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PAGE POUR tSE 'BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COUJUER NEW8 CO. ' H. W. HMNES, Publisher •ate National Advertising Representatives: Arkansas Dollies, Inc., New York, Chicago, De- *ott, Bt. Louis; Dallas, Kansas City, Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second class mater at the post office at BJythevllle Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Served by;the United Press SUBSCRIPTION KATES . By carrier In the City of BlyUievllle, 15c per week,'or .69o per month. By mall, within a radius of 50 miles, 13.00 per year, 41.50 lor EiJc months, 75c [or three months; by mall In poslal zones two to six. Inclusive, $6.50 per year; In'zones seven and eight ,$10.00 per year, payable In advance.' Enlightened People Bulwark Democracy there appears to be a close relationship between newspaper reading and successful democracy. Recent studies in the consumption of newsprint paper (which is a rough index of (lie number of newspapers printed and read) show that in the democratic countries of the world con• gumption of newsprint is high. In •countries <Jf )e<is'$<l$inotT;ilic form it i is .low. ' A ; Jlei-e are. the figures: In the United Kingdom in 193C, GO pounds of newsprint a yesir'^vcrc used for eitch person. In the United States it was 57. Now follow the figures down through other countries and think, as you rend : them, of the degree of democracy *acli country has. Australia and New Zealand; 58; Canada, 36; Scandinavia, 26; Netherlands, 23, France, 18; Japan, 13; Finland, 13; Germany, 11; Eussia, Italy and Mexico, 3; Brazil/ 2. The parallel is not perfect, of course, but it runs close enough to suggest- .that in today's world only those coiin- ' tries -whose people read newspapers .widely can maintain democratic government. If you stop to think about it for just n moment, yon can see that it must be that way. Under a system where the people: themselves make the decisions oil; economic, political, iintl social questions,-they must-be informed if they are to make the right decisions and thus make democracy work. And no other popular medium has ever been devised that is: half as informative as the daily newspaper. Iti countries ( wherc people's opinions come to them ready-made over the air froni the powcrs-that-bc, in a form that they must, accept unthinkingly, or else, newspapers do not flourish. :Nor do they •flourish in countries where everyone knows the papers ..are nothing but sounding-boards for the • ; officials who are maintaining themselves in power. Note also that those democratic countries which stand highest in newsprint consumption also have the best newspapers, the most informative. Yon can read your newspaper, think about what is said, criticize it, go back and read it again, all quietly, * thoughtfully and at your own good time. That is where newspapers stand alone as organs of information. That is why there is such a direct relationship between newspaper reading and democracy. <ARK.) COURIER NEWS of MONDAY, EECEMEEa 27, 1937 Publication In tills column of editorials from other jiewspajxirs does not necessarily mean eivdorsemont but is an acknowledgment of interest in the sub}ecti OBCussed. When the "Shooting" Starts Not. content with their previous experiments in "Hliey Long pollllcs" tlic Little Rock advisors bl Governor Bailey throw out a new hint this week-end of a special 'session of the leg- Isluturo lo consider "freeing some of the elate's nine loll bridges," JUltlc Hock, along wllh some of the olhcr cities of the slate, would like to see tile state- owned loll bridges mnrtc free—and Governor Halley, being himself n Little nock man, has from lime to lime mentioned the matter, never pushing it lo \\ showdown. And whether Ills administration Is now actually headed (or siicn a showdown we CUD hardly tell, since he .'s sllll very 111, and (lie reports cumo from his advisors ratlicr limn' from himself. But It will he oln'ious lo almost anyone—us The !3lar lins pointed ouL before—that Ihls toll-lirldgc- <|iiChlloi> will Ijc |k 'bailie between the big cillcfi and Ihclr Mores, on the one side, nnd Ihe small cities mid the farms, on Ihc other side. The stntc lias poured millions of dollars 'itito slate-owned toll bridges wllh Ihe expedition lltat the lolls collected from motor truirtc,' Including heavy payments by Ihc -thousands of tourists, crossing Arkansas each year, would safeguard Arkansas', citizens from huvlng to 'jmy for (he bridges themselves. Under Ihc; original loll plan the bridges were to be self- supporting, leaving the gasollne-Uix mid automobile-license funds (o -build roads In the county mul help pay for street-paving in the cities. It Is argued by propagandists serving .the selfish cuds of retail trade in Little Rock, Tcx- arknnn nnd El Dorado, that If the Slate of Arkansas can refund Us Jilgliway and bridge bonds at a lower interest rate, this saving might be used lo make the bridges loll-free. But if the .public debt can be refunded, it Is only because money rates arc cheaper now than when tlic bonds were originally sold—and this .miring belongs, of course, lo all the |Koplc, not merely to a select few who own property (hut would be helped in Little Rock, Tcxavkana nntl El Dorado, .••.-• This Is, <IG 1 have said, an Issue between the few in the city ami the many in the country. Whatever money the state can save in the operation of its funded debt belongs to the whole system of highways and streets. The farmer who wants a gravel road to town, nnd who now has lo.live on n dirt road tbnl is Impassable in ; wct weather, .has u right to demand thflt Die 'stntt! serve Us own citizens before it makes* the loll-bridges free H.O tourists. The town-du'Cller who has :lo [ay the entire cost of street-paving, although everybody in the vicinity uses the street whether they own real estate or not. has a right to demand that tho stale relievo him of taxes before II relieves the lourist who Is here today and gone tomorrow. Is any defense needed for Arkansas' present system of toll-Eiiprrartcd bridges? Certainly not. Kentucky 'and Tennessee arc fnr richer stales than Arkansas—and yet yod cross loll bridges by tlic handful when you cross these stales by automobile. The publicly-owned toll bria.ee is quite different from the iniquitous system of privately- owned bridges wnleh^Nsed to prevail. The present system of public 'tolls -was used to construct the great bridges and tunnels approaching Ne',v York City -from the west, and the same system Is hi force at Golden Oalc, San Francisco. II is a fair and just system—and It is oj)- pcscd only by those who seek to use Ihc money of tlic entire sUlc to further Ihc trade of cor lain cities. Ami when the "shooting" starls we'll be there! —Alex Washburn In Hope Slav. WTOUliWAY Al* i, :Leb. THOSE DAYS OF \ 1OAF1N& AIO>OG \ CREEKS, FISHIN)' WA5TIN' TIME WITH KITES, MAR&LES AM' THIMGS ARE GOME FDR. KIDS/. 'COMPETITION) IS TOO KEEN, NOW ~ NOU'VE GOT TO BE READV TO „ OPPORTUMITY- By Williams / rr MusTve &EEM GREAT TO HAVE LIVED •WHEM PEOPLE DIDK)' HAVE TO HAVE SO -MUCH IJRAINS- TH' GREAT ' ABOUT THEM DAV3 WAS THAT SOU COULD &E PUM&, BUT THEE. WASN'T SO MANW TO TAKE YOU IM- OME BORN EVERY MINJUTE" \ AM' TWO TO TAKE HIM.' ) HOW SOFT HE HAD IT- THERE'S A HUMORED TO HIM,WOW/ SIDE GLANCES By George dark l»« BV«« MBMCt, UK. T. M. BEO. U. 5. P»T. OrF. "John jjot'a ni J)C; smo kin jacket and house slippers. I won't be able to get him out all winter." THIS CURIOUS WORLD s Ferguson WHEN THUNDER VSftS HEARD BELIEVEC) THAT THE GODS WERE TO IMPART TO THEM AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE. WROTE HIS NAME SUGAR. BEET SUGAR beets, botanically speaking, belong to the same spectra UK .garden beet. Although they conlain less than 20 per cent •"gar, they furnish nearly one-half of the world's sinply of that ommodity. ' .'•'... ^ "^ i>15CClS """^ '""" "' e CSK ' u " wi " sci1 C0 "' Doubts, Fears,-Obsessions Dislurb Menial Health of Neurotic PalieiU This Is the fourth in n series in which Dr. 'Fisliljcin discusses cause, effect nnd treatment in eases of Nervous Breakdown. * * » I No. 4071 ny I)K. .MORRIS FfSHHKlN Kditor, ,lo«rii!U of the Amcrican. Medicul Association, aiut of Hygci.i, (lie. Health Marine- ' Followers of modern psychologic Ideas characterize Ihc psychas- thenics, who are marked by an easily fatigued mind, as sufferers from a "compulsion neurosis." as doubts, fears and obsessions trouble the mitiri of the patients. j Consider the mental altitudes of j Uo workers who have been called "on the carpel" for an tnlervicw' in the head office. One propurcs for .the worst. He knocks on the door Umirtly. and \valfcs tn with his knees shaking. He is licked before , he starts. Two foreign dictators I have their audience rooms arranjcd so thai the visitor will have to walk a long way ncrow the floor before he reaches the dictator's desk. Timi id people nre ready for the worst before the first syllable is spoken. The pcrsoii with confidence in himself and in his work may feel a slight apprehension at first, in the nature of being keyed up. The j mcmeni the first word Is spoken, he. finds he is (juile capable of taking care of himself. * * t Psychologists hnvc chssifriert neurotics in various ways. There is the neurotic who is submissive, resigned . and placid, because he finds the World too hard. He desires security, | refuse, and lark of responsibility without IOFS of respect. There people sometimes develop disturbances of digestion which give them a quite comfortable or mild invnlidism. With this, they obtain a certain amount cf freedom from responsibility auu struggle with Ihe world. Sometimes these people develop different types of complaints symbolizing mental difficulty, fr-nr or frustration. Psychoanalysts sav that R woman who fears constantly that her husband may throw away nil his money may. as a result, develop serious constipation. Another lype of nrurolic may be driving and Dstenlat'ions because he has found' lhal through illness he may maintain the "iinricr hand" in his household. A person confronted with a situation that is !co much fur him. may solve his dlflicuUtcs by rclreat into chronic invftlidism. Many such people have allnrnatiia; |it.rio:ls of dtpvossion and restlessness so that, their characters muy seem exceedingly unstable. Enrly detection and titid«rs(and- in K of every case of nervous instability « important so tlut proper mental hygiene may lie practiced promptly. This may mean the difference between recovery and complete mental breakdown. Ac worries accumulate, hours and hours of sleep may \\-. lost. Furthermore, people affected are usually those beyond middle age. They do not have the powers nf recuperation of younger persons. By ELINOR6 COWAN STONE CAST Ol 1 CII.IIIACTEHS M.MKl Itrc.vriH,' — lie i<itne, dmiKtli'r-ol u fiuiMHix KljiKer. iMr'i 1 . ii.iKiiv.iioiii; -rnKK't— Ilvni, llyluc "durcilrvll," 91 I Jl A IS It A Tim.VI 1 — Hnrri" tnfiir'H UTrnudiuolhf rj u • "»lrolt|C winui) i) ," Y*Kfl'riJiij-i Hurry, aliout io atari on tiln rfKi-uc lrli»j uitkM l.tndti in marry him flr«(. ni-mlly. On Ikflr vii)- In lie «TI|. llldi Illuiirliiml Ktnitx rfii-iii, KLII>II[;K lo Barry of "olj ik'Mn," i,\-nr KMkf» I.imlti. CHAPTER VIII T INDA was married to Barry Trent in Ihe iilllc ortice in a side wing of Judge Baldwin's home. The judge, »u elderly bachelor, opened the door for Ilicm, himself. Their one witness was a guest of the judge, Mr. Chnclwick, an Englishman who was leaving (own to sail for home thai evening, Barry and Lindu drove them to the railway station. Old Mir.iuda was siill in her room when they returned lo Trent Hall— dressing for dinner, Jefferson said. So they had a few more minutes alone together in Ihc drawing mom. "Remember, DOW, what you promised on Ihc way home," Barry said. "No more worrying lo- Jiight, Nolbing but happiness." "Yes," Linda agreed, blinking through her tears, "nothing but happiness." Happiness — when in a few hours he would be gone . . . Suppose she had to make those fc\v short hours alone together do for a whole lifetime . . . mustn't think o£ that . . . At least she would have this evening. The telephone shrilled in the hall outride, and Jefferson appeared in TtiC Doorway. "The ai'po't callin, Mistah Barry," he announced. When Barry came back from (he telephone, he closed the door very softly and stood for a moment without speaking. Linda knew one moment of wild hope that the flight had been called off. Then she saw Barry's face— set and pale. He came and took her into his aims before he spoke. "Set the good old upper lip, darling," he said more tenderly than he had ever -spoken before. "The field just telephoned that they're ready for me sooner than they expected; and by taking oft early this evening I'm sure of bel- ter flying conditions than if I wait : '.- ;,' That's a good girl— steady! Tile Duchess is coming." Then old Miranda came in, and had to be told, too. She took it like a field marshal. "W«U," she said with' a cheerfulness that crackled, "I've always said that if you have a tiresome chore lo do, the best thing is to get it over with." * * # JJARRY had to leave almost Immediately. He was to pick up something to eat and check over his plans at Ihe field. Linda had only n moment alone with him, while his grandmother was upstairs on an errand. They clung together, and Linda cried soflly, "Barry, oh, Barry! If you—shouldn't come back! You've said from the beginning that no one could find them." "That was before I decided to take over (he job, myself," he grinned, and loosened her clinging fingers gently as his grandmother limped downstairs. Almost before Linda could realize H he was gene, calling back over his shoulder, "I'm leaving you in Tilania'^ care, Duchess— uiicl you girls be sure to have that Christmas free all set up, ready I for me to trim." When the last sounds of the departing car had faded, Mrs. Trent walked slowly to her chair and seated herself. "Suppose we read awhile,'Miss Benton," she said. Promptly at 9:25 she interrupted lo say, "It is almost time for our news broadcast, Miss Benton. Had you not better turn on the radio?" Linda hurried to do so with trembling fingers... Perhaps some of those other 'flyers who were hunting had already found the lost plane. There were the usual run-of- the-mill items about unimportant tilings—like the Spanish revolution and the bombing in China. Then the announcer said, "And now we take you to the County Airport, where Captain Trent, ace flyer of the United States Navy, is about to take off on the first leg of his daring attempt to locate the lost Aurclius expedition." There wag a brief pause. Then another voice took up the story. . . A number of people had collected at the field, it seemed— friends of Captain Trent and sight-seers lured by the hope of seeing the daring young pilot about whom they had heard so much. There followed a brief account: of the attempts made up to date by Mexican and Ceniral American authorities, as well as by United Stales Mililary'flyers from the Panama, to locate the lost scientists. . "Captain Trent," the announcer said, "having flown over that part' of Ihc country -with Lieutenant! Rust when Ihey'were both-sta-! iipned in the Panama, and having! discussed his plans with him re-i cently, has probably a more defi-! nile idea than any one. else what' spots he would have been likely 1 to choose for a landing—forced! or otherwise. It is hoped—" * * * ' r rHEf-! abruptly the announcer's) Voice lifted an interval. 1 "And here, ladies and gentlemen," he cried, "is Captain Trent,: himself, direelly under our boolh.".' The broadcast grew more lyric:' "Now Captain Trent's teeth are' flashing as he smiles and waves- to a friend who has just called something to him." Linda shut her eyes, the better to recall Barry's smile. "In a moment we hope to coax' the captain, himself, to the micro-' phone. . . He's coming this way now. . . . Won't you please clear-' a path there, gentlemen, so that we can get Captain Trent through: here? ... Captain Trent, siv, won't you just step up and tell the radio [ audience something about yourself' and your plans?" ' , ; Then Barry, himself, apparently at.some distance from the trans- mitlcr—half impatient, half ban-' tcring, utterly unaware, clearly,; that his voice was plainly audible! lo thousands of listeners: "Say,; what do j'ou-think this is, the/ man-on-the-street hour?" And a! giggle from the crowd. ! Old Miranda chuckled grimly. ' Tlie announcer again: "Of course we realize, sir, that you are very busy, but surely you can say a few words for us." ' And Barry again, laughing, slilll - ( supremely unconscious of his un- .1 seen public: "Only that I hopci some of those sandwiches in Ihe cockpit are hot ham." It was all too brief. Almost immediately there was the roar of; a great motor, a cheer from tho : crowd, and the announcer's voice shooting, "He's oil! A magnificent lake-oil!" ' As Linda started to speak, oldi Miranda put up riei- hand for silence. There was to be more, it seemed. 'And now,'' the announcer was 1 icing on, "before we close ourl broadcast, we have here a friend 1 of Captain Trenl^a .very lovely ; lady who, report has it—but we won't .go -info that now. . . . Any-low, she .wants',to speed Captain: Trent with a few'word's. We : rope, for bis sake, that he's listen-; ">£•" -• ._ ... • HEM'OK — Hcrninr Jinwhlcr of a -»amnu» Bincc-r II. T "AJU'I'MOBB TKEXT— JI»ro. llytnK "ilareileril." •1HJKANUA TRUST — norrv- »»rc'« ( BraBdmoUcr> a "stront * £ * nfrnlu .-,,,,! tearful, Rtnri/, on hi* l>«r" ""!',(I,"*''" 0 '"?' A1 1ho " ir ~ Ihc air (o snced Jitm -ivclll CHAPTER IX fjpHE x'oice that spoke next was unmistakably familiar. It was the'yoice of Rita Blanchard. "There isn't much one can say, is there?" Rita began, "wherryou sec someone whom you have— been very fond of—Barry Trent nnd I-played together as children —setting off alone in the nark on such an errand? ... But I do want to say lo Barry, if he is listening, 'God-speed' and 'come back soon'." "Children together, my loot!" snorted the Duchess when she could gel her breath. "Rita Bbnchard was plucking her eyebrows when Barry was playing with blocks What some people will- do for n liltlc publicity!" They went to bed then.. .. That is, (hey went to their rooms. To Linda, climbing Ihc stairs, il seemed for the first time since Barry's coming had brought the old house to life, that the faces of the dead rmd gone fronts lining the slairway peered down at her with secret, silent hostility. And this was her wedding night. Next morning life weii! on much ES usual except that there were no bursts o£ song at the breakfast table, no swift feet taking the stairs Iwo al a time, no fragrance of pijx; tobacco floating through Ihc rooms—and thai, from time to time, Linda fingered incredulously a smnll golden circlet that huns on a ribbon under her dross, close ngainst Ihc white hollow of her thront. The early edition of the afler- noon paper carried n lasl-minule Hrm to the effect that Captain Harry Trenl, having covered the first leg of his flight in record time, would rest and re.-f.uol before continuing south. Early in the afternoon a stream of callers began to pour into the house. Old Miranda received them regally in her high-backed chair; but in an interval she observed to Linda with dour amusement, "You might think from Ihc Way they go on that tliis was a funeral, and they wore hired mourners." * » v the first time since she had come lo the Trent house, Linda could not find tasks enough io keep hands and mind busy. There were unendurably idle moments iu which she found.herself wandering about, her hands lingering in caress upon objects Barry had used or touched—his chair at the fable, a book he had been reading —her mind traveling around and around again the cycle of their brief, stormy companionship. Late in the afternoon old Miranda came upon -her sitting on the lower flight of stairs, her elbows resting on her knees, her chin cupped in her palms, her eyes wide on space. "My dear Miss Benion, how tired you look!" she said, with a gentleness so unexpected that tears sprang to Linda's eyes. "I'm afraid I have been too exacting. . . . I wonder sometimes if I am not n very trying old woman." When Linda only murrmired vaguely, she went on, "Do go out and get some fresh air. Do you skate? They tell me the skating on the lake is good now." So Linda half-heartedly dragged her skates from her trunk, and pulling on a gray woolen skirl, n short gray fur coat, and a cap and scarf of jade green, slarled out for Ihc lake. As she passed Judge Baldwin's house, she remembered thai she had an errand there. She and Barry had been so hurried yesterday that they had not waited for their marriage certificate. Judge Baldwin was to fill it out and have it recorded for them tin's morning. Linda had promised Barry to call and get il. He had been very insistent upon this. This time Linda went boldly up Ihe front steps and rang the bell. The maid who came lo the door looked startled when Linda asked for IJio judge. Hadn't she heard? Judge, Baldwin had gone out to sec a 'friend off on the train Ihc evening before, had suffered a heart attack on the platform of the depot, and had been taken to the hospital. Linda thought of asking if the judge had left a paper for her; but if Judge Baldwin had been stricken almost as soon as she and Barry had left him and Mr. Chadwick at the depot, obviously he could not have filed the record of their marriage. In fact, he could not even have finished filling it out... . Not that it matlcrcd. Thai could be attended lo later. Anyhow, she had kept her promise to Barry. QHE walked on town to the lake and put on her skates. Skating was one of Linda's ac-' complishments. She had been well (aught, and though she 'looked frail, her body was as strong and. supple as finely tempered steel. On skates, she was as much at home as most girls on a dance floor. She had not been on the ice long before she began to realize that people stopped skating . to watch as she skimmed by in : hcr iwift, humming-bird flight . } . Then she began to hear .voices- snatches of conversation: "—-and JUiss Chattam said they fairly jumped apart when she opened, the door"—"Oh, the dowager's not worried. She'll see that Barry doesn't slip"—"Of course. No one's quite good enough for 'my grandson, the captain'"— iUi burning checks, Linda al- mosl ran home. A little later she came upon Mrs. Trent seated before the dining room table. Spread out before her were dozens of photographs ... Pholographs of Barry —Barry as a grave, dark-eyed, adorable baby in an almost complete state of nature; Barry as a small boy, grinning ingratiatingly, with one front tooth gone; Barry on horseback; Barry in uniform— Barry at every age and in every; mood. A little sheepishly, yet with the air of one determined to brazen out a compromising situation, the old lady said, "Quite a gallery, isn't it? The newspapers asked to borrow one." But Linda knew why they were all spread out there; and she felt a rush of affection for the old lady that she would not have believed possible five minutes ago. She had come back to the house determined to leave it as soon as she could get react;-. She •would' 4 leave a Idler for Barry, ex-plain 1 " r"t ing to him that her position here was untenable — unbearable. She had already begun lo pack. Now she went slowly upstairs and put her clothes back into closets and drawers. After all, hadn't Barry left old Miranda in her care? That night the radio reported Captain Trent well on the last leg of his flight. There was one ominous sentence in the broadcast, however, that sent Linda's nails deep inlo her plams. 'It is hoped," the announcer said, "that Captain Trent will make a safe landing in time lo escape the unseasonable tropical _,,. storm which is sweeping westward "* I across the Caribbean." ,/ (To Be Continued)' The garden of Don Jinn Souto, | Not one fata! road accident was) The electric eel. using only its of Veto Sara/lrJd, Argentina, grew reported in the square mile of the |a cabbage plr.nl that attained, a Cily of London In a recent period height of more than u feel. I lot 10 weeks. ' fringe-like anal fin. can swim cither backward or forward, without bending IU body.

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