PAGE TEN SHIES IK HIT IL-TM:HIEH BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Retail Dry Goods Association Survey Shows Business; Booming BY TOM WOLF NEA -Service Stan' Correspondent! NEW YORK, Dec. 19.—No won-' . der there's a polly, rosy-cheeked smile behind Santa's long white beard. It's going to be. America's merriest Christmas ever, with longer shoping lists than even in the Twenties, "Maybe," says Lew Hahn. the Wg, quiet white-haired general manager of 'the National Retail Dry Goods Association, which represents some 5700 department stores the nation over, "maybe we won't, reach, in cash volume, the Christmas spending splurge of 1929, but we'll be way over the lop in' the number of presents we're go- , •; ing to give." This seeming contradiction is primarily due to the fact that prices this .Christinas are considerably lower than in '29. The National Retail Dry Goods Association was in the midst of a special national telegraphic survey of Christmas business when Hahn spoke. "Cash volume of business, as far as our December returns show to date, seems to be anywher^ from 10 to 30 per cent better than last year," he said "Where it is 30 per cent better it undoubtedly exceeds Christinas business in • 1929. But* we estimate that the national average of business will be somewhere around 10 per cent ahead of last Christmas which will be a bit short of 1929." Last Christmas department stores < which include dry goods stores, merchandise .. apparel stores in the c Biggest Chrislnias -Made Ga\ nvi ^. ' J y Can Remember Unhappy Days walked around looking at the lights Service Staff . Corruipoiiclcnt family 01 upys who v.usu't content to follow their father's career as a mechanic in a New England industrial center, he tried teaching school, then went to New York determined to find an acting job. When the holidays came, Lynn was glad of a chance to put on a red suit for the Salvation Army By New Year's he had his [jr.st .small .stage role. George Brent and Ann Sheridan can loll on the deck of his yacht now and laugh about the cheerless Chnstmascs they've had. Dunn* Annie's .second holiday season in Movietown, when .she had been under contract to Paramount more thsm a year, the studio decided it was all a mistake and fired her three clays before Christmas. Today .she's enjoying a suspension from Warner Brothers while the company makes up its mind whether to double her salary Boy-friend Brent had a 35-cent Christmas dinner at a local lunch counter in 1933. A year later he- had wangled a screen te.st, and only the day belore Christmas they notified him u wa.s lousy. But by New Year's, executives had changed their mines and told him to report for work. "Heeling the Needs THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1940 O f Hi°h school section. The home economics section also had a round table discussion Geraldine Carrie led the;rfo^ur Home Economics Problems" m ",h^f \l ring " w:w lhc «»Weftt o the talk made by c. S. Woodard u « "^'cultural .section oi which H. P. Wilson is leader. Cannon Rail of '1812 Found NIAGARA FALLS. N. Y. (UP)— Workmen remodeling an old house here found a cannon ball believed fired across the Niagara Gorge in the War of 1812. Noticing' a jagged hole in one of the walls, workmen investigated and found the four-pound cannon ball imbedded near the floor. Raid Signal' Is "Sbuvejih- HYANNtSPORT, '•' Ma,i.- '(UP: —I Cape Cod residents fear Joseph Kennedy, u. S. ambassador fo| Great Britain, will install at ., T . summer home here the air raid signal he brought back from England. Read Courier News want, nds. f assembled foi Mr. McClurkin's address, three musical numbers wore given by the Broup. L. K .Haraway* wife cUs- cu-ssed "Advantages of the Pa.ssin- of the Recitation" -and Mack Kc-n- drick sang a vocal solo figures) did a December volume of better than a billion dollars. * •'* -.a The biggest spending — the 30 per cent increases—is being done primarily in ' those areas - where national defense work- Ls already underway. "Some indications point up the fact that Americans the nation over are buying a better quality or goods this Christmas," Hahn continued. "But spending does not seem to be for luxuries." New York area sales appear to be running about. 10 per cent ahead of last Christmas. * * « BUYING BOOM IN CHICAGO Chicago, Dec. 19. — Christmas buying is up in Chicago. Federal Reserve Bank reports department stores doing largest volume of Christmas business since before the depression. Sales -in the-four weeks ending-Dec.- 7_ were ahead of the corresponding 1939 period by i-> 6 per cent. The week ending. Dec.""? was the largest, .sales week since the week ending Dec. 2;i. 3929. * * • Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 19.—Industrial bureau of the Atlanta Chamber oi Commerce estimates retail sales in the city at $35.000.000 for December. Estimate for 1939 was $33 166 6GG, $27,606.606 for 1937 $ig'i6c'- 666-for 1929. Population increase accounts for much of gain over boom 1929. Kansas City. Dec. 19. _ Kansas City, typical big midwest town is feeling the shopping surge. According to the Federal Reserve Bank here, retail sales for the two weeks ending Dec. 7 were up .4 per cent over 1939. This increase is expected to build up, for the shoppers and- are now .rushing around in what appear to be record droves. The 1929 dollar value probably won't be reached. :|: « % -San Francisco, Dec. 19.—Sales of some of the larger San Francisco stores are running as high as ->0 per cent above last December In November the eight big downtown stores reported a .12 per cent gain against November of 1939 with seven apparel stores showW u per cent. FLU HITS COAST SALES Los Angeles, Dec. 19.—Retail buying started earlier and faster than usual in Los Angeles and southern California-and then came the epidemic of light influenza Trade suffered for three weeks, revived shaipliV as. 1 the epidemic declined about 10 days before Christmas and was expected to finish in a tremendous last-minute, rush Holiday buying begins early in this area. Consumer spending for November was 11 per cent above November. 1939, .but 22 per cent under record 1929. Retail nssocia- HOLLYWOOD. Dec. IB.-At this time of year, actors and actresses j —. »v.., U to auu in:LI esses ,-. _,, . are cheered by recollections of 4 c clmstl ^s Day John Bly- dreary Christmases in their pasts. stone ' s m °ther asked him to dinner. _, . ---,- ..... u»ii_ii jjtioux It isn t that they deliberately revel in unhappy experiences; it's just that such lurking memories like a howling blizzard outside a snug- cabin, make them feel more gratefully secure. And no other group of people in the world, probably, has such , contrasting stories. Take Tyrone Power: His dis- tlnguished father died'in December of 1930, and the following year was a tough one for the saddened struggling youngster. By Christmas of 1931 lie was flat broke in Hollywood, had an eviction notice from an apartment hoifse manager, and couldn't even o-et his trunk. Six years later, Power bought the apartment house A GIFT FOR CAKKADINE John Carradine was the gloomiest figure ever to pace the' streets of Talkictown. Shabby, cadaverous- looking, he did pace them, and he talked to himself — mumbling Shakespeare on an empty stomach. People regarded him- as an amusing eccentric. For eight suc- cessivc Christmas Eves, Carradine tion reports, based on the Federal Reserve Index, indicate December sales here will be well above any previous December since wg* November, 1940, index was 99—a high for the year by 1Q points. and tinsel, or hovered over of o a cup _., — —••*,*. i* i. m> 'oltce in some boulevard cafe- He remembers that better than anything else in the eight years There was a present for him on the tree. And he cried WHY GARFIELD SETTLED DOWN A g Negro Teachers Attend Meeting Held At Osceola Approximately 65 negro teachers attended the quarterly meeting oi the Mississippi County Teachers Association in Osceola Saturday The departmental meetings were held prior to the general assembly when W. D. McClurkin. superintendent of schools, spoke on "Legislation in Arkansas" stressing that practical teaching in public schools i-s of more importance than favorable legislation. F. C. Turner, principal of Washington high school, spoke briefly. During the business session, Mabel Harris, ' of Armorel, was —,.., . , ^nuci nun-is, 01 Armorel, was ood many players will.. leH electecl pinnist for the association, eir touch breaks hnvo oiv™ Sale of Christmas seals was nrwrt you their tough breaks have given j^i mtu uuuyu oreaKs nave given * ^m^unus seats was urged them a capacity for emotionalism. by A - E - Wile y. Jeanes supervisor. In John Garficld's case, thpv w*»ro L - M - Kara way, president of MI* w ^•••»w v*wfc.*Ll J£»3ll 1. In John Garfield's case, they were responsible for his career. He had been a 'problem.'-kid- had tried acting and other jobs' but was settling into the routine of a migratory "worker." One primary section in which o -O vear hf» mnrt* o «„„•„„ « ' year, he made a swing through the west, working awhile as a fruit picker in -the Imperial Valley, started home in November, In Nebraska, he fell off a , ' " • v. • * W J- i. (A freight with a serious case of brain fever, was cared for by a German farmer and his wife. Finally he reached New York at Christmas wabbly and sick at heart, and found his excursion had wiped out all his father's savings. After that there was no more irresponsible flitting and frittering hi the life of j. GarfieW. This year, Jeffrey Lynn is playing- Santa Claus lor a iocai orphanage, and loving it. His only previous appearance in the whiskered role was an unhappy , . « w vi * A 14 L 11 KVfJ \J V one. The only member of a' large WANT A SPITFIRE ON WHEELS? LAST TIMES TODAY TYRONE POWER THE MARK LINDA DARNELL BASIL RATHBONE 1 ^^^^^ VHI ^^^^^^^^^H^^B^^^VHiVHV^4V^^BH Varamouut News & March or Time ! 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