The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 27, 1947 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, September 27, 1947
Page 10
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PAGE TEN BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, SKI'TKMBKK 27, 1!)17 Tourists on Alcan Highway Cautioned to Carry tolls and Cash and Extra Supply of Courage By JAMES Hr McCORMICK ' NBA Special Correspondent FAIRBANKS, Alaska, (NEA> — It Hakes cash, corn-age ami n good set of. tools to travel., the Alcan Highway. The Canadian government sees thai you liavc nil three, plus legitimate business on the wnr- built road, from D.wstm Creek 1121 miles north to the Alaska- Canada border, before they will even let you try it. An inspector at Edmonton examines every car for road fitness, sees that it has two spare tires, a first aid kit, spare pans and repair tools. Travelers must carry $200 cash for emen;cnc.v purposes. Ii\ each car must be a shovel and an axe or n pick for fighting fires. And each passenger must carry enough emergency food for two days. If a traveler is foolhardy and desperate enough to try the trip In the winter, he can skip the live- fighting equipment, but the Inspector sees 'that he has sufficient .winter clothing and Hint his car is winterized. "O" Mile Test: The sign points the direction 1>«1 gives no warning ;il the troubles that lie ahead. The Canadian government Is Just trying to make sure travelers gel through their .section of the highway, i Last winter, an Anchorage businessman broke « piston In his truck 300 miles south of Whitehorse. The temperature was TO below. It was 11 hours before another car showed up and a wck before he could get the truck repaired in | Whltehorse. | The Alcan highway was an emergency war measure and even (it Ms best it never resembled the average highway in the States. Today the Alaskan end of the 1508-mile road Is about like It was when the Army Engineers were maintaining it. But Canadian officials admit that the MO or so men hey are using to maintain the 1221-mile section can't kec|> roatl in repair. When It rains, the road Is a sea of mud. When it's dry. the sAlrling dust sometimes reduces visibility to zero. A Canadian Mounted Police truck broke down "20 miles from Its base and waited over seven hours for aid. I Few cars survive the tri]> with- \ out at least one blowout from the rough gravel. "It's a long trip and Iravelcrs I are likely to be disappointed un- | less they know whal to expect." says Prank Nash, commissioner of | the Alaskan portion of the road. | "Patrols cut down speeding and | help those in serious trouble but i there jusl aren't enough (acilltles of any type for the great distances involved." 1 And a Canadian government official adds: "A further consideration is that access to the south end of the highway at Dawson Creek is made over a dirt road from Edmonton which Is only passable In dry seasons. Until Ihis connecting road is improved, the full value of the highway as a through route to Alaska or as a channel or tourist traffic will not be acvhlcvcd." A traveler trying to repair a -shock absorber smashed in one of the ninny holes along this road described it better: "My cow would break her leg crossing the ruts in the road. And in \\et weather she'd sink out or sight before I could drag her out." A trip up the highway has its j advantages. There's lots of wild J game iljul you can't shoot it; firearms arc sealed by Canadian | Mountiesi. In Canada's Yukon lor-| iltory you can fish without a license; you need one in British Columbia or Alaska. Gasoline, which costs 3G cent:; an imperial gallon in Kdmo:)'.o:i, Increases in price as you move north to Coal Iftvcr, 553 miles up the highway, where It costs <i. r > cents. Then the price drops gradunl'y you move into Alask-ati territory Trices generally are cheaper on the Canadian side of the IJordcr. however. A ham sandwich costs 20 cents in Edmonton. 2S in Dawson Creek, 50 at Coal Illver. Along Ihc Canadian section of the highway, a meal costs SI .steak S1.25. Hut at Tok ,Jnnc;lon Alaska, a cheeso sandwich is 75 , n cents, ham 80 cents, and if yoi I,, I want Jelly on hot cakes, it cost: ant Jelly on the j *' 5 cents extra. There are a available to travelers along the ilghway that cost nothing to use. "Originally these shelters were X'ven miles apart, north or Wlillc-" says Nash. "Travelers are Irce to use them If they replenish the firewood they burn and leave the places clean." Some contain a wooden bunk, mi axe and a lamp. These arc the luxurious ones. In others the duly furniture Is a stove made of a 50-gallon oil drum. .Someday the Alcan Highway may become a tourist mecca. The Canadian government already is considering making a national park three llmiii the si/.c of Yellowstone at ICluanc Uiko. This summer, however. It is just i a rough road through u wilder- ! ness. * CoJtee. often called "Java" In the U.S., Is not a native of Java, but was Imported centuries ago by the Dutch. number of .shelters FRECKLES & HIS FRIENDS By MERRILL (l TELL vqu. As liig ul Tiu'v Conic HIV "I phoned you lo coine up because I'd hate to see a councilman's teeth get in as bad shape as some of our streets'." PRIOILLA'S POP iciiuiii TINN oor.sto'r 1 BUT H£'S CONih!/-. CURE LARD OF . -i VVHAT AJL<3 Wf.V r~ MlS MA.MC IS TiMV/ , HE PLAYS RIGHT GLJARD/ „ / U. ' —- '••-»_. This is the reason the Canadian Government insists every traveler along its stretch of Alean Highway carry two spare tires and a good set of tools. Few complete the trip without one hlowcnt. Brother is V right, Prisd//a\ He's tallet- than you. Carlyle's head reaches to here. Yours only ,. reaches to Gy AL VKKMEE1 "7Sure! 6uC\ ' my feet \ reach just xfs=rx . 35 far as f/ <• ">\ \ , . . V . . [I TI1K STOKYi ll:iiipy Tlrn Job :is Nt'LTft luirtl-ltH lt'« 'Sie ' hi* u\\n (jHIOtr. (In the nrt hlM luil.lishr, Is to Rlvi; n c ji:ir1y fur Jklni, lie KIU-N Itiim K> ilrcKS, xnys he'll litv lui Hniipy. I' <- jinn.ilM-s to t:i ni^lit-rlitbliiii^ iifti-r Ihr i< m/tfcr- u\i lor otic ul kis jy idelicale lavender throats. Her color rising, she pinned Ihcm to | the shoulder of her gown. "They're beautiful, Sieve. Thank ] you! My very first orchids! And J :-;o many of them. Oh—" Her voice wobbled a litlle and Sieve stared ut her sharply. .,,.<ijt^j,'. "TJI, are " I'll OTEVE had never seen her in eve- V ning circss. Happy chuckled a ililtlc at Uio thought, recalling thai ^ _ ;very fesv people had! In her small, nt!O( j (his, too, It's,colder than ihappy world one..wore -evening loaii'sivark's heart onlsidc; a nippy seldom. She had an are you crying? Do, and turn you across rny knee," he warned her sternly. He- memhcring the oilier package, he laid it in her nrms, saying carelessly, "Oh, 1 almost forgot—you'll f dress very ^evening frock; it had been worn |half a dozen times, perhaps, in the itwo years she had owned it, so il was practically new. It was, almost inevitably, black; chiffon with soft lace outlining the off-the• shoulder' decollclage; one of the 'timeless "litlle black frocks" Avhich a business girl learns early -in her career nre "praclical." Fortunately lor Happy, with her rcd- ;brown hair and her fair skin, it .was extremely becoming. ' She was dressed and ready, nnd trying to convince Timmy that she had to go out and that he wouldn't be too lonely, when the doorbell night with snow and ice on the way." Puzzled at the size of (he box, Happy untied the wide green ribbon that bound it, and lifted the lid. Folds of tissue paper were tucked neatly above something soft and silkily brown. Unbelieving, her lingers stroked the soft brown fur, nnd she lifted a mink coat from the box! "Steve!" she gasped faintly. "What's the matter?" he asked anxiously. "Don't you like it? I , thought pretty redheads ahvavs ,,?, r ' went for mink." . " | .^. nl ,;' :OI : r r >' ou r ' "Don't be an idiot! Like il? It's gorgeous! But—oh, for goodness 1 angry. "What the heck? I have a kindly impulse, 1 wish to give you [pleasure, I think I'm doing somc- lliing that will make you happy, and yon promptly go nlid-Viclorian on me. Take the darned thing | off, then!" , ... T.IK whipped the beautiful coat from her shoulders, rolled it into a bundto as though it were dirty laundry, nnd slalkcd to the kitchenette where the small door that opened on the dumbwaiter yielded lo his ungentle pressure, lie wadded Ihe coat onlo the dumbwaiter, as though it were the garbage can Happy sent down every morning, and slammed the <loor, dusting his fingers. 'Sieve!" Happy gasped. ! ]].'•}*'. "We! IV" " But Happy was scrambling Ihc coat 'out of the dumb-waiter, brushing it with gentle, anxious hands, holding the soft fur against her cheek caressingly;' "I honestly believe you'd bave left it there!" she accused. "Why not? I can't wear it myself; mink clashes with my personality," he answered shortly. "Now, arc \ve going out—or arc we going lo spend Ihe rest of the evening battling aboul thai fool coat?" Happy slipped the lovely coat about her shoulders, with due regard to the while orchids, and rubbed her cheek against the rang. She swung the door open lo sake, Steve, 1 can't accept it.' find Steve, unexpectedly handsome) "Can't accept it? What kind of and distinguished in'top hat, while lie and tails, beaming at her happily over a liuge cardboard box held under one arm and a florist's cellophane box under the other,. 1 "Hi, who are you?" be demanded, his eyes taking her foolishness is that? Can't 1 give a nice gal a present—" "Not this kind of a present.' "Oh, horse feathers! Put it on and let's get going." I do appreciate it, Steve, but I can't—" Ho glared at her furiously. "I suppose your Aunt Kale lolc! to the tips of the emerald-green I you that any time a young man iHppers on her feet. "There's been 1 tried to give you a gift he bad evil finagling—Where's my secretary?" [designs on you," he said unpleas- Shc laughed and ushered him anlly. "Well, for once Aunt Kale •Inlo the room. With a nourish was wrong. I assure you that I have lie presented the cellophane box, I no designs, evil or otherwise; nor out of which, wide-eyed with dc- do I hope to place you under any light, Happy removed on opulent I obligation—" He broke off, and spray of small white orchids witb 1 now she saw that he was furio»i*iy from the gleaming curls pinned smartly on top of her pretty head c angry, Steve: "Well, how would you Icel it you baked n cake for me, counting on rny pleased and happy surprise, and 1 flung il in your face?" When they stepped from the doorway into the street, Happy gasped as the bitter wind hurled tsclf upon her, seemingly determined lo lear the cout Irom her suddenly clulchiiu; hands. In the taxi, Steve looked do'.vn at her. "It's not loo bad, at that: you become mink." he told her, his lone still resentful. "Mink becomes me, you mean." "Neither of us makes tense, but the coal looks very well on you. Sure you're warm enough?" He tucked the collar more clo?e'y beneath her chin, at:r.i his cyej warmed and were gentle. (To Be Continued) A^H Free Delivery CalJ PICKARD'S GROCERY Phone 2013 10.M Chickasawba A Close One BY MICHAEL O'MAIXEY and RALPH LAN! fa started for the window after V/i!toughl. I heard a strangling sound behiRd me. I or a time it looked as if! might lose a client. Then — I GAVE YOU CUE OF nrROGLYCERIN MR.WADHAM. FEEUN6 BETTER? WASH TUBBS of Turn Upholstering Add new colors to jour home and prolong the life of your furniture. 1. Expert Craftsmen 2. Finest Materials 3. 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