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FACE POUS THE BLYTHEVlLLE) COURIER NEWS THX COURIER NEWS CO., pUB O. R. BABCOOK, tittat H. w, HADJKS, AdrertUtoi Sole Natloml Advertising Representative*: Arkansas Dallies, inc., New York, Oh!CM», Pctrblt. SI. Louis, Dallas, Kansas City, Memphis Published Every Afternoon Except 6iii)d»y Entered as second class matter at the- post, office at Blylhevllle, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier In the City of Blythevllle, 15o per week, or $6.60 'per jtar, In advance, By mall, within a radius of 60 miles, $3.00 per year, $1.60 for six months, 85o for three months; by m«ll In postal zones two to «lx, inclusive, 16.50 per year; In zones seven and eight, JtO.OO per year, payable In advance. The Schools We need hardly explain llmt tlic letter which appears elsewhere on this page does not reflect the views of the Courier News. It is printed because the columns of this paper nro open to the presentation of any point of view on any public question, and more particularly because ils author is a person whose sincerity and intelligence •have .earned for her opinions the. respect of the people of Mississippi county. Our own views on the sales tax, which so fur as wje have been able to discover are Hot far out of line with the views of most pf the people of Blylhcyillc and Mississippi county, have' been stated so often in this colunYn that there is no occasion to repeat them. We do; feel -justified, however, in tailing a few lines to defend ourselves and others in this county who have opposed the sales tax at'ainsl the charge that in so dohu: they are opposing the schools. In proportion to its population and ils school enrollment Mississippi county is not a i:|cfi> county. But in the face of difficulties and through the ' depths of depression it has maintained its schools with little loss of efficiency or decline in standard. Citizens of Blythcvillc, over a period of years and in various ways,, have • .'supplemented school tax collections with voluntary contribution^, amounting [to ..per'haite ?200,000. : They have supported' movements for more complete assessments and for more elfective collection of taxes. They have gone out and helped the sheriff collect poll taxes, in order that the schools might have the additional money. They would be ready today, if the constitution permitted, to vote a 24-mi'll school tax. They are veiling to do anything within reason and possibility to maintain their own schools. But they are not, ready to shoulder an obnoxious. lax upon consumption which would hurl business and increase the poor man's cost of living. Particularly do they object to such a tax when they would receive no benefits proportionate to what they would be called upon to pay. Life at. 100 Is not much difTcrcnl lhni\ it was at 50, except that you can't get nrountl' quite so well. —The Hcv. Snmuel Dunham, Bhig- hamton, N. Y., centenarian. BLYTHJiVlLLE, (AM.)'. COUK1EK NEWS *A Master Evades the Ax The spy's job is never a pretty one— whether the spy be engaged by a. government to ferret out international secrets, or by a New York stock broker (o get [lie goods on an unfaithful wife. The business is a nasty one any way you look at it. The Gpmnn government recently beheaded two women for espionage activities. Now it develops that Baron George Von Sosnowski, the "master mind" of the espionage plot for which these women were beheaded, was also captured. But WHS he executed? Not at all. Instead, he was sent to Poland and given his freedom—in exchange for the return of certain German spies who had been arrested by the Polish ttuthoi'ilics. If a spy can afford the luxury of a conscience, this Von Slsnowski' must have an uneasy moment or two, now and then, when he rellccts how he led two women to death and then managed to dodge the penalty himself. The Preferential Primary ; Government reform in Texas seems ill lust lo be passing from the singe of hypothetical discussion itilo one of nctlon. At lust some wcll-consUld-cd bills to rcnovulc iirclinlc KOV- crnmcnlul practices Imvc now reached the floor of (lie legislature. Last Monday, lor cx- umplc, (lie Semite committee on privileges mid elections reported favorably a bill by Senator . Olnn Van Zandt which would abolish the i double primary In Texas elections mid substitute tlicretor the preferential primary system. This ' measure would permit voters lo register Ilrat and second choices of candidates In n slnylc . primary, (Irst choices counting n$ whole voles and second choices as half votes. The total of the two received by each candidate would determine his standing, iind (he candidate amassing the greatest vote In n single preferential primary would thus bo named the Dom- ocrnl!« nominee. /\ favorable reception will doubtless be accorded this reform in the legislature, since Us members cannot be said to relish (ho time, expense, and prolongation of political abuse common to the double primary system by which Texas elections are now decided. But the relict Hint a preferential primary system would «lvc the candidates is of course secondHi-y '-in Importance to that It would alvu the voters. The manner In which the aver- BCC clltai manages lo retain some faith In representative government while being battered by Us myriad absurdities Is prodigious testimony both to his fortitude and his devotion lo democratic principles, but this tolerance is severely tested every two years when two hectic primary campaigns hold sway in the heal of mid-summer. The Van Znmll bill would afford considerable relief In abolishing one of those political frcc-for-nlls; but it has anolher mid a more slgnlllcanl advantage. Often it Is His case In tlic first primary that voters are more Interested in voting against some particular candidate than In voting for another; and 11 frequently proves true that a desirable candidate loses many voles because his supporters feel that u candidate unwelcome to llicm can best be beaten by voting for some oilier candidate perhaps slightly less unwelcome. A primary system permitting Ihc electorate lo express more than one choice, however, would do much lo remedy this condition. Thus tlic Van Zniull proposal seems worthy of application. —Texas • Weekly. Automobile workers do 'not want lo lake over control of the Industry. They want wages upon which they can live and support their families without dependence on public relief a large part of the year. —William Green, A. P. or L. president. TUESDAY, MAKCH 5, L93f5 SIDE GLANCES By George Clark OUT OUR WAY By Williams <3AWSH.'I DOM'T WHUT T'DO- IF'WE PAY MIS FINE OUT O 1 JAIL,NOW; HE'S LIABLE V8B BACK IM PORE WE'RE READY TO QO BACK TO ,, TH' -RAMCH A we DON'T PAY MIS RI6HT WE'LL PROB'UY BE BROKE BEFORB WE'RE READV T'GO % HOM&. WE COME THET LOMQ TRIP T'rOWM OURSELVES-WE'LL TO <3o RIGHT BACK HOME, IP WE6OT'PAYIW' PEOPLES PIME-3. DO WEED A COOK THET RAD? MERGES ARE "MADE-MOTBgs) ©»55 NBA SERVICE, IHO.; and onil II EC I. V HERB TODAY GAI,rj HIJ^nBllSO.V, predy 2.1. oorko In u illli mill. She lior JU->vjir-u]d brulLer, f'l • ii|i|iarl Ititlr Invnlia fiiltier. S'l'UVB SlIilVICIIS. »lio nlto vrorltt In I he mill, imki Clnlc la rr)' liliu. i'r Jiii <!nlc fil;e iflvtau KOCM «lcnlli]f;, Itic fre titid In Ijy HlllAN WKS'r.MOlllO, wlione flilher, n<m UcuiJ, liullt Ihc mill, llrliiu linn enmu Ijomi: nripr uvo J-I-/IT* In I'urfv, rcndy to luke bl« I'liu-c In flu. mill. V1CUV 'fHATCIli:it, dmiclilrr of KOJIKilT THATCHUn, lienl-ml imiuriKfr ul lite Dilll, •vhemeit In cuiillvnte llrltiu. blie «ve« him wltU Gnle nuil !• furlatm, Cou- irlvltiK to meet Ciile, ftb« tellii lu'r <bnt nlie tv'lcky> mill llrlnn lire CMKl'Kfl to to married. Gulc. iK'Ucrfng llrlnn has tictii iiiimnlnK it lirr ^estticnue, IM deenly lilirt. llrj Sbe rofuKrn lo mee him n t trying fo foreef tinlc, to Vicky. 1'bll !o.r. Mi Inb. lie tall, to itio bonio one ulght anil tinle li^ Steve in tint) him. ftnlc IH Slic (.otnellilut; tlrcnilful bay "Now rcmcmhi!!- ID mnlie some rcinni'k that will give me n iiiuioiiunily to use my French." Crowding Aids the Spread of Deadly Meningitis Genus KV 1)11. aiOHUlK I'.'ililnr, Jmirtiitl of Ihc American Medical Association, and of HyRi'la, the llnllli Magiiilm; At this season ol year. Ihe diseases most iiarllcularly prcvnlenl are meningitis, measles and scar- el fever. now of meningitis .ire beinsr reported throughout •oiiniry, particularly where people ire crowded together in barracks. There have bccii cases in Kcti- ucky among workers in (•ovcrn- nent camps. Ca.ses also liavc .been reported throughout the country n liarrncks In which men on re- let are being crowded together. Since meningitis spreads from rerson lo person, the crowding of luman bslngs in shelter houses mder had sanitary conditions lu- evllubly sels up traciblc with .this llsenso. The men who come Into iich shelters arc not usuully ex- •nninccl to determine Ihc presence of nn infection or even of the Ikcllhood that Ihcy may he curry- Ing an infection. Laboratory losls are necessary .0 determine tho presence of car- •Icrs who move from place to iluce, spreading HID disease. Meningitis Is cuiiscd by « germ. Tills germ may l;c curried in and throat by healthy iicr- £ons who spread it to others. During cold weather, tlic close contacts brought nboiit by living udoors nnd the increased .spread- lit' of (he secretions of (he nose | and throat, due to couglis and colds, step up the meningitis rate. Meningitis is always more prevalent among lliu poor who live in close tmin-tcrs and in conditions of bad sanitation. While infants and children are most likely lo calch the disease, older people catch It especially when they are rim down or when they come together under wrong conditions. Meningitis Is particularly <lau- gcwftv becaude it, attadks Hie nervous system, resulting in paralysis and leading not infrc- riuently lo death. Forluimldy a serum bus been developed which may I K injected into tlie spine in cases of meningitis, and nets specifically against the germs and (heir poisons. It Is now recognized lliiit ther^ arc iscv,eral vaiicllr-.i of meningitis and new types ot scrum nre being developed (o uicel different varieties of (he disease. lleallh officers and persons in charge 'of the shelters in wliich these cases develop must avoid overcrowding if possible. There f.hould be siillicinil space between beds to prevent spreading cf germs from one person to another by ordinary coughing and sneezing. It Is silso exceedingly important that sufficient wnrmth be provided in these sheilcrs lo prevent chilling with the associated increased likelihood of breaking down resistance lo Infection. The Editor's Letter Box USE AS URE. The Sulcs Tax iTo Ihc Editor): Upon my return lo the oiricc llils morning after an absence oi ten days. I read with much inlcv- cst aim I must admit, n bil of chagrin, of Ilic work which Mississippi county is cloing against school legislation in Arkansas. I say "against school legislation" advisedly, because" their efforts arc to destroy the only plan suggested lor school relief, without Ecllint; up a substitute proposition. Nowhere in your ' editorial or in your article did 1 iind a single conslriictlvc suggestion. You must admit that the intoliijrut way to defeat any proposition is by putting through a substitute measure, and nowhere, as I ,sild before, do I find even a suisgcs- titiu of constructive scluwl legis- idoti from your group. Tlic proponents of the MI IP,., tax measure have oflcrcd again and again lo withdraw ill favor of ;i teller suggestion, and ench lime Ihc-opponents have failed u> present It. This is not only unjust. It Is stupid, nnd I know you well enough to know thai you will agree with me, thai it is not an Intelligent way to defeat sure. I submit lo you iiv- enclosed figures from Missoqii. These figures convince me thai it is the "Big" man who is objecting to the sales lax. and not n 1 e rnau whom you are nrclendiui: | 0 defend in your rdltonal. "[„ O t ner worrts, "the hit dnj l:o«l.". I have talked lo n niinilv- pcople from Mifj--issi|-.]n ,-iiim.v oukidc of, the Icaclilns ston. and I am convinc your small group in ni does .- not lepiTseat comuv-wtde opinion. If I am wrong. I 'should like to have proof to Hie contrary. I have only one lenuest ns I say to you: FIGHT THE s\\-KS " EVERY OliNCli OF THE QIlILDRIiN OP ARKANSAS "JIVE US A CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTION WHICH WE MAY A SUBSTITUTE MEA- Willie A. Lawson, Executive Secretary, Arkansas Education Ass'n., Little Rock. Ark. WHO PAYS THE S,\1,ES TAX MlSSOUltl 1831 Jan. April July Oct. No. |ui}-- i»B lax Toial Aniiiuiil amount paid per NOW GO ON WITH TUB STOIIV CHAPTER XU /~<ALH HENDERSON, was right; ^-" something had happened that night. It began ith threo men sitting around a lablo In a drab, ill-smelling reslaurant. Tho three men eat near llio door leading into tho kitchen. There wero no other customers except a man at tlio counter, drinking beer, ami n man and girl at n tahle farther front. Tho cloth on llio tablo about which Iho three men sat was spot- led with er'easo and some ot the dishes wcro chipped. 0! llio three, only Eil Vogel waa callus. Ho sworo mildly, sawing at the beet- Btcak, cut off a lingo bito nnd slabbed It, holding It aloft on his fork. "They thought they'd get ahead ot Ed Vogel!" ho leered. "Well, they found out different." Tho man on llio right said, "Give 'em the worlo, did you'.'" "I'll say!" Tlio man who had spoken had a flat nose that looked as though It bad been broken. Ills pale eyes were narrow. Ely-looking. "Listen, Stroudo." said llio third man. "suppose some ot these guys get lough? I ain't as big ns you two—" lio wasn't. lie was illtle, with dark hair, and Ills face was distinguished for only 0110 thing—Its completo mediocrity. "Lctly" was llio only uamo cither ot llio ollicrs knew for him. "Well," said Stroude, and his lips smiled though Ills eyes did not. "if I was you f know what I'll do— get myself ODO o( these." There wag no ono near lo see. Rlrontlc'n hand went Into n pocket, emerged to show tho dull black handle of n revolver. "Keep that thine out of sight!" Vogcl warned. chair, "Como on," )io said crisply. , "Let'a blow outa here." 1 • • i : AN hour later Phil IlendcrsoD reached tho mill village. All afternoon It had rained,'but tho air was clear now, not even cold. Phil had been out In a goo'd part ot the downpour and his clothes were damp, ns were his shoes. It ras nearly eight o'clock now and ho was hungry. Ho hadn't eatcu anything except a rollYand hotilog slnco breakfast. I'lill wasn't going to talto Galp'a money and spend It on lunches. All day long ho'cl been looking for work, without tho slightest encouragement. At tho last plaeo— Trask's garago, where somcouo bad lold blra they nii/iht Deed a man— ito'd wolled almost two hours to sea tho proprietor. Thn,t w<m why ho was so Idle getting homo. The wait had been fruitless. lien Trask, when ho finally arrived, Bald there was n Job all right, but his nephow was coming to tako It. Ob, well, It was too much lo expect thcro'cl bo anylliiug 60 soon—I Phil camo up tho main street of tho mill village. It was lighted sparsely until ho reached the Intersection with tho road leading to the mill. Jewell's pool hall occupied ono corner at the Intersection, and light shono through its windows. There were two nieu etauding la front ot Iho building and. as Phil approached, a third opened Iho door and slopped out. It was Joo Gill- aaplB. "Ill, Phil!" ho called. "Hi, Joe. What do you know?" Phil waited aod Gillaspio did not aussver until ho was bcsldo him. Then ho said, "Not much. Got a chance to rido over to Ihixlon this monilns. I thought I might get something to do In tho brick factory." „ ^.,_ "Any luck?" ' ! ^ "No." Phil said. "There doesn't seem to ho much doing nrouud hero. I've been n dozen places today." "Oh. well, Eouiollitng'll turn up." "Sure!" "Where wanted to know. you goin 1 ?" Gillaspie "Home. I haven't had anything lo eat. ycl." "I'll walk aioiiR wilh you." 'TUIEY find taken only n slep or two when Iho door of the pool hall opened. A voico called, "Hey, Gillnspie!" "Yes—" "Coras In hero a 'miniilo, will also worked at tho uilii aim v.'uu was Vogel'a usual companion, was behind. Tho third, a smaller man, I'hll dldu't know, though lie'd cccn aim onco or twlco. Tho man who had borrowed tho malch held a package ot clgEircts toward rhil. "Have one," to offered. Phil helped himself, lie was • 'icldltig a match to tho clgarct as Vogel Bleppeil on tho sidewalk. Vogel hallcij. "Well," ho eald In a smirking voice, "iook who's here!" "Have you any objections?" Tlio words cracked Ilko n whip. "We-ll—," KA Vogel's Hia parted In an oily smllo. "I don't know as I have, hut It I wan tho owner of this place I might. It don't look good to bavo bums Langlu' around." "You're not the owner," Phil told him shortly. "If you want mo to, I can tell you just exaclly what you arc—" "Say!" Vogel's Jaw came out aggressively. "Don't you try to get fresh .with mo. Why, you—1" Ho burst Into n series of profane- epithets. "Como on!" ho sneered, his voico rising menacingly. "Como on it you ain't nfralil!" • * c J-JIS nrm shot out, crashing against Phil's check. "I'll show you!"^ Vogel screamed. "You !" Tho \vords were lost !u tho sound of Ilcsh smashing against llcsb, Phil leaped forward, landing a blow on Vogcl's noso and another srniaro in tho cyo. Someonn In tho crowd swore violently nml tho door ot Iho pool room opened. Vogel staggered, swung again! His fisto boat against Phil's faco. Ilic sldo of lila head, his jaw. Thera was a snioar ot red on Phil's check. Ho tried to side--top. missed. A moment more and he was strllclng back, but tho Mow was Ill-timeil. Vogel was on him, lighting like ono possessed. Half n dozen watchers hail como from tho pool room. Suddenly .loo "Sure. I'm kccpln' It out of; you?" Joo said to Phil, "Cnn you wail for me? There's something I want lo talk to you aljoul." ".Sure." Joo disappeared Inside Ihe build- lag. Phil liirucd lownnl tlie two men near the curb. Ono of them asked, "Haven't sot a match, have Right." Thcro was a mildness hi Strouclo's (ono (hat liollcd (!ia llshc | between hla narrowed lids. "Gel yourself ono of these," ho repeated, nodding lo Iho yoimgcr nmn. "Might como in handy." Vogel picked up his cup ol C»L- fr.o, drained- it ami set. the cup brought a packago o[ nia(c!ies from a pockel. "Thanks." A black sedan, chugging noisily, raiuc down the street ami liallert at tho opposite curb. Thrco men got out ami started imvsrd the pun] ball. I'lill raw llial llio one I (iown again. Tlicn ho pushed back'front wos lOil Vogel. Slromle, who Gillaspie pushed forward. "Phil," be cried, "look out! Phil—!" Slroudo's hauil caught Gillasple'B shoulder. "You keep outa tills!" ho snarled. Gilhsplc's answer was a blow tli.it,snapped Stroude's head back. Stroucle swung, but It was somo thiiiK from behind that hit GiilaEpie, knocking him forward. He fell ami a foot struck -iiim In tho rihn. Glllaspic Ihrciv ono nrm up (o protect liia face. Voices were ^shouting all about' how. • Tho sidewalk was a mass at aiiSiT men, fighting. Jostling,' poiuuliug each other over tho head. .Tea Gilfaspio hnlf-roso nml was kicked down. Ho saw tlio liulo man who wa.i wish Vogel ami Jilrondo bin-] Rnmethlns. It cracked against-a nan's head, scut liiiu reeling. Joo (rlcd lo ri?c once more. Where was Hlrnurtc? He wanted ID smash Sitrowlc'a teeth in. He wauled lo knock him down anil stamp on him. Joo'.q hear! waj whirling. With <leE|)oralc effort ha I"i:iliscl hiinscll up. got lo ilia feet. Hi' lurried, luoklug for Phil. A gun's report cracked Hie air. (To Ho Continued) A. S. Miller, niut and family of Cooler, Mo., Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brnckin and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Marr of lily- thcvillc were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Walker and Mrs. Ella Ray Sunday. Mrs. R. H. Green ami sons, Riclianl and Paul, nnd Mrs. Fan-' nic Copclniid and daughters, ilax- lllc " 11|! Mrs Johnnie Webb, call- cd on relatives after attending preaching and day morning. Mrs. Fiiinii? Copcland was the Sunday dinner guest of Mrs. Ellv, Forrester of Tyler, Mo. R. II. Green, T. w. Haslctt ami Johnnie Webb were business Mo., ii-cre here Sunday afternoon for n short, visit with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Ray were Sunday guests of Mrs.' Ray's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Pccry. f.akc lioais Changs Itaiuls CLEVELAND lUPj—The Wggcst of Great Lakes vessels since. 01-5 In Osccola Saturday. j Mr. and Mrs. Max Ray iuidi« children and Mrs. Henry Clu>,idlcr|J924 ^"consummatecr'he're wten c.!!L C ." WfCI1 m ° 101 '" 1 lo 0sc ='H«« Columbia Steamship Company announced the purchase of eight Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Snyrc and daughter, Yvonne, of Tyler, Mo., aurt A. S. Miller, sr, of Cooler, ore- ; and coal-carrying- freighters from Ihc Valley Camp Steamship Company. .Inn. April July without la\]Kiid protest without without protest protest 31.884 $161,818 $4.80 3(i.0(i3 323,433 8.90 37,241 201.419 7.80' •11.61(5 349,'J7I 8.33| Nunilicr Tolal Amount iyiii!;t:i.\ amouiillav per pel;- 1 uilhiml tnidunder soi/paid prolcsl prolrst uniJcr protest OUR BOARDING'HOUSE" 13y Ahem 65 125 SM,49li :i3.98g 5223.00 272.00 102.00 G03.00 inofrs.- (i (lint STRENGTH BUT FOR Huffman News Mrs. J. E. Oilllsplc has gone to her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, nftcr several weeks visit here with relatives. I Mrs. Mary Mcnitl, Miss Eva I Posey. Mrs. .]. ,\. Jamison and daughter. Elm rjdlc. were visitors of . Mrs. MHIIIO Whitcliurst and Mrs. George Adams rritlay attcr- noqn. Mrs. Mattic Whiichin-i.1 was Ihe I week-end curs! (1 f .^t rs . c. c! Swallord. Miss Ocriildino Ci.ihh. who attends Cooler iiish .vclmol, had ;is her guest Mis* I ;( -oiia Burns of Cooler over Iho wrrfc-cnrt. of Smi . Urackln Saturday ni^hi day. Mrs. Eliimi Beavers wa-, the Sunday guest of Mis. Aubrey Mer- Mrs. NcllJr Moore l^ (lie guest of her son. 1... r. Mo Dtc , and Mrs. Mccie. for scv^il wfc ks ^ ^ V £ r ."£^^,^$i VOL' H6 TAYORS -^200. A fAOWH "BV THESE OLD AGE PENSION -PLANS ARE. 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