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TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1948 . BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COUHIKR NEWS ^ Marinoc tail'Teacher Situation . j. nannes HII To Grow Worsc; For Duty in Fleet v Nearly 1,000 Leav« To Join Shipt in Grecian, Italian Area MOKEHEAD CITY) jc, o:, Jan. 1 «. ^UP)—A'detachment of nearly 1,K> Marines, originally scheduled lo Till from here today, Instead wero already far cut at «a on their way to reinforce warahip personnel In Oredm and Italian watcri. They departed from this port ctty aboard two Navy transports yester- \day, a day ahead of their announced sailing date, accompanied i>y t»ntl. gum «nd other comtnt, equipment. Second Marine Division Headquarters at Camp I* Jeune, N. C., sniil in * terse announcement that the early sailing was made possible by "rapid loading." The announcement said the Marines were "a small Increment of the Second Marine Division" 1 and that "their mission Is to supplement the Murlne detachment aboard ships in the U. S. Mediterranean Fleet." The detachment, a combination I of Pacific battle veterans and newly trained amphibious specialists, carried ."normal combat equipment,'' • announcement said. , Virtual wartime secrecy surround- ' ed the operation as troops boarded ' the transports Bcxar and Montague, t and the olllclnl announcement did : not disclose the exact strength of the force. j But waterfront observers estlmat- ! ed the number of marines at between 800 and 1000. They also watched th» loading of heavy weapons and other equipment, including bulldozers, for land operations "Normal , marine equipment" as now listed by the Navy includes tanks, trucks and jeeps "in small ^Bntlty." ^Th« Marines, mostly youngsters. rode to the dockside In Jeeps and trucks. They wore helmets and fatigue uniforms. They came from Camp Le Jeune, main headquarters for the 2nd Division about 20 mile* to the Southwest. About 100 relatives waved goodbye »s the troops' boarded the transport! single file. "Sober Crowd" One port officer said the Marines were "«. lot soberer crowd than the last bunch that left here 'on ma- neuven. They didn't take any Wanks.with them thia lime." Vehicles carrying troops and equipment moved through Morehead City to the docks behind linrs of marine police. Some of the trucks displayed warning flags showing they carried dangerous cargo. The ships flew the same pennant. One of the vessels was an AKA— attack transport, cargo---and the other was »n APA—attack transport, personnel. They sailed shortly before 2 p.m.; EST. The abrupt sailing came at almost the same time as a Navy announcement from Washington that fcvice-Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, currently deputy chief of naval operations, would take over command of the U. 'S. Mediterranean Fleet the first week in February. The Mediterranean Fleet is now commanded by Vice-Adm. B. H. Bieri. The Navy announced Friday that the marines would sail today. At that time the Navy <aid they would "agument shipboard training of Marines" on the aircraft carrier Midway, now at Naples and on the cruisers Portsmouth, at Genoa; Providence, at Leghorn; and th» Little Rock, at Pireaus. Pireaus Is the port of Athens in currently strife-torn Greece. The Navy announcement said the increase would "restore the total personnel on board to approximately the normal overall complement on the ships." The Indication wai that the above-normal compliment of Marines would be put aboard to make up for the stortage of sailors. Educators Claim CHICAGO, (U.P.)—Two educators 'clnlin tli« worst Is yel to come In Ihe nation's teacher shortage. Hurl Ft. Douglass, director of the college of education at Ihc University of Colorado, Elliott, a university, warn • crisis may come before 1055. Writing In the Elementary Jour- trained teachers must occupy all positions In order to Insure fulfillment of the purposes of public education." , "Either persona wlio have lelt Hie profession must b« enticed to return In large numbers or many young people must be trained In the teaching field," they say. UN Making Progress, Contend* NEW YORK (UPl-The United j Nations Is making slow ly.it sure I progress towurd a better world, In eed |ers, R group here wns told. of teachers and the decreaTed sup- '"' R SrOUp "< ply may, before elRlit years arc up. I A - H - Feller, "be the final straw which wlll| h!>a(i o( the t break down the whole education system." I i riming N r«]f<! "At best a makeshift, patchwork, spotty teaching staff will characterize the elementary level of the public educational program through the next few years," they sny. I The population growth will bullrt up until H3.000 more teachers are, needed In 1955 than we had In 1946, they claim, and not enough teachers are being trained to do the job _ T he edi'calors say ths.t "fully general counsel and wiu iiiraci 01 me UN legal deparlment, American lolct tlle lawyers 1 division of the Federation of Jewish Phllaulliro- j phlcs of New York that, while I 1 may t«k« many years 1 for tli« full I effect of the UN to be realized, 11 already had acompllshed niucli. He listed as achievements the development and codification of International law, the feeding of hungry children In dev.tsattc? countries, the stabilization o( European Industry and transport, mM the protection of tuistee territories und their progress toward self- government. PAGE ELEVEN FRECKLES & HIS FRIENDS By MERRILL BLOSSEB Rich Man'i Groctrf Although grocers made their pcnrnnce In the uth century, only the rich could ntford lo imtronkn them. 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Fraser Plumbing & Heating 2 blocks east, 4 blocks south, Klytheville Hospital 401 East Cherry Phone 2422 Chicken-Stealing Champ Put Out of Business CINCINNATI (UP)—Curlcy Fairbanks, 45, who boasted he was the thampioil chicken thief in Hamilton county, Is out of business. •|He Is serving n 70-day sentence ^P jail after conviction on charges 5f possessing a stolen shotgun anrt ••entering enclosed lands for the purpose of stealing things of value." The "things of value," county po- Uce s«ld, were 27 chickens from (oops of a surburban resident. Fairbanks had led county police on a "coop-to-coop" chase for several months before he was cap- lured. Police charged the "champ" hart itolen 150 chickens over sever.il years. ' THR STOKTi 1 id] l.rlphK that Hotter, tar •*»!, bad uc put in the nanllprlan nflrr I irletf lo kt!) niy.rlf over O.cur CrnlR. I cell Kim tknl o«cnr hud I.ren killr.l In iKe n«r—1h>l kr hod ninrrleil MurKO Inafend of me- br- furr Knlnfc. QTerBCnit. I.eliiKriM KfriiiM to nndcrjirnnd. lie M&ri* IhBt the imlk-r Are louklnK lar mullvra In the murder of Avlii and Art— • nd Ihnf Jeff Jlaverson and I had apparently ka« taa wme DollTe. XXII T E1PHAN hod been a busy man since the time he'd talked to me before. He had gathered complete -reports on every jhred of conversation,, every tiny incident that had taken place at the studio the day before the murders. He knew thnt Jeff Haverson was supposed to be my boy friend. Ele knew—this from dear Liz Leyden —that 1 had learned only that day that Jeff Havorson was married to Avis Vaughn and that she wouldn't divorce him. He knew, too, that Jeff had threatened lo do something about the stranglehold Avis had on him. An intricate maze of painstaking work.went into L«lphan's fla; statement that at least two of us had identical motives. And then he said something else with a teasing half-smile twitching at the corners oj his inouth. something that he Kad lifted from the lines in my play. Whether it was metnt in mockery or warning, 1 did not know. Or whether he simply wanted me to know that he had taken the trouble to read the script that 1 had written. 1 sat there thinking about it after he hod left, trying to make up my mind what he had meant by it. '•Poism is a woman's weapon," Leiplws. had said. He had been laughing at me when he said it. But it was true. Psychologically. I just couldn't imagine Jeff Haverson. for instance, slipping poison into that drink he'd poured for Avis. And then managing to E?et some of it in Art's coffee, too. Not Jell! And that only lelt me and Liz. And Liz ... Excitement ballooned wilhin me. Why not Liz? Why not? He sometimes acted more like a woman than a man. His soft, often effeminate mariners. His too graceful hands. His little catty ways. Of course. Liz would use poison if he wanted to kill somebody. In fnct. 1 couldn't imagine any other way he would try to kill anyone. £JUT granted Liz might kill by giving poison, there was still his motive for killing Avis and Art to be discovered. Am: I hadn't the slightest inkling of what H could be. I knew nothing about him. For the first time I regretted the repulsion which had caused me to shrink from cultivating any de grce of friendship with him. Well, I'd start in the morning finding out all I could about Liz. There was his date calendar, ftr instance. He never kept it openly on top of his desk as most people do. Instead he always kept It in the upper right-hand drawer of his desk and after malting a memo on it he would put it back there with a certain secretive air. I'd get up early and go down to the office and have a look at that date calendar before Liz arrived. And so In my impulsive way I started the chain of events which nearly cost me my life. But ignorance is indeed bliss. Mapping a plan of action relieved the tension I was under. 1 went to bed and to sleep and dreamed happily of exposing my collaborator as the fiendish murderer of Avis Vaughn and Art Cloves. And somewhere in the dream Bob Leipha.i got mixed In. He was looking at me in just the way Jeff Haverson had looked at me that day up in the hills. FOLLOWING through on my plan of the night before I was up early and dressed, breakfasted and down at the studio long bcfove my usual time. There was nobody n the Writer's Building when 1 •>rrived. Not even a stray »ccre- .ary. I fell lhat 1 had at lenst a ;ood hour in which lo search Liz Leyden's desk before there was any chance of him showing up. His desk was Juat tht usual oflice type. There was a shallow lop drawer whinh held pencils and rubber cigarct typewriter erasers and bands nnri a discarded lighter. There were three deep r. drawers on each side: in the upper right-hand one I found his calendar memo pad. It was a wssh- out as for as clues were concerned. All the appointments noted on it were apparently business ones for they were all with people connected with the studio and during working hours. That lor secretiveness. I was so pointed I could have erica. I went Ihrough the other drawers just to be thorough. Two of them were empty, one held unused typewriter paper and carbon, one held carbon copies of our script. As a lost resort 1 studied the blotter on his desk, feeling like one of those cheap Hawkshnws in kids' funny books. There was very little blotting on it for Liz did practically all of his writing on the typewriter and only rarely picked up a pen. I took out my compact anc used the mirror in it to decipher whnt writing there wns. Most of it turned out to be simply fragments of his rather florid signature. And then down in one - >r :• I found the blurred parts of two words thai evidently lind been the beginning of a personal letter. "D—res— Av—s . . ." That wns all that was intelligible. But that was enough to send my volatile imagination way above the boiling point, for it was the most obvious guesswork that the original words must have been "Dearest Avis." And that hinted at fa: more intimacy between Lte Leyden and the dead star than I had suspected. It was certainly enough to start my mind creating a whole series of complicated relationships between the two of them. (To Kf Continued) fOU MEAN YOU THOOGHr THIS DUBL etiWEBN YOU AND WAUY WAS A we PITEH» THE GIRL?? HUD* mac's STARTING To OH.LA.RDie. I WAS ATRMD I'D 6C TOO IM U ! I'M SO SUD IM TIME TO SAY Goocwe / YOU SOWS SOMEPLACE. HILDA?.-. OH, YOU MEAN VVALLY GOIMG To FIGHT A DUEL WITH HIM, MO YOU Neves. KNOW/ OF COURSE,, MAYBE YOU'LL 66 LUCKY AMD JUST sEr WOUNDED/ "I'm beginning to lost faith In Dr. Brown—h* never tollt me l'v« got what I think 1 have!" PRJSCTLI.A'S POP Bv A), VETWEER Are you ^\ ever sorry you\ married me, J X^' I should say not! Blondes are fickle! They're too flighty! Key never know what they want! / wutdn't blonde •j sometimes wish you'd picked out a cute little blonde instead?^ Honest, Priscil/a... [ tvas only kidding... was a joke, honey*, wasn't thinking... course not, Haze// The Three Who Hun By MICHAEL O'MAJXRY and RALPH LANB IXibby and I had to leave the bod/ of the murdered Willfe utt while I called police. f DIRK, DO MOO V I 00.' SHI REMEMBER THE \ AND TWO MBt WOMAN IN A WHITE WERt EJCAWS HWUOH. BOYS, BUT HOT WORTH MUCH. CAN COUKriHOUMNDS If WC CAN RNOTHf SANG TMT ~HtA BACK NECK, MYNHEER VAN MR FUNK. HAS BHN THOWW6HLV IROKEN. WHOEVER PIDITlEfr KIMTHEBA6 WWCH HiLD W5 SAMPtC DIAMONDS. RUNNING OOTOf THE AUEY? WASH TUTiBS An Old EnniiK lly LESLIE TURNER JUST HOW WOUID ONE ECOGHiZE THMTIPgi SDH? BUTTOS6TOO. WOTIM..H»ll\: HIS SECRETIVR.1 SMS THERE WW Mb BRILLIANCE, THWGRUSER. WHS JV VIERS STR^N<5E W^W. BUT n^Rpw THH THPE TO HOLP N GRUDGE TEM HEMlS.tHEN COM MIT MURDER- YOU'RE DR.WING Mil ... DR. OtfcE DIRECTED DUE. 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