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EIGHT fA&t.T NEWS fHB BITTHJEVILLJi OOUBJM JTEWI m O3CTUBR HBW* Ott H. V. HADWB. TWMill : 3AUTB L. VmHUfclT, Ktttor ,_ THOMAS B. ATKINS, AdTCTtldot M»Mf«r tfaie Winner do, NMT Tort, Obieaio, D«- *•*, Atlanta. Memphis gnhlMud, «mr AftecaooB Ernst* Sunday " &>tere<r~u afoood elan matter at tba poct- [1 •Otoe at BlytLcriUe. ArfcaniM, under act of Ooo- .- gre«a, October t. 1917. ^ •" 'Barred by Uu Utaitod Frw ~~ BUBSCHipnoN RATB» I By carrier to tie ctty ol Blitherin» or any - foburbftB town where carrier atrrloe U m«ln- - labied. Mo f*r week, or Me per month. '. % "'H- Tflthln • radtui ol M mtte*. *i.ot per - ytai, $2.00 for dz moctht, fl.OO for three month*! " or mail ot:t*ld» fO mile taae, IIP .90 per year " Datable t» wJYtaoj. -.Sound-Dollar Tactics There are a lot of interesting fig- ures and statistics float ing around H these days, bearing with them fearful '.. • or', wonderful implications. Follow thc'in, 1 in the serene confidence that figures •_ don't 1 lie, and you' may possibly find ~ yourself in the midst of hall'-trullis and erroneous conclusions. • For example, there is the bureau - ot Labor Statistics figure showing ~ that the American factory worker's '„ average wage in May was at a now ~ high of SI.07 an hour, or !?'12.G7 n - week. Then there was the New York - Stock Exchange announcement that - earnings of '175 leading American com'.. panics averaged 37.5 per cent less in .* the first quarter of this year than in 7 the same period of 1945. What's more, - 110 of those companies hnd losses "/ after taxes. '-..• . We can just see some heads \vag- :; gins' over those amounts and pcrccnt- •1 . ages. For it might seem to those heads ~ that labor was killing its source of -- golden eggs, getting richer and richer '•: at the expense! of industry, which pro,- .vides jobs, creates more jobs and, _--.-through .research, expansion and high- ' "._.:_ er efficiency, raises the standard of - living and guarantees national prospcr- i ; !*>'• " Or it could mean to those wagging 1, heads that a radical government was : trying to regiment production, force -~ businesses to the wall and bring about L> - rationalization of. basic industries. Or _— it might even mean that a conserva- 3! tive government was trying to make jf£- labor fat and contented on high wages, ~r- nd.thus force labor's thinking and r:v voting toward the right. ^F-'- Statistics that permit such not-too- ~j.-' farfetched conclusions obviously don't ij-. tell very much. The RLS figures on ~ earnings neglected to express them in ~ terms of 1946 buying power. Peter r .•• Edson, iii a recent .Washington column, •- ferreted out some other BLS figures to '."• show that in 1939, when the average ' ^ weekly wage was ,?35.25, ?23.8G would " buy the same amount of goods and " services that ?J2.G7 would in May, ;- 1946, In other words, $23.8(5 a week in 1939 was just as good as the record 1946 earnings of $42.67. The .Stock Exchange figures also • L fail to tell a good many things. For instance, how typical were the first- quarter earnings of these 475 companies in 1945, a wartime year of cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts when the great concern was winning the war rather than spending money carefully? What was the relation of these companies' first-quarter earnings in 1940 to their average for the same quarter in, say, 1935-40? What was the reason for loss after taxes of the 110 companies? Strikes, reconversion, increased labor costs, OPA regulations, or other factors? It would be interesting to know—necessary, too, unless one wanted to risk a complex diagnosis on the basis of one symptom. It may seem that some of the various statistics hurled at us today arc deliberately calculated to mislead. But it may be suspected that their incomplete information often arises from the more innocent habit of thinking of. the dollar as an entity of unchanging value, rather than in terms of what it will buy or in its relation to other ddllars of ther days. Maybe that is short-sighted thinking. But right now' there is cause for cheer in that habit of thinking, loo. For as long as the dollar remains in our minds a.s a concrete thing of value in itself, to be reckoned with and sought after, we are on pretty solid ground—and a long way from ruinous inflation. WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 1948 I The Dog in the Fable Pulled a Boner, Too SO THEY SAY H Is perfectly clear that Russia IK bending her energies not to satisfying the enormous needs of thor own people and those of her satcllic States, hut to building up the Industrial and scientific resources for harnessing atomic energy to war.—Dr. William Y. Elliott of Harvard U. We arc doing worse than simply standing still. We cannot permit TO million persons to staive or become stinking corpses in middle Europe, regardless of the crimes of German leaders and even of the great mass of people themselves.—J. H. Van Royen, retiring Netherlands Foreign Minister. People belong to n trade union movement because they are workers and not professional politicians, but Communists are professional politicians first and trude unionists Incidentally. —Morris Muster, who resigned ns president of the T T JiUcd Fumltuie Workers, charging Cotu- mu'.lst domination. There is a field of opportunity for women In Iccal affairs. They must he interested in all community problems, but there arc some they are better able to deal with, such as education, hospital service and infant and child welfare — Alice Bacon. British MP. The American people will be forced to report to si like if that is necessary to prevent Initiation.—Ur. AlolliX) F. Myers of New York U. , Tht formation of n world federation ot plnt'es seems inevitable in the future.—Dr. Quo Tai-chl, Chinese delegate to UN Security Council. ,WASHINGTON COLUMN * Another 'Crossroads 1 Report By PETER EDSON S'RA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, July 17.—Presl- that its application changes as thr supply-demand balance changes. It General Duty By LUCY AGNES HANCOCK Lucy ASMS Hancock Distributed by_NEAjERVl{:E, INC.^ XXXV ; JJESS HAMILTON was wailing on the beach and walked with • them to the cabin. T • "It's after 5, Sally," she lokl - her when Uiey were alone. "We ought to catch the 6 o'clock bus U we'rfi to get b;ick lo Linton in time to change and go on duty at - 7. The busses are crowded at this ". time ot day and we may not even .. be able to get on. I hope that supper is ..-.tout ready or I'm ' afraid we'll have to go hungry." ? "I'll dress In a jiffy, Bess, and . help Carolyn with it," Sally promised. She patted the older nurse on her plump back. "Don't yoii . vorry, darling. We'll get back. Wow! Is my nose red! I bet it - peels like an or.ion. 1 should have , .oiled it before I went out." .--When Sally returned to the Titters the tElile m the lilUo pine :Kpve near the cabin was set for a buffet supper \\l.-lc on the outdoor jrUl hamburgers sizzled smd coffee •ent Up tantalizing odors. Once •Cain Carolyn and her mother drew Bess Hamilton ir.to their •circle and Doctor Hallock lound o •eat close to Sally. ^You're on the Terry case, aren't JT«, Sally?" he asked as he poured it««i tilng coffee Into tier cup. JTfrctty tough, isn't she?" '_l-?Oh, no," Sally, told him, con- •cious of the subtle maneuvering .00 the part M her hostess but de- •t*rmin*d to ignore'.It. The lake w«i changing JnonWmtarily. Long shadows were creeping" out from toe tbdre.-' \Vhit*. .cotton clouds tbe „ Intense -blue of the iky and were reflected beneath. Mel- bjr distance eamo the sound ot singing. She wished she could just sit here silently and look and listen nnd dream. She roused with mi effort. "She'll be all right after she's thoroughly rested and eaten quantities of nourishing food. That girl was exhausted and starved, Jim—slrango as that may sound. You know the type, Doctor Spoiled." "I like 'Jim' better, Sally," he told her with apparent irrelevance t * • CALL.Y was eating the juicy _ hamburger with relish. "My this is good! I don't know when I've eaten anything 1 like belter Did you cook them?" "Of course," he told her proudly "I made the coffee, too. Whci Carolyn asked me to come out fo a swim and supper I accepted on I pleasure—well, one cotidilion that we have ham- un down and burgers—that I should cook, and coffee that I be allowed to moke. I'm something of an artist when it comes to camp cooking." "Then you—then Bcsc :md I-just barged in," Sally said. "Why didn't you tell us? Carolyn didn't nvite us—" "She probably knew you vouldn't come if you knew I was nvited, Sally Maynard," the young man pointed out. "As it was, I played in luck for once. This was all merely coincidental —no breaking of hospital rules so your very active conscience need cause you no least qualm." "I never even thoughl about it,' Sally said promptly. "But when Plans aro made tor one guest and two extra ones are thrust upon the hostess it isn't always convenient or—or pleasant." "You just hint that lo your hosl- .o, ,ru.o. s lov.j, mm ate \VI1UL iippcns to you," he warned. You know your standing with lie Uacrms—I don't have to rc- nind you of that. They both. ilorc you and sometimes 1 think •ou don't appreciate it." "Oh, I do too," Sally declared, vlien Bess Hamilton's voice in- crruptcd them. * » * 'YT/T.'D better be getting over to Ihe bus stop, Sally," she iuggcstcd. "We may not be able o get a seat." "I'm driving you hack," Doclor Hallock asserted. "What do you. mean by suggesting the bus? 1. brought you, didn't I? When I bring n girl anywhere I take her home." "Don't be silly," Sally told him. "You were invited for the evening—" "I'm on call tonight." he explained, gathering up the dishes and stacking them on the lable. "I'd like to stay and wash these, Carolyn," be said almost regretfully, "and I know there will be a moon as only Ibis particular locality can produce; but duly calls, nnd when duty is combined with I'm all for It. I'll 1 get the car and come back for you," he suggested, ''or will one of you gals walk over A'ilh me?" He looked at Sally but Bess Hamilton shook her head. "Mayho Holdcn's still over there. Doclor," she pointed out. "We'll both RO. H has been a real treat." she told the Hacons. "It's lovely out here and I shall certainly come again—if you'll let me." The ride back to the hospital was accomplished without incident and when Bess suggested he let them nut at Ihe bottom of the hill, Jim Hallock made no objection. The afternoon hnd given him much food for thought and he drove up the long hill lo the garage in the rear ot the hospital with a feeling something like contentment, while the two nurses changed Into uniforms and reported for duly promptly at 7. (To Be Continued) .. cut Hurry S. (for Stubborn) Tru- itin is prepared to veto another lisa t is factory price-control bill, if nil's what Congress hands him gain. But President Truman still oyies that Congress will send htm satisfactory price-control bill that ie can sign. These two conclusions arc ines- npnblc to anyone who reads the unrterly report just sent to tlie "resident nnd Congress by Dircc- of War Mobilization and Recon-. •crsion John R. Steelman. Every! cction dwells on the dangers of nfliition nurt the need for coniiu- lecl economic controls. Like the President's OPA veto message, the •upon needles Congress for action only in the direction in which the President wants to go. Of course, the President didn't rite thus report. Neither did Assistant President Steelman. As a. natter of fact, the report incorpo-' rates a number of itlcas which IJiv Steehnan didn't have n few weeks ago. The report was originally draitctl by some of the bright young men in government — economists and ghosts, it was prepared fo;- John W. Snydcr to sign. Snyder approved it, but then he was inc.de Secret:;;!' of the Treasury, so the report v,as signed by Steehnan. his successor nnd director of OWMR. And tlie President put out a statement endorsing it in [nil. So (he responsibility for this dor_ umcm belongs to the economic high-command of Truman. Snydcr. nnd Steelman. even if it was written by the aforementioned B. Y. M. IT'S A UKI'OKT ON THE STATE OF Tin: NATION The report really constitutes :m interim message to congress on tlie slate of (he nation. Steelmun. In his letter of Iransmittal to U:e President and Congress, says (hp leport should be called "Thc'cre«s- roads." Somehow, the country always seems to be on that spot. "We imust choose now," it pnys. whether we shall move fovwairl through the final stages of recon- version with effective price and wage controls, or whether we prepared to take the risk of abandoning such controls at a time v.li':n supply and demand are radically cut of balance." More Interesting (ban that, however, the report reveals that Truman has not yielded one surrk In his determination to hiiv,. n. workable price-control bill that \vill prevent inflation. Under direct questioning at his >ress conference when [lie rc»:>ri. was released, the Prc.sidcut rcfns'-d to commit himself on what lie would do with the nrw OPA bill Conjin.'.-is Is now preparing, beeaiiKp il is changing every five minutes. Ar.u when he was asked about reports that he would call and keep Coi'- 8rc.ss in special session till he ^oi what he wanted, the President said he hadn't heard of Hint m ,e IT LISTS TKUMAVS 1'KK'E- CONTKOI. UliOUIUI'.MKNTS ISut as to what the President considers n workable price-control bill, ihe .specifications are set f;>rtr> clearly in tb c stcelmati "Crops- roads Hrpoit." 1. It must actually control prices preventing unnecessary piire Increases and permitting price increases ncce-ssary to stimulate production of Items In short supply. 2. U must be administrate and enforceable. A law that would control prices Industry by Industry with cost absorption where necco- sary. is considered tidmlnistrable. A law that would require the government to study and pass on th* profit earned by every business on every item it handled i s considered unadmlnlstraule nn rt unenforceable 3. The law must be flexible, so Is today considered virtually impossible to [hid any important product that is In supply-demand balance That is mentioned to show the need for continued controls. Decontrol machinery, as proposet uy Congress, however, is now ac cepted by the President. In this re spect only the President indlcatr-i he is willing to compromise wit! the congress on OPA. Whether or not the President cai get a price-control-extension la' incorporating these principles is question. At present writing, seems almost impossible. But th President bus shown himself to b a hopeful fellow, confident tha everything Is going to turn out a right. SIDE GLANCES .. . ,. fcy Oalbralrii fct't. ;«&* y; ; — ^»Cv~«^- ^' ! ' r ''" • • : " ' : niifti- -.- COPfl. 19^6 D/ NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG, U. S, PAT. OFF. - ^ " <&>'*• '.7-17 * .IN HOLLYWOOD . .. By ERSK1NE JOHNSON NBA Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD, July 17. — Pet* iiith's novelty shorts probably, nt- :cl more screwballs to him thmi ague any other man in Hollywood, latest tale concerns the wo- an with the talking dog. She hounded him by telephone r days, Insisting that she had e only dog in captivity who could tually talk. "So finally I gave In," Pete said. : gave her an appointment. I gured maybe the dam dog could Ik." The dog was a mongrel. He didn't y a word when he and the wo- on walked Into Pete's office. "He's not in the mood." the oman said. "I have to get him i the mood." So Pete and his office staff—and couple of studio attorneys called i to protect the studio's interests sat down and waited in awed lence. IK'S READY AT LAST As the dog curled up in the mid- le of Pete's best office-rug, tlia •onian started whispering things ito the hound's ear. The (log finally closed his eyes, nd tlie woman announced: "We •c ready. What do you want him say?" Peter, always the diplomat, said: Have him say, 'Louis B. Mayer. " He's Pete's boss.) The woman stared nt the <*-o« nd said: "Say 'Louis 13. Mayer.' ** The dog opened one. eye and gave faint bark. The woman screamed: "Did you ear that? He said it! He said ITI 'he only talking dog jiv (he world!" A studio policeman escorted the lady out onto the street. Pete turned to one of his secretaries and said, "Kick me, please •• Tne secretary did. A TRIP TO DAY'S NURSERY We finally got around to calling on Laraine Day and her brood ol three adopted children—two sisters, Mellnda and Michele, as» 2 and 6, and an eight-month-oM boy. Christopher. "It's hectic, but fun," Larahie said, "i used to have the most orderly and neat house in Hollywood. Now Ray (her husband) and < 1 are always tripping over a rattlo. a ball, or a doll." Laraine can thank Kathann* Hepburn for her release from an M-G-M contract alter a three-year battle. Laraine was promised a certp.in role. If she didn't get it. the st::- dio had to release her from her contract. , La Hepburn came back to town and decided she wanted the role, too. Tlie studio gave Hepburn tiie part anu Laraine her release. "I was lucky," Laraine said, "f turned down 30 scripts at M-G-M. and wasn't suspended once. For a while there, ] thought I would b« dubbed 'Miss Suspension of 104B.' " "Success" Story: When Direc;or Roy del Ruth was going to school in Philadelphia, he worked on Saturdays for a very kind old man named Jason Marks. Marks owned a general variety store, and dreamed ot some day owninj; a great department store. But the dream never came true —except in del Ruth's next movie. "It Happened on Fifth Avenue." Much of the action takes place m an ornate Fifth Avenue palace known as "Jason Marks' Deourt- mcnt Store." Ambassador HORIZONTAL GO Revised , 1,7 Pictured ^ 61 Comes in " ^ VERTICAL 1 Customs 2 Amatory u. s. Ambassador to Portugal 13 Melodious 14 Rloodlesstiess 15 Projectile 1G Mind 19 Recedes 20 Belongs lo H 21 Rub gently 23 Out (Scot.) 24 Palm lily 25 Toward ' 26 Thus 3 Edges 4 Lawless crowd 5 While CEft 7 Blunder ^ 8 Any 9 Tipsy (Scol.) 10 Boss 11 Welsh onions 28 Chinese town 12 Hastened 29 Contempt , 31 Confidence 33 Operated 3-1 Augment 35 Scrap 37 Abounds 40 Area measure 41 Trinity Icnn (ab.) 42 Comparative ; sutrix •13 Diminutive suffix 44 Pole 4G Footprints 51 Literary scraps 52 Again a4 Poisonous weed 55 Against 5G Death 5!i I le is also a nil fnrl (Scot.) 17 Symbol for iridium • .., 18 Behold! |Sfc>. 21 Poems . H|o' 22 Properties S 25 Treatise Sf 27 Command 30 Mineral rock 32 Mongolian • town " ^-^^ 35 March \«f 30 Pressed """ 38 Advisor 39 Steps 45 Half 47 Begged 48 Hawaiian bird 49 Ocean (ab.) . 50 Was carried 51 Poker stake • 53 Humor ^ • 55 Behave 57 Compass point 59 Preposition •'' f" ft Jur Boarding House with Ma];. Hoopie "Tliis Mom Iximl) lost t^ivcs me a great idea, chief—lei's get llio jump on everybody and siyn up iiii>onsi>i-_for the ' " ~ THIS CURIOUS WOULD 1M DENVER, COLORADO, A SPARROW BUILT ITS NEST IN THE CAUTION LI6HT OF A TRAFFIC SISNAL, " WHEN THE ESCAPED CONviCf IS FOUND, HE IS LOSr,"55y.r J. E.URRIOL AGOITlA , NEXT: Whtn ItgMnln* strikes Ihe desert. 6PEED ? We DID A COM.HS A \\OTORWCLE, CHUMS THOSE GA-S BIKES ALXMANS SOUND LIKE MP.V UAME- 1 FLOUTED RUSTIC 6TATOT& A6WMST SHELLS PUBLIC—I'LL 6QU&LC1A TlAE TOVOM COMN\f\MDO TROT DOVJNi THW LAC.T/ TO ME, A,NiD X CfNM FEEL m H\P BEING SANDPAPERED FOR A SPEED FlM£/ Out Our Way ByJ.R. Williams I THINK THIS'txVS 1 ME AM THIS IS THE ONE OVER YARI MEAM HERE .' WIWP OF HI WlFf.. r-0 SHE SMELL Hli C^EATH . HE FAMILV CIRCLE

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