The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 3, 1955 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, November 3, 1955
Page 5
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IWUBSDAY, NOTBMBBR 8, 1MB BLYTHEVILLK (ARK.)' COURIKR NEWS Water Control a Headache To Paterson N.J. Citizens By WARD CANNKL NEA Staff Correspondent PATERSON, N. .1. — (NEA) — Now Ihc floods have gone. Now the homeless can return to bury their debris. And again the Passaic Valley must examine its old problem — water control. It Is ft pressing paradox to this heavily populated, highly industrial area. In the summer there are droughts when people are prosecuted for watering their gardens. And in the seasons of rain and thaw there is too much water — angry and costly. In any year, almost $3,000,000 worth of property and £oods are washed away. Once every 50 years the floods increase a hundred fold. It is another paradox that the sprawling mill city of Paterson must worry about water. For water is the reason that Pau-rson is a city. United States industry had its birth here because Alexander Hamilton planned the harnessing of the 80-foot Passaic Falls. But twice each century the servant has risen from Its bed to lash the master. In 1903 — the last big flood — most of Paterson was de- floods. It works this way: Lowlands are being filled to yield usable land. Swamps are beinfi drained Id control the mosquito menace. Asphalt and cement are covering wide tracts of land. And the result: Earth that is either saturated or non-absorbent, so that henvy rains and thaws are forced to run off quickly to swell already swollen rivers. And reservoirs, already holding capacity water for the increasing demand, can hold no more. The seven rivers feeding the Passaic send their water crashing through the 41 cities and towns threatening the 900,000 people and their livelihood. Ten years ago, at the dreys of one violent flood, Congress passed an act authorizing the U. S. Army Engineers to .survey this valley and by selling water to the water companies in the area. It would cost about $100,000,000— most of which the Federal Government would pay. The Passaic Valley municipalities considered the plan briefly and shelved it. * * * In 1950 the subject came up again. And again it was discarded — but this time there were political reasons. Upstream communities said that they did not want a reservoir near them because taxable land would be taken away, because ii drainage canal would have to be built, because ne.cessary dikes would spoil their river view. But one man who lives downstream looked up from his job of cleaning red silt out of his living room. "What view?" he asked. For a time the flood season is over. And while the 50-year mam- PAOt FTYK stroyed by water. Today the city is j report a flood control program. moth flood is overdue, the State of j two years overdue. And when the next big flood comes the cost will be $300,000.000. It is a paradox on xhe paradoxes that rapidly increasing industry and housing — demanding more and more water from the supply — are causing more and bigger floods. And it reflects the uneasy situation throughout the Northeastern areas hit by this year's unprecedented At the cost of $3,000,000 and one | j$ew Jersey is now concerned with year of time, the Engineers came up with a plan for a new reservoir at the northwestern end of the valley, It would hold potable water. It would have dry basins to hold flood overflow. It would eliminate drought problems and flood problems. And it would make money the problem of water supply for increasing industry and home dwellers. So far there are two plans. The first is a new reservoir which will have no effect at all on flood control. And the second, summed up by State Sen. Thomas Hillery: "Let them wait for rain." HARDLT ENOUGH WATER FOR A TRICKLE leaves Paterson's Wanaque Reservoir looking like a dessert during- a summer drought. Area Is torn between need for water and for flood control. Flowers, Missouri Waltz Mark Harry Truman's Debut as Author By CLARENCE JOHNSON KANSAS CITY (^i—Harry S. Truman made his formal debut as an author yesterday against a background of flowers, television cameras and strains of the Missouri Waltz. More than 500 persons .were in the grand ballroom of the Muehlebach Hotel when the former president— seven minutes late—came in inr the [ autographing party for the first edi- j tion of his memoirs, "Year of Deci-1 sions." With litle fanfare, the first book' buyer stepped up to have her book ] autographed. She was 5-year-old ] jana Jessee, daughter of Randall i Jessee, program director for WDAP- TV. From there on the book owners moved rapidly in front of the former president's desk. Inscribing only his name on the flyleaf, he was able to handle a customer every six seconds for the first hour. Through the day, however, Mr. Truman will receive some relief from his strenuous penmanship duties through ceremonies arranged by various organizations. These include the Ararat Shrine, by members of batery D, his World War I outfit, the Lions Club of Kansas City .and the National League of American Penwomen. Signing his name in rapid fire succession was nothing new to the former president, who as a county judge, once signed 6,000 bonds in two hours. Three lines of customers wound around the big ball room and far out, into the lobby. Some of them were carrying as many as five and : six books saying they were giving | them as Christmas presents. Being autographed today were the first copies sold ,of the Kansas City edition of the book, of which 21,001) were allocated to Kansas City and . Independence, Mo. This special edition has an additional flyleaf in- I scribed "Heart of America." Otherwise these books are the same as the regular edition. FOR SALE 220 acres with fair improvements on priivel road, 1 mile south of Risco, Mo. Trice, $325 per acre. J. AV BAUER, Badcrville, Mo., on Highway 62, Phone Lilbourn, Mo. 4130. 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