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PAGfcBIX BLYTHEVTLLE <ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 1949 THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher JAMES L. VERHOEFF, Editor PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertising Manager Sole National Advertising Representatives: W*ll»c* Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, AtUnU, Memphis, • Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday Entered u second class matter at the post- office »t Blythevllle, Arkansas, under act ol Congress, October 9, 1911. Member of The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city ol Blylheville or any suburban town where carrier service U maintained, 20c per week, or 85c per month. By mail, within a radius ol 50 miles, 84.00 per ear 1200 lor six months. $1.00 tor three- months; year, . by mall outside 50 payable In advance. mile zone. $10.00 per year Meditations And «hat ye study to be quiet, and to do with your own business, and to work with jour own hands, as we commanded >ou.—I Thessalonlans 4:1!. • • • It Is not enough to be busy, so are the ants: Tne question Is: What are we busy about'/— Thoreau. Budgeting Our Armed Strength American troops in JHpan will fight • if the country is invaded. That definite Army statement clears up the confusion that followed some em-liei- official pronouncements. But the Army is not going to mass large forces in this vulnerable area next door to Soviet and Soviet- dominated territories This would seem to be a sound decision. Japan is not self-sufficient. The job of supplying and maintaining a big force there would be enormous. The troops there now would probably have a good chance of defeating any invasion attempt of moderate size But if Russia should conceivably launch an all-out drive for Japan—which could be a prize of' doubtful valut—the islands might have to be classed as expendable in any event. \Vilh a limited peacetime Army— 10 divisions as compared with Russia's admitted 170—our military strategists are understandably concentrating more on Alaska and Hawaii in thinking of our western defenses. 'Cornsarn Yuh, Quit That Balkin';' Barbs Perhaps some women carry their years lightly because they've dropped so many. * » • While the government" is busy looking fur new iaxea we're busier looking for the old one». • * * It it weren't for the palms In the ritzy Florida •cafes waiters would moke a lot less money. • * • A health expert contends that two apples a day «re better than one. Why. of cores! » • • Across the street, across the nation, across the world you can help, in the Eed Cross Drive, the person who has a cross to bear. VIEWS OF OTHERS Flexible Farm Supports Best Price Kremlin May Be Groping For Answer to Atlantic Pact Not long ago the Communist leaders in France and Italy made some conciliatory statements. They said, in substance, that there was no reason to fear war between the East and the West in Europe. These, together with Marshal Stalin's equally mild statement to an American correspondent, were hailed in some quarters as a "peace offensive." ; ' Now the same Communist leaders in ,France and Italy have told the people of those two countries that if Russia should have to pursue some hypothetical aggressor across their borders, the Soviet forces should be welcomed and aided as "liberators." This may be just another example of Soviet insincerity and inconsistency. But it may also he a sign of uncertainty. Possibly the Kremlin is groping for a way to neuii\.Hze the developing North Atlantic alliance. United States policy has had its own spells of uncertainty since the war. It hesitated between softness and firmness toward Russia. It vacillated iu its attitude toward the new state of Israel. It has see-sawed in dealing with the Dutch and Indonesians And its various approaches to the Chinese civil war have added up to confusion. But our policy of dealing with Uie threat of further Communist expansion in Europe is firm. The bold concept of the Marshall Plan is being carried through. The logical next move toward participating in a North Atlantic pact seems likely to be made. More of our lawmakers now give evidence of realizing that the maintenance of peace and freedom in western Europe is more important than the prerogatives of tlie United State Senate. This firm policy may be reflected in the reaction of the French and Italian governments to tne latest Communist tactics. France is cracking down hard on the Communists in retaliation, and Italy seems in a mood to follow suit. Of course, the tactics in question can scarcely be c! issed am^ng the more adept creations of the Communist master minds. They are tactics that could only appeal to those who already owe their allegiance to .Moscow The French and Italian people, having experienced Nazi occupation and observed the fate of their eastern neighbors, know only too well what kind of "liberation" the Red Army would bring. But the governments of those people must be reasonably sure of American backing in their present stand. With it ; they feel strong enough to s;iy to Thorez and Togliatti that, in what amounts to an incitement to treason, they have over-stepped themselves. The • days when the prem-ers of France and Italy were forced to play ball with these men appear to b« over. Government support of prices for farm products Is a policy which few thoughtful persons now question. There nre two good reasons. First, when a price decline sets in, the farmer's prices are likely to lead the drop, and drop furthest. Farm production cannot be as quickly reduced as factory production. And second, the farmer Is a big buser ot city goods; so, when his Income slumps, everybody is hurl. But, wliile there is wide agreement on the principle of government support for farm prices, there is deep disagreement on how far the government should (jo In bolstering them up. Farmers themselves are divided. One school of thought Invors the present support inw, enacted by the previous session of Congress. This provides for "flexible" support of the major farm products at from 60 to 90 per cent ol parity—which Is a base price calculated to keep farm product prices on something of an even keel with oilier prices. The flexible supports would go into effect next year—at the highest percentage when the production was not too great for markets to take, and lower if surpluses begun to pile up. This flexible support is to discourage overproduction. However, the drop from 90 lo 60 per cent supports would not be made all in one year. It would be gradual as surpluses grew. And in addition to the required support for the major crops (cotton, wheat, rice, corn, peanuts and tobacco), the prices ol other products might be supported at any percentage up to 90, when the Department ol Agriculture found it was needed. The other school of thought wants' a rigid support of the major products at 90 per cent of parity, with production quotas to keep the surplus down. This plan was adopted during the war, to stimulate a big farm output. Most of the backing of the flexible plan is In the Mid-West, though prominent Arkansas farm leaders also lavor it. These farmers say f.scy do not, want their industry put in a strait jacket of production control, under the thumb of bureaucracy. They also fear that the cost ol financing surpluses at a rigid 00 per cent of parity will go too high—will cost so much that taxpayers will revolt. Clearly, flexible supports are the wiser choice. The government should not, in normal times guarantee any group n profit. It should go no further in this field tnan to enable larmcrs to adjust their production to demand, without taking ruinous losses. More than mat is unlair to consumers, and will, K uttcmplccl. backfire on larmcrs, because consumers are a heavy mtUorily. —ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT. Mackenzie Recalls Eerie Visit To France's Notorious Prison The DOCTOR SAYS By Edwin r. Jordan, M. D. Written for NEA Service The thyroid gland lies at the base of the neck In front. It is a gland of internal secretion, that is, It does not have a duct or passageway which empties Its secretion elsewhere as the salivary glands do into the mouth. The secretion from the thyroid goes directly into the blood stream. The the thyroid Is behaving normally, It produces just enough secretion for the needs ol the body. Among other things It acts on other glands and help to maintain the pulse rate. Once In a while the thyroid gland starts misbehaving and produces either ioo much secretion or a secretion which Is in some way abnormal. This results in a condition developing which we call toxic goiter. Symptoms Vary Usually the thyroid gland be comes somewhat enlarged. The oth- By DeWltl MacKomle AI 1 Foreign Affairs Analyst (Copyright 1949 by the Associated;! Press) J There has Just come to my hanr his final chapter to the story of ( : j sensational French killer whom encountered in 1936 during a nevei'i] to-be-forgotten visit to France's no)| lorloius Devil's Island penal colori-J off the Guiana Coast of SouttJl America. The several days I spent on thosJ' mysterious isles were a great adV venture, for the authorities told ml 1 was tils first foreign correspond dent ever permitted there. Ovel them hung the aura of past terror! and heartbreaks which form a ic chapter of the world's penal his-. lory. There are three little Islands irl this group—St. Joseph, Royale anc'J Devil's. They are ideally situated for imprisonment, lor about their. is a barrier of swiftly swirling aiu treacherous ocean currents. AncJ great sharks patrol the rocky shorcrl hopefully. Devil's bland held few prisonersll since it was used only lor tho*.| er symptoms vary, however, the I convicted of treason. Royale anc Federal Government Rates Another New First; U.S. Operates World's Largest Motor Fleet most common besides enlargement being a rapid heart rate, protrusion of the eyes, trembling ol the hands, nervousness and loss of weight. Sometimes these symptoms alone are enough to make a diagnosis. Almost aiways, however, doctors wish to have a metabolism test taken which measures more accurately the degree to which the thyroid is overactive. Toxic goiter should be discovered as soon as possible before it- has produced damage which may be difficult or slow to overcome. The most, common form of treatment has been surgery. Tn recent years some other methods besides surgery have been tried for toxic goiter. For example, a drug called thiouracil and more recently some of its relatives have been tried. These drugs seem to be satisfactory for some patients but not for others. Like all strong drugs they must be given with care. Now radioactive iodine Is given In some cases and this form of treatment is proving quite promising. By Peter Edson NKA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NEA)—In addition to being the world's biggest spender, lender and giver-awayer, your Uncle Sam Is also the biggest owner and operator of motor cars, trucks and buses. This is icvealccl by a new Budget Bureau motor vehicle report covering operations ot the U. S. governments fleet of motor vehicles (or the fiscal year 1943. While the report gives no breakdown by make of car or truck, It does provide good figures by which commercial fleet operators and even the owners ot family jalopies can compare cost and upkeep data. To Uncle Sam's credit, it should be said that he doesn't now own or operate as many motor vehicles as he did during the war. or even as many as last year. And any time the gov'ment nuts down on anything, it's worth mentioning. If all government-owned motor vehicles from jeeps to tanks were up, making speedmometcr mileage fiKures meaningless. So the statisticians have concentrated on uniform cost accounting for some 80.000 vehicles operated by nonmill- tary agencies in the United States. This represents about a third ol th- noncouibat vehicles and breaks down the 20.000 passenger cars. WOO station wagons and carryalls, 15,000 buses, 41,000 trucks. By government departments the biqsest operators were: Agriculture, 40CO cars and 15,000 trucks. Interior, 4000 cars and 12.000 trucks. Post Oliice, 54 cars and 11,000 trucks Treasury, 2300 cars and 1800 trucks Justice. 3000 cars and 700 trucks. Biggest single agency on wheels is Bureau ot Reclamation, which covers the West in 1300 cars and 330C trucks. In Washington, D. C.. there are 471 government passenger cars and 1127 trucks. To operate the 80,000 cars and :ks a year took 45,000,000 gallons true! of gas Total operating costs were » ull ^-o r- ~ - - nearly $40.000.000 for the year, for counted, the number would be close ga s, oil, tires and repair but nor, ' ' B trucks it was 26 cents a mile. On the passenger cars alone these costs break down to 1.7 cents per mile gas and oil, 16 cents per mile repairs and one-tenth ol a cent per mile for tires. Lasj y ear " ie government bought through Us Bureau of Supplies in the Treasury 4H44 passenger cars, 5465 miijht trucks, 4374 heavy trucks mid 1395 other vehicles. Total acquisition cost was $28.0CO,OM, but these figures should not be averaged. Typical average costs to the government were $1106 for a coupe, $1292 lor a four-door sedan, $1361 for ft carryall. All these 16,000 new vehicles were replacements for the 6300 passenger cars and 16.200 trucks the government disposed of last year. Average milease on the vehicles traded in or sold on the used car market was just under 60,000 on the passenger cars and from 2O.ODO to 560CO for the trucks. TVA got 91,000 miles out of its cars. Department ol Commerce over 100,000 Average age, six years. to 1,000,000. Apparently nobody knows the exact number. Best guess of the number ol military vehicles of all types Is close to 750,000. Not counting combat vehicles of the military services, the government operated 231.000 venicles >ast year. Of this number, roughly 180,000 were in the continental U. S.. 57,000 overseas. Impossible to Keep Books Cost data in the Budget Bureau report don't cover all these vehicles because it is impossible ,to Keep books on military vehicles and truck* which do a lot ol backing Ea. 1 ,, OLJ, Lllca nuv* i.. K ...- ---.T- o . - I-,,,.,,.,! o depreciation. The average was *318 The government has learned a the passenger cars, J628 for the lot about car upkeep. It now forbids trucks. Average annual mileage for cars reported on a mileage instead of an hourly basis was 8900 for the car.-, and from 2500 for the five-ton trucks to 55CO for the light trucks. Fourteen Miles Plus Par Gallon Average mileage per gallon of gas was 14.4 tor the cars and from 3.5 mp<- lor the over five-ton trucks to 12.7 for light trucks. Average op- cratinj. maintenance and tire cost per mile was 3.5 cents for the passenger cars, ror light trucks it was i cents a mile and for five-Urn the purchase of premium grade gasoline. It orders »n oil change every 400 miles, or every spring and fall if they come first. Congressional appropriation committees try to keep close tab on government motor vehicle purchases, to offset the frequently heard complaint that too many bureaucrats are riding on government rubber. Budget Bureau is now trying to standardize on replacing one-sixth of the government's fleet annually, to smooth out buying. Note: Dr. Jordan is unable to answer individual questions fron readers. However, each day he wil answer one of the most frequently asked questions in his column. • • • QUESTION. What effect doe pyorrhea have on the system? Is i necessary to have all the teeth ex traded? ANSWER: In pyorrhea there Is Infection of the gums along the edges of the teeth. There may be some absorption into the system from these infected ureas but the effects of this' absorption are frequently difficult to determine. The advisability of extracting the teeth is questionable and depends on many conditions. 75 Years Age In Blytheville — Mrs. T. G. Seal was leader of the program at the U. D. C. meeting Monday afternoon when they met with Mrs. W. M. Taylor with Mmes. A. M. H. Branson, Ivy W. Crawford and R. S Mott as co-hostesses. Mrs. Seal used fli her topic "The South and Education." Mrs. Ross D. Hughes was hostess to the Thursday Luncheon Club ith Mrs. H. Highlit!, Mrs. Walker aker and Mrs. W. D. chamblin Jr. guests. Jonquils were used t< ecorate the. luncheon table and Jrs. Chamblin won hiih score. Mary Lynn Jackson, daughter o IN HOLLYWOOD Bj Erskinc Johnson NEA Staff ConesponiUnl SO THEY SAY In spite of discouragements In spite of drawbacks, in spite of hanmcaps. in spite of Uic Intransigent attitude of the enemies of democracy, I believe H is but the truth to say tliat tne prospects (for world peace) are brighter today than they were a year ago and It may be they arc brighter than they have ncen since the end ol actual fighting in 13t5— Vice President Barklcy. • * * We have complied with, and are complying with, all our economic objectives The economic situation (in Argentina) Is as good, as secure, and as flowering as In the best ol times.—Argentine President Juan Peron. » • • If anybody thinks tnat we 'Republicans^ can win elections by merely opposing every bit ol social progress that has been made In the last 20 years, I say lie is crazy.—Oov. Thomas E. Dcwcy of New York. • • • The final prcciousncss of lite Is found In In[li\i<l\i:il expciienci 1 . \V« can riienity humanity in the abstract only If we recognize Us value m me suiKle human being.—Dr. C. W. dc Kicwici, pro- vest, Cornell University. HOLLYWOOD — tNE.M— Holly-| wood's biggest -story that may crack any day is the rumored decision Warner Brothers lo corner the fihns-for-tclevision market via an outlay ol $15,000,000. It's all hush-hush with straight denials to anything and everything. Several big stage-like buildings are going up on Jack Warner's ranch near Calabass. Calif. He says they are horse barns. The grapevine insists they are experimental television studios. . . 9 Jean Arttir's divorce suit against Frank Ross was a surprise to everyone in Hollywood—Including Frank Uoss. Despite tlicir long scperation, a reconciliation was expected - - • Prediction: Howard Hughes' only personal production job at RKO this year will be "Jet Pilot," a subject close to his heart.. . . Charles Boycr will go to Paris for a French movie when he winds up ills Broadway play "Red Gloves." • » » Note from an extra: "Thinks for the kind wordj nboul the ituys and K»ls In the extra ranks. But 1 hclifve we're more concious of the hurt in our hearts than we »rc of lite achr in our fcrl." New Comedienne , Director Eddie Bux.zcll is predicting n new career as a comedienne lor Esther Williams when "Neptune's Daughter" hits the screen . . . Ccsnr Romero Is telling pals he'd like out ol his Fox contract. He's unhappy with his recent roles M-G-M starts its parade ol Silver Anniversary films with two big ones next month—"Little Women" and "Take Me Out to the DM1 Game." M-G-M's "Side Stree Taylor and June Allyson . . Bob will be co-starred in "Too Young to Kiss." * * • Revised version of Hedy marr's "Ecslacy" will be reissued with 3000 feet of new film and Iti the world today for the fir.it time there Is knowledge enough, skill enough, and there can be produced equipment enough to relieve the suffering people of the world.—Agriculture Hccrc- tfry Brann&n. JUfortlhijr record: Dinah Shore's records sold 3,000.000 copies last month. At 5 cents a record, that S $150,000 for Dinah. imv title, "Rhapsody of Love. * * • Lou Coslello is down to sylph like 180 pounds. He usually weigh In at 202. Both Bud and Lou are raving about tlie script of "Abbot and Costcllo Meet the Killers. They like it because It has a solid story. There's a laugh and a murder almost every minute and, Lou says, •No matter where I hide the bodies they turn up in dilfercnt places. Muscle Man Excerpt from James Mason's Enterprise studio OlograpUy. sent to Columbia for his role In "The Blank Wall": "While Mason makes no prclchse at bciim an athlete, he is perfectly capable of plckins up a small cat ami holding it arm's length." The rich man's Tar7.au? Finncsan to Ed Gardner: "I tliink I'll solve the honsiiiK short- acr by inventing people who don't livr In houses." (iardni-r: "They've l>fcn invented already—They're called veterans.' . • • Cary Grant will receive the first script" of "My Darling Is a Knn- fjaroo." new Glenn McCarthy film story by Monty Collins and Frank Gil! It : s nbout a poor man's Dis- noy and his quest for a benutifln girl who rnn serve as a model for n kancnron cartoon he's doing, stun- is a fnntastic comedy HS stnnlinsly original ns "Topper." \vhi>-h first lalapullcd Grant, fame, McKENNEY ON BRIDGE By William E. McKcnnej America's Card Authority Written fi"- NEA Service Second Hand High Beats This Contract While in Washington recently I behalf of War Orphans Scholar ships. Inc., I hud dinner in the Blue Room at the Shoreham Hotel. Sure enough, there was Barnee Breeskin leading the orchestra. Barnee has set some kind of record for a band. He has occn playing tn the Blue Room or the Terrace at the Shoreham every night tor the past IB years. The band was one ot four selected to play at Ule inaugural ball. nd hand low." Barnee made th nusual play of the queen of dub St. Joseph were used for otheil great crimes like murder, Royalik was the main settlement and tlien I was quartered in a huge hospita used for the prisoners. Gueit of Prisoner The hospital was in charge of ift French doctor who was sen-ing sf| life term for murder. He was con victed of poisoning his wife for he: money and then marrying her ric'l sister, whom he also' poisoned. H a fox who crept about the has. ital on noiseless feet, and used tartle me by appearing at mj' houlder suddenly without my hav- 1 ng been aware he was near. The doctor's assistant was Joseph j Philipponet, a huge fellow about; six feet five and broad of shoulder, had torn a chief of police in; France limb from limb with hi; bare hands and was serving Ills, for it. : Philipponet was a» mysterious «: his master, and wns forever SUP- reptitlously slipping me messaged from other prisoners who wanted help for this, that and the other thing. To deliver one of these notw : he woke me in the pitch dark ot, midnight by scratching on th« wooden blind of my bedroom win-' dow and hissing like a, huge snake.. After my visit I heard nothing- more from Philipponet until a few, days ago when he wrote me froi the prison colony, saying he ] soon to b« released and asking if I. could help him get to America. H letter came through the Salvatioi Army, which does a w : onderful wor" in French Guiana. Doctor Commit! Suicide Of course there wasn't a chanci for me to get Philipponet int America, but I wrote to the Salva tion Army for further details. Yes terday I got an answer from i French army major who had hand ed my letter in the absence ol the 1 alvation Army officer. The major said Philipponet was eing liberated and sent to France the penal colony Is in process of being liquidated). The doctor, by he way, had committed suicide by poison. Philipponet figured » man with hl« record wouldn't stand much ch«,nce back home, and wanted to get a fresh start. He thought he' would try to get to Canada and then apply lor admission to thel United States. The major said Philipponet probably would write to mil n due course. Then came thto poetscript: . "I wa» about to sign and post'] this letter when an ex-convict, 1 brought me the news of the dMthi] n the nint. D«cl»rer went up wit dummy's »c«, c»me back to his hund with a diimond »nd led »n other club. When Btrnee played the duec DtcUrer naturally put on th« jac 'rom dummy, figuring that Barns lad split his honors. But X»st wo th« trick with the king, and no there was no way to stop Barue and his partner from getting tvv club tricks and two heart tricks defeat the contract. of Philippon«t. He was very well,! yesterday but dled tnl * morning Inil his room, of «n apoplexy of th«J| heart. "So his future is all settled. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest ». Jacksen , improving after having ^a eeve case of the measles. Miss Patty Shane Is ill *t her! home on West Main Street from % severe cold. Insect *J 1083 V85 » K J 10 + AJ83 Barnee A62 ¥ K J 75 * 97 1 .1 N W E S Dealer A 10 9 6 » 862 • AQS *965 Rubber— Neither vul 1 * Pass 2 N T Pass Opening—* 2 * < * Pass Pass VERTICAL 1 Grow to be 2 Hardened 3 Finish * Tellurium (symbol) 5 Tardy 6 Paradise 13 Group of nint 7 Pl*c» 14 Se* robber 15 Rumen HORIZONTAL 1 Depicted insect 7 More than 10.000 species are found in tht United . 20 Colonists to Postma's Holiday LA JUNTA. Colo. (U.P.)— Frank Frye. local mail carrier, has a new twist In "po.stman's, holidays." He Hollywood hears that M*dc- .- - - ic-lnc Carroll and her husband are, collects stamps on his day off. talking about reconciliation . • • ~~ ~ Homo Vincent set* a bit rola in' Head Oouriar News Want Ads. recently against each rhcss. Barnee is Is chess player, vyhlle his associate, Maxim Lowe, is a good bridge player. They tried out competing other in bridge and in todav's had Barnee put the ••queen',' which is an Important piece in chess, lo work to help him defeat the contract. Silting in the West Bnrnee opct.cd the three ol diamonds. Declarer won the trick in his own hand with the queen, took three trumps, then played clubs. Disregarding tht rounds the nine rul« 8 Weary 21 Army men 9 Area measure 24 Harangue voice 10 Touch lightly 26 Leave empty ISPlay on words 11 Musical " "= 19Ei!her ,,i Ul(Jl ? su 20 Legislative 12 Spanish bodies gentlemen 22 Accomplish "Sodium 23 Apportion (symbol) 25 There are — 100,000 species altogether 27 Revise 28 Girl 29 Right (ab.) 30 Da capo (ab.) 31 Boy's nickname 32 Medical suffix 33 Created 3S Sicilian volcano .18 State 39 Con 40 Concerning 41 Hails 47 Toward 48 Three (prefix) SB Hebrew month 51 Animal hair 52 Landed property 54 Esteem 56 Settled 57 Accommodated 43 Falsified 44 Pronoun 45 Dutch dialect 33 Kind of fur 46 Within 34 Opposed (comb form) 36 It is a favorite 49 ° rtlcr >s subject in Coleoptera study 51 Fish part 37 Worshiped 5.1 Near 42 Poker slake 55 Parent 'iT Hi

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