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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 21, 1953
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PAGE SIX E (ARK.) COUWER NT5W8 TOESDAY, APRIL H. IM THE BLYTHEVILLB COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO • H. W. HAINES, Publilhcr HARRY A. HAINES, AsslsUnt Publisher A. A. FREDRICKSON, Editor PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertising Man»g«r So)« National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co.. New York, Chicago, Detroit. Atlnnta, Memphis. Entered us second ctess matter at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9. 1817. ' Member of The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier In the city of Blythevllle or any suburban town where carrier service Is maintained, 25c per week. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles, 16.00 per year. $2.50 for six months, jl.25 for three months; by mail outside 50 mile zone, $12.50 per year payable In advance. Meditations And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men »nd women. — Acts 5:14. * * * It is cynicism and fear that freeze lite; it Is faith that thaws it out. releases It, sets it free. —Harry Emerson Fosdick. Barbs Why ask for advice If you're going to resent It when It's unfavorable? * * * Some men find obscurity naturally and others become husbands of well-known women. + * * A naturalist says It's possible for a person to hold a crocodile's mouth shut with one hand Sounds like a snap to us — and very well might be. * * * One of the hardest things lo do Is be born In a rich family. * * + When you don't send kids to college you don't have anybody around to correct your grammar. Much of Opposition To Sewers Untenable Much of the opposition b e i n g expressed to efforts to improve sewers here is like the present sewer system itself — it just won't hold water. After learning fairly conclusively — or at least, we feel, as conclusively as we're going to learn — from T h i a newspaper's opinion poll that opposition to sewer improvements Is strong, we feel that some of these opposing views need examining. We are not referring solely lo those views simply against the $1,300,000 • bond issue plan. There is more than one [v- way to obtain a new sewer system. It is the dead-set opposition to any type of sewer improvement that we feel represents (1) some pretty faulty thinking or (2) a serious misunderstanding of the problem this city faces. We are at somewhat of a loss to attempt to convince these persons of the need for sewers. Tens of thousands of words have been published in this newspaper on the various aspects of the sewer problem. The State Health Department has virtually condemned our present inadequate system. The new county hospital unit cannot open until some sewage means other than a septic tank is found. Black and Veatch, a highly regarded engineering firm independent of any ties here has outlinfcd in detail the city's needs. Predominant opposition argument is this: "I've already paid for my sewers. Why should 1 pay for sewers for people living in new houses?' 1 This rebuttal is as falacious as it is common. Certainly, some residents have paid out sewer improvement districts. They have paid — although the price was low — for their sewers. But what have they got? They have this: pipelines that conveniently remove sewage beyond their doorsteps. To be sure there are septic tanks in these systems. But anyone who has come within smelling distance of one knows that it is overloaded a%d inadequate. Now, the opponents say, these wouldn't be overloaded if new houses hadn't been built and tied into the sewer lines. We have been told in all seriousness that if four-fifths of the houses now on sewer lines were cut off from them, there would be no sewer problem. That's right. There'd be no sewer problem. But there certainly . would be a lot of outhouses gracing back yards. It strikes us as somewhat silly for a person to resent growth of a city. We can't think of anyone who doesn't profit by a city's growth. And growth means just such problems as the aewer issue, r l'o turn from it in fai'or of lamenting the dead past is no solution. Those who have participated in paid- out sewer districts 'have complained about new houses which have connected onto these piecemeal systems. This only indicates a lack of foresight on the part of those who set up the sewer district. Provision for future connections ' should have been made, and appropriate charges for these belated connections assessed. Such a provision is incorporated in the Chamber of Commerce's sewer finance committee plan for a citywide system. What's the answer? We don't pretend to have any panaceas hidden in our typewriter. Disregarding for the moment the various ways of financing a new system, we do know the need for sewer improvements is becoming more rather than less pressing day by day. Since public discussion of the question apparently will lead us no further toward this end than we are now and since it is obvious from that discussion that special elections will bring only a negative response, we feel we must look back to our City Council to save us from our own felly. A letter to the editor t^t,4 «!«wh»rt *•. IbU p«f< expresses succinctly the thought we had been ruminating on as we watched opinion poll results come in. The writer of this letter points out that when the levee board, the telephone company and the water company (and the power company, we add) raised their rates, her opinion was not solicited. She simply was notified of the increases. So It apparently will have to be if Blytheville is to have new sewers. And we want the aldermen to know that we sympathize with them in their plight. We know they don't fear the political rumpus that would be raised ns much as they do the business retaliation that might be forthcoming. But in the long run, these aldermen would earn the belated thanks of the community. headers Views To the Editor: The matter of whether or not to float a bond issue for construction of a city sewer system Is developing: Into a controversial Issue In ths minds of jur local citizenry. The right of the Individual to express his personal viewpoint on such nn Issue Is the American way, nnd a friendly difference of opinion Is normally suggestive of a "healthy" condition. I think that is true in the present case, but unfortunately I know thnt quite the opposite is true on our present method of sewnge disposal — it is unhealthy to the extent of being a community menace. The writer WHS one of -less than 75 citizens (out of our approximately 16,000 population) In attendance nt a recent open meeting called for the purpose of acqunlnUng residents With the deplorable condition of the present sewer system, and discussion on the menus to some solution of the problem — bond Issue or otherwise. The panel presentation wns an excellent one and I believe the following statement mny be made without fear of contradiction: "No one present at thnt meeting is among those who have voted In your newspaper poll to do nothing about sewers." It can readily be understood that there Is some dissontion among those who have lived In sewer Improvement districts and have paid for several years on the present system. But it Is well to remember that, during those same years, they have of necessity had to replace many ordinary household items: water pipes, fnucets. etc.. due to the inevitable wear and tear and /or their becoming anticipated. This, in a large measure, Is what has happened to our old sewer system but paramount, Is the fact that the processing part of the system wa* Ineffective when it was Installed. It served to carry the waste from the doorways but did not provide for destroying the ever-present disease germs. As In the cnse of those renting property who may feel that they should not share in payment for any type of sewer improvement, we should all regard sewage disposal In the true light of it being a service to the individual and not as a tangible asset In which one citizen may share more or less than another. This is true of our garbage disposal system — nn exacting similar case of our paying for the service of some media disposing or the wast from our housholds. Lets not have it said by those favoring sewer improvements that those who are opposing ait descriptive of the old adage. "None are as blind as those who do not wish to sec." I believe it is more a case of their not realizing the true seriousness of Uie problem as a health menace. Disease germs do not locate the target of attack by slreei address. A member of a iamily living on Main Street or Kentucky Is Just as likely to be a victim of an epidemic germ as one living In a suburban dwelling. The health of our families und friends Is more important to us than the financial hardship resulting from the necessary sharing of the expense of some sort of sewer improvement. Let's talk to eacli other and our family physician and find out more about our sewage needs. I believe that the inequities which some of us feel are brought about by any suggested pl«n can be worked out to the s«tljsf»ctloii of ill. fat Ktchleton 'This Hole's Easy—Wait'11 Y'See the. OthetVf ^Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD Peter Edson's Washington Column — Private Watchdogs in Capital Lose Meal Tickets in GOP Era WASHINGTON —(NEA)— Private industry public relations offices in Washington arc singing the blues, nnd losing; their clients one at a time. Reason being given is that the out-of-town iiKin- ufacturers and in e r c h a n dis- e r s who have felt that they needed a private eye In Wushing- to keep track of What was going Fetcr Edson oni no longer need this service. With the Republicans in charge, businessmen say they no longer have to worry about what goes on in the White House, at the Cap- Hoi, nnd in the independent regulatory agencifs. Office of Price Stabilization nnd Wage Stnblli/.ittion Board are now completely gone, so nobody has to bother about their regulations nad rulings. Enterprise at last is free. The big national corporations are of course keeping their Washington watchdogs and public relations offices going. Its the little lobbying offices—(.lie press agents with two or three or a dozen out-of- town clients for whom they used to write confidential letters—who are suffering. Some of them have gone over to tlie White House or GOP headquarters, to apply for government Jobs, Burma Dead Not Americans Best evidence now available Is that the white men whom the Chinese Communists claim they killed or captured on the Burma border may have been European deserters from the French Foreign Legion troops in Indo-China. The possibility thnt these white men were Americans, assigned by the I). S. government to aid the 10,000 Chinese Nationalist troops in guerrilla activities against the Chinese Communists is ruled out. The Communists have claimed for propaganda purposes that the U. S. government was backing this guerrilla activity. Some American snpporters of Chiang Kai-shek have wanted the U. S. government to do BO. But the official attitude of the U. S. government is that the Chinese Nationalist troops who fled into Burma after their defeat by tha Communist armies are a threat to international peace and should be gotten out of there. The government of Burma thinks so too, and has taken its pleas for their evacuation to the United Nations. The only solution offered thus far is to ship the refugees to Formosa. But some of them don't want to go. Complimentary Gladiators Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois, who is over six feet tall, and Sen. Price Daniel of Texas, who is much shorter, got into an argument during the tidelands oil bill debate. Senator Daniel, as attorney general in Texas before he came to { Washington, has fought the tide| hmds battle for many years and i is an expert on all its angles. In taking him on for debate. Senator Douglas begun by saying: "I feel as though I were n thlrd-rnte prizefighter being sent in against the chnmn." "I thank the senator from Illinois for his flattering remarks," replied Daniel, "I stand rendy now for the senator's blows." Comic Relief All this tidelands debnte was drearily serious, and deep-dish legal argument, but there were a few moments of comic relief. At one point In the middle of a six- hour speech, Senator Douglas said he noticed two senators "straining nt the leash" to ask him questions. Senator Holland of Florida was recognized, and observed h e "didn't feel quite like that about the matter." "There was," replied Douglns, "No cnnine allusion intended." All's Right in the End While Charles E. Bolilen took quite a beating from the 13 U. S. senators who opposed confirmation of his apoointment as U. S. ambassador to Soviet Russia, the former State Department counselor and career man came out of the battle well satisfied with the result. Ambassador Bohlen didn't have to take any part in the controversy, or leart any fight for his own confirmation. So he still has a clean and clear, non-political rec- I ord. He got good support from the [ press, which proved that there still is freedom of the press. Seventy-four senators voted for his confirmation in spite of all the uproar. And that was proof to Bohlen of the soundness of the American democratic system. The country can go through one of these minor revolutionary mud- slinglng fights and still come up with the right answers. With the election of Judge and eK-Congressman Leonard W. Kail of New York as Republican National Committee Chairman, C. Wesley Roberts of Kansas, forced to resign from the GOP chairmanship by a Kansas political feud, has packed up his bags and left Washington. He and Mrs. Roberts will take ft vacation for a couple of weeks. This will be the first time they've been together that long since the Eisenhower campaign began. It Is Roberts' first rest since then. After the vacation, they'll go back home to Kansas, "to see how things rack up/' as Wes expresses it. "I've probably got some snake killing to do," he says. Quickly Done For In posing for photographers with his nrm around Wes Roberts' shoulders before the National Committee, Judge Hall recalled a statement by Rep. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania. It was right after Scott had been forced to resign as GOP chairman early in 1949. Scott's statement was Quotation of the inscription on a child's tombstone in nn old graveyard:: "I was so quickly done for, I wonder what I was begun for." Watch for Russian Heroics One of the things to watch for in Russian propaganda is which of the new leaders they start playing up as the top man. So far, the Voice of Moscow has continued to extol Stalin as the great leader. But having a hero and hero-worship are part and parcel of the Communist book of tricks. When the propagandists start playing up pictures and statements from Malenkov—or Beria or Molotov or some other figure—then and only then will it be known who has emerged as top dog in the Soviet struggle for power. HOLLYWOOD — (NEA) — Behind the Screen: Signing of New York television actor Biff Elliot to act the role of Mike Hammer in the first of the Mickey Splllane detective films, "I, the Jury," was accompanied by the groans of exactly 28 Hollywood male stars who were after the role. Explaining why he nixed a star name, Producer Victor Saville told me:: "Everyone has his own ideas of what Mike looks like. All of tlie novels are written in the first person so Mike's never been described. If I had cast a star in the part, some people would have growled, 'But Mike doesn't look like that.' With a new film face in the role, there's a better chance of people thinking, 'Oh, so THAT'S what Mike looks like.' " Twenty-nlne-yea'r-old Biff has appeared on 300 Manhattan video shows, including "Lights Out," and is the brother of Win Elliot, the radio and TV sports announcer. Vivian Vance, who plays Lucille Ball's gal in "I Love Lucy," is seeing medics about a serious back ailment. . .Donald O'Connor and his Owenn art going 'round and 'round over a property settlement. Donald's telling pall he'll be lucky to have his danclnc thoei left. Fox's remake of "I Wake Up Screaming" under the new title of "Vicki" has a shudder note. Jean Peters and Richard Boone are playing the roles created by Carole Landis and Laird Cregar. Carole .and Laird died following the films completion! JUNE HAVER'S REASON OF all the "inside stories explaining why June Haver is becoming a nun, the best is In a current movie magazine. It was written by Junes closest friend. Jerry Lee Geisler, who explains: "Nothing had made her do this —she is not disillusioned with Hollywood: she is not heartbroken; it is not because the churchs attitude toward divorce makes it Impossible for her ever to marry again. She came to her decision through a genuine joy that rose in her—a love and understanding. play low except for the fact that his low card was the ten-spot. If East played the ten of spades on dummy's queen, South would continue with a low spade to his ace, return to dummy with a trump, and lead the jack of spades. East would have to ruff to prevent a discard, and South would overruff. South could then get back to dummy with a trump simultaneously drawing East's last trump. Dummy's nine of spades could then be cashed. East actually covered dummy's queen of spades with the king, and Harmon won in his own hand with WEST A8542 V5 »KJ79 49873 North 1* 3N.T. 44 6V NORTH (D) II 4QJ976 VKJ • Q642 + AJ EAST AK10 V642 » 983 + K6542 SOUTH 4 A3 VAQ109873 • A 10 4Q10 North-South vul. East South West 3V 4* 5V PasJ Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—4 • the Doctor Says— By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M.D Written (or NEA Service A, common worry to parents is raised in a letter by Mrs. F. who writes: 'I have two young boys, aged 9 nnd 11, who are quite small for their ages. They are healthy and active, but tlie older one is jetting to feel sensitive about being so short. Are there any special exercises or injections thnt would help growth." This concern about smnll size —usually in hoys—is certainly frequent. What should be understood is that the rate of growth varies from one youngster to another, and a boy who seems small up to ;iis teens niay suddenly shoot up and end considerably taller than those who were bigger than he nt an earlier age. For practical purposes it should also be said that there is no special Injection, exercise, or food which hns much effect. The diet almost certainly has something to do with height, but n •well-balanced diet with enough to ent is irobably all that is necessary. There Is a possibility that vilnmin B12 will be useful in this respect nnd time will tell. These questions, however, do jring up some Interesting mntters • bout growtb in general. Tlie hu- man body grows most rapidly before birth. Increase in size continues to be rather fast for a year afterwards—on the average a baby's birthweight is tripled in the first year. Height and weight keep increasing until maturity, though more slowly and irregularly. There Is a more or less normal pattern of growth for each child. One of the most ingenious ways of measuring this pattern is by means of tlie Wetzel grid, which if followed for long enough seems to show whether a particular child is growing ns he or she should. If the child i.s not growing satisfactorily the srid will help to show whether some changes should be made in the diet, or whether some tests or other measures should be taken for underlying illness. SIZE RUNS IN FAMILIES There nre ninny things which influence growth. To some extent size runs in families; if the parents sire unusually tall, the children im- likely to be above average In this respect also. Climate may have something to do with the nie.ture also. Sex is a factor; boys on-the average when fully grown nre tnller and heavier than girls, though nt II or 12 years old, girls art often bigger j than boys of the same age. Studies of college students have shown thnt for at least three gen-' erations the sons have averaged greater height and weight than their fathers. This is interesting but what exactly causes it is rather obscure. •JACOBY ON BRIDGE Use Squeeze; Avoid Losing a Finesse By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Most bridge players think of the squeeze play as a method of developing n trick that "Isn't there." In today's hand, however, we see Uie squeeze used to avoid a losing finesse. West opened the nine of clubs and Leonard Harmon, playing the South hand, tried the finesse, since it was quite possible that West was trickily leading from a king. As It happened, East wns able to win the first tvick with the king of clubs, and the club return knocked out dummy's ace. South now needed a successful spade finesse and a third trick in spades in order to get vld of his losing diamond. He therefore led the quren of spades immediately from dummy East would hin been glad to the ace. South now began to lead out his trumps. As declarer ran his trumps, West signaled diamond strength by discarding first the seven and then the five. South thereupon cashed the ace of diamonds and continued trumps, winding: up with a trump, a low spade and the ten of diamonds In his own hand. When South led his last trump, West had to save the king of diamonds and consequently only one spade. Dummy saved the jack and nine of spades, and East saved the ten of spades and a diamond. Harmon now led his low spade, and West followed suit with the eight. Declarer had been holding a spade finesse in reverse all this time, but he now decided against it. It was apparent that West's remaining card was the king of diamonds, and that West therefore could not hold the ten of spades. Since the spade finesse could not work, Harmon went up with dummy's jack and dropped East's ten of spades. The nine of spades took the last trick, thus giving Harmon his slam contract. Susan Cabot and U-I are calling it a day. . .Joy Lansing will establish residence in Las Vegas for her divorce from Lance Fuller . . .The life story of Sister West, the Los Angeles woman who works with unmarried mothers, will be brought to the screen by Producer Edward Golden . . Gregory Peck't Greta, disturbed by all the rumors from Europe, tells friends she'll join him in London for the coronation. NOT WHAT YOU THINK BEATRICE KAYS fame as a singer of Gay Nineties songs dates back only to a late 1930 radio show, although, she winced, "some people think I was around in Diamond Jim Brady's day. Spiking rumors of retirement because shes purchased a Reno ranch, Beatrice told me: "No, honey, Im not retiring. Im not the rocking-chair type. HI go on forever even if I wind up as Golden Nugget Kay, a character who will be pointed out t» the tourists in Reno , along with Harold's Club. J5 Vears Ago In Blythevillt — Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Whltt and son, John Charles, who Is ill, »rer« In Memphis yesterday where John Charles'- was' examined by a specialist. , O. G. Hubbard will head a committee to raise $1,300 Jor Blythe- ville'6 contribution to the eoflers of the Blythevllle Baseball Association, owners of the Blytheville Giants, which will be drawn on only in the event the Giant club sustains an operating loss of S2,00t here this summer, It is understood. Mrs. Earl Koontz of Pulton, Mo., and Mrs. Eugene Still of Plymouth, N. C., were the guests of Mrs. Harry kirby when she entertained her bridge club. A new way of Judging tht quality of television movies will come when the youngsters begin demanding popcorn at home to eat with the Westerns. Television Actress Answer to Previous Puzzle HORIZONTAL 1 Television actress, Burch 6 She appears on —programs 11 She is a • of New York 13 Turkic tribesmen 14 Ate sparingly 15 Spots 16 British money of account 17 Feminine appellation 19 Body of water 20 Crossed 24 Idolizes 27 Welt 31 Native of Rome 32 Arabian gulf 33 Always 34 Rate of motion 35 Legislative body 38 Cutting instruments 39 Enticed 41 Mineral spring 44 Fish 45 Frozen water 48 Occupant 51 Expunged 54 Eals away, as land 55 Ridicule 56 Kxcavated 57 German city VERTICAL 1 Within (comb, form) 2 Low hflunl 3 Conns of willows 4 Perch 5 Night before an event 6 Large cistern 7 Eskimo group 8 Speaker's platform 9 Sea.eagle 10 Larissan mountain 12 Redacts 13 Former Russian rulers 18 The gods 20 Biblical mountain 21 Number 22 And (Latin) 23 Hung in folds 24 Greek god of war 25 Bird of peace 26 Presage 28 Notion 29 Equal 30 Termini 3-1 has appeared on many television programs 36 Symbol for tellurium 37 Exudes 33 Charger 4 -id (ab.) 41 Plant part 42 Persian fairy 43 Presently 45 Egyptian goddess 46 Surrender 47 Paradise 49 Fruit drink 50 Diminutiv Edgar 52 Scottish sheepfold 53 Art (Latin) o of m

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