The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 27, 1940 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 27, 1940
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FACE FOUR THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS • THE COURIER NEWS CO. ' ;. -' H. W..HAINES, Publisher - J. GRAHAM SODBURY,-Editor ' SAMUEL F. NORRIS, Advertising Manager — ' •-, •• —___ _.--|-i_ ' ,' '' ''..'._•-''—' -'-uV-' .-.'-_— _..-__-.. --T-I-, . ..--_.._, -_ ' Sole National Advertising Representatives : Wallace Witmer Co,, New York, Chicago, Detroit," Atlanta, Memphis. . Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday - - Entered as second class matter at the post- office at BlythevilJe, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)" COURIER NEWS Served by the United^ Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City of Blytheville, 15c per week, or 65c per month. By .mail, within a radius of 50 miles, S35)0 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 pei'year, payable in advance. Still More Engineers One of the 'little-discussed bottle-, necks of the defense program is trained engineers. After all, it takes from four years up to educate a thoroughly trained engineer. Yet there 'are thousands of desperately necessary jobs in the defense setup which require some • engineering training but may not require so overall an education as the technical colleges produce in four years. So 64 such colleges in 35 states have agreed to co-operate with the government in setting up 250 short, inten- - sive courses designed to meet definite shortages in jobs as designers, inspectors, and supervisors in the defense program. Where the need for such help is shown, and where the school has the facilities and properly quali- fied'applicants, the government will pay the tuition through the U. S. Office o!" Education. Some 25,000 arc -expected to study in such Engineering Defense Training Courses to (ill specific needs. It is one of the short-cuts which must be found in many fields if the tempo of defense is to be stepped up. More High Marks The coming year "must be just a series of new high-marks, new high marks in production, in employment, in speed and accomplishment of every - kind. The dials are set that way, and we must pass previous records in almost every field as regularly as a speed• f ing auto passes telegraph poles. It is good to see some, of marks already passing. Christmas mail, : for instance, seems now almost certain ; to ^be the greatest in history, ami all. records for air express are being broken, with 1940 the first year in which more than 1,000,000 shipments were made via this medium. The number of jobs .is poised to break through the 1929 highs; in fact, every record of this kind seems certain to be broken during 1941 — including the all-time record # for government debt. Keeping 'Wage-Price Balance The United States is ^' m , £ to have to walk a precarious tight-rope during thc next few years between prices and .wages. 3 We are not at war. and we may not ' be at war, yet something very close to a war economy has been forced upon us. In such an economy, prices of ordinary civilian goods tend to he- cause so much of national production and energy is drained off into war goods, that civilian goods tend to fall behind demand and thus rise in price. To meet these rises, wages must increase in proportion if standards are to be maintained. In European war- economy countries these relationships have been maintained by bullyragging and bullet. Democratic Canada is in advance of us in facing these problems. It has managed to keep a balance between wages and prices by a Wartime Prices and Trade Board. It is now setting ii]) conciliation boards which will try to keep wages and living costs in adjustment. Canadian experience, in these matters ought to be of the greatest value to the United States—we should chart closely the trail they have blazed. /r.s Always Afternoon, H ./ Neat little: villages built to order and exclusively, for persons over Go years old are envisioned by Lawrence K. Frank of the Joseph lAlacey Jr. Foundation. Here, generally in the warm south, persons retired from active lite on small savings, social security allowances, or pensions could find congenial company and a leisurely pace for their declining years. Here gi these peaceful liU.le havens, it would be always afternoon. With nobody but the clderfy to plan for, Frank believes, ideal little communities could be built, without .schools, with central heating and cooking, with golf links, movie theaters, and'libra- vie^. Would it work? Would elderly people like it? Is it a visionary and impracticable scheme? Who knows? But it's interesting, and it shows one of thc ways in which we may see things in the future which have'never- been in the past. Publication in this column of editorials from other newspapers does aoi necessarily mean endorsement but IB an acknowledgment ol interest In thc subject* discussed The Same Siren Sings Too Jrc<,u R ntly appears the not very Pica that .I' we would only declare war. peace would soon result in Europe. •In other words, if we threw our full weight >nto the conilict now. it would stop the fighting because a German victory obviously would become impossible and therefore we wouldn't rcKU JJ nave to get into thc bloodshed after all. • This is isidious. dangerous and. to sonic alluring. It would be more alluring if it were not for the fact that thc same Hue of 5 pcciou.s argument wn.s voiced once before within the memory of the generation now living. Back in 1017 it was heard. °All we ncecicct was to declare. That would cook the Kaiser's goose. We would never Imvo to .send a .single m»n abroad. The argument took, in less than 12 month. 2,000.000 of our boys were "over there." The cost of that for us was 126000 killed. 233800 wounded and missing, billions in money, veterans' hospitals filled with the iamc Ihc halt and the blind, and the whole story ol' those two years i s by no means yet told. " An individual or a nation can't be blamed too much for listening to a -siren oncc-but it will be nobody's fault but our own if we crack up on the same rocks twice. Let's kill this one in the cradle. —New York World-Telegram. What one fears is -so much more terrible than what happens.-Hcnry Bernstein, exiled French playwright. BY TOM HORNER SIDE GLANCES FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1940 • t^AiflHrCT 17--27 Hello, Benllcy Toy Shop? 'I thought we" agreed you'd send over a drum you could guarantee would break down thc day after Christmas!" By William Ferguson . CHANGirso OF CATERPILLARS INTO &<-J7-r&G>f=Z-/&^ tS OME OF= THE /V\OST VVO'NtDERFUL. PHENJOAAENA IN THE WOR£b OF NATURE/' EVEN SCIENCE (S NOT SURE HOW IT TAKES* COP A. 1MO BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. A-STAR.THAT IS CLASSED AS &/&S7* AAA.GKJ ITUDE \5 2-4- TI/AAES AS BRIOHT <AS ONE AW3f\J!TUDE- 'OW DO FOOr&AL-L- COACHES 1 USE *&SX^ £>O/=>&" BEFORE ANJ IMPORTANT r ,K opposition! inspil ' e over confidcnce in the NEXT: What deer docs not graze? CHAPTER II >R-. CONNELLY drove home as fast as the heavy, rush hour traffic would permit. "Now, Martha," he soothed, hid- mg his own fears, "There's nothing to worry about. There'll be a telegram or a phone call waiting for us at home. Kids probably missed the train. Could happen to anyone. Now don't get all upset No need of it." But Martha could not be comforted. "I know something terrible has happened. Maybe one of them is sick. But why didn't they write? Why didn't they wire? What could have happened?" "We'll know soon enough. Just wait until I see that young man. What I won't tell him about worrying Jiis mother—" "Hugh Connelly, if you mention it to Jerry ^ and spoil his entire Christmas, Fll-I'll— But what could have happened to them?" U was a different homecoming than they had planned. The holly wreath, and its bright red ribbon, on the door seemed to have lost all Us cheerfulness. Darkness closed an on them as they walked slowly from the car. "Cleol" the doctor called from the door, "the kids must have missed the train. They weren't on it. Any phone calls, messages? Cieo! Did you hear me? Any rnes- sages?" Then "Merry Christmas', Mom!" Hi Dad!" And two bright-eyed, laughin girls, clinging to the doctor, kissing him; Martha Connelly crying softly, happily in the arms of her tall handsome son. Everyone laughing, crying, talking all at once. And hovering behind them, Cleo, crying, too, and laughing. Standing in a half-shadowed corner, a dark-eyed girl, small slender, watched them. * * * TERRY was the first to remember J her. "Mother—Dad—" he interrupted the bedlam, "we've brought Mary home with us for the holidays— Mary Warde—she's president of :the twins'-sorority—" '•'•• "Both Sheila and Kathleen have written how good you've been to them. We're so glad you could come." Mrs. Connelly's kiss welcomed Mary. "Glad to have you," Dr. Connelly agreed. "Didn't we meet you II Jerry drew her into the family circle . . . "Mother- at the week?" Mary nodded house right after rush but before she Army Prefers Ri.age Horses For Cavalry TOiNASKET, Wash. (UP) — Shades of thc old horse-tradhnr days of the West were revived j here when army officers came . this little cattle-range town to buy horses for the cavalry. Lieut.-Col. William H. 'De:m of the remount station at "an Mateo, CaL supervised the purchasing activities and acted as final judge of the animals that were brought from near and far bv ranchers and cattlemen of the United States and Canada. Horses were led past thc "judging" stand. Some were rejected at 'first glance for being too stocky., large or small. After passing first examination they were inspected for teeth, feet and brands. Hasty inspection over, the horses were trotted by the stand and final selections made. The sale wa.s conducted on a dark, snowy day and ended with the army buying 54 horses passing ; before Col. Dean on review. I- UH-I JUST TURNED MV BACK TO LOOK AT TH 1 DRAWING AW I DOMT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED/ THR.EAD, ER TH' DOS SUPPED ' AM' RLMKST TH' HULL THREAD/ , C50SH—I'D HATE TO SPOIL A JOB NOW WiTH ALL THIS FIFTH COLUMN STUFF GOIN' 'AROUND ' A GUV WRECK IN' A JOB THESE DAVS \e> AS BAD OFF AS A BEARD AT TH' BORDER:/ By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major lopple NO, I DON'T TH\NK THEV'LL COMB HIM OUT—HE'S WORKED HERE TWENTY YEARS AND IF TH' ENE.MY ' HAS BEEN PAY IN' HIM THAT LONG TO DO SO LITTLE DAMAGE, WHY HE'S A BIS HELP TO US/ (i) f 1 GOLD BROOCH JAXE GAVE ME HAS TURNED GRseM ALRE — AMD T DONT L\KE TO WAVE THE RED FLA6 DURING THE HOL1DAV SEASON, BUT IP HE BHQM PANIN6 BOARD i.EVT NNE1EK 'SO-HO/THE 1<5> RUBBiMG CTOLLV , ^ . x ~ NAME OFF TME TfcuSTV > JACOB FROM HIS \2] LlST.'^ GUESS I'D i \VORLDLV GOODS }% BETTER DEVELOP AM AS EASY AS ._ AWwX^ I TOSSES* t. (U . ^^ „ , HHRVOUMGFROMJ ^VViLD PiTCH/JS^ ,T.«t KG.US.l-jiT.wr. CCTR. l»w BV NC«, SERVICE. WC. T, !«L REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. could answer Kathleen broke in _ "Mary's brother is in the Army, stationed at the Canal Zone. When we found out she was going to spend Christmas at school, alone, we just made her come with us' didn't we, Sheila?" Her brunet duplicate aareed emphatically. "Mary has just been darling to us all year, Mother. She's been just like a sister—" "I hated to break in on your family — " Mary began. "Not breaking in at all"— thc i doctor's words were sincere — "just gives me an extra daughter." '^'You alt arc awfully nice—" "Cleo," Jerry ignored all oC them —"when do we eat? I'm starved." ft S: * ff TERRY explained their failure-to arrive by train easily, as Dr. Connelly carved the roast. "V a I— Valerie Parks— was driving home. She lives just about 50 miles up the river. She wanted us to come along, so we piled in. She had to rush on, but she'll be here Christmas." Educator Puts Best of Slang Into Language EAST 'LANSING. Midi. (UP) Choice bi;s of American slan?. heard from thp pulpit to the playground and from me White House to ihe tenement, .soon may be taugnt in coliecc curricula, according lo Prof. Anders Orbeck of the Michigan Slate College English department. Dr. Ovbock. who terms slang the "legit imn-.? and necessary development ol any langausc. 1 '" bases lus prophesy on the morr realistic ai- iUucie unvarc! .310 teaching- of the English langu^e today. "Valerie's a grand person, 1 ' Mary said. "I know you will like her." "She's not so much," Kathleen put in. "Drives a big car, has a half dozen fur. coats—but I do her French for her—and she's supposed to be a Junior." "And when she starts 'lowlj pledge'~ing me," Shelia added I m going to muss up her mascar someday. You don't have to live with her, Jerry." "Val's swell. Mary thinks so, and she's lived with her for almost a year. You just can't take it, kid—' "I'm sure we'll enjoy knowing Valerie," Mrs. Connelly closed the subject. "Cleo has spent all afternoon on this dinner. I'm not going to let it get cold while you argue.' * * '* .' ;v i:'-' ; 'JTHE four of'them—Jerry; iMary, Sheila and Kathleen -^ dashed out of the house immediately after dinner. ."Christmas shoppmg! -Got to get you a necktie,' Dadi' i; r : '"'' "Nice girl, that Mary," thc doctor commented as he settled himself before the fire, lighted a favorite pipe. "I know I'm being 'selfish Hugh," Martha said. "But I had hoped we'd be alone—just the family. But now that she's here—" ''Now that she's here, we're going to see that she has a good lime, that she 'never i'eels for a minute that she's intruding. Martha, darlin', the child is alone; she has only a brother. Mother and father are dead. Jerry told me She's been nice to the twins. It's up to us to make her happy this Christmas. "Don't forget what it would have meant to you, in 1918, to have had someone to go to. We couldn't afford to send you out to your parents . . ." "f know, Hugh, only too well And don't worry, if Mary doesn't enjoy the holidays, it will be no fault of mine. I'll get some gifts for her tomorrow t * * QH.RISTMAS Eve in the Connolly home was ritual. At least it always had been. There was thc tree to trim. That was the doctor'* task, and Kathleen had always nelped. Sheila had the house to cccoratc and Jerry collected the i pits, placed them all beneath the tree. Martha was general super- I visor. And then, late in the evening, Jerry and his father distributed the doctor's gifts to his friends and patients. There were Christmas baskets to deliver, 15 or 20 of them—to the family down by the river, on the hill farm—those two had been going ever since Jerry could remember. A box of books to the county Vi*-if-r-ii4-«l- _1 _* i ... *" . -- ——"" *" uiv. wuuuLy hospital; checks—to this family and that. For years it had been Jerrys greatest privilege to accompany his father on this annual tour. Sheila and Kathleen might beg to go along, but the honor was Jerry's and his alone. Tonight, however, there was something wrong. Dr. Connelly sensed it, even before he brought m^the huge Christmas tree. "Sorry, can't help you tonight, Dad/' Kathleen announced. "Bill Runyan is up from school with Tim Scott Sheila and I, won't be in until late." "You'll have to count me out, too. Dad," Jerry added. "Promised Val I'd be over. Bus leaves at 9 and.I'll catch the 3 o'clock train back. How about wearing your tux tie?" Protests would have been useless, the doctor knew. Jerry and the twins had made their plans, and somehow he and Martha were not included in them. Perhaps he had counted too much on keeping things just as they always had been. Jerry was grown- now, he'd be finishing medical school in two more years. Youth can't be governed by routine. He explained all this to Martha, after the door had slammed behind the children. He was trying to convince her—and himself. "Well, this isn't getting the tree trimmed," he said at last. "Got a lot of things to do—alone—and we'd better start on them." "May I help, Doctor? I haven't trimmed a tree since I was a little girl/ 7 Mary had come down the stairs, unnoticed. "Sure—sure, Mary. Glad to have you. Thought you'd be going out, too. You're not sick, are you?" She smiled, a soft, warming smite, strangely similar to Martha's. "I can have dates every nght at school," she said, "but I can trim a Christmas tree only once a year. How do we begin?" (To Be Continued) When passin tuary on t he Gaspe Peninsula, steamers silence their' whistles lest they scare the birds. t.he sea-bird sane- When tethered anci fed on a new circus lot. camels pluck all thc thistles within reach before beginning on their hay. FIJNNY BUSJUNESS "The laj son anci 0 of Milion, Add i- .' and MacCaulcy is j 1 for the current i .s]:cc;,h huu \vriiing.s of the pco- f pic,'- Orb f :-k explains. "President Kooscvclt, i civ c.wmpiG, oircn violates conventional grammatical a result, instructors tn^ ; cn d more emphasize the Bng- principles. AS in n-o.siiini!;i and more in h'.-r th:iu n; Orbcck predi'.'is that the German laguage-never \vjil be spoken oy all thc persons in states now under German ru i c . despite the i normal tcndoacy lor a' language to iollo\v political boundaries. This was dcnioustviucc). ho explains, u'hen^ Kngh-:h submerged aiier thc Ncrir, t ui conc|ue;-ii. of Britain, only to rise again as the speech of the common people. "Bui why slioiild I salulc you? I'm in Captain Brink's ' company, not yours!" ^

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