The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 20, 1955 · Page 20
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 20

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 20, 1955
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PA<W TWENTT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 198S What Ails Britain: The Billion Dollar Coal Flop By TOM A. Cl'U<EN NBA Staff Correspondent LONDON — (NBA) — Ten years of State operation of British coal mines have produced a billion-dollar flop. Gone is the bright dream of the Socialist planners, smashed by the very men whom it was supposed to benefit _ the 700,000 miners in the Midlands, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales. But the British taxpayer will be footing the bill long after he has ceased to shiver in front of a cold grate this winter. And the heart is gone out of the Socialist dream. It was to have been I he millennium with nationalization or coal the means by which the workers v.ould gradually take over ownership of the nation's resources. Or so the Labor government said in 1945 when it seized the coal mines from their private owners. ' But the millennium will be a little late this year. Far from showing a tidy profit, the National Coal Board is far in the red for the second quarter of 1955, with the prospect that the deficit will be doubled before the year is out. Coal output is down. Britain will import seven times as much coat this year as she bought abroad last year—and pay for it. with her dollar reserves, which are almost as scarce as the coal, itself. To understand this problem one r~ MINERS' HOMES like thesr hovels are gone from Britain. Rut, said one miner: "A man doesn't forfjet these things easily." Theatre Tears Hike Humidity TOKYO Wi — Dr. Miho Daigo of the Central Meteorological Observatory set up his sensitive recording instruments in Tokyo theaters and found: "Tear jerker" sequences boosted -. the humidity as much as 10 per! cen j. „ "tears probably contribute j a bit" but moist sighs the most. j Climax scenes at all-girl revues j (the ones promoters call sizzling) j raised theater temperatures as ! much as 2 degrees. j "My associates and I are making | these tests solely to determine i health factors Involved in theater, going," said the scientist in a stern ' refusal to make public his snow; ratings. must talk to miners In places like Glenochit and Polkemmet in Scotland, Cefn Coed and Cwmtillery in Wales. Then only will one learn that the British miner is the most fear- ridden worker in the word. He lives in a phantasy world peopled by silk hatted capitalist ogres. * * • Today the British miner has the purchasing power of 5100 a week in America. Yet he remembers only the days when the coal pits were shut down and men lined the streets with vacant stares and idle hands. Today he lives in a snug, semidetached dwelling built by the National Coal Board. Yet he cannot erase from his mind the miner's rows" of hovels which were once the shame of Britain's cities and the eyesores of its green valleys. His health is better, his work less hazardous than ever before, thanks to beter safety inspection, power machinery and medical research. Yet he cannot stop his ears to the shriek of the pithead whistle that once spelled disaster—fire, explosion, cave-in, sudden death. He now enjoys more social services and amenities—free heaLth service, jobless insurance, pensions, playing fields, recreation centers, pithead baths—than his father ever dreamed of. Yet he cannot forget, that his father went into the pits at, the age of 11. Knock on any miner's door and j the story is the same. "There were j six of us children," recalls Tom Wil- I liams. a big burly Welshman from ! Brvnlliw in the Swansea Valley. "We •lept in two beds and had to make a meal of two-pennyworth_6f liver and a few potatoes. A man doesn't fort;ft these things easily." No, the memory of a British miner is a long one. and today he is gel- ting his oirn back. To the government's appeal for increased production, he responds with demands for higher wages, shorter hours and a three-week vacation with pay. When threats do not, work, he re- sorta to strikes, "voluntary absenteeism" and "go slow" movements in the mines. Take his attitude toward the present coal manpower shortage Britain needs at least 60,000 more miners to work its under-manned pits, yet when the British government proposed that 15,000 miners be imported from Italy and Austria the miners' union hit the ceiling. "British miners refuse to work with foreigners," the union flatly announced. . .Most hospitals that treat injured : miners employ foreigners. If an : Italian doctor refused to set the ] bones of a miner hurt in a pit ac- ridem, the union would be the first to protest. Yet. Italians are not al- I lowed to work alongside Britons in ' the coal pits. 1 Over 2.000,000 tons of coal have been lost so far this year through' labor disputes. The boss, the British [ government, can do nothing about 1 it. '' Famed Spanish Philosopher Dies MADRID, Spain UP) — Pained Spanish philosopher Jose OrtPgay G^ssett died Tuesday of cancer. He was 72. Ort ega underwent an operation for cancer of the liver Sept. 28. His condition subsequently wors- ; cneri and he was returned to his i Madrid home. j He was born here May 9, 1883. | Afin- pstnblishinft a reputation BS ; a writer and thinker, he became a j professor at the University of Ma- | dnd m 1911. He later lectured at various foreign universities and in 1949 went to (he United States to speak at the Goethe celebration in Aspen, Colo. ' . It Is estimated that the General Sherman, hip tree in Sequoia National Park. Calif., contains WO,120 board feet of lumebr. NaggingBackache Sleepless Nights N.KtaZ lincknche. htidtche. or mutculM ,clM?.nj"»n.eOB«Uiov.r.««r. 'SirA^affiSS..?^^^.^!.'^? -'• , ,.iff.T mild bl«iiil«r IrrlUl.ion nit [vstli'SS. uncomfortable ltd ing, n-illimitable and worn out h«c«U8« i,r"nf,.rts, Dwin't Pill" often help linr.-lifvlnie action, by their voth- to i-ftstf blfldder irrfutfon. nnU by nili Hurotic action throuiih uie kmney» ,lin io increiu* the output of the IS of kidin'v tubes. , it naiKinn b«kll.h«_md.M you fed ...with' If you of those bvlhi'ir ink- «ll« ihrirmil WIDE-OPEN WINDOW—N° l '<*> plwsant is the picture through the picture window of the Roy Cheek home tn Kansas City, Kan. With his niece, nine-year-old Glynnis Sousley, Cheek looks out at the three-window casing and awning which were blown out when leaking gas exploded. One wall in another room was blown out in the explosion which occurred just ,20 minutes after the Cheek family had left the house for the day. A Near Panic Caused by Plea female passenger cried: "Wait! Hold everything until I get rny ciothes off!" Hartlove spun around in his sea: . . The woman, fully clothed, finally BALTIMORE i.^i—Driver Francis managed to get ner bundlt> of laun . Hartlove brought his No. 6 bus to '_ dr through the rear door and off the a quick, stop the other day after a'vehicle. -NOTICE- BLYTHEVILLE CURB MKT. 130E. Main St. Apples Per Bushel-$1.50 LARGE MICHIGAN PEARS Halloween Pumpkins We Pay Highest Prices For Pecans Open Until 10 p.m. Malaria Control Works NEW DELHI W — The Health Ministry says Its malaria control program in West Punjab has produced "an unprecedented reduction" in the number of persons afflicted with the disease. During 1954 malaria struck 380.000 persons, killing 125.055. In I960, morn than R80.000 persons were afflicted and 210.9BI died. West Punjab has a population of 12'/ 2 millions. PENNY PILLAR —Bartender Bob Denton kneels beside a solid pillar of British pennies —H,658 of them. They were piled by customers on the bar of a vacation resort in Great Yarmouth, England. The three- foot, six-inch stack of coins, donated during the summer, will be used to aid the physically handicapped. Automate waster auforyiafic r Uyel Control! Adams Appliance Co. Inc. 2-Oven FRIGIDAIRE Imperitl Electric Hup «itk THIIMINa New SPEED-HEAT Unit start! food cooking in wconds. New HEAT-MINDER Unit maintains prc-ielecled temperature*. Food* can't burn or boil over. Hat 2 bigger-thart-«y«r Even- H«of Qveni, Copk-Mosttr Ovtn Clock Control, Multi-Duty Thtrmiztr. Choice of 5h«rwood Crten, Stratford Yellow or whit« Porcelain finiih. We Give Qualify Stamps Adams Appliance Co., Inc. "We Service What We Sell" 2flfi - 208 W. Main 1'hone 2-2071 NO STRETCH! NO STRAIN1 7OP FRONT TUNING You tune standing up without groping or bending for controls! 270 SQ. IN. PICTURE Clcnr-ns-life with full picture power for wherever you live! DOUBLE BRIGHTNESS Aluminized tube gives twice the contrast and brightness) W« Girt Quality Stamps W« Have An Authorized T.V., Rntlio and Phonograph Service Depart men! Adams Appliance Co., Inc. "We Service What We Sell" 208 W. Main J. W. ADAMS, Owner Ph. 2-2071 the modern taste is for refreshment E OK at her silhouette—guess what's in that refrigerator, besides the Pepsi-Cola! You can be sure il's stocked with the lighter, less filling foods that make up the diet of today's most attractive people's how they keep those slender waistlines. How they stay so young-looking year after year. And that's why today's Pepsi-Cola is reduced in calories. Never heavy, never too sweet, Pepsi refreshes without filling. Pepsi-Cola is the modern, the light refreshment. Have a Pepsi. Buy it in the handy 6 bottle carton refreshes without filling PEPSI COrA BOTTLING COMPANY OF BLYTHEVILLE

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