PAGE STX_ THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER THE COURIER NEWS CO H. W. HAINES. Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBURY. Editor SAMUEL F. MORRIS. Advertising Manner StA'THEVILLE (Aft&) COTJRIEB NEWS MQNDAYTDECEMBER 2,- Sole National Advertising Representatives- Wallace Witmpr Co.. N«nv York. Chioneo t.Tott. Atlanta, Memphis. Published E-verv Afternoon Except as second class matter al * office at BlytheviH*. Arkansas, undpr «/•* eress. October 9. 1917. n<v=r- United ifi<- SUBSCRIPTION RATK? Bv carrier in the Citv of -Blvtlwill wpfk. or fi5c tier month. Bv mail, within a radius of 50 nUl« vear $1 50 for six months. 75c for three months: bv.mail iiTtwsta] *nnw two to siv «^- l ''^ v '' Sfi.50 per vrar: in /on^ spvon and *loM. siouu Df>r vear. payable in advance. Good Business Town" If you have doubts about the old savins that "Blvlheville is a jsoorl business town" perhaps the cold figures ol the U..S. Department of Commerce's census bureau will revive your faith in this' city and county. According to a release today by the census bureau six counties in Arkansas accounted for 40 per cent of the .entire state's retail sales total in 1939 and of Oese six counties Mississippi county, Avith Blytheville as its trade focal point, was third. . - This county was led only by Pulaski county with Little 'Rock, the slyte cnpi- , tal, and Sebastian county with the thriving industrial metropolis of Fort Smith. Jefferson county, w i t h Fine Bluff, Union county with the great oil center of El Dorado and Garland county with Hot Springs and its great resort business followed to compose the six coim ties that did 40 per cent of the state's retail business. "Blytheville, for example, did a retail trade business of §7,176,000 in 1939 compared with £5,585,000 for its north,east Arkansas' ; rival of .Jonesboro. • If you have in. mind the .good old days of 1929, the census bureau reports that retail sales' volume here in 1939 was several hundred thousand dollars in excess of the 1929 total. Tn 1929 Blytheville's retail sales amounted to §6,782,000 connwed ...with . the $7,176,000 figure for 1939. Itici- > dentally Jonesboro led Blythevillejback in 1929 with sales "of $7,135,000. Even in 1935 when the grim battle to pull out of the depths of business lethargy was on in grim earnest Jonesboro led Blytheville with sales of §4.572,000 compared with Blytheville's $4,510,000. Several years ago a representative of a railroad serving Blytheville, questioned about business prospects here, said: "It must be remembered that Blytheville is an oasis" of good business regardless of conditions generally. • With richly endowed agricultural Mississippi county and the rapidly developing southeast Missouri "heel" to draw from Blytheville is indeed in a strategic position, one that the census bureau's report emphasizes and one that should be bolstered in the future. 'cession of extremely able, humane rectors, who did not content themselves with merely preaching the gospel. They put it into full force. The doors of the church were open night and day for those who wished to rest and pray. But, perhaps even more important, the doors of the basement were always ajar. Here the down- aiui-ouis found warmth and a place t ( > sleiip. Here they were looked alter physically, mentally and morally. This truly holy place has been bombed. Hut Hitler would not understand. In his view the tenets, of his savage "Meiii Karnpr are more important than those of the penile gospel of mercy, charity and com pass i,;n. SIDE GLANCES ty Gtferal* Fairy 'Inlv. Gm/r Fairy t.alos have a habit occasionally o!' aiming true. In America they prove U is still the land of opportunity. Hven ;i.» Napoleon said every one of his troopers carried a marshal's baton in his knapsack, so it can be said every American boy carries with him the chance to achieve, the heights. If you are skeptical, listen to this: About 40 years ago a wealthy banker in Salt Lake City gave himself the pleasure of having as his guests at a Thanksgiving Day dinner the newsboys of the town. After the meal, he made a little speech, saying he hoped from the bottom of his heart that some day one of the boys would be governor of Utah. And on Thanksgiving Day, 1940. a governor-elect of Utah attended a dinner with today's newsboys of Salt Lake City. The hero of this, fairy tale come true is Herbert B. Maw, the newsboy of four decades ago. COPR. 1940 BY NEA SERVICE. INC.' T. M. REG. U. 8. PAT. OFf.' SERIAL STORY BY OREN ARNOLD DUDE COLLEGE COPYRIGHT. *»*>. .NEA SERVIC-. INC. VJvSTEUDAY: When We»l Kiiii:uiu»rrtl t'.vi>l:in»lfoiiM fall ••\l>tnfji :iuy ilihtj^, Konni Iii iii away, iruvinic Andre and J,o»:i (<>£<• (UiT. t.'arofuH.v Andre reveal* ihe ring thai i* to itifii- 41IV him lo hi* f<>ixt>ilersi(c. i,<mu i;liiiiE>sfK ft, I hen (tints on him, fiifl<Mi*l>'» "Why dl«i you «l»-luyf Tin- high oiit-M demand xctloii." tf # ff WESLEY EXPLAINS CHAPTER XI T "But how would I know if I stepped on your toes? Mine have been numb for the last three hours!" HEY climbed the stone stair with the beautiful wrought iron railing, passed through the gymnasium balcony and out an arched door onto the roof of. another arched colonnade such as connected the Pueblo University buildings around a large patio. The roof here made a promenade with a knee-high rail, and Andre led Lena Montoya into a rnoon shadow cast by a high, rustling! palm tree. She put aside her crutch now because they were quite alone. Music from, the dance floor seeped out and up to them suggesting a subtle background, for romance, but only Andre responded to its suggestion. He looked at Lona with a sudden amused, half- smirking smile. "You're beautiful when you listened while he paid her numerous compliments. It was exceedingly easy to listen to suave Andre Girardeau. His technique was. a studied one that he had used many times before. * ff * HPHE patio there was really a half-acre courtyard, landscaped \vitli grass as rich as a golf green, with shrubs that banked impressively against the tan buildings, with tail curved palms and with vines that somehow managed to bedeck themselves with flowers even, in. fall. It ; had been an obvious place for Honica Bailey to lead her dis- deau—" He paused, still looking off. "I think I understand, Wes. But it's foolish. I mean, unfair." "I know. But this Girardeau mistook me for a servant and said so. I was trying to apologize'for' any car damage, when—" :je :jc ^t TJNDER the spell of her kind^ ness there the young professor talked himself out. He told more than he had meant to, really; more of his inner i'eelings. But he found this good, and it somehow warmed him to Ronica Bailey more than ever, although to keep from revealing ti<i> new Flank Attacks On The Packetbook These are hard and trying times for the patient American taxpayer. That admirable citizen realizes there are certain city, state and national expenses that must be incurred. He knows the .bulk of the money for these necessary things must be raised by taxation in some form or other. But what he objects to—and rightly so—are the often concealed flank attacks upon his thinning pocketbook, the niggling assaults embodied in a multitude of bills passed without rhyme or reason. 'The National Consumers Tax Commission, Inc.. estimates that the 43 state legislatures, which meet next year, will consider more than 60,000 bills, of which 1.1,000 will be tax measures. The commission predicts that, if the solons run true to form, they will enact 1800 of the latter, "or an average of about. 42 per state. It would seem a good moment to call for a moratorium on most of these. 1EIIS FUTURES JIT OIL Claimants To Millions From Over South 3,000 Exceed BIRMINGHAM, Ala.. Nov. 30. UP)- — At least eight persons in Alabama hope to reap riches from the Vince-Strickland-Humble lawsuit now being heard in Conroe, Tex. Residents of Birmingham, Mobile, Gadsden. Dixon Mills and Sunny South. Ala., expect to share in the millions which may be tributed. when the suit—rated attorneys as one of the : most plicated in the annals of American jurisprudence—finally is settled. The case is being tried in State District Judge Murphy's court and probably will not be concluded before Christmas. It hinges on claims to rich oil lands in the heart of the Conroe field, operated by the Humble Oil and Refining Co., and other concerns. There are more than 3,000 parties to the litigation, including Mrs. George Herman (Babe) Ruth, the widow and children of the late Huey P. Long, and a relative of Woodrow Wilson. l>argc Exhibit Entered The claimants and their more than 50 attorneys have enough exhibits to fill a small museum, including ancient pistols .guns, engraved snuff boxes, old daguerreotypes, books of family geneology and dozens of family Bibles. Litigants claim they descended from Wilson Strickland and Allen Vince, two figures in the Texas revolution. They come from vir- s. but he admits there were many Wilson .Stricklands. Historic Battle Cited "Sam Houston." Siler said, ''in command of a small force of Wilson Stricklands, annihilated the army of Santa Anna at Vince's Bridge on the San Jacinto River. The Tcxans' loss was small, there being only seven Wilson Stricklands killed and 13 wounded." Some, attorneys contend that a deed signed by Wilson Strickland, of Nash County. N. C., has been on record in Montgomery County since 1893. Under this deed, the Humble and other companies hold the titles. Allen Vince obtained a judgment, against Wilson Strickland in the district court of Harris county in 1849. but some lawyers contend this judgment is void. The Longs and Mrs. Ruth are heirs of Vince. Some months ago an attorney filed an application for a mineral lease on the Strickland survey .with the state land commissioner are angry," he informed her. "Did you come here on business or on pleasure?'* Her voice was snappish. "You have taken too many drinks already tonight." "Oh, take it easy, kid. I think we could get along fine!" He fingered her arm, up and down. "Would you like a drink yourself? Now?" "I am being paid to do a job and you are being paid to do a job, Mr. Girardeau. And we both know we can be found murdered if we fail. Why do I have to remind you of that?" • Andre laughed. "This isn't the moment for business! This is—a tressed professor friend when she warmth of feeling he i _ P^sently wanted privacy. They had found a rustic bench beside a trickling fountain, and Ronica was sitting in the dim moonlight, hands behind her neck and head back so that she looked up at him. She was Beauty itself in this perfect setting, but Wesley was too upset to observe such things now. "Stand if you prefer, Wes. But please start talking." "I, uh, Ronnie, I—" He took out his~ handkerchief to mop his chin, although he could hardly have been perspiring. "Yes?" she encouraged. "We are out here to explain things. Aren't we?" "Quite so. I mean—yes, Ronnie!" He sat down beside her. "I hope you will not stay angry at me. I—I came to your home. But your father said—he said that this, uh, Girardeau was taking you to the dance, and Girardeau was just ahead of me." Ronnie's knees were crossed and she was swinging one very shapely lower limb as if to express impatience. "On the contrary, Wes, you arrived just ahead of Andre. He even ran into your car, Daddy said. He had be'en drinking. You could have come in first. Besides, I don't care what Daddy told you. He's an old dear, but you didn't have to Listen to him. You made lapsed back into a formal manner and tone. Then they had talked for perhaps half an hour Ronnie- stood up. "I'm so happy we understand each oilier," she said, "and I think I shall go explain more to Andre now." "No," said Wes, with sudden determination. "I shall go myself. I—I wish to demonstrate that I am not, uh, afraid of him. Not awed." He left her at once. She was smiling at his boyish way, which could be in such contrast to Wesley York, the professor. She sat down again to wait, and with arms, still behind her head she gazed at the gymnasium with its lights inside and at the arched colonnade bathed in moon glow. Her .attention was attracted by two figures on the colonnade; man and girl, on the roof. Apparently the girl was sitting, the man standing over her. Ronnie leaned forward, straining to see. The two on the roof were no more than black forms, not quite clear even in silhouette. Curious, she strolled over toward the - colonnade to stare upward, and began to hear talking although words were indistinguishable in the music from the dance floor. lovely autumn evening! Look at the date with me, not with him!' He contended the. original patent ; was void and the land still be- jloiiged to the state. The land commissioner rejected it on the grounc the Wilson Strickland patent was good. Two Courses of Action If the oil companies get a judgment,, they will continue to operate as usual. But if the heirs •should win, they would step in and divide the property, or at least the profits.- One woman claimant said she had the coffin of Wilson Strickland exhumed, and presented a piece of £he wood as proof. She said a chemical analysis of the- wood showed it grew on Crystal creek, in. Montgomery county. Another offered a flintlock squirrel rifle, bearing the date of ^1811, and declared it belonged to Wilson Strickland. Witnesses at the trial have told fantastic, stories of Strickland and Vince. One said that Allen' Vince and his .son. John, were engaged in the slave trade until Allen died in 1349. The son then went to sea. as a member of Jean Lafitte's crew. the stars, my dear." "I am not 'your dear'." He smiled genially at her. He had been walking slowly, with an arm around her as if in deference to her sprained ankle, which both knew was pretense. He held her a little closer, noting—with satisfaction—that she did not resist, despite her words. He wanted her to feel his strong arm. "Like it out here?" He purred that ever so intimately. "Like me?" She didii't.answer. But she sat on the low railing, 20 feet above the patio grass, and "You—you really would have gone to the dance with me? Me?" Wesley held out a hand as if in supplication. "Certainly!" He looked away, contrite. Ronnie sensed his mood. "Wes," she resumed, kindly, "why did you think I might not? Didn't you—believe me?" He nodded. "At first. But-^oh, goodness, Ronnie, you really are a lady in every way! To be very frank, I was scared. I, uh, have not had many dates. Not in years. I have but little money, whereas you, the Baileys, and this Girar- .* * * all at once a door from the gymnasium balcony opened and Wesley stood in unmistakable outline up there. He saw the two figures at once and hastened to them and spoke. "I beg pardon, but this is hardly a safe place for—" "You again, eh?" said a voice, unmistakably Andre's. "I suppose you'd prefer to kiss her yourself." Ronnie saw the dark shadows merge, heard the sound of a blow. And then— ' '.' . " ( Somebody toppled over the low' roof railingl Quite involuntarily, Ronnie screamed. (To Be Continued) Christian Fortress Bombed For many years the famous church. St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. facing Trafalgar Square, has been a London fortress of true Christianity. It had a suc- The American people must be prepared to do their fighting outside the- United States, not tor the .salvation of any other country, bin lor America.—Milo j. Warner, national commander of the American Legion. tually even- state and from Alaska. Some heirs claim they descended from the Wilson Strickland who I think the public prefers me to show my lines, not read them.—Ann Corio, telling why she abandoned the legitimate stage to return to burlesque. uable in establishing her claim to his land in Texas. Other claimants insist Allen Vince had no son. Selective Service (Editor's Note: Below is published a. list "of registrants ds they are sent questionnaires by Mississippi county's three draft boards. Earlier groups have already been published in their order number and 'others will follow.;) This witness said John put in at Lisbon, married a Portuguese girl, and deserted her. She had a son, married another man after eight years of waiting Jai ; es Godw = n . 395,'E lmer ' Pran t_ for John to return, and sai.ed ior lin Cocnran; 396( Silverine Hol _ America to settle in Louisiana. One day she met John on Canal! OUT OUR WAY j was given the land by the state •of Texas in 1347. But there are ; 3G Wilson Stricklands involved • and the court must decide not only if the heirs of Wilson Strickland are entitled to the rich property and the millions it has produced, but if so the heirs of whicli Wilson Strickland shall receive it Walter D. Siler. of North Caio- lina. represents some 500 claim- it for some day it would prove val- j Board A 385, Johnie Burns n; 386, Odie Bee Lee Vincent; 387, Willie Lewis Morgan n; 383, Charles Basil Locke; 389, James Arther Green n; 390, L. G. Song n; 391, Austen Kinney n; 392. Jack Quails n; 393, j August Cern Akins: 394, Allen Bacteria Form Used To Grow "Large Peanuts CHICAGO (UP)—To the peanut conoisseurs: next year's crop may be bigger and better. It's the result of experimentation by two University of Hawaii botanists, Oscar N. Allen and Ethel K. Allen. Their work is reported in the current issue of the Botanical Gazette. In a series of tests conducted in Honolulu, the report stated, the Aliens inoculated peanut seeds with varieties of rhizobia, a nitrogen- fixing bacteria. Of 59 strains oi hizobia ' tested. 17 "markedly enhanced plant growth"; according to the report. The inoculated plants, it stated, were increased nore than half in size, with corresponding increase in quality. brooks. > street in New Orleans. Explana- | ley purtle . lions followed, according to witness, and John gave his former wife a snuffbox with his name en- 397> paul Cook 3g5 John Wes . y purtle . m A ' Ibm JQS h ^_ trie , son . 40(K Roberl Lee Ashby . 401 LouLs Sharp n; 402. Arthur Payne Jr. n; 403, Robert Lee Swift n; 404, graved on it. He urged her to keep Leon McMul]in . 405> Cnarl e S A By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople The botanists said they treated seeds of the Spanish and Jumbo peanut plant -with the bacteria, which was mixed with agar, a jellylike substance. The plants were grown in sand in the university greenhouse. Rhizobia, it was explained, is a form of bacteria which inhabits the roots of leguminous plants such as sovbeans or alfalfa. Skiers Train In Gym MOSCOW. Ida. (UP)—The University of Idaho's ski team >s getting ready lor the skiing season— and without touching a ski. The team is to spend .six weeks in the gymnasium, doing exercises to harden the muscles and get in shape for what Ls expected to be. a rigorous competitive season. Read Courier News wane ads. THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson A COSTUME OF A HUNDERD VEARLS ER MOKE BACVS AMD A MODERN! AUTOMATIC GUN' THAT'S S\LV_V— REDICULOUS / /, I THINK \ JUST RIGHT/ PEOPLE AIN'T CHANGED-'- , , / IT'S JTJSTTH' 1 \J /} MACHINEW T*-'/ THEV KILL / WITH THAT'S / ///> CHANGED/ /EL/7 ' A BEAR SKIM NA/OULD BE BETTER T. M. HIO. 0. E. r*T. CfT. TWH OLD SOY'S DUMB OM US, UWE A B RHMINOED OP PROMISES ELECTIONS / SPEBCULE5S RIGHT/— FOR ' WHO TALKS AS MUCH THE MAJOR,THAT'S LIKE AM ALLEV \MlTWOOT I'M. GOIN CALL A DOCTOR/ DRlNiK TO SEE I THi&T WOULD BRIMS C UGH- URP/ HE MAOTOR LOST VOICE? Washington n; 408. Eddie Washington ji; 407. Deleron Lafayette Webster; 408. Leslie Carrol Larkin. Hoard B 526, Albert Lemix Holt; 527, Juit Bonds n; 528. Styley n; 529. Cecil Howard Black: 530. Muriel Abner Robinson; 531. Leonard M'ller; 532, Floyd Ray Turnbow; 533, Handy Ester Mouncy. 534. Vernon Robert- Decker; 535. Jesse Monroe Pierce; 530, Cuthbert Lewis; 537. Oscar Fay Rodgers. 538, Rcben Brookfield Ware; 539. Leroy Stacks: 540. Tom Walter Walley; 541, Edward Popejoy; 542, William Arthftnel Brandon; 543, Lomer Roy Turney; 544, James Harvey .Scott; 545. I very William Crook; 546. Levi Tom Bunch; 547, Charles Franklin Springer; 548, Floyd Henderson Blake; 549, Hurshell Cieo Alexander: 550. Ed Johnson n. 551. John Alontford Ingram; 552, I Jessie James Gibson; 551, Bryan ' Heard; 555, Ray Sylvester Brown; 556. Daniel Whitten Self: 557. Dave Deal; 558, Alarm Brice Moody: 559. Paul Eugene Copcland; 560, \James Blake Sanders; 561. Sallie Eatts Catt; 562. William Thomas Shockley. 5S3, Eskel Columbus Newcomb; 564, Aaron Luther Ledbetter; 565, Wallace Edward Wheeler; 566, John Bunch; 567, L. c. Garrett n; 568, Roy Eugene Altom; 569, Charles Bush; 570, Brose Barnes Jr. n; 571, j. c. Jones; 572, Claude Chester Hammock; 573. Olan Osie Griggs; 574, James Olen Roberts; 575, Obie Lee Mosley. AS A\UCH WVTER. >VS OTHEPt. OR ITS BLJT IT OXISI AT ONIE TtA^E COm. 1»«0 BY *EA SERVICE. I»C. I6O-POLJNO COULD OR I/Z.OOO /WILJES, HE'C> WEIGH XO AND WHO ANSWER: "Under a spreading chestnut tree The village smithy stands."—^ongfelloxv. NEXT: A tigerJhM wwiji't * lifer.
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