The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 28, 1953 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 28, 1953
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THURSDAY, MAY 28,1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE ELIZABETH By Marion Crawford fumur Gottntn to HIT Majtily CIIAl'TEK 20 The Princesses would always get plenty of exercise from our walks, or riding, or cycling. They did not lack fresh air. One day, while we were at the Royal Lodge, soon after King George had come to the Throne, I took them for a walk through the woods. They loved the Woods and went there often. They were always interested in the varieties of wild flowers and the calls of the birds. We were puzzled by the relics we found. No matter how peaceful or how secluded a wood is, you will always find somewhere in it a very old and rusty tin bath. We would often come upon these do— and others — from the nearest were puz- mestic relics quite a mile road. The Princesses zled by them. "But who would cart a bath all this way?" Princess Elizabeth asked me one day. "Why hide it in the middle of a wood?" As the Princesses and I came back toward the tennis court which at the Royal Lodge is entirely surrounded by a cypress hedge so that only the nets can b? seen from the house, we heard the sound of a ball being hit about the court. Always curious, Princess Margaret pushed her head between two branches and peered through. "It's Mummy and Papa," she told me excitedly, "playing tennis." After thnt we all had to see. The gate was on the far side of the court, quite a long way rourui. The hedge was not too firm so we clambered through. The King and Queen were playing alone. I thought what a pretty picture she made. She had on a cool print dress and a large shady nat, Which, as usual, did not seem to disturb her at all. Never having seen the Queen playing tennis before, I was amazed at the strength and accuracy of her back-hand drive and her grace on the court. The King was a fine tennis player who had competed at Wimbledon. The King turned to the Queen and said to her: "Darling, Lilibet and Margaret must learn to play tennis, otherwise they won't be able to enjoy house parties when they grow up." One Monday, Princess Elizabeth came to me in great excitement. "Papa thinks it's time we were taught tennis," she said. "He's getting a man to coach us." And so I prepared to Join the Princesses to watch while they learned how to play tennis. The court at Windsor lies below the leve'l of the drive and is pleasantly situated in a sort of rass-covered hollow. In King George V's time it was available to anyone living in the Castle grounds; but few people 'had been using it lately. I visual- PRINTiei HALL, INC. »t HI* •EHVI«I ized myself taking a book and deck chair and spending a pleasant time. At first the coach showed the girls the rhythm of the strokes. He made them practice long sweeps with their rackets, rather as a swimming instructor puts his pupils through dry-land exercises. Then the coach went to. the far end of the court and began lobbing balls over the net toward them. « Now my plans for a peaceful afternoon were shattered. Princess Elizabeth had a naturally powerful stroke, but as yet her aim was not so good as her intention.' And Princess Margaret would as often as not .hit the ball in the opposite direction from the one she intended. I was quickly roused out of my comfortable chair to become ball boy. Needless to say if anything was going on out of doors, the dogs could not be left out of it. So the Princesses would come down to the courts complete with the Cor- TRUSSES Spring or Elastic Abdominal Belts Kirby Drug Stores gls — three of them and a lion dog named Cracker. , Immediately the whole game began to be enjoyed madly by the dogs, who tore about the court barking and running away with the balls. In the ensuing chaos it became a wearing tussle for one to get a succession of balls 3Ut of "Cracker's" mouth, and eventually r put the leashes on the dogs, anchored the leashes to the legs of a basket chair on which I sat. Even so, I had plenty of exercise. In all, the coach came about six times. At first the Princesses enjoyed it thoroughly. If this man wanted them to make certain movements With their rackets, they would do their best to oblige him. As usual, Princess Margaret was tired of it before Princess Elizabeth, who showed a natural eye. But both were loath to run for the ball when it passed anywhere outside easy reach. The coach was quick to realize this, and perhaps too ready to give in to it. At any rate he lobbed the Car Stealer Had Good Reason ELVEIA. O., (fl— Crowford Casebolt, 19-year-old Tcnnessean. offered this excuse in court for stealing an automobile: He borrowed a car in Loraln, O., so he could report to his parole officer in Tennessee. The charge? Stealing an another car. Common pleas judge D. A. Cook sentenced Casebolt to Ohio Penitentiary for the Loraln job. Reds Pay Swiss $10 Million BERN, Switzerland (if)— The So viet Union's European satellites las year paid Switzerland more limn and property nationalized by the 10,000,000 dollars compensation for I Communist governments, In accord- Swtes property seized under Communist nationalization measures. The annual report of the Swiss Political Department disclosed that Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland were compensating the former Swiss owners of the assets ance with agreements conclude* with the Swiss government. SwlM citizens whose property was telied In Yugoslavia were also receiving compensation, the report disclosed, but no compensation agreement could be reached with Bulgaria and East Germany. balls back so that neither of them had far to move to return them. I was amused by his private report to me when the lessons finished. 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