The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1944 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 21, 1944
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BLYTHEVJLLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS 1HB SLYTBEVILLE COUBIEB NBW8 ' > . . ' THt COURIER NBVS OO. ' HOJW8, Kltot • «ob Mtfaul AitftrtMaf W«llmce Witmer Oo, New York, CbkHo, D»- Iratt, Attente, Ifempbte. Fubllilud Brcry Afternoon Except Bitend u Meond class nutter »t tb« port- dfllc* tt Blythevtile, Artauwi, under »ct ol Coi- pcas, October 8, 1617. • Served by the United Pnw ' -' BOBSOBIPTION HATW 87. svt\u in the city oi Blytheiffle, SOe per •eek, or 85c per month. . By mall, within a radius ot 40 miles, $4.00 per je*r, $2.00 for sir month*,'11.00 for Osstt monttiij ty mall outeide 60 mile zone 110.00 per yen payable In' advance. • A Rebuke From Mrs. Kelly "Mrs. Irene Kelly is a woman of . dignity. She is not rich, and she is not , well. i Her eyesight arid hearing are fnil- J hi£. But there is nothing wrong with (her pride. So is the mother of Charles r (Commando) Kelly, holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and oC six i other soldier sons, , [• As such, she has come to her emm- ; trywen's atlenlion. A/id .in .consequence, t she 'has given some of them a gentle rebuke which they would do well to .remember. . Many people were aghast when they saw newspaper pictures of Mrs. Kelly as she stood in the door of her Pittsburgh home, reading the letter which informed her that Charles was coming home on leave. Mrs. Kelly's house looked poor and unpainled. It faced on an alley, hemmed in by (all buildings. There didn't seem to be much chance for sunlight to get to it- These people thought it a shame ihat a hero's mother had to live there. Newspapers said as much editorially. .Then a representative of the Public Housing' Authority came around, with all the best will in the world, and offered to move Mrs. Kelly to n modern dwelling, Apparently no one stopped to consider that Mrs. Kelly might be embarrassed and humilalecl. She knew it wasn't much of a house, .but she didn't cme to have a lot of strangers poking about,-holding her.neighborhood up to unflattering comparisons and genteel scorn. [ Mrs. Kelly is not ashamed pf hoi- two looms and an attic. Thoy^are probably as neat and well furnished as any thereabout. She may not have electric lights and hot water and an inside toilet. But she has a nice gas stove and an enameled ice box. The kitchen walls are a fresh, cheerful green. The cabinet and sink and table are painted n shining white. Everything is clean. It is quite possible that Mrs. Kelly is used to being envied a little'by her neighbors. And now what will the neighbors think, with all these strangers' trying to make her ashamed of the place? Mrs. Kelly and her seven boys have probably planned for a better place some day Some of the folks who arc trying to help can look back a generation or two in their own families and understand how she feels. This is not a defense of poor housing, but a piotest against the unconscious snobbery of a lot of professional do-gooders. Perhaps Mrs. Kelly has taught us hat we need a little more respect and a little less head-putting in our laudable aims toward social betterment. Stlin New Handling of.War News 0\VI Director Elmer Davis has won a two years' campaign for a chance to sit cknyii with Army and Navy heads and decide what war news should l;e•• released. In winning it, he has also gained an opportunity to do some long- needed work. Under the new system, theater com- mnmlers will no longer have sole responsibility for clearing or withhodilng correspondents' dispatdip.s, That arrangement was unfortunate, not only because officers in war 'theaters are busy men hut because few of them arc trained judges of news. There is also a type of military mind which feels that military aff.tir.s are none of the civilian's business, and in consequence much news lias been withhold that had nothing to do will) security. Mr. Davis knows news, whatever you may thinlc of his OWI organization. His now position, if it cprricK .sufficient authority, should end some-of those disquieting and embarrassing incidents in which stories subsequently confirmed by the military were first circulated by conversation (hat grew into rumor and left Die public wondering how much more was not being officially told. Gl Bill of Rights Tlit discussion here Monday night of the 'Bill of Rights for GI Joe niul CI June of World War I!" by Sam flora, Little Rock, Arkansas national, commlltecman of Ihe American Legion, reflects Interest, or bolh llic local American Legion post nnd the recently organized Wnr Dad club. Endorsement of the bill by the (wo groups'Is pci'sunsive evidence that the measure, is entillcd In sympathetic consideration by people generally. Veterans of oilier wars and fathers of men and women In Hits nue arc ncutcly conscious of tile problems which will come with peace. They'ore determined Mint the veterans of Ibis wnr should Jiot be forced to undergo (he heartaches, the, sometimes tragic experiences whicli veterans of Ihe lasl war endured. A national committee of War Dads, picked from n number of chapters, sltidlccl the bill and then combined their support wllh Hint of the Legion, Its first tmcker. Wnr Dad's support, was described by Francis M. Sullivan, national legis- Inlivc director, as "flnnl proof thai the measure contains the answer of the veterans' problem." The bill passed the senate In' March. It Is now in the house committee. Both Chairman May' of the -House Military .jk trains'- committee and Chairman linnkin of the House Veterans committee, have snlct they believe safeguards should be written Into the bill to prevent what Rnnkin said "might be encouragement of idleness." fie referred especially lo the provision .for unemployment compensation /or veterans up to 52 weeks, nankin is reported sympathetic to the gc.neral purposes of the bill, but inclined to favor some kind of adjusted compensation based oil length of service in place of the special • unemployment compensation plan. The Legion meanwhile Is .organizing public support- behind (lie measure. Director Sullivan recently said petitions are on hand signed by more t,han n million cozens, urging its enactment. Additional petitions are arriving daily in Washington .headquarters. Necessarily, such a bill is lengthy, complicated nnd comprehensive. In addition to unemployment comjjensnllon, it provides past-war liospltsl- Izatlon, education, vocational training, lonns for homes, farms and business, employment service, nnd ndditionnl hospital facilities costing up lo half a billion dollars. Estimates of total benefits under the measures range from three and a half to four billion dollars. Consideration now of post-war benefit* for veterans of Hits war is wise post-war planning. When the last gnu has been fired and demobilization speeds up, the men nnci women in the armed forces arc entillcd to know what they can expect. The need will be tlien-not, months later. This is the lime to dig into the bill, debate what needs debating, change it if change is needed, nnd adopt n sound nnd generous program v.pon which returning fighters can plan their future. FRHMY, APRIL 2J, J944 > in* »v mi Myver. TO. T. u. nco. v.; on, Uramps, liit u honicr—you're only youug THIS CURIOUS WORLD THE ONLY CONTINEN7 THAT HAS MOKE. They-Hitched Their Wagon to the Wrong Star The United Slates, United King- At cruising speed, Plying For- ilom, France and Germany are nor- 1 tresses use 250 gallons of gasoline mally the four wealthiest nations in (he world. Three milk bottles are made for every inhabitant in ihc United "Hates. - 'IVHEN A FLIER IS GROUNDED, HE GOES UP IN THE /\K,"Sb?S WILLIS PIERATT, DIAMONDS MAY BE COLORLESS, SLUE WHITE, SLUE, PINK, RED, YELLOW, GREEN, BROWN OR. SLACK. fc COP ; 1?" m "" s«v!Ct. me. \ : T. f^. REC. U. S. PAT. Off. NEXT: Names for hurricanes. • In Hollywood BY IttlSKTNE JOHNSON NEA Staff Correspondent Being called the Hedy Uamarr f Ennta Monica beach was embarrassing—but lucky. Acquiring an English accent in 24 hours vva.s murder. But playing starring roles in tv,'o Important, pictures with practically no acting experience at was just like pulling teeth, Gail Russell says. She just returned from the premiere of "The Uninvited" in New York.; . A year (igo dark-linircd,-big-eyed Gail Russell was drawing pictures. Now she's starring In them. She hadn't e ven thought about acting. She was studying to be a commercial arlist. Then, as film press agents love to say, Hollywood discovered Gail. Six months of coaching and—boom! —she was playing Stella, the lovely neurotic in "The Uninvited," and the gay school girl. Cornelia Otis Skinner, in "Our Hearts Were Young itnd Gay." Heavy drama and light comedy. Quite an order for a girl who had never seen n movie camera before. Gail said she was paralyzed with fright. She couldn't even remember her lines, lei alone try to act )ur Boarding House with Major Hoople PORT WORTH SOUTHWEST AltfERICAN ' wil1 ' tlle creiv sl:lri »S will) her. So they pin screens beside the camera. A SPRINiG POETRY CONTEST ?\WHV SCO KNlfNES-~-MOU»iS OUT Ohi AMD FOR «5O.' ESAD/ FLEET STREET 6MJ£ET,VJOOlNi& CALLIOPE VJlTH ODE AMD THAT PRIZE |S EARMW5KED FOR W03 B. HOOPLE A XOU 6OUMD- LIKE A BIG BROTHER. OF MOTHER. GOOSE/ OKfrV.PLJT VOUR NO, MO -—/THIS AIM'T IT.' THIS IS LATHE TWO- IT'S LA1HE MIME THAT TH GUV COLLAPSED OMJ AIM'T MUCH OF A MISTAKE-THAT GUV \B PLEWTY COLLA.PSED THEOMLV DIFFERENCE BE- ' TWEEW TH' TWO IS THAT THE OTHER GUV LOST HIS " HOLD C*J TH' LATHE AM' HIT HIS HEAD OM FLOOR; tow MUCH 6A9 V0£ GET/ OFFICER, WITHOUT THROTTLE, LORD THE. HOLDER UPPER Director Lewis Allen babied her. EAHNEn "ENGUSII" Paramount was all set. lo film "Tile Uninvited" with someone elss> playing Stella with Director Allen noticed Gail. She had been under contract to Paramount for six months, playing bits in the Dark" nnd a Henry AHU'ich film. Allen took her lo the Paramount boss. Buddy DeSylva, am said, "This is the girl I want foi Stella." DeSylva said the role was hers i she could acquire an English ac- vrent in 24 hours. The company lint to leave-the next day for locatioi scenes In Northern California. ."They hired an English coacl named Miriam Greene," Gal) said "We went to n projection room an< ran off n lot of English-made pic lures for six hours. I went to sleep the third (line I'd seen 'The Youni Mr. Pitt.' Miss Greene shook nn and woke me up. Then we went to her house and read and read and read. I could hardly keep my eye open. I almost fainted. Then made a record and played it fo Mr, DeSylva. And wliat do yo' think he said? He said my nccen was too 1 thick. I cosilrl have th part. he.said, but 'please, not s> much accent.'" Gail and lier family came to Lo. Angeles seven years aiio from Chi cago, where she wns born 22 year ago. Her father used to play in ai orchestra. Now he works at .Lock heed. DISCOVERED, AS THEY SAY I At school Gail was shy. She Uk | ed art, "even went to a private ar school after regular school. Am every Sunday morning slie went with the gang to Santa Monica beach to swim and eat hot dogs. One day last year a Paramounl talent scout, William Mciklejohn picked up a couple of kids hitchhiking to the beacli., They got to • talking .'-and Meiklejohn said li' was a talent scout. "Ever bear oj Gail Russell?" one of the boys said Mike admitted he had not. "She's the Hetty Lamarr of Santa Monica beach," the other bov said. "There Is n Rirl who onghta be in the pictures.' "Mike, amused, wrote down her name and where she was go ing to school on the back of a match folder. Ne\l d.iv Gail was working nl her drawing board tit arl schoo' when the teacher brought her n note. It read: "Please call Mr Mciklejohn at the Paramount talent department." Hint's how Gal Russell got in the movies. Of 7,800 American Lcnd-Lcase planes sent to Russia tefore (he first of this year, more than 3.000 were ferried all (he way by nir. BPTICBl STORE Let Us Help SAVE YOUR EYES I 09 W. 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Won't you please return empty bottles to your dealer at once for your deposit or, better still, for credit on full bottles of your favorite beverage. Royal Crown Bottling Co. Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. Pepsi-Cola bottling. Co. Midwest Dairy Products Co. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Rotcrt D. Ud, THE FROJ'HET Hijg XXIII *^ "PRESIDENT WILSON never recovered. Tlic possibilities of American participation in the League of Nations died as a result ot this illness; and without American participation, without Ihe co-operation of the greatest and most disinterested country in the world, the League of Nations was doomed to failure." Rhodes was launched on a favorite topic. "We can, of course, only speculate on what n different world this might have been had America joined the League." "I don't quile agree," argued Old Jan with surprising vehemence, "thai it is just a mutter for speculation. I believe that it is prelty clear that had we been a member \ve would have- been in a vastly superior position to halt aggression at its start. Wilson pointed out this advantage frequently during his speeches. You have just forgotten. So lias the rest of the country." 1 He motioned to me. He told me to go to a bureau drawer, get him n book. It was a book I had never seen around, a well-worn copy oi Wilson's speeches. ) "It wns an entirely new concept of international relations that Wilson's League ot Nations proposed," Old Jan went on, as lie .thumbed through the book. "He emphasized this difference in many of his speeches. For instance, he refers to the demands mode upon China in 1898 by Germany for control of the whole district around Kiauchau B.iy. Listen." And here lie read aloud from (he volume in his hands. '"The government ot the United States at that time, presided over by one of the most enlightened and beloved ot our presidents—I n>pat\ .WUJiam McKinley—and ihe Department of State, guided by that able and high-minded man, John Hay, did not make tlie slightest protest. Why? Not because they would not if they could have aided China, but because xmcier international law as it stood then no !>alion had (lie right to protest against iinything that other nations did that did not directly affect its own rights. Mr. 'McKinley and Mr. Hay uid insist that if Germany look control of Kiaii- chau I'ay, she should not close those approaclic's-to China against the trade ot the United Slnlcs. How pitiful, when you go into the court of right, you cannot protect China, you can only protect your own merchandise!'" * * » "WILSON," my grandfather continued, "pointed out what the difference would have been if we had had the League of Nations, \yith American participation. Then we could have gone in and said:' "There is your promise to preserve the territorial integrity and political independence of (his great people. We have the friendly right to protest. We have the right to call your attention lo the fact that this will breed wars and nol peace, and that you have not the right to do this ihing. Old Jan looked up. "How different a basic position America would have been in in dealing with the starlings of the aggressions in Manchuria and elsewhere had we been members of an effective League of Nations. The League, without the United Slates, was doomed to failure, but with the United States, it was the hope ot the world. Wilson realized this only loo clearly. Here. This is what lie said in Cheyenne, tiie day before he fell ill." And his eyes once more fell to the book. "'Without the adherence of Hie Uniled States lo the Covenant ot the League of Nations, the Covenant cannot be made effective. I am not stating it as a mailer of R95£*Ff..I..apV not.stating it with the thought Ihat the United States has greater material wealth and : ' greater physical power than any other nation. The point I want [ you Jo get is a very profound' point; the point is Ihat the United- Slates is the only nation in the, ' world that has sufficient moral force with the rest of the world.'" * * •> /~\LD Jan had been reading rapidly. Sweat dropped from hir. forehead. Flc was short of breath.' It was a great effort but he con-jc tinned, his head turned toward" me. "They say Ihat Wilson was a ; hopeless idealist. In my cstima- : lion he was the most practical of ' men. Listen to this: j ' 'The wars of the past have : been leveled against the liberties . and peoples of territories of those • who could not defend them, and i if you do not cut at the taproot,. that upas tree is going lo grow again; and I lei! you, my fellow^ countrymen, that if you do not' cut it up now it wilt be harder to cut it up Ihe next lime. TJie next time will come; it will come when • this generation is living, and Hie children that crowd around our car as we move from .station to station will be sacrificed on the altar of that war. You have got to cnt the root of that upas tree now or betray all future generations. . ; " 'New stales, one after another, have been set up by the action oE the conference at Paris all along the route Ihat was intended to be Ihe roule ot German dominion,: and if we now merely set them ''• up and leave Diem in their weak- ; ness lo lake care of themselves, • then Germans can at their leisure, '. by intriguing, by every subtle ^ process of which they are mas,ltt ter, accomplish what they could ; not accomplish by arms, and we | will have abandoned the people !• whom we redeemed. The thing isi inconceivable. The thing is im-i possible.'" fj Old Jan rested the book on Ms ; lap. ( "His critics called him a lhe- : orctical schoolmaster, Little Jan,! but those words, in 1919, were the: words of a terribly accurate' prophet." joii'Ji ...._.... .(To Be .Conc!u<le<».*88*

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