The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 31, 1950 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, May 31, 1950
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V PAGE FOURTEKN BLYTHEVILLB, (ARK.) COURIER NEW8 HAL BOYLE'S COLUMN War Just a Memory? Maybe, in a New Era NEW YORK. (/P)—It happened in an after time. An old, old man and a small boy walked slowly, hand In hand, across a green field loud with meadow- Inrks. They came to a weathered stone sunk deep In the grass. Once there had been a name upon the stone, but wet chisels oJ rain through the years had chipped It away. And the moss had crept up. The man beneath the stone was now anonymous to any passerby. A yellow butterfly suddenly fluttered near, and the boy ran to grab at it. "Don't s(ei> there, son," the old man said gently. "Why not. Grandpa?" "Because someone is buiicd there." "Who?" "My Grandpa." "Your Grandpa, Grandpa?" said the bewildered boy. "Do you have a grandpa, too?" "Well, I did. Everybody has a - grandpa at one time nr another." "What was your prnndpa like?" asked the boy. "He must have been very old. Did he have a white beard?" The ok! man laughed. "No, he was young—about the same age as your father." "You're joking. Grandpa," said the boy. "Grandpas are always older than people. They can't be younger. I know that." "You see, my Grandpa died young —long before I even was born," replied the old man, patiently. "He was killed fighting in a war." "A war—what's a war?" "When there is fear between peo- .ple, it . "What is fear?" interrupted the smalt boy. "Never mind, I'll tell yon about that some other time," said the old man. "Today I'll just tell you about war. "Long, long ago, before the world became united, different groups of people used to get mad at each other, or afraid of each other. And they would kill each other; until they got tired of killing. Then they would stop and rest. That is what a war was." ."Were there many wars?" "Oh, thousands . . . thousands. My grandpa was killed in the last war." "When was that?" "It was back in 1D45. Let's see •—why that was 105 years ago." The old man knelt, unwrapped a small parcel of flowers, and placed them against the sunken headstone. "Why did you do that?" asked the boy. "This is Memorial Day," explained the old man. "Once a year, just to show they hadn't forgotten the men who died in the wars, people used to come and decorate their graves. The custom has pretty much died out in the last 50 years, but I . like to keep it up." "But if your grandpa was in a war and killed people he must have been a bad man," said the boy, gravely. "Why do you bring him 'flowers—if he was had. .?" "He wasn't bad—war was bad. He did what the other men of his time felt they had to do." "What did they kill each other with in wars?" asked the boy. "Oh, they used guns—they looked like that branch over there," said the old man. pointing at a dead limb that had fallen from a nearby tree. "They'd point the > gun nl somebody, and it would go bang- bang and kill him." The small boy walked over and looked at the branch. He picked it up curiously. Then he saw the yellow butterfly flutter back over Die sunken headstone. He pointed the branch at the butterfly. "Bang-bang!" he shouted excitedly. "Is that the way. Grandpa? Ban?! Bang! Bang! " "Come son," said (he old man. "It's time to go home. It Is loo late to play that game now." EDSON Continued from Page S back later to ask for more anti- segregation measures. Senator Graham has not registered a vote on the FEPC issue. Me was not sworn in as a senator until two weeks after (he PEPC debate ended last year. And he was ill in North Carolina when the first vote to limit debate was taken May 19. If in this situation, the Truman administration had lost Senator Graham over the PEPC issue, it would have been a real blow. In an effort lo clear the air over the FEPC and to take it out of the last few days of the campaign as an issue, Pete Ivey, associate editor of Gordon Gray's Winston-Salem, N. C., Journal and Twin City Sentinel, tried to build up Senator Graham's record. Writing to all the members of the President's Civil Rights Commission, Editor Ivcy got statements on the part Senator Graham had played in its dclilwrations. Chairman Charles E. Wilson of General Electric ducked (he question. So did Chillies Luckman and President John S. Dickey of Dartmouth. Lawyer Morris Ernst recalled thnt Senator Graham was a moderating influence in presenting the arguments for frnc-hialism and vol- untaryism. Sadie M. T. Alexander of Philadelphia said Senator Graham didn't even go part way on some of the cpmmission's recommendations. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., said the only reason the commission could not file a unanimous report was because of Senator Graham's FEPC stand. From Louisville to L.A. In a 7907 O.'r/smobi/e— Driver Will Fly Home LOS ANGELES, May 31. Ml— He didn't have to get out and get under, but Russell Cornelison of Louisville. Ky.. had to oil his car at least every five miles coming across the country. Cornelison, who arrived here Monday, was 'ctrivllig a 180i Oldsmobile. It took him six weeks. He would have been here sooner only— ''In dust storms you've got to oi Uils thing every mile. And did I sec Oust storms!" The car's maximum speed was 10 miies an hour, but it averaged nearly 40 miles per gallon of gas. Cornelison made the trip to promote interest In the Shriner's Crippled Children Hospital Fund ci route to the Shrine convention here He intends to fly home. Political Announcement The Courier News has been authorized to announce the following candidates, subject to the Democratic primaries, July 25 nnd August 8 FOR COUNTY JUDGE Roland Green FOR STATIC REPltKSENTATIVF L- £1 Autry Rc-clcctlon Post No- 3 John ,1 Cowan Kenneth S Snlcer Post No 2 E. C. "Gene" Fleeinan (For re-election Post No <) W. F. 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