The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 7, 1953 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, July 7, 1953
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TUESDAY, ,TUI,Y 7, 1!>!53 BLYTHEVILLE fAKR.1 COURIER NEWS PAGE T/ie Drunkard Has Had Ten Year Run of Amazing Success By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Tonight "The Drunkard" staggers Into its 21st straight year of entertaining Los Angeles theaters goers. Like Ole Man River, Satchel Paige and Gloria Swanson, it just keeps rolling along. Oa a warm July 6 evening in th« depression year of 1333, a group of players put on an embalmed melodrama that was first presented by P. T. Barnuin in WSO. They performed "The Drunk- wd." in a small, out-of-the-way theater that first nighters had trouble locating. The first performance was cheered by the audi- «ice, but then it consisted largely of the performers' friends. On the second night ,five tick- •ts were sold! But "The Drunkard" began to gain in popularity, thanks to the talk of pleased patrons plus some advertising. Theatrical historians now have to change their records •ver year. "The Drunkard" has lasted longer than any show in memory of man. The New York record held by "Life With Father" with 3,213. "The Drunkard's" 7450 performances as of last night make "Father" seem like a boy. Boss Woman Operating this amazing enterprise is one of the few female theatrical producers in the country. She is Mildred Use, a businesslike woman with two grown sons and a devotion to "The Drunkard.' 'She was a tyro 10 '. show business when some friends interested her in helping to put on the show in 1933. She did it as a lark, never believing it would end up as a lifetime venture. "We thought it might go for a month or six weeks," she remarked. "But it just wouldn't stop." Mrs. Use, whose husband is a telephone company official and also a fan of the show, said "The Drunkard's" elements of success were a matter of circumstances. "We had planned to .put on the show in a theater," she recalled, "but we couldn't find one. Finally .we came across the Theater Mart, which had been used for little theater attractions. The only trouble was that it had a flat floor and plain chairs. You couldn't ask people to sit that way, but they wouldn't mind if they sat at tables. Service "If we had tables, we had to put something on them. That's how we happened to serve refreshments. "At first we merely put on the melodrama, doing it in the same manner as it was originally presented. The trouble was that people wouldn't go home. They were having such a good time they wanted to stay. So we started the olio, Gamma Globulin Seems to Have Done the Job MONTGOMERY, Ala. (if)— While the experts say it's still too early to tell whether the nation's first polio knockout try succeeded, only one new case had been reported here through last night. A 6-year-old girl who had her gamma globulin shot July 1 came down with a light, nonparalytic case. It was the first case reported since doctors finished inoculating more than 32,000 children under 10 last Friday to see if a threatened epidemic could be forestalled. AE of last night the Montgomery County total rested at 87. "t's still too early to say whether the gamma globulin shots have halted our polio siege," said Dr. A., H. Graham, county health olficer. I He previously had observed that If the lull continued through today he would begin to breathe easier. Polio authorities say it won't be known whether the mass immunization program succeeded before a full «eek has elapsed from the day the last shots were given. or vaudeville show. The people enjoyed that so much that they wanted to sing. We started the community sing at each performance." Mrs. Use is constantly pumping [ adrenalin into the rum-soaked "Drunkard." New numbers and performers are often added to the oho, which account for the large number of repeaters in the audience. The cast is now rehearsing a musical version of the melodrama which will be sprung on the public in a week or so. How long can "The Dunkard" keep going? "I don't know," sighed Mrs. Use. "It never ceases to amaze me." Stanley Survivor Has Hard Time LUANDA, Portuguese Angola W) — A long forgotten old man has suddenly become the centre o( a dsipute of generosity between Belgian Congo and Angolan newspapers. He is Manuel Nunes Telxeira, the last surviving comanion of the great Stanley. Teixeira was taken on by Stanley while he was sixteen, when the explorer, who .had just been sent, to the new Congo Free j state, created by the Berlin confer' ence, stopped over at Madeira. Tiexeira accompanied Stanley on many a trip until he settled on the Angolan side of the Congo-Angola border near Maquela do Zorabo. ANCIENT ART EXHIBITION — At the spinning wheel Mrs. Emma Conley of the Penland School of Handicrafts at Asheville, N. C., shows the younger generation an art that is centuries old. She also cards and dyes the yarn with vegetable oil. Mrs. Conley is an honorary -member of the Handicraft Guild which will sponsor the Craftsman Fair at Asheville late in July. Cost of Dish of Ice Cream: $18,000 JERSEY CITY, N. J. MR—An 83- year-old spinster went out for a dish of ice cream yesterday and it cost her $18,000. Here, according to police, is what happened to Miss Nellie Drain: Feeling in the need of a cold refreshment, Miss Drain left her apartment lor some ice cream at a nearby soda fountain. She passed the time of day with woman sitting on the next stool when a third woman Joined them. The new arrival breathlessly told' of finding a large sum of money J and of giving it to her boss in a! nearby office building for safekeeping. | Her boss advised against turning; over the money to police since, there were betting Glips with it and they might suspect her, she said. The women offered to share the find with Miss Drain if she would put up money to show good faith. That sounded fair to Drain so, accompanied by one of her new- | found aco.uaintances, she went to a New York bank, withdrew 58,000 savings and handed it over to her companion. That left Miss Drain with 81,000. When they got back to Jersey City the woman said she had to meet her friend at the boss' office and complete the deal. The $18,000 went with her. Miss Drain waited and waited and waited and then called police. Frozen Witer Approximately six-sevenths of Greenland Is capped by «n Ice mass up to a mile »nd a half thick. If this Ice cap were to melt suddenly, it svould cause the, oceans to overflow their present shores. Telxeira never made a fortune and, at 87 now, has a rather hard time. At least three Congo newspapers haV* asked that the Belgian government pay a pension to the old man and invite him to the forthcoming Inauguration of the new monument that is to be built in Leopoldvllie in honour of Stanley The Luanda press answered by asknig that the Angolan authorities should not tolerate a Portuguese to live from foreign charity and that they should grant him a pension. WOW* QOOD WATER HEATER? Midsouth^ 4JCATMASTER/ CALL YOUR PLUMBING CONTRACTOR OR DEALER IN BLYTHEVILLE Midsouth Plumbing Supply Co. (WHOLESALE EXCLUSIVELY) Rear 213-215 W. Walnut Phone 8353 First NYC Cafeteria The first 'cafeteria which was established m New York City in 1885 was open only to men and everyone ate standing at a counter, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Read Courier News Classified Ads. RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. TUBS & WED LOOSE IN LONDON With Leo Gorccy and the Bowery Boys THURSDAY SOUTHSIDE 1-1000 With Don Dtfore .% Andrea King 'Red Shoes' Author Visits in Israel TEL AVIV W) — Film authors Emmerich Pressbiirger and Michael Powell of (British') "Red Shoes" nnr) "Tales of Hoffmann' fame have arrived here for a two weeks stay to get close view of the background of their planned film on the life of the late Israel State President and scholar Prof. Chaim Weizmann. Press- burger said the film — the cast of which is not yet selected — would largely be based on Weizmann's autobiography "Trial and Error" which appeared about three years ago. ••»•••••*••••••*•••••••• MOX In West Blytheville Air Conditioned by Refrigeration Show Starts Weekdays 7:00 Sat. Sun 1:00 Always A Double Feature TUES & WED —PLUS— DARNELL, ' srcfHCN 1 McNALLY Ml •• PERREAU W&YIR6III* flfl.0 • A UrweiHttaleratoml IV'me PKTE SMITH COMEDY SAVINGS Your Savings Earn More BLYTHEVILLE FEDERAL Yes, higher than average dividends are paid on your savings at Blytheville Federal Savings and Loan Association. Accounts opened before the 10th of the month draw dividends for the full month. INSURED SAFETY All accounts up to $10,000.00 are insured at Blytheville Federal by an agency of the United States Government. There's no better- secured, safer investment-savings plan than the one we offer. DOUBLE SECURITY Blytheville Federal's funds are invested in well secured first mortgages, mostly to your neighbors on Blytheville homes. Home loans are one of the nation's best investments. Assets July 1: $1,436,732,52 BLYTHEVILLE FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION Glcncoe Hotel Bldg. Phone 4553 SEE THE FABULOUS NEW BENCMX tWltl6,« It's a WASHER... it's a DRyER...«a in one eat/get.' The Bendhr Duomilic drys u well Chxba COOK OK fwty K> war, M wubci ^o«r dothes kMonutj. inM or p« twtj. SM ft rfaMft- allf in one coodaiiou opcniioa. tuitio* « ow nan toiff. DICK OSBORNE FURNITURE CO. 126 East Main Phone 3221 YOUR FRIENDLY SHOE STORE ANNUAL JULY CLEARANCE SALE YES WHEN KELLEY HAS A SALE ITS REALLY A SALE Kelley has two big sales a year—one in January and one in July. The purpose of this sale is to clear out broken stocks of Summer goods . . . to make room for our new Fall merchandise! You'll be amazed at the quality of merchandise offered at such low prices. One Large Group, for Ladies & Children You'll find many better shoes in this broken-size selection. 1.99 Ladies Casual and DRESS SHOES All Summer dress shoes . . . up to 8.95 . . . All Summer casuals up to 7.95 . . . Reduced for clearance. 5.95 2Prs. for $10 90 Prs. Men's Jarman Nylon Mesh Shoes Complete Sizes — Sport and Dress 9.95 Acrobat Children's Shoes Our entire stock of Spring and Summer shoes, regardless of original price. They must go — to make room for BACK-TO- SCHOOL SHOES. 4.95 All Ladies Better DRESS & CASUALS Our complete stock of famous brand dress shoes . . . Reg. 10.95 to 12.95 and thos« pretty Fortune! Straw casuals. 7.95" 2Prs. for $13 Men's Finest Quality Jarman SUMMER SHOES Black & white mesh — tan & wheat mesh Reg. 16.95 Values 13.95 Men's JARMAN SUMMER SHOES Now At Greatly Reduced Prices! • Nylon Mesh in Mac and U-wing styles • Hi-style Sport Shoes • Values up to $13.95 • Greatest savings we have ever offered in Jarman Shoes Over 200 Pairs — Broken Sizes MEN'S CANVAS SHOES Special Purchase for this Event. Reg. 5.95 Jarman Canvas Shoes. 3.99 Air Conditioned for Your Shopping Comfort YOUR FRIfNDLY SHOE STORE

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