PAGE FOUR BLYTREVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1940 I TEE BLVTHEVILlE COURIER NEWS TEB COURIERS-NEWS CO. .. H; W, HAINE& Publisher J. GRAHAM SPDBURY, Editor SAMUEL F. NORRIft' Adverting Manager Sol* National Advertising WaUice Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, De troit, Atlanta, Memphis. , Published Every AJterpoon Except Sunday - '--Entered as wcend class matter at. the post- office at BWeville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, .October 9, 1917. Served by the United Preo SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City of BlythevUle, 15c per week,-or $5c per month. Bv mail, vithin a radius of 50 miles, $3.00 per year, $1-M for six months, 75c for three months, by mail in postal zones two to six $6.50 per year; in zones seven and eight, per year, payable in advance. Out in theDarkness And the Silence these veiled regions of the rest of the world ? They talked, when war broke out. in- V 1989, of a "New Dark Age" to cpme. Is it not, perhaps, already here? moderns take pride in the -Tact • that-the'world, is known to us today. We like to think that to the past belong the vast dark seas believed haunted by monsters, great tracts which cartographers could only label "terra incognita," the unknown land. In pur pride, we have believed we had changed all that —that the world was one, that lands and people were known one to another. Pride, always dangerous, comes here to yet another fall. For the brutal Tact is that today -we know almost nothing of what goes on in the major part of 'the world. Three million men, says Tracy, Strong, general secretary of the World Alliance of Y. M.'C. A.'s, are prisoners of war today. Had you known that? Do you picture three million men'behind barbed wire? Where are all these men? How fares it with them? We do not know. Alo.st of them, oi course, are sonitfc- •\vhere within Germany; some are in Canada, England, Greece. But all are behind a veil of mystery, withdrawn from the land of the known. Three million men suddenly snatched away, not into death, but into darkness! What goes on in Czechoslovakia and Poland? No one knows, at least no one * in the general world. Here teeming millions of people have been removed from the world's -consciousness like , : tiginfes u erasecl'from a blackboard. They "exist, tt-Key -go pn somehow, one r be., lieves. But h'ow; anc] even where, we know not. The --veil ..has, blotted them out, •• :• ; . What happens in that vast third of. the occupied work] known as Russia? We do not know.' There travelers cannot go with freedom, reporters cannot send out the pitiful scraps of information they may glean. Here another veil has been drawn around multiple millions,' •£ Hqw do they fare in Holland, in Belgium, in Denmark .and Norway and Sweden? We do not know—only mere slivers of light penetrate this curtain. Normal travel, normal intercourse be. tween peoples of the" world is completely 'shattered. The United States is probably the best informed country in the world about the peoples of the rest of the world. Yet even to us 'whole sections of that world, whole seething populations are as unknown as were the lands of Tartary to Europeans before Marco Polo. What then must be the ignorance of Selective Service us a Mirror Once again, selective service offers the United States a chance to look itself squarely in the eye. We took a good look in 1917-18, and we didn't like what we saw. Low intelligence test ratings,, all-too-high illiteracy, malnutrition, ' poor teeth—ail these things showed up in the mirror , as we examined our young men. Now once again we hold up the mirror l.o a cross-section of young Anien- c-an men—and what we sec is not a*. cause for self-congratulation. Rejections for physical- reasons have run from 10 to 25 per cent of men sent to camp for induction, and of-course many of the more obviously unlit had been rejected by local draft boards before that final winnowing, out. The standards of the army arc not those of an Olympic athletic team. They'require only good normal health and capacity. Yet up to 25 per cent of young Americans fail to show even that." '. There are failures here, failures of public health, of education, of clinical facilities, of diet. A sensible people will regard these revelations, not as • something at which to wring ineffectual hands, but as a challenge. OUT OUR WAY Thumbed Nose to the Victor . What's the use- of being a Great Big Conqueror if you .can't, get any respect out of the conquered? The Italians jumped into the war against France just before the final „ curtain. But they don't seem to have impressed even the conquered French as conquerors. At -Mentone, on the new Italian- French border, .waggish French soldiers are reported to have set up a sign facing Italy: "Notice .to-the Greek Sol"diers: This is,the French border." It must be galling to ~a conqueror to have the conquered thumb a, nose at him "thus, And, incidentally, it's the best sign we've seen in months that something yet remains of Gallic wit, Gallic buoyancy,. Galic courage. • SO THEY SAY The United States will face a world of government-controlled .trade and finance and oi barrier trade, no matter who wins the war. "But a Nazi victory would be far more disturbing, wouldj indeed, be disastrous—Dr. J, Anton de Haas/ Ziegler professor of International Relations at Harvard University. * * * My opposition to all forms of totalitarianism— Soviet. Nazi. Fascist and Falangist—is based upon my Catholic faith and my political convictions of freedom and democracy.—Don Lmgi Sturzo, world famous Italian opponent of Mussolini, now in America. * •» » There, are some people who are open-minded, so much so that they live in a vacuum.—Bishop W. T. Manning of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of New York. * * » It is only a pipe dream that \ve .shall sec American ships and American troops fighting in Europe.—Earl Winterton, speaking in the House of Commons. SIDE GLANCES I . ^ i • SERIAL STORY BY.OREN ARNOLD DUDE COLLEGE COP WIGHT, MCA SERVICE, INC- COML 15*0 IV NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. 5. PAT. Off. "You seem to have lost all interest in life—I'm completely out of contact with the world since you quit reading .postcards." THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson COPR. 1940 BY NEA SERVICE, INC •SHOT /AENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA, IN HAD ANTLERS CQAAPO5ED OF WAS WRITTEM BERLJM THE. OF O1FRERENT" YtiSTHilUAV: Andre tlle« another M«ecr«t report lo MM cki«f. lie IK vi«ltiutf Mr. Iluijey when Army buiiihiiijc plane* arrive, and iiuiley welcomcM him into the i»- iit-r circle, explain* the oJticer* arc to U-*f iLe new ho tub Might, lie, xurprlM-M Andre by announcing; he would like to have him for a wou- in-latv. and I» even niukiug plum* to include bint in the firm. LONA KEEPS A RENDEZVOUS CHAPTER XV 13 A1NBOW CANYON was aptly named; its strata of reds and yellows and blues and browns stretched out for miles like gigantic ribbons. Also it was far off the usual paths used by dude riders. Sitting high in the ancient cliff cl well ing there, Wesley York drew Ronica a map on his note pad. "Now here 'is Pueblo and the university," said he, pointing with his pencil, "and this line is the approximate route we took in riding out. Here is the upper end of the canyon. It is not far above this cliff hous'e. But the lower end extends on down across the international line, about there, into Mexico itself." "I see," said Ronnie. "Rainfall is negligible here. Four, five inches a year at most. No irrigation possibilities. Hence there are not even any ranches in this area, no people at all. Very few have ever seen the Canyon even." . "Then what in the world is Lona Montoya doing out"here?" Ronic asked, turning to look '". Wesley. The young professor licked his lips and showed just.a ghost of a smile. "I don't know. But I imagine she she doubtless has water and food and such." "Is your pistol in your shoulder pack, Wes?" "Yes." "Then we could shoot and make her see us, maybe." "The sound and echoes might carry down the canyon, although I doubt it. Anyway, it would seem that the girl wants solitude. Perhaps she is, uh, distracted mentally; seeking repose." Konica considered that. "I don't —think—so." "Why?" "I don't know, just a hunch. She's not the-type |pr it." "I confess 'that we of the .faculty have found her a little, uh, difficult to classify. She is a fair student. But there is an air of mystery about her. Intensified now, in my mind." "She's awfully pretty," Ronnie said. "Attractive to men." "Yes." "You like her, don't you, Wes? I could tell you did that night at the dance. And-—she talked to me on the campus later." "Talked to you about—me?" Ronica smiled, staring off down the canyon. '"You'd be surprised, Wes!" "Oh!" "She was quite angry because I took you away that night. Remember? But you really did have the date with me, and—I didn't like being stood up any more than she did, so—" "Please, Ronica, all that was most embarrassing. I regret all o might ask us the same question.", iL Things w ere-mixed up!" I'll say! But what about now Here we are and there she is I wouldn't have ridden away out here alone. Lona'had a sprained ankle just a few days ago, too." "That's so. I'll admit it is peculiar." ' • * * * "We have a logical reason," Ronnie insisted. "And I didn't come alone. I came with an escort., Won>t she see our horses > maybe?> "No. I tied them in shade on th floor of the canyon; you can se them from here, but she could never discover them. Remember we are nearly 700 feet above therr and her. And anyway—look, Ron E took up his binoculars again, studied the distant rider with care. "These glasses are powerful," said he. "I can see her very well. ."She. appears to have saddle bags loaded so probably she is ready for any chance trouble. I mean, nie, she is not alone, after all!" * * * JJONICA took the glasses then She stared out intently, tellin what she saw in little h'alf-whis pered tones as if< afraid Lon might hear.- ••?•' ' ••'• J ; ': "Sure enough . . . Wes . there's a ... man!" She tightene he focus a bit. "Wes, it really is a lan, but he is not on a horse." "No, I saw that." "Strange! Who is it, I wonder?" "Possibly it is none of our—of mr~" . "None of our business," she supplied. "But I'm too human to let hat interfere, Wes! You're the one vho must be dignified." "Quite so." "Stop saying that, I told you! You're a swell egg, really." Her manner pleased him. Swell :gg. It is good to have a pretty girl eli you that you are a swell egg. i means more than a citation :rom the dean oE the college. "In a way,"-said he, "it is my business, too. For I am a faculty member, on second thought. And he a student." "I want to know what's going n." "Uh—so do It" "I can't identify the man, Wes. You try." He took the binoculars back and used, them. "It is no man I know." "You don't suppose she is in danger? Does she see the man?" "She must. In fact I think she :ias hailed him . . . Yes . . . What in the world would a man be out lere for aioot? Of course he may lave a horse tied somewhere. But—" "He just seemed to appear out of the side oC the slope, Wes. From :hat rocky west \valJ of the canyon. Of course, there are boulders and scrubby trees and things. He could lave been hiking up." r pHEY watched lor 10 minutes more, Wes using the glasses. Ronica could see them only as tiny moving dots away off, but to Wes their motions were distinct even in. detail. "My curiosity is giving me the tingles," said Ronnie. "And anyway—have you noticed that it's late? The sun is already out of sight over that west wall, and we have quite a ride back to Pueblo." "That's true. but.— don't be afraid." He seemed more intent than ever. "I am never afraid. I just mentioned it ... Can you see them now?" "No. No, Ronnie, I can't! You said the man just seemed to appear out of the mountain side. Well, by George, the mountain has swallowed both of them again!" "Hunh!" He lowered his binoculars to stare at her. "Yes! She rode to a sort of natural rock enclosure, dismounted near the man. and together they just walked into the side of the rock hill!" (To Be Continued) BRUCE CATTON IN WASHINGTON ANSWER: Wrong H is the dried, unripe berry of a tropical Pimento, the flavor of which is supposed to resemble a combination of>nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. ' ••• NEXT: The world's "most deadly plant. Soothing Music Urged In Munition Plants PHILADELPHIA <UP) — Bach. Brahms and Beethoven may be the j busy bees who will .speed Philadel- i phia defense industries, if a plan 1 promulgated by Eugene Ormandy, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and A. Rex Riccardi. .secretary of Local 77. American Federation of Musicians, is successful. Ormandy and Riccardi hope to . organi/e • orchestras of unemployed musicians to play in factories during lunch hours. The music, the musicians hope, will sooth employed nerves jangled bj- steady association with bullets, bombs and dynamite. Train Run HaJled OKLAHOMA CITY. Okla, (UP) — A hundred employes of the Frisco railroad were on hand when Charles R, Brock brought his passenger train into the station here for the last time, ending 40 years of service with the line. f HEY, ROOKIE, / VOUR. BLANKET j WILL BE OFF OM I TH' GROUND V 1S1 ANOTHER N JUMP- 1 7 TH/KTS FIN1E-' THAT'S WHERE I'LL WEEP IT IN AMOTHEPL JUMP/ .wr. ADVANCE' ACCOMMODATION} By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople BE ' AAV EXPERIENCE THROAKT SURGER.V, DOCTOR/ EACH OP SHOULD HPNE A THE OLD 5J 5TA6E -ty , WHISPERS By BRUCE CATTON Courier News Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, Dec. 6.—Greatest activity in ship-building since "he frantic Hog Island days of the last World War is now crowding ill U. S. shipyards to capacity. Although the Saw which keeps D. "S. merchantmen out of war -ones has pulled many vessels out 3f service on European runs, British purchases and the needs of the J. S. army and navy have more ;han made up the difference. And now Secretary Morgcnthau ,ias taken charge of a program aimed at making -available to Britain all American merchant .ships chat can possibly be spared. It isn't hard to figure wh.fif this will mean, when in some linos an actual .shortage of boats is already being felt. For instance: Puerto Rican interests not long ago tried hard to i get new vessels assigned to the \ run to the islands. They were i informed that the army and navy j had in recent months taken 47 vessels, and that there simply were no -suitable extra boaUs to be had. RKJTIS71 WANT 1MANY .VESSELS Maritime Commission lists 25 private shipyards now in service. Six of them representing new capacity. As of Nov. i there were under const motion in these yards ' 176 ocean-goinir cargo ships of 1.462.000 total tonnage. N 7 o 'ways in any of these yards arc empty (except for a few which arc always, held opon for repair' and reconditioning work* and Maritime Commission experts say that j the industry is also working just • j about a I. capacity in regard to the i number of skilled' workers avail- | able. j In the face of ail this, a huge j British demand for cargo ships i has to be met. During recent ; months the British have purchased j a dozen tankers and 10 merchant- j men. but these were, tor naval or | troop-transport .service. What is j needed now is a large number of freighters, ami they're needed in i a hurry. The British purchasing mission j now in this country hopes to get I 60 or .more 10.000-ton cargo ves- ' sels. Since the industry simply hasn't that capacity, and since there isn't anything like that number of up-to-date ships "out of service, the understanding is that new shipyards will be built in the U. 5- under British contract. They'll probably be placed on the '' west coast, Los Angeles and Ta- coma being the .spots generally mentioned. WORLD'S BEST FLEET FOR U. S. Meamvhile, the U. S. merchant fleet will be in excellent shape to meet the needs of peace-time commerce, if and when peace returns. Although this fleet numbered about 1500 vessels at the middle of this year, most of those vessels were; tugs, barges, .scows and small coastal craft. Only about 350 were ocean-going ships of 2000 tons or more. Consequently, ships now on the ways represent an increase of more than 50 per cent in the merchant, fleet's effective ocean-going tonnage. Result will be. in a i year or so. that the United States 1 has the newest—and hence the i swiftest and most economical— I merchant fleet in the world. I All things considered, experts figure the fleet now built, and building will be plenty big enough. Maritime Commission has standardized types for'all new vessels. 1 In theory, it would be fairly sim-. pic to have parts, plates, machinery, etc., made in quantity at various factories, the assembly job to be done at special emergency shipyards a la Hog Island in the last war. Five Brothers Compose Full Navy Engine Crew DETROIT (UP)—It is improvable that any man has given more sons to the navy than has - Clarence Bodine Sr.. of Detroit. His oldest son. Fred. 30. joined up 12 years ago and since has brought in his four brothers imt'l the complete Bodine contingent, in the navy now lists Fred. Ralph. Kelson. Clarence Jr.. and Cliff. The brothers comprise Uir engine crew of the U.S.S. Duburjuo and range in rank from chief machinist mate to third class fireman. The boys' mother died 12 years a^o. By Clyde Lewis COPK. 19»0 gr NEA StUVICt IMC. T. M. MC. U. S. TAT. Off You'd boiler give up calling names ai Dicky—his-cousin owns a sound truck!"
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