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Tuesday, March 28, 1950
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TUESBAY, MARCH 28, 1950 Japan Regarded as Popular Church Field— Missionaries Seek to Convert Japanese People to Christianity BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS By O. H. P. King TOKYO, March 28. (AP)—Several hundred missionaries are trying to f ivert the 82,000,000 Japanese to risttanlty. Fewer than 400,000 ve openly accepted Cliristlanity so far, church figures Indicate, but missionaries regard Japan as a promising field. There b rivalry to win converts, since an outstanding Japanese brought into one fold or another brightens the prospects for getting others. Both Catholics and Protestants have regained their prewar strength, according to latest ayall- »ble figures. Membership Averages Membership In the Roman Catholic Church was 119,224 in 1940. The various Protestant churches claim ed an aggregate membership of 200.000. Membership and open adherence to Christianity dropped seriously during the war because, according to Japanese, "Christianity was as unpopular as pacifism" under the war lords. Losses Are Regained But by virtue of siepped-up missionary activity after the war, Christianity gained back its losses and in some cases exceeded its old membership. In 1949 the Catholics claimed membership of more than 138.388 and the Protestants claiinec 20U21. Although the main religion in Japan Is a combination of the native primitive Shinto religion will ^kldhlsm, Christanity Is not new tcflls people. St. Francis Xavier Introduced Christianity to the Japa nese In 1549 and during the repm of one early emperor it was forcet on the people as a state religion a a means of defeating (he Buddhists Buddhists Held Sway The Buddhists, nevertheless, havi held the greatest sway over the poo pie of this island empire. Most o the population belongs to one o the 12 organized Buddhist sects, al of which contain some of the ol< Shinto beliefs. The most outsland Inj Shinto belief to survive the cen turks is that the emperor Is dc .Mended from the Sun Goddes' Each of Japan's 124 emperors I believed to have descended directl; .from the first -sovereign, who wa. ,tlte Sun Goddess' grandson. ! The modem Christian movemen i followed Commodore Perry's visi • to Japan In 1853. Records show tha In 1882 there were 145 foreign ,'Christlan missionaries, 93 churches •even theological colleges and 4 ordained preachers. But there wer ' only 4,387 adult Christian members . %fre average gain in membershi ^|ce then has been about 6,000 year. : . Missionaries Increase Since the end of World War II the number of missionaries comin to Japan has shot up from 315 1 1947 to almost 900 last year. Thes figure* have not been broken down Into clarifications by U.S. occupa tlon officials, who cleared the mis •lonarles, but the Catholic Ne» Service said the Catholic chnrc has sent 113 missionaries from th United States, 101 from Canada an -41 from Spain during the past yea Greatest Importance Is attache by the missionaries to convertin Important personages to Christian . Ity. In Japan IhU gives added pres . tige to the church and helps to in fluence others to Join. ' Catholic churches in Japan today totals 405. There 3,104 priests, brother* and nuns, 1,974 of whom are Japanese. Protestant churches total 2,231 With a total clergy of 2,976. MIRACLE "READING" PENCIL—The blind can "read" an ordinary book or any printed matter using tins new electronic pencil demonstrated at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, by James Fika. Developed by tilt National Hesearch Council, the pencil scans print with ;i beam of light, which Is converted into "readable" sound signals by means of a photoelectric call. Researchers are working how on a model which will actually pronounce the letters. Spunky Skunk Stymies Squad CHA1TANOOGA, Tenn. March 28. (/7V-A spunky little skunk held a squad of policemen and bystanders at bay here before he was captured by a pair of carefree newspaper printers. A patrol wagon and squad cars rushed to the scene early yesterday after the skunk made its presence known "to downtown Chattannoogn. Flank Gardner, Jr., and John W. Warren, members of the Chattanooga Times composing room staff, invaded the area which had been reserved by the officers and spectators for the skunk. They swept the skunk into an empty container. Theater Director Raps Federal Tax OKLAHOMA glTY, March 28. (/T) — A former Democratic national chairman says that almost half of the 18,000 U.S. theaters will go broke unless federal admission taxis reduced. Gael Sullivan, now executive director of the Theater Ownos ot Americn, spoke nt an Oklahoma theater owners convention yesterday. Admissions have declined from .1 wartime peak of 100,000000 week to 64,000,000 a week per now, Jolly the Circus Elephant Must Die For Slaying Child SARASOTA, Fla., March 28. W) —Dolly, a circus elephant; must pay with her life for crushing a five-year-old child to death. The 27-year-old work beast stomped the child's head beneath her massive foot at the Ringltng brothers and Barnum and Bailey quarters here "Sunday. The child, Uoger Schooley, was feeding peanuts to several elephants when Dolly seized him with her trunk ami,dashed him to the ground. The animal had a reputation for gentleness. Hemy Klhgling North, the Circus' vice president, said last night thai Dolly would be led to a huge pit dug for the purpose, given nn overdoes of some narcotic, and will be burled where she falls and dies. Dolly's execution will take place before the circus breaks its winter quarters here Thursday. Roger was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schooley of Las Vegas, N. Mex. The father Is studying at the Rlngling School of Art here. He Is a professor at Highlands University at Las Vegas. v Army Seeks Bids On Okinawa Project TOKYO, March 28. (/T)—The TJJS Army today called for bids on six large barracks. 150 family dwellings improvements on Naha Hnrbor ant several highway and water devel opment project. 1 !—all on Okinawa. These projects ar» part 'of a construction program on the Am erlcan base island for the army and PAGE Real Estate Transfers (Chicknsnwba District) Clara Pair to W. M. Wlngtiold, 43 acres in Section 10-15N-13E, $0500. Max anil Annie Laurie, Logan and Harold B. and Marie D. Wright to Virginia M. Gilbert L. Sinythc. Lot 18 of Block "E" of the John B. Walker Second Subdivision, $1,000. Graves nnd Sarah Perkins to Ollle Barnes, Lots 9 nnd 10 of Block 4 of Ihe Maybell Subdivision, $700. Max nnd Annie Laurie Logan and Harold B. and Marie 13. Wright to Carson Lee nnd Frances Alley, Lot 1 of Block "G" of the John B. Walker Subdivision, $000. Mrs. Nola A. Lewis to P. Johns, 91.3 feet of Lot C of the Rcplnt of Block 2 of Jones Addition, $12,500. K. B. and Rovi'ne c. David to H. P. Listen, Jr., and Mary Ltston, Lot 15 of Block 8 ol the David Acres Subdivision, $800. E. B. and Rovcne O. David to George ami Agnes Skeiton, alt of Lot 28 Block 9 of the David Acres Subdivision. $800. E. B. nnd Rovcne C. David to James G. and Joyce Williams, Lot 25 of Block 9 of the Dnvid Acres Subdivision, $800. J. E. and Grace Wilson to J. W. and Geneva Shinault, Lot 1 of Block "P" of the Barren and Lilly Addition, $5,500. E. B. and Rovenc C. David to IVnr- old E. and Lllinn Hull, Lot 22 of Block 9 of the David Acres Sub- air force which may total $90,000,000. Bids are expected from Am- divlston, $800., E. B. and Rovene C. David to Hurshell P. and Viola Byrct, Lot 24 of Block 9 of the David Acres Subdivision, $800. E. B. and Rovene O. David to Mary Agnes, Ona Mae and-Bonnie Jean Pcples, Lot 4 of Block 9 of the David Acres Subdivision, tSOO. E. B. find ROVCIID C. David to Paul H. and Sybil V. Belew, Lot 18 of Block 9 or the David Acres Subdivision, $800. B. B. nnd Rovenc C. David to Harold A. nnd Nnda Medlln, Lot 23 of Block 9 of the David Acres Subdivision, $800. Thomas Mnrtln nnd Lonlese Crawford to J. c. nnd Helen Pauline Bright, 1]2 aero In Section 1- 15N-10B, $2.000. C. C. nnd Bcitlin M. Thompson lo E. D. Ferguson, Lot 21 of the re- plat of the O. s. Rollison Subdivision, $750. Glen B. and Alvu Cnstleinnn to C. W. and Deedle Glenn, all of the east 75 feet of the original survey of Blythcvllle, $1 and other consideration. Mrs. John B. Walker, to Harold B. Wright and Max 1/ognn, from a point on the east line of Walker Boulevard in tire center of Parkway Drive, Bust 300 feet to the point of beginning, thence north to the center of Ash Street, if extended east parallel to Highway 18, or Main Strrel, then E"st to the Center of Norlhenst 1'arkvvny,. then south to the center of Parkway Drive, then west to point of beginning, $1 and other consideration. Curtis nnd Clara Stevens (or Stevenson) to Mildred Lnne Lot 30 of Block 1 of the W. W. Hollpcter Second Addition, $150. Joe D. and Annn O, Martin to Colors of Fire Box Contuse DP in U.S. WillTINSVILLB, Mass., March 28. (/PI —A wide-eyed, frightened young woman stood beside a red box when firemen drew up In response to an nlarm yesterday. She had a letter In her hand. She couldn't spenlc English. Fire chief Philip B. Walker summoned nn Interpreter. The young woman explained that mall boxes are painted red In her country. She was a displaced person, recently arrived In the United States. Addition, $1 nnd other consideration. L N. nud Edith Brown to Jim Cornish and Edna Fay Cornish, 57.84 ncrcs In Section 21-16N-8B, $14,«0. )eo*fc Is PostponW For Jap War Criminali TOKYO, March 2». (*)—Oencnl itncArthur today commuted th4 !eath sentences of six Jap&neat war criminals convicted of murder- ng three United State* "tvy Wen hi 1945. . , Of 46 Japanese Navy men teted n 1947 and 1948 for th« murd«r», 41 were sentenced to de»th. The commanding general of the US. Eighth Army disapproved three of thew and reduced 25 othen to priica enm. Of the remaining 13, MteArthur commuted six to prison terns of live to 40 years. The other seven still «* KiMd- uled to hang—probably Friday. ericiin, Filipino,' Japanese and Ok- Charles and Lctn Wamplcr, Lot 1 of Block 1 of the Ruddle Heights Inawan contractors. K'tuckyNo. 31 Fescue Pasture Mixtures, Alfalfa, SEED CORN State Certified COTTON SEED and SOYBEANS BLYTHEVILLE SOYBEAN CORP. 1900 W. Main Phone 6856 N E W Bo. Openi Week Day* 7:M »m Matinee Siturdmj * Budmn Mat.-Sun. 1 pjB. CMt I Manila, Ark. Tuesday "UNMASKED" with Rob RoekwiH Also Short* Wednesday & Thursday "SWORD IN THE DESERT". with Dana Andrew* and Maria Tort* Abo Shcrti : Scoutmaster Loses Trail and Face 'in Camping Trip Hike IiAWTOM. Okln., March 28. (/D —Boy Scout leader *. A. Pierce took eight members of his troop on a camping trip to give them some experience in outdoor lore— such as trailblazing. And who got lost? Scoutmaster Pierce. He couldn't find his way back lo their camp in the Wichita Mountains for nine hours. The boys thought their leader was trailing behind them — so they wouldn't get 1 o s t. They reached camp but no scoutmaster. They notified the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Pierce said he finally found his way to the headquarters by following a fence row to a road— then hitched a ride with a motorist. The boys said they would let' Pierce keep his Trail-Blazer tlird. Sullivan pointed out. -' Sullivan said if '-'these theaters go dfjwn, tire government will have to do something to subsidize the theater business." PBESGBlPTlOHS Fresh Stock Guaranteed Best Prices Kirby Drug Stores: Phony Currency Floods New York ^ NEW YORK, March 28. New York area Is being flooded •with several varieties of "mass- produced" counterfeit ?10 and $20 bills, the secret service says. • And the bogus bills are "popping up all over the o ntry," banks «nd business men were warned yesterday. Albert E. Whitakcr. district supervisor of the service, said at a news conference that the phony money is "of good quality" and is printed on fair quality paper." Whitakcr said the ciunlily of the fake bills now in circulation here Is about the same as a batch circulated In I3 4 8 . Tnc engraving plant (or the 1848 crop never was found. Neither has the source of the new bills been traced. Fake notes with a face value of about $235,000 have been seized since Jan. 1, Whitaker said. Thirty-five persons have been arrested in this area. *RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. l.ast Time Twlav "CHICAGO DEADLINE" with Alan I,add and Oonna Reed Warner N ews & shl>rt Wednesday & Thursday "THERE'S A GIRL IN MY HEART" wi *h I<« Kownun «»<l Elyse KIWI * Sheet Phone •1621 for Show Time First Blytheville Showing Tues.-Wed.—Open 6:30 Slave Girl HOWARD DA SUVA B03IS KAB10FF CECIL KEILAWAT WA]1D BOMD — ALSO — Color Cartoon Sun.-Mon. ft First Klylhcville Showing Hits TO WEAYfi 36,000 Telephone People csises This Year Regu9ar,schedu!!ed raises are important feature of union contracts which the company offers to continue. ly, under terms of the plan, many employees will get substantially more. The Plan also includes liberal sickness benefits—up to a year's full pay depending on length of service—plus • disability, accident, and death benefits of as much as a year's pay. The plan doesn't cost employees a dime. Working conditions are equally attractive under the contracts the company offers to continue. • Telephone people enjoy one to threw weeks' paid vacation, depending on Under existing union contracts, which the company has offered to continue, 36,000. or three out of every four telephone people, will get raises this year. Averaged over all employees, these raises will amount to 5# per hour or $2 a week per employee. Unlike most industries where an employee must wait for a vacancy in a higher-paid job before he can advance, telephone people get regular, scheduled raises from the day they start until they reach the top rate for their jobs. Also, in this up-from-the-ranks business, several thousand telephone people move up the ladder to positions of greater responsibility and higher pay every year. Basic wage rate increases have more than kept pace with increased costs of living. Plan, long recognized as one of the best in industry, was improved in November to provide pensions of at least $ 100 a month, including social security, at age 65 after 20 years' service. Actual- COST OF LIVING UP 66% Since Jan., 1941 BASIC TELEPHONE WAGE RATES UP 94% Sine* Jan., 1941 Provisions for the security of telephone people have improved, too. The company's Benefit and Pension HOW DO THESE EARHIHGS LOOK TO YOU? The real test of telephone wages is how they compare with those paid in the same communities for jobs requiring similar skill and experience. Here arc average \veekly nnd annual earnings of telephone people. Fully experienced Plcin Craftsmen . A Week « n1 r )j,3 I J A Year Plant craftsmen with five ycarV service: $Cl H week, or $3,154 » year. On« year's service: $42 > week, or (2,192 • year. Fully experienced Operators A Week A Year Operators willi five years' service: $12 a week, or $2,102 a year. One year's service: $3S a week, or $1,883 a year. Fully experienced Business Office Women ...... fScrrico ftptitcniaiim) r| _ -. ... . .$47 $2,453 A Week A Year Business Oflicc women with five years' service: $11 a week, or $2,297 a year. One year's service: $37 « week, or $1,031 a year. The above figures include b*sic wages fnr • 40-liour week plus exlrn pay for overtime, nighl, Sunday, anil holiday work. their length of service. Also, they get seven holidays a year with pay. Judged by any standards you may choose, .telephone jobs are good jobs—as they should be to attract the able people it takes to give you good service. $1,755,000 • MATE INCREASES $4,9OO,OOO WAGE INCRIASR Telephone rates in Arkansas havw lagged far behind rising operating costs and have even failed to cover the current cost of wage increases already granted. This has been a big factor in pulling the company's rate of earnings down to the lowest level in its history. Obviously, any further increase in wages, beyond those already provided in existing contracts, will have to come from pockets of telephone customers. SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

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