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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 20, 1947
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FACflB TBV (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 19<17 fHB BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NIWS CO. H. W. HAINEB, PuMtaher JAMES L. VERHOBTF, Editor PAUL D. HOMAM, AdvertWoc Bole National Advertlting Representatives: Waltee* Wltmcr Co., New York. Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta. UemphU. Published Every AlUrnoon Except Sunday Entered as second class matter »t the post- office »t Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of control, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Prew SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier In the city or fllythevllle or any 6U buV~n town where carrier service Is main- t tnr oer week, or 85c per momn. oniw , fimah, ithin a radius of « miles, »4.00 per onths »1.00 for three months; ou S lde SO payable In advance. for six months, »1.00 for th , . mil. «»ne. llfl.OO per year Meditation This the bread which came down from heaven; he who eats this bread will live forevcr.-Jolui 0:58. * • • This bread may be reinforce,! with spiritual vitamins of love for ones fellcmma.i and a jenerous B lvin e of self and material IMnss. Embarrassing Business Deal To those who worry about drastic cuts' in the military budget it is embarrassing to read, from time tc time, of the rather reckless way the military throws some of its money around. The latest embarrassment is the story ot the big aircraft parts -. Last August a Texas firm bought 5313 surplus planes for their aluminum scrap. The price was §2,000,000. In December- the Army Air Force found itself woefully short of some airpltuia parts. So they bought back the parts from the Texas firm for $8,500,000. The firm got a 75 per cent markup on the purchase price— plus, presumably, the scrap metal it wanleX for its 82,000,000. An AAF officer defends the deal by saying that the ?3,500,000 was only about ,2.5 per cent of what thu parts would cost new. But what kind ot planning is it that can't foresee n critical peacetime shortage four months avay? Perhaps some day we shall have unification of the aniied forces, and with it, simplification and more efficient and economical operation and fewer incidents like this one. Then the ginned forces' requests for vitally necessary funds might be received with more favor by the Budget Bureau and Congress. Breakup in Britain splenetic eyes. They have forgotten that children haven't yet acquired a taste for subtlety in entertainment. They have ror- gottcn, in their present .slate of jitters, that (hey themselves probably gazed upon J'mich and Judy in their youths, yet somehow didn't grow up to be brutish wife-beaters. They probably also engaged in fisticuffs, recited the verse about the giant who dined on bread made from Knjflishmen's bones, and heard ail manner of bloodthirsty fairy talcs. The case of Gloria Joan we can only interpret a.s a case of touchy pride. We don't believe that English courtesy and reticence would permit this public censorship simply because 1 the young lady was going to depart by a couple of words from the Anglican Church version of the Lord's Prayer. No, we're afraid that the censors didn't want an American reminding Englishmen of debts, even in the words of the Scripture. Sometimes liltlu incidents like these two can reveal the .state of a nation's health better than statesmen's speeches and economists' figures. That's why we pass the stories along, more in sorrow than in amusement. We hope we're wrong, but it seems to us that the British power to muddle through any adversity is beginning to give out. We are led to that reHictant conclusion by a couple of symptoms found in two recent news dispatches. The outward manifestation of these symptoms may seem pointless: the Middlesex County Council kil.ed an §800 appropriation for outdoor I'unch and Judy shows, and an American entertainer named Gloria Jean was asked to omit a musical setting of Ui<j Lord's Prayer from her song programs in England. What disturbs us are the apparent reasons behind these actions. The Middlesex Council decided that Punch and Judy were psychologically harmful. In the words of one member, "Punch's sadistic treatment of Judy is bad for children's morale. Children' wlv> see Punch and Judy learn to delight in violence >and fighting. It leads them to take for granted that if you can't get your own way, the right thing to do is knock somebody on the h°ad." As for the Lord's Prayer, Gloria Jean's version was objected to because it said "forgive us our debts" instead of "our trespasses." Such things make us think that The customarily imperturbable British are becoming jumpy and quick to take offense. This isn't to be wondered at. They have ridden out the bliU, bli/.- zard, flood, and seven lean and thread- hear years of "austerity." After so much of that even the stiffest upper lip is bound to quiver. v Such a reaction is evident in the edict of the Middlesex coimcilmen, who seem to be seeing psychopathic, bogeymen uncle* the bed. They must have forgotten their own childhood if they assume that youngsters are poking .at a couple of slapstick puppets through their own adult and rather VIEWS OF OTHERS Assessment Situations Little Hock has been talking for long i years about Ihe iisscssment situation. West Point, Miss., has done something about it ami In the most f>r«cllcnl and effective way. That city engaged the Cote-Layer company of Ohio to revalue real and personal property in order that tax assessments might be equalized. Tlic total assessment was increased from S.2.IU5.000 to about 34,300,000, or about 40 per cent. Soon after this work was compiled. West Point reduced its tax levy from 40 mills to 31 mills. This reduction was made despite that more revenue must be collected to service construction bond issues totaling $310,000. Some assessments were Increased and some reduced in the equalizing process. Wherever assessments arc equalized some property owners may pay more, but there can be no disputing that every property owner should pay on, the same basis. We are told that Ihc West Point re-assessment, was made by a company that is experienced in this particular -vork and that tlie men who did the actual revaluation "had no axes to grind and nobody to reward or punish." The actual cost of the work was about $10,000. The West Point Daily Times Leader says the reduction in the ud valorem levy will aii! materially In obtaining new industries for West. Point, and tin! increased valuations rctlect tlie growth and progress of the city. The new assessments will also, we assume, make it unnecessary for school teachers to nsfc the public to contribute to n fund to aid teachers' salaries. —ARKANSAS GAZETTE. All Aboard for Utopia WAA Bungles Big Bomber Deal; Gas Worth $600,000 Donated Sunday School Lesson II Kinrs 25:1-12; Scripture: miah 37 ISv WILLIAM K. CU.KOY, 1>. U- The Kingdom of judah was a small kingdom set between *Tne jreat empires of the ancient world. II was always In some danger Irosr. is powerful enemies and especially Ir.-m their ambition for conquest and world domination. Tilt) Ih'e of the people and the policy of their rulers was affected by factors and powers outside their own borders over which they had little or no control. H would seem that our great North American democracies have little In common with that small, ancient country so beset with danger from Its powerful neighbors. But our domestic life and our policies and actions are in large measure determined by conditions in the rest of the world. It was not always so. The oceans once kept us comparatively Isolated and we used our isolation so well that, instead of having our borders bristling with guns, as i» Europe, we established anri have kept the peace for over 130 years, along an unfortified border ol over 3000 miles between Canada and the IT. S. It has long been my belief that in our ministry of relief to Europe and Asia we ought to be making a little more or that example. Despite the peaceful attitude • By FREDERICK 0. OTHMAN (Unite* Vmtt Stuff Correspondent) WASHINGTON. June 20. (UP) — It takes an exceedingly near-sighted fellow to mislay a B-29. When he overlooks 40 of these aerial behemoths parked in the sun- I shine on a Held in Arizona he either wears smoked glasses, with blinders attached, or. he works, £jf' lllc icor old War Assets /ViiifTistr.i- :ion. *9 Sen. Homer Ferguson of Mich, had a Pink rose in his lapel When he opened his inquiry into the 5,000 odd (odd Is a Bood word) surplus bombers the WAA peddled to a road contractor from Jefferso'i City, Mo. The rose was wilted and so was the senator before he discovered how an airplane counter can look at a four-motored wu- plane and not see it. Tlie mighty ships were parked wing to wing, as far as the eye could see on a level stretch of desert near Kingman, Ariz. The idea was to sell 'em for junk (de luxe junk, as we'il discover in a minute). So the WAA boys strolisd down the banks of airplanes, counting same. Four times they counted the planes and four times they sent a different answer to Washington, testified Col. John H. Carey, !he WAA's head airplane salesman. He shuffled the papers and decided lhn most likely number was 6,483. So he sold that number of shlus to Martin Wunderlich, the portly ro'id builder from Missouri, for $2,780,000. Wunderlich was incensed. Tin; papers he got indicated that iic'cl House Labor Committee Prepares to Launch Inquiry Into Building Trades Practices By PETER F.USON NErV Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, June 20. (NKA1 —New York Republican Congressman Ralph Waldo Gwinn is now slated to head a House labor subcommittee probe or rackets in the DUildlng industry. If the committee (toes tlie "job it has the chance to do tills Summer, there is no reason why it shouldn't hit the front pages tractor is boycotted. Next lime he | are necessary, wants to hire union labor It won't work for him. AltlTSF.S NEVER DOCUMENTED Because of the contractors' fear of reprisal these abuses have been publicized only in a general way. There never has been a national survey or abuses in the building industry. Not cvnn the National Association of Home Builders, the i bought 5,543 nirplnhcs. He wanted • I . 'em. ' I American countries, we have with- I Tne ij 0 j, s ordered another co.'int. in this 20th century been involved -r^ey came uu wilh 5p 4 83 bombers, in wars that were not of our own I4e mol - e tnml WAA thouglitjt soltl, making. Death, suffering, and Ira- | or 60 les; . tnan wunderlich t^Suifht gedy have come to our homes. And ne , d bmlgnt And ano thei- thin?, now we face conditions in which it sal[1 vVunderlich, a snne'OTair.Hl may all happen again. We know that we are not, and cannot be, isolated. •> '. individual with a turned ff^ nose, a red face, and a peculiarly vivid brown suit of the shade the ladies What, then, should be ouv course? • caU snuff . AbO u<t that, gasoline. Since I am a preacher, I think there j Tt . s n | S is something we can learn from the "Hunh?" asked Sen. Ferguson. lesson of Israel and the fall of the Wt . n " sin it t urne d out that the Kingdom of Judah. tanks of the planes contained lots Whatever safety there was for of lhe vjest qua iily of aviation ?A- that kingdom lay in the preserva- ^me when he bought 'em. It add- tion of her own integrity and mor- I C(1 up to abou t 2,000.000 gallions. al strength and in straight and which cos t the army air forces a- honest dealing with neighboring rouncl $600.000. nations. The WAA ciirin't knnw about the BARBS BY HAL COCHRAN Some of the best cooking tips are available now—right on the end t>[ asparagus sulks. * * * Statistics show that the average man uses eight matches n day. One ol his own—and you know where he gets the rest of them. H seems to Iw dart's job to show Junior how to blow bubbles with bubble gum. He's stuck with ill t * * A professor says mosquitoes will not bite a moving object. And they always como around in the season when we don't feel like movlnt;. » * * Little genus are waiting right riow for flies to lake them on n trip to your house. SWAT1 day after day, as long as it wants Producers' Council or other trade to hold hearings. Fur just as much j associations in the industry have as big business monopolistic prac-} any documented information on the tlces in restiaint of trade need extent of these rackets in their curbing, so ihc stranglehold of the building trades on the construction industry needs bieakin". The Gvvlnn subcommittee's main trouble, however, will i>e ;n getting witnesses to testily on the facts of life everyone knows* The way the national building labor situation shapes up, most big industrial and commercial construction jobs are union shop. In all but a few of the biggest metropolitan centers, the homo building industry is open shop. These open shop contractors usually pay the union scales and. In general, abide by union hours and working conditions prevailing in their area. To many of these conditions that- have now become traditional the employers may .strenuously object —in private. But when H comes to making a squawk in Public, the boss contractors have always been afraid to open their mouths. The reason is simple. If thcv start crusading against "featherbcddinifV or "made work" labor practices, the unions crack down. The con- own business. That's where the Gwinn committee has a chance to rtis; in and develop facts. Among the many building trades' abuses that have been reported from time to time are these: Refusal to allow use of machines for digging excavations. Requiring steel workers to lay mesh in concrete. Refusal to handle ready-mix concrete. Requiring that only journeymen —not helpers or common labor—• carry bathtubs or heating radiators from curb to house. •Limiting bricklayers to a certain number of bricks per day. Limiting lathers to a certain nurii- ber of bun dies per day. Requiring three coats of plaster on wall when two is enough. Refusal by carpenters to hang more than a limited number of doors per day. Refusal to permit fartory-fitled doors to be used. Liiuitiii" tlic size of painl. brushes, prohibiting spray painting and requiring more coals ot paint than Refusal to handle window frames in which glass Is fitted. . And so on. All these" practices run up the cost of house construction and are a direct factor in today.';; national housing shortage. Mimy of these conditions will not be found written in union agreements. They are simply imposed conditions which, If not lived up to, mean Unit union agents pull men off the job. I.AIUIKER WILL HAVE ; TO BE PROTECTED From the unions' standpoint, tlie claim is made that work in the home building industry is so irregular and exploitation is so rjaay- Limitations of~this kind are necessary to give workmen a minimum wage and protect their jobs. Guaranteed work weeks or guaranteed annual wage plans may have to be devised to solve these obvious weaknesses. But what both sides of this pic- lure show is that labor conditions in the building industry need a complete overhauling if the cost, of housing is to be brought down within range of the family of average means. The Gwinn committee has the chance to find the answer to that one. if it will. Everyone who has tried to Jreak up the building rackets in the past 'has stubbed his toe. This Includj-i even the Department of Justice. How much effect the new Taft- Hartlcy labor bill will haV.- °i these cases, if it becomes law, will be worth watching. It was this that prophets, like 15 Years Ago In Blytheville — The daily vacation Bible School of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church will continue for two more weeks. This school has an enrollment o[ 80 and it is hoped the total will reach 109 .before the school closes. A membership contest is being sponso^d and the two pupils reporting tha mast members will receive a piize. The WAA didn't know gasoline; when it did learn this precious fluid was aboard tlie jun-:- ed planes, Frank Creecton, the deputy administrator (who later became housing administrator) ordered it sold. His underlines ignored him. And a good thing they did, too, said Wunderlich. When he bought those planes, he said he also bought, the gas in the tanks- So he started melting down tlin airplanes, stacking away the parts that could be use<) again, and ge*.- j tine ready to sell the. stuff to -inv I customers who might possibly wan', it. It is planned to have an exhibition j jjj s bes t, patron, it developed, was on the last day at which time all •• ' - -• — -^ • • mothers will be invited and refresh- the Army Air Force ^( bought from him (through intei'mediarie^i p~arts from the same nlanes it had sold him. The army claims ments served. When Miss Mary Blanche Gay entertained the Saturday night Wtts a croort deal: Sen. Ferguson * HI Bridge Club she also had two tables • a.^ S0m e more questions later aho.i 1 . of guests. Thev were, Miss 1\ ie L that. i "Anil did you sell any pa\; to any foreign governments?" the senator asked. "Well. I think ;,erhaps we di-1." Wunrierlich said, "We sold some motors to Brazil. Or maybe it was Lou cookc of Luxora, Mrs. LeRoy Wood, Miss Ruth Butt, Miss Martha ' Chambers, Miss Katherine Grear. Miss Sarah Nunn, Miss Jessie Lee ( England and Miss Tishia Smith. A miscellaneous shower was given ' t yesterday afternoon by womans council of the First Christian Church, at the home of Mrs. A. G. Hall for Mrs. W. M. Hartley ijhose home was recently destroyed by fire. .. j It was at this juncture that the I Fergusonian rose — buc5 gave up IN HOLLYWOOD SO THEY SAY There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and lishing—so that some have taken to fishing.—Herbert Hoover. * * * The only power ,1 have over the miners, is the power of recommendation and the power of moral persuasion.—John L. Lewis, UMW president. * * * » lei's clean vip labor-management relations, but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.-Sen. Olin D. Johnston (D) or South Carolina. * * * Japan must never again be placed In * position to assault peaceful nations of th« world, but neither must she lay like a dead weight across the channels of economic production and exchange,—Secretary of CommtrM Harrl- man. • • • A period of tax reduction Is upproftCMng.— Treasury Secretary Snyder. BY ERSKINF. JOHNSON NEA Slaff Correspondent ^HOLLYWOOD. (NEAl Don Ameehc is still the inventor. Only now. in pace with 1he erl- iloid trend, he's dunking \ip ways o kill Claudette Colbert. One of 'em almost works, too. lo gets her in a trance, with the ,elp of a phony psychiatrist., and lie almost walks off a balcony, lut Bob Cuinmings savc.s her just time and then the psychiatrist ills a hole through Anicehe's head ith a revolver. Don Anicche's switch from tho.-* omantic roles to a heavy who ries to murder his -,vife will be lailed, no doubt, a$ the year's t exciting escape Enun tyi>e "asting. "Sleep. My T.ove" is Hie picture —-and Ihe role is Ilie onr Don has lircn ivaltintr for. H ivill be Ihr first of a scries of "different parts,'* he says because ho ivaiits to avoir! the nanlby-paniliy sort of thin? of the pnst. Douglas Sirk, responsible for Lin^ da Darnell's switch from ;i !nh-dc- dah ingenue to a trollop in "Summer Storm. 1 ' Is the director. He': stickler for just tlie richt cmo lions and Don grin. 1 ;. "You know me — O'.'.e Tak Ameehc. This suy is making nv do 18, 17 and 18 lakes-and I lovi it." FOUR BOYS NOT KXOITGH Amcche, his wife and six chll clrcn Just sold their biu house San Fernando valley—it had eleve and a .half bathrooms yet — and moved into Arline Judge's home Hi Bel Air. This i s smaller -four bedrooms and two servants' rooms — because the Amcchcs like their clubs, a smaller diamond led dummy's ace and the jack to the Argentine." "Don't yori know? 1 ' sen. Ferguson insisted. "Not rightly, I don't," Wunderlich of the fight to live. hearts played. When East failed to Jereminh proclaimed as Hi- only cover, declarer let it ride, played, rjght coursc Bu[ ,, cit |, er King nor tlie other heart from dummy and, , e wol|W )J5ten T]l tllrnc d finessed the ing fo and a club. llona Massey and .Tay Kurtz finally set their wedding date for mid-August. Then Republic eas( her in "Monterey," with the cameras starling to roll Aug. 15. KcFiill: another postponement of llu'ir marriage. • * • Sight of the week: a fellow in a nil suit of armor walking around .lie Hal Roach movie iot. Follow- up; him is a guy carrying an oil can. Early maneuvers, no doubt, for the Ingrid Bergman movie. •Joan of Lorraine." \E\V JO11 USHER OLD BOSS Paul Henreid gets Anne Baxter is his leading lady in "The Heaven Wc Chase." . . . Myrnn Loy is noxv stnrrinfi for Director Lewis Milestone in "The Red Pony." The last lime Myrna worked for Milestone wa ? years ago In "The Cave Man." It was her first picture and she played ,-v Swedish maid. Orson Welles, as expected, is rc-«-rllhi|: Shakespeare for his film version of "Macbeth." The Man From Mars has condensed the original script and cut the scenes down to 20. Most notable \Vclies' "improvements" arc having I/uly Macbeth and 1-ady Macduff do several scenes together (in the play they never m«t) and nddini; a new character, "The Friar." * Just as we predicted. "The Locket" cleaned up at the box office as Ihe result, or ' Laraine Dayl,co Durocher headlines, The film lin.5 grossed nearly two million dol- llarr,. . . . Movie production is go- Ing up. There are 60 films in production nt. the moment. There were McKENNEY ON BRIDGE You May Disagree With This Bidding BY WI1.MAM E. McKENNEY America's Card Authority Written for -NF.A Service Many of you will want to sit right down and write me a letter about how bad the bidding was on today's hand. I certainly would not like to play a hand with a void suit at three no trump—but suppose you were sitting in the East position, and your opponents did get to three no trump on the 1 hand. ten-spot, thus rnaK- 1 tne|r Qwn Ufc jn , 0 corni|)[ion nm , , tney engnged in croo kcd intrigues. d a club. Instead of listening to the prophet, 'However, %yhen dec arer led the t , h , m int(1 ft fm] , „ 011 . jack of hearts against Mrs Mar« :.| If wc would neec| lh( , i cto %\ of she recalled that South had \>id- lsral WO11M cng a if*our hearts, and if lie held five of them. ' . .. - orr p- tl n n or ,, vi i s her partner, West, .night have the Uu. rrfJte ™ °t™n£r covered the jack of hearts with the | queen. Thi s held the contract to three no trump a s rter-larer could moke only three heart tricks. Rcaci courier News Want Ads. Screen Actor. children near them. After t.heir| , „ last Jiu four boys had passed lae baby ' • f age. Don says he and Mrs. A . agreed that the house "seemed 1 Read Courier News Want Ads. empty, . . . So we adopted two AKJ109853 V J6 • ATS + 4 Mrs. M.irks * A 4 » J8 + 1085Z * None V AK 1032 « KQ964 *KJ7 Tournament — Neither vul. South West North East Pass 1 A Pass 2 * ' Pass 3 <fc Pass 3 N. T. • Pass Pass Pass Opening— A 6 20 That happened to Mrs. Edwin L. Marks of Albany, N. Y., winner of the mixed-pair even in the recent Metropolitan Championships at Montreal, Can., and Mrs. Marks was confronted with an Interesting point of play. Strangely enough, several other pairs reached three no trump on the hand. The opening lead was won by declarer with the JocX of HORIZONTAI. 1,5 Pictured actor 10 11 Si onls 13 Pouch H Biirium Sill fate 1C Tub 18 Footless animal 20 Legendary birds 21 Bee colony 22 Ascends 24 Light boat 25 Perfect 26 Mimics 27 Behold! 28 Higher 29 TribularyV 32 Resting places 36 Male hogs 37 ISnedmn . 38 Dcclrincs 39 Hall! 43 Dispatch •H Ocean •15 Dcwitcli 47 Sheltered side 48 Reveries 50 Leveled 52 Prices 53 Newts ? VERTICAL 11 Humorous 2 King ot/ , Bashan I k >Wh««l center; 4 Close 5 Unprofessional 0 Worthless bits T Female hare 8 Type measure a Gully Ifl Speedy 12 Relish 13 Hindu garment 15 Artificial language 17 Golf terms 19 Distributors 21 Occurs 23 Grooves 2.1 Bring about 29 Wading bird 30 Scented 31 His wife is Hedy 33 Anoints 34 Put in £• harmony -35 Lateral part 30 Pnrt 40 Throw 41 Hypothetical force 42 Orifice 45 Headgear 46 Lout v 49 Ench (ob.) 51 Sliect (ab.) •H Mi 15

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