The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 26, 1955 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 26, 1955
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MOWDAT, M.MM PAQItntD US' Lowering Water Table Is Posing National Crisis EDROB'f NOTM - Am.rtaa'1 water rexwce. art twMlkw H rmfMIr ""• a»rkmt«r»l aW MM- trial adTaawemeat to threatened with dtuiter — In »ome cuea with* a dwade. Here, In Ik* Mnt tt ftn artfeto. *. the ihortafe of water, la tte atory behted a. awrncki-c *Mon*l cM*. Br BOGER D'. GBEENB AP New»feat»r«» Writer / WASHINGTON (AP) — America's thirsty cities, factories and farms today are scooping water from the nation's water barrel with a giant dipper. There's trouble ahead. Men have fought and died for water. Civilizations have perished for lack of it, ana e«i warn disaster could strike aeain unless U. S. communities awaken to the danger. perk warn disaster could strike again unless U. President Klseiihower un-| derscored the urgency of the problem last year when he set up a Cabinet committee on water resources and declared: "H we are to advance agriculturally and industrially we must make the best use of every drop of water which falls on our soil or which can be extracted from the oceans...." More than 1,000 American cities and towns have Uieir shortage problem*. More and more, they are reaching out — sometimes hundreds of miles — for additional water supplies to keep pace with the 20th century's "explosion" of population and the vast expansion o! industry since World War H. Denver, fastest growing city in the mountain west, reports, for example, that without more water its Industrial growth will be stopped dead by 1X3. All-Time Record Underground water tables present civilization." Paulsen who has been studying water supply problems 42 years, pointed to "danger zones" on a huge wall map of the United States in his office. "All of Southern California is running out of water as a result of population and industrial growth," he said. Crist. Soon "San Diego faces a, crisis within three to five years. Los Angeles and Dallas, Tex., are among others in trouble. Some Texas towns have paid up to $6 a thousand gallons for water. The usual price is 30 to 50 cents a thousand elsewhere. "Everybody took water for granted until we ran into shortages. How the nation is really becoming water conscious. We've suddenly discovered it is th« life blood of our economy.'' Prodigal in their use of water Americans require an average of 145 gallons a day each for such purposes as drinking, baths and showers, shaving-, dish .washing, cooking, laundry, and so on. Back in 18SO we used only 95 gallons per capita, but that was long beiore the invention of. such water-consuming devices as air- conditioning, automatic, dishwashers and laudromats. And If you remember, there weren't many indoor toilets in those days. There hi"ar^V« 7.Ti£ 0 w~£| W -J lll »t h ° USe ° Ut baC " ;„• ' „ 1 Today there are more than 35 * Salina, Kan., the level has «««" tathrooms^to ****£* 'Water is also th« key of our Average U.i. rainfall ta 30 to- are reported lowering in most of the United States — arlnrmingly in some regions — with the drop averaging 40 feet from Texas to California in recent years. This summer ground-water tables dropped to all-time record low levels In many states. Even the humid East is feeling the pinch. Wells in Atlantic City. N.J., used level has fallen 26 feet in the past three years. It's dropping five feet a year In parts of Arizona. New wells in Mississippi have to be drilled as much as 500 feet deeper than M. few years ago to get flowing water. Over-pumping of wells to supply mushrooming populations and industry has led to the seepage of salt water into fresh water supplies along coas'-il areas—notably in California, New Jersey, Long Island, N.Y., Louisiana and Florida—and in Los Angeles it has caused the land to sink eight feet hi some spots. Effect en Health B*t what gives nightmares to Federal and State authorities is the possible long-range effect on human health • arising from the flushing of millions of tons of noxious chemicals, oils, acids, grease and other industrial waste into the nation's waterways. Amid growing countrywide shortages, one out of every seven cities with a 10.000-plus population has to restrict the use of water at times. Hundreds of cities have had to ration or ban lawn sprinkling and car washing in the dry summer months. Some residents ' 'police" each other to gua rd against violations. New Haven, Conn., has had loudspeaker trucks prowling the city to warn against daytime sprinkling. "The long-range picture on water supply is critical unless corrective measures are taken." says Carl Q. Paulsen, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's water resources 'Uvision. Paulsen cited the bleak ruins of cliff dwellings in the American Southwest as suggesting the fate of an earlier civilization thnt died for lack of water. And he commented: States. In 1930, 13 million. As for industrial usage of water, it has skyrocketed until it now surpasses irrigation as the No. 1 user. But there's plenty of water, isn't there? .The answer is yes—and no. There's plenty of water if we could catch it and distribute it where needed. In that case, we could make the deserts bloom- ches a year—some 4,100 billion gallons & day—ranging from 130 inches in the Prfcific Northwest to less than five inches in U» arid Southwest. Altogether,- that's enough water to fill a lake the size of the State of California 50 feet deep. The U.S. Geological Survey, which keeps track of water supplies, says American farms, homes and factories withdraw about 300 billion gallons a day from wells, lakes and streams. Much Lo*t Thus actual usuage. is only a drop in the bucket compared to the enormous amount that falls as rain. But untold billions of gallons are lost as they evaporate or run off to the sea. And much oi our surface water is so pollute* it ,is no longer fit for use; In the words of the U. S. Health Department, much of it is "sick water. 1 ' Some experts say that right now we are approaching the limit 0! actual supply under present condi tions. The North Carolina Water Resources Committee, in a comprehensive summary of the nationwide water situation, said in a recent report: "Accelerating demands for ter by cities are beginning to add up to a significant load on the water resources of the United States- In many parts of the country, the reaching limits." total use physical water is economic Yet federal authorities estimate nationwide requirements will jump from 200 billion to at least 350 or 400 billion gallons a day' by 1975. Where is the extra water going to come from in the next 20 years Moses saved his people from thirst by smiting a rock and bringing forth water. Modern science may have to perform a 20th Century versions of the same miracle. Judy Garland 'Blew' Voice But Soys TV Debut Was Worth It HOLLYWOOD (/?•>—Judy Garland blew her voice on her television debut but both she and her husband said today: "It was worth It." So did CBS-TV, where one spokesman labeled Judy's debut Saturday night as "the greatest per- sonnl triumph in the history of the network." "We've never had anything like jliis happen before," he commented. "Our switchboards were still jammed M hours after the telecast. "People from all over the country called just to tell us how much they liked Judy. That's all. Just to tell" CBS how much they lilted her. Go Little Sleep "We've never had such an intimate personal reaction from viewers before." Judy and her producer husband Sid LuJt got little sleep after the show. The doorbell was rung all night by messengers delivering telegrams. Luft said 1.500 telegrams, mostly from people in small towns that he and Judy never had heard about, were counted by last night. "People sure are wonderful." said Luft. Judy agreed. Living up to show business tradition, she had made the debut despite a severe case of laryngitis Judy pooh-poohed the throat trouble Friday. "It's just nerves," she said then "It will go away." Doctor In Win** However CBS really got worried when about 20 minutes before show time it looked as if her voice might not- make it. A doctor, summoned hastily, sprayed her throat and stood by in the wings with the spray She went through the same spray- Ing routine after each number. To viewers, she belted songs like i the Judy Garland of old even though • her voice cracked on some of the; high notes. ' Luft said her showmanly desire to please the audience caused her to "blow" her voice. Judy, in a j voice that sounded like Foghorn i Murphy, confirmed the news, but added: "We're going to take a rest, maybe in Palm Springs. I'll play a little golf and it'll come back. It always has before." District Fair Winners 4-H f HH fotiraf lag .Five ConteiUnU — F*OT Colt*, Sue Bailey and BUI? Bailey, Independence County. 1; Joan Swain, White County, 1; Mountain View String Band, Stone County, 3; Ronnie Jonei, North Mluittlppl County, 4; Bert WBUite and Iva Ann Parker Crow County, ». Prater, Randolph, 1; Gall Hutchln- son, Lawrence County, 1; Beverly Hatcher, Poinsett County, 3; Mabel Crook, Marilyn Lutes, Marie Seville, South Mississippi County, 4; Jean HlnMe, Barbara Kemmer, Charlene Mabry, Linda Gill, Independence County, S. flowtr Department Red Rose— Mn. Lee SUIw, 1; High School Garden Club, »; Jwwt Boyd, ». White Rose-Mr.. Stllea, J; Hi*. Ivenon Morrk 3. Pink ROK— Mrs. Stilei, 1; Janet Boyd, 1; Mn. Morris, 1. Yellow Rose— Mrs. Morris, 2; Mrs. Stiles, 3; High School Garden Club. honorable mention. Multicolor Rose — High School Garden Club, 2. Tea Roses— Mrs. Stile*, 1. Dahlias-Specimen Large— Mrs. Lee- Hill, 1; Mrt. J. W. Maloney. 2. Small Blytheville Garden Club, 1 Miniature Dahlia — Blytheville Garden Club, Mrs. Stiles, 3. Best Exhibit of Dahlias-largi Mrs. Maloney, 1. Best Exhibit of Dahlias-small— Mrs. stiles, 3. Tri Color Horticulture Specimen- Mrs. Hill. FFA Section — Swine Durocs Jr. Yearling Sow— M. J. Mullins Blytheville, 1; Dickie Nokes, Blj-the- ville, 2; Max Haj-nes, Blytheville 3. Sr. Sow Pig— Willis Rhoad, Blytheville, 1. Senior Spring Gilt— Jerry Webb Blythevllle, 1. Junior Spring Gilt— M. J. Mul- CONSTIPATION Free Book — Tells Dangers L**rn more about Colon Disorders, Plies, Fistula, Constipation, and commonly associated chronic ailments. 40- page book—FREE. Also reference lUt of satisfied patient* including many right here in town or nearby. The Thornton Minor Hoipltal. Suite &72O 911 Unwood, Kaaiaa City 5, MO. IB, 1 and It Diet*. MPJM, I ([ Jtttjf •r. KMT P%~ Jew Ttwlbm, Bw- <tet*t, If Jo* FMM, Buretott* 1 Md Jr. aprta* Bwdette, 1. Cfcetler White* Jr. Yeftrltne; Sow—^wty FBf*e, Burdette, I. Yorkshire; Jr. Yearling Sow- John Lutes, Blythevilk, 1. Barrow Show; Light Barrowa-180 -330—Elbert Rigiby, 1; M« Barnes, 2 and 1. • V 4»MIMO 0 B D K ft •f TR CHAIftWBT COUBV, CHICKMAWBA DOTftlCI, BMlrri COUNTY. ABKAN«AI wtenon. PW. BdwMd Andorra, DM. !*• deienoaac, upward Anderson, It hereby wtrmd to appear within ttiirtr day: to tbo court named in ttw, caption hereof acd answer tfce complaint o( the plaintiff, Carmen Anderson. Dated this Ind day of Sept., M95 BEAL OERALWH* LttTON, Otrk By OPAL DOYLE, D. C. M B. Coot, AMf. ad. Item. OlMde r. Cooper, Atty. for PHI. l/e-19-W-N A NEW TEACHER OF PIANO Mtst Olive Imefson l Selwol <C MMfa State UniTeraity, ud Philadelphia ConiemtMr, h keiti trarhlni friratt tenon. «• MythtrM*. Studio at 628 W. MOM Phone 3-8890 Visit Our Clock and Gift Dept. a pin m on PS Choice of Birthstones For AH Months. Only DREIFUS tremendous buying power maket tbh o«tKtandinc valve possible. H it L i r i :. *Wear Diaimmfa \ni\ CERAMIC TILE For Bathroom Walls & Floors FREE ESTIMATES F.H.A. Terms WALKER TILE CO. 100 E. DaTiB Ph. 3-«933 THE KG NEW m MERCURYn ARTHUR., SEPT. 29" is the price too high? The dollar cost of providing increased water supplies tinder current conditions will be high. Will it be too high? It might appear to be more economical to wait for a downward curve in the whole structure of prices and wages before undertaking the kind of construction programs required to meet our needs. Bat where are the signs that such a curve is in the making? And how long can we afford to waH? It took just one hot, dry summer to imperil the water supply of many millions of people. Suppose next year—or the year after— brings similar conditions? Picture a shortage that goes beyond the critical stage. New York was only days away from such a crisis. Some smaller places went through it. Picture a water supply inadequate to handle a serious fire. Picture a water supply insufficient to maintain proper sanitation. Picture a water supply no longer able to keep industrial processes functioning. The price of keeping pace wi-th the need for water may seem high, but what about the price of failure? One uncontrolled fire, one epidemic, a group of major indus-, tries lost to the community—any of these could involve an expense beside which the price of improved water supplies—even with costs what they are—would hardly be noticeable. Water is essential to life—the life of a city as well as the life of a human being. Without water, a man dies. Without water, a community faces the same fate. • In the fact of a crisis, no price can be too high. High prk« paid to prevent « crisis are low price! . Blytheville Water Co. "Water It Your Commodity" When You Think Enough Of Your Clothes To Want Jhe Very Best It's Hudson's STAYBRIGHT CLEANING PROCESS . .. the remarkable formula that actually adds months to th« life of your clothes! • Better Cleaning •The Hudson Finish •8 Hour Service (For The Aski HUDSON Cleaner - Clothier - Tailor Blyth.vilU, Ark. StecU, Mo. FARM LOANS ix Star Feature 1. No brokerage fee* to pay J. No itock to porcha»« t. An opportunity to vtablfili credit with a larft Inrar- ance Co. that, is and to* been for many years a permanent lendor in this territory i. Lon( tim* hw Interest rate a. We pay tlM appntiwl and attorney fcci «. Qslck service, fast clotinj. We close loans before most companies myke their in- apections. For Information, See, Call or Writ* LOGAN FINANCE CORP. Lynch Bnildlnt Blytherille, Ark. Phone 3-Z034 ExclulTC AfUt for American United Life Insurance Co. The RAZORBACK South Highway 61 "Where Friends Meet In Blythexille' Swing the Beit Food i* Town • Real Barbecue Ribs • Italian Spaghetti • Delicious Sea Foods • U.S. Choke Steaks

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