for the children, they were enchanting, especially when they crossed the street crocodile - fashion, each child hold- Ing the skirt of the one in front. In China, as elsewhere, I was impressed by the dignity and goodness of the simple people. The trouble was that middlemen — interpreters, officials, guides — were constantly getting in the way of the observer. This led to misunderstandings, clashes of temperament, comic situations in which one had to guard against forming opinions based on smugness or a superior frame of mind. For example, I had to fight to break out of the straitjacket to which my status of tourist, upgraded to visiting artist, automatically consigned me. In vain I explained that I was more interested in people than in monuments but my hosts insisted that I see my share of ancient Ming, as well as of modern Communist monoliths. And they held me to rigid timetables, though I kept wanting to stop and sketch things of interest along the way. The result was that I was seldom on time for appointments, and the managers of factories and of people's communes were kept waiting, watches in hand, to welcome me. Or take the Chinese habit of applauding whenever they see a foreigner. This, too, could be annoying if you were an artist and had a drawing pencil in your hand, as I did most of the time. with official delegates. The ordinary tourist thus finds his very presence on Chinese soil interpreted as a sign of approval from on high. He is represented as a sort of messenger angel who is visiting'Chi- na because it represents all that is good. The number of foreigners visiting China, incidentally, was astonishing. I first became aware of this when our train stopped en route to Peking and the tourists piled out, their cameras at the ready, to snap the Great Wall of China. African visitors, in partcular, stand out. The Chinese need for approval, for friends, is so strong it is almost tangible and it explains the rapturous receptions accorded to delegations from tiny Albania, for example. There were several dinners in my honor, usually given by artists at a hotel or restaurant, and I welcomed these diversions as they offered new faces and situations to draw. The semiofficial lunch or dinner usually started off rather stiffly in an anteroom with everyone sitting in a straight line. For you were expected to clap j Hot towels and little bowls of The number of foreign' ers visiting China is 'astonishing." back. That was part of the ritual. In Nanking, for example, I was applauded at each way sta- ;ion as I toiled my way up steep lights of steps to the top of the Sun Yat-sen memorial. Every child I passed on my way up clapped me. What originally was j Peking's best restaurant costs spontaneous became an irksome ] ?2, but one can eat very well game. " " ""' '" """'" '"-'— Similarly at the Shanghai Chil dren's Palace my free hand was seized by a little girl aged 10 or .2, who wore the red scarf of a 'oung Communist pioneer, and who was to serve as my guide. In response to her insistent tug- ;ing, I explained that I needed loth my hands free to draw. But wherever I went in the Calumet News Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dixon fend daughter, Becky, of Chicago were guests last weekend of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HalL Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Penn and gon of PeWn, 111 have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Finley Perkins Veronica Glover is spending the weekend at youth camp in Cabot, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. Odell McCor- snick have, returned home from Kankafcse, 111., where they have been visiting their daughter, Mrs. Lomat Lollar, Mr. Lollar and family, Mr and Mrs. Arvie Grigsby and family of Chicago, were guests last week of her sister, Mrs Wiley Glover, Mr. Glover and family. Mr. and Mrs Billy Cullum are parents of a daughter born July 18 She was named Gloria Glenn. Mrs. Cullum Is the former Gloria Hall Mr. and Mrs Edward Carter and family of Kansas City, are visiting his parents. Mr and Mrs. E. S Carter this week Mrs. Bertha Byrd and family of Kansas City, have been visit- Ing Mr and Mrs Carter Mr. and Mrs. George E. Springer and family of Paducah Ky., are guests of his mother, Mrs. Maudie Springer. Mrs. Joyce Byrum and children spent the weekend at Kentucky Lake. Her sister, Eliza, beth accompanied them. Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Lollar are visiting relatives in Alabama Ihta wtek green tea were brought, after which we went in to dinner. The dinner itself was invariably excellent, but then even the factory canteen meals I was served were copious, cheap and of great variety. By comparison, the most elaborate meal in for as little as 40 cents. Tiping, of course, was forbidden, as being degrading to the waiter. Some of the dishes I sampled were truly exotic, notably some prepared with the innards of ducks. At one feat Mme. Rung Peng, a vice minister of foreign affairs, gaily assured me that, whatever I might think I was not eating cat. (Cats and Children's Palace I was ap-| snakes are a specialty of Can- plauded — in the engineering i ton, which has the finest cook- workshops, the classrooms j ing in China.) where lessons in song and dance in mode! aircraft building were in progress. The clapping routine was not only wasteful of the children's ,ime, but it also meant that hey were on permanent show, Official dinners are constantly interrupted by toasts drunk in spiced vodka or wine. Tea and beer are also served. (The Chinese make an excellent lager.) In Nanking my hosts took it into their heads to play the I had encountered this bonhom- mie before. It was in Russia, which I first visited during the war. Stalin was then in his heyday and it was the fashion to drink i'dreign visitors — particularly Westerners — under the lable. Now that was encountering this same playfulness from my Chinese hosts, I wondered whether it was a hangover from the days of Russian influence. (NEXT: The Chinese millionaires.) ENLISTED - SFC James Hickman, the U. S. Army Recruiter in West Memphis, announced the enlistment of Miss Rebecca L. Lamb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Lamb of Route 1, in the Women't Army Carps at Little Rock. Miss Lamb is currently receiving basic training at the WAC Training Center at Fort McClellan, Ala. RE-ASSIGNED-Sgt. Donald R. Battles, who has completed 13 months of duty in Korea, is now stationed at Fort Hood, Tex. Sgt. Battles is a 1959 graduate of Blytheville High School. The son of Ollie Marshall and the late Ellis Battles, he is married to the former Miss Jackie Blair, also of Blytheville. JOINS A. F. - Jerry ,Lee Quarles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Qua'-les of Blytheville, reported for training last month at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. Mrs. George W. Calvert of 615 Jamison, is undergoing seven weeks of basic training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif. COOL MP - After basic training at Fort Polk, La., Wayne Stevens has been assigned to Fairbanks. Alaska. Stevens, who attended Holland School, is the son of Mrs. Vada Blagg of 304 Liberty Street in Steele. Nau Of Men In Service Seaman Recruit Michael B. lalvert, USN, son of Mr. and ( Marine Division. School in Blythtvllle. Marine Staff Sergeant Charles"^ J. McCormick, ion of Mr. andj;' Mrs. Virgil McContth* of M&? nila, is at Da Nang, Vietnam, serving AS a member of the Third tank Battalion, Third John L. Debose, son 6f Mr. and Mrs. Q. L. Debose of Osceola, was promoted to Army specialist four, recently. He Is 'in Germany serving with the 35th Artillery. As a tanker, McCjrmick.workjp' in support of the *tnth Marine Regiment, located sfluth of Q$> Nang. The tanks are often used as • spearhead with infantry units on search and destroy missions. '• Seaman Recruit Franklin R. v : Carroll,.USN, son of Mr. and': ; Mrs..Jde C. Carroll of 818 May.' •'-• Specialist four is an enlisted fair Lane, is undergoing seven rank equivalent to the rank of corporal. Debose attended Elm Street weeks of basic training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif. "> ' IN VIETNAM-PFC Freddy L. Friar went to Vietnam with the newly-formed 4th Battalion, 503d Airborne Infantry in June. Friar's unit is now assigned to the 173 Airborne Brigade in Bien Hoa. i * * * * * * * JUDGE JAMES H. * PILKINTON * * * * gives his forthright analysis of the ['-• Lieutenant Governor's race ^C; TONIGHT * 5:25 P.M. 4 WMCT ^; Channels ^ Political ad paid for by Norman Smith '•-'•'• * **'**€ for there was a steady stream I gay dogs and try to drink me of foreign visitors to the Chil-1 under the table. It was all very ''ren's Palace. i silly, as the wine we were drink- The applause ritual is a 1 s o' ing was notably weak, but it subtly corrupting to the recip-' set up an echo. lent. It lumps ordinary tourists I Suddenly I remembered where I World War I. Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 5, the j 217th day of 1966. There are 148 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: i On this date in 1858, the first j transatlantic cable was complet-.; ed between Trinity Bay, New-; foundland, and Valentia, Ire- lane. On this date: In 1884, the cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty was laid at the , entrance to New York harbor. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for president by j the newly formed Progressive party. In 1914, the Germans attacked I the Belgian city of Liege during ARKANSAS 6DSA<SO CARPENTER ATTORNEY •^Gerald Pearson is experienced and capable. ^Gerald Pearson served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney under the Honorable Terry Shell. ^Gerald Pearson is now serving as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Craighead County under A. 5. "Todd" Harrison, your present Prosecuting Attorney. ^Gerald Pearson is old enough for mature judgment and young enough for the vigorour performance of the duties of this office. YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT APPRECIATED ELECT GERALD PEARSON YOUR PROSECUTING ATTORNEY "THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE" This Political Ad Paid for bj Gerald Peir*on

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