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run* PLYOTVILLl (A1KJ CODII1I VBW| FRIDAY; APRIL 7, THE BLYTHEVILLK COURIER NEWS THK COURIER NIW6 CO a. W HA IKES, Publisher 8AMDEL P: NORRI8, Editor • JAMES A. OATENS, Advertlilns Min»|«i Bole National Adverlisic* RtpmenUtlvei: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chlc*«o, D»troll, Atlanta, Memphii. Published Evpry Afternoon Except 6nnd»j Entered as zeeond class matter «t the pott- cHlce m Blyiheville, Arkansas, under »ct oJ Congress, October 8, 1917. Served by the United Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES By 'carrier In the city of Blythevllle, 20o per «eek, or 85o per month. By mall, within a radius or 40 miles, M.OO per year, 12.00 (or six months, $1.00 lor three months; By ens!!, outside 50 mile zone 110.00 per year payable in advance. Good Will in the, Balkans "Trouble in the Balkans" is an old plii'ase,so worn that il;iii usually goad for a cliitckle whenever a playwright puts it in the mouth of a mustache-tugging Englishman. But "the Balkan .situation" has never been a laughing mailer. And some Americans c'onvcr.sant. with the old and complex grievances of lliis geographical powder keg arc predicting civil strife there when the war is over. Even from this distance, llierc arc apparent reasons to support those predictions. Old jealousies, new boundary disputes, hatred of an exhausted, impoverished people for their quisliiig countrymen—all these might generate an explosion. The possibility lhat the United States might prevent such an explosion, or at least settle the disturbance' is inferred in a new book, "Balkan Journal," / by Laird Archer. Mr. Archer is currently in Cairo as chief of mission in the Office of Forein Relief, Foreign Economic Administration—to give a devilish long title its due. Before that he had lived and worked in the Balkans and Near East for 21 years, and for 13 of them was foreign director of the Near East Foundation. V:.> Though Mr. Archer does not belabor the point, he shows clearly in his day- by-day journal that Balkan citizens hold this country in high regard. American institutions have helped them to improve their public health, agriculture, education and finances. Some oC Turkey' enlightened leaders are graduates • of American-supported Robert College. > American oil men, telephone technicians and railroad experts have assisted,, Rumania in exploiting her rc- ,' .spill-cos. The Bulgarian government '.: n'ired American agriculturists to help ;•: develop rural economy. The Albanian... • American .Institute has-done much to ffloderuize primitive Albania. i r :. Those pre-war ventures were not .pdertaken with political, religious or ideological motives in the background. They .were the result of a desire to be helpful—and predominantly on a strictly business basis. Mr. Archer's book tends to explain, in the case of the Balkans, the reasons behind the "reservoir of good will" which Wendell Willkie reported finding. If and when the government ex- lends its good-neighbor policy to Europe, it may find that American business and philanthropy have done a good bit of the spade work. It may also find that this background of disinterested, friendly help is invaluable if we are called upon to assume a leading part : in Balkan peace-making. Gobbiedygook be confused with globnloney or lanwey divcy. It is a new word coined to describe and to end several old words which have gotten in Die hair of Mr. Maverick, chairman of the Smaller Wai- Plants Corp. These words which Mr. Maverick has banished from the SWPC vocabulary form the Basic English of bureaucracy. They are smug, pompous and trite. Bird-brained government clerks have worn them lo death trying to impress the boss, or playing at being big .shots. They have done much lo make bureaucracy unpopular. Mr. Maverick, having read and heard them day after day, finally came to a .slow boil, r'arcd back, and passed an edict: "Stay off the gobbletlygook language," lie ordered. "Lei's stop 'pointing up" programs, 'finalizing' contracts thai 'stem from' district, regional or Washington 'levels.' No more patterns, effectuating, dynamics. Anyone using the words 'activation' or 'implementation' will be shol!" The Poll Tax and Racial "Discrimination" It people outside the South would Uike pains to make sure of llicir fuels much unfortunate sectional friction generated by the poll lax con- trovcr.sy need never arise, M their annual conference this year, delegates of Die nation's Congregational Christian Churches moved lo mobilize their 1.000,000 members In 11 social action program designed to light "continuance of the poll tax ami other racial discrimination.';." There is of course no racial discrimination in poll tax. in the slates where this system of preparing the voting lists is u.sed in preference to regislrullon. the qualification applies equally und ou the same terms lo nil otherwise cjuallfied citizens, whites and Negroes alike. The constitution of Arkansas extends the voting right lo "every citizen ot Ihe United ElatM" (otherwise qualified by age and length of residence)) "who shall exhibit « poll tax receipt" shewing that the SI tax 1ms been paid. And every lax collector will issue n poll tax receipt lo every otherwise qualified person who pays the dollar tax. One man's or one woman's dollar is exactly »x goad as smother's. We know the delegates-of a great religious denomination would not, knowingly misrepresent, tin; character and effect of the poll lax qualification. We assume lhat they arc simply misinformed. —ARKANSAS GAZETTE. SO THEY SAY -The country is indebted to iM;uiry Maverick for jfobbledygook'. It is not to The idea Hint Germany can exercise her former place in Europe and can do so without danger to all free men after the Nazi hoodlums are eliminated is not true.—Henry J. Taylor, war correspondent. The simple fact is that the Germans stopped us lat Cnsslno).—Secretary of War Henry L, Slimson. * » > I denounce lliosc whu conic to America, lake advantage of the opportunities here, and still retain allegiance to the countries from which they came.—Rep. Jennings Hnndolph ot West Virginia. * * » Education is not concerned primarily with intellectual luxuries, but. with elements which make the individual a valuable member of society.— President William M. Lewis of Lafayette College. The veteran's homecoming Is not always the grand and glorious reunion the men dream of, but women can help make it so by studying the man's mental atlilude while he As still in the licf-pital. then working to give him the sense if security tmd stability lie. needs.—Mrs. Carter Collins, president Association ol Army and Navy Wives. V-7 The Wizard MARVELOUS/" \ "Oh, you'll linvc plenlv of lime lo practice being a general before you're drafted'—ri^hl now it's past your troops' • bedtime I" THIS CURIOUS WORLD t*«WKMk BELIEVE THE MlLKV WAV TO BE THE REFLECTION OF A WHERE DEAD RELATIVES NOW SPEND THEIR TIME /"VJVY/AAS/ 50ME PEOPLE STAND UP WHEN LYING DOWH ON THE JDB," ROLAND HULI.EY, '' MUST FALL TO DEVELOP THE ENERGY EQUIVALENT TO.OV.iF 4-7 Japanese M'ind indicators. the plnno in Paramount's "The Hani-Boiled Canary." Dauhtcr of one of the west coast's best piauo teachers, she first attracted attention at H as pianist with the Los Angeles Junior Symphony. Impressed with the little acting she did. Paramount signed her lo a contract. Mail by the Yard ^ *r< • In Hollywood nV KHSKINE JOHNSON ! emerged in high French heels as NKA Staff Correspondent Hollywood's idea of an ingenue. "1 Being Hollywood's "either too eml ij c( i about my age -said 1 young or too old" girl requires wns 1G." 01' Man Winter On The Way Out, Forecast Says By United Press Winter seems to have given way to Spring again, with a forecast for the southeastern section calling for more sunshine and a continued climb of mercury, but not without some damage. Tiie danger is over, the weather bureau says, referring to the un- casonable cold snap that put frost n the ground yesterday morning as nr south as Jacksonville, and to the irolotiged rains that delayed plow- ng and planting for weeks. Some reports as to te damage done by the brief return of Winter ire not optimistic. PVuit crops ap- )ear to have suffered heavily in the three-day cold snap 'that was climaxed by freezing temperature and "rast. The peach crop in Union Coim- '.y South Carolina, where approximately 100,000 trees are in cultivation, was ruined and the crop in lome parts of North Carolina is be- 'ievert to have been cut iti half. Early reports say that little straw- icrry damage was done in North Carolina, but potatoes everywhere ippcar to be rotting in the ground. County Agent J. L. Lacs in Bir- •ningtiam says the North Alabama 'ruit crop is very seriously damag- :d, and the preparing of ground tor food and feed crops is way be- lind schedule in Mississippi. Throughout Georgia cultivalior 's reported to have been delayed considerably by Iho cold snap. The second planting of potatoes ii South Georgia are rotting in thei County Agent L. J. Kerr says fruit crops in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, were far enough along to resist tha low of 33 degrees. Read Courier News Want Ads. Defoe Furniture Co. E. Main Dial 3221 Wanted: Cssd Furniture. Also you can trade your old Fonu- tare In on new. more acting away from the cameras than in front of them, 17- year-old Dinna Lynn confesses. You probably remember Diana as the brazen but lovable brat who befriended Ginger Rogers in the picture, "The Major and the Minor." Since then Paramount has been grooming her for stardom in such films as the current "Miracle of Morgan's Creek" and the soon to be released. "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay." But Diana, a starry-eyed 17- year-old, almost didn't get those t \ ni \ along came that r_olc CH1CKASAW West Main N»r 31st St. •t. »t»rts 12:45; Sun. sUrti Ii4i Night shows 5:45 Except Monday, opens 6:45 Continuum slmw» Sat. ant 8np- Pfe. William ' Paullz of East' Orange,' N.' J., with 12th USA.AF '. in Italy, is all tangled up ir ', v;hat is probably the longest • "letter" received by a G. 1.1 abroad. Originated by Mrs.: Olga Hook and Mrs. Betty • Clark of his home town, it is' 12 yards long and is composed of personal messages from ' friends, cartoons, pin-up photos, poems, stories and jokes. ; ground and the outlook for othei water-logged crops is unfavorable BOB MflLOHE Plaster, Stucco, Ceaieat W«k Pkone 882 Friday & Saturday Double Feature "RIDERS OF THE BADLANDS" Witll; Charles Starretl "THE GREAT MR. NOBODY" with Eddie Albert & Joan Leslie SERIAL: "Don Wiuslow of the Coast Guard" Superman Comedy Sunday and Monday " B A M B I " Walt Disney Feature Letiglh Cartoon Universal News Comedy of the It-year-old brat in "The Major and the Minor." Paramount casting directors immediately thought o' Diana, and then shook their heads. "Nope," they said, "she's loo old." GOT OUT THK Ktf) CLOTHES "Well," said Diana, "it was awful. /Ml Ihc lime I had wanted to be grown up. But 1 wanted lhat role. So 1 hunted up one of my discarded 14-year-old, un-glamor- ons dresses, slopped trying to act a glamorous ingenue, and went Might M ihs * V r, r, i . rx By Robert D. Lusk CnprrlKhl, 10H, MIA Strvlcr, Inc. roles. She was almost too old for to SCe [), e producer of the picture." the Ginger Rogers picture and al- Diana got the role and made most too young for "Our Hearts." sucll a i,jt that the studio, much That's where the offstage acting ( 0 her distress, immediately typed came In, she said. h er ns n i-l-ycar-old btat niid gnvc "You see," she, explained, "I had ] )cr „ "little sister" role in "And been at Paramount ever since I was t he Angels Sing." another 13 years old. I could hardly wait to grow up. Why. at 14 I didn't even like lo come to the studio. Fourteen is an awful age." At 15. Diana said, she was convinced .she was grown up. She left the bobbv socks al home und Betty Hullon In Morgan's Creek." Diana was 16. Then along came with The Miracle ot By this time "Our Hearts L-l: A Cnlormlo f.nrmor, looking for xumr strnyotl c.ilvp* on n SciHrmlicr rvrnln^ In 1011), cninr* upon n »irk *trmiKrr %vlu> InirJcn* him wilh nn *Tii|inr1ntit rrrltten mpH»rlKC. Kirkln^ hplp, the farmer fnlln nnd knorkn lilniMc-K out. M'hcn ht- rrvlvrs liolTi dtrnupcr rniil mr.tsnpr nrc gone. Xn one lic- Hrvc« M* Inlr. TUB STOHYl After Ihe Ku Klnx Klnn barn down M» Imrn. Jnn Mrnrtk In vl»ltci! hr .furtArr Mc- IVnmnr^ Yrbn prrHtindc* him lt> tnke the cn*r 1u court. OLD JAN VS. JIM NOKBERG XI ATTENDED the trial, going )ur Boarding House with Major Hoople Out Our Way By J. R. Williams were Young and Gay." the film version of Ihe Cornelia Otis Skin- nnr-Emily Kimbrough book of two 18-year-olds touring pre-war Europe. 1 OUGUTA O IN f IRST ES Trie SS OF A N'O3 BUT OM \VJHV is THW ? \ SOME MACHIME3 Y STAMP STILL ANP THE TOOL MOVES. AND OM SOME THE TOOL STAMDS STILL AMD THE THAT LCOriS TO N>E: THAT OL' GAL TO 1.EARM TH' WHOLE TRADE IM ONE OUESTIOMJ SHE WILL, TOO/ SHE ASKED ME THE OTHER DACV IF GEN!. Mi.C ARTHUR \ XMEVV A.MVTHWO j ABOUT JIU JITSU.' I DiXRE.S-VV VOLVVE "THE De^S L c~r\\> WILL MJ W. V r.-vrcu THE OLD LUGGER VKliT DOvMM.' iTHe FAST LEARMER A Snnta Monica hi^li school girl, Gall Russell. w;)s cast us Cornelia, nnd Ihe studio started a search for Emily. "I nude up my mind I wauled that role." Diana said, "but sludio bosses wouldn't even ijilk lo me. By that time everyone thought of me only as tiomcbody's kid mister. This i time thcv said 1 was too young for I he oarl." But Diana had a friend in Jim Davis, the htndio's masseur, who tlinuiilit she'd bo terrific in the role. Kvrry timn 'he producer of the pic- uire. ShcrtcliTi Oi>Mit 1 v. climbed ou- rubhln^r tnblr. Davis gave him :i r^lcs talk aboul Diana Lynn. (JI1IXKV I'lNAU.V CilVKS ritially, in about a week. Gibney fold: "Okiiy. Jim. have Dinna come : to my offiie. But I .still think she's ' tct: young tor Ihc pnrt." •*• daily with my mother and father. Even a boy of my age needed no Gallup Poll to tell him where public opinion stood in this case. Naturally there were those who were in sympathy with my grandfather, but they were decidedly in the minority. ' Once, during the first day o the trial, I went into the hal to drink from the fountain. A boy, a little older than I, pushed me lo one side as I was about drink. "Tliis fountain is for Amer Scans," he said. "Your grand father is a Bolshevik!.'Why don' he wear whiskers?" I stayed close to niv parenl after that. The question in the trial wa whether Korberg actually was o the Mcsrik property the nighl th Klnn called and the barn was burned. Old Jan, on- the slahd, told of uncovering barn him. a I the laking it possible to acquit the lore popular Norbcrg with a '.ear conscience, eliminating all KKsibilily of censure. The de- ense attorneys knew the situa- on, had anticipated it. The next /ilness was called: "Dr. James Morion." Grandfather looked up with urprise from the pad of paper n which he was doodling. * *. * THE memory of lhat scene was beaten, literally, into my irain. It was the old courtroom, before they built the new county courthouse. The brown wallpaper made the room appear dark despite the row ol tall windows ilong the right-hand wall. The iudge's bench and the jury box to the left were dark oak wilh ginger-bread decorations. Before the judge, between him and the spectators, were two long tables. Al one sat the proscculor and my grandfather, xnrt at the other sat Norbcrg and his counsel. It was on my grandfather that my attention was now focused. The rest was background. My grandfather was then in his middle fifties. He had on a rough, tweed suit of gray. It fit loosely his muscular body, his morc-thart- six-fcet of height. His face was tanned by the winds ot the high prairies. He was a handsome nan, with strong features. His iron gray liair, supposedly.combcd n pompadour fashion, wns un- asked, "in tbc fall'of 1919, on the night ol Sept. 25, attend Jan Mesrik in the capacity of his physician?" ' "Yes," the physician replied. "What was the nature of his trouble?" "He had had a -bad fall, suffering a head injury. It had affected his mind." "In what way had it affected his mind? How did it manifest . itself?" The prosecutor again attempted lo rise, was restrained. "In hallucinations." You could feel the audience's reaction, and in a moment you could hear it, a guffaw, snickers, whispering. They would have applauded except that they were in court. I looked at my grandfather. He sal there as if someone had hit him squarely across the face. Then he jumped to his feel. He moved his arms as if gesturing. His lips moved but no sound came from them. Then his arms fell to his sides and lie stood there staring at Dr. Morion. He seemed to sense the appalling fact thai he was now so unpopular thai even his own physician would : door, definitely identified But Norberg had an alibi Ifjv mint;. 13111. i .MIIL viiiui\ AII(;O .. , , ,. , .. lt r. yomic (or the pnrt." ,'» a . substantial witness, the pro- Well, Diana put on her high P»ctor of the store m which the defendant worked. He testified 'that Jim and he were at the store all evening, working in the back French heels again and Producer Gibncy's office the role. "Gosh when the studio calls now went to and got room on the books. It was Old I never know whether to put on my 'Jan's word against Jim's and Sair hk'h heels or get my bobby socks iWnshburns. out of the mothballs," Diana said. Diana started life as Dolly Lochr, crashed the screen at 13 because the attitude of the public was 'any indication, the jury was v..~ „- 'anxious to lake the word of the siie"cdi]ld"p!ay"tirc"Grlcg' Concerto Idcfcnse witnesses. Any discrcdit- from memory. Her first role was ing of my grandfather as a re- accompnnying Susanna Poster on 'liable witMess..wo_uld_bo.we\<:ojvicd ruly. A lock now liung down over one of his deep, blue eyes. These eyes were fixed on Dr. Morion. There was no enmily in them, rather they showed wonderment. I saw the prosecutor move to rise, but iny grandfather put a hand on his shoulder, restrained him. HE defense attorney established lhat Dr. Morion had T attended my father- as well as other members of the family, was well acquainted with Old Jan. .I'P.'d y o Ui".!lic..defonso cpynso violate his professional ethics to brand him as, of all things, a crazy man! He slumped to his chair. Tt was all over now. There were a few more questions lo the doctor. He said that Old Jan had had a fever when lie had arrived, that he was talking disconnectedly, that he talked in babbling fashion of meeting one of the mighty ot tbc world, spoke ot kings and emperors. I3ut 1 heard little of wlial the physician said, and I am sure that my grand- | father paid no attention further. We were whipped, mortified, humiliated. The prosecutor did not cross-examine the physician, "It's no use," my grandfather said. "No one would understand. Let's gel it ovci- wilh. Lcl's get out of here." It was over with shortly. Nor- bcrg was acquitted. The crowd was immensely pleased. I cried lliat night, cried lor myself, but 1 think that I cried particularly for my grandfather. (To Be Conllnued) „

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