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f AQE 1TOUK BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINE6, Publisher HARRY A. HAINE6, Editor, Assistant Publisher PAUL D. HUMAN. Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representative!: Wallace Witmer Co.. New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphii. Entered ** second class matter at the post- office at Blythevffle, Arkansas, wider Kt of Con, October », 1917. Member of .The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city of Blytheville or any suburban town where carrier service is maintained, 25c per week. By mail, within a radius of SO miles, $6.00 per year. $2.50 tor six months, $1.25 for three months: by mail outside 50 mile zone, 113.50 per year payable in advance. Meditations Anl he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the slfht of God. — Luke 16:15. * * * Our thoughts are heard in heaven! — Young. Barbs There would be more perfect gentlemen in the world if they weren't considered such bores. * if. if. A Texas farmer grew a potato four feet long — biff enough to feed about two hungry farmhand!.. * * ¥ Six girls directed traffic in an eastern city for four hours. Fortunately they didn't change their minds even once. * * * The January white sales are on and dad h watchinr the money to buy-buy. * * ¥ It wont be long until Valentine's Day, and Dad can buy Mom a box of candy without her becoming suspicious. Room for Improvement, But - Educators, moralists and various other high-minded folk seldom paas up a chance to lambaste television and other mass media for what they conceive to be their sins and shortcomings. It would be a bold fellow who, scanning or listening to the great daily outpourings of these media, did not acknowledge that a good deal of the acid comment is justified. But there's another side to the story. v Generally, of course, the criticisms allege that in striking for the widest possible appeal TV, radio, newspapers and magazines hit too low a common denominator of intelligence. Their end product in program or story too often can be marked, it is said, as cheap, sensational, shallow and even tasteless. Television, being the newest, the most spectacular and the most experimental of the various media, inevitably suffers the unkindest cuts. Let's concede that an incredible array of mediocre stuff flashes past you on your TV screen — too many flimsily contrived murder mysteries, too many horse operas featuring wildly inaccurate gunfighters (some day the Senate may be asked to look into an ammunition shortage in Hollywood, too many panel shows, too many learjerkers in which you are urged to share the misery. Nevertheless, an impartial appraisal compels us to note that things are better than they were, and that a lot of earnest effort and a potful of money is being devoted to making them still better. Some of the more outrageous programs have yielded to the ravages- of time. You can catch some first-class dramatic shows these days if you pick your spots carefully. A good many TV documentaries turn out very well, too. New comedy stars like George Gobel and Steve Allen, with their off-beat approach, have taken some of the curse off the business of being funny, which was suffering pretty severely from thp old hammerstroke techniques developed in radio's heyday. But the avalanche of "ituation comedies" on TV film hasn't helped much. There are some 'pretty good science shows, though undoubtedly far too few to impress the advocates of "educational TV." Television still seems to be weakest in handling news and good music. With a couple of notable exceptions, it offers no major programs of serious music at all, though radio and the booming record business indicates the market for it is huge. Most TV news shows still sound like photographed radio newscasts, with about half the news content and a smattering of pictures which don't compen- sate for the loss. The room for improvement is great, no doubt. But progress has been made, and it is fair that it should be hailed. A man can have a very mediocre time of it watching television in 1955. But he can also get quite a lift out of it if he looks in the right places. VIEWS OF OTHERS Local Level Action At long last, the comic books are being cleaned up and made decent enough for our youngsters to .read. But local action is still needed. Judge Charles F. Murphy, the new decency "Czar" chosen to administer the strict code adopted by the Comics Magazine Association of America has announced that he and his censors have been quite busy for the past two months blue-pencilling out the usual heavy dose of sadism, horror, terror, excessive violence, torture, lurid sex and passion. More than 5,500 lurid drawings and 126 "unsuitable" stories have been thrown out in a self-censoring move which the comic industry finally adopted after a congressional investigation and a nation-wide protest against comic book obscenity. The Comics Association has announced that all profanity, obscenity, smut, vulgarity and suggestive nudity in any form has been eliminated from its publications. Judge Murphy, a former New York City magistrate and juvenile adviser, now controls 75 per cent of the 60 million comic books published in this country every month. The few remaining uncensored books should now concern parents. We hope the Woman's Club of this city, which has been most interested in doing something constructive about undesirable comic books, will now follow through with local news stand operators to see that comic books not bearing the Murphy seal of approval are not sold. The new comic cleanup will come to nothing if 75 per cent of the publishers censor their material just to .open a new market for a few unscrupulous publishers who thereby gain a new monopoly on filth. Even if this problem is being dealt with nationally, unless something is done on the local front to see that this area is protected from "fly by night" comic obscenity, we will lose the full benefit of the new cleanup. — Rocky Mount (N. C. Evening Telegram. Grim Grimm Story An example of how the Russians have not only rewritten history and science for their own political ends, but have now turned to fairy tales, is seen in the Soviet revision of the story of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." This Grimm fairy story has been turned into a grim one, with Snow Whrte being poisoned by "tainted" canned goods from the, United States. Communist producers rewrote the fairy tale in the East German Sector, and their version has, naturally enough, won high praise from Russian literary circles. Communist additions would be humorous if they were not such an obvious propaganda device. These Red modifications include having Snow White belong to a group of revolutionaries bent on unseating the feudal landholding barons and giving the land back to the peasants (East Germans). According to R I A S, the American High Commission radio in West Berlin, Red revision of the tale should also* include presentation of the Seven Dwarfs as uranium miners who live in a "peace grotto." In this revision there are also overtones of germ warfare, with "enemy" planes dropping potato bugs on the crops. Although Westerners find these Communist versions ludicrous, a lot of youngsters in Soviet- occupied Europe, as well as in the Soviet Union, swallow their propaganda line. Fortunately, there are such agencies as the R I A S at work to offset these fantastic distortions. By broadcasting more extreme exaggerations of these tales, the American radio has served to cut the ground from under Russian efforts. — Portsmouth (Va.) Star. No Swap With Him It's a good thing, we suppose, the Air Force breeds men like Lt. Col. John P. Stapp, who rode a rocket-powered sled at 632 miles per hour at Alamogordo wearing nothing more than his uniform and a pair ol goggles to keep the wind from ripping his eyes from their sockets. Stapp was not performing a stunt. He was trying to find out how much speed the human body can stand. Jet aircraft are flying: so fast these days that it is becoming dangerous for a pilot to leap out of a disabled plane in his parachute. We wouldn't swap places with the colonel for twice the pay. But we congratulate the Air Force for having men with his kind of quiet courage. — Carlsbad (N. M.) Current-Argus. SO THEY SAY Despite today's farm surpluses, the human race must someday become independent of plant life . .. . and that will be accomplished within the next 50 years. — Dr. C. P. (Boss) Kettering, director, General Motors Corp. * * * . We will never be the aggressors. The enemy, therefore, would always have the jump on us." — Qen. William Hoge, U. S. Army commander in Europe. * * * Three out of four young persons from the ages of 12 to 24, or approximately 20,000,000 in the United States, are not afiillatcd with any church organization. — The Rev. Harold Ewlng, Cincinnati, cites delinquency cause. * * * I say that both (political) parties are patriotic. Both parties nre for peace. — Sen. Alexander Wiley (R.,Wis.). It Sure Does Ruin the Old Boy's Act Peter Ft/son's Washington Column — GOP Efforts to Smooth Patronage Machinery Causes Big Ruckus WASHINGTON —(NEA)— There has been a terrific ruckus in Washington the last few months over Republican efforts to, get their political patronage machinery working better. The storm began when a young White House assistant, Charles F. Willis, Jr., issued an order to all government agencies to start reporting and filling their job vacancies and making promotions through his office. When government agencies report to Mr. Willis on job vacancies they have coming up, they are not filled for 30 days. This gives the GOP patronage machine a chance to spin its wheels and see if a Republican job hunter cannot be found to qualify. This applies to the so-called "303" jobs for which there Is no register of qualified Civil Service applicants. Most of these jobs are outside Washington. Formerly they were filled by local hiring. Now they must be cleared through Washington. On the higher grade, presidential appointees, Mr. Willis tries to keep the Republican National Committee headquarters informed on vacancies coming up for six months ahead. This gives Chauncey Robbins, director of personnel and assistant ;o National Chairman, Leonard Hall, a chance to notify senators ind representatives of vacancies In their stales and districts. The congressmen can then notify their state GOP chairmen of vacancies. They may relay the news to county chairmen. By this daisy chain. Republican talent-is supposed to be unearthed. Mr. Robbins at OOP headquarters also maintains his own file of Republican applicants for jobs— any job. He says his file has about 3000 names In It all the time. Some 50 new applications come in every week. Many of them are requests from congressmen or state and local political leaders. Some come from the applicants direct. About the same number of applicants drop out every week, because there are no vacancies. Many are requests for jobs that simply don't exist. If a vacancy turns up, however, for say a lawyer with antitrust experience, the Robbins personnel office will go through its cards. If it finds an applicant who seems to have the right qualifications, his file is sent to the hiring agency. But it's up to the agency in every case whether it hires the GOP regular, or takes someone else. All government lawyers are in what is known as Civil Service Schedule A. Such employes can be hired without examination. The Republicans could have asked for. the resignation of all lawyers who did not have Civil Service status when the GOP came to Washington in 1953, but it didn't. How many may have been fired, GOP headquarters says It does not know. It was«up to each agency to decide for itself. But those lawyers who now remain on the government payroll can hardly be got out of office with dynamite, says Mr. Robbins somewhat regretfully. In Civil Service Schedule B are such government employes as U.S. deputy marshals. They can be appointed after passing a noncompetitive examination. GOP headquarters assumes that only good Republicans have been appointed to such jobs. But it has kept no records up to now and doesn't know. The really sad story from the Republican point of view relates to Schedule C. Here are the top policy-making jobs. There were 1052 of them in government at the last count. The Republicans feel they should have them all if the GOP is to run a responsible and loyal administration. These Schedule C jobs also include confidential assistants to policy makers. That covers private secretaries, public relations advisers and even chauffeurs. But in this lower category of confide.. tial assistant, the Republicans say they have made little inroad. All they have been able to grab off are some 250 to 300 policy-making jobs. The Willis directive, which ha been defended by President Eisen hower ,is intended to change thi^ situation. It has recently placed a number of lame-duck congressmen in important jobs. They were vacated in some cases by firing Civil Service employes, with long records under the Democrats. This practice has been damned by government workers all over Washington as a threat to wreck the Civil Service .and the merit promotion system. This is what will be investigated by Democratic congressional committees. THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 19B5 ., Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD -(NBA) - Exclusively Yours: Now its the NORC bracket. First for TV's Jackie Oleason and now for Hollywood's Gary Cooper. . , ' NORC is the navy's new electronic computer that multiplies two 13 digit numbers In thirty-one mllllonths of a second. But figuring out Jackie and Gary's income taxes this year may take the electronic brain a couple of hours. Cooper's percentage of Vera Cruz" is expected to be $1,000,000. Mr Yup gets 10 per cent off the top for acting with Burt Lancaster in the flicker, which is headed for a $10,000,000 box office. Ai I figure «, «!»»'» » bo « t * 100 '000 per Yup. Paramount's remake of the Broadway hit, "Anything Goes, will have a new title, "You're the Top." From Cole Porter's song hit . . Mel Ferrer's tribute to new bride Audrey Hepburn in a London newspaper Interview. "Her housewifery Is astonishing." They just arrived there to spend the winter filming "Ondlne." A movie press agent, hoping to escape lovey-dovey photographs ol Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher turned hopefully to the latest Issue of a golf mag. No escape. Debbie's on the cover, holding a gift- wrapped golf bag tagged, "To Eddie." JACK BENNY, reminiscing about the old days when he played "Buck" Benny on radio: "I was tall In the saddle—until my blister broke." Jimmy Cagney's returned to jaw-breaking and pistol packin daddy stuff as & tough mugg in the Ruth Etting filmbiography, "Love Me Or Leave Me." But it is not the same Cagney who plugged Joe Fridays in the back, busted fingers and slapped dolls around in Hollywood's prewar underworld. tl "This is tougness with a point, Jimmy told me about his co-star- rer with Doris Day. "It's a good story. It adds up to something. This character believes he's doing the right thing." Jimmy's reasons for nixing other mugg roles in recent years: "AH of them were the same — brutality Just for brutality's sake. 1 refuse to play those kind of roles anymore." SONNY HOWARD'S observation about Edmund purdom's snuffsniffing: "There's Nose Business the Doctor Says Written for NBA Service ' By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M. D. A few weeks ago this column carried a brief discussion of the severe itching with which many people are afflicted following a bath. After its publication several correspondents wrote in with suggestions, which, since I do not see how they can do any harm, I shall pass on. Several with this affliction said they had received great relief by adding two or three tablespoor.- fuls of ordinary baking soda to the bath water. Several said that they had been improved by avoiding drying with a towel, merely letting themselves dry slowly in the bathroom. One wrote that In summertime she got relief by dressing immediately after the bath and going out in the sun. I might add that all correspondents indicated that this post-bathing itching was extremely uncomfortable until they had obtained relief in one way or another. Q. I have been bothered with my feet and hands becoming numb. Can anything be done and what is the cause? Reader. A—This symptom alone Is not enough on which to base a diagnosis. It could conceivably be related to pernicious anemia but it might also be the result ol changes in the blood circulation or the nervous system. If severe it calls for diagnostic studies. Q—Would you please say something about chronic orthostatic hypotension. Is it related to Addison's disease? M. H. A—This Inquiry refers to a kind of low blood pressure which is related to posture. In a few people the blood pressure falls when Ihey stand upright and this may produce . weakeness, fainting, blurred vision or the like. When such a person lies down the sym- toms disappear and the blood pressure returns to normal This kind of thing can happen in a number of disorders; including Addison's disease or it can develop in the absence of any definite reason. Addlson's disease must be considered as only one of several possibilities and a remote one at that. Q—I am 26 years old with two children. Since the birth of the children my legs seem to hurt quite often and I notice a number of enlarged veins on my legs. What would you suggest? Mrs. J. A—One would suspect that the discomfort in the legs is the result of the enlarged varicose veins. Depending on their size and other factors they might be operated on, injected, or treated by wearing elastic stockings or bandages. Certainly at the age of 25 one would not want to consider suffering from something which can probably be corrected by taking active steps to remedy the situation. Q—I am 30 years old and bothered with soreness or tenderness in both breasts. This does not cause severe pain but rather is sore in some places. Is this unusual and ^should I see a doctor about It? Mrs. S. O. A—This cannot b'e considered strictly normal and I should certainly advise you to see your doctor about it. As I have said a great many times, any ailment which needs treatment Is much easier and more successfully treated early. "MUMMY," said little Brian, "Percy doesn't know how to swim because his Mummy won't let him go near the water." "Well, Percy's a very good little boy." "Yes," an. werert Brian thoughtfully, "and he'll go to Heaven the first time he falls In."—Port Myer» <Pia.) Ni;W8- PreM. • JACOBY ON BRIDGE Patience Will Pay Bridge Dividends By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NBA Service Many a bridge player tosses away more than a thousand points per session simply because he hain't the patience to sit quietly by while the opponents struggle. The bidding of today's hand furnishes a typical example. It's hard to know why South NORTH 27 *Q6 VKJ98 • 95 + KQJ97 KAST 4J731 V1085 »AKJ83 46 to two spades would have been fine if South had held a good hand and a strong suit (as befits a player who overcalls when partner Is silent and both opponents are bidding). South had no trouble going down one trick at two spades, for a loss of 50 points. If South had passed over one diamond instead of bidding his very weak hand, the opponents would have needed all their wisdom and self-control to stay at some such low contract as one no-trump or two diamonds. They would not be doubled, but they would nevertheless lose 200 points for going down two tricks If either East or West got a triile ambitious with the hand, the partnership would promptly get three tricks' too high: and in this case a penalty double and a lose of 800 points would be well within the realm of probability. It didh't occur to South, and this is typical of all players who are too "busy" during the auction, that he had lost a lot when he went down one trick, not vulnerable and not doubled. The actual loss on such a hand is, however, at least 250 points — and perhaps very much more. W18T VAQ7S »7.4 * A 108 59 SOUTH (D) * A 10 9 8 4 V43 • QIOBJ 442 Etst-Wret vul. We* North 1+ Pass Pass 2 A Past P»H 1 * Pass 1 » Put Opening lead—• 7 wanted to get into the auction His partner had failed to overcall and therefore had either a bad hand or strength In the enemy's suit. If North had a bad hand, South might well get doubled at one spade and lose the family jewels. If North had a good hand, with strength in the enemy's suit, South's bid would whisk the opponents out of a trap and neatly deposit the North-South partnership therein. That's exactly how It turned out. North felt compelled to take »ome sort of action, and Uw raise In Show BuiineM." Biggest surprise in the Pox studio rnall room — the volume of fan letters for.Jny ("The Robe") Robinson . . . Harry Climrlng b«- lleves a movie scheduled for Mari- Jyn Monroe, "The Qlrl In the Red Velvet Swing," should be reMtled The Girl WITH the Velvet Swing." Now that Shirley Temple and hubby Charles Black have moved :o Atherton, Calif., John Agar Is close-mouthed about Linda Susan Agar, seven-year-old daughter of nlm and Shirley. ,/ He visited the child while Shirley lived in Hollywood but all he'll say now is: "I have no plans to go to Atherton." Walter Wanger bought the film rights to "Adventure in Politics" by Richard L. Neuberger, U. S. senator from Oregon. But only the title will be left by the time it hits the screen ... A Gary, Indiana, reader writes: "How about Betty White for Mary Plckford's filmbiography?" How about it Mary? With the case still to be heard in court, Vic Mature's already dished out $20,000 in predlvorce legal fees. CHARMIN' DAVID NIVEN as a cutlass-swining villian who winds up on the end of a rope is the year's first off-beat casting. "I've played heels but never a heavy like this," he's telling it on MGM's "King's Thief" set. "Even Basil Rathbone will hat* me — It's a typical Rathbone menace/' Qag telegram sent by Nlven to Rathbone on the day he started the film: "Bet my doable can out-fenc« your double." Cleo Moore's belated discovery: "When you have platinum hair you're typed as a dumb blonde and rarely given a real acting Job." The reason her glittering platinum locks are toned down to ash brown for "Hold Back Tomorrow." Short Takes: Ocorge Gobel'a about to do an "experimental" telefilm. He likes the Idea of film for future home screen clowning . . . Jack Benny's okay after a hospital siege with a mild case of virus. Mario Lanza's down to 198 pounds — on a strict steak- and-tomato-julce diet. LITTLE LIZ— Making a fortune is Just about 05 difficult as trying to get along without one. XHU» AN OFFICIAL appeal is made for brighter lights at intersections. Of perhaps more help would be brighter drivers. — St. Louis Globe-Democrat. STUDENT — But I don't think I deserve a zero on this paper. TEACHER — Neither do I. but it's the lowest mark I can give. — Greeneville (Term.) Sun. THE MODERN car not only controls its own temperatvire, but also shifts for itself. That's something that many a human can't do. — Marshalltown (Iowa) Times-Republican. Young Animals Antwer to Previout Puzzle ACROSS DOWN 1 Young horse 1 Scotsman 5 Young dog 2 Mountain 8 Young cow (comb, form) 12 Great Lake 3 Prevaricator 13 Siouan Indian 4 Occupants 14 Operatic solo 5 Poison drafts ---- 6Shoshonean Indians 7 Befitting a poet 8 Floor cover 15 Slant 16 Mound used by golfers 17 Lease 18 East African hartebeest 19 Devotee 20 Top ol the head 9 Scope 10 Fluff 11 Ultimate lot 22 Eye (Scot.) 21 Recent (comb. 24 Egyptian sun form) 23 Anger 25 Young cat 28 Liked by young cats 32 Roman date 33 Thus 35 Native metal 36 Number 37 Negative reply |g 3D Smell 40 Dineri 44 Be displeased at 46 Narrow Inlet 47 Social Insect 48 Timber tre« 91 Hostelry 53 Grate 37 Poems 58 Loiter 3& Ilcum (comb. form) 60 Smooth 81 Open (poet.) 62 Folding beds »3 Eon ol Seth . (Bib.) •4 Legal point « Warmth god 25 Flying toy 27 Canvas shelter 29 Complication 30 Press 31 Saucy 34 Upon 38 Citrus fruits 39 Australian bird 41 Expunges 42 "Smallest 43 Mariner 45 Half an em 48 Rodent 40 Paradise 50 City in Nevada 52 Back of neck 54 Century plant. 55 Caterpillar i hair 26 Notion State" (ab.) 56 Pillar li H> IB K 5T W 10 W b/ w bi i 26 W 4 11 ^ n n m 11 w i m m. «t 5 3 left « m u ii io n W i m m % n m m 52 • 7 R Z6 m fe 11 1) m m Ti 0 H ') 10 m y> M M U tf) Q f) r # o IHIflH 90 ET H ^•B r \b u

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