The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 4, 1956 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 4, 1956
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.fAGBTWO BLYTHEYTLLl (ART) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 19B6 Despite Cold War, American Tourists Want to Visit Russia By TOM WHITNEY NEW YORK (AP) — Despite the recent return to cold war bitterness, travel agencies here report manv American tourists are interested in visiting the Soviet Union this year. A trickle of ordinary American travelers got to Moscow in 1955, more than m any year since World War II. Not since the 1930s have Americans journeyed to the U.S.S.R. in appreciable numbers. But now—unless there's a new war scare or a reversal in Kremlin policy—it looks as if the Soviet goverenment is going to have a fair- sized try at raking in toruist dollars which have meant so much to ..Western Europe. One travel agency says it is getting- 50 Inquiries a day from Americans who want to take a trip to Russia. Another is now scheduling an air excursion each month to the Soviet Union. The motive of the customers, they consider, is mainly just plain curiosity __ American Express has received similar inquiries. N'o Estimate None will give a specific estimate of how many Americans will go to the Soviet Union under its auspices. But Cosmos Tours anc Union Tours bolh express confidence they will have "some hundreds" before the year is out. 'Union Tours is inaugurating this month its first monthly 15-person Junket to Russia and back. Each trip will last 17 days, including about two weeks in Russia. Charges will be S1.45S or $1,251, depending on whether the traveler uses so many questions travel it has issued special instructions to its offices all over the country on how to answer them. Cosmos Tours, Union Tours and Thomas Cook report a flood of on Russian! first or tourist class plane passage Weeks Enters Race for Land Commissioner LITTLE ROCK W—Ernie Weeks, Lonoke County tax assessor who hasn't been able to sit down normally for 17 years, yesterday entered the race for state land commissioner. Weeks, 42, will run in the Democratic primary for the position now held by Jimmie Jones. Jones, appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late 'Claud Rankin, is not eligible for re-election. Weeks, when hospitalized with arthritis in 1939, was given the choice of "sitting down or standing up for the rest of your life," by doctors. "I chose to stand up," he said. Although he eats standing up. Weeks is able to drive a car with a specially arranged driver's seat. Weeks is in his third term as Lonoke County tax assessor. He served four years as secretary- treasurer of the Arkansas Assessors Association. State Already Lacks Rainfall LITTLE BOCK UP) — Drought- conscious Arkansas already is suffering a shortage of rain in 1956 with the new year only three days old. The U. S. Weather Bureau said here yesterday that the Little Rock area is short 4.6 inches of rain this year. No rain had been reported the first 1% days of 1956. The year 1955 ended with 42.61 inches, 4.77 Inches below the yearly average. The weather outlook this week calls for possible scattered showers by the wekeend. across the Atlantic. Cosmos Tours is actively engaged in selling, more than a dozen different journeys inside the Soviet Union. One of them provides five days in Moscow and five in Leningrad at a price of $300 in the de luxe class. Transportation to and from Russia is extra. Other Tours American Express is scheduling several small groups for tours of 12 to 14 days this summer. Thomas Cook is booking two tours for 25 persons each for the summer. The Soviet Union may consider it has a classless society, but for tourists it has worked out five dif* ferent classes, ranging from de luxe down to third class. The de luxe tours cost roughly $30 a day, including hotels, meals, transportation and sightseeing. The Canada's Vio'ent Death Toll: 59 TORONTO. Ont. W — Violent death claimed 59 lives in Canada during the New Year holiday weekend. Thirty-seven persons were killed in traffic accidents and 14 died" hi fires, a Canadian Press survey showed. The count covered the 78- hour period from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday. Last year 35 persons were killed in the same holiday period, including 9 in highway and street accidents and 7 in fires. WARNING ORDER H. G McDaniel is warned to appear in the Common Pleas Court for the Chickasawba District of Mississippi CoUnty, Arkansas, within thirty days next after the date hereof, to answer a complaint filed against him in said court by Delta Implements, Inc., an Arkansas corporation in cause No. 3,127. Witness my hand as clerk of said court, and the seal thereof, on this 27th day of December, 1955. SEAL GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk. By OPAL DOYLE, D. C J. M. Gardner, Atty. for Pltf. 12/28-1/4-11-18 Introductory Special! FREE ADJUSTMENT AND INSPECTION Of Your Sewing Machine Any Make or Mode!—Without Obligation The purpose of this Special Offer is to introduce you to tht expert service given by the Sewing; Machine Exchange. Absolutely no charge will be made for this service; if your machine requires parts, a FREE ESTIMATE will be given without obligation. This Offer Ends January 7, 1956 and It Restricted to Blytheville and Immediate Vicinity! WRITE or CALL— Sewing Machine Exchange third-class tours cost only $10 day, but at least one hardy soul who tried .this class indicates the facilities would not be completely satisfactory even to Soviet peasants. In addition, on all tours at the rates, transport into and out of the Soviet Union runs >200 or more extra. Refugee Polish Sailors to Take Jobs Aboard Steamer Tree Poland' NEW YORK (*l — Sev«nt«tn Polish sailors, each of whom made some special effort to escape Communist domination, have come here to take jobs on a steamer to be known as "Wolka Polska," meaning Free Poland. Captain of the vessel will be Jan R. Cwiklinski, former master of the Polish liner Batory, who "jumped" ship In England in 19A3 and later wrote a book called "The Captain Leaves His Ship." Cwiklinski will take command of his new ship this Friday. A Liberty ship, it is chartered by Puliski Transport Line, Inc* a new Philadelphia firm backed by Polish. American businessmen. It will op- erata as ft tramp steamer — thfct oka Poland' xed schedule, as at the dock yes- DiSolle Enters Ohio Race TOLEDO, Ohio (*) — Democrat Michael V. DiSalle, former federal TEXAI MISSION The historic Texas shrine at San Antonio originally wus called "Alamo Mission" from the grove of cottonwoods in which it stood. In Spanish, "alamo" is "cottonwood." OLDEST Oraibl, Arizona, in the Hop Indian reservation, is said to bt the oldest continuously Inhabited community in the United State* having been occupied since some time before 10SO A.D. it, terday to meet the 17 sailors who arrived here aboard the liner Italia. They will join 20 other escapees already in this country to make up the crew. Said Cwiklinski: "This Is a small beginning In the fight for freedom and I am glad to be a part of it." Among the new arrivals was Stanlslaw Mazur, 21, who was a cadet aboard a Polish training ship last year when he jumped 'overboard at Gibraltar and swam two miles to shore. White cashmere is the .scarcest wool and most in demand. price stabilization director, yesterday entered the race for Ohio governor with a platform'pleoglng continuance of • GOT. rank J. Lousche's policies.. The Toledo attorney Is the second Democrat to announce for the gubernatorial post since Lausche said he.wpuld not seek a sixth term. Rpbert W. Beider, Port Clinton publisher, also has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in primaries next May. Lausche, serving an unprecedented fifth term, has announced he will run for U. S. senator. Read Courier News Clasiified Ads. WE RENT...... • HOSPITAL BEDS . . . BASY BEDS • ROLLAWAY BEDS • USED REFRIGERATORS • USED WASHERS WADE FURNITURE CO. Ill W. S-Mtt 107 E. Main St. Phone PO 3-6127 R.C. FARR &SONS INI _ — Ptwm* I-4SOT 77;.? N(L-1 telephone man m Arkansas talks about our state's growth and prosperity "We're investing $ 11.7 million this year in the future of Arkansas" As told to Tele-reporter Don Davis by Mr. Warren E. Bray, General Manager of Southwestern Bell in Arkansas "Arkansas is making great strides forward. Much of the credit goes to the determined, hard-working people of this state. We're moving ahead in agriculture, in industry ... in all areas of business. That's why we're betting on the future of Arkansas." You'd have to hear the matter-of-fact conviction in Warren E. Bray's voice to know how confident h« feell about Arkansas and its people. As general manager of Southwestern Bell in Arkansas, this faith in the people and future of our state is largely responsible for his company's decision to spend $11.7 million gross on construction and expansion in the state this year. "Our prograui for 1956 backs up our expectation that this year will, be a," says Mr. Bray. Few people have the opportunity to see the growth that is taking place as he does. Mr. Bray, who is also a director of our State Chamber of Commerce and Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, thinks that more and more Arkansas people are realizing the potential in the state, and everybody is working together toward a more prosperous future. Also, Mr. Bray is enthusiastic about the general business situation: "Due to more favorable weather this past summer, and greater mechanization on our farms, the higher agricultural production has largely offset lower prices. With so much attention being paid to the farm situation, no doubt a solution to farm prices will be found. Many advances are taking place in poultry and cattle raising." Urban population in Arkansas is on the increase. Most of this has been brought about by establishment of new industries in the state and expansion by existing industries. "Arkansas has had a lot of catching up to do in regard to industrial development, but we are headed in the right direction and are making definite progress. We expect industrial development, to be at a faster rate this year and in the future," says Mr. Bray. All of these factors lead Mr. Bray to think that Arkansas today it on the threshold of the greatest growth potential in history .... and that everyone has to be ready to make the most of it. WARREN E. BRAY, general manager of Southwestern Btll Telephone Company In Arkansas, exploini some of me Kiinklng behind 195* telephone expansion plans to Tele-reporter Don Davis. This is the first of a scries in lr« form of interview* and ftoturo tHx'iM r«j>twx>d by Don Davis to keep you informed of telephone company plam in Arkansas PLOWING IN PROTECTION. Heavy tractor-powered plow trains move across open country burying telephone cable to stormproof your service. More ona* more coble is being laid underground to protect against interruption of service by ice, winds, rain, and snow. WHAT THI RECORD SHOWS Mr. Bray support* his opinion with some solid evidence. For example, the gain in over-all business activity in Arkansas since the end of World War II is substantial. Employment is up, and total wages paid in Arkansas today are over two time* greater than in 1940. In fact, Arkansas has had one of the greatest increase*, percentage-wise, in income per capita, of any state. Retail •alee art up, having increased 139 per cent »«•« 19l »5. And the construction industry remain* itrong. ATTRACTIVI TO INDUSTRY Perhap* the clearest example of progress ha* been the number of new industries locating in Arkansas Since 1945, some 2,540 new manufacturing firm* have been established in Arkansas, creating 26,200 new job* and a $72 million annual payroll. Industry is learning that it can find people in Arkansas to do tiw work it wan** don*—people who an reliable and with native intellect to learn complex industry jobs. Ask any Arkansas manufacturing firm.' TELEPHONE SERVICE AND GROWTH But what about telephone service during this period of growth? Has it kept pace? Has it helped the state to make progress? Mr. Bray answers these questions this way. He says, "In a growing community, telephone service must not only keep up with progress— it must stay ahead. Fast, dependable communications is the lifeblood of progress. Without it, business 2nd industry would slow down to a horse-and-buggy pace. Social and civic life would have to do without many of the conveniences that modern telephone service makes possible. Expanded and improved telephone service doesn't come as a result of community growth," Mr. Bray says. "It is one of the key builders of growth. "We are constantly striving to provide the people and industries of Arkansas with the best in communication services. It's our job to see that no industry would fail to come here because of a lack of modern communications." NUMBER OF TELEPHONES DOUBLED Again the record proves Mr. Bray's opinion is fact, not theory. Since 1945, the number.of telephones in Arkansas has doubled. Our company now has a network of more than 243,000 telephones serving the residential and business needs of our state. Mr. Bray says the telephone company expects to reach the 300,000 mark in the next few years. Operator distance dialing equipment has been installed in 67 cities to speed up and improve Long Distance service, 240 .miles of telephone cable havp been laid underground to protect it from storms and ice, coaxial cable and microwave relay facilities have made their appearance in Arkansas, telephones in rural areas have increased better than 400 per cent—and in only the last five years Long Distance circuits have increased about 40 per cent—just to mention a few of the telephone contributions to Arkansas' postwar progress. To accomplish this vitally needed telephone expansion, the telephone company has had to invest a huge •urn of .money—$88.3 million since 1945. Out of this investment has come another major contribution to Arkansas' growth. There are now 54 per cent more telephone jobs, the telephone payroll is up 234 per cent, telephone taxes paid to local, state, and Federal government! have almost doubled. EQUAL TO NIW INDUSTRIES As Mr. Bray points out, "We get excited about a new industry moving into our state. And rightly so. It mean* more jobs, more payroll, more buelnesB for our merchants and manufacturers. But we sometimes forget that much of our best growth comes from within—from established, aggressive companies that think ahead, plan ahead, and invest ahead in the future of our state. That's why we're more than a little bit proud to point out that the $88.3 million postwar investment we've made is actually equal to the effect of several new bif industries moving into Arkansas." WHAT'S AHfAD "T.ere does Arkansas stand today? How doe« the future look? Where do we go from here? These are question! Mr. Bray must,be prepared to answer. "We can grow and go as far as we make up our minds to," says Mr. Bray. "The opportunity to move ahead was never better. The momentum of progress is with us, Amazing new scientific advances are just around the corner, including many in the telephone field. "We have just finished a busy year in 1955 here at the— telephone company. We've been planning ahead for 1956 for many months. The .money we spend will go into growth and into service improvement. We believe so strongly in the future of Arkansas that we're investing $11.7 million—one of the largest single-year expansion and improvement programs in Arkansas telephonehistory." WHY WE CAN PLAN AHEAEI "Let me make one thing very clear," says Mr. Bray. "We've been talking about our faith in the future. Yet that faith alone is not enough to permit us to move ahead with this $11.7 million expansion program in 1956. "The telephone business is like any other. No business, regardless of its beliefs and ambitions, can invest money in the future without being in a healthy financial condition. Nor can we. Expanded and improved telephone service is only possible if the telephone company is making reasonable earnings. The people of Arkansas know that the company must enjoy reasonable financial health to be an asset to the state's economy." OUR NEW FRONTIER Arkansas has had more than its share of excitement in the past. It was born and grew up during our nation'* westward expansion, matured and broadened in our generation. And yet, the new frontier that lies ahead makes these past glories of Arkansas seem pale in comparison. s As Mr. Bray puts it, "If I know Arkansas 'people, we're in for the most exciting years of our lives. Tha way we're thinking, planning, and working makes our prospects bright. That's why we're counting on Arkansas' future!" Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. YOUR LONG DISTANCE CALLS OO THROUGH TWICE AS FAST WHIN YOU CALL 1Y NUMBER

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