The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 16, 1956 · Page 2
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PAGE TWO BLTTHEVTLL1! (ASK.) COURIER THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1«, Once Wicked Shanghai Tame Under Red Yoke EDITOR'S NOTE — Lois Mttchison, 29-year-old British newspaper writer, took a two-month tour of Red China ai a British journalist. This story she wrote for the Associated Press was forwarded through Hon# Kong. By LOIS MITCHISON' SHANGHAI (AP) — Once the gayest, wickedest city in the Far East, Shanghai now goes to bed at 9 p.m. every night. Six years of Communist rule China. have wiped out the city's colorful night life. Its gray, grime- encrusted streets are darb. cold and) We also saw a competition, for amateur plays and humorous di| alogues. In the old days, both foreigners! The club has dancing on some and Chinese made money in! Saturdays, the manager ex' plained, but not "immoral dancing" with couples pressed cheek to cheek, nor any "yellow American music." He said he thought the "Blue Danube" and "Merry Widow" Shanghai, The wealth here went for exotic meals — champagne with shark's fin soup and monkey halls, race course, night clubs and brothels all prospered. But today, the last Western bar in -the c'ty Is readii—ta_cl££fi_as. soon as the owner's wife has her exit permit. Located in the POM area, it is named "Toby's Bar, The Golden Sun, New Harlem." Its owner, Toby Embielis. is a British subject born in Nigeria. Toby's Bar is a warm and cozy place. MOST, customers are sailors from foreign ships. Toby was oncej_ a sailor himself. . wore, th.- njnpg often played. He had never heard of "jiving." These clubs are fully backed Red Competition But he thinks he is losing business to the new government seaman's institute nearby. Sailors arriving in Shanghai are told officially of the institute. "But I am not allowed to send a card down to the ships," Toby said. "I just depend on old patrons recommending the place to one another. At present they just about bring me in enough to live on." Foreign newsmen seeking night life now are -, sent on a tour of "workers' cultural 'clubs." I went one evening to one in the Cheng Ning district. The club was housed in several buildings, surrounded by a rose garden, that once had been a gambling hall. In the courtyard, two factory teams were playing basketball. In an upstairs hall, a. group of community singers were working on a new song to celebrate China's manufacture of iron and steel. Cartoon* Another hall had an exhibition of cartoons. Some of them were labeled as teaching Red China- style moral lessons—the need to from IT. S. Asian policies, the threat of counterrevolutionaries in Note from Dead Tells of Murder , LOS ANGELES t* — The funeral of Mrs. Claudia Benco, 55, will not be held as scheduled today because of a "message from the dead" that charges her death, was not accidental, but murder, Mrs. Benco died Monday of burns suffered in her apartment Feb. 1. Police Cap't. P. R. Smith of Beverly Hills said the following note in her handwriting was found yesterday in her locker at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she had worked: "If by any chance I should die, it will not be an accident, but murder; plain, cold blooded murder' Remember, it is murder and nothing else." The coroner's office ordered a further post-mortem on the body. The fire in her apartment had been attributed to careless smoking. Investigators said Mrs. Benco, cigarette in hand, apparently had fallen asleep in an upholstered chair. Wind Blows Cash Behind Walls Of State Prison ONTARIO, Calif- UP) — A gusty windstorm whisked S410 in currency from C. H. Chacons automobile and blew it over a chain link fence surrounding a state prison. Chacon had placed the money in the visor above the windshield. In reporting the loss to police, Chacon said he spent several hours walking along the fence looking for the money and that he hesitated to climb over without permission. Police Sgt. E. R. Holland and L. F,-Patton of ,the staff of the California .Insitution for Men helped him look in the prison grounds. They found three $100 bills, five S2CB and one $10 in the weeds and shrubs. Teller Out-Bluffs Would-Be Bandit SAN FRANCISCO M» — A red- paired bank teller outbluffed a would-be bank robber in a midtown branch of the Bank of America yesterday. The robber walked up to the cage where Marilyn Dinubilo was working and demanded: "I want fives, tens and twenties." Miss Dinubilo decided the pistol he laid on the counter wasn't real. She slammed her cash drawer shut, jumped away from the counter and exclaimed: "I'm sorry. I haven't any money." The robber hesitated, then put the gun in his pocket and hurried from the bank. Poetic Justice RICHMOND, Ky. M—Three men in a car—one at the throttle—were arrested carrying a bottle. The sheriff drove fast—found each with a foot in a cast. One carried ,cane, the others had crutches. So ] today the law nas 'em in its' clutches. by the Communist regime. "The dark sights of old Shanghai—its bars, brothels, night clubs —have all been transformed. ' said Li KanrChuan of the Shanghai Municipal . Council. ".These places were for idle, good-for- nothing people who led a very luxurious life. After liberation (arrival of the Communists) suchj people ceased to exist." j "The laboring people have theii proper work to do and after work j tVioy napf* rpgr " he added. "But j we have also built up a moral; and cultural recreational life for the laboring people." Suggestion Box r<* Moil Pox, * Taxpayer Finds COLUMBUS. Ohio iff) — Don't confuse a suggestion box for a mail box when sending in tax payments. That's what 'Augusta Greenwald of Shaker Heights did in March 1954. It cost her $526.90. She was visiting Mt. Sinai Hospital when she deposited an envelope containing property tax bills and her payments in a box she thought was a mail box. It was a hospital suggestion box. By the the time the hospital returned the envelope to her, the taxes were past due and she owed a pena Ity of 10 per cent, which amounted to $526.90. The State Board of Tax Appeals reviewed the "unfortunate . incident" nnd decided there was nothing in the. law that would let it remit the penalty. Police Nab 'Dead Man' TOKYO tfpj — Police arrested a! "dead man" today and booked him on a charge of larceny. Masao Na- j kagawa, 36-year-old Pacific war | veteran listed on official records as! "killed in Guadacanal in 1942," told police: "I returned to my home in November, 1&45, and found my own I tomb. I decided to lave like a man \ who doesn't live." 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