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December 27, 1940

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1940 Soldiers Have Their Fun BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Problem Acute At Camp Benning, Neighbor in g Cily Wide Open RV I'ETE CKAIG NEA Service Special Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ga., Dec. 26— Army officers and • leading citizens oi this defense boom town hope to emerge scon with a long-time plan for alleviating local vice conditions brought on by the rapid expansion of, near-by Fort Benning. The real fifth columnists of the community are the women, camp followers who filter into town on pay days, do their deadly work in .silence, and then thumb their way back home till die next pay c:ay rolls round. And the extent of their operations will be known only when the monthly medical reports are compiled. Columbus itself, nearest tosvn to Fort Benning's 60,000 men, is pretty, well restrained, but across the river in Phenix tfity, Ala., has :. risen a problem typical of that laced by all large army comps. "Unscrupulous -and greedy proprietors have quickly set up shady establishments designed to take soldiers' pay with" maximum efficiency and minimum regard for the soldiers' welfare. The situation around Ft. Benning lias become so flagrant that Secretary of War Stimson himself has referred to its as an outstanding example, and Gen. Lloyd Friedendall, Ft. Benning commandant, has had to write Governor Bixon of Alabama asking for additional police help in cleaning up vice conditions across the Chattahoochee River from the fort. MILITARY POLICE KEPT BUSY More than 100 military police tour the Phenix City joints in a {lying wedge from time to time The whole district was once placed "out of bounds" for troops. But the cupidity of proprietors and the irresistible urge of certain types of women to go after soldiers' pay whenever it blossoms in great quantities have thus far balked all efforts at cleanup. Specially trained military police squads "ride herd" on the known joints on pay days. The police are stationed in pairs ir. the joints themselves and cruise the whole Phenix City and suburban Columbus areas in trucks, The trucks stop in front of a "spot'' marked on the map of the lieutenant in command of the detachment, 'and, armed with nightsticks and pistols, the police form fi flying wedge with the lieutenant at the apex. Into the joint they crash, looking over the situation and asking questions. Dead silence .always greets the arrival of such a patrol. • But any. Kclcn'ers engaged in riotous conduct or giving evidence of too close association with" the bottle are rounded up, packed'*, into the trucks and taken back to camp to await disciplinary action by their company commanders. Columbus is tco small to have normal recreational facilities for the men at Ft. Benning. Much oi the whoopee is therefore pretty impromptu, and presents a gravel- problem than established "joints'" would constitute. Not all the places of soldier recreation are' vicious. Directly across the line of the military reservations arc restaurants and "juko joints" where .the soldier on leave can take his case, play the nickel "juke boxes" for music, and have a beer or two. In some of these. (he girls" who serve 'the beer will dance with guests. "The boss takes the girls homo himself,'" offered a bartender, "because the army authorities are awful .strict. But the boss doesn'f PAGE FIV1 WASH TUBBS BY ROY CRANB WEVER WHO HAS MOVED' IMTD'THE APARTMENT,ACCOST THE HALL .0», MORE LIKEiy, SHE,, A ?CDERAL AfiaiTAlLTWe WHILE. YK,JHAf IS IT/,A FED^ ULCA £ EWT - tows* BLUMS HERE. COW5AOES.WE ARE BETRAVEB.' THE HOUSE R?tt COR. PECTIOW. I PICKED HEtt UP HUW66V.' I SAVE HER VYOttKi AMD SHE US ID THE FEDERAL Caruthcrsvillc Society—Personal Bobby Wilks, son of Mrs. Agatha Gideon Wednesday night and were accompanied home by Miss Julia Margaret Phclps who wjis there visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Phclps. Glen Dtuilton .spent Wednesday in i'urngould where he visited his mother mid other relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Hcndvlx Chitwood the parents of a boy ,,,(,. - .. .... ,,.. .. .. • , - , "•*• *•"- J.-HH.-UI.O uj H \muv ;oy Wilk oi Chilhcothe, Mo., is spend- bora Christmas morning at n/Mcm- IMO I-MC ,,,^ »,,,, phis hospjtfl} M'vs. Georgia Arnold, employe at the post office, is ill nt her home with influenza this week. The boys from Fort Kenning like (heir beer. When an army man dances—-he dances! know what they do. when they home, and he doesn't care." et Jewish Book Week To Be Observed Sunday Jewish Book Week will be observed in Temple Israel on. Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock. Commenting on .the-significanca. of-the occasion, Dr. Emanuel Gamoran educational director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Cincinnati, pointed 'out: "It is most appropriate, that the custom of observing Jewish Book Week .should be instituted during ing this week here. Miss Dorothy Petty, div Lighter of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Petty of this city, and a' student at Pea body j College this year, is acre this week I visiting her oarents. Mrs. Fred Williams, Miss Jewel Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mnr- kcy and Mrs. Lonnie Markey drove to the home of Mr. and Mrs". Frank Estcs of the Carleton community for Christmas dinner. Mrs. 'Williams is a sister of Mr. Estcs. j Friends here oi' Atty. and Mrs.' I C. G. Shepard have received word ! from them of their ,arrival in Los , Angeles, Calif. They are visiting in the home of the Rev. Clyde Shepard, son of... Mr. Shepard, for the next month or six weeks. Tom Collins, student at Teachers College. Cape Oirardeau, is home this week visiting his mother, Mrs. Ziaida Collins. Howard Morgan of St. Louis is a houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ridgley EUK! their daughter. Miss Nini Ridgley. this week. Mr. Morgan arrived here Tuesday. Jack Hutchison, son of Mr. and. Mrs. Ralph Hutchison of this city and a student at Western Military Academy at Alton, III., is here this week to visit, his parents. Miss Aileen Cooperman returned home Wednesday after having spent the first of the week in Memphis . with her mother, Mrs. Perry Coop- j erman who is in the Baptist hos- ' pital. Lloyd Hitt, manager of the- Arkansas-Missouri Power Company at Pocahontas, Avk., uncl former manager of the local office, visited with friends in Caruthersville Thursday. Albert Kiclwekk, student at Washington University in St. Louis is j here-this week visiting his parents,, . Miss Joy Stcphan,. daughter o( Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Stcphan who has been attending high school in Lhnon, Colo., this winter has returned home and will continue her senior year studies here. •. Alvin Kroll, son of Mr. ant}, Mrs. Mike Kroll of this city is here this week to visit his parent. 4 }'; Alvin is attending high school iil Little Rock, Ark., this year. John VanAusdall, son of Mi', and Mrs. J. L. VanAusduli, arrived 1 home from Cambridge, Mass., to (spend a week here with his par-' ems. Johnny is a student at Harvard University this year. Miss- Barbara Faris, daughter of Mrs. Marie Faris, and a student, of Missouri University, is here this week visiting her mother. Mrs. Belle Wood of Bl.yU*ivillc the week of Chanuko, the Feast , The * Christmas - Lone Oak News Society MecCs A Christmas motif was used in decorating the home of Mrs. J. R Coleman Thursday when she was arrivcd herc Wednesday to spend hostess to members of the AVo- . ^ fc l v d j^ r ' s visitm 3 her- sister, Mrs. man's Society or Christian Service of the Lone Oak Methodist-church. At that time, a shower -was- given for Mrs. Bill Wakeficld. who is moving from this community soon. The meeting was opened with the singing of a Christmas carol. Luke F. B. Eastwood. Mr. and Mrs. Obye Cokcr and children spent Wednesday in Newburn. Tenn., at the. home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. McCorkle. Mr. and Mrs. William A. Thomas and children, Buddy and Conni: • an< self-determination on the part of an ancient poeplc There was Cclumbus rounded up 200 vagrant women not long-ago; those from out of the state were released en (heir promise to leave the city. But more, keep drifting in. The farther you got from llv military reservation, the tougher the joints become. Just across the bridge in Alabama, you will find battered-faced lookouts at the cicors of dives, 'games of "knuckle rummy" in full swing with one man dragging down "the house's "take." guards at bars with nasty - icokjng short-barreled pistols in holsters. Columbus is planning further cleanup steps after the" holidays, but Phenix City remains a problem. Army officers of Ion? experience have doubts of any measures beyond' control and inspection, for they say that where there are soldiers with pay. there will be women, gamblers and bartenders just as inevitably as night follows day. The •prcblcin revealed .so starkly in communities near Fort Bennins is evident around every large camp. Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall has several times appealed for co-operation in re-! striding and regulating these resorts of soldier relaxation, and the army as a whole has been appealing to civilian agencies like the Y. M. c. A.. Knights of' Columbus. Salvation Army, and others, to provide facilities for soldiers on leave, so that they will have sonic alternative to risking both their pay and their health in greed- .promoted dives. only one aristocracy among the Jews. It was not of wealth or of power. It was an aristocracy of learning. Nor. was it assumed that learning was Cor the few. it was an aristocracy to which all were to aspire, and which' was open to all who would -willingly enter it." Rabbi Herman Pollack will base IK'S sermon on the recent work. "Candles in the Night." edited by Joseph L. Baron. The book is a collection of stories on Je\vish life by famous writers, such.as Boccaccio. Carl Ewald. Anton Chekhov. Anatole Franco, Strindberg. Car- giale. Eliza Orzcsko, Stephen Vincent Bcnet, Sinclair Lewis. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. Rabbi Pollack .stated. PRESCRIPTIONS Freshest Stock •Guaranteed Best Prices Kirby Drug Stores spent Wednesday with her parents and other relatives in Warden. Coleman. Mrs. Tom" Britten We Mi5S Julia Mar 8 aret phcl P s ' bu - s ~ oilmen O a\e Jncss scnool student jn Dal]as> ..by Mrs. J. R. a reading after which the meetin" mcss SC ' 1001 sluclent m Dal!a "' was closed with nraver bv M^ Texas.. aiTived here _ Wednesday was closed with prayer by Mrs J. W. Fields. Refreshments were served by the " X J M *. »*• .»J«J V *4£ > l.l.AAtl V_* 4 \,V», 1 1 j ±J\JIJ V J hostess during ihc .social hour. witks and John England drove to night to spend several days vtsiting with friends and relatives. Miss Virginia Green, Bobby BUY YOUR HOLIDAY LIQUORS & WINES BY THE CASE AND SAVE MONEY . Complete Stock •BLYTHEVILLE LIQUOR SHOP 10- S. Jnci Phmle ,„, USED PHILLIPS Head Courier News want 118 Pemiscot Delegates Named To Soil Meeting CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo, .Dec. 20.—A lolnl of 118 Pemiscot County farmers have boen named us dclORules to represent every school district In the county at the annual Soils-and Crops Conference to be held in this city nt the courthouse, Jnnwiry 8, 1841, it was announced Wednesday by K. U. Mope, assistant county agent'. Among the ropavsentiitivti.s will be farmers who hnvc been .' 1'ul in various funn , and will appear on the program, in Addition to tnkli^ an active part in mapping the farm program for this county for next, year. J. Ross Fleclwood, of. the Missouri College of Agriculture:, soils mul crops specialist, will also appear dn the program. Nine (owns sux- represented among tlu; delegates, but . they were so appointed that every .school district will be represented at the meeting. Selection of the delegates Is as follows: Dra^HJUloclo, <l; Bnigg City, s>; CaruthersvilU!. 2(5; Cooler, 3; beer- ing, 4; Haytl, 20; .Holland, G; Pascola, 1; Poach Orchard. 1; Portagc- vlllu, M; Stcelo, 22; Tyler, '2; and LIQUID.TABLETS.SALVE. NOSE DROPS , HARRISON'S AUTO PARTS & GARAGE SERVICE STATION General RcppJHng; Weldinc Acrm* from Red Top Gin Looking-glass Do you ever wish for u magic mirror, a genii's gift, in which the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow 'will be reflected? • ' • ' Standing on the brink oi' recorded time, your daily newspaper is such a gift. You have only to turn the pages. Yesterday Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget . . . today a Yanke'e Clipper lands at Lisbon . . . tomorrow, perhaps, you will'be landing in London. Yesterday, Versailles. . , . Today, Munich. . . . Tomorrow? . . . Your newspaper will have the answer. Yesterday (in 1919) a four-inch advertisement quietly announced '"Radio Apparatus." Today, in the pages of radio news, small notices are advertising television. Tomorrow you will be buying a set. . Avertising, no less than the news and the editorials, marks:the progress of the world . . . and advertised products are dependable, worth-while aids in the art of civilized living.

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