The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 1, 1953 · Page 5
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MONDAY, JUNE I, 1958 BLTTHEVILLE (ARK.Y COTJRrBR NEWS Gas and Electric Rates in Most \ Of State No Higher than in 1929 ' • By JAY AXLEBANK LITTLE BOCK (AP) You may not know it, but buying natural gas and electricity In Arkansas today la like buying a 5-cent glass of beer. That's because it costs no more to turn on your radio or light your oven than it .did way back when you could still order a big brew for a nickle. Arkansas' two largest, com-ture. The company, which serves mercial power companies have not had a general rate increase Bince 1920. How come? The price on everything from hamburgers to shoes is much higher. Simple, say the power firms: Arkansans are buying several times the amount of power they bought 20 and 30 years ago. So, the gas and electric companies say they can charge what they did 30 years ago despite higher costs and still earn 6 per cent on their investment. Six per cent Is the traditional maximum set by the Public Service Commission. Last year, Arkansas Power and Light Co. — which serves 255,000 customers in 61 of the state's 15 counties — generated a record total of 550,000 kilowatts. That is three times the power produced 10 years ago by A.P.&L. The explanation is that Arkansans have gone hog wild on electricity in the just last few years. More and more, TV set's, dishwashers, washing machines, electric stoves, refrigerators and waffle lions have been plugged into electric outlets. That's not all. More electricity has been required by farmers who Installed lamps for chicken raising, electric pumps and water heaters. And, or course, other appliances which farmers once considered luxuries. National statistics show that Arkansas has led the entire-nation In rural electrification for the last 15 years. To meet this booming demand for electric power, AF&L needs more generating plant capacity. That means more fuel. Rates Still Down Here's where the Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co., enters the pic-1 about two thirds of all trie natural gas customers In the state, has kept its rates down as more and more Arkansans turn from other fuels to gas. With AP&r, expanding three o! its steam generating plants this year, it-means more natural gas is needed to heat the steam boilers which in turn power the turbines. These boilers run 24 hours a day, almost 365 days a year. C. HAmilton Moses, board chairman of AP&L, says: "The problem to all electricity, in the past and now and always is fuel." Let's take up the industrial angle now. You'll see that industry in Arkansas Is more than a catchphrase—"economic progress." It actually means more change in your pocket. Arkansas-Louisiana sells 80 per cent of its gas to industrial plants in the state. The biggest industrial customers, who boost sales volume and thus stabilize rates, are, in this order: Reynolds Metals Co., AP&L, Lion Oil Co., Aluminum Company of America and Southwestern Gas and Electric Co. The aluminum industry also takes a lot of electric power. In January of this year, Reynolds and AP&L got together on a 30- year contract by which power will be supplied to Reynolds'- Gum Springs plant near Arkadelphia. The Southwestern Power Administration, government dealer In electricity, - also will provide power. Going back to the -gas company, R. W. Curran, Little Rock manager, says the increased use of natural gas in Arkansas also is attributable to higher comparative costs of coal, wood and fuel oil. "No Competition" "We have no competition In costs with other fuels for all practical purposes." Curran said. Next year, Arkansas-Louisiana will spend plenty of money to hook more Arkansas communities to its natural gas pipelines. The town of Humnoke is being connected to the system now. Of course, mere Is an exception to the no rate increase rule. Mid South bas Co., which serves about 25 towns in East Arkansas, only a few weeks ago announced a rate increase. Mid-South said it would have to pay more for the gas it purchased from the Mississippi River Fuel Corp. Said B. P. Clark, secretary treasurer of Mid-South: "A businessman generally has no control over the cost of raw materials— in this case the cost of the gas we have to buy. 1 ' Mid-South, which has been serving Arkansas for only a few years, buys much' more gas from other companies than does Arkansas Louisiana. That may help to explain the increase for Mid-South. Looking toward the future, officials of the big three utilities— AF&L, Mid South and A-L—do not foresee higher rates. There pernaps is another Bide to'the picture of low utility rates. Harry L. Oswald, president of the Arkansas State Electric Co-operatives says it's these two reasons which have kept rates,down: 1—Cheaper public power provided by the Federal Southwestern Power Administration, which markets power from govewunent dams. I In Japan, the diner iri a restaurant often cooks his own food In an iron skillet set on the dining table, according to the Encyclopedia Brltannica. Thirty White Men Talk with Bishop After Catholic Church Lowers Racial Barriers NEWTON GROVE, N. C. Wl— About 30 white men attempted to force an audience with a bishop here yesterday following the consolidation of white and Negro Catholic parishes but they were blocked by a young priest. The bishop had refused to see the group 'collectively bdt he later received the men in pairs. An unsegregated congregation attended three masses at the Church of the Holy Redeemer under an order issued April 19 by the Most Rev. Vincent S. Waters, bishop of the Raleigh diocese. The bishop had ordered the congregation of St. Benedict's, a Negro parish, to attend Holy Redeemer, with no restrictions on seating'. The churches are located about 100 yards apart in this small farm- Ing community. Several members of Holy Redeemer had protested the bishop's consolidation order, but he declined to rescind it. Following the three masses yesterday, the group outside the church sought to force its way into the rectory for an audience with the bishop. Father George Lynch of Catholic Orphanage at Nazareth in Raleigh braced his arms across the doorway , and blocked the men until he could persuade them to see the bishop in pairs instead of collectively. During the melee several women screamed, but there were no injuries. 20 Negroes Present The 9 o'clock mass was said by Bishop Waters. It was attended by 14 whites' and 20 negroes. Nine Negroes and three whites were at the 10 o'clock mass, and 12 whites attended the 11 o'clock mass. A number of members of both churches reportedly attended mass at other churches in the area. Average attendance at the parishes in the past have been about 75 at St. Benedict's and approximately 250 at Holy Redeemer. The press was barred from the three masses. However, it was learned that in the bishop's sermon he referred to a pastoral letter read to all North Carolina Catholic churches In January, 1951. In it the church declared its opposition to segregated congregations. One of the men who said he talked with the bishop, stated that the prelate declared that segregated parishes were the produce of "darkness" and that the time had come for the "light of truth" to shine on the segregation issue. Several church members declared they would remain away from the church as long as the segregation policy is continued. By RICHARD KLEINER , NBA Start Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA) — There's more to making record albums than meets the ear .There is, for example, arithmetic. George Avakian, who runs Columbia's album operation, explains why music mixes with math on albums. "Suppose we put out an album on all three speeds," he supposed. "Each speed runs a different length of time Slicing up 30 minutes of music into 3 ^-minute and 1-minute and 15-mlnute segments is a headache." ' . Inside secret —"they sometlm»s snip out a few bars here and there, and once in a while a whole chorus, to make things come out even. But they do their Long-Playing division so expevtly you never know it. The whole album business is changing, Avakian says. For one thing, there are so many albums on the market that there has to be a gimmicky reason to set each apart. "Each album must have something different," AvaMan says. "Like our Rosemary' Clooney and Harry James album. We could have had Rosie sing some numbers and call it 'Rosemary Clooney Sings.' But that would have been just another album. So we took Academy Award winning songs, called it 'Hollywood's Best,' and we had a good seller." * * * Miss Toni Arden, who can sing ballads like nobody's business', has, a yen to do otherwise. "Just to see what would happen," says tiny Toni, "I'd like to do sometnng in two-four time with a banjo accompaniment. Something old-fashioned, like 'Sweet Sue.' But Mitch doesn't want me to." The Mitch she referred to is Mitch Miller, the goateed goliath who runs Columbia records. He thinks she's ideal for the dreamy, smooth-as-silk ballads ehe sings, like her current "P'r Instance." And she is, but, just for the heck of it, she'd like to give something else a whirl. She is, after all, a woman. * • • THE POPULAR SIDE: Singere are getting younger. MGM's latest is Little Rita Pa'ye, all of eight. Doesn't sound a day under nine . . . The smooth Sauter-Pinegan outfit, on RCA-Victor, tries something new in its "Extended Play Suite." One number six minutes long, per side. Best side is called "Child's Play." ... Richard Hayman, whose Mercury recording, "Ruby," is way up there, didn't like the song at first. He didn't think it was right for his har-' monica. * * * ON THE CLASSICS: On its low- priced Bluebird label, RCA-Victor has put out 10 more 12-inch albums of basic classics. They're well-performed, good recording quality. They feature European artists in single tsandards, like Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1, in B-flat minor, Op. 23, and in collections, like a grouping of great opera overtures. DICK'S PICKS POP SINGLES: "GIgl" (Les Baxter, Capitol); "Unless You're Really .Mine" (GInny Gibson, MGM); "To Make a Long Story Short" (Dorothy Collins, Audi- vox); "Lightning and Thunder" (Lew Douglas, MGM); "The Honey Jump" (Sauter-Finegnn, RCA-Victor); "Theme-from Limelight" (Frank Chacksfield. London). POP ALBUMS: In two albums, Columbia has put together 24 Benny Goodman numbere from the 1839-1945 era, including never before released. One contains Fletcher Henderson arrangements, the other Eddie Sauter's. BG fans will have to have both . . . "Banjo Bonanza" (Art Mooney and his orchestra, MOM) is old-style favorites in tlnkly arrangements with a chorus singing the melodies of songs like "Row, Row, Row." CLASSICAL: With his usual hand, Arturo Toscanini leads the NBC Symphony through the grace and vigor of Cherubbini's Symphony in D and a light, lacy Beethoven creation, the Septet in E-flat . . . Chopin's Concerto No. - In E-minor for piano and orchestra well-performed by pianist Gyorgy Sandor and Ormandy's Philadelphia Symphony (Columbia) . . . Brilliant piano work by Solomon on two Beethoven Sonatas — Nos. 26 and 29 — on another new RCA-Victor record. New Investigation Of 0119 Contracts Opens Tomorrow WASHINGTON (/P) — A Senate armed services subcommittee opens At an altitude of 100 miles, a cubic foot of atmosphere contains only about three-milliontbs as much air as a cubic foot at ground level. captures KELLEYS presents iXOTIC TROPICAL HULA Lined with toft, ricri leather-... inspiring two lovelij shoes. TU. «U S «™ COOL CAPTIVATING...' CONTORTING! We^ them, «nJ u'ou'll feel GOOD anJ GAY a* the Jancing Hula Gr-k 7 95 to8 95 most styles r*»i Mfiimr IHOI iraul Douglas Blasts Foes of Study Of Food Prices WASHINGTON (If}— Sen. Douglas (D-I11) says "big millers and other food processors" were behind Congress' decision to kill his proposed study of what happen to the nation's food dollars. In a transcribed broadcast yesterday, Douglas eaid "powerful Interests" opposed such a study. He named these as "generally the big millers and other food processors" and said he did not think grocers and butchers were involved. Douglas said the average family paid $5 less for meat in 1D52 than in the year before, but farmers, received $15 less. As to the other $10. he said, "Somebody in between Is not only taking no loss but actually increasing his markup." Shoe Sitter NEW YORK (/P)—A bell-hop has inaugurated a /shoe-sitting" service. He breaks in new shoes for his cohorts at a Hotel here (Edison). One thing bell-hops dread doing is breaking in new foot-gear. Bill Picaro solves the problem for triem. He doesn't mind breaking in new shoes for them. It takes him on the average of seven hours. He doesn't receive pay. "I rarely have to buy a new pair of shoes for myself because of the 'shoe-sitting idea," lie says. tomorrow a new investigation of contracts for C119 Flying Boxcars. A long list of present and former Air Force officials are scheduled to testify at the four-day hearing, which ends Saturday. Army and Navy aircraft purchases are also tabbed for a checkup by the subcommittee, headed by Sen. Bridges (B-NH). The armed services committee staff has spent months looking into reports that the big cargo aircraft caused operating difficulties. Bridges said the new hearings were ordered as a result of the study One man must work a little mor* amount of work which electrical than 13 hours to complete UM'| energy can do In one kilowatt-hour. On the level- BUICK r <r*\oA(Y^ 15 * I SLLU DeUv««* OM LJ~** locally'- It's eye-opening news! This '53 Buick SprciAt Sedan — 6- passenger roomy and higher powered than any SPECIAL before it—delivers for only a few dollars more than the "low-price" cars! You owe it to yourself to come in this week and try this great performer— Buick's greatest value in 50 great years. *2-door, 6-passengef Sedan, Model 4SD. illittlroled. Optional equipment, accessories, slate and local taxes, it any, additional. Price! may vary slighliy In adjoining communities doe to shipping chargei. -. All pricej subject to change without nolics. Langston-Me Waters Buick Co. Walnut & Broadway Phone 4555 Famous Brands Men's Shoe Sale! Entire Stock of Bostonian Footsavers, Bostonians and Mansfields Must Go! Buy Now At These Three Low Prices! Hurry! Values to $22.95! Values to $18.95! Values to $13.95! HURRY IN WHILE WE HAVE YOUR SIZE! Width AAA AA B C D E n 10 11 " 12 13 10 8 8 Shop Early For Best •'' & I SH O All Sales FINAL! Sale Starts Tomorrow 8:30 *UL

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