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PAGE FOUR BLTTHEV1LLE, (ARK.) COU1UEK NEWS TOE. SLTTTHEVILkJE COURIER NEWS: THE COURIER NEWS OO. H. W. HAINE8, Publisher J. OR4KAM SUDBORY, Editor F. NORRIS, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: Arkansas Dallies, Inc., New York, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas, Kansas City. Memphis. Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered us second class matter ut the post- office, at Blythevllle, Arkansas, under act of Coa- ijress, October 9, 1017.. Served by the United Press. SUBSCRIPTION DATES By carrier In the City of Blythevllle, 16c per week, or 65c per month, . By, ma.ll, within a radius of 50 miles, $3.00 per year, $1.50 for six months, 75c for three months, by mall In. postal zones two to six delusive, f6.5p per year; In ?ones seven and eight, (10.00 'per, payable In advance. Houses for lite American Public Enthusiastic over a ;5(i per cent increase in the number of building units erected in 1939 as compared with 1388, representatives of the building industry-are confidently predicting that homo building in 19'10 will, exceed that ol' 1929. America needs new homes—millions of them. It is encouraging 'to note that the nation is getting them, even if some housing experts have said they can't be built fast enough to take care of the needs. .Nearly J75,000 homes (excluding those on farms) were built in 1939 at an aggregate cost of ?J,DOO,000,000. In 1938, the total was about 350,000. homes at a cost of $1,300,000,000. It is forecast that new building 'units in 39-10 will total 000,000, or nearly 100,000 more than in li)2». While the prediction is encouraging, it may also bo deceptive, unless one un-' derstands that the year 1929 was by no means a "peak" year in building. A bit of folklore -is springing tip around the year 1029. Looking back- wan?, ire are likely to regard this year as the goiuen, moment in American history, As a matter of fact, it was a peak year in very few respects. It was rather the year in which the expiring bubble of finance suffered ifs final and explosive pin prick. As far as the building industry is ' concerned, the best year in the 'past two decades was 1925, \vhe'nk-!)37,uO'o new urban dwelling units were put up. After that, the industry began to slump. Up to. 1928, the decline was more or less gradual; but in 1.929 the number of units dropped from about 780,000 in 1928 to a little more than 500,000. This was a greater decline than that recorded in 1930. Building of non-rural family dwellings in 1929 was at its lowest since 1921. In 1933, it nearly expired altogether with less than 50,000 new units in the entire country. Even if 000,000 new homes are built in 1940, there will still not be enough construction going on to solve the housing problem. The builders concede that, without the benign influence of the Federal Housing Administration, much of the present construction wouldn't be underway. The PHA has made it possible for financial institutions to extend their credit and has made the home-ownership field accessible to thousands of persons who would otherwise have been eliminated. Hcceiitly the National Association of OUT OUR WAY Housing- Officials and the American Public Welfare Association formed, a joint committee to tackle the. matter of housing for the lowest of income groups. Perhaps, as more and more bodies of people, both official and private, become interested in the housing dilemma, there will be 11 movement, toward final solution, Until this question is solved there cannot be much .serenity for the nation. [ SIDE GUNCIS by Cajbrafth Publication la thk column at •dltorl&li from other newspaper* doc* not necetwrUy endorsement but ti u icknowledxi&cai o( terest In the subjects dlscuseed. They Shot Santa Clans It is refreshiiiB at this season to come upon nil instance of childlike faith such as furnished hy the good people of Loiilslmw. They still believe in Santa Cliuis, To be sure, Ibeir Sanla Clnus Is dead. Somebody shot him. 13ut they still have fiiUh in him. Sophisticated visitors from the out.side world lutvc, from time to time, csdilljitcd notable skepticism us to Hie true nature of ills beneficence. It is the general impression, oiilside Loulslniin. that the lute ixiuteliinn Santa dims, allns the Kmslish, dealt, tlic detythlilow to whatever had remained there, prior to his. coming, of the democratic process. II will be considered extraordinary,, outside Louisiana, that CO per cent of the state's voters questioned. In. n Gallup )>nil now express the opinion that Huey Long was ii' yood Influence. In an effort to nnaly/e this strange sentiment, it 'will be helpful to ponder other results of recent Gallup. polls In the Pelican stnte. A majority of those expressing opinions-believo that the state courts are dishonest. A innjorlly do not believe thnt the present, administration headed by Iluey Long's brother hns any Intention of cleaning house, next year if. returned to office, Yet, in n Gallup, foretaste of next yeni;'s election, support of these same voters Is found equally divicted between Governor Earl Long nnd Sam Jones, "reform candidate."- Moreover, Uie combined support for Long and Jlmiulc Noc, a former Htiey Long henchman now opposing Earl Long for I he governorship, Is far In excess of that mustered by, Jones nnd two other reform candidates. In general, therefore, the voters of Louisiana, believe their stale is thoroughly corrupt; llial iU courts arc dishonest., Its elections crooked, and Hint Ihcre is no cliance Hint Huey's political descendants will, attempt to clean house, Yet they seem determined to continue corrupt regimes in office. > j It might be worth much lo candidates for= of;-,. fice In other states, or even for national, honors, lo find the key to tills puzzle. Offhand, we think the answer may be Snntn Clniis. Consider (he reasons given by Hie majority that, thought Hiicy n fine influence: "He gave us free schools and- free books, lie built good roads and new bridges. He helped the poor in every way." That Is what the poor thought, and still think. By fur the biggest proportion of believers in his beueliccnce was found by the Gnllup-poUcrs among the low-income brackets. Succeeding regimes have tried, apparently with marked success, to continue the fiction (lint they are the friends of those in humble circumstances, it 15 no good to teli these voters that, actually, the ' kind of government they support is the enemy of rich and poor alike. It is no good pointing out that the real object of s\ich regimes Is self- aggrandizement Rral power, at the cost of human enslavement nnd the destruction of free institutions. Ml this is ti-ue, but none of it clicks, not with a man who lias been beaten by hard limes into n frame of mind in which a free lunch seems more important than a free ballot,. —Chicago Daily News. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1.9-10 • SERIAL STORY BLACKOUT BY RUTH'AVERS COPYRIGHT, 1639. HCf, SERVICE. PNC. "What's tlial, clear? You say you've just ripped the front fender off and it's my fiinll for insisting that you'learn how lo drive,?" v THIS CURIOUS WORLD By William Ferguson IN TWO V5ARS, THE A\OON PASSRS* B'&~FWE:F^M [>|F EAR'I'M AND THIS .S«.;NI Twersr-rv- RIVE TIMES ... e> WITH IT A LOMOi, SHADOW. ELEVEN TIMES, — SHADOW BASSES THE ELEVEN TIMES IT PASSES BUT THB6E TI/VNES IT TOUCHES THE EARTH... AMD WE HAV MEASURE TIME . BV (MTERVAUS PRON/IMCES TOUCH AjVSWJEK: Only one r..-. . Ontario. E£T: \Vhcre horns get llicir name. • THE FAMILY DOCTOR We in America .ire the greatest pushover in the world for propaganda.—Representative Hamilton Fish (Rep., N. Y.). i Yes, Women Arc Thinner; but Doctor 'Gives Credit to Movies' Glamor Gals When a song isn't sung to death, it will live. —Al Dubin, songwriter. I« I)K. MOK1US: FISIIBKIN Editor, Joiirna]. of the Awrrirau AI c J i c a 1 Association, anil of Hygfia. the Iloallli Magazine Apparently the rninpulgn : for slendcrization that bcjan after the World War is beginning to show its effects oti American women. A leading insurance company has found, by comparing the weights of women durin<; 1022-2^ with their weights during 1M2-34 By J. R. WilHains OUR BOARDING HOUSE with Major Hoople LAST WEEK WE KiNOA'RE THE MECK THE CHILLY DRkPTS tMTUB MOUSE, AM' ME MUMBLED THt OLD BOY WOULD, CMTCt-l THE EMT Of THIS K<^UT Aslo SPARERIBS IF UE lMSlO£ THE CITY LIMITS, AMD H&D (X BRICK WALL TO GET TM OUT ANN 1 HE ALWAYS. GOES A\VAY SPOOTIN& LIKE A AMD COSIES \ HOME GASPlMG LIKE A BEACHED CARP/ NUMBER. > ONE ' WITHOUT UH ABOUT SOUTH HE'S OUT WAVIM6 THE THUMB/ x"^/--^* .. ES RCMSTlM<3 = VHSTKIIDAV: Tin. Murnvln IIIIK Iji'i-n (oi'lit'ilin'il, , I'ji^Ki-nm-rx ruslt for Mu' llf|,J,,,:il«. Mart KI-IM IHT iilJ-sUTlnils vlhllor «lll> liver Hit; M'K'. A Kl'CUIIcl (lltlll'Jd KlrlKex. -Y«rj- (H (uir(, Slie rcvlvt-x Jn ji CHAPTER V!II f PHU stab ol pain in ber face made Mary Carroll open hei Instinctively, she reached oul unc hand to grip ihe edge of the rocking lifeboat. Instead, her hauc touched something soft—a sheet. The pain was momentarily forgotten as she looked around her. No longer was she staring at, rolling black waters. She was in a long room where beds had been packed closely together. A row of muslin- gowned women met her eyes. Leaning toward her was the occupant of the next bed. "I've been watching for you lo come lo," a :.:^al voice said. "I'm Mrs. Tully, one of tiie survivors from the Moravia, You wouldn't know anything aboul, unconscious like you \ra.s, but we were brought into this London hospital hvo days ago. And lucky to be alive at all." Mary leaned back against her pillow, her lashes fluttering like tired butterflies. She was alive then—she, Mary Caroll—and in London. - What blessedness! Her first thought was of Vincent Gregg. Vincent was ii London, too. No doubt he was in the hall outside file ward right now, his long vigil for her to awaken ended at las!. To be alive —lo be in Vincent's arms! The pain in her face meant nothing. Right now, she was too weary to move. When a gray-garbed mirsc-apppared, she tried to smile. Her lips were stiff and numb. She opened her eyes again as a figure stirred beside her. "Hello," said a reassuring voice. "I'm Dr. Lenox. Feeling belter now?" As he reached Tor her wrist, Mary saw his towering figure and' a thatch of red hail. The doctor went on, "You've beer, suffering from shock, I think the worst is over. You must be very quiet for. a long time. I'm going to give you medicine that will make you doze oil again. This won't hurt. Steady, please." Mary fried lo struggle up. There was something familiar in (lie doctor's voice—an obviously Yankee drawl. His red hair caught her eye. "Why, I remember you," she tried lo say. The words came thick and mutlled. "You were the doc-. J tor in the restaurant during the air raid." Dr. Lenox was smiting pleasantly but there was no flicker of recognition as ho looked at her Mary tried again, "It was so dark in the blackout that you've probably forgotten rescuing me." She stopped. It was loo difficult to make the words come from her stiffened lips. Dr. LCJIOX was shaking his head. "You'll feel much better altei some more sleep. 1 want you to relax and try not to think of what happened. There'll be time enough for that when you are well again." « » * WITH the nurse at his side, the red-thatched American docloi expertly administered the hypodermic and walked quietly away. Mrs. Tully had been waiting for him lo go, so she might lean over coiifideiiliaHy to continue the conversation. "That's the doctor who's been here day and night taking care of yon. He's very nice, don't you think? All ihe survivors in this ward arc crazy about him. He's an American—very romantic, don'l you say?" .Mary made no ausivciv Mrs. Tully went on in a lowered voice. "Course, JIOMC of us thought you were evei- going to wake up. But that doclor, he just wouldn't let you die. The rest of. us came in here, screaming and moaning and half-crazy. Dr. Lenox was the one, who got us straightened up. Knitted us along and said we were all heroines. But you were the one he was most interested in. You mustn't mind anything that's happened, dearie. We're lucky to be alive at all." She handed a newspaper to Mary. "Seems like I can't read thorn fast enough with all the news about the sinking ol the Moravia. Reporters have been in to interview us. And to think that we're here lo read about it instead of being at the bottom of the sea " With (his, Mrs. Tully rolled her eyes as if heaven must witness her gratitude. The hypodermic Dr. Lenox had given was lulling Mary. Through drooping lids, she glanced at the newspaper with its screaming headlines. She saw a black- bordered column headed "List of Dead." Her own name leaped up before !icr eyc-s. She stared at tiic type "Mary Carroll, 23, New York." Something must be wrong. What i ghastly error. She bent closer lo Ihe paper and found another list iabclcd "Survivors." Thank heavens, Anna Winter's name was :here. Then they were both saved Both alive. ' She tried to speak to, Mrs. Tully 'It's wrong. I'm not ulead. I'm Mary Carroll." • • '" Mrs, Tuliy-looked blank. "We're luck)'," she mumbled, "lucky to be alive, I say," i fell back 'exhausted on her pillows. When she awoke she could tell by (lie shadows slanting across the ward that it was early twilight. Her mind was clear now and (he pain in her face soothed. Everything came back lo her—Ilia newspaper and her name,' "Alary Carroll, Dead." She sat bull upright in her bed. Dear Vincent He must know at once. U didn't mailer lo anyone else whether she was dead or alive. But what agony for Vincent. . There was only one thing lo do and that was get out of the London nursing home as quickly as slie could and find Vincent. Dr Lenox had told her she must remain quietly in bod. He'd be of no help. She would have to leave without his knowledge. 0,'lie shock it and pain she had been through ?-' whittled her into a desperate cunning. From the nexi. bed came Die heavy breathing of Mrs. Tully. Mary rang a bedside bell. To the apple-checked nurse who answered the call, Mary said hurriedly, "I'd like my things." The nurse did not understand. She began to smooth the coverlet! She said, "You look more rested! Perhaps you can have a tray tonight with a light meal." "My things," Mary began again almost shouting in her impatience to be. heard. "Please—it's so important." The nurse hesitated. "It's against orders." Mary began to tremble and Ihe nurse, apparently fearing an attack of hysteria, put her finger to her hp in a quieting gesture and'dis- appeared. When she came back, she had a package, paper-wrapped! > m her hands. "Your dress and ft your purse," she whispered "Not that the dress, torn to tatters, will do you much good, but if having your tilings here quiets you, I'll chance going against orders" Mrs. Tully still slept. The woman in the bed oti the other side had her back turned It was the privacy Mary Carroll needed. With, shaky fingers she unwrapped the paper. She saw a gray dress in mangled shreds and a bulky water-soaked pockelbook. "This isn't mine," she began. "These belong to Anna Winters, my cabin mate." The nurse had gone. Mary opened the pocketbook. unmistakably Anna's,, and a note addressed —"To Whom It May Concern." Then, everything was forgotten as Hie door at the far end o[ the ward opened and a man came slowly down tl« aisle Vincent! . . ( (To Be Conl'imiciJ)' 1 " :as liecii a decline in | every age. The average weights mve declined from 3 to" 5 pounds. They affect older women as well s younger women. Actually ihe ilcler women have reduced more iccp.use they weighed more in the irsl place and consequently had nore to lose. In an analysis of the reasons for •onsistent reduction in weight, a SOCd deal of credit is given to the rampaign of. education on Ihe clan- ;crs of overweight. U is doubtful, lowcver. that this campaign wa.s :he most effective cause. Excess weight after middle age s associated with the chronic degenerative diseases of the heart, •cidncys and Wood vessels and also with diatctes. However, people A'lio are underweight suffer a higher mortality from tuterculo.sis and pneumonia. It any considerable number of women are questioned dircctlv as to why they hnve reduced "truer weights, it is not likely that many of them will reply honestly that they reduced to improve their health. s it is much more likely that changes in eating habitf, and fashions have been the primary factors. In Ihe first place, the idols o: American girls are the movie •luccns. The movie queens are thin Indeed. Ihe slamorous girls ate gawky. There is a reason for this: Fat .women do not photograph well —in fact, thin women look bigger than they are. A Hollywood star who wants to look Ihin on the screen ha.s to be thinner than normal. HolUwooii girls help to create the fashions, and fashion has an irresistible appeal to American women. When the ready-made dresses are prepared to fit a certain form. Hie vast majority of women fit themselves to fit the forms. With the increasing knowledge of diet, girls are being trained (o choose their foods for essential, fac'.or.s rather than for bulk. Be- .. .„ ^ vlv ,„,£,. cent check tax amounts of a wide variety of foods The minimum to get tha essential factors. Nowadays tho proper selection of proteins, mineral salts and vitamins lits a reduction in quantity of food. Down Memory Lane 10 Years Ago John Nolan. 78, known to hundreds in this city as "Scotty", passed away at the Blytlievillc hospital last night. Funeral service will he held for the aged Irishman this afternoon at the First Methodist church, where for many years he served as Janitor During the World War "Scotty", despite his age, enlisted as a coal stoker on a trans-Atlantic ship and crossed the ocean four times. Once he wa.s within 28 miles of his old home near Belfast but was unable to obtain Dcnnission to visit the old homestead. temperature yesterday was 29. One Year ,\RO - Washington—The ICC in its an- tlie tolal mini report, criticized the- Frisco railroad for "over capitalization in tile worst sense of the word." The 70th congress convened today and immedatcly opened a scattering fire upon the Roosevelt administration aimed principally at 'the New Deal's labor and Works Progress administration spending policies. Tile yesterday minimum temperature hero 40. t h i Embassy Ready For Venezuela WASHINGTON <UP) — Prospective opening of tiie new Venezuelan Embassy late this month is heralded here as an event of Pan American interest, since the ccv* struction and decoration have embraced motives of Continental as weu as national significance. Through courtesy of Ambassador Diogecs EscalaiUc, and Suiior Don Arttiro Lares, secretary of embassy, the United Press was afforded a "pre-vicw" of the city. Announcements The Cowier News has been foimi.'.ly aulhorljed to announce (lie following candidacies for olTice subject to thn action of the Democratic nrimniy in August. .Mississippi County .Tud.se ROLAND GREEN KlierilT and Collect"' riAbE JACKSON Treasurer R. L. (BILLY) CAUSES • i For Second Tenn) 'Ilir Courier News lias be.en u»-. thmizcd to announce the follow ing candidacies tor election at (ho Mun1cip.il Election, to tc held April 'J. Miiiii'Mpa' !'iits r 1JOVU-; HENDEIWON tfor Second" Term) BOLD EVERYTHING - By Clyde "No, no! llml's no way to:<tir--you s>olla be more lifelike!" . ° . . •..