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'/OCTOBER 8, 1949 State Becomes Testing Ground For Plants Needed to Produce Variety of Medical Compounds r! '' ' " • ' •?*' . ' •' '•', ,.\ By Jo* Ktkhltr ' :' y.' '''•[ A drug-farming program which may free the United states trom reliance on foreign sources lor many vital medicinal compounds has been launched in Arkansas by a trans- ,i!i n ^ R uma .»i»n chemist, reports the magazine "Industrial and Engineering Chemistry." , Dr. 0. K. Costa, a biochemist who instituted the first successful cultivation of drug-bearing plants in Rumania, is in'Charge of the Arkansas program at the College of the U/aiks, Carksville, where a twenty-acre tract has been set aside for his experiments. *—— Dr. cosU, who has an M.D. d«- B'ee »s a ph. D-. in biochemistry, used to export.to the United States Part of Its drug supply. »nd *dUr- >ae World War < II he furnished southeastern Europe with medicinal materials. : It Dr. costa's plans mature, Ark- «ims fanners will soon bcjin sup the nation with such drugs as belladonna, a -larootlc; stram- onium, a drug processed from dried Jimson weed which gives' relief'to »sthr.»a sutlcrers. and ergot, used to control blood hemorrhages *nd and e.-> an anesthetic Foxglove, the dotted white and purple tunlar flower whose leaves bear the powerful heart stimulant digitalis, will also soon be blooming in Dr Costa's medical garden Some of the drug-bearing plants which Dr. Costa Is planning to cultivate already grow wild in the Arkansas woodlands. To determine Hie best conditions tor growing each plant as a domestic crop, the Rumanian chemist will test them i n hydroponic installations, i n which their roots will be immer- seti i" a watery solution containing mineral nutrients, Instead of in soil. The active drugs will be extracted irom the plants in a- four- room laboratory which Dr. Costa brought with him to this country to aid his research in biochemistry »nd experimental pharmacology Dr. Costa believes, according to "Industrial and Engineering Chemistry." [hat the South can eventii,- ally become one of the nation's principal drug farming and manu- faeturing centers, thus diverting to the area millions of dollars now spent annually on Imports. • ' Stalactites are ice-like formations which hang from the ceiling of * cave. Wage-Hour Exemptions Are Explained LTTTLE ROCT-Proposed revision of regulations governing exemption of certain so-c~Ped "white collar" workers in Ark_nsas • frorri t!i« minimum wage and overtime pay sections of the Fair Labor Standards Act- (Federal wage and liour raiv) win establish "tests" of duties, responsibilities, salary levels and other basic requirements for employers to apply.In determining which of their employees 'Covered by-the law may be exempt from the wage and hour provisions of the Act. These exemptions will apply to executive, administrative, professional, local retailing and outside salesmen typ» of workers. These revisions—the first major change* since 1940—were outlined recently by Ervie O. Hicks, field office supervisor, who represents the Wage and Hour and Public .( . tracts Divisions,., y^.. ]Depart % ineiH of Labor, in this" state. "" ' "In addition to establishing tests of duties, responsibilities, salary levels and other basic requirements (or exemption of such workers, the' proposed revisions -would clarify the duty requirements for the five types .-Involved, .and change the salary levels which must -be met before an ex ption can be claimed." he ild.. ; "For example, it Is proposed to change the salary -requirement for an executive type, employee from the present S30. a week to S55 » wee!-, and 'or administrative and professional type employees from BLYTHEVILLE (ARg.) COURIER NEWS Grandpa Kept the Crown Jewels; He Just Keeps Sixpence a Shine BT minis HIIMI • •' • ,., JULIUS HUM1 ' 'N'L'A Staff Correspondent LONDON — <NEA>- The grandson of the ex-keeper of the crown jewels in Ih* Tower of I-ondon laid down his brush and wiped the shoe-polish off his hands "This is the life I have always dreamed about," he said, pocketing the sixpence coin (20 cents) he had. collected from his last customer "I have never had more friends, and what's more 1 don't have a boss." At 55, Vivian de QUIT St. George, descendant ot a distinguished British military family, renewed his license last week-and returned to his shoe-shine pitch near Marbte Arch, in the heart of London. There (or the past five years he has done .« regular and lucrative busl- nests^ c(eanipR .the slices of such eminent - patrons as George Winant, late U. S. Ambassador in Britain, and most of the staffs of the U.S., French and South American embassies In London. The Chinese Ambassador once presented him with n golden pin which .St.:'George keeps stuck in Ms cap. > "It's supposed to fetch luck," he explains, "and though 1 am not superst'tious ! must say 1 Have h a cj nothing to complain about since I became a shoe shiner." .St. George is also an official Interpreter and Information" guide : Before Vivian di? Gun St George settled down in his present vocation and became the most popular shoeshine "boy" in London, he led a roving life on sea and land. In one way or another he participated in almost every civil war. from the Mexican revolution (he still holds a regular commission in the Mexican armyl to the Spanish civil brigade. During his long years in South America he met. tvnd married the daughter of an Argentine diplomat. "I'guess I have always been the $200 n.month to $75 a week. A new provision' would shorten the exemption test for higher salaried employees of these' three types who receive at least a certain weekly i 'ary : nil who have certain liian- agerlcal duties. "Interested parties will have until October 10 lo submit written comments on the proposed changes to William R. McComb, administrator of the divisions, nt his Washington headquarters. These proposals are based on a report of a'public hearing on plans to amend regulations w I. IT ,-. IMORMA1ION WIIII A SHINE: Vlvl.i, styled black sheep, elves directions lo V. S. S.llor •S.muel MorrU Kiriuingliam. Ala., al his London sheishlne stand. v.'ir which he served as a machine ' ^^~ gun ofticer in the International black sheep of the family," st George admits, "but J think looking ' back, it was worth it. J have learned most there is to life.— even if it was tlie hard way." Hit- ANOTHER NEW HOME Y'Tr. jftis-t. HERE IN BLYTHEVILLE You Hear the Story Every Day Yes, Blylheville has grown by leaps • nd bounds in Hie last ten years... new homes, new business buildings. Anrl each construction has required * dependxble plumbing system— one reason why expert plumbing installation and repair service is important lo our community. So, on the 10th Anniversary ol the National Collon Picking Contest, we offer our conjf rat uliif ions l o the JayCees and our growing eily. ~ !' ^ T~~1 H . f>\ r 1 ( '"i-S.^*^ J?-V3» *> "PETE" The Pltmlier 109 North Pint • . Most Successful Ants, if, judged by the number of individuals, the number ol species, and their geographic range' are said to be., the most successful creatures, past or present, to Inhabit the earth. HERE...BEFORE YOUR EYES ..IS s MOST f AAaPERN GAR 1 950 During the lOlh Annual National Cotton Picking Contest Celebration, we look >vith pride to the tremendous progress of Blytheyiile during the last decade. That progress is particu- . t fcrly evident ib. the automobile} field, where you can now find • '.the worlds.only cars with A'irflyte' consU-uction. . . the 1950 NASH. Just out. . . brand new. . . they're Here in Blylheville. at Shelton Motor Co. Why don't you drop in and see how' really new a car can be? . — Finest For Fifty SHILTON MOTOR CO. 215 South 2nd DELTA LUMBER CO On October 7 we celebrate (he IfKh Annual National Collon Picking Contest in Blylheville. During those 10 years w« h»v« seen our cil.V *nd the fertile Delta Region of the Mississippi become familiar lo the entire country as a center of cotton production. And, during these 10 years Blythevill* hu not stood still either. Each fall has seen the city Increasing in size with many, many new business and residential structures until now in 1949 the old'town it hardly recognizable. Delta Lumber Co. Is proud to have made a contribution lo lhat growth as we supplied materials used in many of the constructions. OF GROWTH DELTA LUMBER CO. "Blytheville's Only Home Owned Yard"