The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 12, 1935 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, March 12, 1935
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PAGE SIX COUK773B NEWS TUESDAY. I'-rARCH 12, 1935 Fanner Prepares Silk for Market LEBW5U Forty Per Cent of 'Nippon's 'Rural People on Disasi ler's Brink. t'ROOF TO 13ABCOCK-. The 'real story nf "Wliat's With Japan"— a piMliea}' caiiflM twc-eu the Nipponese militiirist.s and (Inanders, willi a crisis In vital silk huliislry leaving lier millions of |i<Mr silk fanners "In (lie middle 1 '— has just Uoen revealed in :i llioroughguinij research made by Fortune MaRimnc. lly s|i«-ial ur- ).iiiB<>i)Uii( \iilli llic publi.'.licrs of 1'ui'hnu', Oonrter Xeu's lliroui;!! Sn;vlfc llm stin-sy- t,'or|ioralion) Japan?.!." l)iuliicssiin.'H don'l. bc!- lyacho. 1 But you don't want to ton fouled by ilits face-saving. Just be cause a Japanese businessman daren't, howl is no reason to hi 1 Isn't in pain. Consider the Japanese r.iv.'-Mlk industry, for instance: You will sec nljoiit as serious ai industrial jam an you can find in the world today. Yon will Jam that i> • drsppnMc not only fo) Japan's raw-silk Industry, but foi Die wliole economy or the empire. When Japan was opened to work trade—U. wa? only in 1854, l:er—one of the vci-y nrst thins her precociously smart bus.lnfs.Mnsi <lld was lo buy the farmers' sir (they had bceu raising il for the! 'own uss since mythological l!rni"> and i-erell it to the world. The .Japanese farmer could Jh 1 on a lev; cents a day, he yludly ln:> till? ."smalbsl, medieval pay for 111 si!:-:; th: businessman was "ble ( Youth Whom Gypsies | A "' 1!Y oop Nabbed Seeks Parents] IT STILL IS ANYONE'S TUTTLK! ... Rv Ilamlin WHERLINCI, W. V», (UP)-A .youth who knows liiiils;!! only us Andy Smith, appealed lo niitluirl- lir-.s here lo find his parents, (rom years A Japanese futher and his Ur:y din :!i«ii. ... All ililnldiij! J»|):iiic:>'.> ure millions, throws woi's:.-. .sort through ih'jii'ianil.s of .silk corofj».s, [)r(;p,'(i'Itit< uoi'rh'd ax lh"ir plight, and Dial »l J-iipuii'.s tillHrr sllk- %(>l it witeJievably cheap und vin rierseli ino wbrld, Their cheap silk became Japan's hit'icsl, and \\-Uh their si.'k profits they set themselves up in hciavy industry, they modevn- S'/'-U both Japtin nnd Ihcmstlvrs. AMERICA ItlCIl MAHKF.T Meanwhile they kept selling sill:, and particularly 10 the rich, hui'.-y- lovlnj u. S. After the World War, ill? U. S. hat! such' a tooui us had iv-vsr b?en heard of. The glamoions ."ilk industry became more p.lnmor- aus- limn ever—selling -foil! time.', i'.v pre-war volume, and .soiling I Hi-s:e onormoiiH quanlltlos aiinos entirely lo ths U. 3. The Japanese businessmen, who controlled Hie silk trad?, look huge IIIT.flLs. On lliP-s;. und on (he profits from ilie.. other industries that silk had made possible. Japan became virtually drunk with the .splfinlai- o Iji;; busines.". Meanwhile tlie. acv.ia wising of Use silk remained on (h: tiny farms. Japin still paid the tumier Ills miulmum, mca'.'ival Wi^v nnd it had almosl forgollen thai !ils sill: was the foundation of the cmpira. . THEN CAMK I92',l Sines 1929 the boomthivc- II. S (hat paid 55 a pound for 88 per cent of Japan's raw oilk iuis become the iibnny-and-credlt-pinching U. a. that wonders how it ever got [bat way. It'still takes 00 per cenl of the silk exporlE—tlint !s important '.o rcmantsr—but it takes It cheap or' not at ari. So between 192D and July, I9S-1 l^e silk price plunged from S5 In Si.15. Since then it has creut no tc .about $1.50. nut trie Japanese Kilk- vnen ara stiU wondering whether ample. Silk is somi'iliDc.'i lli<; far-; mcr's only ciu;h crop and the only ' cash crop Vi« Is likely to Imv; Is a small output of rice. Silk Is alsn thj livelihood of some. '.100(1 flltitui'i'H i reeling establishments), big ynd small, cmiploy- Ir.g aboi:l 430,000 Japincso. .Silk also is the JivcHhoud <if several thousand middlemen nnd technicians of various sorts. Mitsui and Mitsubishi und the rest, have not brcn Idle. They HIT mo- bl'.c nv.Mi iiii'.l v.-on'l renv.iln .static \ for long. Willie they dufoiul lilt: silkworm on tin- one Imnil. tliuy ight rr.o revolnllon 01 ths im/xlc n the oilier, And [li,;)il It .sensa- loimlly. I 'AIIM t'ltOllU'.M ACli't't. BiHvccn 1'JSl und lO'.W ,inp:\n'.s •iynthcllc produtllni) l«i|)wi 18H :er cent, frnm •m.Hrill.Oon pound.', to. WO,flCO,flttft—nr HO fff:' mil of irie U, S. production. Japan's synlhel- sllk has become her tilled l.iri;- .'St export. last year the export value of Japanese rayon was $3!'.- CCO.UOa us agahi« SBO.OOd.OOH for nil 1 : •rflfc and S8l.c,«),i)mi for rolinn clnUi. "'he profit margin isr't lu'fii'ly ro greut as Die old r.ilk profits: Japan lids 10 import, her rnyon ra«- mnterlals. mil lh? business is tiill The. Net Result Puzzles'Ceii soi v> h'fivilty of Wisconsin ballistics nrl, said ri'.ccnlly in explaining ;:i'teiiil!i<: crlinn dolectlon methods. nhojj) IK wn.v kldn.ii>,?(l L'O ii by u roving Iwnd of gypiir-. In! v York City. Tin; y.ouni; mini doss not know ; true identliy and can only : gut', s ha Rge, He tin - m j('n<[ nor write, having been kepL i;iu of scr.ool by hl.s gypsy cajilor.-i, .except for a brief neiioolina in .lijltimnre, in enrly childhood, A y?iir >\y> lie|»d his : |O-I:T j)arej)ls In c.isteni Ohio 'alter :tn ui-gunicnt bstv.'cen f.vo |iii''iiib:'rs of the band rcvoaleil lo him for the first time lliat he had I. -n .stolon from the arms of liU inollKT In New York City. ti.m'3 llien he has been staying v.S'.li a family ai Kiish linn, O,, jiiii) I has ton v.'Orkin;- In sieel mills a! o. ! Youths', Girls' Cross- ; Country "Lark" Halted I AKHON, O. IUP> — A cross-1 cuiihtry "lark" that, lirotiglu twil yoinis Hirls und tht-lr escorls from Mar.sliiillluwn, la., io Ohio in at- stolen automobile ended v.iih tlie arrest of Urn 1 ? of tivj four by Akron authorities. Cluroncc Muniim. alias John K. Mian, was- held by police for lf:d- ifi-al (.'lifii'si's of Irnnsportiiig a .slol- (ii car inlcrstulf. ills "feminine companions, 20 nnd 17. ven book- id on stupicfon charges us riina- ^VAAAA-H/ ""' YOU LILLY-LIVCRC-.i I.EMIAN WLiO- NOW WHrtTO i'A 6 OWN A CO, t /( r ( I'LL SHOW VUH WHAT , &OWNA OO ways. Tlie olher was said to gone to hi.s home in Columbus O. ., { OH.' HO.'THIS S *. -fiue IT'S A j- |1 \ STICKER., \ / HUH —. ' t^.-..-"- Hie i"i\\-sllh inilu's- . Anil tls uiltlloiL< o( no Siifh •out" ;is Hie Mcamvh'.b workers havi finiuifiers. What is Japan io do silky H'ltat is .she lo do. riglil mm"/ Tin- silk Inlsrrsts. while llicy air. running »! a serious !ass, are'ob- viously rich enongii is sund the at! lor a lou» Unu 1 —If they have 3. Unl jusl how badly oil is Hi'.farmer we've iu-cnsrd t-!:^ii) of cx- ploltlng? Tlie fuel remains Unit the Japanese (nrnirr Is not only up those elements Hint he >s ' fo remarkably equipped to witli- staiKl. He happens iilso to b? up ngalnsl his (nxps. A typical iwo- and-a-half-icre fiumev with a -small irmltirry.orcimrd under cii!t:vation would have bscn lucky to set $5 fo: his c3ccans last year. And Hie average farmer today ovvr-s b.u-k- taxes and urlvnte d?bls nmoiinthi" to S50Q. they,can possibly have reached ti lt , I KXI'OKT TH.ADK VlTAf, bottom. And 1 you can't make mousy "" on raw silk at Sl.50 a pound. Having used the silk farmers us the lowest s'.eppingstone to ils Industrial Erenlntss, Japsn also laxeci them heavily, while going light on 'industrial taxation. And today Japan's militaristic government "taxes them .still more in order lo keen keen "-'« ji ^» isi swelling Japan's prestige with n=v-!i : " r a!) . a . r » °' er and more deadly war machinery and an agsr£:=lvc policy on the co-.i- tinent of Asia. So the farmer's taxis are almos'. ( ' =! ton we sell her). inevitably —• and dangerously — tu EXCIT '/® 'nic miswer is obvious. ^Thc fdvmcr's plight'is not only dlstrcsflng io him and bad for (hi '.uipijc's gcnei-fll psychology: it is ilso of imincdiaie hscnl roii,s;ti«ei)ce to the sliito. Tn the !nst tour vrnrs Japan has learned w':lh great thoroush- how murh slie depends on th? un:Uui tvadp rr-} Intionsiilp tetwccn Jnpm un;l fm-'. U. S. (she sells us run- silk «( about j wear alr.-ailv lias vvrinklrs 3S p:r c:i)t less value than Ihe nnv < ll\i- In-ows nf ln-arli cr-nsors would nrrears, nnd there b n linrd sj'tnlw! cf the fact: hs sells hi.s dansht^r.s to work in tl-.j smpire's cotlon mills. And very oft^n he sells Im'dsinh- ters iiilo prast'-tution. And when you have cocn nil this, 1h?ro- Is still wors?—tli; second ot Ihe Viard un'jlauioroiis facts of th? silk industry. KAVON CHANGES SCKNB In (hose fnme boom days wii;n silk had Its fanciest E«ccen5?5, ray-1 on—arllflcial silk .squirted out of I cold mechanicBi nozzles— ivns get- ] iin» up grsa", momentum. So far the-Japanese biis;n«sin?n. the Mitiui nnd Mitsubishi and Ihe several great commereia 1 liouses. hav; played their usual canny rote. Tftey have ccolly diagnosed Ih3 trend nnd have gone Into tli» rayon business themselves. . As a maltsr of fact, rayon sot its Japanese start in the early twenties . but in three short years, workinj | at their.usual miraculous tempo, s_ tb.?y have lyuilt japan jtno i) ); ! end lanast rayon producer in the : world (follnn-ing the U. S.), and (he i !»i?.les of Japan squirt their Warn 1 al) over the Orient, i intelligent Japanss? can ? calmly.acceDt. the rnlsfortnn? of ins * 18,000,CO!) farmers ,who. tend the } worm, ivho comprise 20 per cenl of •5 Japan's 'population. - 3 MILLIONS FEEL BLIGHT j Today silk'Is'produced on 5.200,. 000 ,pr Japan's;5,500,000 farms. It \ is thus ths whole Or partial livell- • Jiood of 40 per cent of Japan's agrl- i culturol popvlation, or oj 18,000,000 not caro 13 do anything thai might but vitally im- barm 1'orlom customer, Wlien you consider tlv Kovern- r.ifnt of Japan. Us inability lo r=lve (he s'lk pvobbm isn'i lVir:l to imderstenci. You nuisl v»mcm- ber tlm batred of ih.- lionilnanl _mllit:try elemrin in Hie o;,,| f o , (ho couunerclal clement. Dul ihe dominance of (be mill- lavy, with their reckless, expensive budgets. do?s not. alter the fact that Ihe Diet u slill am mat? |!o M:Ua:i nnd Mitsubishi Influence. j military tug in? longest, but ihe op? often responds lo the quiet Insistence of the biLsinessmen. MOM •trovcrnr.ietit conlrol nil?in help the silk Inaustry. There i.< in inicrcsttno inrnllcl lo Ihis li-.s- toi;: in our> nlt?tn::K lo loos j }fter r.ur own formers by l:nk?r- I :n» v.Hh price, aim iirwiiiclion 01' wheat. Bu; poople have to go on and there is no artificial incUislry to unlermin? our ian problems, I'omint; s iu« IhillKs in a sl fashiim, lir-acb poli 5o)is rt'ilucoit in luiteitwork on Hie t ie»t. Ne«- (Timlin] Dclcolor MADISON. \V:s. (UP)— Ear wax j can be useful in identifying a | criminal if he h exposed lo a ; dnuacleristic dnsl thill would s;l- lle in hi:; ears, pro'. J. 11. Mntacws, M ting wiifal Ce.rrier News Wnnl Ads rays ('KOSS inVKU VIA TTPTONVILTvE FERRY All \Yrallier Stnart Simrtcst route to UcclCool Lake, P.iilur.ilj. Kv., .Va.sli- villp, etc. Take II S. f.l to I'orlaBfvillr, Mn. 21 1IOUI1 SKUV1CK Son- Located at Iflt Xorlh Second ADDING MACHINE & TYPEWRITER SERVICE BUREAU DON EDWARDS, Proprietor AH makes of rtmiill Typevtrileis, Adding Machines .inii Calculators— Kepalriiij — Paris — liihixms MOMENT THE NEW SERIAL sginning Thursday, March 14th. in Courier News

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