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BtTTHlTTLLH (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY. MARCH 8. 19W Qverteae with BILLY GRAHAM By George Burnham (Chattanooga News-Free Presi Writer) HONOLULU — What kind of a man is Billy Graham? What is he like out of the pulpit? Is he a sticky holier-than- thou preacher? Does he have a sense of humor? People everywhere know the 37- year-old North Carolinian is the most listened-to evangelist in history. Millions have been impressed with his sincerity and uncanny ability to persuade men life holds something better for them. In following him around the world I have found that he lives his Christianity 24 houre a day. Unguarded moments are the same as guarded onee. He isn't a phony. He believes with all his heart he is doing the most important work on earth. • * * Billy knows (hat some evangelists of the past have brought their names into disrepute with most of the criticism directed at the amount of money made. He is doing everything in his power to make the name "evangelist" mean something again. He never accepts love offerings. He draws a salary ol $15,000 yearly from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a non-profit organization supported by free will gifts. Hollywood's blank check for his life story was rejected. He bends over backwards to keep people from saying he capitalizes on the name of Jesus Christ. But his sincerity and humility are not stick brand. Packed in somewhere along his 6'2" frame is a sense of humor that keeps him well balanced. As a human being he laughs so often he doesn't have time to be long-faced and he has been known to play a few practical jokes. Once, shortly before his close friend and associate evangelist Grady Wilson Was scheduled to make a speech Billy emptied a can of fluffy shaving cream into his big Texas hat. The stuff weighs practically nothing and Grady didn't notice it, but the audience did. When he walked in and pulled off his hat they howled while Grady rushed backstage to get the goo out of his hair. ra, r*. ol ttw hottMt thing* on «rtb. Th« mmtard capsule* wer« placed ID Oridy'e IMC mod Btttf kept the ml once. Several boura after leaving Lot Angeles Grady got the capsules and Mid, "Boy, I'm going to sleep tonight!" He gave one to Billy who palmed it and took the real thing. Grady took his and they retired. Billy slept soundly. The next morning he stretched ilke a comfortable cat, looked over at Grady and asked, "What kind of night did you have, buddy?" Grady moaned before replying, "The dressing on that salad we had for supper last night almost killed me. I'll bet I got up and went to the water fountain 20 times." • • • "Didn't the sleeping pill help you any?" asked Billy. "Mine worked fine." "Not mine," said Qrady. "I got up about 3 o'clock and took another one. What a night!" The next night the same thing was repeated all over again. By he time they reached Korea Billy vas scared he had gone too far. Grady was imagining that he had some awful disease and Billy de- US General Says 700,000 flea 1 Troops Are Still in Korea More often than not Grady is the i ,-yed it might not be safe to reveal It is always taken with a laugh. Bur Grady should have been more careful after the hat incident. He was victim of probably the greatest practical joke ever pulled by Billy It was on their first trip to Korea to spend Christmas with the American soldiers fighting there in 1952. Grady decided they might have some trouble sleeping while crossing the Pacific and bought some sleeping capsules for both of them. Billy got his hands on the bottle without Grady knowing about it. He had some identical capsules ing on in Korea. On the first night hi Seoul they were sitting on the platform before a congregation of Korean ministers and missionaries. Billy was thinking about a way to bridge the gap between the East and West quickly, and it seemed that laughter might be the best way with which to open the meeting. He began his address by telling about Grady's troubles with the sleeping capsules and why. It went over like a clown act at an orphanage. Grady still had too much mustard inside to do much laughing, but By ROBERT EDNSON TOKYO (/P) - Qen. I. D. Whlti says that, although Red China ha:, withdrawn about 550,000 troops ti Manchuria, there are still approximately 700,000 Communist soldiers in Korea. The veteran commander of the U.S. 8th Army and all American ground forces in the Par East gave the figures in an interview. "The North Korean army accounts for half the total strength of the 700,000-man communist force In Korea," he said. White commands Army forces, Fine Apparel For Men and Boys BALANCED TAILORING he was so relieved to know he didn't have ulcers that he allowed a faint grin to appear. He has been suspicious of sleeping pills ever since. Sidelights: During the war the Japanese wouldn't admit that Formosa had mountain peaks higher than 12,425' Mount Fujiyama. Actually there were two, but Nippon maps showed them to be a little lower. After the end of the conflict a planeload of Japanese big shots were Hying to Taipei. The pilot checked his readings and found he was high enough to clear the peaks, then bang — everyone was killed. Amusing sidelights continue to crop up among preachers speaking through interpreters. In the Far East one said, "What this global world needs Is a global Christ." The interpreter couldn't find the exact words and said, "What this pear shaped world needs is a pear shaped Christ." Far East, from a headquarters near Tokyo. His 8th Army command posl is In Seoul. Whit* pointed out about 650,000 United Nations ground troops are still in Korea. These Include 45,000 Americans and 600,000 South Koreans, plus about an under-strength division of others. The Chinese "have the bulk of their forces in the center of • the front lines in Korea," White said. "The North Koreans are disposed on the flanks" of the demarcation line drawn across the peninsula in July 1953. "Since the cease-fire, the Chinese have removed about 550,000 troops from Korea. The North Koreans have increased their army by more than 50,000. However, sizeable Chinese forces are available across the Yalu Elver for movement back into Korea." White added he thought the "fire jower within Communist units has ncreased. "Officers and specialists of the tforth Korean army have been seat to schools in the U.S.S.R. and China Jnce the cease-fire," White said. 'Training in the field has progressed from small unit tactics to regimental maneuvers with sup- )orting arms." According to the best informa- ion, White said, "the combat ef- ectiveness of the Communist forces is good." Forgtr Mtant To Go Straight SAN JOSE, Calif. OP}—Hullen H Watklns has a long record of forgery convictions but he meant when he wrote Judge William P James he was going to out off his writing finger. Judge James hurriedly checked the jail yesterday after receiving this note: "...'.. I know you wan't believe a thief like me but to show thai I'm sincere I'm going to cut ofi my writing fing«r. P.S.: When you receive this, the,finger will be off." Jailers said Watkins, 31, walked into the kitchen, got s, meat cleaver and lopped off his right lndex< finger at the first joint. Judge James postponed sentencing Watkins until March 16 on a bad check conviction. NOTICE OP SCHOOL ELECTION Notice is hereby given that the Annual School Election for the year 1956 will be held in Brlnkley District No. 52 of Mississippi County. Arkansas, on Saturday, March 17th, for the purpose of electing The first ship passed through he Panama Canal on Aug. 15, 1914. 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