The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 24, 1944 · Page 6
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Thursday, August 24, 1944
Page 6
Start Free Trial

ISM ILTTBXTIL] Jl POU1IU UK! BO 000*1*1 nwi oo. aw. HAHM* mbuibw •:, UMUXL V. S'ORRIB. Ktttor JAUM A: OATKNB> 4di*ril<liiC '601* WIUDtr Ox, M>* Tort. • Bv<u7 incniuo feMM u wooud C!M> nutui »« tbt pal- atfo* «t Blyttevllle, ArUtuu, unsw »tl of Ow* O»tofcer f, HIT. > by th« UnllM Pr«M BUBBCREPTIOK RATBB By e*rrler la the cltr of BljUiertlto, 4 r»<Um of « roll**, |4.M p«r . 19.00 fc* ilx month*. 11.00 for Uuw mo»lh*; outlJde 60 mile »n» »H>.00 ptr f«v Bq'§lc Bureaucratese ••*-* ^Bureaucratic jargon, or what Motiry Msvei'ick calls "gobbleclygook" lamiff- imgc, has finally proved loo much for tiie-bur'eaucrats themselves. The Social -Security Board linn launched a reform campaign, spurred on by the howls of 'baffled 1 citizens and a rather embarrassing' report from Columbia University's "readability" laboratory. i The Columbia researchers arrive at jhe conclusion, by undisclosed but apparently sound methods, that a Social Security report 'is as much harder to read than a scientific journal as the scientific journal is than 'love mag- fy.iue fiction. So the board has appealed |o its employes, in the name o ( clarity $11(1 economy of words, time, paper and public temper, to get off their rhetorical high horses. ' • • "• t v , J "We^are usually, normal when we talk,"-the" board wistfully admits, "but . Jmt a pencil in our hands or <\ stenographer- at our side and a mysterious 'change takes place." • i The Aboard doesn't attempt to explain why, and we don't know fill the 1 answers, either. Rul certainly "gouble- riygook" isn't the invention of burcau- fcrats. It is a collection of all the pomp- 'pus triteness and gold-toothed turgidily of expression found in the working vo- fabularies of lawyers, economists, Inisi- tiessmen, social workers and the like. t And what makes lawyers, businessmen and the others talk that way? j\Vcll, Die lawyers .may have a thread of excuse, since they have, found through sad experience (hat legal-'documents can be shot full of holes if every Hi ing isn't said n half-dozen different.ways. '* \* \ * j - = ' .For the rest of them", it's probably 'insfc a' way of feeling iniporUiiit. The H'deiing of 100 pounds of beans can bo "accoiriplished with heavy, solemnity by jisiiig~_a few standard phrases which |state the simplest thing in the longest possible way, and make the transactions as'secret as a lodge ritual. I All this is pretty tiresome under any 'circumstances. But when the taxpayer jfimls that he is paying government em- ployes'to obscure and confuse his busi- jness and;lifc with a lot.of cant about J'please W advised" and :"pursuant to your request," when lie beholds himself 'as something, at "the local level" for jwhom..' policies arc "promulgated" or |"held in abeyance," he gels sore. ; For nil this we think we have a solution—Basic English. Why not give it •a try. by 'issuing one more directive at j"th<j ;t ggvcrmnenl level" which would jcompel burr-.ucrats to write only from ;thjs simpli < .CRbiilary. We should then Jje able to settle the arguments about .the merits of Basic, and also decide the ;questron of Aether government can function if the employes express themselves like human beings, not, abstracts of title. •LITHHYILLJ, (IlKJ POU1IM "I Object to My Union in Polities'" , "Expressing the belief that the partisan .position of CIO's Political Action ' Committee will split the American labor movement even more than it is split now, raise up new enemies, and confront labor with., more opposition than it ever before ha"8:faced. William 1C. Mullins, writing in the"September Header's Digest, voices vehement opposition to the recent political moves of this group. A wprking newspaperman of twenty- five years' experience, Mr. Multins is a member of the Newspaper Guild of Boston, which he says he joined to help improve working co'iidi'liona and to pro' vide job protection for newspapermen, He writes in, "I Object to My. Union in Politics": "Now, through my union's affiliation with the CIO I 'find myself represented in politics without my consent . and against my will by CIO's Political Action Committee. I object as an American citizen, and I object ,as'a labor man hi my many years of observation of politics. I have seen unions go into politics and come out on the losing side on Election Day. "I would question the wisitom of CIO's Political Action Committee if it had endorsed the Republican Party's national candidate.. 1 question its wisdom in endorsing the, Democratic Party's national candidate. We labor people are now in for endlesy trouble nationally and locally." , • Mnllins holds with Samuel Gompers, who, he says, first made the American labor, movement ii sound success, that Governors and Presidents represent whole parties, local and national, and that labor should not nntagoni'/.e whole parties.'lie points out that Gompers admonished American labor to study the records of legislators, study their votes on labor laws, to k'now friends and enemies amohg individual legislators who make the laws, but to bear in mind that Governors and Presidents do not make the laws; they only endorse them. Mnllins does' not 'u'lulcroslimulc the Political Action Committee's energy and intelligence, and concedes to it an immense skill iu political organization, -work.. .Terniing its little leaflets and booklets, telling how to get pople to register and vote, the best he has ever seen, he says "the Political Action Com- inittcc is probably the most efficient 'Get Out the Vote' endeavor that was ever organised in the whole history of American politics." He objects, however, to the Political Action Committee .setting up a conflict between the labor movement and the free indepndnt political American spirit. The Political Action Committee, says Mulling, is involving labor in issues that have nothing to do with labor as labor, and concludes that "the mass of unionists will in the end repudiate it. They are unionists; but, first, they are Americans." » SO THET SAY As we were marching the prironcrs ctorwn the road, two more Jerries came exit of the strong point crying In German, "lley, wait for us. We're surrendering too."-Serijt. Theodore Vouslaras in southern France. i • . . We want rain. We're cracking up. Please, Plu- vlus, old drip, how's about a lot of little drips di.ippctl on our burning country?—Merchants, 1 jul in Lincoln, III., Evening Courier. • • » The battle tor Fr,n, C c will reach a climax In the next. fc\v days anrl weeks, am! we must also reckon with new maswrt fMvicl ntlacks.-Uidwtg Seil-orius, Ocrinan ncivs commentator. THURSDAY, AUGUST 2<1, 1944 SIDB GLANCES . tut e* *EA itmtt. me. T. M. ma a. s. MT. OFT. "Same symptoms, Mrs. Pilk^l ;\on need a change, a I rip lo Mexico! Sorry il'.^'impo.ssiblc lo send yi . vpyngc around the world j" maybe yon on n •THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson APPROXIMATELY ONE OUT OF EVERY THREE DAYS IS BASE RUTH WAS AMERICAN LEAGUE BArriN& CHAMPION HOW AWNY YEARS.- OA>£, THREE, FIVE OK SEVEN /> fl-24 ANSWER: One year, 192-1, \lith an average of .378. NEXT: The key to juvenile ' In Hollywood RV EKSKINK JOHNSON NKA Staff Correspondent People laughed when Maurice Rocco, the Negro Imiglc-wooBlc expert, started to sit down at the piano. They laughed because there ivas no place for him lo sit, 'Ihe night clnb \viis as crowded as a Lockheed bus. One of Ihc customers was silling on the piano stool. "A big guy," Maurice said, "I was flfr.ild lo ask him to move." So Manricc fiocco played the I'i- smo stiuiriing up that night. The joint wciit crazy. That, was in 19-11 at Hie Hlackhawk Restaurant in ChlcnRO. The customers haven't let him sit down since. Flocco hnd been heating out lodpie-woocle hi nitihL chihs ami Iti yaiKlcville for 10 years .before that.'h^ just gone'io rounds with Ton " c my Dorscy. ifc put. on n purp dressing gown and wrapped a H;;k louses back in his home town o Oxford,-d.~, and a ranch in Chats worth. Calif. He has a $500.000 in •mrmice j-.ollcy on bis bands, : valet, and 50 lallor-miulc suits will a different pair of shoes for cv cry suit,. iV CLOTHES HOUSE ' "That's ni.y on)y extravagance, lie said. "I have most of my uione> But I'm a clothes horse. My m>cn Is always screaming at me, 'Roc CO, you'r c just a clothes horse.' liu I can't help It. T always Inke nlon three trunks and eight bags wlic I travel." Rocco hnd just romc off the floo at. Hollywood's Clover Club whcr his weekly salary 'runs into foi figures. He was perspiring like 1' )ur Boardiag House with Major Uoople Out Our Way 1 iinihlne happened to me," said, "until 1 found "'at guy slt- line on my piano stool." Standing up at the piano, Maurice Uocco...nas since earned a for- tiuic. Hollywood even discovered him. You'll see him soon with Ucl.- | ly Hut ton in "Incendiary montle." nnrl the film version of "Duffy's ! Tavern." }ln owns two npnrttncnt houses In New York, a farm and three part s the Gateway to India at Bombay ' ' "eally as beautiful as they say? v Don't rightly know, Ma'am Did my »i-Ki^Mi P °'i nl ',", lflc Jungle's heart; aslcd the boulders, felled the trees red muck-oozin' around our k "ie tuts Jrom the Patkai's side, >ur truce, made it clean and wii We had the Ledo Road "o bund!" 1 ' 011 ' Well, surely ybu saw a burning ghat, f.'<irs, rope-tricks, and all of that. i ? ^ k °i n , I(1lidn ' t ' B "t way up ahead I tended the wounded, buried the dead. n?,»'L Was anMcdle . n nd little we knew But the smell of sickness all day through Mosquitoes, leeches, and thick dark in ' Where the Chinese, spilled their blood w !' i iu c "7 n ? guns * ere stilled: We had the- I.cdo Road to build. (•course you found the Taj Mahal, he loveliest building of them all. Can't rcnlly say lady. I was stuck tnr beyond Shlng with a QM truck. Monsoon was rugged thcVe, hot and v fsolhinu lo do but work and sweat. And dry'; was the dust upon my moutl As steadily bi K "cats" roared on south, Over the ground where Japs lay kill We had the Ledo Road to build. oiM'c been gone two years thjs spring, kh't you see a single thing? Never saw mudi but the moon shine . A Burmese temple around Maingkwan And silver transports high in Ihe sky, ,, " ami the swifl Tttiiai, And Hukawng Valley coming all greei Hipsc arc the only sights I've seen, w i 011 !' J° b ' Ttho »Bl«. 'ike God willed We liad the Ledo Road to build olc my iiiiuui stool." AS A MIKE IN PIANO Rocco uses a small piano wllli microphone stuck inside to five more volume. "I should lie using baby grand, bill it's too awkward hen you have to slant! up." Ho as to have a certain kind of pt)o, too. A ftiony one, "I break 'cm )," he said. "I hit Ihc keys harder inn anyone in the business." Maurice Rncco—nnd that's his :al name—Is' a dapper little guy llh slicked back hair and an In- cttous grin. He calls . himself a am and when parties gel dull he oes into a routine of himsclt hc- i!! temperamental on a motion icliire set. nart eyesight left, him a 4-P. He's )ly 30. Gem stones with star formations i Uicm were believed by the an- eiiU to have been formed of :mrks from the star of Bethlehem. fO CHECK IN /DAYS 666 Liquid for Mnlarinl Symptoms Shoes are costly- have them renewed where exacting care combined with superlative workrnan- thclr being properly hip Insure enalred. Every style of repair U made here —RIGHT! QUALITY SHOC SHOP ! 121 :w. MAIN ST..- Of All Kinds. BARKSDALE MFG. CO. Blythcville, Ark GUARANTEED TIRE RECAPPING! 24 Hour Service Also—Vulcanizing and Tire Repair WADE COAL CO. N. Hwy. 61 ' CEILING PRICKS Phone 2291 FALL PLANTING SEEDS WINTER WHEAT, BARLEY, OATS, RYE ond HAIRY VETCH. Rccleanc^j. High Purity and Germination. Blytheville Soybean Corp. 1800 W. Main. 3-JUUIOA First Biography r/F America's Great Genera! t. 1H-H, Ann WnodxurJ »Illl>r| HUIrllMUMl, NRA Sfrvlcc, Inf: t I ? XOU fAEKNl SOU WM^I ME TO uWjp xoo s TOR. < " OH, DEAR.' IF VOO WAMT . DR. FOSSELL / LET'S WOT BE VJEA^EL-MpOTHEC ABOUT TtAlS *~ A CMlt-O |W A Ft/XSH !AN SPECIMENS ISA DM ED -1 fj - THE - VJOOU .... EGG,'— HM.' HO\M LOKJ& HAME VOO BEENi j AT !1 TELL \T ; S, f\ C"'-5O3M)R E6&, VOU LOUDW CLIMNA, OR , OF ish towel around Ills head. The firsl I him: you notice him arc his hands. They're as b us Garlxi's feet. He ran hit 10 kc. with cither. The finucrs of Hie left] lianrt are a Quarto- of mi irich j longer than (lie rtuht. an over-de- vclcpinenl from featurius southyw tactics on Ixmszie-wongic. He's iusi writlen an instruction bonk tttlrrl "Maurice Rocco's Boo- glC-WOORiC." He started playing Ihc i>bno at in. His mother was and still Is a piano teacher in Oxford. His grand- n'.llhcr nlnvs the nrgm) in church every Sunrlny.' •'""Onle-M-nocic?" \ve nskpd. "Not Rrandmother," Uocco chuck- 1 '"M ma and I sometimes play duets." 'At 20 I!OC:T wns leaching nlano harmony all; r slndyinc H Obcr- lin tln(vcr«lty. lie rtnnlly gave it un In llckle tlie keys hetwren in- If-rmlssi-ms ^t. a rinncp linll In Cincinnati. "I lik>>d lo Dlay too much lo InM. tench." he said. \\n won ouitr a reputation as a VitwsIc-woMi" expert In Cincinnati. Eve)) nppcnred in one movir. Walter Wanrer's "Vogues of l<m." "Put. mthln 0 . iin""ctiod." lir chuckled again, "until somcbod; "BEST t.TKET> ANT> LL'AST SOCIAL ..." XV . r jpIIE speed and ctllcicncy with which Eisenhower works and •acts was demonstrated lo correspondents who complained about military censorship in England. -The general Jiskcd for specific complaints and found tbnt there were only two censors who were- working 24-hour stretches. After hearing the complaint late in the afternoon, correspondents found he had remedied the situation when they discovered Jour censors at work the next morning. In England Eisenhower soon became a pleasant legend and was known as the "best liked and least social of American pfliccrs," His treatment of military men is unique and informal. Correspondents one day overheard the following conversation. "Hello. . . . Yes, this is Ike. Hello, Betty. How are you, Hetty? . . . Will I have lunch with you? . . . Sure. Betty, I'll sec you at one." He then faced the bewildered correspondents and said, "Great fellow, Betty." This was too much for Leonard Lyons, who exclaimed, "Great fellow? What kind of man's name is liclty?" Eisenhower replied, "Since Admiral Stark graduated from the Naval Academy his nickname has been Betty. All his friends call hin Sprinr nnrt Enmmrr T (J N t • UP Tiros. C,et Ml-rinind Hetfcr Performance! Betty, and I'm one of his friends We lunch a lot. Get a lot'of things done ll\at way." * CINCE the beginning of his com"^ mand in Europe, the genera' eschewed all social gatherings foi the duration of the war. This pol- icy was dccidccl u r>°» when, at a I' I. SEAY MOTOR CO. London party, he found himsei i hri»in D.,.V, i-,,u « j.r.i.. I a! tllc handshaking end of a re cciving line of 2600 persons. War needs all hij lime, the gen ral.believes, and as a result he •refers the quick interview to the ormal conference. He hates daw- ling and unnecessary respect. Vhcu n junior ofnf er hesitated bc- ore entering his oflice, Ikr. irowlcd, "Look here, dammit, if •ou have anything, bring it in. 3on't act like this was n boudoir." He ate at "home" while he was n London because a standing rule orbids smoking in Brills!) club dining rooms. Not knowing of Ibis cgulalion he once lit up in a club if ter a meat course and was immediately corrected by his host and omc waiters. After this experience he ale in the holel suite that vas his London home, "Eisenhower Flat" was guarded by U. S. Marines. On the lop floor, he general's offices were located. The exact situation of the General Headquarters was kept a semisecret, lor a bomb dropped judiciously by ti'.c Germans would have netted them a fine plum. General Eisenhower's suite was composed of a living room, a baih room, and two bedrooms. He chose the place because the pretentiousness of the lobby of his previous quarters was too much for him. "It made me feel as though I were living in sin," he said. * t * 'THE general lived in London willi x his close personal friend and naval aide, Lieutenant Commander Harry C. Butcher. The two men closest to General Eisenhower are Butcher and "Mickey" McKeogh, the general's orderly. "Butch," now 43, is a village boy from Springvillo, la His wife and General Eisenhower's wife were intimate friends and lived together in Washington aftei their husbands left for (lie war. It is said that when Genera 111 W UK tl2J over the phone and broke the news lo him. "I'm going with him!" Butcher replied. He immediately resolved lo get himself assigned to his friend's staff. Butciier gets what he goes after, and thus we find lim aide lo General Eisenhower, Sergt. "Mickey" McKeogh, ths :cncral's orderly, hails from Corola, in Queens. Mickey was a V>eH-"7\ >oy at Ihe Plaza Holel t'ork when war broke out. rig the service of Uncle Sam, he .•as sent to Texas. Eisenhower, Eisenhower was assigned to corn- is a bell-?v in NewU it. Er.l»r-X hen conducting maneuvers, potted Mickey as a lad with "the ight stuff in him." When it was discovered that I'lickey was a whiz at Hie wheel of nn automobile, he was assignee! is Ike's chauffeur. They were soon o be separated, however. The 'bosS" was called to Washington ind made a major general, and Mickey was left behind at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. But Major- general Eisenhower did not forget iim. He sent for Mickey to come o the nation's capital. "Mickey," exclaimed the major general, "how would you like to :o lo London with me?" : . Mickey, said he .was "flabbergasted." "Sure," he said, "f'11 g-> anywhere you go, general." . "All right," Eisenhower replied. 'Go home and get your mother's [lermission." Let Mother McKeogh, back home n Corona, loll the rest of this story. 'My permission? Why nothing on " earth could keep Mickey from goj ing to the ends of the earth if the general said so 1 ." General Eisenhower also shared his quarters with a Scolty puppy, an acquisition of the .general's after he stamped into his office one day and asked whether there was any regulation forbidding his keeping a pet. Informed that there wasn't, he said, "I want a dog. I need somebody to laik lo. And I want someone who can't ask questions about the war and canrot repeat what I say if. I say anything." The staff chipped in and purchased the puppy, which was named "Telek" and was house- imtnd the European war theater, broken by the slaff. the general's, wite called Butcher | NEXT: "We Come as Friends . .."

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 10,400+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free