The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 31, 1943 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 31, 1943
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THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS '. . THE COtJHJSB NEWS OO. -' , H. W. HADOBB, Publiihcr ' ' SAMUEL P. WORMS, Hitor JAUBS A. OATENS, AdvettiltaC 1 QBEALDYNE DAVIS, Cireulktkn goto: NitlonH' Advertising RepnwnUUn*: W»l!ace Witner Co, New York. Chtawo, Detroit, Atlanta, WempbU. Published Eyer/1 Afternoon Except Sund»y Entered u tecond clus matter at the post- ofllce at BlythevlUe, ArUnm, under met ot Coagress, October S, 1817. Served by ,th« United Pn«. SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier in the city ot Biythtrtlle, 15c per week, or fi5e per month. By mall, within a radius of SO miles, 13.00 per year. U.50 for six months, 7Sc lor three months; fv mail outside 60 mite lone 110.00 per yew payable In advance. Dead as Mutton As 'a writer H. G. Wells must bo taken seriously. As a prophet, sometimes he is inclined to lake in too much territory, like the bar-fly who announced his ^ability to lick any son-of-a-gim in the world and discovered that he vi"ns boasting lo John Li. Sullivan. •;Mr. Welis expresses a profound conviction that "the newspaper is as dead , as niuttoii and that it will never come back." We have no equivalent authority as lo English journals, but we suggest —too late, of course—that the eminent author should have consulted the 1S43 Editor & Publisher Year Book before -he committed himself' in such sweeping terms. , In. the United States our "dead as niuttou" newspapers enjoyed in 1942 the greatest circulation in their history, capping an unbroken y e a r-by- year advance that began in 1938. As i942''ewled, morning and evening newspapers were selling more than 43,000,- QQO copies daily This represented an increase of 3,400,000. over their preV \yi\r total. ' . : 1 i:.' .'-.*.- * . * - That does not suggest anything resembling death. It would seem to indicate enormous vitality, particularly since' 'many newspapers, lo meet skyrocketing costs, found it necessary lo increase sales prices. , It js Mr. Wells' idea that after the war we shall'dial NEWS on our telephones and "listen then to a Summary of what has been happening in;the last . two or three hours." , *• ' •* i Tnis is entirely possible. If .the telephone company needs a bit of needling about establishing such a service'news- papers, might encourage and assist them. A telephone bulletin news service might do' exactly what radio news bul- lelitis have done—whet public appetite for news of the day. . : * * * - Many newspaper publishers suffered most of the pangs of death when the ladio began broadcasting news. They feared the lightning speed of this '.'competitor." It developed, however, that Die radio was a newsboy crying headlines and telling listeners why they ?liould rush out and bu.v papers. ; The daily newspaper has its faults, individual and "collective. The wise editor never lets a day pass without seeking to better his service to his readers. Nevertheless, there is no medium of news distiibutioit that can rival the newspaper for combined sliced, accuracy, completeness and impartiality, - Does this sound boastful? Sorry, but it's how we feel. Rcorgan ization Indicated . Slate and local governments are being driven by war into making long- needed administrative reforms. A siir- > c - v hi' the Civil Service Assembly shows a turnover of close to; 60 per cent in key administrative and technical personnel. About half of those who leave are taken, into the armed forces. The rest enter federal service, war industry, etc. •'•.".'.; To meet such situations alert communities are revamping old setups. Louisville, for example, has reorganix- ed the police department to offset .the loss of 25 per cent of its experienced men. Wichita ha's completely revamped administrative machinery, consolidating 1G major departments into live. Even the war cloud has a silver lining. . BLYl'HEVILLE, (XRKJ COURIER NEWS Leased Land\ War Department figures indicate that the Army has not' purchased 12,000,000 acres of land; as had been reported, only .G.000,000 acres. The., larger figure represents''territory acquired b'y transfer, from other' federal, departments, of land already owned. This correction is gratifying.'. It is easier lo believe that the Army; was forced to purchase 0,000,000 acres than 12,000,000. Nevertheless, the purchased acreage still exceeds that of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts or New Jersey; it is greater'than the combined areas of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware; it is almost • equ'iva-' lent to that of Maryland. View* Publication In this column of editorials from other newspapers docs not necessarily mean endorsement but is nn acknowledgment ot in- ttrest in the subjects discussed. Soybeans or Cotton . r While talk was Iicnrd this week of- a cotton acreage this season that would bo disturbingly large lo some people, there also was - heard comment, lo the cITect that soybeans might prove more of n competllor lor cotloii. than even'the pessimistic have feared. According lo one manner of thinking, there IS "dunger" or "likelihood," according lo what process of thought' is employed, (hnl the nren under' cotton 'may reach up as high as 30,000,000 acres, as the result of the encouragement which recently has come .from Washington. It nuisl be admitted, though, that cnly a smnll minority believe in nny such figure and Ihal the great majority'in--the jtrade-.seem to think that the cotton belt' will 'do' well to ' plant as much coltou as it planted u year ago. •• Figures Just relensed by the Department of Agricullurc say that the runners of the country are so well siilisllcd , wilh soybeans that they intend lo plant, this sprlnj a total of 15,603,000 nercs, which .compares wilh 14,222,000 acres planted last year mid only 6,999,000 two years ago. showing clearly wind our agriculturists think ol the bean. To what extent this planllng of soybeans will encroach on cotton lands, It Is not jiowible lo slalc nt Ihis lime. The great argument In favor of soybeans as against coltou at .Ihis slage, when the country Is trying, to increase its production of Jat.s and oils for war and food purposes, Is that while (lie average yield of oil per acre from cotton is 70 pounds, the average yield from soybeans is 170 pounds. These figures, of course, Imvc^'hotli- ii)|T to do with the quality of oil produced. Soybeans are a versatile crop, wilh great variations in the plant which is bred for different purposes, some crops being grown for oil alone, Including the by-products from Ihc manufacture of oil. For the production of oil, the government, asked fo'r a plaining of 12,000,000 acres'; of which . the cotlon region is expected to furnish Its share. For instance, in the middle cotton belt, the eleven Deiln counties of Mississippi arc expected to plant 330,000 acres. The Mississippi rjelln k the heart of (he cotton region and old timers in the cotlon Industry will watch with more or less apprehension any further encouragement soybean planters get from the government. Cotton men do not take kindly to the claim that soybeans arc a good crop to Plant on land which is best sillied lo cotton. —The Cotton Trade Journal. We definitely have air superiority in Tunisia ™' J ' S ' A " al " ° f 12lh Arm * WEDNESDAY, MARCH; No Wonder It Makes Such Slow Progress C "Remember'when we could.overeat and miss school once in a while? Even Dial's out now, wilh the.point rationing WutAtYl I** system I" THIS CURIOUS WORLD ^rJJJJ™ MAY BLOOD, OR. BLOOD... BUT NEVER BLOOD/ T. M. RCC. U. S. MT. CtF. •mfly crude and awkward by Uic Witness of. her walk, Ihc grace of icr manners, (lie sweetness of her •olcc and the wfl of her acting." Engineer Specialists Needed For Army Work Men belsvccn the ages of 'M and iO are being sought, by the U. S. irmy to fill vacancies as engineer Jiecialists, it was announced by Staff Scrgt. J. H. Stiirnes of Ihe Army Recruiting Station In Jones- JOro. Tliei-e Is a need for a number if men who arc experienced in my of the following occupations: indge builder, utility repairman, 'lack-smith, hlnster or paivclcrmnn, liiarryman, rigger, telephone or clcgrnph lineman, and jack-hammer operator. Further information nny be secured hy writing to the Army Induction Station. 723 Broadway, Little Rock, Arkansas. . ^S**' MANY OF THE BASEBALLS NOW IN USE HAVE CORES < xv .SUBMARINES, AT TIMES, JvMUSr SINK TO KEEP. AFLOAT," Says .CHARLIE BETTC, • COPH IMJBYIKASESvice. INC. 3.3) NEXT: April fools' In Hollywood Out Our Way ' BV ERSKINE JOHNSON NEA Staff Correspondent .A silver-haired. 64-year-old lady stcpprrl off a train in Los Angeles the oilier day to begin a motion picture career she's been dqeij?- Ing for the last 20 years. .Her mime Is Grace George tmd she's been a Broadway stage star since 1888, one of the most distinguished women of Ihc American tlicaler. Her decision lo come' lo Hollywood will vex many a studio bigwig who has Iricrt. unsuccessfully, to lure her before :, motion picture camera. For Grfacc George never intended lo be a screen actress. But when the cameras start roll- m,' »' a few weeks on William Cag- ncy's first United Artists picture McLcod's Folly," in which brother Jimmy is Hie star, Grace George will be a film nctrcw. Behind It all is quite a slory On and off, for 20 years, film producers !,av c been tempting her wilh lucrative contracts. But Mis George, wife of Broadway thcatri cal producer William A. Brady turned them all down. Once, seven years ago, in a weak moment, she cbhsenlert lo make a screen test At Ihe lime she was scoring a hit in "Kind Lady" in New York. The lest was a knockout and she was offered a one-way ticket lo Hollywood. she said, "too stage actresses succumb to 'Hollywood.. One of two things actuallj ;hai;pened. Thpy were either givci ..small character roles or waited" fulilcly, Tor Hie right part lo coin along." Grace George would have neilh cr. She didn't have lo worry aboul her future. She had a siecccssfu past. CHAU,I:N(;K TO C&GNEY Then, a few weeks ago, Produce: William Cagncy found himself look ! ing for a C5-ycar-old actress to WHV CAN'T YOU RIDE ..... ^/-..^ , t\j\_j xiL/ct -£!^t T ° SCHOOL? THIS MOT SO FAftT, ROLN ROLLO.'—US VJORKlM' MEM GETS TUB PRIORITY SINCE -r*,, • <VGOT THW 0MWJOR JAKE, I S( FERWBOftt (GETS HO AM MN=>T£R.\ SOB, HE'S, OF THE ft NAMED IV\WJOR..' IS MORE OF A TRIB " Mjvj-^W^U v "i>-"-c iniMta UOWM--DO Ss^S^StrX SOMETHING BEFORE TH C Y »|^\ ST A^eDE WTIHTHEEM- »>Wb'^X HREBDlLDiMa.' 1* CHWR SWIORS.' NO BrXTHTOeo FETCM IMTM' EVE-MI f-1 1 PAPER,' KEEPS 6TOUT HANDS OFF COARSE; . FEATURES, 1 ;S£BCR*i THlRtV YEARSiTOO SOOM TOP BILL I MS =; play Jimmy Cngnoy's leading- lad; lif'McLcocTs Folly." Ife thmight o a lot of actrc.«es. including Grace George. He remembered she'd iiav< no part, or Hollywood. That made him mad. His first plan of attack was to send the lady a script of Ihe pic (lire. She read it and was surprised to find thai Hie role was just as big and Important as Cagncy's part. She returned the script wilh a not ndmilling. rather ruefully, that she was Interested. Then slip did a lilllc Investigating on lur own. Wha^ did her husband think of William Cngncy as a producer? Well, there was "Yankee Doodle Dandy," one of the year's biggest money-makers, and a number of oilier hits. Yes. he'd dp. If only she were sure of ... Till: OSCAIl HKU'KO And then came the announcement that Jimmy Cagiicy had won the Academy Award for the best performance of the year. That cinched it. No one.could ask for anything lietler than Hollywood's most distinguished male slar. • Three days after the Academy banquet ' Grnce George wired her acceptance of the role In "McLeod-5 .Folly.;: Aftsfc'Si" years, a great slago ac- ircss had capitulated lo Kolloy- wood—an aclress of whom a Now .Vork critic once wrote, "She makes I everyone in Ihe audience feel plens- l-aiih in Man Sli.ikcn SAN JOSE, CHI. iup)— w. K. Jrasslcy, operator of an "Honor Barking Lot," where the customers ropped wliat.ithey .owed.for,park-, ng a car in,'.a box maintained ,for iiat purpose; ihas-.had his:, faith omewhat shocked, not in his hon- ir system, but in humanity. He told the police he remained convinced that every customer had dropped his coin in the box—but then, along came n thief who pried open the box and stole the coins Has 187 Federal Agencies' SAN FRANCISCO. Cal. (UP)_ Bureaucracy is on the march. A census has revealed that this city no«- possesses 187 federal agencies, Some of them have jurisdictlon'ovcr Several states; ' ' ' Swearengen & Go, . SPOT COTTON BROKERS Blytheville,. Ark. Recleatied 2913—Seed SOYBEANS R. D. HUGHES (HN COMPANY Copyright; ,1943-f NEA Service FLOUNDERING CHAPTER XXVII "j\JUMBER ONE-all right, Cai>lain!" "Number two — all right, Caplain!" "Plant number three — all right, Captain!" Cr;cp reports' like that flowed lo Jimmy Carr at intervals from all 10 of the sailplanes 'he towed. "What about you, Pnt!" Jimmy radioed that personal question. He couldn't remember to call her Lorainc, for the real Loraine sat beside him, pouting. Anyway, this was no longer a time for any sort of masquerade. Realistic facts confronted them. Directly ahead and around them was a snorting Rocky Mountain storm. H had arisen— like a great black genii from the eartli iiselt — just beyond Four Peaks. It swept across the crags of Superstition Mountaiu. It hegan with a sand blow, characteristically, then it added pebbles, hailstones, and slashing rain. 11 was a fury heyonrl anything Ciipl. Jimmy Carr had ever known. Up and uown his "kite tail," ships were bobbing and dippuig like so many corks on a pond Number three plane snatched at the tow line so as to send a whip- like wave. Simultaneously, everybody radioed their fears back al Pal Friday. • '"Hold it, Number 10! . . . Look out! . . . Careful!" Pat's tail end plane, the cracker ot this sky whip, look the snap ot iU But the plane held on. Next minute llic blow was even stronger. U came not steadily but in jerks and snorts thai were almost cyclonic. In the tow ship, the real Lorainc Sluarl had screamed twice in terror and .limmy himself was deeply concerned. On him of course rested Ihe responsibility for all. But Jimmy, trained on the eastern seaboard, knew nothing ot Rocky Mountain storms. This one had trapped him before he realized its power and wrath. "Can't turn back yet!" he radioed lo his trailing pilots. "Don't want lo give it a tull sweep at us from the side. We're all hooked together, remember!" "Any visibility?" romebody "Zero!" Jimmy answered. "Flying entirely by instruments but slaying /airly well on tho course. Liistcn, men." "Yes, Jimmy," Pat checked in, loo. "Matter of technical interest. This being hooked onto one tow inc seems lo function somewhat like a real kite. .You get me? . My power plane has a real tail, and the tail steadies it in tlie storm! Or tends to. Maybe we discovered something!" .. That significant idea gripped all of them. "Tills may or may not be im- portanl," Jimmy lold them. "We cnn break our necks, men, or we can see it through. What's your wish?" "Sec it through! . . . See it through, Captain ... see it through!" That came as a quick chorus. A chorus ot courage, in all truth. The radio sets were crackling and spitting noisily now. Jimmy feared they might go out entirely. "Okay, then!" lie said, hurriedly. "You men slanci by for orders. U Ihe radio breaks, nsc your heads! We'll lake care of the lady first, then—" "Jimmy! . . . Captain Carr? . . . Number 10 calling .Captain Carr!" "What is it. Pat? Do you hoar me?" "Yes! Jimmy, I'm going lo cut loose!" "Hey!" * . * * TJER announcement held Ihe rest of Ihc train spellbound, including even the real Lorainc cowering in the lowing plane. "Check your instruments, Jimmy. We ought lo be Hearing Globe!" "What of it?" He verily yelled it. "This is one hell of a slorm, Pal!" •'•••• "We're close lo Globe!" "I'm watching for n chance lo turn around! First lull we get, I'll swing. I'll take you back to Phoenix and then Ihc rest of us will tackle this slorm to see what we can learn." "Jimmy, no! Why must you insult me?" ' "I'm not insulting anybody! I'm trying to save your skin!" . "I'm one of the pilojs. We've reached Ihe, place where I'm lo cul loose and land! Right ncai Globe!" • ".••"You're crazy! The last earth we saw was Superstition Mountain. And even if we were bvci Globe you couldn't see a spot to land, Pal! I'm .taking you home. 1 "Do you want to go tack to \ Phoenix and admit the sky train 'ailed?" "No. But I want to save your .ife more!" Junmy barked. '• "So what, Jimmy Carr? I won't lo it!" ' . ; . The olhcrs were listening, en- Ihrallcd. Plane Number 7 spoke .11). That was big Ed Bryan. "Miss Pat, -you take and listen .0 Ihe caplain, please, ma'am." "Attention, Fat," Jimmy or- lered. "I'm going to turn the first chance I get. Can't risk a heavy side sweep all along the train, I'll wait for a lull. When it comes. I'll swing fast!" "No!" "You heard me, Private Fri- . :lay! Do you want' to be court- martialed?" He could have been joking, indeed he must have been. It was i way he had teased her before. And yet, she was literally under liis orders here; she was in effect private under his caplaincy and command. Certainly no maii pilot in Ihis strange kiie tail would have dared act like pretty Pat was acting! , : . ,*'**" JJUT, then, a man is a man, and n girl is a girl; the armies of the world iyi.ll always have to take Ihe difference into consideration. Especially, no doubt, if the individuals are in love. "Jimmy, I won't go backj" Pat declared. "We have got to-provc things to the crowd back in Phoenix!" • ;. ..>•..-. - '•• "You've'go.t to save your-life! And these Superstition crags are—" * 'I'm not afraid! I've been checking my instruments. We are up 12,200 feet, and I'll bet I know- exactly where we arc, Jimmy." "Thai's not the point, Patsy! Your life must—" Click! The radio was dead! Lightning, llnrikier, all the-mys*TioUs phenomena ot a mountain storm had engulfed them. Communication was impossible now. The men on that flying kite tail strained to look back. Would the spunky girl in Number 10 actually j cul loose? ; She would! i Even as they looked, Pal dipped her plane. It was her last signal. Next moment she dropped the low line! Appalled now," every man stared back and down at her-ship. For a tew seconds it was a tumbling, floundering bit ot while, a sheet, a handkerchief, lossed in tho blackness. Then, as it in an o'coaii ot water, it faded into the roaring slorm. - • , •-. - ...... • <T» B«-Co'ntiiiiJti)": • • • -

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