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Blytheville, Arkansas
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PAGE FOUR BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, MARCH SO, THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS | TOB OOURHR NIWS co. H. W. BAXMtt, Publisher HARRY A. HA1NKS, Assistant Publisher A. A. FREDRICKSON. Editor PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertising Manager Bolt National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Intend as second class matter at the post- office at Blytheville, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October 9, 1917. Member of The A«ociaJ*d Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city of Blytheville or any suburban town where carrier service is maintained, 25c per week. By mail, within a radius of 50 miles. $5.00 per year, $2.50 for six months, $1.25 for three months; by mail outside 50 mile zone, $12.50 per year payable in advance. Meditations It's sometimes part of a theatre critic's job to knock after he gets in. # * * Tou really don't carry a whole lot of weight when you're all wrapped up in yourself. »' * * Regardless of what they say on TV, the most popular brand of cigarets is the one on the desk of the other guy in the office. * * * A man in Oregon had his wife arrested after she threw a pumpkin pie at him. Personally, we'd prefer cherry. « * * To the romantic girl, those sweet nothing* are really something. I War Itself Breeds Impacts I Worse Than H-Bombs j. 1 Anyone who reads the horrifying I details of the new H-bomb recently ex- I ploded in mid-Pacific may think he I knows the only reason worth knowing| as to why there ought never to be another great war. But many other reasons exist, reasons that have nothing to do with H-bombs and A-bombs. The problem of war is brilliantly discussed by Raymond Aron, leading French commentator, in his new book called ''The Century of Total War." Aron points out convincingly that the kind of total wars we have been fighting in this century are so colossal in their impact upon, modern society that, once launched, they become practically ungovernable. Because they are so all-embracing, they acquire a momentum all their own Age-old habits of living are smashed forever. Social institutions go down. Human roots are torn up, and people moved about like pawns. The government intrudes upon life as never before, and from some of the places it enters it does not later retreat. Some, or all, of the couses of a war can be lost sight of before it is finished. Aims announced at the start are forgotten or modified. New ones develop. Propaganda slogans help to give the war a specific entity, almost without relation to what went before and what is to come after. Men concentrate on the war and give little thought to the peace they are presumed to be fighting it for. Not all this is bad, of course. Habit- smashing can be a good thing. Old ways are sometimes like barnacles. War brings great technical advances, widens the industrial base, even lifts the standard of living for many noncombatants (especially in a country protected against attack, as was the United States the last time.> But the trouble is that war is not a selective device for breaking outmoded habits. It trundles ahead like a steamroller, smashing everything in its path. It may sound trite to say, however, a far deeper thing than simply that you cannot tell who will win. He means that no one can have any sure idea what sort of life, what sort of world will emerge when it is over. So far we of the free world have been lucky. Not only have we won our great wars, but we have managed to come off without f&tal harm to our free system and its supporting resources. Yet, even if we could consign nuclear weapons to oblivion tomorrow, we might not be so fortunate in a future war. Truth in an Error The other day a congressman who'd invited to * otrttin gathering tent his regrets. By way of explanation, he telegraphed that "official cuties" prevented his appearance. It was a typographical error, naturally, but the lawmaker said what a lot of busy boys really ought to say when they beg off from fancy functions or from going home to dinner. Whatever you're in business or government, there are plenty of "official cuties" around. And apparently some of them pack enough influence to prevent your appearance in places not of their choosing. Frankenstein's Monster And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:—Hebrews 6:11. * * * What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.—Johnson. Views of Others Inspiring Example Over the years, an erraneous concept has built up in this country that when a person reaches 60 or 65 all usefulness has ended and retirement is mandatory. The advantages of experience and wisdom are all cast aside in the mistaken belief that the so-called aged cannot properly perform their duties. Hand in hand with the limitations which some employers have placed upon the aged is their neglect of the great reservoir of ability among handicapped persons. It is therefore refreshing to note the exceptional experience of the Bankers Life & Casualty Company in Chicago which had made a practice of employing aged and handicapped people. Out of 2,706 employes 104 are handicapped; 342 are older than 60 years, and 780 are more than 50 and disabled. The company's policy started seven years ago when a 73-year-old widow named Vernie Stuart walked in and asked to see the president, John D. MacArthur. "I don't want charity qr special consideration," she said. She was promptly hired and went to work opening mail, handling money orders, checks and premium cards. She soon won the respect of younger girls with whom .she worked for her efficiency and consideration. The company also liked her work and her salary has been steadily increased. Tqtfay she has passed 80 and is still going strong. She paved the way. Others who were aged or handicapped soon followed. Mr. MacArthur concedes that it takes a little longer to train an older or handicapped person, "but once trained they are more dependable, have better attendance records, stay on the job longer and .do as much work as the younger or so-called normal element." The findings of Mr. MacArthur coincide with a recent survey by Ohio State University which concludes: "Workers should be employed and retained on the basis of merit without reference to age." The company's most recent employe is Peter Harris, a lively 81-year-old. Along with other oldsters he has found friends, companionship, and security in his old-age employment. To us this is an inspiring story which we hop* will serve to encourage other employers over the nation to retain and. employ capable older or handicapped people. As medical science conquers disease and extends the average life span, gainful employment for. older citiens is of increasing and vital importance. These folks should be permitted to continue their contribution to. the nation.—Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram. Bis!Bis!Bing . Nero, the fellow who fiddled while Rome burned, was also an actor (so he thought), and in the ancient world be popularized tbj&-.eiaque, which has been brought to an end in the modern, world of America by the Metropolitan Opera, That (whew!) gets us across 1,900 years of history. And; now for the straid old Met, which has been resounding to calculated "bravos" for this tenor or that one from standees in the back of the house. There'll be no more, of that, says Rudolph Bing, general manager. Cliques and claques, "paid or unpaid," have overstepped the bounds of decorum and are annoying the carriage trade. Henceforth the number of standees will be limited and the ushers will police them. So far. so good. The claque member, to do a reprise by way of musical background, is a kind of adult bobby- -soxer. At appropriate moments during a performance he applauds wildly in an attempt to build up (1) the ego and maybe (2) the salary of the performer. Claques were most popular in the France of the last century and in Italy, of this one. The claquer became a professional and was hired by claque agencies for a night's work like any stage extra. The chef de claque started and led the applause. Claques also functioned (and maybe still do) at plays. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, so-called commissaries were scattered among the audience "and called the attention of their neighbors to the good points of the play. The rieurs were those who laughed loudly at the jokes. The pleureurs, generally .women, feigned tears, by holding their handkerchiefs to their eyes. The chatouilleurs kept the audience in a good humor, while the bisseurs simply clapped their hands and cried bis! bis! to secure encores." All of this sounds a trifle un-American, even though it sounds like what probably goe* on in the audience of a TV comedian, but we are glad that its domestic manifestations are going to b« banned over here. Let opera loving be spontaneous. Bravo! Bing (Rudolph, that is.)—Ashville (N. C.) Citizen. SO THEY SAY Eventually good sense, reasoned Judgement and American justice will prevail and Senator McCarthy and the excesses he represents will fade away.—Editor Louis B. Seltzer. * * * On the New York Central there is only one drivers' seat and not room for another.—William White NYC president. Our Military planning does not subscribe to the thinking that the ability to deliver massive atomic retaliation is, of itself, adequate to meet •11 our wcuritf Medt.—Ada. Arthur W. JUd/ord. Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD Peter Ed son's Washington Column — Our Lives Hang on the Planning Designed to Meet Aggression WASHINGTON —(NEA)— Anyone who can get his mind off the McCarthy dispute for just a minute should note a great debate of real importance to every citizen of America and the free world. The key question is: How will the United States and its allies retaliate in case of a surprise attack by the Russians? The issue was raised by Democratic leader Adlai Stevenson, in his Miami speech, in which he questioned the interpretation of the Eisenhower administrations. on's "new "New look" foreign and defense policies. It was futher questioned by Canada's Secertary of State Lester B. Pearson in his recent speech before the National Press Club. The original policy had been broadly stated by President Eisenhower before the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington last April. It was amplified in Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' speech before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York Jan. 14. Vice President Richard M. Nixon replied to Stevenson's criticism of the policy in his broadcast j March 12. President Eisenhower j pin-pointed it further by his press conference statement that the United States would not be drawn into any war in Indo-China unless it was the result of a Constitutional declaration of war by Congress. Secretary Dulles has now further , refined all this by an article in j the new issue of Foreign Affairs quarterly, and in his press conference statements. He emphasizes now that the important thing in U. S. defense policy is building up "the capacity" to retaliate as the best means to deter war. Application of Policies Is Next Problem So much for the background of how this great debate has developed. What must come next is the" practical application of these policies to particular circumstances. The North Atlantic Treaty declares that an attack agains't one of the NATO countries shall be considered an attack against them all. An attack on Washington, Ottawa, London or Paris could be met with instant retaliation by the U- S., Canada, the United Kingdom or France, alone, acting in self- defense. But the North Atlantic Treaty pledges each of the other NATO countries to assist those attacked "by taking. . .such action as it deems necessary." This at first appears to be an important escape clause. Under democratic government, no other course of action is possible. There is a further area of uncertainty in the NATO treaty. If the attack came against western Europe, there could be instant and automatic retaliation by the NATO forces, for self-defense. If the attack came against western Ger- many, however, or against the middle-eastern countries which are not members of NATO, how the NATO forces would be used is not clear. Atom Changes Defense Concepts During the past year, while the Eisenhower administration has been developing its "new look" de! fense policies the NATO command has also been making a new appraisal for what Secretary Dulles calls "the long haul." This has been based on the realization that for the next few years, at least, the NATO countries will have smaller forces than they anticipated three years ago. But they will have greater strength in nuclear weapons. This changes the NATO concept of defense. It also emphasizes the importance of having the European countries complete their ratification- of the European Defense Community, which would bring German troops into the picture. EDC is admittedly not the perfect solution for unified command under supra-national authority. But it is said to be the best solution now available. For Russia's Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov made two things clear at the Berlin Big Four conference. Russia does not want NATO and EDC to succeed and Russia does not want western Germany rearmed. These are some of the major problems confronting the NATO Council meeting which is scheduled to convene in Paris in early April, on NATO's fifth birthday. HOLLYWOOD - (NEA) - Ex clusrvely Yours: Ava Gardner, producer Joe Mankiewicz and every body concerned with "The Barefoot Contessa" denies that the movie, now shooting in Rome, is a parallel of the Rita Hayworth- Aly Khan story. But here's * digest of the plot: Ava plays a dancer with a Spanish accent, discovered by a fa- the downgrade. The dancer becomes a famous star, then marries a prince. Teaming of Joe Kirkwood and Johnny Johnston in a feature film about golf, "Cupid Under Par," is an eyebrow-raiser. They quarreled over Shirley Temple a few years back. In the film they'll battle over Cathy Downs, now married to Joe. The big reason why Lex Barker popped up at U-I just long enough to ink a long-term contract, then dropped out of sight, is the presence of ex-wife Arlene Dahl all over the lot in "Bengal Rifles." It's far from cordial between them. Lina Basquette, the silent film beauty, is about to marry again j in the east. She was the bride the late Sam Warner of Warner Bros. Don't gulp down the yarn abou 1 a rift between Jack Webb and Dor othy Towne. Whenever Julie Lon don's attorneys threaten to make it hot for the blonde, Dorothy slips away to the Monte Casino Hote in Mexico City. The 24-year-old beauty will be back in Serge?<i Friday's arms when the coast is b enear Gloria Grahame's sld« in Dorothy Dandridge tried tried, but she couldn't cancel out of a nitery date so she could accept an invitation to stag "My Flaming Heart" at the Academy Awards. galloping neck-and-neck down that old competition trail for the Reno'a Silver Spurs Award as the best western star of 1953. (Ladd for "Shane," and Wayne for "Hondo.") Hollywood's New Act— HymnQuartet HOLLYWOOD (#) — The newest act in show business is the most beauteous quartet of hymn singers ever assembled. The foursome consists of record- cleared by peace among Julie and "their lawyers. Webb •Janette Scott, a 15-year-old English actress who looks like Audrey Hepburn, landed the role of Cassandra in Warners' "Helen of Troy." Her mother is noted London stage actress Thora Hird. Maureen O'Hara clams up at the mere mention of the name of jher south-of-the-border adorer, but j she just returned from Mexico City and wealthy, unable-to-get-his-freedom Senor Parra . . . Anna Sosenko is paging Merle Oberon to play George Sand dramatization m of her Broadway "Lelia." Merle the Doctor Says— Written for NEA Service By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M. D. Few of us go through life without at some time encountering a serious illness or a major operation. If the disease or operating has been severe or long-lasting, good health does not return at once, even when the symptoms have all gone. Robust vigor and pep may take a long time before coming back. The period of time between the end of the active symptoms of a disease and the recovery of good health is called convalescence. People are often somewhat discouraged when convalescence seems to drag on so long. Yet convalescence from a disease or an operation is an important part of the picture and requires understanding and good medical care. An unusual amount of rest is almost always necessary. At first much rest in bed with only short periods up and about is generally required. The person who tries to do too much too soon may suffer a relapse which delays the return of perfect health. The motto for convalescence should be, "Do everything gradually." At first a short period out of bed in a chair is in order. The periods out of bed can be gradually extended to other rooms, other floors, and the outside world. The amount of fatigue shown after the periods of being up is a good signs as to whether activity has been of the right degree. Frequent Feedings In addition to gradually increasing the activity, plenty of sleep and soft but substantial foods are desirable. Most convalescents require frequent small meals rather than a^few large ones. Of c6urse, the inclusion of special foods at this time depends on the disease or operation experienced and must be individually prescribed. The principle of small frequent feedings of easily digestible food is Almost always the same, however, regardless of the type of illness suffered. Belaxatioa and realization of tivt fact that convalescence may be slow is an important factor. Many people are impatient to get well and tend to take chances too soon. The gradual increase of activity, proper diet and resumption of nor -mal life is the best guarantee that convalescence will progress as rapidly as can reasonably be expected. The care used during this period has a great deal to do with eventual complete recovery. Nature does not permit it to be hurried! • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Figure the Lead — Win Expert Tag South managed to lose his game contract in today's hand, but it is highly probable that most players would meet the same fate. It isn't easy to see where declarer went wrong. West opened the jack of clubs, and South won with the king. South returned a spade from his hand, playing the king from dummy, and East played low. South returned to his hand with a club in order to lead another spade towards dummy, but this time East captured the queen with the ace of spades. East shifted to the ten of diamonds, and South won with the ace. Sputh might have made his ract now by guessing thcont eskcxt distribution, but he tried the normal finesse of the queen of hearts. This lost, and back came another diamond. Needless to say, the fat was now in the fire. Nothing broke well, and South made only eight tricks; two spades, one heaft, two diamonds and three clubs. South could have made his contact, without the aid of any double- dummy maoeuven. Can you see the right line of play? After winning the first trick with the king of clubs, South should lead, a spade and play a low card from the dummy! West is allowed to hold the first round of spades with the eight or I nine, and his best defense is to shift to a heart. Dummy plays the nine, and n;ust wins with the ten of hearts. East cannot safely continue the hearts, so he must lead a club played trousers-wearing, cigar- smoking George in "A Song to Remember" — and Anna remembered. Tony Curtis gets Bert Lahr as his father in "Spring Song," the musical that follows "Three Gobs in Paris" on his U-I schedule. Basil Rathbone was offered a chunk of money to return to the screen as Maximillian in the Burt Lancaster-Gary Cooper co-starrer, "Vera Cruze," but decided that the brief role wasn't worthy of his star status. Hollywoodese for an Indian starlet posing for leg art: Cochise cake. Untold side-angle on the death of former movie czar Will Hays is that he had hoped to live until publication of "Dragon Watch," on March 25. It's a first novel by his son, Will, Jr. Hii of the Argentine Film Festival, attended by some top Hollywood stars, Was an American singing star named Wanda Curtis, appearing at the Flamingo night club < in Buenos Aires. Two years ago, Wanda was a waitress at Googie's on the Sunset Strip, serving flapjacks and hamburgers to some of the same stars. It has to be the real "Grahame" cracker for Cy Howard this time. The creator of "My Friend Irrna" gave up a .chance to produce "Around the World in 80 Days" for J. Arthur Rank, in order to Davis and filmsters Jane Russell and Rhonda Fleming. The later is subbing for singer Delia Russell. The Four Girls, which is the title of the group, sing for youth groups of Los Angeles churches. And that isn't all. They'll appear with their spirtual songs on TV's Comedy Hour Easter Sunday. Their record, "Do Lord," is the No. 2 seller in Los Angeles and is a hit in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, throughout the South and other places it has been released. A rousing rendition of a 100-year-old spiritual, it has sold 180,000 discs and is still climbing, I visited the girls in rehearsal at the home of Beryl, who is the wife of TV star Peter Potter. They were breaking in their new member, Rhonda, and such enthusiasm you have never seen. You'd think each of the girls had just won an Oscar. "This harmonizing is new to me; I've always done solo work," Said Rhonda, a Mormon. "She has a beautiful soprano, and just the same range as Delia," said Beryl, an Episcopalian. "Our singing sounded like something awful when we first heard ourselves; but it's not bad when It's all put together," remarked Jane, a nondenominational Chris- ;ian. "This thing is bigger than all of us," agreed Connie, a Presbyter- .an. Jane told how the whole thing- came about. All the girls are mem- )ers of the Hollywood Christian Group, a religious discussion out- it for show business people. It was ormed five years ago by such igures as Jane, Connie, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Colleen Townsend, who gave up her acting career for a religious life with her minister husband, Dr. Louis Evans, Tr. "We girls were at Beryl's church m a fund-raising drive," Jane replied. "Connie was going to sing, and Delia and I were just going to See HOLLYWOOD on Page 8 • NtA* After stumbling over them, Everett True figured the best way to get rid of a lot of display boxes in front of a grocery store was to put them bade inside. NORTH 30 AKQJ52 VAQ9 474 4542 EAST 4 A 10 7 6 VKJ106 4 109 4763 SOUTH (D) 443 WEST 498 V83 4 QJ863 4 J 10 9 8 4 AK52 4AKQ Both sides vui South Weit North last 1 4 Pass 14 Pass 1N.T. Pass 34 Pass 3N.T. Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—4 J or diamond to South's hand. Now South can lead his other spade, putting up one of dummy's honors in order to force out East's ace. This establishes three spade tricks in the dummy, with the ace of hearts as a sure entry to them. By .establishing a third spade trick in this way, South assures his game contract. I SHALL NOT chase them from my door or call them little brats, although my lawn is cluttered with their togs and baseball bats. They may use my picnic table for a grandstand if they choose and trample every Wade of grass beneath their boyish shoes. For some time in the coming years those very lads may be engaged in bloody battles to protect this home for me. — Greenwood (Miss.) Com- moawcaltb. , Screen Star Answer to Previous Puzzlt ACROSS 1 Actress, Marilyn —— 7 She is a star 13 Interstice 1430 (Fr.). 15 Peruser 16 Done over 17 Is (Latin) /18 Frozen water 20 Sorrowful 21 Feign 25 Fine wood overlay 28 Pesterer 32 Roman roads 33 Painful 34 Girl 35 Gleam 36 Bars legally 39 Pared 40 Ideas 42 Mischievous child 15 Social insect 46 Torrid 49 Roisterer 52 Hebrew ascetic 55 Inset (6 Approached 57 Pilots 18 Attemptcn DOWN 1 Female horse .2 Mineral rocks STidy 4 Staff 5 Chemical suffix « Weirder 7. Thoroughfare t Shoshonetn Indian (var.) 10 Son of Seth (Bib.) 11 Volcano in Sicily 12 Require 19 Court (ab.) 21 Human being 22 Legal point 23 Compass point 24 Smashes 25 Corrupt 38 Begins 26 Greek letters 39 Mighty 27 Bird's home 41 Preposition 29 Earth 30 Sea eagle 31 Bamboolike grass 35 Oriental coin 42 Flower 43 Coin 44 Her early calendar - 47 Heavy blow 48 Scatters 50 Golf mound 51 Make a mistake 53 Weight of India is well known 54 Capuchin 37 Italian river 46 At this place monkey

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