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PAGE FOUR THE BIATHE VII,LE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H, w. HAINES, Publisher . • .SAMQELJBVNORRIS, Editor J, THOMAS- PHILLIPS, Advertising Manager Sole National 1 Advertising Representatives: s Wallace Witther Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta v Memphis.. ... Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered as second* class matter ab the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, -October 9, 1937. - - . ~ .' " Serve.d.' b.y the United press „ SUBSCRIPTION. RATES By carrier in 'the' City of BlytheviUe, l$c per week> or Q5$ per month. By mail, -within a vadius of 50 miles, $3-00 pev yeai\ $1.50 for $ix months, 75c for three months; by mail in postal zones two to six inclusive, $6.50 per year; in ?ones seven and eight, $10.00 per year, payable, in. advance. r . . . What The Judges Say It Is.' We are imctev a written constitution, but the constitution^i$ what the judges say it is. That classic phra§e of constitutional lore never was more aptly illustrated than in the unanimous Supreme Court decision upholding constitutionality of the Wage-Hour law. The law providing a national iioor under wages and ceiling over Hours (and by implication a national child labor law), t>oth as concerned with production substantially affecting interstate commerce, are now ruled constitutional. But in 1938 t{iis was not so. The written constitution has not literally changed. The times, and the judges, have changed. And so the constitution has for- practical purposes changed, because the judges say it has, though its literal wording remains unaltered on the printed page. There is nothing about this to cause concern. Certainly it was never intended that the constitution should enclose the nation in an iron mold. The Reason for a written constitution is to give stability, to limit powers, and to assure that changes shall not be violent or capricious. It wa? never meant to choke off all change. Qur system of pormjlting the Supreme Court the final say- on wh.ether laws accord, with the. constitution, is also a. product of reason. But here again it was never intended that %-Decision, once yeached by the Supreme Court must thereafter remain immobile, forever and ever. The Supreme Court has reversed it. self. But let's go back over the history of that reversal Nearly 25 years ago, Congress passed a law; prohibiting shipment in interstate commerce of the products of child labor, A test case, the famous "Hammer vs. Dagenhart," was carried up to the Supreme Court. That court decided that the constitutional power of Congre^ to regulate interstate commevco was not sufficient to justify the law. But the vigorous dissent of Justices Holmes and Bran-'' deis was backed by a large'body of public opinion. The years pass. In a world that bears little relation socially to that of 1318, a similar test is made. And now the court unanimously decides otherwise, and specifically avers that, the 3913 decision was "unsupported bv allv provision of the constitution,"' should be and now is overruled." ^ Does this mean that the Sup Court is itself capricious and unstable? (AUK.) COURIER NEWS OUT OUR WAY • Not at all. A great deal q£ \vater has gone over the dam since 1918—a troubled and tumultuous 23 years. The court; has simply pjoved that it, too, .can, move with the times, and read the handwriting that is written large before us. • "That does not mean that the court should literally follow the. election returns, be responsive to the shifting "play of short-term political overturns Qr .momentary* passions. But it does mean, and the assurance is, good, that the. court can read the constitution in. terms, of the larger sweeps of social movement. Nobody wants the Supreme Court to bob up and down with the waves. But it- is reassuring to see that it can ride with the tides. Defiance • The burning of Paternoster How, London's book and publishing center, by incendiary bombs is one, of the war's tragedies. Its magnitude can be guessed from this: a single wholesale house, Simpkin, arshail & Co., lost 3,500,000 volumes. The -London "Bookseller," British book trade organ, stricken by this orgy of destruction, nevertheless issued this defiant cry, which re-echoes and is worth echoing: "Seven years have passed since the Nazis made their first bonfire of books in Germany. Maybe now, however, they have lit a larger fire than they think, ii; it is to. be an ordeal by fire, we know how to take it. Give us ten thousand incendiary bombs raining down on our homes, our shops, our warehouses, rather than a single bleak, obscene flame of book burnings in the village green/' ' re All In It Together A Jewish,taxi .driver who got -shot - to help ; ftn Irish cop was dis- Qd from a Catholic hospital and presented with a, new cab by au English dealer and a, medallion-license by a retiring' Scqich cab driver. They were Americans all; tl\e na- tip.nali.ties mentioned -being merely .uet'- erencos to obvious ancestry; It all happened in New York the other day an aftermath of the Fifth Avenue holdup shooting of Jan, 14. There was-no thought of racial ori- gins'or religion when guns started pop- ms and. frenzied feet pounded the sidewalks. Th,ey were all in it together; the instinct to help was automatic, mstan taneoi.is.,- In the face of a greater crisis, ought the same instinct to .stick together, one another, to come naturally to the -surface., without thought of nice or creed? Of course. We're'all ;„ lhis thing together. b * 50 THEY SAY h ^ British are now- re- r ro m 11S * the equal of and in some in, • tances superior to the bc.st produced elsewhere in the world.~Col. John H. j OUP , t . president. •Anonauticnl Chamber of Conujicrcc SATURDAY,-FEBRUARY 8. 1941 SIDE GLANCES COPB. 1941 BV NEA SERVICE. INC. T. M. BEG. U. S. PAT."OFF SERIAL. STORY CONSCRIPT'S WIFE BY BETTY WALLACE ^ »««« o», but. tk«re 1* no tWo* hysterical, I* "Old.-Pop never harmed anything in his lifexit's a good thing he doesn't have to see what that, gun will do." THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson "T, M. RED. U. S. PAT. OFF ALL TREES, NO ,/\AATTER. HOW MUCH AUIVE THEV APPEAR., ARE. ON1LV' THUS OUTER fi BATTL/&S M i R.S ARE -GIVEN THE NAMES QF^S/vAT^vS/ CRUISERS, THE NAMES G pESTRaVERS, SUBMARINES, AMNE SWEEPERS, 2-6 ANSWER: Bern, and not Geneva/, is the political capital of the Swiss Confederation. ' . • NEXT: What earthworms do for agriculture. BEST CQNSCWFTS WIFE CHAPTER XXX "j\|ARTriA!» Bill W ied huskily. • - Marthal." He darted forward as she swayed His strong arm steadied her, and his blue eyes looked down into hers with concern and a quick, Pleading humjlity. For the split- second that faintness overcame her> she knew a sharp/leaping relief—a. relief; almost; unendurable in jts ecstasy. She clung to him, seeing in that one look the new haggardness - Q f his face, the shamed uncertainty in his eyes. " But in the. next moment, she was pushing him away. She was standing straight an.d rigid, the anger and despair \yhich 'had whipped her on through the dreadful hours making her lips tighten' and her voice hard. "Where were you all this time? pon t you know we've been looking for you? I- almost went out of my mind. Paul had detectives in New York^Suzanne, hired detectives. here— I phoned the camp, they said you'd deserted—where were you? Why did you do it?" "•" BUI'? eyes dropped. He kicked morosely at a pebbled "After Wi knocked Paul, down, I— -I had to hitchhike, from IJTew- York, I went crazy," Martha. - 1 didn't come to, until they kicked me out of the hotel. But knowing you'd gone back to him.— " "Oh, Bill, don't start that again! I told you I've nevei been iri love \vith him, I. didn't go back to him.!'- 1 . Suddenly- all the anger left her. the passionate desire to conviricfe him. '-'Oh, never mind, Bill'." That doesn't matter now. Do you, kno\y' you're a deserter? "You've '"got to' get back to camp quickly! You must do everything "you can to make them go easy on you." f Tv? made, a dreadful mess of things/ 5 - he admitted morose! v. "I guess it's too late." "No! It isn't too late! Qh, Bill, get into the car with me. You drive, please. Drive fasti We'll, get to camp, Til speak to the cpm.^ manding officer. Perhaps' they^l they're not so heartless after- ajl . . .'' ' " * *. * . ^S she sat there beside him, . ' while the old car strained over the road, Martha thought of the -guardhouse where she had found him last Sunday. Would this being absent without leave mean a longer term in the guardhouse? More severe punishment? "BUI, will tfcey court-martial you?" • "i; don't knpw." He turned and his eyes met her.s. "AU I knpw^ Martha, is th*t I'm a>bamed in. my soul to have giverx yo,u a,U this trouble. Ir-l cQuld,. get down on my knees to you, J cbuld-^-could cut off my arm .,. tyit it wouldn't help. Nothinjg could make it right again. "Qh, sweet> will yqu e^yer tru»t me after this? Can'you ever tor* give me for my suspicions? 1-^l'd. do anything, if only you'd give, m.e another chance!" "The Army's got to., give you another ctence," s.h,e sai.d steadily. "That's our first concern.. Alter- tha.t—oh, BiU, I.Ve. never stopped loving yQu!" She, lifted her tearstained, face. Bill kissed her swift-, ly. Then they turned, their faces resolutely straight; ahead-^tQ, the immediate future that awaited them at the camp. hours later, . gowg; ' do\yn the road that led to the sentry hut and the cantonment, 'Martha saw Suzanne's, car. "$ill[ There's Paul and Suzanne!" BJU tpuched the horn button .'Paul and Suzanne tumbled out of their 'car in surprise and. relief. »• • •• ' '"Qh, Ma^ha, you^ found him!"" Yes." Her smile, was tremulous. 'There's no -time now." Bill must report' at once.' Wait for ; rne.": , As BiU stepped on the starter, Martha saw Paul' turn to Suzanne. '^You've bee.n; wonderfuX'-' he said simply." ' . : " • .•"-'. - Suzanne answered, ': { t _was vvrong about those .things I- said.' at the hospital, PauL I know; now none of them was true.; -IJiit; yo.u. shbiild have kmnyn, Itingj ago, ' Pa.ui^'4 do; anvt.Uinig I or you." •"'.- ' , . . Martha . thought, "as .they were left behind, there, oh 'ih>. road, .that Rerh,aps r this; crisis had' -worked 1 a rn.inQr mii:acl.e. It liad b|rQU.ght 7 Paul closer, io. S.uzarmerrHt r had given^ Suzanne, a QKan'ce."to; atone"! "Ho.w odd, that my- life, and Bill's; should touch the, lives 'of others. -at every; point. . .;,'*.:" • " : ; ;'']" ••"'• "."",'' ; . " saluting a;-' young.. a&Qer.. ''Private Marsha]! .,reporting; 'sir. I-~rye! been Absent .without leave," ••'•'.". . The yoim^.ofBcer looked^tMa,rr tha. Her : chin" came up. '•'•-May I speak "to., the commanding officer', please?' ? . -;r "-; - "":_".•': '" Bill \yas led giw^y, after a last long Iooiv'an.d_.h4r- srnilej.'sure and prqudj to stiffen. &is'- spine..-" '-^No matter wtiat- cpmss MN, Bill, can face it \yitjki covifage," she thought QHE, hei-se^f;; faced witfe courage tfie stern, gray-haired man b e' th> big . desk . in '. the bare, clean ofnce. "I only^ wan ted -to ex- plain, sir," she said steadily. "My husband and J had been ha.viog trouble. He thought I'd left him, and he. lost his head/went home fc> find out wtothe? I'd really, gone. Whatever ,h,e's done has been my, lault. too. I. must share the blame." The commanding officer eyed ner with l.r,os_ty wisdom, "Unf orr tunately, Madam, the Army has no jurisdictipn over wiyes." He aned -forward, softening a little. It women ;could only get it through their heads that most mens attitude depends to a tragic extent on. the attitude of their wive,sl Madam, it was your duty as -a soldier's wife, to see to it that yqu? husband was inspired nyhis sole.mn job of tr.ainjng— not distracted. It. ^yas your duty to encourage hjin, to be enthusiastic loyal, proud of his having "as- supied the duties, of a citizen soldier!' ^ He r.qs^ abruptly. The interview was closed, '-'I shall try to do what I can to- s.ee that your husband, is not dealt with too harshly," he .added. "Goodby." later, Martha was driving into that camp once- more. She. -was ; being allowed to visit Bill in the guardhouse for the first time.. .He still had two months to serve. But when she saw him, she realized anew how tiny, the pun- i?hment was, how gallantly he \yas.enduring it. ; "Oh," Martha, it^s so good to see you!'/ /'Darling!" She was, close, in his arms. ;'I'm so, happy! Even though ybu^re.here, and I'm' there, I "keep feeling th'at we've started, o.ver E> r erythihg's. fresh and clean and woride.rful.". She kissed him gaily. ; "And I have liews. Paui's being- sent to^our ne.w.plaiit on the. 'VVest Cq^st. .He and; 'Suzanne are to be married : before he iea.ves!" " . Her eyes, .gioriously sure now, teased, him, '. "So. keep your mind on the Army, Bill! A 'few -more, weeks,; and you'll; be out- showing there; the right way to' go over the toft/ or ^h^tever it'is' they teach you/? Her voice sang. "Qh, darling, 'I4ove yqji soM'm waiting for you— :ahd I'm: the, best/ the happiest ".conscript's .wife- in'" thVcotm- try. J> ' •' /; •/.-. •' •;..."• •;•••;•.-••'••". - Bill's .voice shook. "Ypu'Je the mdst" wonderful cobscapt : s ' -'wif.e» toUng,: I ;dQrj^t •deserve ij;-l But HI spe.nd • th.e- rgsV.of 'my life .shqwink. ypu\that v r"do -'appreciate" it," " ; . ' ; : '^Ajt^.^ace 3 ^s,o-idl'e,rJ" she lauglied: 'Tfona now. on^tlie past's behir]d;us.:Th"e About f ace^f 'he agreed steadily.' ' - • ' " ' HIGHLIGHTS FROM LATEST BOOKS Jules Rotfiains Uirns to pcscc, j But it is a trouble;l peace -this an-i thor . of. the magnificent "Verdun"! creates in his ninth volume of the | • Om- government is usually about our pollMw^Guy j. Swope. on governorship ~ as the uie n mette. ( f UP H ° the murderer, r . UV& v ° Jerphan- I mains exhibits a keen insight into [the. social and economic structure i of Europe after the war, sees also. ' Llie effect, of war upon the lives pi' I those 'who endured four long years of coiiflict. While ' "AltcrmatrT utUe Qf th sniashing cirama f ,. Vci . dun ?, „-. i mnortqn{ nddin-m, to ih« wT S es ' ^ U haff l of the boo, « do- to Q^cUe's cfTorU u> es- consequences of his Hrst mur- his volumes, ; Landrli put of the book-seller, Jall- Ro-' 02 recotmUs his efforts tq regain ~~~* I VQLJNQ FSLLER, VQU'LU HAVE TO WORK TH' REST O 1 THET PROBLEM OUT YORESELP-rXVE DONE ALL X COULD FER, By J. R. Williams OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoopie F6AD, WHERE IS. LENDER ?/T flWK WE QUSUTTO I SUPPOSE t SMOULO UlN\ FORTUS M0.8H, PRIZE <{PUTTUE • WAIT UNTIL ft\V \N'£>f\Ttl COOLS) POR CRTEPxTlNS f4EW S BEFORE CUASTISIKG WIM POR) E.FPECTS/-^TJAEY'TELLISAS OR^TTEDR^NOUR RECITAL SOUMOtD ^DOM'T UVLJAVSE L\ONJ W UMOER6TAMD happiness in the second portion of the "noval. jRrphanion enters .only briefly-, in letters to Jallez! Particularly effective are his com-* ments on the aftermath of war: "No, I won't let myself go back on the world we knew before 'H; I'm too much afraid that I might have to eat my words later. The immediate future is not particularly reassuring. "1937! Shall we turn our thoughts, a little to 1937? I well remember the forecasts I made to myself. . . . What I saw was the heyday of the century, just that. A great period, solidly based, having found its feet and established itself in equilibrium. . . . JL would represent the final achievement;, the maturity of forms of life and civilization toward which the whole of our western world has been moving ... "And. now what sort of prospect does 1937 hold out to you?'i find, that I no longer have' any views on the subject, I sometimes' wonder whether, by creating a whole mass of small new states with all their history to make, aro we., not watering and manuring into fresh strength the plant, of nationalism? I wonder whether, by overthrow 1 ing the old Europe aud SQtting up. a new one, all awry, made: .up of odds and ends and deliberately deprived of any common ideal, all collective enthusiasm, of anything resembling a soul, a Europe in which the discontented will be counted, by millions, we are 'not handing it over in advance to. the forces of internal anarchy, to local adventures bred of delirium, an'4 respair. the result of which no one can foresee." Your Federal Income Tax No. 7 Norrnal Tax, Surtax And Defense Tax Rates excess of 10 'percent of the- amount eht: tax- law/imposes, is a tax of 10 of the net- tacome. For in^t^nce,. Rercent .of 'the -conibined : normal if the net income is $3,000,• no more i mx and siurtax than'$300 earned'nefc income" credit ' ' '' mal tax rate, of 4 ,.„, The personal exemption %nc| [credit for dependents : are ailsq • aU , lowable as credits , agaimt the"n^t '.income for the purpose of the sur- j tax/the resulting net- income being designated ".surtax net/ mcome.' ; - Tlie surtax is imposed' on, surt^ net incomes in excess of .|4.000. The ( rates, increase as the 'amoupi.of the jsrjrtax iiet income increase.s <v • On a surta^:. net income of-$iQQO or less there fe .no surtax. Qn : 'a. surtax, net < income, in' excess- of Stf.OOO.and. 11,01 'LH excess o£ $6,000. the rate is 4 percent Qjf such ex-, cess. The surtax, upon a sintax.ne> mcom.e of §6,000 is $8Q r anci 'uppu a surtax net, incom.e . in excess of 56,000 a,nd not In excess of SBCKKl" the rate is 6 pea-geiit-oY such'ex- icess in .aclclitibn to .the $80, or. a svrtax o,f $200 upoaV a ' surtax' net income of 518,000. The defense tax. which the pres j.$5,000,000,-the surtax: is $3,597,-780. i When . the surtax net - income ex- c^eds_ $5,000,000, the 75 percent rate is ^.'applicable tcv such- excess,' in addition''to the 'siirtax of "^3,5^7,780. • Taxpayers are urged to read care- rfully, "and understandingly 'the iri- { come -tax forms before'" preparing 'their returns. It they, need,'.any help, "they can gei it without cost by - coiisulting- ; . th e nearesfc collector of- internal - revenue,' deputy- collector, or', internal- revenue agent. -'Damascus ;is' said to"' be 'the .world's . oldest" city. •. . -The. 'Courier Ne^s has been auto make.formalI announce- Qf..the" foUowiug.. candidates Wic office at- tha municipal e ! ecfcion --.Apr-U- ' l.~ : --'- - - For; Mayor TOM A. LTTTLE HOLD EVERYTHING By Clyde Lewis Income taxes for 1940 are paid on iiet incomes and on surtax net u> : comes. A study of the insti/ucWoiis that accompany the Income tax forms v;ill §hpw how to compute the tax on such incomes. This brie!, statement should serve to help to that end. . '.'"•'• . The Intenial Revenue Cod.e provides for only one normal tax rat€. and that is 4 per cent of the i\el; income less the allowable pevkonal exemptions and credits for dependents, and an earned income cvedil of 10 percent of tl)c ainpunt_ Qf 1 the earned net income but not in 1 "llellp, there, my lilllc man-^bavc you done Your -•• - - • • ~ i i . - - • . •• . - i "-t ^v*« • <- s • — -«• I -V-- ^f^Ti deed today?"

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