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P v*- " ~ BLtTBEVILLB COURIER NEWS TBf COURIER NEWS CO. H W BAQOES. Publisher ' JAMBS L. VZRHOEFT, Editor PAUL D. HUMAN. AdYertlslng Muugrr srs National Advertising ReprewiiUtiTw Witmer Co, New York, Chicago, De- AUusU. Memphis Eyery AtUrnooD 'except Sunday u recond class matter at the post- •t BlythevUle, Ark»nsa», under act of Con- October 9. 1917. Served by the United Press . RATES */ ernter In the city or BlythevUle or any nunrban town where carrier service Is maintained, 20c per week, or 85c per month. Bjr-mall. within a radius of 40 miles, $4.00 per year, ft.OO Jor six months, »1.00 for three months; by mall outside SO mile zone. tlO.OO per year payable in advance. Trite Is Right Section I of the Council of Eco- no'rhic Advisers' first annual reiiovt to tlve President begins thus: "It is trite to observe that the responsibilities of the Chief Executive of the United States and of Congress have grown, enormously in scope and difficulty diir- ing-recerit decades." ;The reader' who hurdles that first apologetic confossion and goes on will find that this isn't the only trite observation in the report. If he wades all the way thiough-—no mean task, for the style is formidably dull even for a government leporl—ho is likely lo emerge with the conviction that the "fujl-employment" act, which set up the Council of Economic Advisors, is not much of a threat to the American way of "business life, if the first sample is a Criterion. "The act, it may be recalled, raqu.ires trfe. Council to "assist and advise" the President in preparing an aiimtiil re- p$rt to Congress.on the economic state of the Union, "and to formulate anc' recommend national' economic policy" which the President will present to Congress for promoting maximum employment, production and purclw-i:.;; power. We don't know whether the members devoted full time during their first ten, months on the Council to "effecting liaison between (the President; and the vabt area of technical services dealing with economic matters ahvady available within the government establishment." But if they did the-were wasting thoir time. ,i_ For judging by the result, they could have spent just a few hours each week reading the papers, listening to radio commentators, and giving heed to Rotary Club speakers, barroom servants and cracker-barrel! philosophers, and come up with something 'just as fresh and informative. Their report-begins with a s-jven- page explanation of what the act is all about, under the apparent assumption that Mr Truman and Congress didn't know It continues with a sec- tion on "The Economic Philosophy of Sustained Employment," of which the following seems to be the gist: "Although American thought lias largely been of the Spartan pattern of self-reliance . ... and although ihe softer Koman philosophy of external salvation has been aggressively sponsored in recent years, wo believe the (Treat body of American thinking 01; economic matters run.s toward a balanced view." The section on the current oiiti"or: for jobs and production gives ua such startling truths as these: "We were not devastated by the war, but emerge with a plant, labor force and technology whose productive capacities exceed anything known in the past We have funds more than adequate to full use of our physical resources. We have a postponed customer deivaml . . . and jmrchasing power which hold potential of some years of front activity." Comes now the climax, a prescription for economic action: "We .wggesl .that the impediments to prosperity in the near future arc of the sort that must Ire worked out, without benefit of direct government intcrvcntiop. through the practical wisdom of management and labor, farmers ain! financiers." What interested us most in the report was to read that the three Advisory Council members, their officers iind employes get a total annual milarv of §34-5,000. That isn't much, as government expenditures go. But if for that sum, the taxpayers who foot the bill arc going to get only a rehash of business columns, editorials, and other sources of thrice-familiar information and opinion, maybe $345,000 IE too much. It might be something for the anti-bureaucracy sleuths to look' into Vicarious Pleasure Two recent strikes by school children in this, our striku-consuiour, land, have been quickly ended. In both cases,' we understand, school authorities were aided by parents who acted in a direct and traditional manner. If, during that time, John L. Lewis' ears—or any other portion of his anatomy-were burning, I, e ln . ty anfc , credit it to the fact that „ gnrt many Jathcrs must have had him in miml while they were applying the hairbrush as an antidote for overblown ambition SO THEY SAY Communism makes no headway where lik'iiLv exists. Poverty is the open door through wmen It enters.—Methodist Bishop B. Dromhy Oxnnm of New York. * * « Preparedness against atomic war is futll, Hiid if attempted, will ruin the structure ol our tccial ordcr.~Dr. Albert Einstein. XIV T straightened in his chair It W ?l/ 10 Use He was absolutely and a blaste <l dumb-bell so h«rd. Every night ^ d aU his 6tu(I P«- Trj- as he would, he V[e to do the hillbilly he'd talked about to Sidney, instead, he invariably wound "Pwith another of these carica- ««^« of his father. He had dozens damned things, done al ran- S?' 51 Wlthou t volition- added balls of paper , thcy the room, pictures of P apa a b " !n Virk," thought _ . A Psychological something." mg over the newest picture rT,,. 3 i arge bullon °" th! = ll l°f t e Ma ' or ' s l «ni= and, on ths button, the v,o-ds: "I Chew Spunky Mold "...A further inn of incipient menial chaos- e, of course, Papa didn't ' 10 / 1 '" ^ eroaned, and down his pencil. It was as she dusted that Sidney «£ upon the, many discorded Pjrta^e* ol Papa. They were all , «pecially the seated poses u e nt Pf Popa as one with the "I she c-arried to room ' sradually accumu- Ile ?' them - ^^ rea »y f bmltted m that con*?* wooljJnV .»»', and * 0 thlnk nofifng would dallt * d with iii « *°mewhere, ""* proo£ tha * j«« an artist the spring wasn't all it should have been, the fault ("dear Brutus ), was not in Sidney's stars, nUlh'V rSClfl Eh ° thought ' ilnd all the Camcr=r.3. Thcy seemed to be immured in some imvard and inviolate preoccupation. Well not quite all. Mamma wasn't Smiling seraphically. Mamma Prepared Rose's convocation wardrobe, buying dress patterns, bolts ot material, sewing steadily, Licking embroidered rufn es and French knots in the most unlikely Places, bunching up miles of baby nbbon into pompons, monogram!? In i mU l Un n: Shtgowns and linen handkerchiefs. Casting aside ccon- f'S" 1 " 101 "' Mamm - had lct "The rest of us will have to <h;mp a little this year," Mamma raid, pitching and smiling, "because the way Rose looks is £o important The convocation may "uture?" elCnCC !n R ° Se ' S wh ^ Sidney knew what was nv-ant J that. Al the Washington r.cep- ions and halls, Hose would be meet, n? numuers o£ \ -« 8 ^ y ° U " e me "' Probably with the Old Dominion bark- outcome, Wh ° COUW f ° resce «" But what about Rose? She didnt want to go to Washington^ S.aney knew U now. Rose was the ih» ,° -, PerS °" who can Slnilc over h tailgate of a tumbrel, but was no heart behind her smile, as she stood long hours for fittings, whipped seams, ran strips of velval and grosgrain through eyelet.,. Something was definitely aimso with Rose but even adroit questioning elicited no clues rf HEN there «>a* s Papa, morc do _ tached than ever, an abstraction so profound that Sidnev Doubted if heknewitw^'^ ' hnowin K' would liave a negative way. 1'apa was amiable, not protesting that Miss Amy squandered the housekeeping money on finery for Rose going bravely out on his roule Yet Papa was not himself Sidney had tried to diagno so 11 e change in Papa. H couldn't bo duo to flashes of literary inspiri" l»n. for he had sh cl ve<f l"f precious manuscript as i£ f or good . And ho was surprisingly brisk, almost breezy, though this briskness -.«s for himself only. Briefly Sidney had wondered if a lardy romance might have beset Papa An untenable idea ("Just my evi" mmd," thought Sidney, without shame) because you could as easily imagine fluttenngs- in the bronze breast of Abraham Lincoln's slalue slanding in the courthouse square. Uut there were all those morning promenades to the St. George. Several times a week Ari W ?" 1 '" lbc llolc! to s « Mr M| grnn. Well, who was this Mr. Milgrirn, nnd why was he intcr- w^ i", Papa '' Ingenious as she was, Sidney couldn't ihink that .ipa was ever interesting lo anybody—so he must be up lo some- tiling. But what? * « * r pHE lag ends of Sidney's (hink- mg had to do with herself. E-very spring for several years, she nad made it a practice to fall in ovc-not so deeply ( | !a i it hml b t just for the fun of it_anci this year loo she had rather rnn! UflCCt ,°, U "" inlc '' 1 ^c of innocent fhrlahon, perhaps with Basil, s ncc he was ri s ht at hand nnd she was sure of his reflexes. Indeed, she had exerted some effort to sec Basil in a rom?nlic light- saturalmg herself with violet cologne, she had sat for hours before the gramophone lisleninq to a tenor voice singing the "Bedouin ove Song." But it wouldn't work. The idea of Basil in a lurban and one of those flowing white robes was just too ludicrous. A' 1 '"? ?f raid " 'bought Sidney, wS« « 'T c , ul ' cd mc for e°«d." Not that she had actually cared a fig for Ace. . , . It was m ighly funny, though, about him; and she somelimes had Iho notion she would meet him again. . (To B< Coulinu«a> BI.YTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS What a Way to Spend Christmas Week THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2(3, 1!MG HOLLYWOOD . . ** WASHINGTON COLUMN BV I'KTKR EDSON NEA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, Dnc. 20. (NEA) —It Is himl for most people to ical- *c It, but the United SI sites Is still n dancer of Inflation, rcsiilliim in a boom followed uy n bust. To some >eoplc it is apparent thnt the inflation is already here, mid how One reason it is difficult to put his over is thnt the United States las never hnd ruinous inflation of he kind Eiiropa nnd China have >ad. Today's made-in-Amcriea in- latlon is the slow, cecping variety •hat makes everyone dnnikcnly mppy before it knocks him out. Tiiis is not advanced an an -117,11- nent for tlie return of price cbn- .rols of any kind. That's all f.tyxn '.he drain. No one cmi suy ivi'li assurance that inflation could have Jcen avoided if price controls had been retained a little longer. Psv- chologically, price controls liccim,- .niliossihle. People wi-rc tirc'c! (« them. They had to come off. ' Today's unhuppy situation must us looked at from two point's ol view— the consumer's and the producer's. As analyzed by Department i,f Commerce statisticians, the dollar volume of consumer purchases is not abnormally high, consfderin" today's high wages and hl»h incomes. But what has happened is that purchases of non-dnrabl.< or soft" goods are way 'high, while purchases of durable or 'hard" goods are very low PRICES RISK, SAVINGS DROP Food stores, restaurants. clolhiuK and department stoics, jew.-l'y ami irug stores all show sales f,v-- \n excess or whin, they should ba for a (air share of the consumers' Jui- nrs. On the other hand, auto rucn. ties, lurnUui'C, electrical B ooris and household appliance dealers show soles far below what thcv r,honM be 1 he reason for the cilslortio-i ;< hat the hard goods have not yet b=en produced in quantity .snffk-v-nt to meet demand. Since there a rein enoush hard goods, people !lr - spondiiiB their money on soft roods People are saving only half or" what hey did in wartime. Credit reslrl-- tions have been rased The result is that the pric-s ,.r good, clolhing, jewelry and other soft Roods arc still going up. Thcv nay be expected to continue lo vise urn, one of (wo lh i,, 8 s h,,,,,,.,," When the production of soft -r.o-\- -xcecds the demand, prices \v'li iy forced down. Or when the p.wtuc- on of hnr,l „««.., ilKK ^ % «iil buy more automobile.-; hmi'v" hold appliances and such tl,i,','V. ; Ihe demand for soft goods .sho-.d,! then slacken. Either way, th-ru is he possibility of a break in n-ic'- for the .soft goods now soak:,'" „,' more than their share of rtofc, ' On the producers' side, one of ti,n Greatest sources of danger h " cut accumulation of invru r Here the Commerce l)j whole have not risen as mucii r.s consumers' prices. Metals and raw materials arc not much alx>ve wartime levels. But building inati-nals. farm products and food are way .t-.it. ol line, lor reasons mentioned above and as everyone knows. U is now ii:-.s :j . :: .j there must be more productlo:i to get prices down—six months or a year of uninterrupted production. More .striker; at this time would be ruinous. The- would only delay production tha! much more and further delay necessary price adjustment. There can -_, e ;:o denying, that lower income groups arc pariiculurl; hard hit by today's high prices fo food, clothing and shelter. Thei relief can come through highc. wages. But producers wll; unquestionably 'pass on any wage increase! in higher prices. And th? hii?iie. prices go, the greater the rcartjusi' ment will he later. It is in this ic- adjustmcnt downward that the boom turns into a bust. supply pipelines were cmpfv hv >oy and had to be filled. •»=,-,,„. Ixxttcnccks in urorluclion-pir's ,r ntitos. for instance-made ino-e •^'•.v to -pile up aocmnuh'o >',',- scml-nnlshed articles. Bcram- l> •„ ' ness uncertaim.v-p r j C( "eo control, recontro. a n ORK STRIKKS 3IKAX KflV U has not UC en Iom)rt t , ( , ' •ones today are too hbh lor "it levels of bush,™. ° nvcntorles has. howev FRANKINCENSE /" IS_C5i.-V!N2p FROAV TREES/ TO PREVALENT BELIEF YOU DON'T HAVE TO SLEEP ON YOUR BACK TO IN AN GARrH<S?L-'A»<E> <«s^ftffl^™ THE ACTION is f-.AUSED BY A BREAK IM AN UPPER LAYER OF EARTH. BV EK.SKINK JOHNSON NBA Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD _ (NEA)- '"me Cantor Story" | S j n n le |, ag as a movie, Eddie tells us, and the official announceineiit will be made by a major studio in a few weeks. Like Al jolson, Eddie will step aside and let another actor Impersonate him while he sings the songs. We stand corrected on our report that Eddie's "Show Business" was only mildly successful. "It grossed $2,000,000," Eddie said, "and that's more than being mildly successful." Producer Ring Crosby is having trouble with -lAbie's Irish Itose." Minneapolis theater exhibitors are claiming the film Is "offensive to religious and racial segments." Why, we don't understand. Il's Hie same old "Kose." Hollywood has seen the handwriting on the wall and has started to retrench. Movies these days Just aren't bringing in the money they did during the boom "war years. M-G-M has quietly dropped 72 players and .writers, cutting the weekly payroll by $200,000. ANOTHER "ROAD" COMING Hope, Lnmour and Crosby hove hit the road again—this time "The Road to Rio." Bing plays a crooner, Scat Sweeney, and Hope is a trumpet player, Hot Lips Martin. They stow away on a luxury liner bound for Rio and help Dottie escape Jrom a loveless marriage. This time Blng gets her in the final reel. The boys take tun/ winning Dottie in these "Road" ,'ilms. Speaking of King, ],i s first technicolor picture, "The Em- peror Waltz," was sneak-previewed (he other night. On« fan wrote on her preview card: "Where did Uing gel those Kg blue iye?" And speaking of Hope, during Ihe coal strike lie was watching Binj diive some Kolf bilLs for a gag scene in "Variety Girl." "If you dig an Inch deeper," observed Bob, "John L. Lewis won't like it." Betty Grable has tired of hearing the neu-s that this, that or |j| the other musical is positively hei- ™ last song-and-dance effort, and that from now on she'll take only straight dramatic roles. "For my money," she says, "the musical makes more people happier than any other sort of film. I like musicals. I think I do them well. Why should I change?" THE -IT" GIRL RETURN'S Clara Be*, queen of the flap- pera era in Hollywood, will be seen on the screen again in "Variety Girl." H's for a movie within a movie, in which Paramount dusted off a scene from "Wings." Clara retired from the screen 15 years ago and is now living quietly on a Nevada ranch with her husband, former cowboy star Rex Bell. There has been a cycle of unseen doubles in Hollywood. But movie-stunt-pilot Paul Mantz lops them all in "Blaze of Noon." Sterling Hayden, Bill Holden, Sonny Tufts, Johnny Sands and Bill Bendix will play airmail pilots—and Mantz does the flying I for each of them. Director Edtiie Buw.elf >vps introduced to a visitor 'from Russia .who said: "I've come here to find |out what makes Hollywood tick" , Replied Buzell: "When you find out. let me know." 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X TRUST YOU ) SPENT A MERRY CHRISTMAS & AND ANTICIPATE A. SPu&MDiD \^ ( OM HWslD TO HELP WITH THE (£ ' fttUSlC FOR THE OVJtS CUUB ' WATCH PARTY FESTNITIHS? NO HOWLS CLUB FOR . -"- SIX DOLLARS -L LOS£ TO DEN\ ROPPERS BLAYIW& POV "feO T. <V\f- J VK»t= • '• R6SOLUTIOMS TO BL/XV •^•"PNE DIKJ& MEX'MEAR BUL ANSWER: Myrrh olso is made from trees. SIDE GLANCES Out Our Way BvJ. R Williams SJO, NO-NOT \ J AM' THOSE'SUYS DOMT ANOTHER INCH OF SHOVELIW' US--THIS ENOUGH TO SHOW 'EM HOW WONDERFUL IT IS. DARE CHAMGE THEIR MIMDS NOW AHOOT SKATIM; WITH TK GIRLS ALOMG- HAHTA SHOVEL.' "We've goiie «)vny over our budget—we'll have to cash in a c:Mn|e of new car deposits!'!