The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 9, 1947 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 9, 1947
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PAGE FOTTOTEElf T3I,YTIIEVII,LE (ARK.) COUIUKR NEWS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1947 jl/. S. Department of Agriculture In Peacetime \Has Its Top Secret Staff Gathering Crop Data KDITOR'S NOTE: A», UM world 1 ! I food needs and catling prices • write t>lf hcadllnm, the next •major 1). S, Crap Report on Oct. 10 will be btrter news Uun erer. ; Here's • glimpse Into the ctoaely- jru.irdrd operaMon lhat take* place ;on Crop Report day. • By DOUGLAS LARSKN ; NBA Staff Correspondent '• WASHINGTON, Oct. 9. (NBA)— 'When the Department of Agriculture's Crop Reporting Board locks • its doors, pulls down the blinds mid I disconnects the phones, a food- Iconscious world porks up Its ears. ; "Lock-up" time means, another official prediction of the size of i major U. S, farm crop is being :nut together. It is one of tlie most ;do.sely guarded operations of the ; Federal Government. . A fortune could be made out of '»n advance peck at one of these irejwrts just an hour or so before ;lhe official release. Recently they .have influenced America's foreign .•policy, altered world politics and all interested person* a chance to study the report overnight and plan their buying or selling *c- llvllics for the opening of th« market Ihe next day. Here In the way the "lock-up" works: Approxlmaely 600,000 farmers all over the U.S. who are voluntary crop re|>orters send to their various slate headquarters the figures on how many acres oi * certain crop they have planted find the harvest prospects. From these sample estimates, slate totals are figured and sealed In an envelope and sent to the office of the Secretary ot Agriculture. •hav c been partly responsible for )'c • nation's high prices. 1 - -. Tlie main reason for the rigid j At the Department these totals arc kept In a steel mail box sealed with two locks. One of the keys is kept in Ihe Secretary's office, the other key In the U. S. Crop Reiwrling Board, About 6 A.M. on a report day, a group of the reporting board members, who are mostly Dept. of Agriculture officials, show np at telephone lines are disconnected. As the statisticians begin turn- Ing oul national totals, perhaps with some state figures changed slightly because of recent weather conditions or other factors, they give them to the clfrk.s who begin assembling the report. When the prediction Is ready /or release, usually around 3 P.M. and never before the nation's produce, exchanges are closed, the reports ar p taken under guard to the r«- lenso ronm. All those who want copies stand behind a black line mull the word "BO." Then it's j a free-for-all by reporters and oth- j ers to grab a copy and get lo one slate '• °f ^ ne f' ve available telephones or ' grab one of the four telegraph operators who are ready to transmit. mail box. An arniod companies them to th» the Secretary's office to empty the guard ac- 2400 cor- tecreecy, however, U to prevent'; rldor of Ihe South AgrlculUirc '(peculation on the country's bl.i] Building, where they Join other 1 produce exchange*. The of. officials, statisticians and 40 clerks. ;»n Important, estimate is timed''The doors are locked behind them; ;k> that It is after the exchanges! guards stand outside, blinds an* have closed for th« day. scaled over the windows and all There are fines up to $10,000 and penalties up to 10 years In jail for any. person caught violating tf\e lock-up regulation!;. Years before the present regulations were put In force one man \va.n caught signaling advance Information to a confederate outside with a window shade. He was fined. A total of about 500 crop reports a year arc made by the U.S. Crop Reporting Board, nut only the periodic predictions of the Mze of the most Important ones, such as corn, wheat, otils, and cotton, are prepared in the lock-up. Wages, Profits Up AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGES OF EMPLOYES I 1939 40 41 42 4} 44 45 4« Increasingly high wages and proflls are both conlribulinc factors lo the inflationary spiral. Waccs (left scale on chart) have gone up steadily since 1939. Profits (right scale), were slower getting started, but rose at g sharper angle than wages. Statistics from the Department of Commerce. ' _J Hard at work behind locked doors and drawn bllnls, the Crop Reporting Board gcLi ready to Issue we of it* major predictions^ "Copy desk" Is hcadul by It. K. Smith (end of table), vice chairman. Propagandists Link Pope Y/ith Monopolists MOSCOW, Oct. 9. (UP) — The Soviet propaganda organ Literary Gazette added Pope pins to its growing list of "wur Incendiaries" today and charged that he had put the chinch into what it callc; 1 the flBht of Ainericnn monopolists for world domination. Tlie magaxine followed through on Its attacks on'lhe United Stales and President Truman in particular with a long- criticism of the Pope and what It described as his alliance with the "American monopolists." Fallacy Galileo, contrary to popular opinion, did not invent the telescope. He'was the first to use the instrument for astronomical purposes, however, and made maVy improvements. But the first telescope actually was made in the shop of a Dutch lens'maker, Rans Lippcrshcy, and, courlously. was inspired by a loy made by an unknown boy apprentice. Read Courier News Want Ads. lmtHt — mm* ••* l ficurxir it tfce loot M*>M«.nl, XIV IpYCE w«s curled »p in a chair ' in Happy's room waiting for i«. She studied Happy curiously, «' Happy ram* ki, Hr»sl>ed and itarry-eyed. Aft«r a momtet Joyce said qul- ly, "I thought youl might be wondering nlxnrt Dra, Happy— and ^cwrse George can't tel! YOU the ith about her, so T ttKnighl, as «ne gal to another, I was elected." — Happy was puzzled. "B»t what's .10 torribto iibottt r? She's torely." "Badly spoiled," said Jrycc flat. '^Convinced t>-s sun rises and «ta hist for hor special conven- ce, that she is the most beantl- ,«iir,g in Ihe world, <md that "" ve wry man she crook* K k only what she -:' (~~-rf!o v.'on't pl?v." -_. ftwsherf and Joyce grinned impishly. "Oh, I'm a cat, of eowrsc." !*ie admitted coolly. "But since Dru even more of a cat, the only way to eomb'at her is with tooth and claw. I admit there was a time when I was practically scared out of my skin that she was going to be my sister-in-law—and then you came along!" "Really, Joyce," Hnppy protested hotly, "aren't you rather jumping at conclusions. I mean—well : alter all—" Joyce said gently. "Sorry, pal I always talk too much! Skin it I only wanted to explain that Dri was throwing her weight around itonighf without the slightest nos- sible Gcorse has never •even prclendr>d to he in love with ier. She Jnst decided she'd like o live at Sundown and that she fond of Cleorge, and tried lo varn Hie whole wide world thai she had Ihe Indian sigh on htm. " suppose you can't George ;oo much that he let her gel away with H—until he met you." F.TAPPY was sliding out ot her dress, grateful that in Uie >rocess she could bide her flaming cheeks from Joyce's shnrp eyes. "George can be—terribly nice," observed Joyce thoughtfully. Happy stared at her, surprised. Joyce grinned wryly. "Oh. I'm not low-rating my big brother," she answerer" Happy's ook. "George is all right. He's well, ts "benevolent despot' the hr.ise I mean? I think it's about as close as T can come. You see, he's swell Vo Madelaine and me— as long as we do exactly what he wishes. But he's pretty hipped on Sundown and Hs responsibilities and traditions. And he insists that Madeiaine and I rive here, at least .mtil he's married." with surprise, Happy . 'Joyce, are you trying to say you don't like living here? Why H's the loveliest place—" Joyce nodded, a«d her- look » still wry. "Oh, sura, but T dont«e«n to care »«ch a beck ot ?. lot for—ol tradition, the pnsl and ,£ that I'm sort of interested in a future. She broke off and after a mo ment she turned wrvxkmsty * Happy. "Look, I'm r>ot saying any thin Unmake yo« d*<*«ke George, am "Of course not!" Joyce looked relieved. "Well, pay me no mind. Happy because I'm envious of wha you've had—being free to step oi and make ymir own WBJ imd tint your own friends and be you— not 'a direct descendant the original plantation. 1 " grantee o< Sundow Joyce set her tect Trd in her lower lip and rose lo rr leet. "Once more, I'm talking KJ much. Skip it, Happy. I've had bad case of the blues the lasi ay or so. I'll be nil right after sound night's sleep. See you in ,e morning." The door closed behind h*r be- ore Happy could answer. Bui ong after Happy had turned oul lights and slipped into bed, he lay awake, staring into the rilkncss. troubled and puzzled; ,ot quite sure what it was about oyce that had troubled her. %~HE nwokc to find the room Hooded wilh sunshine, the song •vf birds in her ears, and l.essie, the all yellow-skinned maid, in a risp wliite-and-lavender printed ~otton dress, moving quietly about he room. "Mawnin', miss; is yo' ready to' yo' bre'kfus'?" she asked smiling- y, when she saw that Happy was iwake. "Does I bring it hyeh, o' vould yo' lak to hcv' H down- ;taihs?" "Whichever Is the least trouble, -essic," answered Happy, sliding mt of bed and thrusting her lect nto her slippers. Lessie looked sin-prised. "Hit ain' no trouble, mfee—one way or de oder," she protested. Happy p-innw. »t her tike • conspirator. "Lessie," she soid Hghtty, Tve never had the chance io aetmire the breakfasl-in-bed habit, so I ness I'll hnve it downstairs. hanks." I«ssic chuckled and there ww new warnilh in her eyes. BM* all she said was "Yessum." Joyce had sent up fawn-colored riding breeches, a pongee shirt with a jade green tie, a green sweater, and brown boots. These l.essie helped Happy don. Everything was a good fit except tl>e brown boots, winch were a bit loose. Happy grinned nt herself in tlie mirror, but admitted thai she didn't look too bad. She went down the stairs lo find Joyce and Madclainc nt the breakfast Uiblc on a stm-drenched terrace, which was sheltered from the wind by a tall trclli? thickly covered with clusters of fragrant, deeply pink roses. (To Me CooMnved) PEERLESS CLEANERS Now Heaclqiuirlcvs For Guaranteed • Rug Cleaiiitipr • Curtain Cleaning Dial 2433 4.16' S. Franklin Si. Free Delivery Call PICKARD'S GROCERY Phone 2013 lfl'i'1 FOR SALE 4-in. Concrete Sewer Tile Concrete Culvcrf Tile Size 1(1 in., :i(i in. A. H. WEBB Hwy. fit at State Line rhnnt Blvlhcvlllc 714 •Our Boarding House with Maj. HoopSe !OOTOLNJSM;'ri Asl A'.OIJ&V I E\iER. XrjvAMCeD TO YOO Cf\N\e A BE(XRD ' A OF- BUSSLE eoM, A TOOL 'ROOF D5MIC6 -\O ASS'JRc SVER.VOME eeTTiKSG TO OS5TWCE:-'~A!JD •AX) SCROOGES POOL A PALTRV SlZ.50 OUT OUR WAY By J. R. Williams / T ~ruf~M I/-_I_IT VJ/-U c r-» -ITA 1 1 1- \ ^^^^^^"^^^^^^^^-^ -.—. - . . . . . . \ THOUGHT VOUP TAKE THE B'NBY WHERE SHE COULO SEE BEAUTY, INSTEAD OF UP.BACK A'-LJll'S COLLECT IM& : ; , BOTTLES • SOMES.' _BOgN THIRTY YEARS TOO SOOM AIBRRII.L BLOSSER FHECKLKS & HIS FKIKNDS FELtOW VICTIM OF TUF HIGH COST OF IT IS THE DfClSlOW OF WF EXECUTIVE COMMlTrEE THAT UNTK. KUR.THER- NOTICE TMF V\«OMAN 15 REQUESTED TO PAY/.N FAVOR. OF TVVIRPSEASOM- m SKIIDXO)G>Jn THE AYES HAVE IT: EDITOR M4GOOSLY OF THE SKIDOO WIU- MOW BRIEF fOU' ITS TOO GOOD FOR . THEM.'/ TWIRP SEASON f5 AT KAMO ASAIM- AT THIS TIME LAST ;VEAR..WE WERE GENEROUS ENOUGH TO LET THEGAIi PICK UP THE CHECK. THEY ABUSED THE PRIVILEGE- THEY GOT SILLf NOTiOMS OF EQUALITY. DOWfJ WlTW VIRP seASON! ITS TOO GOOD FOR COWL IX) 1Y Ht A SfRVKC "Yes, sir, in those days we had to offer them almost as much as their old cars were worth just to get them into the showroom! Part of (he Cami>iiii/n You sure did! We were still in high school... I was walking you home from the library. / { wasn't angry! 11 on/y wanted to I impress on you wh3t nice -girl I was! And when I stole a kiss hauled off anc MICHAEL O'MALLEY and RALPH LANE walked wanly past Willquffhby, the piece of poisoned liver concealed in his'h EXACUY.' IIKRETIAS DREAMS NO. LET'S HAVE WITNESSES TO THIS LITTIE TRflNSRCTION-- VET. LET'S GET OH WITH DRAfT- 1HG YOUR LAST VIILL AND TESTAMENT, CREMATED.' WE RE D3AWINS A HEW WIU IN FAVOR OT ANITA, SMELL SOMETHING BURNING. MR. WADHAM SHALL til LUCRE-TIA WITNESS MY WILL, CHIMES. IT AlADf A PRETTY LITHE ' WASH TUBBS Brave, Mister! Bv LESSLIE TURNER wrrwi THftT OUTFIT?!! HURRV: von wis GO OOWNSTMdS VERM VJELL...IF WU RMHEfL CARLO FIMD MOU W tv FEW WlNUttS, !>.MD !AW£ THWWILLHU-THEPAPEKS! I GIVE UP. THERE'S ABSOLUTELY HO JUSTICE AMY MORE-! I 3UST COULDN'T PO IT RMHER. PUT THESE OUMSD KEEPaOSETOTtiE OTHER GIRLS. W ?KS UNNOTICED CMllO C&M SUP OUT OF THEATER Right on the Button FRED HARMAN SS. TO CHECK IKS" , RJ LOOK.NEETAW. WHY DON'T YOU BSfiAK DCWN MJMIT IT WASfVT THAT SLACKED. VOUC. BYE! ITDSAVt A LOT Cf J, STUCK MTH ITj TOOUOLE.' AND NAKE MYSELF A LAUGHING STOCKl NEVER' THATS MY ' 15 A LCN^ TIME, E'JT IT WN'T ANY HCUSHT... OOP WITH KIDNAPING LL.VOU SEE MOO AGAIN/ . 1 EDGAR MARTIN BOOTS AND HKR BUDDIES , OUO '. WOW RN PliXJLtS'i MOTORS, WTftOUT 6OSH, IX)M'T BUST THAT ONE—THE RAG M'\M GIVE HALF A APIECE SI7E

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