The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1940 · Page 4
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PAGE FOUB THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W.'HAINES, Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBURY, Editor SAMUEL P. NORRIS, Advertising Manager •^' --... ..-..-I.-... ._. _ -• _,. • __|_| .-"..--I. L -|_ - _--. -. Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By 'carrier in thevCity of Blytheville, 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; by mail in postal zones two to six inclusive, '$6.50 per year; in zones seven and eight, $10.00 per year, payable in advance. Old Glory on the Seas Again Four years ago, when" the Merchant Marine ;Act was passed, some people said, "There goes a lot more money down the rat hole/' But now the ships are coming off the ways at a one-a-week rate, and they look good. They are putting Old Glory back on the seas on something of the scale of Clipper days, and they give the Navy the kind of auxiliary ship backing that it must have. Suppose the United States had confronted its preparedness emergency six months ago with no more foresight in . regard to ships than it showed before the World War! Then 90 per cent of American commerce was carried in foreign ships: we literally had no merchant marine worthy of the "name. Even when the new construction program got under way two years ago, the United States merchant fleet was 90 per cent obsolete. But because we passed the act in 1936 and began active construction in 1938, what a different picture greets us today ; Of 179 ships whose construction began in 1938. 84 have been launched and 54 have been completed and are now in , seryice. The fine new American ships are appearing in ports and on shipping lanes that almost never saw .the American flag before. When these ships are all completed, the United States will have a new fleet . of 1,500,000 tons, all , built to naval specifications, including the only tanker fleet .capable of steaming -a I naval. fleet speed 'and big enough to keep a naval force at sea indefinitely. More than 100,000 men are now at work in 23 American shipyards operating some 84 shipways. 'Most of these ships are unspectacular, but beautiful, seaworthy, fast, and efficient. The America, finest passenger liner ever built in the western hemisphere, is not equal in .size to leviathans Jike the Queen Mary or the "Normandie, but the usefulness of such ships is open to question, and for its size the America has no superior in the world. Two more such ships are planned for the Pacific passenger trade, both built so as to be quickly convertible into airplane carriers. While the shipping O f the world goes clown in the whirlpool of war, America ...is building ships to do the world's* Ruling. They are a vital auxiliarv of defense, and a hope for future trade' and travel. They are a living demonstration that foresight pays. 79 OUT OUR \V4Y BLYrHEVILLE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS Symbol And Substance .Common sense seems well on the way to solving the irritating problem of Jehovah's Witnesses and their reluctance to salute the flag. Members of this sect insist on a religious scruple that to salute the flag is "to bow down before a graven image/' an act forbidden by their inlerpreta- . turn of Holy Writ. So their children have been refusing to salute the ilag at school when others did so. Ill-feeling and some very hasty action resulted. In Rochester, Michigan, 19 such children have been restored to school, Probate Judge Arthur E. Moore having devised a formula agreeable both to school and parental authorities. It is simple: After the other children have given the regular pledge, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States . . . ." the Jehovah's Witnesses children give their own pledge, reading "1 pledge allegiance to the United States r.. ." leaving out the flag. 'Loyalty to the United States is what is wanted. Most people understand that the flag is a symbol for our country and make their loyalty pledge to it. These people's religious scruple being what it is,- it seems reasonable to accept the substance for the symbol, and base the test on their real loyalty to their country, not on their willingness to recognize its generally-accepted symbol. On The Tax Trail The ever-sharpening hunt for more tax m one y id now blowing its hot breath on the back of the neck of property long considered as tax-exempt because it belongs to religious, educa- • tional* or charitable institutions. Such exemption is a matter of state action. States are tightening up. The North Carolina Supreme Court, for instance, has ruled that property owned by an institution must be used for institutional purposes to be exempt from taxes. The National.Association of Assessing Officers has noted the trend toward ,such Ughfcning-up, citing properties jis. valuable as the Chrysler Building "in"' New York, which belongs to Cooper Union and escapes taxes as a result. Such tendencies in times of higher government costs are inevitable and they suggest that in coming years assessors and legislatures will have a job cut out for them to make rulings that will be alike just to the general taxpayer and those who have become accustomed tq a privileged position. • SO THEY SAY In America, if one would be respected, he need only be respectable.—Judge Robert N. Wiikin oi Cleveland to elass of new citizens. * * * The United' States is not escaping and cannot hope'to escape ihc profound consequences to our way of life which must follow the chaos abroad.-Chcster C. Davis, National Defense Advisory Commission. * * * Let's win this war smartly!—From a shoe advertisement in London. * * * You have the loveliest wines in the world, you know, but you don't realize it.—H. G. Welis. British novelist to Americans. SIDE GLANCE .COPR. ijxo ay KC A SERVICE, me. T. u. REC u. s. PAT. OFF THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1940 "Belter Babies Commillcc lasl night, war relief tonight J how about a iilllc home relief ?" - ° THIS CURIOUS WORLD B » William , Ferguson IT is BELIEVED NOW THAT RATTLESNAKES /AAAV USE. THEIR. THE /WAT! MG? PEOPLE OF= COPR. 194Q BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REC-U. S. PAT, OFF. : CIONJTRIBOTEO , 000 TOWARD THE COST OF= THE > OR : HROUGH WHICH FOUR OF THE5E DOES THE PASS? AFRtCA, ARABIA, INDIA, SUMATRA, BORNEO, AUSTRALIA, CENTRAL .AMERICA, SOOTH AAAERkTA ANSWER: Africa. Sumatra, Borneo, and South America. NEXT: The magnitude of stars. Police Bit Confused By Excited Help Call BOSTON (UP)—When an excited person telephoned police that "a man has taken the gas pipe." an ambulance and a squsirt of cars .were sent to the .scene. i By two-way radio, the desk sergeant received the following report: f "The fellow took the uas pipe, all right, but it's a theft, not a suicide, and the gas is leaking Get a repair crew here in a hurry!" Church Has "l$;vnk Night" SOUTH PASADENA, Cal. (UP) — By adopting movie house methods. The Methodist Church is solving its financial problems. It has weekly "bank nights." Only, those attending give rather than receive— a penny each. Church Uses Loudspeaker CANISTEO. N. Y. (UP)—The old village church bell has been outmoded in this Stcuben county com- ! munity where a loud speaker in j the belfry summons worshippers to service ai the newly-built Wes- j leyan Methodist church. - ' SERIAL STORY BY TOM HORNER • • CHAPTER I 'J'HE doctor hurried up the snow- covered walk. Across the street a lad of 10 shouted, "Hi ya, Doc!" and followed his greeting with a snowball. The doctor waved back laughing as he ducked. At the door he paused to wipe snow irom a gold and black sign Dr. H T. Connelly." He liked 1 ^ sign, but Martha and the girls insisted it was an antique. It was out of date. He thought of the day when he had first hung it beside his door 28 years ago. A wave of warm air, laden with mixed odors of burning logs and ireshly baked pie, greeted him as he opened the door , ( '' Mar ^ a! Martha!" he shouted. Thought you'd be ready." I am—almost," his wife's voice answered from upstairs. "It's only 4 o clock, and the train doesn't get m until 5." "Five-seven, to' be exact," the doctor reminded her as he bustled put of his coat. Ponderous, smiling, .black Cleo crowded her 200. pounds into the hall doorway. How soon my babies coming home, Doctor Hugh?" "Only an hour more, Cleo. Is everything ready?" "-Everything fine, Doctor Hugh. on t you worry none about dinner Just wait till Mr. Jerry sees that roast—" "And pie, Cleo?" The colored cook chuckled happy. 'Yes, sir . . . app i e pie and ice cream for Mister Jerry, cocoanut cream for Miss Sheila, and chocolate for Miss Kathleen—" No custard?" She shook her head. "No custard. You been having custard pie lour nights a week ever since September. Tonight I'm cooking for my babies!" Snatches of an old Negro spiritual came to him as she waddled back into the kitchen. Then Martha was beside him. "You're early, darlin'." She reached up to kiss his cool cheek. Didnt expect you to be home until the last minute. . . . Hugh you're cold. Come over here to this fire and get warm. What are you trying to do, catch pneumonia beiore the children come?" "Now, Martha, I'm all right"— he spread his hands before the blazing logs—"I've been making calls all afternoon; wanted to get finished so I could stay at home #• .copy*) cur, 1940, SERVICE, JNC. Martha Connelly smiled at the memory. How could she ever forget Jerry's first Christmas? You were so funny, Hugh," she said. "Decorating a gigantic tree and buying a hobby horse for a tiny baby " tonight, good. This fire does feel "How about a glass of wine before we go to the train? I'll get it Cleo has her hands full with din- - He returned quickly with two glasses. "To a very Merry Christmas, Mrs. Connelly!" * * * }Y[ARTHA smUed up at him, motioned him to the divan beside her. "Won't it be wonderful, having all three of them home—with us for two whole weeks? They've been gone so long." She found his hand, squeezed it tight "It will be great You've missed them, and so have I, more than we've admitted. It's fine to see your youngsters ..off to school, to be able to give them a college education, but it has been lonesome without them." "It wasn't so bad, when Jerry left; we still had the twins. But with them gone, too—" Tears clouded her soft brown eyes. "None of that, Martha," the doctor cautioned. "Wouldn't do to let them know how much \ve miss them. Anyway, we've two weeks to enjoy them. Why it will seem like all the Christmases we've had together. Remember Jerry's first one?" Martha Connelly s-miled, staring into the fire. How could she so funny, -Hugh." She smiled at the memory. "Decorating that gigantic tree for such a^tiny baby. And wanting to buy lor get—ever? "You were him a hobby horse." The doctor laughed. "He was pretty small for it. But he rode it until he was 6, and both the twins used it. Good old Dapple Gray. Whatever became of that hobby horse?" "It's still in the attic." "We'll get it down, put it under the tree tomorrow night. Jerry would get a kick out of that. Bet he's forgotten all about It." Christmas, next year—1918. skip tha . u France, Hugh, and Jerry and I were alone." "I'd just as soon forget that one too. Never spent such a miserable day." . . . Say, if you think I was crazy about the hobby horse, how about the year you dressed four dolls for the twins? "That was fun. And they liked them—" "But they liked Jerry's air rifie better." "And that bad year, when you needed a new suit, but Jerry got an electric train instead. That was foolish, Hugh. But I loved you for "Jerry had his heart set on that tram. I got along aU right with my old suit," the doctor defended. .'And will you ever forget how deflated we felt when I tried to play Santa Glaus and Jerry piped up with: 'That's not Santa Glaus. That's my Dad. He smells like ether.' "We've had a world of happiness, Martha, in. good times and bad. Now tomorrow— Say, did that tree come yet?" "It's on the back porch, and it's tall enough to reach the ceiling. The ornaments are all in a box upstairs. Cleo wanted to trim it today, have it ready when the children got home, but I knew you'd nevei forgive me if I let her You and Sheila and Kathleen can fix it tomorrow. And there'll be stockings 01 the mantel, too. I found them downtown—one for eac& of us, even. Cleo." "Hers will have to be the biggest. She still chuckles over Jerry asking to-borrow ono of her stockings to hang up, because he thought he'd get more in it. He couldn't have been much more than 5 or 6. "I wonder if Cleo will pull that Lawdy, Doctor Hugh! It's five dollars!' again. She's been doing that for 20 years now, and it's just as funny as it was the first time. Someday I'm going to surprise her and only give her a dol- *•»*»)> lar. .I'M AFC AID WES GITTINT TOO WESTERN--WE DON'T COMPLAIN MUCH OUT HEAH BUT GOOD e WE PON'T HKPECT A FEU_ER TO EAT MEAT THET AIN'T EVEN BEEW • KNOCKEP DOVVM WHICH AlWT SECH A BAD MISTAKE —WITH COFFEE' i-UNDERDON y T. *:*tg.' {;. 'a. p»r OFF! By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major~Hoople •( I'M TAKING BACK A COUPLE OP QUAiMT /-/LOOK / SIFTS'/ I! NEED THIS BOTTLE OF RAid //SLEEVES\ POMADE ABOUT AS MUCH AS HQOPLt ).( AU^T MUST ^MEEDS A BUSTLE — AND SOMEBODY }/I'M A WAVE 6ENiT ME THIS TOOTH IF THIS COLLAR PASTE POR A joKE CALL FOR ( VOO EXCHANGE IT FOR \<3OMETHING iKi ; sj~-^ZZ . . L/r—r/-i u \: fj!6 DAY CM 04£ EXCM^NGE- During 1939, the United States manufactured 419.088,225 pairs of shoes, an increase of 7 per cent over 1038 production. !^ "You'd break her heart, Hugh. She really is surprised every year. You keep telling her that it will only be a dollar, and actually convince her. That's Cleo's contribution to the Christmas fun." _ The doctor laughed again. "All right, Cleo shall have her check. Now how about the other things—" "Hugh, will you stop worrying?"Martha nodded, her mind on an- Martha scolded but there r "' anger in her voice. "Sheila's { Kathleen's gifts are wrapped, li den away. Jerry's will be j livered tomorrow. I have so perfectly hideous new neckties you—" Cleo's voice boomed from kitchen. "If you folks are go to meet that train, you'd bet hurry. Quarter of 5 right now. # * * JJR. AND MRS. CONNEU hurried through the crowi station. A glance at the ard board told them that the train j on time. Five more minutes. Martha Connelly clutched doctor's arm. "It seems 1 - —" »~«/ -fc^^ Jt-CHO* know I'll cry,-Hugh, and I do \vant to." "They'll be here in just a m ute, darlin'. There's a train cd ing in now. Let's get up close the stairway, so we won't ri them." j Hand in hand, they \vaij They saw a crowd of rede 1 -, hurrying down to the train si W heard shouts, laughter as | : throng of college students ct toward them. ' i The doors swung wide; I crowd closed in around thera.| every side fathers and motK greeted homecoming sons | daughters. "Merry Christmi "Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad!" "Grea| have you home, son." | Then they were standing aS again. A few older travel salesmen, teachers, tourists, slipf by. Martha gripped the doctSi hand. "Hugh?" she whispered! A- lone redcap came throj the doorway. Dr.-Connelly caj him. "Is everyone off that 5:0! He tried to make his voice ca steady. .' • . "Yes, sir," came the 0 They was all in a hurry, nobody down there now." porter hurried on. Dr. Connelly's arms were aro| us wife. She sobbed, pressing? face down into his coat I j "Hugh! Hugh! They weren'j S the train. Something's happel t to them!".... 1 | (To Be Continued) Wiir-u the castiron plow was introduced in America, farmers ve- fMsed to use it, believing that the iron would poi.son the soil. FUNNY BUSINESS Irl^J'^gS^Hja.!?;^ ™. Q" -y. "1 >vrolc to Simla Glaus, bill Hie stork yol Hie idler by mistake!" There are more than j miles-of -improved-highways i Urxtefl States. " I Norman Armour, above, if! Ambassador to Argentina, isJ ported being considered to s ceed Joseph P. Kennedy- American envoy to Great Bi am. Armour, member of fan Chicago packing family, is veteran, career diplomat

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