The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1940 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 24, 1940
Page 5
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1940 BLTTBEVILLI (AU.) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE ThL is nstmas Eve, There Shall Be BLACKOUT IN AMERICA Twenty-six years ago, as the tramp of mobilizing troops rang on the cobbles below, Sir Edward Grey turned from his window in the British Foreign Office and bowed his head. "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime/' he said. •Little did he know that his figure of speech would become frighteningly real: that across who : le ; contm- ents men would grope and grovel in blackness; that the .powers of darkness would drive mankind so far back toward the cave they would shrink from the light. 1 •• *• * *. •.y ' .• ;•.- :• . v ,:, ; - : .. , • , . . Even here, in America, we watch thedarkness deepen, until it touches the edges of all our lives. This Christmas, 194Q, will findmany of our young men far from home/This Christmas Eve, in thousands of fam- Hy groups, their absence will feeM't No one of us will not be sobered by thoughts of those we know in camp, or on the sea. Christmas will not be the same, this year, without them. So, this year, more than ever before, we Americans should reaffirm our faith in the decency and dignity of man. Everywhere else, the light of liberty has been* quenched or dimmed by the darkness of dictatorship. Here is the only window of the world: let us keep this window bright! Again, let us make Christmas Eve America's Night of Light •' "A- '-* #, last year, at this time, I suggested to my fellow- Americans that we light every lamp in America on Christmas Eve as America's answer to the blackout then just beginning abroad. Not in a spirit of boast- fulness, but in humble thanksgiving for our freedom —and as a symbol of our determination to keep it. Mayors and Governors issued proclamations. In great cities, and uncounted towns, there was such a blaze of light as had never been seen before. The people seized upon a suggestion that embodied-'their thoughts. They lighted their homes and their offices, their factories, their public buildings. Candles and lanterns glowed in the windows of lonely herders' shacks—and huge buildings were lighted in every room. Americans responded—and the Night of Light was born. This Christmas, we Americans face a world -even blacker than last year. A chaos, of darkness which challenges our every belief and hope. This year, again, I am asking our religious, political and civic leaders to cooperate in celebrating this second Night of Light. But proclamations are potent only as they embody the will and spirit of the people. Will you—whether you can light a single candle, or throw the master switch of a whole factory—will you turn on the lights this > Christmas Eve? - Will you—if you believe in what they stand for—keep them lit from dusk to midnight? So that others may see what we mean by the American way of life! So that we Americans may re-examine our beliefs! Rededicate ourselves to the traditions which made us — and the tasks which confront us! Ours is the last window of the world, will you light your-corner of it this Christmas Eve? SIGNED: LIBERTY INUGAZINK ARKANSAS-MISSOURI POWER CORP

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