The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 6, 1955 · Page 3
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ttJMDAY, SEPTEMBER «, 1MB BLTTHEVILL1 (ARKJ COURIER MBWf PAGE THREE Church Membership Hits All Time High of 97 482 611 NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have kept up their postwar interest in religion, swelling total-membership in U. S. churches of all .faiths to a record 97,482,611. This figure, reported yesterday by the National Council of Churches, means 6 out of •very 10 persons in the United States is listed as a church member. "There has been no pause or letdown in the vigorous postwar growth of the churches," said Dr. Benson Y. Landis, editor of the council's yearbook, in which the new figures are to be publislied this month. The council's figures show that church membership is growing faster than the population of the country. Most of the current church figures are for 1954. The rise over 1953 is 2,639,766 or 2.8 per cent. In the same period the population rose 1.7 per cent. The council is an organization of 30 Protestant and Eastern Orthodox bodies but its yearbook statistics cover all American churches, which now have a total of 300,056 congregations, 5,597 more than in 1953. More Than $2 Billion More than two billion dollars are given annually to churches, the council reported, and church const ruction in 1954 hit an all-time high, amounting to 588 million dollars. This was 25 per cent more than a year ago. I Clergymen in active charge of! local churches total at least 213.167,1 compared with 207,618 the year before. f Trie yearbook reported that j church members now make up 60.3 [ per cent of the population, com- j pared with 49 per cent in 1940 and! 16 per cent a century ago "whenj Americans were popularly sup- j posed to be more religious-minded | than today." j Membership Breakdown ; The yearbook listed this inem-j bership breakdown by religious j groups; ! Protestant — 57,124,142 in 2T3.50S: churches. j Roman Catholic — 32.403,332 in; 20.7SM churches. Jewish — 5,500,000 In 4,079 churches. Eastern Orthodox — 2,024,219 BULL FOR RUSSIANS—Cyrus Eaton, Cleveland industrialist who is Chairman of the Board of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, with Acadia Sportsman 45th, the prize-winning purebred Scotch Shorthorn bull that he presented to the visiting Soviet agricultural delegation at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. Eaton owns the 800-acre Acadia Farms at Norihiioid, Ohio, home of one of North America's largest and most noted herds of Scotch Shorthorns, the oldest breed of beef cattle. After 27 Years AWOL'Soldier' Gives Self Up NEW YORK (in— If Willi»m *• Lydon's story check* out, the Army has a 58-year-old privtta on it* hands. Lydon, a slight, bespectacled elevator operator, turned up at 1st Army headquarters on Governors island yesterday. He told »n MP on duty there: "I want to give my«elf up. I've been AWO1, from the Army since 1928, and now my conscience bothers me so much I've got to go in and face it." Surprised Army authorities assigned Lydon to a "casual detachment" and restricted him to the island while they checked his case. This might take some time, a spokesman said, since records dating back that far are probably buried somewhere in archies at Kansas City. Lydon told Army officials he enlisted at Boston in 1936 and was assigned to Ft. Scott, R.I. While on pass one day with other soldiers, he said, he drank too much and overstayed his leave by two days. Ashamed and afraid to face Army discipline, he decided to stay away. "I went back to Boston, bought civies and did railroad and construction work," he recalled. ''The Army didn't trace me. A couple of years later I came to New York, met my wife and settled here." The -Vmy spokesman said the statute of limitations on a peacetime desertion will probably spare Lydon any punishment. "We'll have lo give him a discharge, that's all/' he added. Seventy per cent of the shoplifters arrested in the United States are first offenders. Honor Student Admits He Killed Father BOSTON' (/P. — Police Capt. Mi- inicliael A. Clouijheny said n-ye.ir- 1 341 churches. j "id Arthur H. Martin, an honor stu- Old Catholic and Polish National dent at Boston Latin School. ad- Catholic — 367,918 in 285 churches j mitted last night he stabbed his Buddhist — 63,000 in 49 churches, father to death and lived alone m Protestants gained the most numerically in 1954 with an increase of 1,286.817 or 2.3 per cent. their home with the body for five weeks. Mrs. Isabel Martin. 38. last night FREE TRIAL SINUS TROUBLE, ASTHMA, HAT FEVER *r*l ci«*I wn^tioo nvxitKA »«h held folds mif ttiVf. M»l c»:;zel »irti GERM-LADEN" TENAOOUS d sifj wasc hei. clogged Mt-CllS. wbfch. if not t=!i tmf, i for tern purify t*jl!:il NATIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY, Ml, Greater percentage increases were found the body o[ her husband, short-n by the Roman Catholics, up; Manuel. 51, on their bedroom floor. 927,071 or 2.8 per cent, and the; She had been away on an extended Jews. Increased by 500,000 or 10! vacation. per cent. i Clousherty said the son told de- Membership in (he largest Prot-i lectives he stabbed his father with esisnt denominations or denomma-i a trench knife last July 28 during tional groups was: j an areurr.ent over washing the Baptist — 18,488.621. Methodist — 11.688.002. Lutheran — 6.818,283 Presbyterian — 3,703.021. Protestant Episcopal — 2,660.699 kitchen floor. No charge uas brought against the boy immediately. Sing Sing's 'Voice' Should Go Slugger Back Sen. MaloneSays MOSCOW <-F! — Sen. George W. Malone (R-Nev), after five days in Moscow, thinks Hie U. S. government should get rid of its Voice of America rndio because it hasn't whipped the Soviet people up to the point of a revolution. And he thinks U. S. military Spending should be cut back because he finds "no evidence the Soviet Union is prepared for wnr. NEW YORK ',? — Husky Albert Ovvt-'ns. 31, may get back his old berth on the Sing Sing Prison baseball team. Owens was a star batsman with a .310 average on the prison team until he was paroled in 1953 afioc serving seven years of a burglary sentence. Yesterday he was under arrest again. Police said they nabbed the 206- pound mar. as he struggled out of a Broklyn home with two suit- Mnlonc. who arrived here last] cases loaded with $10,000 worth of Wednesday, told newsmen yester-i loot. He was charged with burcday: ' : lary, grand larceny and possession "I saw no evidence the Soviet j of burglar tools. people will rise against their gov-| The arrest gives him a good ernment. Cosnequently, we should i chrmce to get back to his old team, entrench expenses like the Voice! police said. of America." j Lad's 'Collection' Viewed by Cop SPRINGFIELD. 111. if~ — Detec- u\e Spt. Byron NoUing stopped on his way to work yesterday to talk u'ith 5-ycar-old Terry Weller. Tmy insisted that Noltinp see his "collection." The boy produced j an accumulation of parking tickets I taken from the windshields of cars ai a municipal parking lot. Motor. ists usinp the lot have been com- : plaining that a delinquent notice in the mull was their first knowledge of a parking violation. ! Terry's mother assured police thai = her son'? collection would be stopped. CAN YOU QUALIFY For the Non-Cancelable AMERICAN HOSPITAL PLAN? LIBERAL BENEFITS • Hospital • Surgery • Childbirth • Doctor's Calls and other Miscellaneous Expenses Covers Accidents, Sickness and Polio That is Guaranteed Renewable for Life After Oni Year! PROTECTION For the Whole Family Ages 1 to 80 Yean American Insurance Co. of Texas Ait OU ffstaMfsfwo' Company Representative — Mrs. T.ouella McFaH Phone 3-3319 •:- Blytheville SAVE 3. OR MORE ON YOUR GROCERY DOLLARS! Safeway's policy is to meet the advertised and everyday shelf grocery prices of trading stamp grocers by keeping Safeway prices at least 3% below those of its trading stamp competitors. This means big cash savings to Safeway's customers on their grocery purchases. This Ad Effective Wednesday, Sept. 7th White Magic Gentle Armour's Pure Mild & Mellow Airway Bleach Lard Coffee Milk lomaioes Jell-Well 3 Juice 2 Qt. Bot. 3 Ib. On. Bag Ib. Cherub Evaporated 2 14 01. Tim 31' 49' 73' 23' Gardenside 303 Tin Pkgs. Assorted Gelatin* ORANGE Full of Gold 46 os. Tin 19 28 PONT FORGET! Safeway wHl meet the lowest advertised price of •very competitor — item by item —day by day — in Rlylhevillc. Quality considered. Vandals Smash Church Interior »T. LOUIS (*—Tandals »mashed the interior of the Carondolet Baptist Church yesterday, pushing holes in the walls, flooding the basement and spattering Ink around the building. "Our church Is wrecked," said the Rev. E. N. Rogers. He listed as damaged or destroyed the pulpit, piano, public address system, stained glass windows, 20 glass-enclosed nursery cribs, a number of benches and chairs, pictures and religious objects. Skunks Still Have a Home OKLAHOMA CITY (jp) — "It's quite uncomfortable," Mrs. Florence Phelpg Smith reported to police last night. She was talking about the space under her home which has become a haven for a mother skunk and six large-sized youngsters. Two officers went out to the home to investigate when Mrs. Smith pleaded: ''It's getting serious." They found conditions as she described 'them, but couldn't get to the odor-bearing . animals. They'll remain until someon' proper equipment ca: under the house. Barber Shop Landing Grounds Hummingbird SANTA MONICA, Calif. 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