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PAGE FOUR THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THIT COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. RAINES, Publisher J. GRAHAM 6UDBURY, Editor SAMUEL f. NORRIS, 'Advertising Manager Sole Nation*! Advertising RepresenUtiwj Wallace :Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered- * as second class matter at the poet- office-at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. 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, $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. Again Babson Looks Ahead "The beat volume of business in the nation's history"—that is the sum total of-Roger W. Babson's forecast . for 1941. The Courier News, of course, does not consider itself in a position to make a prediction for, the nation generally next year but it does have confidence in the ability of Mr. Babson, one of the country's outstanding economists, to do so. When Babson sees a 10 per cent gain in the country's business next year \ve believe he is close to the correct estimate. . We sincerely hope that the noted business analyst is right when he says that living expenses will not rise over five per cent. We cannot afford'.to see the cost of living skyrocket and neutralize to a large extent the gain in employment and income. Babson has;stated his views well. W r e trust his judgment has been as good as his words. Safely an Anachronism? The National Safety First Association in London is thinking of changing its name. The style "Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents" has been suggested as more in key with the times. It is easy, to see why "Safety First'"' , is' a pretty empty slogan in Britain ^ "the.se days. For Britain definitely chose V to/put safety last when it chiose to side with Poland. The safe way would have been to ignore'the Polish invasion. But Britain chose to take the dangerous way. It had seen that for many the way that had seemed safe at the moment turned out to be fatal in the long run. In that sense, there is no ..longer any "safe way 1 ^ for any of the world's peoples. It is just as important as ever to curb unnecessary accidents. But to a people like the British, whose every,day of added life is in itself an adventure, the term "safe", can no longer mean what it was meant to mean. The Iron Age to One often hears our limes i- c ferr ed to as 'The Iron Age" or the "Steel Age. because on this metal the whole structure of modern industrv seems. to rest, . . *' " There is something irresistible about a good, thumping, staggering figure and so lire's another: Since I 8 5<l, the >nted States has put in use 1760000,000 net tons of rolled or and steel. That is the estimate of the American Iron and Steel Institute. Of that vast mass of metal, nearly two-thirds is today actually in use— 1,200,000,000 tons of buildings, bridges; railroad equipment, ships, automobiles, machinery, pipes, and a thousand other useful things. Roughly a third of that total production h a s b e e n bought back as scrap and long since reappeared in .some other "incarnation" as n^w steel. Of course no mind can imagine or picture 1,760,000,000 tons of steel. But so staggering a figure does give some idea of the extent to which we have built our modern industrial life on a foundation of steel. Publication in this column of editorials from other newspapers doea not necessarily mean endorsement but k an acknowledgment of interest ta the subject* discussed. The President's Speech If a colloquialism is permissible under the circumstances, Sunday night Mr. Roosevelt spat in Hitler's eye. Hitler has been talking loosely and wildly about conquering the whole world. That may be good stufT for home consumption, -but it .sounds absurd over here. The United States is never going to be under the domination of Hitler. This great, rich, powerful, virile nation is not going to fall over and piny dead, now or hereafter, to Hitler or anyone else. So the President, hit the mark when he spat in Hitler's eye and, inferenliaUy, into the eye of the Japanese, Hitler's Oriental allies.' Oi course, it is no longer necessary to spit into Mussolini's eye. since the Greeks and the British seem to have closed both his eyes. What tho President did Sunday night was to remind the country once more of the menace of Hitlerusm. We believe the country is fully' alive to that, but it serves a purpose tor the President to drive the message home. We have got two -jobs to do in this country, and they have got to be done with all -speed. In reality, they arc one job. We have got to produce the implements of war—tanks, shells, airplanes, machine guns, rifles and so. on. A good part of these are going to Britain The remainder arc going to provide defense for us. Britain is fighting a good fight, and the President .snid Sunday night it is a winning right. She needs what we can produce. We are going to lee her have what we produce. That is the country's settjert policy. In doing so, we are going to gear up our industry in our own defense.' The President exhorted industry—owners, managers and employes "alike—to be awake to . the job "that conlronls u.s. He said we arc the greatest mass-production country in Hie world, and so \Vc are. But as to this defense crisis we have yet to prove it. Production is • still -lagging. It has to be stepped up. We thi:\k the President's speech will help to step it up: We have got to discard the notion, as the President remarked, of "business as . usual." • It. is instead "business as unusual." Hitler took seven years to arm while the rc- - mainder of the world was asleep' \Vc may have, as it turns out, much less time, but our great resources, our wealth, our manpower and 'our determination give'us* advantages that Hitler did not have. The President made a deeply earnest .speech Sunday night and he served notice on all the dictators-ruierc arc that the United 1 States us going to function on all 16 cylinders. That is a language they understand. —SI. Louis• Post-Dispatch. tm Starvation never wrought a good or permanent, peace, and disease honors no frontier and is checked by no blockadc.-Clarencc E. Pickctt. Quaker relief worker. For my own part I want no single step taken relating to war that is not given lime for public debate.—Herbert Hoover. BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS SIDE GLANCES | *£t CHRISTMAS RUSH COPYRIGHT. 1940. CERVICE. INC. 4" Jerry <«lk t« lru«:k <lriver'* salary. linpjiy when they a»rc ft ,,. ,, ^« matter over, will l>ri» K Val Connelly iina^Mary'sol/wS' D *' * # if MARY REVEALS A SECRET CHAPTER V J)R. CONNELLY paused in the doorway, watching the sobbing girl. His heart was full of pity for the lonely child, without a relative near to share the happiness of Christmas. "Mary." He spoke softly, so not star tip Vi»f "wwi.,4-'., .«- ' child?' matter ' 'I admire her nerve, whatever happens—he'll either lire • J1Q.V- P.r.Jliakjj.. her assi_s tan t manager." - THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson VOU'RE BASKED TO HOAAE XX. CALENDAR, BE VERY THANKFUL.' IT ISN'T AN AZTEC CALENDAR/ THEY WERE AAADE OF -STONJE ANJD SOMETIMES ABOUT 7O PER CENT OF ALL- NORTH AMERICAN! COPR. 1940 BY NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. REG. U. 3. PAT. OFF. WINTER ''AT LAKE A\ ATTA AUJSKEET, /N NORTH CAROLINA. 12-3I AAOST PRJNTINO, HOW DO TH£ QUOTATION MARKS AT THE BEGINNING OF A QUOTATJON DIFFER FROM THOSE AT THE CLOSE.. ThcMails point in opposite directions. The marks at " commas, while two apostrophes are ANSWER: used at the close. NEXT: Traveling along with Mother Earth. "Oh!" The dark head jerked up from the pillow, red-rimmed eyes 8SJ. ?? tears down he Oh, Doctor Connelly!" He was beside her then, his arms enfolding her, shutting out the hurt, his voice quieting her Dangled nerves, just as he had so often soothed the pain and troubles of his own daughters. There . . . there ... Go ahead and cry it out. Best medicine in the world for you." Gradually 'the girl's hysteria passed. Finally she looked up at him, dabbing at her eyes with a soaked linen square, and managed to smile when he handed her his own huge handkerchief. "Now, what's this all about? Too much Christmas?" he prompted. "I guess that was it. Seeing all your family so happy together. I 3ust couldn't stand it any longer I had to get away. . ." "We were thoughtlessly cruel—" "Oh, no!" Mary refused to let him blame himself. "I loved it, all of it. You all have been so good to me, including me in your Christmas. I even imagined I actually 'belonged'— that I wasn't really an outsider. Then, when I realized — " "What made you—?" The doctor began, stopped abruptly, switched to an entirely different subject. ''I've just come back from (he hospital and T'm half starved. How about joining me in a raid on the icebox? There's cold turkey, I'm sure-." "But I look so terrible." Ho ignored the protest. "There -should be a mince pie around somewhere: Ideal for nightmares. - . . Come on, now. I hate eating j .-ilone. 1C you won't join me, I'll have to wake Martha." :•:•• .J: # i doctor had been right about the cold turkey. There was plenty of it. and cranberry sauce, too. Mary fixed sandwiches and he made coffee. He drew upon an endless fund of amusing, personal Anecdotes to keep her entertained while they ate, successfully restoring Mary to her normal, happy mood. For the time, at least, the emotional storm had passed. "That was almost as good as the Christmas dinner," he said as the last of the pie disappeared. "Should keep nrfe awake—coffee and two pieces pt pie. . . . Never found anything yet that could keep me awake when I had a chance to sleep." He filled a pipe, lighted it and puffed contentedly as Mary cleared the table. "Let the dishes go until morning." ''They'll only take a minute. . .'. No, you can't help. . . . You look entirely too contented to dry dishes." Somehow, though, he managed to evade her protests, found a dish towei. "You're a senior this year, aren't you?" he asked, making conversation. "What do you intend doing after graduation?" "I had planned"to work with a medical group in China. I'm majoring in bacteriology, you know," Mary explained. "There's so much to be done there. . . . Dad was stationed in Shanghai for three years. He started me on the idea. Jerry says I should go on in medicine, though . . ." "Too bad he can't prescribe some of that for himself." Mary "busied herself with the dishes, said nothing. * 9 * "CHAT'S wrong with this boy of mine? 1 ' the doctor asked. "You know him pretty well, don't you? And this- girl he wants to marry. If you were in love with him, Mary, would you want him to quit medicine, with only a little more to go?" A plate slipped from her hands, clattered into the sink. Mary caught it, laughing at her clumsiness. She kept her eyes on the dishpan. "No ... If I were in love with Jerry"—she spoke slowly— "I'd never marry hinr- until'he finished school and his intern- are in love with him, aren't you?" Hugh Connelly's query was as casual as a comment on the weather. He waited for Mary's answer. "Yes." She did not look at him. 'I've loved Jerry ever -since I net him at the spring party last .'ear. He doesn't know it. How did • r ou guess?" ., Dr. Connelly laughed. "We doctors have a special;gift for. finding out more than the patient tells us. have to have it to practice medicine successfully. . . . I'm glad you didn't deny loving Jerry, Mary. I thought I saw symptoms, but I needed your word to make the diagnosis certain. "The Connellys need your help —Martha and I, especially. What about this girl—this Valerie? She's a sorority sister, isn't she?" Mary nodded. It was easy to | talk to this grand, old doctor. She could trust him. Perhaps she could help. . . . ' "Valerie is really a very nice 1 girl. I don't know a great deal | about her. She transferred from the South at the beginning of the term. She seems to be sincerely in love with Jerry—and he must love her, to give up his career." She wiped the back of her hand across her eyes. "This soap chip dust makes your eyes smart, doesn't The doctor smiled. "Nasty stu/HL* He went on: "Sheila and KathleJv don't think so much of their future sister-in-law. 1 ' ; "I think'that's due to a difference of ideas on how a sorority pledge should be treated. Valerie was a little tough on the girls at 4 first—before she ' found out they [ijj| had a brother. But every chapter treats its pledges differently," Mary hastened to explain. "Maybe we're a bit easy." "It's better that way," the doctor agreed. "By the way, weren't you responsible for getting the twins into that sorority?" "I couldn't let them pledge anything else. Jerry had asked me to arrange rush dates, last spring. After the girls met Sheila and Kathleen, it was no trick to get them through. ... "That may be one of the reasons for Sheila's disliking Valerie," she added. "Val told Jerry she made quite a fight to get the girls voted in. Sheila and Kathleen believed it, too, until they discovered tb^il- a transfer has n' vote in the hofcg,'. until second semester. Then Sheila * wanted to tell Jerry—" "And you wouldn't let her—" "It would have hurt him. ... I don't want Jerry, hurt—ever." Mary turned to face Jerry.Con- nelly's father. She was trying to j be fair, yet she could not deny her j^l love for Jerry. j&| "I love Jerry/ 5 she said. "I had p hoped he loved me, until Valeric |> came along. I believe Jerry actu- )•,[ ally is in love with Valerie now. j If I didn't, I never would have 1 let him go, without a battle. !;, "She loves him, too. But if I j|| ever find out that she's making a f| fool of Jerry—that she really E.| doesn't intend lo marry him and || make him happy—I'll do every- \ J , thing I can to wreck that i-o mance." ,(To Be Continued) Army Land Requirements Make New Defense Headache Cigarettes Replace Opium JOHANNESBURG; south Africa iUP>—Cigarettes have almost replaced opium omong Asiatics in Johannesburg, according to authorities. Occasionally a small quantity jot" the drug slips into Johannes,burg. but the gradual-dyintr out Of , the old addict* and the strict police control have almost entirely killed the demand. BY HHUCK CATTON Courier News Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON. Dec. 31.— Your Uncle Sam's latest defense headache seems to be coming from 10.)00 tenant farm families, kicked off A farm land by the army in acquiring huge tracts ot" land all over the country for Jirtillery ranges, powder factories, aerial bombing tnrget- areas, military airports and cantonments. The problem of what to do with '•heso unwilling' "okie.s" has been .lumped for the moment into the lap of the Farm Security Administration which, if it had the money, would probably spend about $30.- 65. Ever since he settled on a dairy ranch northwest of here nearly 47 .venrs ago he campaigned for a T^ I rf-"\ Cf* ' « 1^1.>»> tfl I C *>>VK»V4 (.^1 V»/«» V/ I * ClJVt, ^ *U f1 MW** (,' *JOU.~ lost. Office department has extend- j 000,000—or $3000 a family—tryins oci an R.F.D. route to include Si- to relocate the dispossessed. What- mon and some 550 other families ! ever FSA does spend must be acid>n his neighborhood. j e{ j lo the cost of the land, which I ccmes out of the army's pocket best 10 get payments made quickly, but. the process is .slow. Sometimes the problem works backward—as, for instance, in the four counties around Radford. Va.. where one of the biggest powder factories in the world is being built. So many new jobs arc being opened here that the population of the -four counties i.s due to double. To meet this. PSA surveyed all the farms in the counties and made a list of 2000 which had substandard housing and were within 20 minutes travel of the different employment centers. FSA has proposed that it build new homes on these -farms. During the boom the homes would be rented to the workers. Afterward, they could be .sold to the- farmers. That way. the area would avoid both boom time slums and subsequent "ghost towns." I'aticncc. Wins in -57 Years BU.TTE. Mont, (UP) — persistence had its reward for Nu( Simon. - and goes to the land owner, or the j Farm Security Administration is I mortgage holder—not the tenant i uying various things to meet the By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoop! --•-•--- ~-^ . ... . . . J JL J '° e H ' FN& MOT DOOS AN 1 HOLLER _ APPETIZERS? — VOU'R«= TU= ALPK^BET SOUP/ I 6UCk SALUTE 10 THH I PALATE AS A DISH Citrus Capital Shifts BARTOW. Fla. <UP)—Polk conn- v' leads the nation's counties in j As the United States government he production of citrus fruits. It; seldom lets the right hand know passed Los Angeles county in 1939.'* what the leff. i.s doing, the PSA j crowd i.s usually called in after the • damage is done, the land acquired and the tenants moved out. What j acts the FSA £;o?t i.s that the army j seems always to need the best hind in sight, never the scrub land. Given a wide, level, well-drained. ! fertile plain, and the army i.s sure j to want it for an -airport. Or nice, j rolling pfistm: land. That make? ' the best shcotin' range for the bis Two typical cases illustrate the pi oblem the FSA boys are ' r against: i Ncrtr \fafjison. Ind.. in >ho 'Ohio I River valiry. iho army i:; rsta'olish- | ing a bit; new artillery ranee and proving ground."Five hundred farm {'amilies have had to pack up and grt or.;. ! A large, number of these fami- ! lies are tenant farmers, who linti i themselves ousted on short, notice ; and who have scant resources or ; none at Ml. In many other cases, j dispossessed fanners who owned ! their own land are. for the run- i mer.t. little better off. - J U i 'U?.l proTCcHirr in ncquirivti: thi>.e i racks of land is for the government to ale what u-> ealted n declaration of taking. This requires the owner to -move quick. But because of the red tape involved, it sometimes means that the owner may not get paid for one o:> two years. Result often is that, the fauncr is mafic landless without iKivi:)'.; enough money lo buy new land elsewhere. Army authorities are doing their whole situation. f Chief problem is finding new land(fi| in the displacement areas — ; trj'ing to- keep the purchases lij sending land prices sky. ft Sometimes, where PSA can get land, it simply re-leases tracts the dispossessed farraei^. In ' sonic!U area,s of the south it can frequentlylr'il get an entire plantation, on whicn" a number of farmers .can be es- tablishcd. . Surgery Restores Sight To Eye Blind 50 Year| AUGUSTA. Ga. (UP)—A delicatctt operation has enabled J. A. Evans $' of Crawfordville. Ga., to regain ustl'l of an eye in which sight was lost& 50 years ago. A flying wood chip cost Evam';il use of the eye. He had long: ag abandoned hope of having its s5ghij-|] restored. But when lie went to' ' Wade Beciing field. Augusta . 1st. to have his good 'eye treaicoi' the doctor also performed an oper-i - ation on the blind eye. '/'. Evans can now see well enough! i to read "a newspaper with the long -If! useless eye. HOLD EVERYTHING By Clyd* Lewis NEA mVtCC. INC T. M. JUG. U. 5. f AT. Of F line looking outfit you've got here, Cap lain- rflaH lr» l-»r» a it*f>-nnT~ici\- P> ^

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