The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 7, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 7, 1955
Page 9
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1055 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINB Holland Fights Back Against the Cruel Sea By BRUCE BIOSS.YT NEA Staff Correspondent AMSTERDAM, Holland — Tiny Holland, Europe's we front yard, is the land that is never complete. Struggling to day as they have for 23 centuries to keep the pounding sea off their spongy lowlands, the Dutch have bigger plans than ever for thrusting back the ancient foe, Since 1932. when they enclosed the Zuldcr Zee—a brawny arm of tlie North Sea that reached deep Inio Holland,, they have already claimed 169,000 acres of farm land. Within the next 25 years they will claim another 350,00 acres. Their bold tampering with the contours of land and water will not end with the great Zulder Zee project. Two more major programs are shaping up, with the first marked urgent: 1. The damming- of the long tidal Inlets in southwesterly Zceland, scene of disastrous 1953 w'nter flods that inundated 375,000 ae^es of precious sil. The job may hp done by 1980. 2. The linking together of an Island chain called the Frisians, ind the tying of the chain to the inn inland to protect the coast, create a vita! fresh water reservoir and allow more land reclamation. In this most unlikely spot to scratch out a living, the Dutch have built a prosperous homeland. Here dwell 10 million people in an area half th esizc 'of South Carolina. Wtih 845 persons per square mile (52 in America), they are packed tighter than any humans on earth. Despite the density, Dutch health and living standards are high. Pressure to maintain them has helped to drive crop yields to \ world peaks. But the pace is hard, j Since 1951, 35,000 to 50,000 Holland-' ers have left their country each year to search elsewhere for a livelihood. • # • But the sea is not just one kind of menace. It enters every open waterway on the tide. Every time a great shipping lock opens to let a vessel pass through, 2,300 tons of salt pursue It and find their way to the farms. Salt ruins or hurts crops, depending on,Its concentration, but OLD, OLD story In Holland Is the man with his back against the salty sea. Holland is fighting back. It is blocking off more and more entry points for the sea, and fashioning huge fresh water reservoirs to replenish underground supplies.' The tidal inlets will become fresh water lakes, as will most of the shallow Wadden Zee between the Frisians and the mainland. And 309,000 acres of what was oncet he Zuider Zee will be held out from reclamation as another big fresh water store. Had Dutch folk never turned a hand to erect their stout sea walls, and were there no protective sand dunes in some sectors, Holland would shrink to' half its present size when storm tides rolled in. Even at normal high tide almost a third of the country, holding 60 per at Hubbard's The Most Practical, Comfortable GIFT JUST WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTEDI cent of the'Dutch people, would be under water. • • • Seen from the air today, Holland Is a fabric of green fields edged by the dark lines ol water courses. In places every meadow Is an Island, and cattle move In scows from pasture to pasture. Literally, what men do with water in one area affects every other. It is under rigid control, down almost to the last cupful. The Dutch have, been winning the long struggle. But scientists say their future labors will be added to by rising sea and subsiding land. The Hollander does not make light of the threat that hangs over him, but neither does it strike terror in him. When the 1953 flood surged over Zeeland, a tenant farmer phoned his landlord in the Hague to re- Broken Tooth and Denture Clues In Case of Missing Illinois Couple LEBANON, 111. (/PI— Discovery ol a broken tooth and denture in the blood-stained home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, believed slain by a maniac, Indicates they fought with their assailant before their mysterious disappearance. The St. Glair County sheriff's office revealed that the broken tooth and denture came from someone other than the missing couple. Authorities have started a check of all dentists in the area on the word of the Smiths' dentist that the assailant would have "a sore lip or port. Finally the farmer said: "I have to hang up now. The water Is up to my stomach." sore gum" requiring denUl care. No trace of Smith, 30, »nd his wife Arline, 35, described by authorities as a model couple, his been found in an intensive search of this area 25 miles east of St. Louis. The search began a week ago and is continuing. Dr. N. H. Feder of Belleville, the Smiths' dentist, said "the broken tooth was split, indicating a very strong blow. "It was broken off above the sum, leaving the root and nerve in the mouth," Feder said. The tooth and denture apparently were from an underuornished person with tobacco stained teeth, the dentist declared. If there was a savage struggle, as thli indicatci, It must hivt ended quickly. Furnishings in the home were neatly in place. The clue wu termed by one officer in the baffling case as "the best thing we've come across yet." Five bullets were fired into the modest, Isolated home, three ot them through a large picture window which reportedly was seldom covered by the Smiths. Every room in the house was blood-stained. Tire marks, a brown leather belt and a pool of blood in the yard led officers to theorize they were slained, dragged to a car and taken away. Smith's car was left In the garage and money and valuables were undisturbed in the home, ruling out robbery as a motive. 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