The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 28, 1940 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 28, 1940
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PAGE FOUB BLYTHEVILLE (AUK.y COURIER NEWS THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher J. GRAHAM SUDBURY, Editor SAMUEL F. NORRIS, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, De- Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered' as second class matter at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by the United Presa SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the City 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. Better Americans Coming Up Not long ago Professor Merriam oi' the University of Chicago raised considerable speculation by a series of lectures in which he said we are just ei'i- itaring,-a period when life and people * are going to be consciously improved by scientific means not available before. To a small extent these techniques are already being practised; enough to /suggest- their future course and effectiveness. An "annual report" on the nation's children by "Parent's Magazine" indicates what is already being '; done, in reports by Katharine F. Lcn- root, chief of the U.'S. Children's Bureau and by Surgeon-General Parran. Miss Lenroot reports: . The baby death rate has dropped 20 per the five years from 1934 to 1939, but 50,000 babies still die each year between the second and twelfth . month of their lives; 70,000 before they are a month old. The maternal death rate dropped 32 per cent between 1934 and 1939, yet nearly 10,000 maternal deaths were registered in 1938, at least half of them preventable. : Such things show how ,much has been done, how much remains to do. Improvements in both are attributed by Miss Lenroot to maternal and child- health services in states and counties. .: Dr. Parran joins in the hopeful preview -of the future. "We have a new .generation of children."--he writes, who '•:•;. are both taller and heavier than their p a T e n t s; whose .chances of ^g o,i n ( g through .the-first -years of life'Svithout attack by the communicable diseases of childhood;are greater; whose gen- - cral health care is far superior to that of a generation ago. Scientific discoveries (and their application) did it. Improved city sanitation and milk supplies; prevention ol certain diseases; new knowledge of nutrition, have largely come into ell'ect within one generation. The word vitamin came into the language in 19.11. The cause and cure of pellagra was an- • nounced 24 years ago. The same tor rickets, 15 years ago. Nutritional sci- :_cnce is even today in its mere infancy. National defense means that in 1941. additional attention will be devoted to -the health of youth, military and industrial. Mass production of yellow lever vaccine, for instance, means likely security against exposure to veliow fever areas as defense zones ' move "south. ."New horizon* arc ahead of us in the attainment of national health " Or Parran believes. ' " '• horizons arc ahead of us in ev- ery field, and the builders of better health are only one group among builders who must address themselves to the task of building a better world. Vultures Of Humanity No human misfortune is so great that some are not found ready to turn it to their advantage—human vultures circling ever around the weak and sore- beset, waiting for them to stagger and fall. Newest of these schemes to profit by the extremities of others is the "trade cshool racket." It is known that there are jobs now for trained mechanics and other skilled workers, while the unskilled still find it hard to get a job. So "gyp" job-training schools immediately spring up to snare the savings of hopeful young men with promises of jobs in airplane and other defense plants. The Northwestern National Life insurance Co., the Minneapolis Better Business Bureau, and various chambers of commerce have had complaints of such "schools"' which neither had equipment for proper training, nor connections to get the promised jobs. Look before you leap, these agencies advise all young; men considering taking training courses, and it is good advice in this case as in all others. of Publication In this column of editorial* from other newspapers does aot necessarily mean endorsement but is an acknowledgment ol interest tn the subjects discussed. Something Ought To Be Done! To .satisfy all the claims already made on the 1941 calendar, it will have to be lengthened by at least 20 weeks. The various associations, press agents and other people who do such things have made their plans -for 72 special weeks. Seven days of concentrated attention have been claimed for shoes and' ships and sealing wax. for cabbages and kings. Posters arc being prepared for almost everything from National Fire Prevention week to National Foot Health week, from National Education week to Chew More Gum week. Since the stars, aided and Abetted by Pope Gregory, made a rather rigid thing of the year, allotting- it,52 weeks and no more, this seems to leave the hebdomadal celebrators wit-h something of o problem. But it is their problem, not ours. We leave it to their resourcefulness. We will have none of it. We have our own difficulty. It is much less ambitious. We lack the temerity to ask for more weeks. We can skimp along with 52. All we want arc n few extra hours in the day. After our recent efforts-most of them in vain-to Hncf a little, time for Christmas shopping, for reading our still unopened copies of "Anthony Ad- t" and "Gone With the Wind" (,we never learned how to get through the Harvard classics on the 15-minutcs-a-clay schedule) and during the .summer, for an extra nine holes of golf, we are convinced that the davs arc too short. Twenty-four hours arc not enough, if tn c press agents can have 72 week. i n a ycar {x , r . haps our more modest request for. sav 3 Q hours »> the day may have a chance. We ur-c all who feel w,th us to write to their Congressman. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The ,m,n who own, stocks and uoitcfo and has | • l«x«blc must make more sacrifices ot • !: 3 i;: ico ;;; fc ^ ordcr ^ ^^ ^ ^n os ^ » 1} UQDCttllll G O P MrovMrlPii ,. _ * ***'• *• » \j» t-o i\jv_ 11 •• candidate. done, remain, to be done.-Gcn. Geor,c 0. Marshall, chief of .staff, on the defense «i«- SIDEJ31ANCE5 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1940 COPR. 19*0 By NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG -SERIAL STORY (o get and lell me where we're going lo gel $10 50 to meet this tailor bill!" - HOLD EVERYTHING By Clyde Lewis Cflrt - '*W IV NEA SMV1CI. INC. T. M. REG. U "Reconnaissance palroi reporting, sir—we discovered one 'enemy' battery and two nudist camps." • Reno Marriaee City Now O J . As Divorces- Laii; 9 To 1 O- OLD BOOT COPYOFTUW SNIFFER. OP VCDRS/ COULD USE TV CHINS/ XCMAMGIMG COMPLIMENTS RENO. Ncv. (UP)—Reno completed HMO in fine I'cttle. old-timers said, pointing to the fact that marriago.s exceeded divorces bv 9 to 1: The nt^ht club bu.sinc.s-s .slumped but the sale of wedding fines .skyrocketed. Gone are the chiys when 1:28 divorces were granted in one day. The avcniRc now is about oicht. j with daily ; around 72. Judaos wore busy mnrryiim ,peo- ))le instead of divorcing tiioni because of the California waiting period between got ling thf license and being married, thrneu marriages averaging - ! Califoi'nia- .mrdical •cxnminalkr.i \ law. and i'no .selcciive service- act.] But the marriage business is no', what has given Reno its -'lines" in plays and movies as the world'.- divorcc capital, The marriages arc chiefly of California couples, just young people, no! "big names." not in the .social register. During the ycar there moved through the Reno divorce court some 2.250 dissatisfied husbands and wives, while downstairs in the marriage bureau, there v^rc morrj than 1.850 couples 1.3.700 pcr.scm". | find Rrnc'.s population is only! 21.COO) who took the oath of al-' BY TOM HORNER i-—-- . YESTERDAY: The children are »• «i" s "/ home whe " Hu «* ""* Murtlin. Connelly return. 'j'lxoy drove home with Valerie I'/irk**, a tt'irl in uhoiu Jerry Mkuws coii- x i d e r a 1> 1 e i/itCTtst. Tbvy'rc l»ruu K ht Mary AVardc, provident at »he Kurorlty, h um ,. with them. tJirislnciN live"* ritual i H u its ft when .lurry leaves to .sec Val. and tnir ttvtiiw rush mvay with iliiti-H Only ainry remain*, n*k* tke j oc _ tor it Mhu may Iiel;*. * * * JERRY'S SURPRISE CHAPTER III ^/fERRY CHRISTMAS!!!" Jerry burrowed deeper into his pillow, pulled covers up over his black head.. "Go 'way. Lemme sleep." "Merry Christmas, son." Dr. Connelly sat on the bed. "Time you were up. It's 10 o'clock. You'll have lo hurry to make church service." Jerry mumbled something unintelligible from the depths of his pillow, and the doctor persisted, his voice low and calm. "The girls brought their dates to midnight services-Mother, Mary and I were there—so you'll have to go alone - . . Kathleen's been demanding that you get up for an hour she wants to have Christmas, open her presents ... But Mother won't let her . . . Come on, son. Never saw you sleep so late on Christmas. You used to be beating a drum at 4 o'clock." Jerry rolled over, battling for consciousness. Finally his eyes opened. "Oh, good morning, Dad— er—ah—Merry Christmas." He glanced at the clock. 'Tour hours' sleep. Train was late. Don't worry about church. AVent with Val and her folks last night. Oooooh!"., "Roll out, boy. Cold shower and a cup of coffee will fix you up. Hustle now, Santa Glaus has been here." * * * 3 we have to sing?" Sheila demanded as they all gathered around the tree. "We always have," Martha answered. "But, Mother, it's old-fashioned -—kid stuff. Besides, I've got to hurry. Tim's taking me skating at 11:30." Then, anticipating her mother's reaction—"We'll be back in plenty of time. Dinner is at 2, Isn't it? I'll work up an appetite." "No dates for dinner," Mrs. Connelly's lips set in a firm line. "Christmas belongs to your family. Tim should be with his." "Cleo!" Dr. Connelly interrupted, sighting danger signals— "Santa seems to have left something here for you." The cook bustled from the kitchen. "He did? Well what you know about that. That Santa man legiance to home and firssicie. Foremost amcng the dissatisfied were Mary Elizabeth tLiz> V/hil- ncy. who divorced John Hay Whitney, multi-millionaire sportsman; Constance Bennttt of the moviss. who dhorcccl the Marquis Henry cic la Falaise dc la Coudray and knit scck.s without a heel while in Reno: Priscitflla St. George Duke. the blonde with the hazel eyes, who lived on a ranch and rode houses. The denouement of tins trio was '.he marriage of Mrs. Dukes husband. Ani;ier BidtHe Duke. 2G. tobacco hrir and nephew cf Anthony J. Drexcl Biddle. to Mrs. Margaret Scrcvcn Tuck former wife of Alexander J. M. Tuck cr New York's <ccial- register, immediately -after Mrs. Tuck'.s divorce. • Reno divorces usually end in another marriage. Now Reno's divorce business, bc- ;TI;I.SP other stMes have adopted Nevada's Irnd in divorce laws. ;:> apparently ending in many mar riagrii. The county clrrk and the judges smile. "Each morning brings a S?. May Come to U. S. With Halifax CHRISTMAS RUSH COPYRIGHT. KEA SERVICE. INC. never forgets Cleo. Praise Lawd!" "This has been going on, just like that, ever since I can remember," Jerry whispered to Mary. His arm was around her, drawing her into the family circle. "They love it—Dad and Mother, and Cleo, too. Wait until she opens her envelope. It's good, even after 20 times." "Christmas means so much to your family, Jerry," Mary answered, as Cleo bustled with tissue paper wrappings, shouted gleefully as each gift was revealed. "We never had much of that- moving from Army post to Army post. I'm beginning to realize just what I've missed." Cleo was gathering her packages, thanking each of them—even Mary had not forgotten her—and opening her envelope, which she well knew contained a bill— "Lawdy, Doctor Hugh," she began, "It's five—My Goodness—It's TEN Dollars!!" * * * PI1RISTMAS giving was oVcr. In the basement garage,. Jerry and the twins sat, loving and admiring a new convertible coupe, trying to decide whether to drive it out into the snow, or keep it shiny and new. Mary and .the doctor sat before the fireplace. "It was so very nice of you to include me in everything," she said. "I hated to intrude, a stranger, into your Christmas—but I'm glad, now. I never knew how much a family Christmas could mean. Little traditions built up, from year to year." (( The doctor patted her hand. "Strangely, Mary, you haven't seemed like an intruder, even to Mother and myself. Martha and I are jealous of these Christmas celebrations. We've'kept them in our own home, and the children's grandparents have always come lo us. This is our own family day. But you seem to belong to us." "I haven't felt like an outsider. And this is the happiest Christmas I've had in years. I can remember only a few before Mother died. Then Da'd was transferred from station to station. There were Christmases in Shanghai, in the Canal Zone, one in the middle of the Pacific. And a terrible one, in New York, with my brother, Bill. Our first one without Mother or Dad. Bill came down from the Point and I left boarding school. It was awful!" "I can imagine," the doctor agreed. "Sometimes, I wonder if Jerry and Kathleen and Sheila realize how much they will miss these celebrations. I hope Martha and I can see them establish their own homes, gather their own children around a Christmas tree. It's not so difficult to carry on, with little children to think of." "We've built up a traditional system of gifts in our family," Dr. Connelly went on. "Each one receives something to wear, something to eat, a book to read, a bit of nonsense, cash in an envelope, and a family gift, like Martha's new coffee service. We all combine to buy that. I like it"—he laughed —"keeps me from getting nothing but socks and neckties." "It's grand—grand," Mary whispered, eyes shining. Then: "I have another'gift for you. Wait here, I'll get it." She was back in a few minutes,handed him a worn, fountain pen- like case. "It's Dad's thermometer. He carried it for years. He was a physician, too. Medical Corps. I want you to have it. Really I do." The doctor started to object, then changed his mind. "I believe I understand," was all he said. * * * (J JQR. CONNELLY pushed back hilT ' chair, patted his stomach gin-' ^ gerly. "Mother, if I ate one more bite, you'd have a dying doctor on your hands. Don't try to tell me Cleo cooked that turkey. I know you did it. And why did you have to make such good pudding—Oh. boy—!!!" "I didn't know I could eat so much," Sheila chimed in. "It was a perfect meal, Mrs. Connelly," Mary added. And Jerry nodded, "Swell." Martha Connelly took these compliments easily. She would have been disappointed if they had been omitted. But her eyes showed concern as Jerry left the table. "Something's worrying Jerry, Hugh," she said softly. "He's lost his appetite. Perhaps you'd better talk to him." "All he needs is sleep—he was up all night, and most of the night before, too." "It's more than that, Hugh. He. may fool you, but he can't fool hU/ mother. I know my son." "All right then. I'll have him come to the office tomorrow." But Jerry gave them an answer almost immediately. "Come on in," he called from the living room. "Connelly family conference. You, too, Mary." He stood before the mantel, waiting until all had gathered around him. "Go ahead, son," Martha urged. "I don't know just how to begin, so to avoid long explanations, I'll get it over in a hurry." Jerry stared at, the end of his cigaret, then met his father's eyes. "Dad, Mother, I don't want to seem ungrateful. You have to know it sometime—it might as well be now. I'm not going back to school." • •• : .- • . (To Be Continued) fee to the county, a fee from $2 to S100 to the marrying judge. By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople 5=0t-llf J:}; '*- " •^i^ I^'M " ; ~^\ ^•M&W&t ~ v V* v "Sari^^ ^ vYlYX^ilSfv i fy^HZ- '-^.' ~-tl'-\'"? - ;: " 'z&r&SSz-'—-^- £.'^-i-~- : •^T^i^l ?V"..T. •'"-" 3 • M~" >" •" • - : r£l^~F : /^ &"?"-"- - x- - "'"---' -•^TS r\ :.-'* \ - . —-'-L -=-: \ - • -\ BORN THIRTY VEARS TOO ^OOM Balanced Diet Found To Add No Extra Cost AMHERST, Mass. <UP> — Wise spending:, more often than a large income, determines the quality of a family diet, says Miss May £. Poley, extension nutritionist" at Massachusetts Slate College. To obtain a well-balanced diet for a minimum expenditure. Miss Fbley suggests tliat each child be allotted one. quart, of milk, daily, and each adult, one pint. This includes, fluid, dry or evaporated milk used in cooking, and.also ice cream and cheese. Plan four or five servings of vegetables and fruits for each person daily, include at least one serving of potatoes, tomatoes or citrus fruits, leafy green or yellow vegetables, and fruits. Adults should have three to five eggs weekly, and young children, five to seven each. Meat, fish poultry should be served five weekly, daily if possible. One cereal daily and bread and butter at every meal are recommended. Recruit Sorry to Leave I His Elephant Behind ATLANTA, Ga. (UP) Matthew Ferguson enlisted in the^ army, he was confronted with af| bis task—what to do with Alice. Alice is the 18-year-old clc4' phant that Ferguson bought lastl' spring and converted into a worth animal on his farm near Cainden U S. C. ;., Alice has a gentle disposition, but the army frowns on pets. THIS CURIOUS WORLD Following the appointment of Viscount Halifax. British Foreign Sccreiary. as Ambassador krthc U. S., it was reported that Sir Gerald Campbell, above, would bo British" Minister in Washington to help Viscount Halifax with some of the Embassy's extraordinarily heavy work. Sir Gsrald, former con- Mil gcno.'-al in New Vork, is now 1-Iigh Ccmrnissionei- for the .Jn_Can_ad§, . .-.., Ferguson UNLIKE MOST OTHER: .AAEMBSRS OF THE THEV PEED ONI LEAVES, MOSS 7 AND UCHENJS. T M. R£C. U. S. PAT. OFF. 2O VEARS OR AMERICAN! WORE TODAV ONJLV PER CENT DO BOOK OF F^ACTS ATLAS <5tOG5eAPHIC ANSWER. From Atlas. Gvcck divinity.' who has become fiv bci of geography <-<.uuc uu. .NEXT: .How many, islands outside' the"U/S."docs Unclc'saM own;?.

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