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PAGE SIX BLYTHRVILIE, (ARTO COURIER NEWS THE BLVTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H W. HAINES, Publisher HARRV A HAINES, Assistant Publisher A. A. FREDRICKSON, Editor PAUL D. HUMAN. Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago. Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Entered as second class matter at the post- office at Qlytheville, Arkansas, under net ol Congress, October 9, 1917. Member of The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier In the city oj Blylhcvllle or any suburban town where carrier service is maintained, 2ac per week. By mail, within a radius ol 50 miles S5.00 per year, $2.50 for six months, $1.25 for three months; by mall outside 50 mile zone, $12.50 per year payable In advance. Meditations Envylnffs, murders, drunkenness, revcllings, »nd such like: of Ihc which I tell you before, u I have also told you in time |>asl, that they which do such things shal) not inherit the kingdom of God.—Galatians 5:21, * * * Wrong Is wrong; no fallacy can hide it, no subterfuge cover it so shrewdly but that the All- Seeing One will discover and punish ife— Kivarol. Barbs Bootleg booze found in n hearse — news item. We're willing to bet that it didn't die of old ago * * * A smart husband decides early what he wants to fflve his wife for Christinas—so 5111; can change his mind In time. * * * Fast footwork, says a trainer ,is most Important in fighting. It also comes in handy in not fighting. * * t When an aulo freezes up these days, it's not only (he radiator that steams! * * # Some couples go through life with but one fight—the one that started tile day they were married. 'Armed Isolation'Theory Must Be Closely Examined Naturally our defeats in North Korea have dismayed us. In many American hearts these reversals have understandably heightened a desire to be free .of burdensome world communists that often seem to do so little to reduce the chaos around ua. Not only ordinary citizens but responsible men in Congress and the Administration have been led to consider calmly and fairly what alternative paths we might follow. One course that is particularly engaging their attention is what Washington writers are calling "armed isolation." The term "isolation" has such a high emotional content in America that it isn't easy to weigh dispassionately the possible merit of any new approach to it. But fortunately our hard-headed military experts are among the high-minded men who have tried to measure this alternative in the light of our present dilemma. Tf nny group can be trusted to deal with facts unemotionally, it should be these men. Reliable accounts from the capital declare that top military officials have examined the idea of armed isolation for the U. S. hopefully, only to reject it regretfully as a doctrine full of the gravest risks for our national safety. These officials have concluded that to withdraw from Europe, as we would do under such a policy, would mean the total communization of that continent under Soviet control. And since it is accepted that Russia means to conquer us, this would be a big handicap in combatting her. Mere's why the military experts believe that: 1. Strategic air officers don't think they can deliver the atomic bomb to Russia effectively from U. S. or island bases alone. The long-range R-'M> is conceded to be an uncertain factor against Russian air defenses growing stronger daily. We need medium-bomber bases either in Ktirope or Africa (which would be outflanked if Europe fell to Russia). Without them, the A- bomb itself is a doubtful quantity. 2. With Europe in Red hands, the continent with her in possession of it Soviet Union would add to its own industrial strong Hi the enormous power of the German Huhr and French Lorraine J'aken together, tins industrial potential is greater than our own. 3. Whether or not Russia has the A-bomb, it would be immeasurably harder for us to invade the European continent with her in poseession of it than it was against Hitler in 10 W Either amphibious or air-borne forces would confront Kusisait armies vastly superior in numbers and armor. And no enemy would be distracting Russia on a second front. 4. To sit back and await athick from a Soviet Union swollen by conquest of Kurupe and Asia "would be to invite ruin, since tho U. S. would then be no more than a big island in a vast, hostile Communist world. We would have neither the military nor the economic might to withstand such an attack when it came. These, (lion, are the views of the toughest thinking men in America, the men we hire to devote their every waking moment lo protecting us from disaster. They are not tho opinions of men guided by emotion, by political considerations, or by any other irrevelant factor. Everyone of us should ponder their reasoning carefully as we try to decide what course our country should tread in the decisive days looming ahead. Brainpower Snarls Manpower Problem War or no .war, this nation needs to husband its brainiest manpower for the highly specialized tasks of medicine, science, and similar skilled occupations. Much of this manpower was wasted in World War II. The Selective Service agency is now trying to work out a draft deferment policy that will direct men of high mental promise into the posts where they're badly needed. It is not an enviable assignment. Any careless plan will run the risk of dividing our young men into "smart boys" and "dumbbells." It could also appear to make military service a punishment for scholastic dullness. Our keenest educational minds should attend to this problem without delay. Views of Others 'Excess Profits' Not A Simple Problem Every person of B ood will is for taking the profits out of war. Every person with any gumption is lor taxation in such- form as will least weaken the financial stability of business in general, for such depletion harms the national economy. , The phrase "excess profits" falls easily off the lips of politicians nnd makes sweet music to the ears of many. It is almost ns irresistible in its appeal as denunciation of sin and praise of the Founding Fathers. Bold the man who wculd say that not all things the Pounding Fathers favored 160 years ago arc as sound today. Venturesome the person who would say, it is all right to' oppose sin, but let's take n v look first to sec what is sinful and what isn't. 'Hie "excess profits" tax which-we had during World War n had sonic serious weaknesses. It did not produce much revenue, once nil the re- limds were made, and it did n lot of harm to some businesses. The trick Is to determine a base, over which profits become "excess." The only practical way to do that is to set arbitrarily a period of time. But suppose Company A .wnsirt doing any too well in that base period and now is making pretty god money. Would it be right for the government to take a conflsoatory percentage of the so-called "excess"? Would it be good business for the country? Pcrliai« this Is an over-simplified case, but It makes the point clear. A lot of eminent economists and tax experts —some of whom may have no axe to erinH say that the best way 10 get tax revenue from corporations and businesses is not to bother with the "excess" iintj nil the problems Involved therein but merely to increase the percentage to be applied to the annual profits. They say it would bring in more money and would not be discriminatory against some worthy enterprises and would not lead lo the wanton waste observed In the mid-IDs when corporations threw money around like drunken sailurs. saying Hint was better than giving 85 per cent of it to the government. Anyway, the problem is in the laps of the House Ways and Means Committee and the senate Finance Committee. It has been deposited there by the President and Secretary Snytlcr We wish the committees joy in their deliberations. -ATLANTA JOURNAL So They Say How can you get any place In politics If you deceive people? —Hare-domed Sen. Eugene Milllknn <R., Colo'.i, on. men who comb their remaining hair across their heads from the fringe to conceal baldness. * * » We may suffer reverses as we have suffered them before, but the forces of the United Nations have no intention of abandoning their mission in Korea. —President Truman. * * » The important thing to remember about profit sharing Is that as well as being both an ideal and a way of life, it is also an intensely practical proposition, as demonstrated by the success of companies who follow It. -William Loeb, publisher, Manchester, N. II., Union-Leader. * * » Look tit European women. The older they get, tlie more sex appeal they get- even after 50. I wouldn't give yon two cents for these dumb little blonds. —Actor Glenn Ford. But This Time It's for Peace Peter Edson's Washington Column — '50 Record Makes You Wonder Why People Do Like They Do By I-ETKK EDSON XI:'r\ Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NBA)—Nlneteei fifty will probably pass out as one of the goofiest periods ill history. If you doubt this in any way, just try to make_ sense out of some of the things now going on: President Truman counsels the country to be calm—just before he himself had written two hot-headed personal notes to music critio Paul Hume, who didn't have the highest profits on record At the same time the United Packinghouse Workers, CIO. announces that meat prices are now so high that even their families can't afford to cat the stuff. Farmers Just As Inconsistent A principal reason why food costs can't be brought down Is that the law prohibits reduction of farm prices below parity ratio. This parity formula is intended to keep the prices of the things farmers sell from falling below the price-level or tilings farmers buy. This is done t o Congressman Eddie Hebcrt. the ex-city editor who merely asked for a day of prayer. The country de- Peler Edson nands speed i n nobilization. So the National Production Authority issues cut-back orders effective three months hence. And "the Department of Defense cautions against trying to mobilize too fast. The railway brotherhoods newspaper, "Labor," published In Washington, carries a cartoon showing a man holding up a big sisu bearing General Marshall's quotation. "This Is no Mine for violent, emotions. It is a time for calm determination." The man, apparently representing Joe Public, is saying. "Those are my sentiments. Three colluinns away the same publication carries the gloating story of the switchmen's wildcat strike that tied up Christmas mail. H is announced that the "big four" meat packers—Swift. Armour Cudahy and Wilson—will this year like his daush- by government support pricesVhic] ters singing, and make it next to impossible for tin farmer to lose. Still, the American Farm Bureau at its annual convention in Dallas voted overwhelmingly against price controls. And APB President Alan Kline tried to put the heat on Washington to have controls killed. A similar vein of unwillingness to make concessions in the national interest is manifested by the United Auto Workers. Ijke all other unions. UAW lias been strong for rent and price controls which keep down the cost of living. Yet when Economic Stabilizer Alan Valentine issued his roll-back order on automobile prices. UAW President Walter Reuther served notice that his union would move to scrap all labor contracts if any attempt were made to Impose wage controls that would upset automatic cost of living increases. NAW took „ similar stand In opposing uitomobilc sale credit limitations, intended to reduce inflationary Increases. The motto in all such cases seems to be. "We're for controls that hurt the other fellow, but not those IN HOLLYWOOD By EKKKIXE JOHNSON N'KA Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD (NBA) — Irene Sctaiick, ex-wife of Daid O.. may have competition as a big-time Broadway play producer from Mrs. Clark Gable. There's a big stack of scripts on Sylia's desk and if she finds a good one the Gable dough will bring it to the New York floodlights. With Clark as the 5 Ur? Could be. ... Dorothy Shay will warble five of her top hillbilly numbers in Ill's "The Real McCoy." But they won't be the real McCoy. Dorothy has to rewrite some of the lyrics because of censorship. . . . Ring Crosby's toupee isn't the real McCoy, cither, these days. The Paramount hairdressing department turns it gray every morning for his role in "Here Comes the Groom." His own hair, at the temples, gets the same treatment. Explains Bing: "They're giving me a little dignity." Director John Farrow and Maureen O'Sullivan soon will be two up! on Eddie Brackess In Hollywood's biggest family race. The Brackens! have five, the Farrows will have' seven. Three weeks ago Bracken wired Farrow: "It's a boy." Farrow wired back, "Welcome straneer." But when Bracken heard the Farrows would welcome their seventh, | he wired Farrow: "I give up!" • « • ' r Warner ISros. is looking for a | strong drama to team llorl s Day | and Steve Cochran. Hie married I pair nf "Storm Warning." . , , The "surprise" wedding Dec. 29 tl r r,j s Youiijr and drama roach Sophie' KriKiMislein was no surprise to readers nf this pillar. The hurrb s c was announced here two months a£o. There's one agent in Hollywood reports Alan Wilson, who ts malting more money than all the others combined. He has 10 per cent of two TV sign painters. Tough Teeth Dorothy "Iron Jaws" Lamour's role of a twirling-by-the-molars siren in DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" won't take her BO feet to the top of a circus tent— thanks to n double—but. oh. those closeups! "Oh. h-h-h-h-h-h," groaned Dottie between gnaws on barbecued spare ribs with hubby Bill Howard at the Beverly Tropics after a day of trnining to be a human merry- go-round. For the closeups, Dottie will be yanked a couple of feet off the Sec HOLLYWOOD „„ Page 7 that affect us." Ked China's Invnlnnlary Volunteers General Wu and the Chinese Communist delegation at'the united Nations maintained right to the end that their soldiers fighting in North Korea were all "volunteers." But how the guns and tanks, the ammunition and the Russian MIG jet fighter planes "volunteered" for service in Korea was nexer explained. American and French governments complain that the British won't cooperate on the Schuman plan for pooling iron, co.il and steel resources of Western Europe. American and British governments complain because France has dragged its heels on plans to rearm west Germany. British and French governments say the Americans should send more troops to Europe and the Americans say the British and French should do more toward arming themselves. While the Economic Stabilization Administration is trying to find ways and means to hold down prices of raw materials, another branch of government. Reconstruction Finance Corporation, arbitrarily raised the price of synthetic rubber. Western. European countries, hav- ng recovered from their "dollar shortage" well ahead of schedule, now find that there isnt anything to buy with their surplus dollars because the world supply of raw materials isnt big enough to go around. Meanwhile Great Britain, having been the first Marshall Plan country to "recover," cuts its meat ration to 1-j cents a week per person. Happy New Year. cashed the ace of trumps, and led another trump. All the trumps dropped, so that was that. Played at hearts, the only question Is how many heart tricks must be lost. Schcnken was a bit lucky to lose only two heart tricks <a better defense would have caused him to lose another), but he'd have had to be very unlucky to lose more than three heart tricks. Ill the other room, the English team held tho North-South cards; and they played the hand at four spades. In the combined hands they held just as many spades as hearts, and the spades were stronger. Nev- JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACORY Written for NEA Service Which Trump Suit Would You Pick? "Which suit would you choose as a trump suit?" asks my friend Alfred Sheinwold, who acted ns my eyes and cars during the recent world's championship bridge tournament in Bermuda. "Would you rather have eight trumps headed by ace-king or eight trumps headed by ace-jack?" The answer, as shown In a hand from the Bermuda tournament, will be a surprise to many players. When my team-mates encountered this hand in the tournament, Howard Schcnkcn made eleven tricks at hearts witli the South cards. He ruffed the opening lead in dummy, got to his hand twice with high diamonds to ruff his remaining clubs in dummy, and then led the ace and king of spades. returned a club. Schenkcn rufled, NORTH ; A A K 9 7 5 2 V J72 »KJ74 A None EAST (D) A3 V K 10.1 » 1098 4532 AAK108 +QJ SOUTH A 106 V A 8 C 5 4 # ACJ6 WEST * Q J 8 4 Neither vul. South West North Pass 1 4 Double 4 * Pass Pass East Pass 4 + Pass Opening lead—A K crthctess, four spades went down. The trouble was that North still had to lose the same two heart tricks—but he also had to worry about the spades. When they broke badly, down he went. North could have made hts contract if he had played West for spade length from the very beginning, but he'd have had no chance for his contract if East had lield the four spades. Nevertheless four heasts might still be made easily even tf East rather than West had the long spades. The moral is that when you have a choice between two long suits for n game contract, the weaker suit usually makes the better trump. Could it be that Reds Jittery over US. Draft? The DOCTOR SAYS By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M.I). Written for NBA Service Getting over an operation or a severe illness is no fun. "I was operated on 12 days ago for gall- sUHies." n worried woman writes "Have been up each day but still feel weak. Is it because I do not exercise enough? How long will the drawing sensation remain in my abdomen?" Tills woman is not the only one who i;ets discouraged by the slow rate at which she regains her strength and spirits. la fact depression of spirits at this stage of convalescene is the rule rather than the exception. It isn't anyone's fault, though. It is just that a severe illness or operation takes a lot more out of the system than is realized at the time. But this period of convalescene is shorter now and less likely to be "stormy" than it used to be because of many improvements in surgery, the use of blood and plasma transfusions, anci the system of setting patients out of bed sooner.. All of these help, but the recovery still takes time. Just how long depends on the nature of the operation or illness, the age and physical condition of the patient and many other things. In addition to the improvement mentioned convalescence requires a proper balance between rest and exercise, and of course a diet adjusted to particular needs. At first, after a big operation like removal of gallstones, the patient doesn't care what happens. Tills is followed by discomfort and later impatience that normal feeling doesn't come back faster. Usually the doctor can tell before the patient that everything is going all right. Better color of the lips—whether natural or applied -is one such sign. Sometimes a patient resents being told he is better because he doesn't feel better even though he will In a day or two. Prenare for Siege By the time the lady who had the gallbladder operation reads this she will prnbahiy feel much stronger and the drawing sensations in her abdomen will doubtless have disappeared. It is time that brings these results and the fact that she was not on top of the world twelve days after surgery Is certainly not surprising. Since most people have an operation or severe illness at some time during life it is not a bad idea to be prepared for the physical and mental discouragement through which almost r evcryone passes during convalescence. J 5 Years Ago Today Mrs. Cecil White, formerly of here and now of Clarkdale. Ark., entertained with party yesterday at her n.ome and in Memphis when some of her BIytheville friends were quests. They were: Miss Alma Peters. Miss Sunshine Swift. Miss Mary Hubler, Mrs. Tony Clements. Mrs. Herman Rimer mid Mrs. Joe Craig. Following dinner served at her home the party motored to Memphis where they attended a show. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Wilson returned to Memphis this afternoon after spending the holidays here with relatives. Mrs. Fred Sandefur, who will be their guest for several days, accompanied them home. Jerry Kyn Phillips, of Newburn Term., is the guest of Mr. and Mrs Victor Stilwcll for several days. Mrs. Bess Page Walton and son. John Page, have returned from Jackson Miss,, where they spent the holidays ?or a slam contract you have to take the stronger suit ns a general rule, since you can't afford to name a trump in which you will lose two tricks. By WILLIAM I.. KYAN If the strong suspicion that. Soviet Communism will spring another "popular front" campaign oiiMtjr- ope proves correct, how can this be weighed against the chances for World War III? We know the Communists of Western Europe are giving indications that they are getting ready to play footsie with the socialists and other elements of the left. \Ve know what it meant the last tim* they did this. The period between 1929 and 1939 marked an Industrious pursuit bv the .Soviet Union and world Com. munism of what looked—outwardly" at least—like a policy of coopera ' lion with other nations, both in foreign relations nnd domestic at fairs, The Soviet Union pursued the "popular front" idea of a common stand against Fascism because 'he was badly frightened by the aiitl Comintern pact of Germany, it-it, Kind Japan. The Soviet Union wn , unprepared for war. she needed more time. Then the Soviet Union pulled the rug out from under Fur ope's left ill 1930 with the Hj(| er Stalin pact, and then with the in vaslon of Finhm]. The popular front movement fell apart Slallimr Again? ' jjff The question naturally arises?') the Soviet Union once again intent upon stalling for time in Europe until she is ready? There Is some evidence at hand to support this view: The Soviet Union. Washington tells us. has the atom bomb. But nobody questions the statement that the United states is far, far ahead n production and stockpiling. This hi itself Is a powerful deterrent should the Russians be thinking of marching. s When President Truman at his news conference Nov. 30. mentioned that use of the atom bomb had been under consideration, it caused a sensation in the United States. One would have expected the Soviet propaganda organs to leap on such a statement with enthusiasm in portray the American President TS Ihc world's No. 1 bogeyman. But the Soviet press was silent, so far as the atom bomb is concerned We have the word of the current digest of the Soviet press, which receives Soviet newspapers /or translation In this country, that thi words of the President on the atom Mmb were not mentioned in the Russian papers. Why? It could be that the rulers in the Kremlin are aware they would be no match for the Americans In an atomic duel. Letting the Russian aeopte know that the U.S. President had mentioned possible use of ;he atom bomb might suggest to ;hem that atomic war Is Hearing reality—a melancholy though^ior l people just emerging from^flic horrors of World War II. The Russians are enamored of'the idea of "let's you and him fight." By their own doctrines they are convinced the house of capitalism will crumble eventually anyway. The dea is to help this process along by bleeding it through the constant aggravation of little wars and nervous preparedness. But as for Russian readiness for .he big show—despite all those divisions of troops she has—let us go back just a year or two. All our experts, who were supposed to know, said an eventual clash between the giants of the east and west was inevitable. Hut all estimated that it w-ould be five, ten or even 15 years before Russia was ready. She was at least one. and perhaps three five-year plans away from readiness, they told us. This was a year or two ago. Were ill these experts wrong? Or in that short space of time, could the tf.S.S.R. have made up such a slack? It seems hardly likely. What docs seem likely is this: The U.S.S.R.. realizing that America finally has been goaded into mobilization, is remembering with respect what American mobilization means. We are talking a language now that they understand. The pcjp- llar front movement may i they have a slight touch jitters. 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