The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 2, 1944 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 2, 1944
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PAGE FOUR - IBB BLYTHEVTLLB COUBIEB BlffiS TBX COURIER NlTWS OO. - • .. H. W, HAIN*8, PuUtoW BAMCTL P. NOIUUS, Hitor . JA1OB A. OATEN8, AdvcrttdBc UMMtf •' Sola mtiaoal Adrertutar W»lUe« Wltm«r Co. N«» Tort, into. Atlanta, Usnphli. D*- Published Ewry AlUiooon Bmpt Sunday filtered ai second class matter at the port- office at Blytievllle, Arkansas, under act ol Oo»- tntt, October 8, 1817. Served by the 'United Pr«*i RAT*S By carrier In the city of Blyth«Tllle, 'Me pe *eek, or 85c per month. By mall, within a radlua ol « aillei.'WIOO.per year, (2.00 for elx months, $1.00 for thrte'moDtbi; by mall outside 60 mile tone $10.00 per year payable to 'a Can Arkansas Stand More Taxes? The load on Arkansas taxpayers already is heavy, but it will become more staggering if proposals for new taxes or increased levies which have sprung up'during Ihc past six months are enacted into law, . Six proposals, -if enacted into law eilhcr by a 1 vote of the people or by the legislature, would mean an annual tax increase o' 1 more than 30 million dollars, according (o the Arkansas Public •Expenditure Council which calls for a halt in the upward trend in Ihc cost of state government. Here they are in round numbers: 1. Hollingsvvorth Hospital Act ., $20.000,000,00 2. One cent increase In sales tax for schools 4,590,000.00 3. Three mill increase -In local school levy r.500,000.00 4. Two mill county library tax .. 1,000.000.00 5. One mill city rccrcittlou lax 112,000.00 O.-Two cent Increase In sales tnx for pensions D.1Q2.000.00 TOTAL '. .'$30.400,000.00 Following, is (he basis for estimates item by item: (1) revenues estimated by author of bill; (2) based on sales tnx collodions in fiscal '!2-'13; (3) base'd on total tax assessment in lfM8; " (4) same as No. 3 (B) Estimated on best available assessment figures (G) same as No. 2. In addition to the above another proposal has been made calling for a two percent transaction tax for old ;age-pensioners. Since, at this lime, it is impossible'to determine the amount of revenue which might be derived from (his source the Council has not included it in the above table. The Arkansas Public Expenditure Council has no quarrel with many of the objectives which inspired these new tax proposals but insists the time has come for Arkansas to balance its spending program with its ability to pay. Certainly a continuation of the tip-ward trend in the cost of government will* ultimately lead to bankruptcy not only for the state but <ovcr.v one of its citizens. Therefore Arkansas taxpayers, large and .small, should weigh carefully nny proposed tax increases at this time no matter how worthy the purposes back of those proposals may seem. This is particularly true since any increase in the state's tax burden will serve to retard industrial expansion in the state after the war and will, consequently, have an adverse effect on labor, agriculture, business and industry alike. And. in view of uncertain economic conditions in the state and nation during the post-war, period, it is nothing .short of folly for Arkansas to commit itself to any financial or spending program which may prove impossible (o fulfill in the future. It is also well to remember that our federal tax load must remain high to- many years to come if we are to op- BLYTHEVILLE, (ARK,); COURIER NEWS erate' on a balanced budget and provide for a long term liquidation of the federal debt. Estimates on post-war federal expenditures range from 25 to GO billion dollars per year, Regardless of what they may be Arkansas must pay its proportionate share. Under such conditions the sensible thing to do is to devote our energies to the (ask of eliminating unnecessary expenses rather than to the task of increasing present JMirdens. Unified Defense " In the course of its first set of hoar- ings, the House Committee on Post- War Military" Policy will hear a lot ot persuasive arguments for unification of our armed forces under one jurisdiction. Bnl none of these could he more potent than that advanced by Admiral King, not in testimony lief ore the committee, but in his report on the war at sea to Navy Secretary Knox. Admiral King showed conclusively that unified operations, born of necessity in the moves and couulermovcs of day-to-day tactics, have played a vital part in our victories, lie tressed the firm establishment of Army-Navy teamwork; he .spoke- of land, sea and air fighters as "one national military force." And, in reciting the lessons that we have learned Ihc hard way, he said, "The most valuable of all experience i has been that gained with respect to the operational technique in such fields as air combat, amphibious operations and the escort of convoys." Our lack of preparedness at the. time of Pearl Harbor was aggravated, surely, by Army-Navy jealousies and by distrust in both forces of the value of air power. But there was no room for jealousy in the desperate situation that'our forces were in during the. early months of (lie war. Unified command was one of the lessons learned early and brilliantly, awl if, has paid impressive dividends. A .system of command that is good enough lo win battles is certainly good enough to ' incorporate into our 'long- range military planning. The new House committee .probably had that in mind when it made discussion of a unified Department of National Defense the first item on its agenda. Other vilally important questions, such as universal service, will be couriered later. As Brig-Gen. John McA. Palmer told the committee, "In all our wars it has been the actual military policy of the United States to extemporize Us war organization after the war has begun or has become imminent. It would be impossible to conceive a worse national military policy." The Post-War Military Policy Committee seems to have a good start on a program .which will avoid in the future the almost fatal dalliance with which we approached this war. More power to them. THEY SAT Whatever arrangements we mny make for International order, \ve must never forget Hint unless it has behind it n force sufficient -ami ready to prevent its violation, sooner or later n Hitler, or a Tojo. or a Mussolini will rise up to challenge it.-Brlltsh Ambassador Lord Halifax. • * * The veteran hns ninny hntvcds, easily displaced from one object to another. He particularly hates men of words.-Soctology Prof Willaid Waller of Bernard College. * * » The machinery of peace Is „ mailer for monllis of deliberation, a matter of growth Son. TOIII Connally of Texas COPR. IW VI MA SERVICE. »X T. If. t,,r,. u. 5 PM ON TUESDAY, MAY 2, ."Oil, Pop's a line fellov. Grandpa, bill when I come to • visi.l yon it's so much fim 1 wish Mom had slaved here ami. married a fanner.!" TOS r CUR!OUS WORLD | FIRST FACTORY I «N AMERICAN SOIL MADE WE FH,r, AU, DOCTORS' PRESCRIPTIONS 4ND SAVE YOU MONEY STEWART'S • Drn» Store Main A Like Phon« 'z ; INDIAN TRADE... i AND THE SUSPJ.U5 BECAME .OUR FIPST,MANUFACTURED I EXPERT TO ENGLAND. 5-2. ANSWER: Iraq. .... NEXT: Ancestor of the In Holly wooii HY EllSKTNK JOHNSON NHA Staff Correspondent You've never heard of Bob Wills his Texas Playboys? The farmer's son who went to a barber's college mid wound up plnylng a $5000 lidrile as the leader o[ Amer-. ica's Greatest Western u.ince' T)UrBQardiDgHoUSe w 1111 Major Hoople Out Our Way By J. IT C^&^d 111r *TI m.^r- t- Y^'~ f • • t ' '' 'i"V"~'"' . •* You haven't? Well, confidentially, we hadn't heard ol Bob Wills or his Texas Playboys either, until we met the gentleman today. But we know all nbout him now. Yes. sir. How he walked into ft Hollywood violin maker's shop and] bowled over (hc old gent by plank- Ing down $5000 casli for that violin. Also, all about his eight uncles and seven aunts and his grandpappy who are fiddlers, too. Only they don't fiddle for money. They just fiddle. They aren't ncquisitive like Bob. Bob Wills, a short, barrel-chested semi-bald gent is the latest phenomenon in thc s musical world. In fact, lie's been doing all right for (he last nine years. In 103C. hc paid nn income tax second only to Paul Whltemnn, who was tops in the flals and sharps department. People haven't heard much aboul Hob because hc concentrated his fiddling down in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas where he's the Harry James of the barn dance circuit. But now he's moving inlo the big time, packiiiR 19,000 people in such places as the Oakland, Calif.. Civic Auditorium. "11KI 1 , VKRSATII.E . . ." Bob Wills and his boys may be from Tay-xus, but .they'll hit. you over Ihc head with a piano slool if you call them a hillbilly band. Wills FUDGES ARE. SCH01_f\R.LN CHA.PS vwo WILL A OWLS CLUB WORM CXIT CLEAMIMG "THE X'" r lC GARAGE AMD CELcAE AMD VCt- C3O T V\OB\j COT FRON-' _ \ LOMC HIKE IM THE COUUTRY--BUT t GOT POK GETTISJS WORM OUT.' ALL RIGHT-• WHO'S DUMB-' C/ On BUT WE GOT WITH 3,000 POEMS SCEME^Y THE SO\J6 OF THE BROS AIR PIME ' - EVERY MEMBERS, IF TrtOT'S BATTLE ROYAL WITHOUT A, PUWOTOR, WES OU6VVT to BH THE WNV, AfZB TH& GOOD R2R THE SOUL AU. GUS?> WHO REW3 VlOliLOVOTE 1\MICE 'FOR UOOPUE- SAME DIFFERENCED drawls a little bul doesn't sound like a movie version of a western fiddler. "We're hep," he says. "We're the most versatile band in America Sure, we give 'em western music like 'Mama Don't Allow No Low down Fiddlin' Around Here,' aiu 'T-iza Jane.' but we give 'em rhum- biis, too. And when there ar c jit lerbitRs in the joint We get 'cm si happy they can't stay on the floor We lay it on like they want II." Wills sneers at those gents win think the secret of a western band'; success is a leader who wears [ big hut nnd a loud shirt, -The' don't know what the score is" hi. says. "Yon gotta give 'cm showmanship. Yon gotta work the crow< from the bandstand." Sure. Wills nnd his boys wcwi western clothes and boots.' But m loud shirts and no ten-gallon hat.s see. And who ever heard of a western band leader ficldlin' on a $5000 violin? Bob bought it in Hollywoot nbout six mouths ago. Before tha' he fiddled on a $3000 job. "I gav( that away to a friend of mine dowr in Tay-xus." Yes, sir. Wilts 1s h Ihe big dough. Has n home in Ho! Ivwocd. a farm In Tay-xus, a dair> ranch in Oklahoma and a lot ol stocks and bonds. Also two horse, which he hns shipped wherever he goes. And when he goes riding he'.sitting In a silver saddle which cos him another five grand, "For a fiddler." h c says "I'vi done all right. I'm lucky. I guess.' ••inm.Kl) WAV TO FORTUNE Wills started fiddlin' as a Iccn- 5Cr down in Armnrillo, Tex., wlicv. he was born on n fnnn 38 j'ears aso. it camcsortft natural-like, will nil those uncles and aunts riddliu too First It was country dnilbcs just Wills and a gcc-lar player. Then pappy sent him to a barber's college in Port Worth. "I caught a freight to get there," he remembers. Bul ris a barber In Fort Worth ho \vns more In demand as a. i\A- Yeh, but He's Still a Bum V«7 / '^ ^-ff^f dler at week-end (Innces. "That was during Die depression," he said. "Haircuts were 15 cents. I made more money in one night playin' Ihc fiddle than I made nil week cuttin' hair." So ills left his barber chair for good and organized a band. That was 14 years ngo. Seems iike western band lexers all inn for governor of Oklahoma eventually, but Wills ain't gonna rim for any political office. They asked him about it once down in Tulsn, bill'Wills grinned and said: "No politics for me, biiddv. I'm a fiddler." And as a fiddler, Bob Wills Is rtoin' alt right. Read courier News Want Ads. FOB SALE CONCRETE STORM SEWER ALL SIZES Cheaper Than Bridge Inmber Osceota Tile & Culverf Co. Tlionc C91 OsccoU, Ark. No End lo It BOSTON (UP)—The new 30 per cent cabaret tax doesn't worry one Boston night-club manager who philosophizes that "the more the customers drink, the more the tax hits them, and the more the tux hits them (he more they drink to forget about it." THE TERMITE AND PEST CONTROL CO. llaslcr Exterminators Allen Biddle, Manager Free Inspection <fc Estimates Freshest Stock Guaranteed Best Priets Sirhy Orsg Stoi If yon w»nt lo BBJ m»r» BoncU ST.UL OS THE FUBMTCBIJ ¥OU ARE NOT USING -lot euM AIM liberal trade-hi tllcwuM I0i old Inmlture v «n new, Atrin flsrdy F urn. Co. S81 K. Main Phoo« J. LOUIS CHERRY Representing NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE CO. Blfthcville, Ark. 24 HOUR TIRE SERVICE Vulcanizing — Tire ana Tub* Bepalrlnj Tr»c(or Tires Our Specialty. All Work Goaranfted WADE COAL CO. Alabama KeS Ash Coal N. Hwy. 61 i>h. ZZ31 Mrs. DALTON C. FOWLSTON, B.A., M.S.M. ORGANIST end TEACHER of PIANO - ORGAN and VOICE Former New York Organist &, Teaches Par Appointment Write Mn. Fnwlston . HOI Chickns»wt» or Phone 2M ==• DRS. NIES & WES OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS £| RECTAL DISEASES a SPECIALTY (EXCEPT CANCER) OFFICE HOURS: 8:00-12:00 and 1:30-5:00 Clinic 514 Main Blyiheville, Ark. Phone 2921 TAKE Copyright, i$n,' _ KJSAJService, Inc. THE LADY Tin; STOItVi I.lrnt. Link Iloll Arm)- Air Corns rmlltminn In- iiTiicil tn MJI 1'rl^on. Vnknhnmn, r« jiiirTlril n< ^ic.iivcr*frlcnilIIiiFKX or rnplnin Arnrnski, rmnmniulniit of tin.. jirKnn, »vltw iuvllrx I, Ink (ti hlii liomc Tor illuti.r. ll<- \, fiirthrr Jimn7t>il at I>C|IIK Jnlroihirnl 1i> llir ollirr (iro ^tir.HtM. 'I'lldn Cnurtrlprlil mill \i>nnn Crci-r. llnlh arc -»vljltr •NroniCTi. TIlp lititiiidnTicn of fntul urnvcs (no much for I.Ink nffcr prison ratfuiiK nml he e.\<-uxi-s G. 1'. KISS VII! pJOIMvlA. GREEK look Link by the nrm. "I think I saw a balcony over here," she said helpfully. The balcony which they found was open gratefully to fresh air and the slars. "Are you going to be .sick?" Norma nsked. "That's not a kind question," Link mutlcrcd, embarrassed. "Nonsense. I know how you feel. A stomach will just take so much." Link wished his head was clearer. "Mow," he asked, "would you know nbout stomachs?" "What do you think I am?" "You're not a prisoner of war?" "But I am," she said. "I am in jail. I'm an interned Chinese national." Ajarnski had come out with them. Now he seemed satisfied Link was going to survive the stomach npsel. Leaning over the balcony rail, Azarnsfci whistled. Two soldiers with rilles came running in the garden below. Azarnski waved at them, ami told (hem in Japanese to keep on c-yo on the balcony. "Now you can stay out here," Azoraski (old Link in English. "They won't be taking a pot shot ot you." i Azaraskl went inside. Link looked at Norma. "I'm sure proud of my weak stomach," lie said. "What's there to be proud iiboutt" "Why, without it, wo mig; have? bten enemies all evening he explained. "Look here, you': not Chinese." "1 am a naturalized Chine citizen," she said. "But I was ly. • in Oklahoma." * * * "QKLA'HOMA," Link said. ' ^ figured it to bo Iowa, Mis souri or Illinois," He was delighled with every thing. lie felt fine. He fell E good that it was a little silly. "Courtrighl." he said. "Is she interned, too?" "Yes." "Courtrighl seems to he quite a person," Link said. "She was lelling me she knew your father well." "She has known Ihe family a long time." She changed Ihe sub- jcct' rather abruptly. "How are you feeling?" '' "Fine. A lightning recovery," Link assured her. He added, "About the time I left home, they wore breaking out in a rash called zoot talk. In zoot, Jo invite a girl to dance, you asked her to give with the feet. Want to?" "Are you in any condition?" she asked doubtfully. "I'm fine," he said. At first Iheir dancing was awkward. It dawned on them (hat they were both out of practice, and they laughed together, then Ihey got along better. The phonograph ran out of records. Link maneuvered Norma out on the balcony again. "This is swell," he said. "I like it." "I guess we both do," she said. "You're not very nind at me any more?" "Not very." "That's good," he said, and he kissed her. The response to his kiss was disappointing. Rather, there was no response, and that disappointed him. II was distinclly a G. I. kiss. . The effect on himseU was blurred. It was a long time sincil tilings had blurred from kissing a pretty girl. "Lord!" he muttered. "Good >Ui Link! Good old come-out-l ounding-and-biirking Link!" f ' • * * * • T'M not angry," Norma said. "I can tell you aren't," Linw 'id. "I should have known ahead! ' time you wouldn't be nngryl 'icy never are." "You mean they never lake \ riously?" "Yes. Why is Iliat?" She examined him thoughtfully! n the moonliyht. "Sometimes, ill Alight have been your iniagina- .ion," she said. Link felt uncomfortable, "One cl?.y V want to do thai] again, that time with permission,'] he said. She did not comment. She tooli| his arm mid (iicy went inside. Azaraski apparently had bcerl on the verge ot coming out lo gcll them. "Sorry foll;s," Azaraski saidl "Parly's over. Gelling lale, yoij know." A servant brought Norma'(| wrap and thoughtfully handed lo Link for liim to hold. Normil slood with her back to Link nil he helped her on with her wrapl Link wanlert lo go woof! intcl the pleasant wheat of her hair. Hil (tidn'l. But he certainly was Inspired. Link said a goodby lhat soundet| much calmer than he felt. The two women left in a sepl arale car. Azaraski gave Link ;| quick (rip back lo Niji prison. Tin! soldiers in the other car fo!I'o**<i them back. Link changed ou(fof Ihe new uniform, back into th<[ ragged outfit he. had worn foj weeks in Ihe cell. In the dork and smelly cclll Link felt around in vain for hi I blanket. Someone had stolen li| That was a serious crime. Baldwin had stolen the blnnkeil He returned it. "So you got back,| Baldwin said. Link grinned in the darknes;! "I got electricity," he said. Whfc'j| was exactly how he fell. ,(10 Bo Continued^

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