The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 19, 1952 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, November 19, 1952
Page 11
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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 1952 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK,) COURIER JIEWB nit. arr » Job in North Africa Interesting Experience for Bob Cummings Back when geography was taught |i.'rom a book the sJze of Life maga- ^zme, Africa, uhlch was known H the "Dark' Continent," was"-'p'rac-'i tieally shut off from clvil'zatioX' Theie Is nor no part of the continent out of contact »lth white men. Bob Cummings, an ex-GI, haj Just returned home after'spending J7 months at Camp Nouasseur, about' 1«" miles from Casablanca, where he worked for the Atlas Construction Co, building air bases for the government. It began tills way: . After Bob received his discharge , from the Navy, he came back to Osceola and \\lth his father, -operated a welding shop a.1 Reiser until September, 1949. While In the Navy, he met Rilph B Mills, who had offered him a Job with his construction company on several occasions. As'Bob said, ."Out of a clear blue •ky one day, I decided I'd take Mr. Mills up on hti offer »nd went to Clartn ille. V«. to go to work for him. He was one of the'five contra ctors.who";formed the Atlas'Con- •t ruction Company, j " . "I hadnt been th,ere very long," continued Bob, "untjl I noticed they were shipping »n »wful lot of equipment to North Africa and I began'to get curious so I went to Mr Mills and asked \yhy so much of th« equipment was being sent A nd he, told me'thet Atlas Con- tmction Company was building three air bases for Uncle-Sam and If I would sign on the dotted fine for one year, I could go as a heavy equipment operator It would be the • best paying job I ever had If I could make up my mind to leave my family for that long, he told me so I contacted my wife and T guess I took her so by surprise - she was flabbergasted But that »as It and .in a few days, I flew to New York and registered at i the Waldorf- Astoria, with all expenses paid," smiled Bob. • . • • • "I CALLED my : wife and described the swanky set-up and the food—out of this world—I was served She started crying and told me she was standing over "a hot stove putting up Jelly I kidded her and told her to make'plenty white she was at It, that I'd be wanting some of her* Jelly and hot biscuits when I got home at the end of the year. That's the kind of Ulk that burns a ^ woman up," smiled Bob ' but I krinr"! waii'aafe •»-*>'>»«« ' I left New York, on a TWA plane at 5.30 In the afternoon and the next afternoon at 3 30. I landed In Paris, Fiance That U the noisiest | city, I beltoe, In < the world ' The taxicabs there would scare you to' death The street! are narrow and everybody rldei bicycles They can tell to. American right off, by his hailing taxicabc • . "The French either walk or ride bicycle* ao th* mlmiU you set your foot in a 'e»t», you an branded. I Bob Cummincs . . . return trip nndecidvd ... stayed there for two nights and three days, thinking I would do some sightseeing, but the only thing J remember about the Seine River and the seven and eight course meals. ^"Four of us on this trip stopped In a sidewalk cafe one of the nights we were in Paris and were served everything from soup to nuts and It only cost $6 for the lam of us We were served our dessert course first and a fish course last and oi course wine with every,course. ' We got a kli.k out of the greetings, men gave one another by kiis- ing on the cheeks "\Ve_,were only sue hours.and 3D minutes getting to Casablanca After we went through the customs we Went on ( out to the job There,were seven or eight thousand Americans working there when we arrived," said: Bob. "THK NATIVES are cheap labor and need th« work the worst in the World, but they can't understand the American way of doing things and they're on the stupid side besides, A lot of French labor was brought In The company had to sign them up for three months and couldn't flre them If they didnt want to work, they: didn't work. But in order to get the air bases there it wiis necessary to hire the natives The French welders were the worst I had 'ever seen," added Bob "They admitted they were on vacations and knew they couldn't be fired. "There was an Arab Interprets the job who could speak five —iguages, Including Englishf arid was only 19 years old He had acted as a iacfcei to the American soldiers during the war and kid-hke, picked uu the language until he could speak it The'work that went on at the base wa* done as; work is done in America so I was 'more in- Pay Weekly COME IN—Find out for yourself how you can get a Closer, Cleaner shave in LESS TIME than any other method, wet or'dry "Easy Credit-By Local People" THOMPSON <u* JEWELER 114W. Main Phone 8381 in aadinc out th* diatom* th* ehartcUrMlca of th* a»a, women and children on thU dark continent,' " etaylnc there for a year and a hall as Bob did, there's a lot of information that'» worth passliit on. Religious rites In far away placei ir« al»ays Interesting and especially In a counlry lhafc it goveined by a suKan and Is no more pro- gressivs than it was In 18W Vhen David Livingston* began his missionary Journeys. Bob told of one of the Arabs' most sacred holidays called "Rainadam." for two months before the holiday, they practically fast. The holiday eomes two mouths before our Christmas and Is celebrated by a sheep being killed for each male memtfer Qf a family. Women there are Ignored They do all the h»rd labor They plow the fields and cut the train.' • • • "WE TRIED to make pictures of them several times," continued Bob, "but, Ihey were scared to death of us and ran away from jobs every- tlme they saw an American come toward them The small children herd the sheep. The men ore all lazy and He around their grass huts sleeping, »hlle their women and children work. "Religiously, the continent fs still 'Darkest Africa' SIxlh per cent of the people still hold to the old heathen superstitions and barbaric cruelty. Every nalhe cairles a lyay- er rug with him constantly, and In the afternoon when the sun is Just right, regardless 1 of where he is' he will kneel on the nig, which is made of sheep sivlns, and BO through his rituals The first thing they do is (o rerrfove their sandals, »hich are no more than rags as they aie too poor to buy the necessities of life. Ne\t they wash their feet and, as water Is the scarcest Hem in Africa, they only pat a little on'their face and this has to lait until the next afternoon at-prayer .time. 'They ne\er undress to go to bed They »ear layers and layers of filthy clothes and as the top lajei becomes shieds they remove It They never bathe The water is obtained by digging deep into the eaith and is actually muddy. They cook and eat outside of their huts "Once a year they hold anothet religious celebiatlon, but I didn't learn -the name of this one." Bob said. "A special sunrise gathering takes place and as many as 10000 Arubs come to worship. A special sultan is biought in for this special occasion the natives hold sa. cred as it foretells whether thi coming year Is to be a failure or i successful year. The sultan slashe: the throat of a sheep and If th sheep dies befoie the multitude reaches .the point that the sultan has designated, then the year will be a failure If he doesnt die un til after he passes over the bouud- ars line then all the nathes wil have a prosperous year • • • "EVERYTHING In their, lives, See JOB If* NORTH on Page 12 PAGE ELEV1M STARR GAZING If you want to |lv* an appreciated Chrislinas gift to someon* you *ant to be remembered by all year, what could be a better one than the Blyth«\llle courier News? Pay for It by the month and you'll never mUis the money. The recipient would sure admire your Ubtes, Thl* U National Book Week and of all fweelcr to deserve a celebration, this oiie is U.'Tlie theme this year Is "Reading Ix Fun,".and the emphasis are "Give Books to Children." Libraries all over the nation ir« featuring displays that are attractive enough , to make children want to read a book. Kids are imart nowadays and this U one of the reasons why. This national Book Week was started In 1919 and the experts say no child Is too young to be given a Mother Goose or a picture book and by the lime the child enters kliidergnrten, they are capable of' knowing and uslnr 5,000 Hordj. Definition of a - bachelor: Man Who hears (he patter o! little feet In the middle'of'the'night — and sets, a mousetrap. If you want to heap coals of fire on your, enemy's head, just kill him with kindness The fellow who Io\es gold U never satisfied with gold. It's far better to be a poor and wise peasant than to be an old and foolish king. The Christina: parade has been called off—too much work and not enough workers. tgaln Into bailing wal«r, A^ cook them until they ean be pierced easily with a fork. Chop fine and add to your regular itufflng. fry It because that »»j your grand- nia'a Itvotlie <tu(flnc for her Thanksgiving turkey. What li now MlsiWppl County once formed a p«rt of Arkanaas County, then of Phillip, county and next Criltenden County.and wai finally made a separate county by the Territorial Leglilature Nov. 1, 1833. The first xountjr M at, »hleh Has located opposite th« chlcka- sawba Bluffs, wai called "corn- wall" Tills plape wa» on the site of an old Spanbh encampment which washed off Into the Mississippi river, psceola was soon adopted as the county test and I double-dog-dare anybody to deny this. Never let s man rob you of your problems, nor should you rob him of his problems The whole Intellectual world would be stale and unprofitable If we knew everything. Burial oi Unknown Soldlei was held on Nov. 11, 1S21. at Arlington Natloi al Cemetery. There was never a sinner as Intolerant as the one just, turned saint ' i Remember bloomers and block sateen chemises you wore? The chemises were brlnr- stltched In either red or green around the bottom ruffle. You are truly an old timer you can remember when old ladles asked to see some Old Lady Comforts To this younger generation: It wasn't bed cover she wanted to sce^-soft vlcl kid'Shoes. Junior. There are a lot of old favorites In stuffing a turkey but when I was a kid. It just wasn't Thanksgiving without » bowl of oyster and chest nut stuffing. Chestnuts are. scare- now but if joii're making a trip to the curb market In Memphis — farmers market to this younger generation — you can find basket after basket of them Try and buy .large French chestnuts First boll them until the skins are loosened After that put the chestnut Wyoming was the first slate to grant suffrage to women. In 1869. Don't jou wish now you had put up your winlei's supply of preseives Jellies and pickles? v We all kinder forget on a hoi summer's day how good they will taste when along comes winter. No man knows what another man is until he has seen what that man can be Bithout; nor how great he Is till he has seen how small he has been once. A perfect character can never be produced with a pruning knife. A truck driver was taking a civil service examination and was asked If he ever belonged to an organization that was trying to overthrow the government. Hla rrply "yes, the Republican Party." ' According to Greek legend, a girl by tha name of Arachne wai to prptid of her ability to weave, she dared to match her skill with that of the great goddess Athene, or Minerra For her presumption Athene changed her Into a spider that she might spend the rest of her life In spinning When Mlen- tlsts were seeking a general name for spiders, they used the girl's class, "Arachnlda." So there's how the Greeks found * name for a spider. T Days should speak, and a multitude of years should teach wisdom There's always a »«y where ttvnr*'* a will Involved. it too bad Indian summer does- nt com* otltntr, Have you,ever M*B a mar* tree* looked a< ahouch , a* ••** ' • mixed up cv*rj color tr«a» U. • P«letie to glorify fet viiji , • , / CLOSER, CLEAR SHAVES than with soap-&-blade SHAVE/MASTER WOODS' DRUG Phon, 4307 221 W. Main W HEN was the last time you priced the new cars? When was th* last time you matched feature against feature, »ize against size, horsepower against horsepower— and discovered for yourself which car really tops the value parade? tell you this- If you put any BuicJc — SPECIAL, SUPEK or ROADMASTER — against other can of comparable cost, you'll find it the buy-word in th« automobile market today. Not alone on room, and power, and ride— and equipment included in the list prkx. But also—and this is where your senses must be judge — in the thrill per dollar you get in a Buick. ' i There's no other way to know the lift in spirit you get when a great Fireball 8 Engine' is pouring out its high-mileage power, when Dynaflow Drive* is at its silky'work, when a million dollars' worth of ride engineering is cradling your travel in ever-level comfort. VVe'll tell you this, too— If you can afford any new car you can afford a Buick. For Buick prices start way down where th* so-called "iow-prked three" reaUr worry. Drop in and let us show you the big-thrill bay called Buick. Eq*tp*H*l, tcctuorifi, trim out mo4tii mt M»?«* «• <aWf« without notict. *Sn*tA*ri t* RimJmMltr, oplioiul * M*M «M» •uotbfr Striei. u»idoy. LANGSTON-McWATERS BUICK Co., Walnut & Broadway, Phone 4555

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