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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 3, 1950
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F4BKIXX ULYTHEVILLE '(ARK.)' COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1950' Sewer System Presents Problems Weary of the rising tide of complaints about a long-recognized problem, Mayor Doyle Henderson yesterday offered a representative group of Blytheville citizens a feasible plan to obtain a new sanitary sewer system for the city. This plan calls for purchase of the 'Blytheville Water Company by the city. During the past several years, the growing need for a new sewer system has brought increasing discussion of means to this end. And despite all the talk of bond issues and the probable amount needed to meet this end, this plan marks the first overt action insofar as presenting a workable plan is concerned. It is a plan which few —if any—persons other than city officials have considered. Purchase of the water company is being advocated to provide the basis for a revenue bond issue to finance construction of a new sewer system. As the name implies, B revenue bond issue must have behind it a source of income with which the bonds can be retired. Because of the critical need for a new sewer system, we would endorse purchase of the water company—but only as a last resort. The utility should be purchased only after every possible avenue oC sewer planning has been explored, only after every potential solution has been attemp- ed and proved impractical. For this investigation of all methods of solving our. sewer problem, the people of Blytheville are looking to their mayor and aldermen. It is squarely up to these elected representatives of the citizens of-Blytheville to pursue every plan of action suggested in the search for a solution. And if purchase of the water company should prove to be the only answer to our problem, then we would endorse it with the reservation that such support was NOT equivalent to approval of ownership of a public utility by a municipal government. JMayor Henderson made it clear that he, too, was opposed to ownership of a utility by a municipal,-state or federal government. If this were proposed for any other reason than that of ending a critical sewer problem, we would not hestiate to join the mayor in firmly opposing such a move. The city, however, is faced with a critical problem which justifies an "extraordinary solution. Were it not for the necessity of providing this basis for a revenue bond issue, we would not hestiatc to join Mayor Henderson in firmly opposing such a step. There are only two ways to float a bond issue to finance sewar construction, and one is undesirable from the outset. One type of bond issue would result in a lien against all real estate in the city.' Since there are four bond issues of this type still outstanding—for City Hall, Blytheville Hospital, Walker'"Park and the new schools—it would be unwise to add another. There is left then only a revenue bond issue. Without a .source of income such as a water company to retire such indebtedness, a revenue issue becomes what is known as a "gambler's bond." This results from lack of means to enforce collection when revenue is in the form of a sewage assessment merely added to a consumer's water bill or collected outright. There would be no way to enforce collection of such a charge except through civil action in Chancery Court. And, as anyone who has sued to collect a small amount of money knows, the cost of such court action generally exceeds the return. .Realizing that revenue with which to retire this type of issue is never certain; bond houses quite naturally are reluctant to handle these bonds except at high rates of interest. The uncertainty of collecting charges with which to pay off such an issue has given rise to the term "gambler's bond." Figures compiled by Mayor Hender- THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE 'COURIER NEWS CO H. W HAINES. Publisher HARRY A. HAINES. Assistant Publisher A. A. FKEDRICKSON. Associate Kdttor PAUL D HUMAN. Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co, New York, Chicago Detroit. Atlanta, Memphis. • Entered as second class matte, at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act ol Congress, October B. 1911. Member ol The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier In the city of Blythovllle or any suburban town where carrier service Is maintained, 20c per week, or 85c per mouth. ny mall, within a radius of 50 miles S4 00 per year, $2.00 for six months, $1.00 for three months; by mall outside 50 mile rone, $10.00 per seat payable In advance. son on the basis of the water company's current gross income show that the city could retire bonds floated for the utility's purchase and still have anywhere from ?25,000 to $35,000 left, 'These funds, could, in turn, be used to retire bonded indebtedness incurred in construction of the much-needed sew- s er system. In such a move as purchase of the water company, there would not be the expense of an election which would he required to float a bond issue secured by a lien on real estate. The purchase could be made by action of the City Council. But because of the importance of this move, the council has wisely decided to seek public reaction to the proposal be- ' fore acting on it. Hence the plan was presented to the Community Service Council, which represents every type of civic-minded organization in the city. Public support oC this move to obtain a new sewer system for Blytheville also will help open Ihe way to further growth by the city. As the sewer situation now stands, this growth is blocked. With a sewer system constructed to accomodale a city of about 5,000 still in use and daily proving more inadequate, new industries are not likely to consider Blytheville a good place to locate. Continued construction of houses is steadily increasing the load on existing sewage facilities. During the frequent' rainy spells, and even during the not- so-rainy ones, a portion of the city's street and sanitation personnel is occupied with the pumping out of septic tanks.' A sudden load will be placed on the city's already antiquated sewer system when the scheduled construction of more than 200 low-cost public housing units is completed here. It is highly improbable that even the first project could be handled by present sewer facilities. In at least one'case, this poorly-treated sewage is ftinnelcd into storm sewers. Needless to say, this creates foul-smelling aiid iinhealthful situations in areas through which pass drainage ditches that these storm sewers join. The matter of health is again brought out in the fact that sewage here receives only one stage of "digestive" treatment in our present septic-tank system. Sanitation experts are agreed that at least five stages of treatment are needed to dispose of sewage and to leave the water discharge relatively unpolluted. Another aspect brought up by Mayor Henderson also desprves closest consideration. This part of the plan foresees the growth of vBlytheville into a-city twice its present size and calls for a sewer system that will accomodate this increase. This, in the long range view, is perhaps one of the most vital considerations. Blytheville is still growing. It is not impossible to conceive of its expansion to a city twice the present size. But without a new sewer system, the city's growth is stunted. Public recognition of the truly critical sewer situation we face will go far toward bringing about prompt action for a solution to what is undeniably Blytheville's No. 1 problem. Meditations But the people held their peace, ami answered him not a word: for (he king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.—II Kings 1S:^B. * « * I think the first virtue is lo restrain-the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is In the right.—cato. Barbs Why Not Right Away? Dr. Fuchs Is Tragic Example Of Deathly Grasp of Moscow Sunday School Lesson Ephesus, In the days of the Roan Empire, was the capital of the Honian province of Asia. Situated at Ihe mouth of a river, three miles from the sen, its ample pott made it a most 'Important point on the route of trade between Home and Ihe east. Silt from the river made constant care necessary to maintain the port, and after the decay at Rome the harbor began to fill up. place is Inland was associated and the modern frnm the sea. Much interest By DeWItt MacKenrle AP Foreign Affairs Analyst There Is a,,tragle lesson In the case of Dr. Klaus Fuchs, 'naturalized British subject who has been con- v'cted In London of betraying Anglo-American atomic secrets and has. been sentenced to 14 years in prison. • The moral Is that anyone who subscribes to Communism ' of the Soviet brand pledges his loyalty Moscow, Irrespective of his natloi allty. A lot of folks seem to have failed to grasp that cardinal fact, and It may be lhat Fuchs was one of those who missed the point— until it was too late. Pnehs was a German subject who fled Nazi persecution In 1933 and was given refuge in England. He was a brilliant physicist and was given opportunities to become one of the world's outstanding atomic experts. Finally lie was loaned lo America to work on the atomic bomb. toj iff *' with the place, but its significance for our story, drawn from Acts 19. was In the strength of Its pagan religion, which centered In the goddess, called Diana In Acts, but actually the goddess Artemis. This goddess, reputedly fallen from heaven, was worshipped In many parts of the east as the huntress _ and also as the manybrcasted god- In 1932 and he clung (o this Ideology, dcss of fertility, wllh rites In her Naturally the time arrived when worship of a degraded nature to Moscow put the finger on'him and Dr. Fuchs had become a member of the German Communist Party PETER EDSONS Washington Hews Notebook Washington Lobbying Show Has Big Cast and Some Pretty Good Plots WASHINGTON _<NEA)— Every so oltcn. It is useful to make a list of what some of the bigger lobbies and pressure groups i n Washington are working for and are up to. It gives a better Idea of what goes on here. It helps explain why a lot of things are or aren't being done by Congress. Biggest lobbying activity In town right now Is on tax reduction. Over 200 organizations and individuals wanted to testify on this subject before the House Ways and Means Committee. The Job of chopping down the witnesses to manageable numbers was tremendous. Perhaps the newest organization to appear on the lobbyir.^ front in this connection is' a National Committee for Repeal of Wartime Excise Taxes, of New York. President Truman has of course recommended cutting excise taxes only to the extent that other taxes are raised. But the N. C. for R. of W. E. T. sent a high-powered delegation to town to insist on "across the board" repeal of excise taxes. Among its witnesses were Eric Johnson of the movies, Andre Bulova of the watch company, Louis Ruthenburg of Serve!. I Stanley Ruttcnbcrg of CIO also favored repeal of excise taxes, but the similarity stopped there. Incidentally, the economic adviser to the N. C. for R. of W. E T. was non other than your old friend Leon Henderson, once boss of OPA and generally damned then as the enemy of all businessmen. Right up the same alley, the Radio Manufacturers Association was on hand to register a protest again Treasury's proposal to ship a 10 per cent tax on new TV set purchases. ; Even PctriHo's In The Act ' James C. Petrillo of the musicians' union wants the 20 per cent' entertainment tax cut. He says this. tax is responsible for the 23 per; cent drop in cabaret and dance hall ! business in the last two years, with ] resulting unemployment for h i s < musicians. But he doesn't explain j why admissions were so high before, under the same tax. American Automobile Association. Automobile Manufacturers' Association, American Trucking Associations and simitar groil|>s arc concentrating against automobile and lubricating oil excise taxes. National Associated Businessmen, Inc., announces a two-day crusade to have Congress put a Uix on all co-operative businesses. National Highway users Conference is interested In seeing that gasoline and auto tax recepits are used only for the building and maintenance of roads. Railroads arc fighting Post Office and Justice Department 4t- forts to get a full Interstate Commerce Commission trial on the railroads' request for a mail pay increase, without trial. American Farm Bureau Federation is opposing boosts on parcel post rates. The national magazines are bucking proposed increases In second-class mail rates. Pacific Steamship Association and a number of West Coast Chambers of commerce and trade associations are waging a campaign to have Panama Canal tolls reduced. Aircraft Industries Association is plugging a proposal to have" the government finance the building of jet-powered transport and cargo plane prototypes, on the grounds this subsidy is necessary for defense. Veterans' organizations are all attacking Hoover Commission reports, as they would erans' Administration tion, the handling of affect Vct- reorganiza- vets' insurance, GI benefits and hospitals. Real Estate Lobby Shows Muscle National Association of Home Builders and National Association of Real Estate Boards 'are trying to block passage of the Administration'-^ middle-income and co-operative housing aid bill. The United States Cuban Sugar Council is protesting again restrictions on imports of raw sugar from the island. National Petroleum Council has a war on against the British decision to cut down on imports of oil from the U. S. and other areas which require payment for the oil in dollars. And so on. But of all the pressure groups operating in Washington, union labor headquarters arc now the most vocal and put out the largest volume of stuff. They take stands on everything, whether the issue has anything to do with labor or not. For instance, they protest to the State Department on the furnishing of arms to the Arabs by the British. CIO Executive Board, at its recent one-day session In Congress, passed resolutions on 22 djfferent subjects now before Congress and the administrative agencies In some form. It takes a smart congressman to chuck all this stuff In the waste basket, or let it flow- in one ear and out the other, in order to make up hEs own mind on all I: the national Interest- IN HOLLYWOOD Ky Krskine Johnson NKA Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD — (NEA) — There's ' Ruth's portrayal of o fame-hungry great deal of second guessing rtoll equals Oliva^Mlc Havilland's - • • histrionics in "The Heiress." My supporting performance award goes to another news reporter, happily-married Lucien Haas, who Sec HOLLYWOOD Page 11 An Illinois man lias been resralned from hyp- noizing his wife. Another fellow ivho doesn't know the honeymoon Is over. * » » An appropriate slogan for New York during the water shortage days If at first you don't succeed, dry, dry again. * » » In an eastern college the girts take fencing lessons between the morning and afternoon classes. Their lunge hour. * * * No one ever cleaned up by constantly belling on he horses, says r writer. Not by a long shot! a going on in Hollywood about how much money "Strombolt" will make nt the box office as a result of Rossellini's new theme song. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby." The figures range all the way from $10,000,000 to StS.OOO.OOO. Ingrld and Roberto certainly will have no financial worries. With their agents, MCA, they formed a company to product,- the film. They will collect BO per cent of the profits, RKO 40 per cent. * * * Don't take seriously the denial by the parents of Elizabeth Taylor that she Is engaged to young Nicky Hilton, heir to the Hilton Hotel //j Q CfOOll fortune. I expect Liz and Nicky i of diamonds by Mr. Ackerman sitting- South, Mrs. Ackermnn dropped the nine-spot. When Earl continued \vith the ace she dropped the eight. East had followed with which perversions of that conccp tion easily led. Here, it Ephesus. was a great temple to the goddess. Thronge to worship nt various times of the year,an<i the worship and the throngs marie much oppor- :»;n'ty for profitable business. Worshippers in the temple presented shrines demanded that he divulge the atomic secrets of America and Britain. Doclnr Was Shocked? ' Perhaps the doctor was shocked at first. Who can say? In any event as he himself has said, he split his personality Into two parls, one loyal to the west and the other paying devotion to Communism. to the goddess, In this uncertain state of mind Among the poor srch shrines were | Dr. Fucbs 'deliberately betrayed the of terra cotia, but the rich pre- land which had given him refuge. sei'.ted shrines of silver. The terra cotta shrines were later thrown out by the priests, but the silver shinies were hung In the temple. And he divulged top secrets of the United States which is an ally of Britain. When the law finally caught up until great quantities had gathere<i I with him. Dr. Fuchs said why, yes, and they were melted down. Obviously the making of such shrinrs was very profitable to the silversmiths, and they naturally were stirred up when the worshippers fell off under the success of Paul's Christian teaching—Paul nearly three years in the city—and the demand for silver shrines declined. Among themselves . they said, 'Our craft is in danger"; but that mi^bt not have been of much appeal to people unconcerned about he had given the secrets (o Russia. We are not (old whether he fully recognized the enormity of riu crime at that lime. He that as m^l he finally realized what he had done, for Sir Hartley Shawcross. the prosecutor at the trial, pictured the prisoner as "disillusioned and ashamed." The piesldlng Judge, Lord Chief Justice Gicldard, summed up the case In part like this: "You have betrayed the hospitality and protection given you with the their profits. So they made a re-j grossest treachery. You have done ligious issue of it, concealing their --="•"-"« v..™, »-«*»- *- ".'- >—.• personal interest and stirring up prejudice, by crying that the great goddess and her temple were being despised, and her magnificence destroyed. Their ruse worked to the extent that a great riot was started In which Christians and Jews would have been in danger of being killed, had not the town clerk managed to stop the riot and dismiss the assembly. The interesting story is old, but ever new. Never, when great reforms are plcnned, or. effort Is made to suppress vice, or antisocial practices, arc these things defended for what they are. It Is not so long ago that the most ardent advocates of liquor were decrying the saloon, and giving the strongest assurances that it would never return. But the rallying cry was aoout "personal liberty." The gambling Interests today have entrenched themselves around the taxes they pay for old age pensions, and if profits from doubtful things arrange for taxes to go for schools, or foi some other socially worthy project, their defense Is secure. Disreputable businesses shelter themselves around what will happen to reputable business if they are suppressed. Ancient Ephesus Is not as old as it seems. 75 Years Ago In Blytheyille— Donna Wunderlich, daughter ofi Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wunderlich, had 1-1 boys and girls as her guests for a party Friday afternoon In celebrating her sixth birthday. Games prizes were won by Anna Clara Wil- scn of Luxora, and Chester Caldwell. Each child received a top as a favor. 1 The plant of the Nu-Wa Cleaners in the Ingram building, has been sold by J. G. Barnes to Mr. and Mrs. J.: W. Dickerson of Detroit. Mr. Barnes established the plant here 18 years. ago. Mrs. Fred Goldner of Nashville, rreparable harm both to this land and the United States of America ind you did it—as your statement shows—clearly for the purpose of 'urthering your political creed. "Your statement shows the depths of self deception to which people ike yourself can fall. "Your crime is only thinly differentiated from high treason. 1 * Did Dr. Fuchs fully realize all this when a Red agent first cornered him and demanded the atomic secrets? Or is Fuchs one of those cases whose minds are ideologically wool-gathering most of the time? One for All, Elc. There are a lot of folks who, when mention is made of. Communism, think In terms of the somewhat benevolent brand of the Ism whilBf existed long ago. That was a Utopian ideal in which the members of the community lived In brotherly love and shared equally—one for all and all for one. It's a far cry from that Communism to the creed of the present day Bolshevism. The current brand, calls for one world, and Ihe capital would be Moscow, with the sovereignty of all nations resting in the Kremlin. In- short, every citizen of that world would be answerable to Moscow. That's what Dr. Fuchs finally came up against, and what every dyed-in-the-wobl Communist must face. There Is growing recognition of this truth. We see evidence of that . In the Fuch strial, and I believe the Fuchs case was reflected in some degree In the recent British general election. Communism got a terrific knock In the eye. There were 100 Communist candidates for parliament, Including'two members of the previous commons, and every molhcr's son of them was defeated, v Tcnn., has returned home after a visit with her sister, Mrs. Walteat' Rosenthal, and family. ^£ Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Matlock and family are moving to Houston, Texas. McKENNEY ON BRIDGE By William E. McKcnney America's Card /.tlhnrlty Written for NBA Service There's Satisfaction will zip to the altar immediately following her leth birthday. Feb. 27. Bridge players come from all walks of life, a fact shown in this week's scries of articles, which Harvey, the invisible rabhll, may i have written about various Am- become visible— at least via shadow erican Contract Bridge League of—for the film version of "Harvey." So They Say When we come to consider the stage of these world events, there is no figure anywhere who compares in stature and In authority with Mr. Churchill.—Anthony . Eden, deputy Conservative leader. * » * The Welfare Stale means farewell to freedom RUd a fiiiiil descent to dictatorship -Chief. Justice George W. Mnxey, Pennsylvania Supreme Court. ficcrs. A newspaper executive, nn UI is worried about young nun-ie organ manufacturer, a former con- fans not bring able lo comprehend . grc«mian and a restaurant opcr- Jinuny Stewart's hallucination. ' ntor were some of the businesses in csl gag Is lint the movie Harvey; which these executives served. will become a four-fool inste.ii! of | Today's hand came from Earl a six-foot rabbit because of llic Ackerman of New York City, who Hollywood economy wave. . served the League as vlcc'-presi- * * I dent from 1943 to 1948 and in 1949 Mrs. Ackerman 4 J865 V 106 *97632 Mr. Ackerman A K 10 VA97 * A K 10 7 3 2 + 85 Tournament^—N-S vul. South West North East 1 * Double Pass 1 V 2 * 24 Pass 3 * Pass 4 V ' Pass Pass Opening—4 K 3 the queen and then the jack. The only other diamond out, which was the six-spot, was visible to everybody. Earl could see that his king Answer to Previous Puzzle of spades - would trick, so he would never take try to get his partner to establish an extra trump trick for him. At this point, If the ten of ciia- HOR17.ONTAL 1 Depicted musical 'instruments 8 They are made of 13 Narcotics 14 Eagle's nest 15 Espouse 16 Bay window 18 Encountered ID From (prefix) 12 Hunting 20 Disciple canine 22Saint (ab.) 23 Rodents 25 Short letter' 27 Begone! 28 Mast 29 Negative reply 30 Nickel (symbol) 31 Chaos 32 Any 33 Prayer ending 35 Measure of paper 38 Promise 39Him 40 Near •I I Souls 17 Diminutive suffix 20 Amazes 21 Traps 26 Thought 33 Bestows 34 Movement 36 Marbles J 37 Simplest 42 Nuisance 43 Not (prefix) 24 Hide converler44 Transported 45 Body of land 4 6 See I he « Show disapproval 51 Employ 53 Ruthenium (symbol) 55Apud (ab.) a woman censor in New York cut associated will) one of the largest Earl, however, did not make this a word "segue" out of his musi- imoporters of coffee In the United ' mistake. He le Ackerman arc Fred Allen's favorite story about as chairman of the board. In the. monds had been led, Mrs. Acker-' ^ 7 Measure of radio censorship concerns the time I business world Mr. Ackerman is | man would not have trumped it land -- - - --- ' 48 Bone 50 Expunge olShoshoncan Indian 52 Portals 54 Satisfies 56 Muzzle 57Slorm • VERTICAL 1 Turrets cal cues. "She thought," says Fred States, "that segue had something lo do j Mr. and Mrs. with sex" i both life masters and the onlv licporlcr Wins Osrar | ihiiiir I know that they like belle" ' than .coffee is a bridge tournament. - I Reporters ran act, loo: Ruth Harvey, the L. A. Daily News reporter who posed as an ing Ihe Ackcrmnn's In California, aspiring actress to wilte an expose where I saw him execute a very I first had the pleasure of meet- of a Hollywood television talent racket, rates my Oscar for the best feminine performance of the year. strategic defensive play on trloay's led the rlcuce of diamonds. When West played the six Mrs. Ackerman knew that her husband wanted her to trump this trick, and that he wanted her to trump it with the highest trump she had In her hand. So she trumped with the ten of hearts, forcing East to overtrump with the queen. Now- hand. • no way declarer could On the opening lead of the king i losing two trump tricks. there was keep from 2 Medical plant 3 Central

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