The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 17, 1940 · Page 4
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PAGE FOUR THE BfcYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS * , . . .THS COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINEO, Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBURY, Editor SAMUEL P. NORRIS, Advertising Manager 8ote National Advertising Representative*: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second class matter at the poet- office at Blythevilie; 'Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Presa SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City of BlytheviUe, 15c per week, or-65c per month. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles, $3.00 per year,. $1.50 for six months, 75c for three months; b~y mail in postal zones two to six inclusive, $6.50 per year; in zones seven and eight, $10.00 per year, payable in advance. Expanding Hemisphere Censes Deft Eight U. S. geologists will be hard at work all this winter iii Latin-American countries studying possible n'ew' sources of minerals vital to hemisphere defense. One will make a three-months study of Brazil's manganese; others will survey chrqmite and manganese in Cuba; tin, tungsten and antimony in Bolivia. The results of their studies will be available to agencies of the U. S. government in negotiating to aid new industrial developments. In m a n y of these countries there are known to be untapped deposits of vital minerals. Their development will be a prosperity factor for the countries concerned, and a safety factor for the United States and all the western hemisphere. Spending S25.00& on this investigation is likely to repay itself many times in assuring that development is undertaken only in fields where it is worth while, and in discovery of hew possibilities for defense of- the western world with its own resources. National Swam Pressure Rues • The 'tires oi' national effort having been fed for six months by the preparedness effort, steam pressure at last begins to rise in Vhe national boiler. The adjusted index of the Federal Reserve Board now stands at iSl per cent of the 1935-89 average, an ail-time peak: . - . ,._,••• ..-.. ...",. .•': ' Building permits in 215 cities reached the highest November figure in 10 years, Dun & Bradstreet report. Retail sales of automobiles refuse to enter their usual inici-wih'ter 'decline; 'demand holds up.-. At'the very least, 2,000,000 new lobs have been filled since last August. And "ot only in the defense industries— the boom in those has' now begun to spreaa through other non-defense fields. Christmas shopping is expected to' be the best since the depression—perhaps to reach an all-time top. The machine is beginning to roll. It is hke a great engine on a heavy [eight train. When it tries to leave the station, (here is first -a lot of purV- ™*. a lot of spinning of the drfve- jvheel* and only a slow, «tatelv roll forward. But speed increases gnulual- >. taster and faster, and by the time *e tram leaves the yards it is getting up toward real speed. The defense effort is a little like that, e are now. and wiil bc , perhaps, until and early summer, in the stag, • where there is a great .deal oi' puffing, and the train moves but slbwlj^ Yet the year-end figures cited above show . that she is beginning to pick-up. That is no time to stop stoking; the firebox, the United States must key itself for several years of unrelenting effort. The firemen must keep the fuel passing, and they must be well : nourished and work .whatever time is most effective. The engineers must keep their eyes unswervingly on the road, day and night. The track must be kept free from bl^tructiohs, the bridges watched, signals carefully observed. Jt is encouraging to see steam rise at last i» the boilers, to feul the wheels move. But it's a long run ahead, and the orders read, "Faster, faster, faster!*' / - BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Publication in thte column of editorials front other newspaper* doec TK* hecefisarily mean endorsement but ia ah ackno^ledirroent oi interest to the subject* discussed. Laval Out; Flahdin In What have France! an'd the anti-totalitarian cause gained in the exchange of Fland'ih for Laval as second in command of the Vichy Government? On the face of things." very little, H anything at all. Lava] had been pro-Nazi before the war. violently so after 'the collapse of France, and so had Flandin. Laval was ah apostle of capitulation tc the dictatorships* as in the ill-starred Hoare-Lava! agreement to partition Ethiopia, and in the Munich Treaty; pianclin was dubbed "Gauleiter" in the Paris press in October. 193«, after his telegram of congratulations to Hitler on the Munich agreement, a riiessagc to- which the Fuehrer replied with Mahks. Laval and Flandin have been agreed in their condemnation of democracy and in their post-war efforts to help the' Nafcis. even at the expense of more hardships upon Ihe ' French ' people. Though it would, seem merely, an exchange or one dutiful •servant of Hitler for another, there is some encouragement to be found in so decisive an action from the aged and feeble Petain as the ouster 'of that powerful .-intriguer. Laval- It had .seemed for months that Petain wa.s merely a pawn in the hnnds of his Vice-Premier. a dignified figurehead for the Nazi tributary known a,s Unoccupied France, if he has now actually roused himself .sufficiently to fire Lava] and order him taken into custody, if tne dismissal is what it appears to be and not merely camouflage (Tor an a greed -upon change ,o Vice-Premiers, then Petain may be "capable of resisting Nazi control.' after all Obtaining release, of the million 'or so French war prisoners still held in the Reich has been he great objective of Petain's negotiations with he conqueror. To w in freedom for -these men, he lias made many concessions, and preached collaboration to his people. Yet he ha, been reported to have drawn the line on any surrender of French colonies to the Axis and, in ves- terday'.s dispatches, to havorefiKsed use of French Porte- for the senciing O f Nazi troops to relieve the staggering Mussolini, • If H comes to a showdown. Petnln is powerless, of course. He can oniy delay, hot obstruct. Yet Hitler will go far ,„ p , ayjng ^ ^.^ game of negotiation, to win what he wants bv agreement rather than by the use of force Laval 5 ambition had been to make France a nil-fledged member of the Axis, even bv means r child on their hands. U»uLs intcvci .miiiu ^tuiuci snail not 1111 111 Ii H Vfi p n T Ti * r*M 11 /-I -» * lieve ,j la | ... .. WLl 1 »oum as'soon 6c- iirct before "° Sam ' S as bl& sls n h ° l5 - se a»d ex- ^^'^^^Z^^ Chapman Catt. the famous feminist ' * Centennial ConevcKs ~.n ..V*F^MrA --tml^ii^., SIDE GLANCES COPS. 1940 BY NEA SERVICE. fNC. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1940 BY OREN ARNOLD * '* * WES SAVES A LIFE CHAPTER XXIV BAILEY darted across the smoke-hazed living room rn an instant she was enveloped in a black cloud. The force °l I* was audible,.like some gas y rel ^ sfed from ca "Not sleek looking, eh? Jusl what.d.o you expect—Hedy Lamair with your pork chops?" HOLD EVERYTHING By Clyd« Lewis other girls near Wesley ,~\ i ^n a literal stampede. S* ^S*?lt Ir^ h , uggta « •ne side and clawing , . - hls shoulder like a drowning .person. Two others were sobbing in weird little hysterical noises even' as they fled and one girl jumped, insanely, onto a chair. The smoke-filled hallway, licking now with increasing tongues of name, seemed to hold Wesley spellbound. Ronnie had just stepped back to safety when Wes cried out. 'Mr. Bailey—where is he? Your father!" . Ronnie was coughing but she pointed through the smoke and shrieked back, "Upstairs! . . . There!" She might well have shouted tc Mr. Bailey in person, for his voice answered. In the crackling and roaring now he seemed very far off. "Ronica!"-he was crying in desperation. "Ronica . . . RQNica! Get out! Everything is burning! Its all around me and—" He broke off in a sudden fit of cough- Ing and gasping. . * * * had run to the dining room door, opened it and closed it He rah how to a second door at the end of the big living room, opened it a crack and slammed it shut, too. "Smoke and flame everywhere!" he shouted. "The hallway is cut oft'! Mr. BAILEY!" _ They heard no answer. Ronnie rah to the hallway door again anyway and would have' plunged into the black gases there but for Wesley. He jerked her back. "It will kill you, Ronnie!" he "We must—I—here! warned. Here!" over three hoi dogs—with mustard!" Army's Hostess Experienced, iciem, Not Always Pretty KT GERRY DICK NEA Service Staff Correspondent When the army inserted an ad in the papers asking for applications for the job of hostess in training camps, a lot, of people got the wrong idea. Thc replies gave the army a severe headache. Many applicants pcemed to think nil they need have twas oomph". Many indignant mothers, wives and sweethearts wrote in scathing missives because they objected to this "lure" of the draftees. Now thc cold, hard (act is (.hat thc army officials take this hostess business very seriously and have set {i high standard that applicants must reach before boini: con- By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE . with sidered. Oiggly-gurgly girlies are strictly taboo. This does not- mean that an applicant, will be rejected merely because her face is not painful to behold. But she mast, have far other qualifications than mere looks. The government,pay is good and the government requirements arc. accordingly hi^h. Each army training camp is to have an army .service club, run not by. private enterprise, but, by the army. Each club is TO have a senior hostess and two junior hostesses. The senior hostess must be between 30 and 50. must bc a high school graduate and must, have had at least three years' experience ?« 1»_ i *~ • ' I" • ».ii«,i i wt Ul V-VJJUIIIUH.1. hostess or ociiMvalrnt experience (Men's Hebrew Association He had glanced quickly around. Stretched diagonally and beautifully oh the rustic wall of this living room was-a Mexican serapiBj. a woolen,fabric" six feet long anil a yard wide, knit by hand in gorgeous stripes and pattern's. In oh arm motion he jerked it down. . On a table y a vase held ttvo dozen roses, a gift to Ronnie from Andre Girardeau, but Wesley didn't know thai Wei threw th'em out, took the vase arid poured water .over the crumbled serape In another instant he had put the damp cloth around his head and disappeared in the hall blackness He heard .more shoutings. He had a vague iiripriessfdQ oi the fleeing girls, but he kh'ew these hew noises were the voices of men He could hear his own shoes pounding up the wooden $tairs and when he felt he should be at the top he yelled again,' "MR BAILEY!" • Ai ^ under his improvised hood had become exhausted, especially when he opened a cra'ck to look out. He could see -nothing, and he dared not inhale. But he shouted once- more, "MR BAILEY!" • He still got no answer. The floating, death was tangible now. He could literally feel the soot as well as the hot gases, and up here the flames roared as if blown to a fury by some huge forge. This, his orderly mind knew, was due to a normal suction up the insides of hollow interior walls and up the well of the stairway itself. e knew that the stairs had been urning undeniea th because flames had touched his feet and ankles. A man can hold his breath a minute or more in emergency Wesley York had powerful lungs irom long practice iri swimming Opening his . eyes . brought only pain, no visual help. Hence up here on the second- story landing, Wesley did a 'char- ictenstic . thing, he paused to hink-^Hterally to. force calm rea- onmgr. Mr. .'Bailey had been i wakened in 'his room, no doubt He had thought of Ronnie and •un out They had .heard him call, and stop short. Where, then, would ho have been overcome? To Wes it seemed logical that Mr. Bailey should -be here on the landing itself, perhaps -within a few feet , even now. " That 'deduction took but a flashing second or so. Wes dropped tp. hands ari'd. knees, . -feeling'. He swung bhe leg in an arc, reached everywhere with ^ his hands. , "Unh!" he. suddenly gi-uhted, exhaling a bit He ha'd found his man! * "* * • JJE Picked kr, .Bailey ujp and eld^ him, a irhp form, while lie reasoned" again, ith'e stair would be too dangerous^ut surely ! therie , would be v windows ~ to his,; •left. Flames had attalcice^lhostly : from the right or east sUle of the building. Wes turned left He progressed by sliding a foot inr ° n br up the h* . 1 other and sliding again, thus avoiding obstacles. Mr, Bailey was fat, he recalled. Must weigh a good 160 pounds. • This left-right hallway, a sort of T-top for the stairs, proved indeed to have the dhd window that Wesley hoped for and reasoned it should have. Wesley's foot touched the wall and then one free hand touched the curtains and window pane. The window was closed. He reached up kicked out once, twice, thrice' striking furiously, then bent there and re-filled his lungs. The air he got was tainted but it was verily life itself. Next instant he yelled. "HELP!" Men below heard him, then saw him in the light of the blaze which how was overhead. '.•Kang down from the window!" somebody shouted. "We'll catch you and break -your fall! Don't jump!" He obeyed— by grasping Thomas y. Bailey's hand and draping him down this wall, which as yet was free of the fire. Five men were there waiting. They could almost touch Mr. Bailey's feet "LET GO!" they 'yelled. They caught the limp form and «. wo ran with him to safety. In another moment the rerhaining three had braced again to break Wesley's own fall. He recognized these men as army officers and mechanics from the hangars. He "Jaw Ronica and Colonel McDavid ,vith"her father. He saw still other men carrying furniture out of the living room at great risk, and rah forward seeking a way to help them. His car, parked near the -porch, had seen rolled to safety along with •hat of .the girls. He saw car ,,. ight.s .coming up the trail from >1 he highway and knew the blaze had attracted. passersby. . * '* * [JE ran _ back to. Ronnie and saw that Mr. Bailey was reviving. She told Wes that no one else was n the house, and. she was crying giile tryirig to thank him so that Wesley took her aside arid held her comfortingly as -one might hold little ;child. •/•_. The top of "her head caine just o his chih; and his strong fore- irm pressed across her back while he_ sobbed ..against his chest. He Jaze'd at the blaze now. •\vith a eeling of utter ihelpiessness. There vas no thing more a^^mari; could umed. The house was being cbri- CTo Be i Si?i OCCUpTatlon - Her ^ a - v will be bkieball-and football match- is .$2100 per year Jumbr hostesses es and .track team "events. The must be between 2o^and 45. grad- morale di^sioh wUl be :very pleas- ua -" -•"' ; -' •-"-••• •-•-- • -^--^ °° nates of a high school and must have had at least one year's experience as a hostess. Salary is SI620 year year. The senior hostess will have genera) charge of the club, provide and conduct all social and recreational features, such as games and dances, in which women' from the nearby towns may participate. They .will make provision, for taking care of women and children relatives of draftees who may visit- the camp. One of the junior hostesses will have direct charge of the cafeteria maintained for visitors- to the camp. The other junior will perform such tasks as the senior assigns to 'her. All in all. t.hc jinny will employ f)9 hostesses for 33 service clubs. Wherever possible, they will be .selected from applicants living near the camps who arc famlliai 1 with local conditions ARMY DOE.S JOB ITSELF TJHS TIME In the World War the hostess business was entirely in the hands of civilian organizations. But. the army thinks it best.to do the work a;s part of the army's job this time. Organizations .such as Y. M. C. A.. Knights of Columbus. Young anri EMPT-/ CHAIRS AT CH£iSTN\AS T , M. «&. u. 5. PAT. OFFT^"" COfR. 1>W 8T HW StRVKE, I?.'C. WELL,TROUBLES NEVER COME SINGLY/ | 6HT OUT OF TWE MOSPlTAL, AND HERE FR01AN/OUR PRECIOUS LISTEN-. "DF^C? ALL,GETRE/W YULE EVE! IF THAT , RESERVE A &7 AFFECTIONATELY, 3AXS < 'P-S, ANA BRINGS SOL) A NIFTY LITTLE BUT PLEftSS DON'T 9QV EGAD WHAT \'-': rr^r* /->- r^ rnrokcA, :\ G000 ? LO COLOSAL JAKE/ HE lM\JlTSsp E MlsiV IM T viTM A 8ATTAUON PuM WITH IT ± jBut the army wants them to rs- jtablish quarters in nearby town.';. The nrmy service clubs arc intended for the private soldiers .and non-commissioned officers. Tn these quarters there will be billiard tables, table tennis and other games, a room with a phonograph, a 15- jbrary and a writing room. The i large camps will have guest houses wheni women relatives of draftees jean put, up for the night, * -The libraries will not be n'm in i amateur fashion. The government is employing only trained librarians at, a salary of S260l» per year for | the big camps and $2100 for the other?. The large camps v.iU have n library of 5000 volumes. Traveling libraries will supply the smaller camps, in -every instance tne books will be loaned without charge. ARMY HAS A MORALE DIVISION | The nrmy has a morale division | j'whose wholo purpose is lo keep the | men happy and amused when the | days training duties are ended. This division is going to have j j a highly organized system for dis~; tributing motion pictures to all j training camps. They plan to have { tents cr real theaters, holding from 1000 to 2000 spectators, in each, cantonement. The plan is to pvo- vUlc the soldiers big-name movies, rus welt as shorts. A small ad- eci if- the spirit d'f team'rivalry can be. aroused. 'Elaborate preparations 'are also being made T to create a singing army. Recently the morale 'division sent out a tjiiestionnaire asking the men in the-regiilar army to suggest songs that were their Yavof- ites. By ah overwhelming majority the songs chosen were'clean, sentimental or romantic songs or rousing marching or patriotic songs. None of the Armentieres stuff. Based on this survey, the morale division is preparing an army song, book for the draftees. The men will be encouraged to go in for amateur shows. Often professionals will be found among the drafted .men. in a rookie at Camp Yap Hah'k. He got up. an elaborate.,show which was so successful {frith ite soldier audiences that it rin'ally 'went to New York. "City for. performances befo'r^ mere civilian au'diences, pai'd good money' to see it. Eigfii Brothers in Draft N. M. (UiP)—Mr. and Mrs. .?. H. Northcut't boast, of having one of the biggest "draft families" in the Rocky Mountain area. Of eight sons of draft age. seven registered and bhe : has volunteered. For "reserves" thc North'culls point to three sons who are under military age. the World War,' Irving Berlin wash'Vdustry. Women constitute appro'xirnate- iy 4C per 'cent of the half, million stockholders m the American steel THIS CURIOUS WORLD By Wimim LIGHT WHICH HAS THROUGH wirsioow Games will be cncouiagcd. There ANSWER: One year. .Each night a star vises about foui minulcs earlier, and in one year wiil again rise at the stinie time it docs tonight, : Do sponges haA r c skeletons?

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