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PAGE SIX THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBURY, Editor SAMUEL P.. NORRIS, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Represent*elves: 'Wallace ••Witmer 1 -Co.;''New York. Chicago. Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second class matter at the post- office at'.i BlythevJlle. Arkansas, under act. of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES" By carrier in the City of ..BlythevJlle. ihc uer week, of 65c per month. . By mail, within, a radius of 50 miles. S3.00 per year, $1.50 for six months, 75c for three months; by mail in postal zones two to six inclusive. $6.50 per year; in zones seven and eight. per year, payable •• in advance. 3LYTHEVILLI3. (ARK,) COURIER NEWS i Looking Ahead on DeJ'enw The first six months of our defense •effort being past, the United States can look back-without 'either complacency or discouragement. We have laid the foundations of an army; we have begun to tfear existing industry to support it;'we have .started to build a munitions industry. Let no man think that we have made., more lhan a beginning. The real effort is to come. Only about half of the national guard has been called up for training. Selective service has called - up a mere trickle. After the first of the year the real mass army will begin to assemble. Let no one fool himself that we can now merely rock along on a "business . as usuaF basis. It is simply not in the cards. What do we face in the coming months as the defense effort gathers speed and momentum? More and more homes will feel the direct impact of the drive as more and more men are inducted into service— the total will be a million and a half - by next midsummer. More and more offices and industrial plants will feel the effect of productive workers withdrawn for the army. Ever-increasing: demands for materials will uncover shortages. That will mean that some authority must decide, as during.the World War, which industry is to"geb this shipment of steel, that shipment- of' : copper. If "there i*T not -.enough steel for the war effort, for instance., there are only two solutions: useless steel in normal civilian life, or increase productive facilities. You may not like the thought of increased Centralized control, but as. shortages appear it will, be-either'that or slow down the program. You know which the people will choose. Increasing pressure is going to be applied to both;' labor and management to put aside personal advantage for the national interest. The only possible way to avoid centralized control of both is for both to co-operate in every reasonable way without compulsion. Longer working hours may come Industrial leaders like Sloan of General Motors and Robertson of Westinghouse -. believe they are not now necessary as !W as there is a labor pool of unemployed. But when a mathematical formula of facilities available times nif.M working eight-hour shifts fails to pro- diice what is needed in five davs, then six days must be worked, at least until additional facilities can be provided Jt Is almost a matter of pure mathematics. Prices will be subject to great efforts to keep them from rising in the face of every tendency to rise. Taxes are certain "to. increase, not only for the wealthy, but for every man, woman and child. .n ,shf.rt, \ve have seen only the pre- .irnjjiaiy beginnings "of our defense el- ion. We have no reason 1 to be discour- agf-d with what has been accomplish- oil. Hut cvr-ry man must realize that it is only a beginning. A great, defensive: fuive cannot be built with "laisi- i.-(;;;s as usual," nor with "life as usual," either. .MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1940' The. ti<>antu>& of J Possibly the most sickening thing iiboiu the totalitarian countries is their <:H</rt to paint war as a glamorous, <:V(Mi at! usliifilicjilly beautiful thing. it is not. ft is truu that while ga'/- ;ng into its grim face mankind manages to .show sometimes its best as well as its worst. But war itself is ugly and evil. A screwball Futurist poet in Italy, one Marinctti, lias now joined Vittorio Mussolini in apostrophizing the beauties of war, saying, "We are very happy in the atmosphere o!.' Mussolini's war." Tin's happiness of a 64-year-oid "poet" in Rome is probably not shared by all the poor little lads yanked out of their homes in Naples, Milan or Sor- renton to die in flaming Koritza. And fortunately, those peoples who know war ay a grim and dirty business always manage to do quite well in the long run against those who have been fed on a pap of its alleged beauties. 1929 h Not. Good Enough So hypnotic has been our remembrance of the "good old days" of 1929, that the realization has been slow to dawn upon us that those days were not good enough. Moat of us have realized vaguely that the high-water marks set at that-time are no longer any goal. Now that thesis is punctuated with great clarity by an American Federation of Labor estimate that 46,063,000 persons were at work in the United States last month. That is the highest number in history, save for a brief period from May to November in 1929 when employment hit 47,600,000. ihe u'.mljci of our remaining unemployed is roughly a measure of how much we must exceed 1929 totals to bring about true prosperity. How many rncmi.-byed there are today we do not know, but it seems likely that until well above 50,000,000 people have jobs we shall not be relatively at the 1929 employment level, though we are at the point of exceeding it in actual numbers. I don't suppose there ever has been a country m the \vcrld more generous than America has been 10 Brltain.-Lady Astor. British native of Virginia. Conciliation, mediation, and voluntary arbitration arc the marks of civilian the enemies cf distrust Grady. labor conciliator. and ion. They are force.—Eci Me- vius then an opportunity, n is now a vilal necessity.—President Roosevelt on the St. L?,w- ~?avay project. rcncc SIDE GLANCES CDPH. iWgY AlEA SERVICg. INC. T. M. RECX U. S. PAT. Off. *—and as a-special.present, please keep my daddy out f\i \«'i»>" SERIAL. STORY DUDE COLLEGE BY OREN ARNOLD .NEA SERVICE, INC. \var. TENTACLES CREERIINI© 7/lZ. FIRST PUBLIC MOTON PICTURE WAS IN PHILADELPHIA, FEB. ". 1370. COUNTRIES YRSTERIUY: Ronnie and W*>* continue- <<« »vuU-U i.onu u «d tin- man *!i^ jitcl. IVUcii Lwuu lrnv*-x i hoy roJuni (o th«> <unyon iionr! rtili* tlowri lo thi- jjluct- ili^y xn»v her rtUajijH'ar. There 1* M cuvr In tlu- I'anyon wall. Jinnni* reuM/en they fiure genuine duntfer. * * * THE CAVE HOLDS A MYSTERY CHAPTER XVII "JJONNIE, are you—afraid?" Wesley whispered that, looking down at the lovely girl. He gripped her arm loo tightly because of his own excitement. She nodded, then whispered back. "It is scaiy, isn't it? But I'll go in if you will, Wes!" "It appears to be just an ordinary cave. Like any of hundreds 1 can show you about these New Mexico mountains, some small and one —as you know—the great underground cavern at Carlsbad. 1 don't think this one will be very large." "No." "But it's late. Twilight is getting deeper, Ronnie. See?" The sun had dropped behind a peak even before they left the high cliff dwelling to climb down J ladders and rocks and then ride here. Rainbow Canyon was fast gathering a purplish, hazy sort of darkness. "Is there a flashlight in your pack? Or mine?" "No," said Wes, "But I have some matches." "Well, maybe—" "I could fashion a torch. It's not the darkness that bothers me. It's the fact that we saw Lona and a strange man leave here. Obviously it is some sort of, uh, lair. Meeting place. Some one else may be hiding there, which would mean real danger to us. I am responsible for your welfare on this trip and—" "Oh hush that, Wes! I came as a .friend, not as a student with a faculty member. And my curiosity is popping." "I'll twist some dried grass." * * * 'THE cave entrance was like an . eccentric leaning doorway, wider at the bottom than at the top. Wes, leading the way,.had to stoop to get in and Ronica stayed right behind him. He had taken his pistol in. his right hand but offered no explanation of. that. "Like Tom Sawyer," Ronnie said. "Or was it Huck Finn and Becky somebody, on a cave ex—" Wes ignored her attempt at levity. "Strike no matches where the light can be seen outside," he counseled, "lest it advertise our presence. The man can't be very far. away yet s and it is almost night." "Would you—shoot, Wes?" "I beg pardon?" He paused, half whispering. "You are creeping along holding a pistol, just like in a movie!" "Uh, often .caves have rattlesnakes in them, and sometimes larger animals such as bobcats, bear, mountain lions. I expect no such but it is best to be prepared. Isn't it?" He asked that last as a boy might do/wanting approval of his actions. "Of course. I just—just asked. Honest, Wes, I'm shaking in my boots now. But I'm not frightened." "I dare say!"' They paused together, relaxing in the moment of joking they had made, teasing.each other for moral strength. The cave entrance was a gray-light spot back down a 10- foot corridor now, and the young couple were but vague forms to each other. "I'll light my torch," said he, "if you hold it, Ronnie." He fumbled for a match in his pocket, scratched it—all at once the light flamed theatrically. The sudden flare blinded them so that they saw nothing. Then the flame, shrinking as if ashamed of its outburst, a dutiful burning and Wesley shielded it to cast a feeble/glow ahead. He still gripped his gun, ready. They stood motionless. Forms began to take shape. The corridor widened to make a roughly rounded room like many another cave eroded in the Rocky Mountains. The floor was fairly level rock and back safely under a sloping rock ceiling were four or five boxes suggesting luggage in size. Wes. and Ronnie stared intently—until the flames licked out. "Unh.-b.-h!" Ronnie shuddered aloud quite involuntarily, then forced a little laugh. "Golly, .Wes!" "I forgot to light the torch," said lie, inadequately. "Here, I have another match. I feel safer now that no one else is actually here." The twisted grass took flame and in a moment made sufficient light so that they ; could step 'forward. They glanced back once, then at each other, reading each other's thoughts. "No danger of being lost," said he calmly. "Only this room, apparently. No— no maze, or any such thing. Like one reads about." "Oh, no/' Ronnie agreed, too readily. The place was creepy to her; weird lo see and weird to contemplate. She expected almost; anything to happen. Wes was just standing and staring. "Well," said he at last, "this is it. And we still don't know anything. I feel, as a matter of duty and — and — " Ronnie was more direct. "Let's look in the boxes, hunh?" "All right." * * * HTHEY were not locked. Wes lifted the lid of the one nearest, then held the torch down close. There was a half dozen cans of peaches, so labeled; a dozen of tomatoes, another dozen of kidney beans, 'a metal container of salt and three of hard candies. "Emergency food such as any wilderness cache might hold," Wes stated. "Let's be careful not to move anything, lest we leave signs of our call. This could be just a cowboy cache, a sort of ranch field house." "You said there were no ranches in here." "So I did. That's why -I don't; think this—" He left his sentence hanging, carefully lifted another box lid. This box, of light metal, had been clamped shut and was larger than the first. He reached to touch fab- " rics seen in there. "Clothing," said he. "Man's clothing. Rather good quality, too. American style. Seems to be three or four suits, shirts, hats even. "There are other boxes like that, Wes." They peered in each in turn. careful to disturb nothing. Two more had clothing, and on one pair of trousers was a cartridge belt. Next box had a metal band around it, but was not locked. "I'll bet I know what's in that already," said Wes. "What?" Ronnie spoke in awed whisper again, stooping low and shading her eyes the better to see. He didn't answer. He merely lifted a lid. There in perfect order were three rifles, short but of powerful caliber; also 10 automatic pistols which Wesley said were of foreign make. Holsters encased each. And in a second compartment were heavy little boxes 1 of ammunition packed not as cartridges -• : usually come 'but in metal clips for quick loading and reloading of the weapons.' (To Be Continued) ANSWER: India, China and Siberia. NF.XT-. Bid cave men have dogs? Rep. Patman Offers Quiz With Answers To Voters i WASHINGTON «UP) — Rep Wright Patman. D., Tex., pursues a time - honored Congressional practice of molding a short \vn>k-' ly news letter of current affairs on Capitol Hill and distributing it freo to constituent n Pa Lhan. to make his voters better acquainted with their government, adopted the v\:\c and answers to his weekly letter. Recently ho had 101 of the questions and answers combined and inserted in the Congressional Record. They Q—How Congress? dates from March 4. 1789. to March 3, 1791. It had no practical existence, however, until April 6, 1789, both Houses permitted complete organization. Q.—Does the President appear personally before Congress? A — Only to deliver a message, usually at the beginning of each session. . . . Many messages are delivered in Writing and read to the Houses by a reading clerk. House's Growth Steady Q.—Has the House of Representatives always been composed of 435 members? A.—No. Under the first apportionment in 1789 r there bachelors when elected? A.—Two Presidents of the United States were bachelors when elected — James Buchanan and Grover Cleveland. During his first term, however, the latter married Frances Folson. -. He was the 15th President and was Lincoln's predecessor. Q-—How many of our, Presidents were slave owners? A.—Teii .men who have occupied the Presidency were slave owners. They were Washington, Jefferson, Madison. were only 65 members. The man- Monroe. Jackson, Tyler, Polk, Tay- bre increased each decade along i lor - Johnson and Grant. with the until, in increased 1840. the populations number of members totaled 232; whereas, in 1880. the house increased to 332, and in 1919 increased to the pres- Q.—What President, first had an automobile? A. —William Howard Tatt was the first President to make regular use of an axitomobile while he was Chief Executive, it ent 435. was purchased in 1909. Harding Q.—Are nmny~~bTlIs"~introducecij was the nrst man elected President at Congress? A.—During the first ^°_j^ driven a car himself, session of the 76th Congress, 7.957 Q.—Is. it possible for a dictator bills were introduced in the house. j to set control of our country under The nvmber now exceeds 10.000.' °« r Constitution? A.—It was to The largest numbei of bills intro-j ma ke a dictatorship impossible in duced during one Congress was l ^e United States that the people follow MI part- 33.015. in the 61st Congress. 1909- ! °f the Thirteen loni? ' have we had a 19.011. Of that number 810 were! wrote into ihe A.—The first ~ Congress | P assed anci became law. Original States Constitution so many guarantees of individual page of questions -when the presence of Quorums in By J. R. Williams OUR BOAEDING HOUSE with Major Hoopl Q.—Are many bills vetoed? A.- rlghts ancl Personal liberties which Not very many. During the eight.'' 10 executive can override without years President Wilson was -in of-j aeslroym - that document, flee he vetoed 33 bills; President! Q.—How many times has Con- Harding vetoed 5: President Cool-' gress declared "war? A.—Congress inO"f* 00 ot^rl Dr-A^i^a*^ f T-7nr\*,*e>T* 00 \ Mf*<: >^rioi_-n.^i -.»-»..i *.t •«-» _ • . approved only five acts formally declaring the existence of a state DI" war between the United States : anci a foreign nation. June 18. 1812. against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. . . . Cur government never formally declared war against Mexico, but on" May 12, 1846, the senate passed and the President approved house legislation which was'equivalent to formal declaration of war. April 25, 1898. our country declared war on the Kingdom of Spain. April 6. 1917, between the United Stater, and the Imperial German Government. Dec. 7. 1917. between the United -States and 'the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian government. Winning Candidate Pays For Posters' Removal NEWBURGH, N. Y. (UP)— State Sen. Thomas C. Desmond set an example for post-election tidiness. The re-elected Republican legislator. an advocate ol" roadside beau- tiHcation legislation, hired two men to remove all campaign posters in the/2,000 square miles of his district. The cleanup men were ordered to remove impartially all posters. including his own. from those plugging PLASTER SAO I NEVER o vetoed more bills than any other President, but! the bills were mostly private pen-'i sion bills. Whip's Duties Explained Q.-—What are the duties of the whip'of the House? A.—The whip looks after all legislation and endeavors to have all present when important measures are to be voted upon. When the vote is likely to be close he checks up. finds out who is out of the city, and advises absentees by wire of the important measures coming up. Q.—Was there anything unusual about the inauguration of Andrew Jackson? A.—After the inauguration the men rode their horses down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House with Jackson on horseback leading the parade. They used hickory stirrups on their sad- dies, hickory-bark brides on their horses, and carried large hickory clubs. The women wore hickory- nut necklaces and hickory-nut shells for earrings. The eating places served hickory-nut cakes. Q.—Does the President ever wear' a uniform? A.—Although the President of the United States is commander-in-chief of the army and navy, lie is a civilian. American tradition does not permit him to wear a uniform representing any branch of the military or naval service, Two Bachelor Presidents Q.—What two Presidents were presidential candidates both FIJNNY "BUSINESS * « "The camouflage''artist camouflaged my uniform last night an' I couldn't find it this morninLi- morning !'*_

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