The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1937 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 23, 1937
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Shows 'Handicapped Sharecroppers Way To New" Economic Freedom RY JEUGENE ... NR» service Special Correspondent MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec, 22. — "After nil these years. I am no longer a sharecropper." . Those words, uttered by sturdy determined H. L. Majure. Phlllios county, Arkansas, farmer ar P lull r' iirnnlni; for the south nnd for all America. Behind the words lie 22 seasons of (oil, poverty, mean sharecropper cabins and the hand-to-mouth ea- )*tr»-ij of one-crop fanning, Ahead of^ tliem lies hope, not only for Majure and his proud family, but .for everyone. For what Majure has done others can do, and there lies hope. Majure is the winner of the Plant-to- Frosper competition run by the Memphis Commercial Appeal in nn effort to stimulate diversified, scientific, self-sustaining farming in the south and help point n way to liberate the sharecropper. 'Made a Try for It Majure, with only a fifth-grade education, had never known anything but a life of renting Inivl, buvlng on credit, making ft slnck crop, nnd usually p'ayhi? cut, fo~ "rent arid furnish" to landlord nnd merchant, the whole proceeds from his crop. Year after year It was ft bare living, and nothing ahead for Majure. But 22 years .of that could not kill ambition in Majure. He decided that one-crop farming would never get him anywhere. Along came the newspaper's Plant-to-Prosper competition Majure decided to enter and make ft try.for It. T'May lie is on Ihe way to ownership of 40 acres of fertile, well- handled land. On New Year's Day he will niove into a new five-r^ni house which he built with'his own hands. This year, in addition to a better living than he ever had before, he '*' tnonev "ahead.. The 40 acres he is buying is loo small to support his family, but he is able to pay cash rent for 53 acres more, Majure is on the road to freedom. Won't Owe Anyone And he Is not the,only one. Take C. W. Armstrong of Ti shorn'ineo county, Missouri. Seven years n«o he bought a 36-acre wornout hill farm, and moved into a .one-room cabin.' • .. ' Todav he Ims n new house built with his oun ihands -from lumber See What Christmas/Holds In Store For You 0 . . ._,. ' wo e r, ohaltS Were Once Sunk ''" ll>c !illlt °P shaft arid covered it , T c , . n . | I "P. That night the raiding Imli- lll lexas, OECKina Kich \/ ' ' Vein 8 L 3 U W 2 O 5 G 6 E 7 A V N 3 G 6, O 3 O 2 D S O A E O W 3 D 7 A 7 N 2 D H 6 0 b W 3 W 3 S E t 2 E 7 S •DI—, . '• , . „ ', PopyrlKlih 11)37. William J. Mllk-r : Pleasant wishes for Christmas from the depths of the "Wishing Well." Here's an entertaining little ^ S. W f y01 "' ^ "", mbe '"' fol - ec - 1sli "B l " p (u ""-e- Count the letters of your first name f S rv * ? °'' "'"IVubtracl *• " ">e «ol«l >'s less than 6. ndd 3. The result is your key nun her S.uU in the upper e -hand corner of the figure and check each one of your key numbers Then read Ihejetters below those numbers so checked. The message will surprise you. the party sank another, on n (by hilltop where a rich vein of silver was Joilnd. "The old man told my uncle that Indians, raided the Mexican camp nft«r 43 bars of silver had Ibeen mined, smelted nnd molded," iKIne said. "The Mexicans, fearin« would be robbed, hid the bars THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1937 tt » of the party except Uie 'nan who gave the map to my uncle." "King said his uncle later oficr- to s'vc.hlm half Interest H — I» Pgypt It Is against 'the law lo l!il "' nn airplane at any place "'her thun upproveil landhiB fields 01 ' official aerodromes. age. He also sodded 12 acres into permanent pasture !u Bermuda grass, lespedeza nnd hop clover. ''When I moved on to this farm, I'm sure it wasn't muking more Reiser New* Mr. and Mrs. Harold, are Williams nnd spending the ..... _ » v n v tliUJMJlg IJIU1C "»*«i 41111 VIM, Ul C h|fUlUUllV I HO tlmn a fourth of a bnl e of cotton • Christmas holidays with Mrs. Wilto the acre; this year I'm picking! Hams' parents. Mr. nnd Mr. R I 14 biUes from 20 acres," says Mu-1 Rice, at Steele. J "', C ,.., „ 1 Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Watts and With their family of six, (lie' Miss Kathrlne are spending tire Majures have reached a point of. holidays In Pontotoc nnd Ni'w Al- selt-support at ivjiich they spent bany. Miss, only $97 for food not raised on their own farm Inst year. "And we lived good," adds Majure. "If we , . could grow our sugar, coffee, flour and salt, I expect we wouldn't have '° siwud anything on store-bought stulf." Made Money, Too The pantry backs him lip There are 96 cans of beef there and 34 ' o Haddenn eld N j s ~nt es day with Dr and 'Mrs TT Pniv" ,, . ,,1, ,™ rs ' Merrill Polk and so "' Bl ». 'eft Sunday for Stuttgart ^' hcrB llle >' wlil vlsl ' Jll<i ?e and J ~ Ef R ?, V ' Tllen , tlley *'" aU ''"' " " l l '™' There were hundreds of other entrants In the Commercial Ap- r eal contest, whose achievements were scarcely less remarkable. Bvt, Majure's achievement, judged great- he "did and how he did it. Money Every Mouth Tie decided that he would trv to nnd I r>hls, are apcuuiiig ins onrisir Ihe Majures have not only lived ; holidays with Mr. nnd Mrs c »'<•" and provided a good living Lowe. i«.-. nnd Mrs. L. o. Larson of Gumrisbn,', M^ss., fppiit' the past week end with Mrs. Larsen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Halph Fergu- include $141.40 spent for home son. furnishings, 5101 for education, $26 I Mrs. Sarah G. Miller, of Mem- ft patient at the Baptist hospital In Memphis, has relumed home. Professor iiud Mrs. W. E. I.QCKlIAflT, Tex. (UP)— Deep . In the sandhills in the Southeast- 1>c lvo " I<i llc| l' h!m n " d l| i e frn part of Cnldiwll county, Tex ul ' L '' ' rhe ullc!c dle<1 M only a lew miles from where nil Et ' Illch wa « started, Held "roughnecks" climb steel der- r!c):s nnd search for liquid go!-J, lies the crumbling s!:«fl ami wen- Ihi.'iueulen turnacc-sineltci 1 of an old silver mine. The old furnace, Including the [ict, Is constructed of native stone and !•> said to be n masterpiece o( masonry. Close by ruins in a hidden rtwss there is said to be buried a j fortune in silver tars. Many tales ! lire told of those who spent thoir ilves protecting or searching for t!;e rlelit's. '1'he most likely Is one told by Hurry 1,. King, C'aldwell coimty fariifcr. St:ti(cd With Murder The tale concerns King's niiele. (he lute A. S. Lov/ry, Jorjner Texas Hnngtr ,in the border country. "In 1875 a Mexican boy was killed aid the murderer escaped across the Rio Grande into Old Mexico." King remind. '"['lie dead (jcy'.s falhcr come to my uncle mid lolil him that he would make Jilm a rich man if he woulil capture the felon. "My uncle; thought thai the old man's talk was merely a fathers promise in order to gain vengeance on (he slayer of his son. However, few weeks Inter te murderer was hired across the river to u IMs y Sds (Sept. l(j) celebration :UK! captured. "After the murderer had been tried nnd scntenccil t o life in the lirntteiillnry, the old mini came to my uncle mitl presented him with a crudely drawn map of the old mine with an 'X' markine the spot where, the treasure was supposed to be burled." Two Shafls Sunk The old man is said lo have toUl and family nre spending several Ranger Lowry that, in IB'-M as n Hays at the home of Mrs. Plgg's.boy of 14 he was with a coimnnv parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Moore, of Mexican men and womm who In Cnbot, Ark. . • (OUE the slinft niul creeled the Dr. nnd Mrs. J. T. Polk nnd Mrs.).smeller now in niins Tlie short Walter Kellner left Thursday' the remains of which may n6w morning for points In Arkansas and !'ce," IUL puuiis in nrKansnsnmt ice seen, showed very li Oklahoma. Mrs, Kellner will visit I of silver, but there "was seen, showed very little signs *« $230L87 ' wlth a net In Fort Smith. Dr. and Mrs. Polk will visit Mr. nnd Mrs. Dill Allen in Pawluskn, Ola., then spend 'several days In Fayettevllle with Dr. Folk's mother. Wllmcr Smith Is spending the i holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Homer Pratt in Paragould. : Miss Margaret Robertson went home with Miss Mary Alice Stuttle at Pocalionlns to spend .several days. She returned Wednesday. '•' Mrs. W. C. Walls entertained the club Tuesday with nn extra tnble of bridge. Among the guests were Mrs. Spence Williams, Mrs. W. E. Plgg, Mrs. AnslI Montgomery. Mrs. Kirby. High score was won by Mrs; Prcd Crockett, guest prize by Mrs. W. E. Pigg and cut prize by Mrs. W. O. Chllcls. «I copper. This shaft is a trace was abandoned and Relics of 1J76 Found cent excavation at fort Mont- . PORT MONTGOMERY, N. Y. goniery, American defense (UP) — Military uniform buttons. Hudson River In the fWvolutl British half pennies, musket bul- ary War. The relics are now uis- lets, cannon balls and ruin bottles have been uiieiirlhcd by rc- Trallslde Museum. ft NKKH DRINK-WORTH A DIME and sources of income instead of one. They include corn, spinach, mus- i tard greens, turnip greens, English ' Teas, snan beans, Lima beans, Ornwder peas, speckled peas, blue hull peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, j sweet com, watermelons, cantaloupes, squash, clay peas, soy beans, carrots, sweet and Irish potatoes, milk, butter, chickens, eggs, meat and cotton. Because he had a little money coining in all the time, Majurc did not have to borrow to plant his; crops or to live. He also grew 1 enough fruits and vegetables so that his wife and daughter could can plenty to carry them through the winter. Then Majure carried the idea farther. Finding that he could grow most of his own food, he decided to apply the same thing to feed for his stock. So he began growing his own hay, small grains and corn. These he turned into cash through his hogs and cows. Only $97 for Food The Plattt-to-Prosper campaign taught him to conserve his soil, and land on which soil-depleting crops had been grown were planted in winter cover crops like soy beans and peas. He rotated his crops. He stopped erosion dom- Th«y All The children all helped, becoming active In 4-H Club work, and Miss Frances Kirby of Ounlon, • -vic'idtng several days with her sister, Mrs. W. W. Walls, and Mr. Walls. Mr. and Mrs. w. W. Watson and Canada' ranks second among the countries of the world In the lumber of telephones in propor- lon to population. There are 1,208,811 telephones In the dominion. Florida leads all other slates in the Union . In the manufacture of cigars. : n - u wor, an ""• »"" "irs. w. w. waison. anil Mrs ' Ma -I urc organized and helped family ar e spending the Christmas run a Home Demonstration club, holidays with Mrs. Watson' father Wlien MaJ"" decided to "make and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. hi f brcak " lnst >' eiir ' lle called lhe whole family Into a "council of „ . Mr - •. Mo. Mrs. B. R. Kemp arc- P. Rains In Senath, Mo. Webb Anderson, who lias been witvie inmiiy inu> a council ot . Jyl '- UIJU Mrs. a. ti. K.en war." All agreed to help, and all spending Christmas with Mrs. share the satisfaction of achieve- ; JCemp's parents. Mr. nnd Mrs. J. ment. " "-'— " " Majure's magnificent rise from a hopeless sharecropper status to Independence and the road to ownership through diversified and self-sufficient farming nre regarded by the judges as a beacon light pointing the way lo ultimate solution of the desperate sharecropper and one-crop farm problem In the south. Bison Scorn Domesticity TOLEDO (UP)—Two bison, part of a herd of 100 shipped East from Wyoming, are giving local cattlemen a headache. They are too wild to be weighed, must be fed by remote control, and arc re.\dy lo defy all comers. Cattle handlers hope time will provide a solution to the problem. Re»a Courier Nem Wonl SENTRY COAL %|%Fl^iHI try •mr NEW SENTRY COAL this time GAY & BILLINGS PHONE 76 Announcement Tim Breeden Is Now Back In Charge of Our Service Station He hopes that his friends will patroni/c him at his new location as they have done in the past. S«e Him For Ford Anti-Freeze Pmtone Winter Lubricants FREE TESTING OK Hrakes, Lights, Battery, Anli-Free/e Wheel Alignment Read tne courier News want ads. Ear-Corn -WANTED-Soybeans Highest Market Prices Paid MALDEN GRAIN CO. \V. 0. Reeves, Agent So. R. R. Slret't Klythevillc, Ark. I'hnnc 555 Hemorrhoids-Piles CURKD WITHOUT SURGERY S: GUARAIS'l'KKl) Saft. surr and with lcs» dlseomiorl. All illscasrs and conditions of nervous origin, fool allmrnls and shin cancers treated and mird at our clinic. DRS. NIES & NIES Ostenpathic I'hjslciam 514 Main Phone 98 lUythevillt, Ark. 5th PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. & W»lwrt Theme 810 A RHYME FROM THE REINDEER... The time is near for Christmas cheer, So hurry like the flee! reindeer And call for CALVERT'S mellow blends— The perfect gift for all your friends! CLEAR-HEADS [CLEAR HEADED BUYERS] CALL FOR WHISKIES CALVEKT DISTIUCIK COHT., DISTILLERIES; RELAY, MO.. i%. ( il^.V^^ S . . . cM-.-urrsjglgift2Jj.j5jP.iJJBJii.rf-- .. AND Mead's presen ts a CHRISTMAS SURPRISE party for Blytheville future men-about-town Exactly 64 Fall and Winter 1937 PREP SUITS TOPCOATS radically reduced for tomorrow only to $ IS 75 Sizes are 33 fo 38 We've had a balanced budget sale o! suits and topcoats for the older men but it seems we slipped up on the tu- ture young-men-about-town so here w e come out with a great surprise party on the day before Christmas. Promptly at 8:00 tomorrow morning we offer exactly 6<l Hart Schaffner & Marx prep suits and Mansfield topcoats at the very low price of §18.75. Every one from our regular Fall and Winter stocks and every one styled to the minute. Sizes are 33 to 38. HINTS TO DADS and MOTHER^ v If (here is anything a young man wants these days it is a new suit and topcoat. It makes him feel proud lo step out o n Christmas day looking like a million dollars. At this money Kavirig price you can get him other gifts with the saving. Your's for a Merry Christmas MEAD'S 315 WEST MAIN STREET

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