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PAGE FOUR THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W.'HAINES, Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBURY, Editor : SAMUEL F. NORRIS, Advertising Manager BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.y COURIER NEWS 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. SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in thevCity of Blytheville, I5c 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-\veck 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 eon- fronted 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 .service. 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^al naval-, fleet speed-and big enough Co 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 like 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 of the world goes down in the whirlpool of war, America is building ships to-do the world's* hauling. They are a vital auxiliary of defense, and a hope for future trade and travel. They are a living demonstration that foresight pays. 70, al.asking divorce from her 36-year-old husband of 60' years. 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 interpreta- . lion of Holy Writ. So their children have been refusing to salute the flag 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, "1 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 .*..." 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. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1940 SIDE GLANCES On The Tax Trail The ever-sharpening hunt for more tax m one y is 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 tighl:ening-up r citing properties^is, . valuable as the Chrysler Building irT 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 y ea ,. s as _ sessors. 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 to a privileged position. SO THEY .SAY In America, if one would be respected, he need only be respectable.— Judge- Robert N. Wilkin O i Cleveland to class of new citizens. * * » The United' States is not escaping and cannot hope' to escape Hie profound consequences to our way of life which must follow the chaos abroad .-Chester C. Davis, National DcLensc 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. Wells. British novelist to Americans. JOPR. 1940 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. Belter Babies Commillcc last nighl, war relief tonight— •/ how about a little home relief ?" - IT IS BELIEVED THAT RATTLE- SNAKED /V\AV USE. THEIFi, ' n>URIM<3 THE PEOPLE OF= $•700,000 TOWARD THE COST OR THE •> OR '• THROUGH WHICH FOUR OF i THESE DOES THE EQUATOR. PASS Y AFRICA, ARABIA,, INDIA, SUAAATRA, BORNEO, AUSTRALIA, CENTRAL. AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, ANSWER- Africa. Sumatra, Borneo, and Souih America. NEXT: The magnitude of stars. ^olice Bit Confused By Excited .Help Call BOSTON (UP)—When an excited person telephoned police that "a mim has taken the gas pipe." an ambulance and a. squad of cars were sent to the scene. By t\vo-\Vay radio, the desk sergeant received the following report: "The fellow took the gas pipe, all right, but it's a then, not a suicide, and the gas is leaking. Get a repair crew here in a hurry!" Read Courier News want nris. Church Has "Hank Night" | SOUTH PASADENA, Gal. i.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. SERIAL STORY BY TOM HORNER • ii CHAPTER I 'JHE 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 from a gold and black sign — Dr. H, T. Connelly." He liked that 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 ne opened the door. "Martha! 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 in until 5." , "Five-seven, to be exact," the doctor reminded her as he bustled out 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. Don't you worry none about dinner. Just wait till Mr. Jerry sees that roast—" "And pie, Cleo?" The colored cook chuckled happily. "Yes, sir ... apple pie and ace 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 V r COPYRIGHT, 1640, NEA SERVICE, INC. back into the kitchen. Martha was beside him. s "You're early, darlin'." Then 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." pretty small lor it. But he rode it until he was 6, and both the twins used it. Good old Dapple Gray. Whatever became of th 3 t h^^hv horse?" . "" **~~~* "It's still in the attic." "We'll get it down, put it under the tree tomorrow night. Jerry Church Uses Loudspeaker CANISTEO. N. Y. tUP)—The old village church bell has been outmoded in this Stcuben county community where a loud speaker in the belfry summons worshippers to service at the newly-built Wcs- Icyan Methodist church. VES \ IS- \ / NO/TAIN'T/' WES GOT HOLT O r TH WRONG CAM . ... IS DRINK1N* DRV ' COFFEE/ WHICH AiM'T SECH A BAP MISTAKE—WITH CURRY'S COFFEE.' By J. R. TOIinns OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoopl I'M AFRAID WES 15 GJTT1N* TOO 1 WESTERN--WE DON'T COMPLAIN MUCH OUT HE AH, , BUT GOOD GOSH, WE DON'T EXPECT A FELLER TO EATT MEAT THET AIN'T EVEN BEEN] ' DOWN f J I'H TAKING BkCK A COUPLE OFQUAiNT/jf LOOK AT THE ^?( i FTHl s COL i AR SIFTS'/ t NEED THIS 60TTLE OFH/M* {{ SLEEVES— M Y Vi RT ME 1^ \POft\ADE ABOUT AS MUCH AS UOOPLE )1 AUHT f^UST THINK \\ BE POLLING BUSTLE--AND SOMEeODVJ/tV A PROFESSIONAL J>7 /\ MILK MUST HAVE SEMT ME THIS TOOTH J ' PASTE POR A JOKE — MV STORE: \ =ETM CALL FOR. 7 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 before the children come?" "Wow, 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 tonight. . . . This fire does feel good. "How about a glass of wine before we go to the train? I'll get it Cleo has her hands full with dinner. 1 ' He returned, quickly with two glasses. "To a very Merry Christmas, Mrs. Connelly!" * !& =S J/pVRTHA smiled 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 we miss them. Anyway, we've two weeks to enjoy them. Why it will seem like all the Christmases we've had together. Remember Jorry's first one?" Martha Connelly smiled, staring into the fire. How could she forget—ever? "You were so funny, 'Hugh." She smiled at the memory. "Decorating that gigantic tree for such hobby horse." doctor laughed. "He was; During 1039, the United States manufactured 4l9..088,225 pairs of shoes, an increase .of 7 per cent over 1938 production. he's forgotten all about it." Martha "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 aolls for the twins? "That was fun. And they liked them—" "But they liked Jerry's air rifle 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 train. I got along all right with my old suit," the doctor defended. "And will you ever forget how deflated we felt when I tried to play Santa Claus and Jerry piped up with: 'That's not Santa Claus. 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 ot the mantel, too. I found them downtown—one for eac>i of us, even Cleo." "Hers will have to be the biggest. She still chuckles over Jerry asking to-borrow one 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. *"" ^ 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?"- livered tomorrow. I have some perfectly hideous new neckties for you—" Cleo's voice boomed from the kitchen. "If you folks are going to meet that train, you'd better hurry. Quarter of 5 right now." * * * J)R. AND MRS. CONNELLY hurried through the crowded station. A glance at the arrival board told them that the train was on time. Five more minutes. Martha Connelly clutched the doctor's arm. "It seems like they've been, away for- years, I know I'll cry,-Hugh, and; I don't want to." • ,r!';-•-•.• "They'll be here in just a minute, darlin'. There's a train coming in now. Let's get up close to the stairway, so we won't miss them." Hand in hand, they waited. They saw a crowd of redcj^ hurrying down to the train snSfJt heard shouts, laughter as the' throng of college students came toward them. " The doors swung wide; the crowd closed in around them. On every side fathers and mothers greeted homecoming sons and daughters. "Merry Christmas!" ; "Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad!" "Great to have you home, son." Then they were standing alone again. A few older travelers, i salesmen, teachers, tourists, slipped i by. Martha gripped the doctor's i hand. "Hugh?" she whispered. A- lone redcap came through the doorway. Dr.-Connelly called him. "Is everyone off that 5:07?" He tried to make his voice-calm "teady. ..'•-. „ • • "Yes, sir," came the answer. They was all in a hurry. Ain'f. nobody down there • now." Th'" porter hurried on. Dr. Connelly's arms were around iiis wife. - She sobbed, pressing.her face down into his coat. "Hugh! Hugh! They weren't on the train. Something's happened to them!" ... (To Be Continued) Whrm the castiron plow was in- trocuiced in America, farmers ve- f'lsccl to use it. believing that the iron would poison the soil. - DISHWASHER/ WILL VOO EXCHANGE IT FOR SOMETHING INi A to Sun la Clans, but Ihc slork mistake'" ol Ibe Ictlcr by There are more than 750,flc|i| miles-of -improved-highways in thf; Urr.terl States. Norman Armour, above, U. S. Ambassador to Argentina, is ro-N ported being considered to su(i ceed Joseph P. Kennedy s& American envoy i 0 Great Britain. Armour, member of famed Cnicago packing family, is a vgteran. career diplomat.

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