The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 20, 1950 · Page 2
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PACT TWO BLYTHBV1LLB (ARK.) COUKIFR NBW» THURSDAY, APRIL 20, ISM ASNE Is Advised To Improve Press Mckc-lway Seeks fetter Newspapers Without Policing WASHINGTON, April 20. «P) — THie American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) was advised by 1U president today to bond Its efforts toward improving the country's newspapers—without trying to exercise police powers. Ben M. McKelway, editor o( the Washington Star, In a prepared message to the nearly 400 editors opened up a topic expected to provide pome fireworks at the'ASNE's annual meeting here. Some editors, McKelvray noted •have urged that the society ejecl from membership or otherwise discipline any newspaper It deems "guilty of malpractice." He argnei against that, saying the ASNE should preserve Its role as an'ad- vocate of higher newspaper standards rather than adopt that of "policeman, Judge or Jury." "Our experience, and not lack of courage, should make us cautious of any proposition to set ourselves up as an organization that passes Judgment upon the too-frequently generallred criticism of Dress performance," MeKelway said. • " "For that would be a pretentious undertaking, beyond our capabilities as a society and very apt to collide with principles basic to free press." A report on the issue, which may . guide ASNE's decision, was due late today from a special committee 01 "self - Improvement possibilities o American newspapers." This grou] Is .headed by J. Donald Fergusor •president and .editor of the Mil waukee Journal, Holding that "informed criticls: is healthy—we deserve'more of 1 than we get." MeKelway said thcr nevertheless are cases In which th society should act "in defense of th good name and dignity of our call Ing." ..-: Siich ; a case, he added, was th accusation last spring that 51 Illln ols editors and newsmen had bee on the state payroll under Republ can Governor Dwight Green be -larvard Historian Defends Works of Benjamin Franklin By Frank Carey Associated I'ress Science Reporter PHILADELPHIA, April 20. (AP) —A Harvard historian today de- ended Benjamin Franklin against he contention of some modern ritlcs that the great patriot's work u science was "trivial." These critics erroneously main- atn, said Dr. I, Bernard Cohen, hat Franklin's scientific attain- nents would not be remembered at all today If he hadn't been a polll- cal big shot. The veal facts are, said Cohen, .hnt Franklin made major contri- >utions to the understanding of electricity, heat transfer and chem- .cal nctioh. Still Use Term* Even In these days of scientific sophistication, declared the Harvard professor, ' we're still using castrated that lightning »a« electrical in character and that "pointed" grounded conductors were needed to dissipate the lightning. Cohen maintains that w h i I e Franklin Is probably best known In the popular mind for the Incident of flying a kite In an electrical storm, that Incident Is comparatively unimportant In Pranlclln's scientific career. Franklin's big contribution, he says, was his suggestion that in all matter there Is an "electrical fluid" or "fire"—and that when there Is an excess ol It, hte object Is positively charged;, when It loses some of its normal complement, the object Is negatively charged. We now know, says Cohen, that all matter is made up of eletcrons, protons and neutrons, but he maintains that Franklin's concept of an electrical fire" was helpful toward electrical terms that Franklin coined—such as the word "battery," and i establishing the modern theory, abcls "positive" and "negative" for ' electrical charges. ; Cohen addressed the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society, an organization founded by Benjamin Franklin In 1743 and known as "the first leavn- Police Hold Father For Beating His Son TOLEDO, O., April 20. (AP) — _ ...._ ... Joseph Vinankl, Sr., 34, beat his ed society of the British Plantations 3-year-old son about the head and America." He spoko in the so-1 body, pulled out some of his hair clety'-s headriuarter.s, just around the corner from indeepndence Hull. Cohen said some critics of Frnnk- lin contend that the No. 1 Philadel- phlan's contrlbutotn to science was "primarily of practical rather than theoretical value"—that is, that Franklin was an inventive gadge- tecr who didn't add much to the basic concepts of science. Aimed at Utility Cohen grants that some of Franklin's stuff was aimed at pure utility—such as his invention of bifocal eye glasses and a gadget for removing books from a shelf without getting up from one's chair. But he maintanis that Franklin's invention of the lightning rod wns developed from pure scientific research—research whit), had dem- and then put salt on the child's buttock wounds, Police Inspector Anthony Bosch said yesterday. The child went into convulsions and Is reported In poor condition The father, held by police for investigation, denied the beating. The child's mother Insisted he struck the boy because he was "not housebroken." Idaho Is called- the Gem State and Us state flower Is the syringa Wake Island Hero Enters U.S. Politics BALTIMORE, April 20. C/P)— Brlj. Gen. James P. S. Devereux, who commanded the Marines on Wake Island hi World War II, announced today he will enter politics. He will seek the Republican nomination to Congress from Mary- • and's second district. Devereux, who retired from the vlarine Corps in 1948 after 25 years ervice, is likely to face either Rep; William P. Bolton or state delegate A. Gordon Boone, Democrats, In he November general election. The 47-year-old retired genera], who owns a farm In nearby Stevenson, said in a statement: "We In America are trapped In giant pincer movement, "From without. Communism has engulfed half the world and endangers the remaining half. Prom within. Socialism Is destroying vui institutions and our moral fibre much as it has already done In Britain. "Thus, the tragedy Is that while we are threatened extenplly, we are being weakened Internally. Our national security Is being undermined by policies inspired by sympathizers and agents of other powers. Simultaneously our economy Is being bled white by irresponsible [ederal spending, borrowing and taxation." This Is Devereux'g first venture into politics. Proclaims Special Days WASHINGTON, April 20. President Truman yesterday proclaimed May 1 as Child Health Day and May 14 as Mother's Day. Baylor's 1950 basketball team ha* five players who answered to the first name of "Bill." tween 1041 and 1949. "The inescapable conclusion was! that the press had been brought," j MeKelway observed. "Say It With Flowers" BI.YTREVHXe FLOWER MART .Memphis Hiw.y Phone SMZ PILES RELIEF FOR SORE PAINFUL HERE IS SOOTHING CM tmtii.! nick • nd Irriutio. ^. m •Wt.r*. formula fmtt f.mow ThomfaM Hln^ Cli.i. ... .,.11.14, fo. • Thornto* « Minor JL«et*! oinfa u. Kite* .»< tl>ri.k ..«m.r. tre»§. t»ct a tube tf Thornton A Ri-ti.1 Oint«,.l «• K^tml Swpoitorfa, U*]»7. 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