The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1940 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 23, 1940
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 10-IO Scene-Eng]ancl, Time-Cliristmas • •-••- Saddest In British History BLYTHEVELLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS One indication or the kind of holiday this is going to be is the manner in which people are shop- Ding, in evacuee centers merchants report fair business, with buying restricted to the purchase of one practical gili for each member of the family. In London's once busy Oxford sireei. Selfridge's huge department store reports .sales off nearly 60 per cent. On the third floor, which is toyland, there is the usual Santa Glaus, although that German origin term is now verboten. Even when Santa hands out simple little presents, the children do not seem gay. Nor do the mothers as they wander around wistfully eyeing tilings that are beyond their pocket-book:; this year. Once in a great while they may smile at some toy. but mostly they are too subdued for laughter. Wilson Society—Personal Uiuion shop windows probably aren't showing 'even this mucn during- the present Christmas season, l.asl year bkiukout re- Mrictums were. rekix<!<] enough td allow stores to K n this liy .J'AIJI, MANNING NEA Service Staff CorresiJoiident LONDON, Dec. 20.—This is the most sober and restrained holiday season in Britain's long history. Charles Dickens' English Christmas . . . tiie Christmas of "God bless us every one" . . . has been parlially eclipsed by lotal war. Darkened streets, where once all was ablaze with Yuletide candles and eleciric lights. Shattered, wrecked homes where once, no matter how humble, happy people gathered for the family party. Slient avenues in the cities and silent roads in the country where once children in clear treble sang "Noel. Noel." These will be the distinguishing marks of Britain's Christmas in the year 1940. Not even the Christmas of 1917, when the tight little island seemed almost battered to submission, could match the present holiday season for bleakness. All England is a Western Front, Usually at this season there is a great Hegira of happy people on holiday bound. Some seek St. Mo- ritx for Swiss winter joys in the Alps. Some seek the Riviera for warm sunshine. Some seek the peace of the countryside. But not this year. The hard- pressed railroads have to give over their ensines and cars to the work of distributing munitions of war, carrying soldiers to given points, and hauling food to the nation's scattered storehouses. Automobiles ' and buses have largely been laid up because of restrictions--on gasoline. ' - , NO HOLIDAY- JUST A TRUCE"--: •-.-^•- ••:-•-.' - : So this year from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day, the dav after Christmas, will be more like an industrial truce. Seventeen million men and women workers in the nation's ; airplane, armaments and munitions factories will stop the machinerv of war production for a few brief hours while they stay at home—if home has not been blasted—to celebrate .with their family. But it will not be a starvation Christmas. It will not be a severe pull-in-the-belt. mako-im-with-lit- tle Christmas such as Germans and Italians will have. Britain still has n long way to go before it begins to make serious inroads on the food stored in the nation's 800 food warehouses. Food Minister Lord Woolton. however, with a watchful eye on the deeds of German raiders, has been forced to impose more severe rationing of food than was experienced in the first 14 months of the present conflict. The holiday tables will lack some things that were commonplace in former years. Imports of canned and fresh fruits, i^-ceni. oranscs. have been stopped. The price of turkeys has gone up. The traditional Christmas goose w'll al*o be rare, and hiah in oricc. The ingredients of the usually omnipresent English plum pudding 5 —currants, dates, raisins, ftes. etc. —will be hard to find. But the food ministry has made some concessions to the season. People will be allowed double rations of vegetables and. far more important to Britons, double allowances of ten and sugar. Prom shear habit and also because of the heartening victories of the British forces over the Italian troops in Africa, there will be some attempt at old-time rejoicing. This will especially be true of the swank hotels—Ritz, Savoy, Mayfair, Dorchester and Claridge where the richer class will eat its Christmas Eve dinner, washed down with bubbly, and dance the hours away—unless the air-raid sirens sound. The large army of stage stars who have been doing 830 shows per week all over the island in the great work of assisting the morale of the people plan 1000 shows for Christmas week. The Americans left in London will not have an official celebration ; of their own this year. The Amer- ! ican Eagle Club, which has become tiie favorite haunt of the Americans serving with the Canadian forces here, is going to give a huge Christmas dinner party for the ; children of the east end. Have Ciiristmas Program The home of Mrs. C. L. Bird was the setting for the Christmas party given by^ the Woman's .Society of Christian* Service Wednesday afternoon. A large tree gaily decorated with the holiday colors held gifts for each of the 30 members present. Mrs. J. A. Apple, Mrs. W. S. Turner, Mrs. C. L. Bird and Mrs Hduston took part in the -program, which was in the form of- a devotional. ' * * • * Christmas I'ageant Shmtii At V. T. A. Meeting A Christmas pageant entitled "Messenger of Peace" directed by Miss Louise Phillips, with the pupils of the seventh and eighth grades taking part, with the Senior High Glee Club girls in white surplices singing' Christmas • carols, composed a very interesting and impressive program at the meeting of the Parent Teacher Asso-. elation, held at the high school auditorium on Thursday afternoon. The scenes depicting the "Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Night," "Mary and Joseph at Crib •in tde Stable," •" Nativity/• "At Bethlehem." "Adoration." "The Three Wise Men" and climaxed with a scene of "Peace" represented by every nation, and a pcem by Betty Jean Goldman representing' "America." Helen Jean Stoffle announced the scenes. Following the business meeting. :i tea was held nt the Home Economics cottage by the Related Arts class. The table had ti centerpiece oi red candles in log holders, intertwined with cedar, pine cones and holly. Fruit cake, cookies in shapes of trees and other Xnm« decorations were served, and recipes given by the girls of the Home Economics Class. The lli'v. Rex W. Wilkes ynve the devotional. Mrs. W. A. Williams and son, Jimmy, left FrM&y morning for Cape Girarclenu. Mo., where they will spend \.he Christmas .holidays with her mother, Mrs. .Matthew.-;. Mr. Williiiziw will join thc-m for Ohrfotnm Day. Mr:;. Earl Wrijjhi is in Phoenix, Ariz., for an indefinite visit with her :;ister:s. Mr. and Mrs. H. w. Allen will leave Saturday for Pine Bluff, where they will .-spend the holidays with their parents anil oiin-r relatives. Mr, and Mrs. M. L. drt^hum and small son, Jerry, will leave Saturday for pine Bluff where they will spend the Christmas vacation with Mr. Gresham's parents, Mr. and Mr.s. Lee Wesson and small son, Lee Wilson, will leave next week for Springfield, Mass., where they will spend the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wesson. Mr. and Mrs. T. B, Baker and two children will leave Sunday for Shreveport, La., 10 spend Christmas with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Junkersfeld of Washington. D. C., were guests in the home of their oou.sin. Airs. W. J. Liidwig Thursday and Friday. School was dismissed Friday afternoon for two weeks, for the Christmas vacation, to be taken up again on Jan. G. The teachers will go away as follows: Mr. and Mrs. T. E. McRae to Dermott and Conway to visit their respective parents; Misses Jeanette and Louise Phillips to Little Rock to visit their sister; Miss Virgie Rogers to Sheridan to visit her parents; Miss Miriam Holen and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Furniss to Conway; Miss Sarah Lewis Green to Memphis; Miss Katherine Coulter to Fort Smith and Houston. Tex.; Miss Mary Alice Stuttle to Poca- honlas, Miss Emilie Cummings to Prairie Grov,e and Miss Dorothy Miller to Knoxville, Term. Charles Cullom and John Enochs Jr. arrived this week, from Sewanee. Term., where they are students at the University of the South, to .spend Christmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cullom and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Enochs. M. Ford Back in Lilllc Rock To "Pay Debt Joy Of "Making Christmas" Their PAGE THREE vl ' For the eighth consecutive year, E. H. ford i.-; .standing on a busy <UTet corner in LiLUe RoL-k during Ui<- pre-ChriMinax .Seu.son, shaking u tin .vkillei in a plea for money to feed i he hungry on Christ m. -us Day. Why he kMves his work in Bly- iheville each year and goes "back home" lor this special Yuleikle charily was a .secret shurcU only by his family and intimate friends until four years -ago when n reporter discovered his story. It w:w .shortly after Christinas of 11)32 ihtu Mr. Fonl stumbled iuio a Salvation Army mission in Liiilti Rock— too drui ik to know anything. Hours later ho walked out sober ii-ul free of the clc.shv lor liquor lor the first ti>n»> in yi'ui's. T!K; diiinae in his lift; thai dates from that experience Mr. Ford sitri!wU:.s 10 the .Sulvntion Army iuui hv hu.s kept the vow made ihut day to always help this j>roup :ii. Christmas lime. K seemed impossible lo keep the 'Sate last year for Mrs. Ford was in the hospital seriously ill from injuries received in an automobile caused by si drunken driver -but sht< urged \i r> p'ord to aaujn repay his debt oven if the time could have been spent with her— and he did. Thi;i your she Ls able to walk "bout with a crutcli ;uicl a cane and she again urged him to carry out his "pronjise." When the last chart u basket Ls delivered he will return" to Blytheville to be with Mrs. Forcf and other members of his fnmilv. Steele-Cooter Society—Personal Demonstration Club News Notes Fanners Opportunity We make concrete pipe to replace your wooden - Bridges. All size*. Osceola Culvert Co. Phones 253 & 60 T>. S. T-aney Ed Wiseman I Osceoia, Ark. i The Most Appreciated Gift Dell Club Has Parry ' Members of the Dell Home Demonstration club and their husbands had a Christmas party at the club house Wednesday night. The club was arranged with Christmas decorations including a Christmas tree on which were gifts ror everyone. Carols were sung and games and contests were played. "Jingle Bell March" was one of the biggest entertainment features. Dinner partners were secured by drawing names. A chicken dinner with fruit cake and hot coffee A : a,s served. Before the group adjourned with singing "God Bless America," Mrs. Simon Smotherman, who is moving away, was presented a floor lamp by the club. Hostess to Bridge Club Mrs. Ralph Hall was hostess to three tables of bridge guests from Steele at a Christmas party at her home on Walnut avenue Tuesday afternoon when the holiday motif was carried out in the decorations. Mrs. Baxter Southern received the high score award, Mrs. C. C. Hazel, second high, and bridge award went to Mrs. Marshall Cameron. Pimento c h e .e s e sandwiches, pumpkin pie topped with whipped crc-am and coffee were served. « * « Hostess at Tarty , Mrs. . Thelma Thonmon was hostess to her bridge club of Cooter and one guest. Mrs. Tom Hopper at a" '"Christmas party at her home Wednesday night when the Christmas scheme of a tree. poinsetUa.s and candle wreath were used for the decorations for Die setting. At bridge the high score award went to Mrs. E. W. McCann,"and NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE Owen Zuck and His ORCHESTRA Sponsored by the Blytheviile Bachelor Club City Hal! Christmas Special! $212,50 ENGAGEMENT SET WITH 15 DIAMONDS 9 perfectly matched diamonds in wedding- ring: and G perfectly matched diamonds in engagement ring with brilliant center stone. H84 50 (AS SHOWN IN H.UJSTRAT1OXI 17 JEWEL HAMILTON POCKET WATCH IOK Coral Gold Case with l.rli^jcel numeral ;Ii:il to m-j.ii ii. $ 42 50 Same Movement with solid gold case 21 Jewel Model in .solid gold case BUY YOUR GIFTS ON CREDIT AT Pat O'Bryant Jeweler Corner Main and Second Sts. second high . went i 0 Mrs. Murcus . A Christmas crandlc salad was served at the close of the games and jfifis were exchanged. * * * ' Hostess lo Sunday School Class Mrs. Alma o. Copelnnd was host- ..ess to a Christmas party for her Philathca Sunday school class of the stoele Methodist 'church at her home in Cootcr Wednesday night ^Various . gmnes were 'cnjoved ..throughout the evening with yHts ; exclmnged from a large decorated Christmas tree. . * * «i ;Mrs. Burns Entertains I Mrs. Ben W. Burns was hostess ;lo her Tuesday Bridge club of Steele and one guest, Mrs Dick jNeeley at a bridge party Tuesday ;aUernoon at her home. high score awt\rd, hand made pillow slips, went to Mrs. Robert Steele; second high, :•. hand made, luncheon .set, went to Mrs. .Jolmie Rhodes; bridge) awa.d, an npron. went to Mrs. Ncelcy. ' RefreshinoiLs of chicken" snlatf. molded crnnberry salad, crackers, pickles, olives, spiced" cake with whipped cream and coffee was served. » * » Jim Hlnson is confined a(. the home ol his cltujghter, Mrs. C. D. Travis of Cooter this week. Mr. and Mrs. Fenner Russell and children left yesterday to mnke their home ut Huron, Tenn. Hoyt Ctirter went to Cape Gi- rVmlcau yesterday ufternoou lo got his daughter, Miss Geleha Carter, who attends college there. to accompany him home for the holidays. They were also accompanied by Misses Reva McCann, y. She brought in yofi toys. June Brown and Louise Beckhum' who ixiso attend college there to spend the weekend with their parents in Cooter. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Cupples, Mr tuul Mrs. RUS.S RlnehnrL and Mrs. A. D. Fielder spent , Tuesday in Memphis. U E. Cooper jr., who is attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Ls arriving over this weekend to spend tat huticiuys with hi.s parents, Dr. and Mrs. 'L. E. Cooper. The Coopers are ju;jt completing PENETRO HUBBAR& FURNITURE CO. on.} of the most modern new homes,-* in southeast'/Missouri, moving in'"-yesterday, this being a complete ^* surprise to their-son. - '-, '* l>eyon Earls spent Wednesday A ' % " in Memphis on business. He was accompanied as far as Osceoia by ''" his daughter, Loretta, who spent • Mi<? .day there with relatives. - .*"* Mr. and Mrs. Parker Coteman daughter Janettc and son Dick, of Long Beach, Calif., have arrived for several days' visit with rela- ., lives in steele and Caruthersville * : Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Robbias and" V son, Bill, and Mrs. Noble GuUinger ' spent Tuesday .In Memphis. ** ^ Mrs. R. C. Steele Sr. and daugh- ' -, ter, Miss Louise, of ChiHicothe \ and Harold Steele of Jackson, Mo,, ' are spending the vacation here with their sou ana brother, Robert - * Steele arid family. W. D Hudgens Is spending the ''"" holidays with relatives in St. Louis. . Mr. nnd Mrs. .film's Michie and daughter, Mary.'Anna, are• leaving' ' today to .spend the holidays in Ft* " Mvor.«. Pla., with Mr. and Mrs'. T. C. Beasley and Joe Marion - Michk), who are .spending- Die win- " '.er ihere. Then; arf about 30,000 crnlors , ^ tho vi.siblc Mirlac/: of the moon, 'COMPI,ETE*l]lNE~OF • •OFFICE SUPPLIES Call 16 DELTA OFFICE SUPPLY STOHK R.U. and Ash St*. SAVE 4£ J c on every ° r IM—T»nk ear to ye«r mr. (TsirMthyl Qu) JOYNER OIL CO. U. 8. nirhwmr fl. 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