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PAGE FOUK ___-_—^—.~— •*— —• THE BLYTHEVILLJG COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher HARRY A HAINES, Assistant Publisher A. A. FREDRICKSON, Editor PAUL D. HUMAN Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co, New York, Chicago, Detroit Atlanta, Memphis. Entered jas second class matter at the post- office at "Blytheville, Arkansas, under act ol Con- grew, October 9, 1917 Member of The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city of Blytheville or *ny suburban town where carrier service la maintained. 25c per week. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles, $5.00 per year $2.50 for six months, $1.25 for three months; by mail ontside 50 mile lone, $1230 per year payable in advance. _ BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, JULY 81, 1954 Meditations I shall not die, but live, and declare the work« of the Lord. — Psalms 118:17. * # * Whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire, This longing for immor tality? "tte the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to men. — Addison, Barbs It's nice to be polite, but giving your seat to a girl in a canoe & liable to overdo it. * * * Police took an Indian man to a hospital for observation after he poured cream on his head In a restaurant. We wonder if he scratched hi* coftfee? * * * Our present national pesttime — swatting mosquitoes and flies. * * * According- to a naturalist, some fish can gwim faster than an express train travels. Th« ones we've been trying- to catch, no doubt. * * * It's a vacation trip that makes loti of young people faS — in love. Plan to Widen Highway 61 Bridges Is Good News The Arkansas Highway Department's plan to widen bridges on High* way 61 in Mississippi County is welcome news to highway users of this area. For years, the narrow bridges now dotting the highway have plagued drivers, bottlenecked traffic and killed and injured no small number of people. The Highway Department has said a week ago that contracts for this work are scheduled to be let within 60 days. For the safety standpoint alone, these wide bridges will be worth every cent of the S20CXOOO that is expected to be spent on the project. Unsung Heroes The other day a touching little drama was enacted in the Ohio countryside. ^Two aging electrical linemen— the men who fix your power lines when they go down— were high on the poles .repairing the ravages of a storm. Suddenly, tragedy struck. One of the men was hit by a loose, swinging line charge with nearly 7000 volts of electricity. He was electrocuted The other, seeing the accident, climbed desperately upward to where his friend's body was dangling. He tried unsuccessfully to administer artificial respiration. The men had been inseparable companions at work for 30 years. It was the first time their luck didn't hold. They had labored together through long years, battling storms and their aftermath, risking their lives at great heights. Why? So you, with hardly a thought, could flick a switch in your home and have light, or television, or ice cubes, or any of the countless other things power brings. While they worked, these men may or may not have thought of themselves as heroes of a sort. Nevertheless, they were. And the largely unconscious heroism their efforts symbolized is something you can find again and again in the complex pattern of our modern industrial living. The men who run the trains and buses and streetcars seven days a week in any weather; the people who bring all kinds of service to your door; the men who get out and repave § busy street from midnight till dawn so your passage won't be interrupted; the men who do the dirty, dangerous jobs in steel i)iji]s *nd othtr b*«ic factoriet, these heroes all. Many may not like what they are doing, may gripe about it. and wish they were somewhere else. But the important thing is: they stay on the job, see it throug 1 no matter how distasteful. Without them, without their faith- ' ful performance day in and day out, this life we lead would be reduced to a chaotice shambles in a matter of hours. Let us offer tribute to the elderly gentleman who met sudden death atop a high pole in Ohio, and in doing give recognition at the same time to the unconscious heroism which shows itself in big and little ways all over this land every day that passes. VIEWS OF OTHERS Byrd And Budget Sen. Harry Byrd of Virginia keeps hammering at his favorite theme, balancing the federal budget In a time of continuing high expenditures, this question of paying government bills is worth urgent considerations. Byrd has proposed a constitutional amendment to outlaw deficit spending. His amnedment would force each Congress to remain in session until appropriations were balanced against revenues. The nation's bills would be paid, even if appropriations had to be cut or taxes had to be raised. The nation has operated in the black during only four years out of the last 25. The national debt has steadily mounted, until now it presses the legal limit. Byrd's proposal is drastic and probably not the answer. But it is a reminder that, sooner or later, this nation will have to face the problem of bal- incinng the budget and holding the debt within bounds. Some sort of long-range deficit spending has been that, in times of unusual expenditures the nation could go into debt for a few years and pay the money back later. But today, it is no longer logical to say—as we said during the Depression and World War n that big spending is temporary. Despite Republican campaign promises, government continues to be a high-priced operation. The Cold War cannot be won in ft year or two— perhaps not in several decades. Appropriations for defense and foreign aid probably will remain at their present high level for years. Senator Byrd's warning should be heeded. In view of inevitable big spending, it is encouraging to hear him talk of balancing the books and pay - as- you- go." It is time to think of where the money is coming from as well as where it is going.—Atlanta Journal. Ladies 7 Day Esther van Wagoner Tufty, who look* and sounds like a high society columnist, tells President Eisenhower he's having too many stag dinners and ought to invite in the girls. "Some mighty important women are making no secret that they, too, would like to dine and really talk with Mr. Eisenhower," says Miz Tulty. That would be a doe dinner, we guess, and it's appealing. Esther van Wagoner Tufty has a guest list, naturally. It runs from Clare Boothe Luce (Administration) to Babe Zaharias (golfer). If the last item has been called to Ike's attention we imagine that he has already rung for the cook. The Babe can break 80 right along, can't she? Anyway, she had a 72-hole score of 291 at pea- body, and that is what this Administration needs. We'd hope, however, that the ladies would have a more successful time with Mr. Eisenhower than a luncheon convey once had with Mr. Coolidge. "Mr. President," said one of the sweet things, "another woman bet me S50 I couldn't get you to say as many as four words to me." • "You," responded Silent Cal, "have lost."— Asheville Citizen. Sounds Better We have evidence there is a brand new philosophy being promoted in Washington. It comes from Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey. He says: "The people can spend their own money for their own account and in their own way for what they want much better than the government can spend it for them." For more than 20 years the people have been given to understand that only Washington had all the answers.—Great Falls (Mont.) Leader. I don't think there is going to be any United States withdrawal fro mthe United Nations or any occasion for it. Secretary of State Dulles. * * * I Do not think we ought to trade with communist countries until there is some indication on their part that they are not our deadly enemies.—Adm, Arthrr RadfOrd. * * * Nothing will help communism more than the break-up-of allied coalition and the driving of the United States into isolation.—Adlai Stevenson * * * The United States will not become a party to any agreement (in Indochina) which smacks of appeasement. Nor will we acknowlegde the legitimacy of Communist control of any segment of southeast asia any more than we have recognized Communist control of North Korea.—Asst. Secy, of State Truston Morton. * # * Now we (America) speak loudly and carry a feather duster.—Sen. Mike Mansfield (D., Mont.). We Were Just Asking, That's All! FTHl$ CONDITION WMATCDUiPBfe ECiSP "EVENT Peter Ed son's Washington Column — FHA Boss Seeking New Rules To Erase Home Repair Abuse So far, nobody in or out of government has gone to jail. Getting an indictment and pushing a fraud case through the courts is a lengthy business. No refunds have been 'secured for tenants who were overcharged on their rentals nor home owners who were overcharged for repair work financed under government insured loans. The .special investigation of FHA by William F. McKenna, deputy Housing and Home Finance Agency administrator, is about half completed. The plan is to wind it up by Sept. 15 or before, so that the government housing outfits can get on with their business under the new housing legislation to which Congress has all but given finishing touches. The Senate Banking and Currency subcommittee investigation under Chairman Homer E. Capehart of Indiana has concentrated on some of the worst cases of windfall profits reaped by the builders oi" multiple-unit housing developments. This was done under the now dead section 608 of the housing law. It permitted builders to borrow under government insured loans far more than the building costs of their projects. The excess they divided as dividends. Of the 7000 loans insured under this program, 214 have been reviewed by the McKenna investigation. This three per cent of the total includes the obviously worst offenders. The wind fall profit on these cas- es amounts to over $40 million. This is the juicy bulk of the scandals. There will be other cases, but not so big. The government was not defrauded out of this money. It was the tenants who had to pay $40 million more in rentals who got bilked. On the so-called Title One home modernization and repair loans guaranteed by the government, 204 complaints have been received so far. This is infinitesimal in comparison with the three million loans, valued at $1.5 billion, now outstanding. Of the 204 complaints, 87 have been referred to the FBI for further checking-. Eighty-one have been handled by FHA administrative action, such as blacklisting the lenders. And 36 cases have been closed because no action was warranted. There have been 56 indictments returned, involving 113 persons, some convictions as these cases go through the courts. This is only the beginning. There may be hundreds more. But nearly all are small cases, involving under $1000 apiece. The great fear that exposure of these scandals by the Eisenhower administration would give the entire housing business a black eye has failed to materialize. Furthermore, the investigation thus far- has not apparently shot to pieces the morale of government housing agency employes. The hope i$ now that with the mess partially ;leaned up, atten- tion can be concentrated on better administration. The immediate problem here for Housing and Home Finance Administrator Albert M. Cole is to put into effect regulations which will prevent repetition of the abuses under the Title One home repair program. Government guarantees on loans for barbecue pits, tennis courts, swimming pools and such frills have already been banned. It is recognized that regulations could be issued, so strict that they would dry up the home modernization business. That isn't desired. But license to defraud home owners under the guise of giving liberal profits to money lenders and contractors is to be stopped. The main intent here is first to make the contractor build to specifications. The responsibility for securing compliance on this will be left to the lending institutions and to private business in general. Detailed government inspection will be kept out of it. The government's main responsibility will be limited to curbing the banks and home loan institutions which day after day make loose loans that in the end add up to defrauding the home owner. Government housing agencies recognize that they have a responsibility to the home owner. But the present Administration does not wantto get into this so deeply that it has an army of inspectors okaying every contract the borrower makes, to be sure be gets his money's worth. the Doctor Says— Written for NEA Service By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M.D. Swim:.ling for pleasure (or to get cooled off) is indulged in by millions. It is a good and healthful sport. If there is no physical reason to avoid it, 7uch as a bad heart, if the water is not too cold, and if a few sensible precautions are taken, it is about as good a summer sport as we have. It is never wise to swim alone. Even a strong and experienced swimmer can develop muscular cramps, become tangled in sunken obstacles or otherwise get into trouble. Some drownings come from this kind of carelessness because no one is around to help or call for aid. Drownings also come from swimming in unsupervised areas whether they are ponds, rivers, lakes or the ocean. In many of these the water is deeper or colder than expected and they often have submerged rocks, step-offs, or other hazards. Tides may be stronger than swimmers. Diving in such places is particularly dangerous. Far too many reckless youngsters have broken their necks by diving, perhaps on a bet, into some place which they thought was deep but turned out to be shallow. Allergy to cold is probably responsible for some drownings too. It is somewhat alarming how many people, particularly youngsters, seem to ignore the old rule concerning the danger of swimming after eating. When a person eats, considerable amounts of body blood gamers around the stomach to aid in digestion and is therefore not available to the muscles used in swimming or to keep the body warm. Of course, a lot of people get away with this hazardous practice but cramps are much more likely */ur •ttlnc, And U they occur in deep water drowning is by no means unlikely. It should be a hard and fast rule not to go swimming for at least an hour after eating and longer if the meal has been a heavy one. ed to win a trick with the ace of diamonds, and he thought his trump holding would be good for two other tricks, but he was doomed to disappointment. West opened the ace of diamonds and South ruffed. After some thought. South tested the situation by leading the ace of hearts. When East discarded a diamond, the situation was quite clear. South led a spade to dummy's One experienced swimmer who has done guard duty told me that an important cause of drowning is alarm or excitement on the part of the swimmer who gets into a little trouble. The fear exhausts the swimmer and he is less likely to use his head in getting out of the difficulty. This is a good point. It never helps to get panicky when in trouble. It is a rare summer Sunday or holiday which passes without one or more unfortunate deaths from drowning. And the worst of- it is that these deaths are so unnecessary; just a little more care and they could have been prevented. • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Here's Spot Not To Double Your Foe When reasonably sensible opponents get to a slam contract, it doesn't pay to double them. You won't beat sensible opponents much, so your double cannot gain more than 50 or 100 points for you. If the double happens to turn sour, it will cost you far more than 30 or 100 points. , When today's hand was played, I West thought that he could afford ' to ignore this general rule about Avoidinf alam 4oublM. M* tipect- NORTH (D) 31 *AKJ 4Q763 4K1064 WEST EAST - * 1074 ^96532 ! ! VQ1096 VNone + A854 *KJ1092 + J5 *Q72 SOUTH AQ3 V AKJ8742 4 None 4A983 East-West vuL North East South West 1 jfr Pass 2 V Pass 2N. T. Pass 3V Pass 3N. T. Pass 4* Pass 4 V Pass 6 V Double Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—4 A jack and ruffed a second diamond, entered dummy with the K of spades to ruff a third nd, then cashed the ace a: -*g of clubs, followed by the ace of spades. Holding his breath, South next ruffed dummy's last diamond. When his ruir succeeded, West was reduced to his three trumps. South could lead his losing club, 1 and West had to ruff the trick. Now West had to lead away from his queen of hearts, thu* giving the last two tricks and the doubled slam contract to declarer. South would have made the contract, to be sure, regardless of whether or not West doubled. Hence the double cost West only 230 points. If he had beaten the slam his double would have gain- td only ftO poiiu-a. Henc« Wejt wa,s Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD—(NEA)— Behind the Screens: The Joan Crawford- Marilyn Monroe feud, touched off when Joan criticized Miss Crazy Hips' famous wiggle, has popped up again—and this time Marilyn strikes back. In Marilyn's spicy life story series running in London's Empire News, written by Ben Hecht, she hints that La Crawford's rage may have been inspired by her reluctance to let Joan guide her into the ranks of well-dressed dolls. Joan, relates Marilyn, criticized her for wearing a knitted dress at a dinner party at the home of Joe Schenck and said: "Will you let me help you with your clothes?" Marilyn agreed to make out a wardrobe list to be approved by Joan but the parted-lips film queen didn't follow through. 'Tor some reason," ihe explains, '1 couldn't tell Miss Crawford that she had seen my wardrobe in full." . Next thing she knew Joan was blasting her tight dress and torso movements in print. "Maybe," mused Marilyn, "she was just annoyed because I had never brought her a wardrobe list for her to approve." The Reno Chamber of Commerce finally shipped Alan Ladd the Silver Spurs Trophy (best western actor) he won for "Shane." Formal presentation was cancelled in a row with his press agents. A note reiterated the chamber's "sincere regrets at the series of misunderstandings" that nrade headlines at the tune. JOSANN MARIANI is the dark- eyed enchantress in Marlon Brando's life. A daily visitor to the "Desiree" set. ... Judy Canova, unhappy over the famine in radio and TV, has left her agent. . .. The Jean Parker-Robert Lowery marriage continues to wobble, with sporadic separations and rec- onciliations. Charles Boyer has found the play that will mark his return to Broadway. It's "The Sleeping Prince," currently a London hit with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Skip the printed report that Liber ace will wed a lass who's heiress to the Dole pineapple millions. Says he doesn't even know any such femme. John Huston, who Just doesn't believe that Ingrid Bergmann won't emote except for Roberto Rossellini, is baiting her with "Al- ouette," a French play he just purchased. It's about Joan of Arc and when hat Ingrid ever been able to resist playing the Maid of Orleans? There's a Broadway play, "Cinderella," in Lois Butler'* future if she decides on leaving movietown for the engagement. ART TODD overheard a babe tell her night-club playmate: "I think I'll have another drink. It makes YOU so witty." Remove Henry Fonda's name from the "They Hate Hollywood" list. He says it's not so. When Fonda set Broadway critics on their ears in "Mr. Roberts," the word got around that h« was through with movie acting. Back in Hollywood now to do the introductions and commercials for "The Star and the Story" telefilms giving- odds of better than 4 to that he couldn't actually beat. This sort of thing makes a player look very foolish and thus tends to hurt partnership morale. and the movie version of "Mr. Roberts," he told me: "I had no intention of quitting Hollywood when I left. Three great plays (Mr. Roberts, Point of No Return, and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial) just kept me away. I never intended to pull up stakes." Vanessa Brown, who will be leaving London soon to star in "Moll Flanders," knows a film executive's wife who constantly over- praises her hubby. A few months ago, the doting wife listened to one of her husband's remarks and turned to her guests to comment: "Isn't he trenchant?" Since then, the wife scarcely lets one of his gems of wisdom pass without murmuring to friends that her husb«nd makes trenchant statements. "Other day she telephoned Vanessa about something and mentioned that her husband was at the dentist's, "Trenchant mouth, I presume," Vanessa purred. 15 Years Ago In B/yt/ievif/e— B. G. West went to Little Rock today for a meeting of the Ark- Cotton Council. Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth Black. and daughter, Betty, will return today from Hardy where they have been vacationing for six weeks. Mrs. T. H. Haynes is expected to return today from Cairo, HI., and St. Louis where she has been visiting relatives lor a week. LITTLE UZ— A person might fust as weft i learn from the mistakes of others j —h« won't live long enough to j moke them ail himself. ' WITH ALL SORTS of worthwhile organizations holding them this summer, will someone please clarify the differences between a seminar, clinic, a conference and a workshop?—Jacksonville Times- Union. CLARE BOOTHE LtJCE, U. 8. ambassador to Italy; told Presi- ednt Eisenhower she is "optimistic" about Trieste — only the Redi were rioting. — Memphis Press- Scimitar. THE MAIN THING I've grown since taking up gardening is a respect for the people who make a living at it. — Ellanville (Ga.) Sun. THE MAGAZINES are full of tips for home purchasers, and two good ones to remember are that the ranch house should, if possible, be smaller than the t, and the yard somewhat larger than the power mower. — Asheville (N.C.) Citizen. "IT SAYS HERE the man was shot by his .vife at close range." "Th'-i there must have been powder marks on him." "There were. That's why she shot him." — Lamar (Mo.) Democrat. 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