The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 14, 1951 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 14, 1951
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FRIDAY, 'WlOBMBBh '14, 1961 (ARK.) UUDKIBR. KKWI PAQ Mrs. Gape Says This Is Why— I Choose America Ohio Mother W/io Turned Down English Estate Answers British Critics (EDITOR'S NOTE: Mrs. James X. Gape U the wife of the.Cuya- hof» Falls, .O., valve salesman who Inherited 1270,008 from ma | English cousin—but only on con" ditioa the Gapet move to England and lire on the old estate that had been In the family for WO ;'5 yean. The Gapes' tentative re- r "Jectlon of their English Inherlt- • < ance In favor of a comfortable suburban home and an American upbrlnf Inr for their children 'touched off a wave of criticism from England—criticism which In. spired Mrs. Gape to tell "Why I • Choose America.") • •-•• By MRS. JAMES N. GAPE . (As told to Doyle F. Since ••'•'''• NBA STAFF Correspondent) '.* ' CUYAHOGA FALLS. O., Dec. 14 •• (NBA)—Lots of people gave the "Gapes free advice when we, were In ' a quandary over whether to move to 'England to quality lor Cousin .Sibyl's inheritance. ' Much of it was good, much of it . mercenary and some of it from 'sheer crackpots. "''But it was a woman newspaper writer in the London Daily Express •, .^'ho really set my blood . boiling her scathing comments that —at any prlcel" It set me burning at first, I should say—because, after my original "lemme-zcratch-her-eyes-oul" reaction, the article really aet me to thinking. I might explain that the clipping was given me by a. gracious neighbor, who held it until several weeks after the "storm"—a storm that included not only our tough decision over the will, but a set-to with measles,, mumps and the birth of our third baby. Neighbor Was Eight The neighbor (Igured that th« English newspaperwoman'* comments would just upset us more. She was right... "No, Mrs. Gape," the British lady wrote, "America wouldn't be my choice. "Not lor me a daughter who is a specimen of that astonishing phenomenon, American womanhood — the best dressed and the most spoiled, the best looking and worst educated, the broadest cmilers and the worst, coots . . ." Wowl . . . spoiled . ... worst educated. . . . I'll have her know I'm a good cook—and, what's more, most ol. the young housewives I appeared under the heading, "So Mrs. Gape wouldn't live in England hMoty book*. ' I think we need In America, more than anything «Ue. a good example. Something unavailable and above Mproach. Th» English have it in their royal family. We don't have anything like it- As a result, we're groping blindly for something, and we can't tell for sure what it Is. The family here in America isn't what it u«d to be. The tendency it to let the children take command. run things to suit themselves. And where could you find worse tyrants than among undisciplined, over-coddled kids? They manage this better in England, too, I must admit. A Real Experience It was a real experience for me to see my two youngsters (there are three now) react -to our Aunt e»«tjrOody Kitty early when we went to England this, year: Aunt Kitty 1s a tu> utd off church— but, onc« you've don* "I DON'T WANT TO MOVE ANYWHERE"—Mrs. James N. Cape •its in her living room at Cuyahofa Falls, U. S. A., with daughter Grace, 5. The Capes hive two other children, David 8, and a four- month-old son. Their 'belief that conditions in England "surely aren't food for raising children" stirred up the bitterest ol all crit- , icism over turning down British estate. clincher, however. It said: "But, our great traditions, dishonored GAPE HOUSE IN ENGLAND: This home In St. Michael's Manor at St. Albans Is one of two country houses and three farms Included in the English inheritance Mr. and Mrs James N. Gape tentatively 'rejected. "They have turned down," wrote a cauatlc critic in the London. Dally express, "an old Elizabethan country house aiandisf . rivate acres, old furniture and good pictures, elegant 7 - ehlna are glass, a as a country squire and his lady—and a fortune to keep it going." Critic glossed over {he Capes' reasoning tlrU British Inheritance taxes would make It difficult to 'run *._ ' . such leisurely life. ixmaoi] t - in priva . and rar they (that's the Gapes) plumped In the end lor the country that believes absolutely in creating something new—but -perhaps has not learned the pleasure of keeping alive something old." Maybe she has something there. Maybe here in America we HAVE tailed to keep alive that "something old." Maybe that's why our papers have so many stories about • tax: scandals and other dishonesty In government, about gambling fix- e* of-sports*events, shocking dope and sex stories involving our youngsters. About Our Morals Maybe it's why public.morals have • eunk so low, why the morale ol our country has sagged, why Americans are confused and' unhappy in the midst cf plenty. We've moved so fast to get so much that we've thrown overboart our nation's founding fathers. Men like Washington. Jefferson and Lincoln had so much that was good— still gcod today—but the school children hardly, encounter it, and by the time they're grown the stately person, dignified, somewhat like Queen Mary. David and Grade were craz> about her. But, they were awed bj her. too, and treated her with great respect. It was the sort of respecl Aunt Kitty was accustomed to receive from English children of their age. To me, it pointed up the difter- ence In training youngsters get in a well-run, evcrything-on-schedule English household, compared to the hurry-scurry, hair-pulling, klcls-ln- command rat-race that sometimes passes for the American home. Don't get me wrong, please. I'm not running down this great country of ours. It's the greatest in the world, to be sure. And don't forget the Gajx>s chose it in preference to sizeable fortune in England. But 6till, I think there are things going on here that we ought to worry about. Things we should criticize frankly, and things we should get tip en our hind legs and tlo something about. Americans Are Insecure With all our social security, insurance against everything and other pre-fabricated securities, I ue- lieve Americans arc among the most Insecure people on earth. My grandmother had a woman come in and do her washing, and still she worked 10 times as hard as I do. Yet, I believe Grandmother and the washerwoman both en- Joyed more real security than I and my automatic washer put together. ,.• Maybe the answer lies in a return to faith, more faith in ourselves, more faith in God. Maybe sve'll find that example we need •wybodr IMX » lot txttor for *. Mayb« part of to* ancwar He* in our aehoota. They've bMn nagtected far too long. The British lady aays 'the American standard of education U u far below ours ai ours Is below the French." Why should America's educational aytUm b» below anybody's; If we're the richest, most fortunate people on earth then we deserve the best schools, the best teachers, the best educated p*opl« on earth. W* Mn»t Matnrt All the good things, all the comforts and conveniences that America can give us, won't amount to anything unless we become mature, integrated Individuals, with (as the book* say) peace of mind and soul Now, don't, please, write me nasty letters and say. Mrs. Gape, if you don't like It here, why don't you go over to England and live?" 1 haven't said I don't like it here, I do. Alter moving 10 times in 10 years, to keep up with the Navy and with my husband getting readjusted to civilian life, I don't want to movr anywhere. I like it line right here in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S.A. 'But, I feel strongly, as I said Missionaries Should Leave China, Soy 2 Recently Freed American CatHolks HONG KONG, Dec. 14. (AP) —I Two American Catholic, priests,! newly freed from Bed China prisons, aaid today there was no longer any • sense In missionaries r*- ttalning In China. The Rev. Thomas Stephen Langley, 47, of Framingharn, Mass., who served 13 years in China, arrived In thU British colony Wednesday after a public trial by the Reds in Kwangii Province, South China.- He said during the trial he was forced to kneel with a rope looped around.his neck and stretching to his hands which were bound behind his back. Nervously clutching a Bible, rather Langley talked to correspondent* at the Maryknoll Mission In Kong Kong. He said he was "convicted" last that there are things we ought to Improve here. And I believe that every one of us ought to give real thought and effort to finding ways to-erase our country's black marks and make America better. This is just one of the ways I've elected to try to help do it. Saturday and sentenced to expulsion from China while at leaat I,. 000 onlookers screamed "Kill him I". He was charged with bejnj "an American jpy" and with giving Chinese medicine* to "count« - revolutionaries." He had been arrested nine day» earlier. ' The other missionary, -the er. Mark Tennien, 51. of Plttsford, Vt., who spent J3 years In China, said he was Imprisoned in Kwangsl for thre months and finally was released because his- Jailers believed he was dying of dysentery. Both men told of continued executions of Chinese In group* o 19 to 15 a day In their small area. Father Tennien said » Communist official told him the first eix months of the "land reform" in, Kivangsi had brought about 180,000 to 190,000 executions, Both priests said It was useless for missionaries to remain In Red China because they are not permitted to carry on their work or even to move about. The 1912 eruption of Mt. Zatmal Alaska, was heard 7SO miles. WUR CHILD MAY How food to have St. Joseph' Aiplrin For Children handy! Orftnert flavored. Tabltti art >'. adult dose. Bur It now. 50 Ubleti Me. SI. JOS EM] • ASflBII • j FOtdtlllKRJ in our churches. But, not nearly enough of us go to church. It's a. to get a young family names are just something fut ol|out ol bed on Sunday morning, get GAPE HOUSE IN t. S. A: Here'* where the Gapes live In Cuya- hogn Falls,' O. They turned down life In England, cominL-nted Iheir critic In the London newspaper, "in favnur of everything that so many Americans spend a lifetime working to get—a (.mail modern house with central fceatinri a. Job (with proapects] In American commerce;' a refrigerator, a washing machine, • car {maybe two) and a television set/' Final disposition of the estate In England [which the London writer described as "everything H> many British couples spend a lifetime working towards and dreaming about"! f& still pending. 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