The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1934 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 11, 1934
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THURSDAY, JANUAKY 11, 1934. BIA'TIIKVILU-;, (AUK.) COUUIKR NWWS Bui F.ven This Traditionally Conservative Sec- lion Likes New Deal. Tliis is the ninth of eleven lulcs on "America Under the Blue l:i6lc," a series written exclusively for Hie Courier news and other .MIA Service newspapers, alter a SiOD-mlle survey, made in the na- I ion's renters of population, »(U MX munllis' operation of Ihe fe cnvery program. BY WILLIS THORNTON NBA Service Staff t'orresponden SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 11 --You travel the country over - you hear much said about money. Bu you never hear.a word about tin moral aspect of going off the gold standard until you get to Nc\ Enuland.. Here the government's repudla lion of its promise to pay in gold \vas a profound shock, not only t< readers of the Boston Transcripl who .write indignantly that "ther are such things as honor am honesty," but to almost everyom of any substance. Bankers tell you of this initia shock, the tremors from whic" still can be felt, months after ward. Then they tell you that i tcgan to subside as soon as peo p!c found that as a practical mat ter of their daily life it made lit tie or no difference. Savings at High Mark It is not for.nothing that Ne England is insurance and mutua savings bank -headquarters for th nation. Mutual savings bank de pasils in Massachusetts' are almos as high as they were in -1929, an never declined much even 'durin the banking holiday. In Springfield they amount an average .of $553.53 for ever man, woman and child in the city. So money is important here in a v/ay (hat it Is not important in Tort Worth, Texas, for example, and the distrust of monetary tinkering is seen plainly on every hand..' :.-... When the Boston Chamber of Commerce vigcrouslj- demanded an end to "the deliberate de barrment of our currency," it spoke for most of New England. Manv bankers hereabouts re- p:ird Hie unstable dollar as "the repudiation of a solemn pledge" anj "stain on our national hon- nr." A group of Yale? economists recently protested present policies in the gravest terms, saying that a return to gold and -stability can save us. Frars Mostly Tmaginary Yet a well-known banker here confessed to me that ii people didn't keen up with world events in the newspai>ers. they never i-.fjlcl know the difference in the j;isctic,il use of their money. Fuith-M-. New England was left. pretty much out in the cold when the government began dishing out monev this summer and fall. Since her farms are not dominant, the \vhcat. cotton, corn-hog, and all such largesses were unavailing. Not until the CWA money be- pan to fall did New England notice the stimulus. And then it fel it immediately. "The checks came in to us im mediately on the first pay day,' a hanker told me. "First from gro ccrics. then from departmen stores. Costly, but Profitable "Of course it's costly to tin Boston Is Prospering Under the NBA e is under the too4- Staid Boston, where busy crowds again throng downtown streets, was jarred to its foundation when the New Deal upset its cherished traditions but it's beginning lo enjoy now. Anil nowhere in the New England section is there greater approval of NIRA than -in the textile mills, vhere machinery nums again. hough unable themselves to. or-jaftlial rate, but the employer had [ Italy regulates hotel rales \r, anize the workers. - .not signed the blanket code and | law and prohibits lipping: a 10 At the Westihghouse plarit.'sorhc there was no.way to get at him. \ per cent increase in rates for the 800 workers'are.-^enrolled.'in the ilant industrial unio_n, disregarding the internationals. . ' - • •' The : direct benefits of .NRA are seen . in the pocketbook' Industry. here,^;whichvhad been : ;.guilty of -— -'-•' T eatshoBs';taclics'..;'Giris who j Questic:-d. he proved that this • benefil of employes at the ex- work was under contract for the ; pt-nsc of all customers alike, was • Christmas trade at a figure which i made. would permit no higher rate o! i _ ' T YOU expect n car to "go places and do tilings"— if you want 8-cyiindcr performance, but not at the usual 8-cylinder cost—step into the now Ford V-8 for 1<)34! Here is a car that will do better than 80 mltcs an hour. It develops 12% more horsepower than last year's model. At 50 to <iO miles per hour it is actually running at case. This reserve power means acceleration— both in second and in high gear—unequalled by practically any other make of American automobile, regardless of price. The 1'ord V-S for 1934 offers you many other ad- vanl.ites. Operating economy, for instance—20 miles per g-.illou at 45 miles per hour, in exhaustive test runs. Clear- Vision Ventilation—with no "blind spots". and the window all in one piece. More actual body room than in ninny more expensive cs\>&. Riding comfort—with free action for all four wheels plus the proved safety of a front axle. Hefore yon buy any car at any price, drive the new Fortl V-S for 1931. AUTIIOllIZKI) I'Olll) DKrll.KKS ()!•' TIIK BLYTIIHVII.I.K AltEA pay: Agrees to Raise i'ay i it was allowed 10 ride t! I A n:w excise tax on matches i '.forced two match factories in Siamj getting $14 and-'aro-organized un--| agreed "tiiaVon all"such" vvork'Tftcr " 1C umnpl °" d l!s '"' dcr the ' Pocketbook Workers' Un-; the f lr5 t, u [ n on .tA. t\ of'L.)/-- V. . :•;•'' There also was some trouble in he apron iridustry;-. where pay -of "rom. $7 to $9 a .week .was..raised. :o the code minimum of $13, and , :he factories'made'to install .time- clocks.' • • ••'•'. '• ' Goods for Textile-Mills ' . New England- cotton textiles like :heir code perhaps even more than those of the .south| for -here'.they- claim that at last • they'" are put on' a competitive looting- with the labor costs in!that'.section. Freight rates are such' that ra'.v cotton can be delivered by boat from a gulf port' to a New Eng- Mnd mill just as cheaply'as -it can be sent by. rait to North Caro- covernment, but it's the righ thing. Here we arc getting thing done with the CWA labor that w vrould have had to do later any vov—we had a plan ready." Unlit CWA came along. v.-as the dominant influence of th New Deal in New England. And to influence was strong. The New England Council, perhaps the most iarsirzhted regional planning board i:i the country, showed by a questionatre that NRA had increased employment 20.8 per cent, payrolls 28 per cent, and hourly wage rates 28 per cent throughout New England. Of 400 firms which replied to the questionnaire, only 176 said they had had no need of new credit, while 123 admitted they hail sought it. And of those, 20 I«r cent had been refused. Gain in Spraijfield Springfield is a steady town in employment, most of the workers l:cin; highly skilled. Yet employment here mounted as follows: January. 28,867: March, 27,086; June. 30.824; and September, 33,160. Payrolls almost doubled from the low in March, careful figures of the Chamber of Commerce indicate. Vet even here, in a town o: highly-skilled workers, tlicrc have i.een labor disturbances. Pockct- bcok makers, electrical workers a the Westinghouse plant, baker and (ruck drivers have been on strike at different times. Great progress h»s been made in organizing worker? here. The Central labor Union reports membership O f between 12,000 and 15,000. practically doubled : since MIA' went In effect. ' r ' Jurisdiction Disputed Considerable friction had dc- \elopcrt here In the chartering o r.ew federal unions, a dozen o ir.oiv of which have receive charters, Skilled machinist, fo example, who make up the bul of labor In most of the plants, us nnlly are claimed by the Interns Association of Machtnls 1 who are accused by the Centra of preventing the chartering federal unions In several cues So the New England mills 'are rejoicing that, at last the code has eliminated the "unfair" competition of cheap . southern labor. It Is felt that this will prevent further movement of mills from New- England to the south, and even j may turn the tide the oilier way. | Massachusetts especially, which 1 always has had rather progressive ' abor laws, feels that' neighboring { tales as well as southern ones re being kept- in line. NRA Work' Praised A well-known authority in the •xtile field claims 1033 was the lost complete "reversal ever re- orded in the industry, and that he NHA has "given it its oppor- unity." The'New England Council's fig- res suggest that.NRA in this sec- ion was almost a share-the-work roixisition. for despite an increase f better than 20 per cent in num- ler of workers, the number nan-hours increased, only 2.2 per :ent last .summer and fall. W. L. Carter, chairman of the council's industrial, committee, has - ...... 'cry Alt ... :he new rules of the game, aiid recognition of the. fact', that .increased costs due lo the code's operation may be offset • in various ways without reducing wages or salaries or. . seriously increasing prices." Shoe Industry Benefits That Is perhaps what.Ernest G. Wheeler, president of the' Springfield National Bank.- meant when he told me that'"The leaders have learned to do their. job better in these last few years." The shot "industry, also a. benefactor from Its 'code, moved inward sharplj- . at the yearend, aflcr-a the'fall/.and many of -the.woolen-mills in' thr Boston area recently' boosted production to 'take-care' of -increasing demand for.clolhjn*. NRA compliance -here was in general • willing;. Cai;los B.' Ellis, compliance ; chairman, :told -me. One • evil condition was allowed to continue temporarily, A-manufacturer had' women 'working in their homes stitching doll dresses at 22 cents a dozen dresses. ! They-couldn't eirn a living wage 1 10 year he \voulti pay 1110 less than S13 a week. There seems no doubt about the i continued popularity of. President Sour stomat H gas and ticaclache E 5 tine, do E m CONSTIPATION E Roosevelt in this normally Repub- icar? state. An extremely formed editorial .writer tllat "People here regard the CWA and even the PWA as mere temporary relief—a form of dole which is definitely unsound on anything approaching a permanent basis. ."But they seem necessary this winter, and though people hereabouts distrust the president's ex- wilh his background far astray. I fsel sure lie would ^t carry Massachusetts tomorrow." j = small employers themselves ready for the breadline." • Cooler roads not only cause little wear on new tires—they Goodyear Pathfinder also "cold-cure" the rubber. Ei- p«riencc proves that new tires limbered up in winter averse • larted off new on hot roads Get the full non-skid saiety of .Goodyears tor winter dnrini at o d today's low pricc«—and Set more milej—by buying nowl Goodyear Speedway Goodyear Weather $720 . • UP Dependable $ Quality Blytheville, Ark, for 1934 FROM $515. P.O. B. DETROIT-IMM AVIATE DELIVERY JANUARY a Month of Bargains THE MAN (or perhaps it was a woman!) who invented the towel liad a great idea! And'an equally great benefactor was the man (or more likely a woman) who conceived the scheme of-making towels as colorfully attractive as they are bathingly serviceable. 'aid lhat, "We note a.growing ac- ' -11.1 ceptancc of the Recovery Alt as thousands more miles than tires Along about this time of the year, towels also have their plan of moving from bargain counters to thrifty closets. Linens, handkerchiefs and blankets also beckon the eye and prices soothe the pockctbook. January is a glorious month for bargains! The advertisements in your newspaper are important news of the shopping world and they tell an interesting story of quality and price —of things that Did you ever pause to consider how much time and expense these advertisements save you? You make your own decisions in your own home. You figure the cost to a penny. Then, with the help .of these daily messages of economy in your newspapers, you go forth on an adventure of buying and return with exactly what you intended to get.

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