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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 14, 1955
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FAOBIW* BLTTHEVILLB (ARK.)' COURIER fRtDAT, JANTTARY, 14, 19B8 THB BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NKWB CO. H. W. MAINES, PublUtur HARRY A. RAINES, Editor, Assistant Publisher PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertising Sole National Advertising Representatlvti: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphli. filtered u tecond clad matter at the post- ofllce at Blythevllle, Arkansas, under act of Con- fresi, October 9, 1917. Member of The Associated Frew SUBSCRIPTION RATES: " By carrier In the city of Blythevllle or any luburban town where carrier service is maintained, 25c per week. By mall, within a radius of 50 miles, $5.00 per year, $2.50 for six months, $1.25 for three months; by mail outside 50 mile lone, $12.50 per year payable in advance. Meditations And herein I five my advice: for this Is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. — II Cor. 8:10. « * * In order to convince it is necessary to speak with spirit and wit; to advise, it must come from the heart. — D'Aguesseau. Barbs A bore is any person who insists on talking; when you* want to. # * # Maybe children are lucky they're not allowed to to act as their parents did when they were young:. # * * An ex-aviator dropped from a jail window in Indiana and escaped. Business of flying the coop. # # * Keep your chin up, a smile on your face and b* fritndly with everybody and you'll find out how •carce happiness isn't. # * * Sort of a sensible suggestion: take your money" out the sock ond put a sock into your money, by- buying government bonds. Secret Sessions Lawmakers on Capitol Hill frequently chide the executive agencies of government for too much secrecy. They grow irritable when they can't get access to departmental files, and reports of of conversations between top officials. But they live in a glass house. The publication Congressional Quarterly reported that upwards of one third of all sessions of congressional committees are conducted in secret. Admittedly, there never has been a peacetime era like the one we live in, when the demands of national security compel a considerable degree of secrecy. Certain deliberations pertaining to atomic energy, to general defense, and to the nation's diplomacy clearly must be kept close to the cheat. But that requirement does not justify Congress in barring the public, as it did In 1964, from 41 per cent of all its hearings. In 1953, the figure was 34 per cent, which was bad enough. The secrecy requirements first of World War II. and then of the cold war have provided men in Congress and the executive branch as Well with the excuse to perputate and broaden a habit that is all too convenient for political figures. Congress assembles to deal with the public's business, and it should be the lawmakers' policy to let the public in on as much of that business as it can without hurting the national safety. When from a third to nearly a half of its committee sessions are held in secret, citizens can only conclude that their representatives are taking advantage of them. They are utilizing the temper of the times to justify cloaking their errors, their embarrassments,, their decisions from public gaze. We have had this problem with us for a decade and a half. It is something of a shock to learn that it seems to be getting worse. The next time a committee chairman gets up on his hind feet and demands that a federal department bare its files, drop the fellow a note and ask him how many times in the year he's held public hearings. It's time we stopped using secrecy as a prime device for political protection. Bomb Experiments When the idea of building an H- bomb was first proposed Up thii country, many thoughtful people voiced the fear that the mere test explosion of such a bomb might dangerously contaminate the earth's atmosphere. But responsible scientists dismissed this notion as unsound. America went ahead to build the M- bomb, and K> evidently did Russia, for both h»v«i line* exploded *uch devicti. After our experiment in mid-Pacific, a new furor arose because Japanese fishermen operating just beyond the official danger zone were harmed by radioactive dust from the "fall-out." One fisherman later died. - Still, the generally-held view was that it was safe to continue experimental exlosions in areas of the globe remote from population. More recently, however, a French scientist who got little attention for his words had an alarming comment to offer. He suggested that H-bomb experiments already conducted might have contaminated the atmosphere inadvertently, to the point where the human race may suffer damage. But J. Robert Oppenheimer, eminent atomic physicist who now heads Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, continues to believe that this fear is exag- grated, at least as it implies harm to the ordinary functioning of living human beings. He thinks what we have to worry about are not occassional isolated experiments, but the shower of radioactive dust that would fall upon the earth in a nuclear war. Yet Oppenheimer says there is a vast area of ignorance about the possible effects of the nuclear "fall-out." It is well known that exposure to strong radioactivity renders human beings sterile. But the scientists who study these matters do not have any real idea how much harm may be done by what might be called a "mild dose" of radioactivity in the atmosphere. Could it mean stunted or deformed children in the future? Perhaps only time and further bitter experiences like those suffered by the Japanese fishermen in 1954 will begin to crack these puzzling problems. We cannot take too much comfort from the present conviction of Oppenheimer or other scientists that today's nuclear experiments are not harmful. Great doubt obviously exists about their effects. We must resolve that doubt in favor of humanity's safety and future well- being. We must test with extreme caution, and we must strive for the strength that may help assure that these frightening weapons are never applied in war. Readers Views Dear Sir: You will recall that it has been some time since I wrote your fine paper. I had only been a citizen of Blythevllle a few days, but long enough to meet a number of her fine citizens, business men, ministers and officials of the city and county. . . Now I have been here long enough to see a few termites at work. I have seen your fine group of officers attacked in an unusual, strange and underhanded manner by a very few . . . men, who seemed to want some sort of publicity. Being a newcomer to your fine community, I took no active part any more than to observe the movements of those who attacked and the defenders. • I am glad to announce through the columns of your fine paper, now that the smoke of battle has cleared away, that I am gratified with the results of the-fray. As to the type of men the fine citizenry have elected to serve them, I must say I am indebted for the excellent Job they are doing. I am of the opinion still, that Beacon Missionary Baptist Church, though few in number is one of the very best churches I have ever been privileged to work with. Possibly many of you have never heard of Beacon Baptist Church, but never mind, you will. However, I am taking this means through the courtesy of the editors of your paper to convey these things to you. Now that I have been privileged to meet with the Ministerial Alliance for three consecutives times. I am glad to acknowledge my sincere appreciation of them. I urge one and all to join hands, heads, and hearts in one united effort, striving day and night to make Blythevllle and the surrounding community one of the very best in the land. Sincerely, Rev. J. J. Johnson N/1EWS OF OTHERS Thumbprinting Customers To help stop forgeries before they ever start, merchants In Burlington are advocating a thumb print test for persons wanting to cash checks. For instance 1 , if a man wants to cash a check In a certain store he may be asked to place his hand on a little pad and press his thumb on the rear of the check. This is In addition to signing the name. Bcforp we get on the bandwagon and recommend general application of this plan everywhere, we'd like to wait a while and see what the reaction of store customers in Burlington Is likely to be. The scheme has its drawbacks In that some customers may bo offended by having to be thumb- printed, and they may decide to take their busines* elsewhere. It has Its virtue in that If the check should turn out to be a forgery, police would be more able to trace the forger. Another necessity for stores using the ttchnlque: they'd have to provide ench customer with .ft wish buln »nd soap.—Shelby (N.C.I Dally Star. "C'mon Outto There—You Republican Rascals" Peter frfson's Washington Column — Navy Paint-Repetition-'Cbauncey- Farm Problems-Budget Interviews WASHINGTON — (NEA) —Though there has been considerable pressure to get the U.S. Navy out of the paint manufacturing business, a new Department of Defense directive justify- .ng the Navy's continued operation of its Norfolk, Va., and Marie Island, Calif., paint factories is now in preparation. Navy recently advertised for bids to supply 2500 tons of resins going into paint manfacture. This was said to be enough to keep the two paint factories going for a year. As if to make sure that there would be no immediate curtailing of government paint manufacture, one specification in the bids called for delivery of the entire amounts within 14 days. Under House Government Operations Committee pressure during the last Congress, the Navy cut down its point manufacture from 150 types to 28. The 122 discontinued types are now being supplied by private industry. But the Navy sticks to its 28 types because it says specifications are so rigid and the chances of adulteration to great that it must control every step of manufacture to obtain required quality. If you think history does not repeat itself, get a load of this item from the Wilmington, Del., Courier of Dec. 15, 1854 — just 100 years ago: CONGRESS: This body will scarcely get to work before the Christmas and New Year holidays are past. The members require a little time to mature their propositions and exchange opinions . . . Were they more careful in this particular and to get their bills in proper shape before presenting them to the Houses, there would be much less discussion and much more harmony of action beside the trouble the committees would be relieved of." "Chauncey," a gray-haired messenger in the office of Secretary of the Treasury'George M. Humphrey, has been around for more years than most high government officials can remember. On the side, he runs a little farm down near Warrenton, Va., and he sings a good tenor, accompanying himself with a mean guitar. The other day Chauncey — nobody ever bothers with his other name — came up with a new song, which he has dedicated to his boss, Secretary Humphrey. It's a parody on Carol Channing's "Wonderful Town" song h i t, "Ohio," Humphrey's home state, where he formerly headed the M. A. Hanna Company. This is it: "Why, oh! why did I ever leave Ohio? Why, oh! why oh! why did I have to roam? Think of the manner, Of old M. A. Hanna. Now I'm floating a loan, Hassling the budget. Where does it go, all that dough? I'm now big banana But how I love Hanna. If Hanna will have me I'll go, Back to O-H-I-O, Ohio." Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson must report to the new Congress, soon after it convenes, on new alternatives for the present dairy products price-support program. This is one of, the toughest assignments ever handed the Department of Agriculture. When dairy price supports were cut from 90 to 75 per cent of parity, it was thought dairy farmers would cut down on their pro- duction, instead of this, they have increased it. October milk production was 5 per cent above last year's, and Novembef production was up 10 per cent. Good weather was blamed for part of the increase. But Secretary Benson and his experts must find new ways to cut production down to consumption levels. Top budget bureau officials in t h e Eisenhower administration have been exceedingly coy about granting interviews, but they may be loosening up a bit under the holiday influence. Ike's first budget director, Joseph M. Dodge, held his first and only press conference two years ago, just before the Eisenhower administration took over. It wasn't too successful. There was the usual "seminar" for reporters in advance of the 1954 budget message, at which Mr. Dodge and his deputy and successor, Torland R. Hughes, appeared and answered questions. Mr. Hughes' public statements since taking over have been confined to a couple of speeches and one of the longest press releases ever issued — 88 big pages — explaining the background of the Dixon-Yates contract from the Eisenhower administration's point of view. On Dec. 31, however, Director Hughes invited the press regulars who cover the Budget Bureau to come in and have a cup of coffee with him at noon, so he could wish them a happy New Year. The big question was whether this was significant or just seasonal? But the reporters all wished Mr. Hughes ft ' 'moderately progressive" New Year, too. Sunday School Lesson— Written for tCEA Servic* By WILLIAM E. OILROY, D. D. ..The Bible is the story of man's search for God. That quest of God has not been confined to those of one race or place, but Saint Paul was speaking only the plain truth when he said that the chief advantage of the Jew was that "unto them were committed the oracles of God." The Hebrew Scriptures that we call the "Old Testament" present a varied and amazing record of, human life in which almost nothing is left out. Sublime beauty and direst tragedy are there: man is revealed in the depths of ruthless ambition and cruelty, and woman, in characters like Jezebel, are revealed for what even woman can be; the blot upon national heroes like David and Solomon is not concealed in Its honest realism; sin is depicted in all its forms, with the early warning that it would find men out (Numbers 32:23). But above all, and dominating all, the Old Testament Is a book of righteousness and truth. It rises to its greatest height in the yearning of its noblest saints above all things to be right — the passionate cry of the Psalmist: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts; and see If there be any wicked way in me, and lend me in the way everlasting" (Psalms 139 and many similar passages). It was not by chance or accident that such men came to know God, and to toll others of what they had found In their quest. The revelation came !n and through human experience, and it did not come all nt once. We haye seen In our own time how knowledge and science have progressed from very simple discoveries and apprehensions to the intricate and complex forms of this atomic age. b»v« often thought that tbt knowledge of God has come to men in much the same way, and by much the same process, that man has come to the knowledge of his world. I do not know why that is so, or what is the providence of t God by which man has had to I search diligently for what he has ! attained; but I do know that this is so. The Hebrew's knowledge of God began in simple belief and apprehension. He reasoned from himself and his own life. He was a person, and back of himself and his world he saw a personal God. What could have been more natural or logical than for man to believe that a being like himself, In a world which he hadn't made, came from Being? It might be said that man made God in his own image, but deeper than that was the belief in that higher Power and Being in whose image he dared to believe he was made. The spiritual story of the Bible is how that image of himself and of God developed, just as man's knowledge of his world has grown from little to much. Then, in the fullness of time, following the high revelation of poets and prophets, in such chapters as the sixties of Isaiah, Jesus of Nazareth .proclaimed nnd manifested in Himself the glory of the God of love and grace, Our Father. It Is in much the same way that modern men come to know God — n God In "Whom we live and have our being" — the Eternal God. The great passage for this experience is II Corinthians 3-18. AFTER considerable research the nftme of Paul Revere's horse has been learned. Many will be disappointed thut It was Old Pros- cntt, nnd not old Dobbin. — Lnurcl (MiM.) Leader-Cull. • JACOBY ON BRIDGE Keep Safety Play Around for Usage BY OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service The trouble with most safety plays is that they're seldom actually needed. You make a rather fancy play to guard against some unlikely danger, and it turns out that your precaution wasn't needed. The distribution was normal NORTH WEST A None VQ43 » KJ9732 + 9878 14 » AKI076 »Q8 *KJ2 EAST 4KQJ5 V982 • 1064 + A43 SOUTH (D) 4> A 10 7 4 J 2 • AS • +Q105 Both lido vul. Sooth Wet* N«rU> EM* 1* Pasi 2W Pass Z4 Pass 4* Pan fast Pass Opening te»d—» J and you'd have made your contract even If you had played the hand carelessly. "Some of the more far-fetched safety plays," writes my friend, Terence Reese, the great English player, In just this vein, "one may make for years without coming across the particular distribution lhat has to be guarded against. Sooner or later, however, the con sclentibus player will have his reward." Reese hnd his reward on the band shown .today, which occurred Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD —(NEA)— Exclusively Yours: There's no business like Marilyn Monroe business! Miss Wiggle Hips is Hollwood's money-maker No. 1 these days and the storm warnings are flying again at Fox because she still hasn't signed her new studio contract. No one Is saying anything officially, including Marilyn, who isn't even talking to the studio. When last heard from she said she didn't need or want the big loot the new contract would give her. Whether it adds up to an I-want-more-money battle, a demand for script approval or a give- me-a-good-dramatic-role- - or else fight Is a puzzlement. I wonder If she can wiggle while on a sltdown strike? On the chance that Edmund Purdom will return to the family fireside, Tita Purdom will not take the divorce step as originally an- iunced. She may go to court, though, to establish support for their two children. DEBRA FACET'S mother, Maggie Qriffin, adds another denial to rumors that Jeffrey Hunter and Debra have big plans. "He's like a brother to Debra," Maggie vowed to me. "Nothing could be farther from their minds than marriage." Applied psychology in LM Yegas note: The big: botel casino dealers are not permitted to wear mustaches on the theory that "crooked gam- bleri In the movlei always wear 'em." Honert. Doug Fowley, cast as a dice table stick man in the Vegas back- grounded "The Girl Bush" shaved his upper Up for the film on the advice of a Las Vegas "technical" expert, who told him: "You gotta have ai honest look." MARIO LANZA'S contract with Warner Bros, for "Serenade" stipulates that cameras must roll within 60 days. . . . Joint income taxes for 1952-53 will be one of the themes in the new Susan Hayward-Jess Barker divorce wrangle. I wonder if It will ever be mentioned in court that Jess turned down a big hunk of dough from Fox to let the Barker twins accompany Susan to Hong -Kong for In the match between Britain and Norway in last year's European Championships. He made the key play half apologetically, expecting that It would turn out to be just a needless gesture; but it was actually vital to the success of the contract. West opened the seven of diamonds, and Reese was relieved to see that dummy's queen held the trick. Rese could now afford to lose two Lrump tricks, but not three. He led the six of spades from the dummy. East nonchalantly played the five of spades, and Reese played a low spade from his own hand. The spectators gasped when the six of spades held the trick. The rest was easy of course. Declarer could give up two trump tricks and the ace of clubs, making his game contract. If Reese had played the ace of spades from his hand at the second trick, he would have lost three spade tricks. This would, of course, have cost him the contract. It is important to observe that Reese couldn't lose anything by letting the six of spades ride. If West had been able to win the trick, the spades would then break no worse than 3-1, and South could then easily limit the trump loss to two tricks. "Soldier of Fortune." Ella Logan's Coconut Grow opening reminds me of the Urn* Zsa Zsa Gabor Introduced her at a benefit. Said Zsa Zsa: "Here ten a Scotch K"rl born In Ireland who ees as American as the Fourth of July and who hass no more accent than I do." Debbie Reynolds' "Susan Slept Here" click and her headlines with Eddie Fisher are a pain «t the box office to Jane Powell. Debbie's name Is billed over Jane'i on theater marquees advertising 'Athena." ROB! CALHOUN and Lita Baron, so close to Guy Madison- for years, are taking his ex, Qall Russell, under their wing when sh« starts her long convalescence. ... Jane Russell took time off from "Gentlemen Mar/y Brunettes" in London to film a short with orphan kiddies urging an'end to red tape that prevents the adoption of children from war-torn landi. The Rin Tin Tin Story," a screen biography of the famous pooch who helped save Warner Bros, back in the silent era, will be produced by Herbert B. Leonard Says Leonard currently turning out telefilms starring the great grand-son of the dog star: "Rln Tin Tin h the legendary animal star of all movie htatory. He was bigger than Greta Gartao or Valentino and got more tan mad than either ot them." Harold Lloyd, Jr., in the naff for the past four years, 1» about to be restored to papa's Beverly Hills Mansion. The lad has acting ambitions. Julie Harris to frustrating BrH- Ish scribes, she won't discuss her secret marriage to Max Gurlan. "Giant," Edna Ferber's noyel with a Taxas background, will t» filmed mostly on location In Texas. An about-face for Hollywood, which just filmed "Oklahoma!" «o location in Arizona. BY ALL MEANS let's encourage crime by making life easy for confessed criminals. Let's demand that the legislature appropriate sufficient money to.provide an impregnable defense for the coy widow who confesses that she fed rat poison to more former husbands than it is now easy to count. We positively must not neglect our prisoners. — Daily Oklahoman. Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say. keeps patiently still while his wife says it.—Decorah (lowal Journal. TEACHER; "You've .written only one paragraph on "Milk" while others have written pages." Pupil: "But I wrote about condensed milk!" LITTLl ill— Probobly the only thing moft misleading than women's foctt ore their figure*. <H *e QuototioM ACKOSS 1" off more than he could chew" 4 "Safe and Fourth of July" 8 " thee well" 12 "— to a Nightingale" 13 "A poem lovely as a 14 Dry 15 Small tumor 16 Emission 18 Sorriest JO Civil War general 21 "Slippery as an " 22 Australian ostriches 24 "Tortoise and the " 26 Very (Fr.) 27 "Just a cat's 80 Opposed 32 Cylindrical 34 "Let that be • to you 11 1 35 Newspaper executive 38 Worthless table mprsel 17 Bows 3»"A a dozen" 40 "Not a In the world" 41 "A peeve" 42 "Around and 45 Gayer 49 Pugnacious 51 Mouths 52 Arrow poison 13 Employs , 84 tt In WM bud" 55 Lain 53 Writing tooU S7 " in Ml wayt" DOWN 1 " to tru inevitable" 2 "Not the 17 Entertained faintest " 19 Horned 3 Moil sensitive rumlnanU 4 Hard metal 23 Allots 5 " and the 24 Nimbi* Man" 23 State 6 Tidior 28 "The 'even 7 Scottish eyes of hh 8 Ciotho, Hfv Lachesis and 27 Aaki 38 Death 40 Dice. 41 "The o 4t"Th»-— 'tert" 4J "Plcfc • with him" 44 PortorH Atropos 28 Kind of bomb 46 "On an 9 Operatic solo 29 Existed keel" 10 Peel 31 "The 47 Great Lak* 11 "Set the twin Moonlight 48 Entranced on " » MRam 1 IZ IS u 5>r ft HI H9 Sc S5 i 5T i 19 ^ W •1 A h m ii n ^ v ///, w, so u !4 D W w Jt ! m 5! <t W, % 1 10 m HI S H m u 3* 4 7 M !r1 fl 10 iT b~ n «r w f(

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