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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 5, 1954
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THl BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINES, Publisher BAAftY A. MAJNE8, Assistant Publisher A. A. FWB>WCKSON. Editor FAUL D. •ole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Kntered as second class matter at the post- office at Blythevtlle, Arkansas, under act of Con* frees, October *. 1917. 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, $250 for six months, $125 for three months; toy mail outside 50 mile zone, $12.50 per year payable in advance. Meditations the* to keep the king's commandment and that in regard of the oath of God.—Eccl. 8:2. * * * An oath! why, it is the traffic of the soul, it is law within a man; the seal of faith, the bond of every conscience; unto whom we set our thoughts like hands.—Decker. A girl with her hair done up in curlers couldn't look as bad as she thinks she does. ••''•/ * * * A Minnesota woman sought a divorce because JMT huband cut her long hair. Sounds like bar- berona treatment. * * * K's a cuatom for Finnish children to thank their parents for a meal just Beaten, We can't even get our kids to eat 'em! • •..»..* * The world la full of promising young men, sujrg a coltef« professor. How about paying ones? * * * One nice thing about spring - tt with flowers! We Don't Like Local Pilot's Late last week, the pilot of a small plane spent several -minutes endangering the lives of thousands of Blytheville residents. He did this by frying over the city at an altitude of about 200 feet- This may have seemed to him like a harmless bit of sport. He doubtlessly was confident of both his ability and the condition of his plane. However, this sort of maneuvering has led to an old expression in aviation circles which says "There are no old hot pilots." Many planes believed to be in perfect mechanical condition have suddenly crashed for one of the multitude of reasons that can cause a complex mechanism such as an airplane engine to cease functioning. In case of illegal maneuvers, pilot errors always shares the blame in such cases. Civil air regulations which are set down by the Civil Aeronautics Administration and are applicable to all pilots, state that no aircraft shall be flown at an altitude of less than 1,000 feet over a city or similar congested area. Even low flying over sparsely-populated countryside is limited to 500 feet. The reasoning behind this is simple. If a plane's engine quits and the pilot has 1,000 feet altitude, there is a reasonable chance for the pilot to glide his plane to an emergency landing beyond the congested area. A pilot flying at 200 feet over the center of the city would be miraculously lucky if he could stretch his glide beyond the city limits. It's bad enough when a pilot kills himself. But it is worse when a crash in a populated area extends the tragedy to include innocent bystanders. World's Mighty Cold Place For Country Without A! I ies If someone had set out to keep score on the constructive achievements of French statesmanship in the last 12 to 18 months, he would have before him today a blank sheet of paper. The French themselves originally proposed the six-nation European army as a device for getting German armed units under internationol control, where they would presumably be unable to make trouble for France, the ancient enemy. But since initially endorsing the EDC pact, the French have done nothing but buck it. And yet, We«t Germany has already signed the pact. At first France's Western comrades saw reason and legitimacy in the objection! raised. Every effort has been made to mett then objtctiont, Tht British §»- pecially have gone out of their way to devise techniques of co-operation with EDC which stop just short of actual membership. But the French greet each effort at solution with some new objection. They said the Saar had to be settled. Yet when Chancellor Adenauer offered a plan already approved by the Council of Europe they balked, offering some dubious pretext for breaking off negotiations. They insist on close British support, to make sure Germany would not dominate EDC while the French had large forces fighting in Indo-China. But when the British did their best, the French acted as if they did not hear. It is difficult to conclude anything but that the French are bent on pure obstructionism, a tactic with which they have had.a great deal of practice. History fades quickly in our minds and it is now forgotten that it was the French, even before the Russians, who objected to all early proposals to unify Germany and put it'on the road to recovery as a member of the family of nations. The time may be fast approaching when Britain and America will have to act on Germany without France, If that time comes, it will be interesting to see what the French do, and whether they seriously think they have any place to go but with their more vigorous allies. Views of Others They Just Have A Feel ing At a conference of educators held in Chicago recently, the subject under discussion was academic freedom, and a good deal of concern was manifested. One speaker after another expressed the Idea that there is a creeping fear among both student* and faculty that it might be unwise to apeak freely about any of the chief controversial subjects in the realm of social science and politi- tical economy. There is a timidity which interferes with the candid and thorough explortation for instance, of the Communist philosophy, or the methods of congressional investigations, or the necessity for the preservation of civil rights. The air seems, the educators felt, laden with threats. Yet when speakers were asked for specific facts or incidents which would support such theories or suspicions, no one could offer any evidence that would be worth anything in a court of law. One professor said he was unable to document his his contribution to the discussion, and that he "just has a feeling." As a matter of fact, there is not the least foundation for the fears which seem to haunt some of the members of the teaching profession. Unless that is, they fail in their teaching to hold a true balance and to discuss highly controversial subjects with objectivity and impartiality, always supporting as Americans the institutions of freedom against any philosophy which inevitably leads to totalitarianism and tyranny. Indoctrination under the system of education in a democracy is inevitable. Shall it be favorable to Marx or George Washington? Shall it support dictatorship or the sovereignty of the individual impression that Russian communistic doctrine citizen? In discussing such matters, to leave the impression that Russian communists doctrine has much to commend it, or that communism is, or has ever been successful in promoting freedom, peace and prosperity, is to step deep into deep and angry waters. So-called academic freedom has its limitations, and if professors, in some cases "just have a feeling," so have 160,000,000 people, whose patriotism and sound common sense lead them, to take their stand on the side of the American system without any hesitation or double-mindedness. —Lexington (Ky) Leader. Courting South Again At a party conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., recently Stephen A. Mitchell, national chairman of the Democratic committee, said the Democratic party has overlooked the South in the past. He added: "This is not happening any more." We. hope Mr. Mitchell is right. He then touched upon one of the most important factors in connection with national politics. He said that a major part of the ability in Congress is represented in Southern delegations. One reason for this is that the so-called solid South has more chance of retaining good men so that they can advance on committees. As Mr. Mitchell says: "They have seniority and if we get a Democratic Congress they will be the committee chairmen. This is true. Much of the trend of legislation is shaped by committee chairmen. Their approach to the solution of national issues is not based on sectionalism, however, but upon experience. — Lexington (Ky.) Herald. SO THEY SAY BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Spring 1954 1 ' Peter Ed son's Washington Column— Airing Hot Issues on Television WASHINGTON —(NEA)— The difficulties of a big American industrial concern in sponsoring a television or radio show that involves a news-feature presentation on a controversial subject have been pointed up sharply by the McCarthy story. Ever since Edward R. Murrow put on his March 9 "See It Now" documentary telecast reviewing Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's campaign against communism, there have been rumors that Aluminum Co. of America would bow out as sponsor of this program. It was reportedly too hot to handle. Inquiry at the Pittsburgh headquarters of Alcoa -reveals that the company now has no intention of canceling out. Its contract runs until next December, though the arrangement can be broken at any time on .short notice by either Alcoa or Columbia Broadcasting Co. The original agreement provided that Alcoa would have no censorship over content of the program and CBS would have no control over the commercials, though the latter were to be in keeping with the former. After the McCarthy show was televised, the sponsor got about 1000 favorable letters at Pittsburgh. Fewer than 100 protested. A few of the protests came from stockholders, who have to be listened to. A few others came from customers saying they would never buy another article which had the Alcoa stamp. Thre was some concern in Pittsburgh over how good a show like "See It Now" is for selling aluminum products. But now there is full realization that this type of controversial program has made the company's name better known all over America. The story is told that when Alcoa recently announced it was building a new plant in Iowa, reporters for a local paper went out to ask people on the street what they thought of it. One woman reported that she thought it was fine to have Alcoa come to town, "but who in the world is going to drink all of it?" That was what set the company on its program to make its name better known and better understood. The expectation is now that when, or if. Senator McCarthy makes his reply to the Murrow show on April 6, he will have one of the biggest television audiences ever assembled—short of national political convention coverage. That is one principal, reason why the sponsor is taking the excitement over the original show in a relaxed manner. The trade name is now better known than it has been in all the company's 65 years. There is another factor in this reconsideration. If some company like Alcoa didn't sponsor controversial shows of this kind, who would? Also, how does a sponsor MONDAY, APRIL 8,1954 Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD —(NBA)- Hollywood and GrapeVine: Elizabeth Taylor didn't feel like posing for the fan mags when she was on the plumpish side in "Rhapsody," but now she'll watch the birdie at the click of a shutter. Reason: Her new 19-inch waistline and 36-inch hipline. Red Skelton is saying that he's decided to film one out of every four future television shows. . . Baby-kissing politicans have a rival in Pinky Lee. He opens his daily NBC-TV show kissing babies—an average of 250 a week. Dragnet Blues: Director Jerry Hopper is tearing his hair over actors playing policemen in U-I's "Tight Sflueezem." All try to talk like Sergeant Friday, and Hopper has to yell at them to speak their lines like normal, everyday gendarmes. Rita Hayworth may not give next month's marriage of Dawn Addams and Italian Prince Vittorio Massimo much chance, but Dawn writes me from Italy: "I will continue my movie career after we marry with Vittorio's full consent. We worked it out before we were engaged." Dawn denies that her father, Capt. Jack Addams, is opposed to the wedding bills. let go of a show like this, without knuckling under completely to noisy pressure groups? The broadcasting chains can put them on as a public service. But this leaves individual stations the option of not picking up the program. When there is a sponsor and the time is paid for, the show goes on. From the listener's standpoint, and from the public service standpoint, it is important to have these big issues debated and, put on live to the largest possible audience. If there is to be freedom of radio and freedom of television as there is now freedom of the press, there shouldn't be any curbing of controversy. Among the 1000 favorable letters Alcoa got were a number praising the company for its courage in sponsoring such a performance. The fact that Senator McCarthy was offered the same time and facilities to answer Murrow's documentary is supposed to take care of any one-sidedness or unfairness in the presentation. But even here there is some comment from the senator's followers that this isn't completely even, either. Murrow is presented as an experienced showman with trained assistants and facilities for producing an effective, professional performance. Senator McCarthy is presented as an amateur in this field,'though that may be open to question. A press agent at Paramount can't wait until Alan Ladd's ready for a session with publicity photographers. He's located a racehorse named "Harvest Moon." and he wants to photograph Alan astride the nag so he can caption the photo: "Shane on Harvest Moon." Reason for the chill between Merle Oberon and Corinne Calvet: Merle didn't cotton to being one of a trio with Corrine in a telefilm series, "Women in Love." Now - we've - heard - everything dept: Sir Laurence Olivier will dance with Jack Buchanan in a big British charity show. He'll do Fred Astaire's steps from the number Fred and Buchanan did in MGM's "The Bandwagon." Just when wheels were ready to turn for a televersion of "Junior Miss," Fox renewed its complete rights to the Sally Benson stories. All the little wise birds are chirping that the studio will musicalize "Junior Miss" in Cinemascope. Bill Bendix's slick portrayal and Director Abby Berlin's movie-making methods have pushed "The Life of Riley" up the TV-rating ladder and they're already working on films for the 1955 season. Riley was the first situation comedy on radio, but was late in making the switch to TV. Here's how Bill answers a plot- snitching charge: "We've been accused of stealing plots from another TV show but it isn't true. They stole from our radio scripts before we could film them. We copied a show they had copied from us on radio." cidentally, if the TV star and Anthony Beauchamp aren't able to iron "out their differences. Sarah's already shed one hubby —music hall comedian Vic Oliver. Movietown street scene: The windows of Vic Mature's television store are filled with stills of Vic in Fox's upcoming big-screen effort, "The Gladiators." Bob Hope, about his Paramount wardrobe: "I think I'm getting hand-me-downs. Last time I wore a tuxedo I found a slip of paper in the pocket. "It read: 'Have this suit cleaned, presied and return to Rudolph Valentino.* " Joanne Dru's handsome brother, Pete Marshall, makes his bow as a recording star for Coral Records . -Now it's a big casting search for a doll to play the Vanessa Brown role in the movie version of "The Seven-Year Itch." So what's wrong with Vanessa Brown? Shirley Booth and Judy Holhday repeated their stage hits on celluloid, and so could Vanessa. 15 YMS Ago In I/yt/itvil/4 the Doctor Says— Written' for NEA Service By EDWIN P. JORDAN. M. D. In general, he (Senator McCarthy) has turned up some so-called Fifth Amendment Communists— and not very many, if any, were actually involved in conspiracies.—Charles P. Taft. * * * It is true there are at every level of our government able, patient, patriotic, devoted public servants—yes, and Army officers, too—but all too often, their reward is ingratitude and investigation.-—Adlai Stevenson. * * * We're still the team to beat. Yankee's Casey •tengel Travel by plane has become so common that the .question conies up more and moire often as to whether it is safe for people with various kinds of .diseases to travel in this way. Certainly most healthy people can travel in commercial airplanes at the usual heights, and higher in pressurized cabins, without suffering any harm. Only at extreme heights, such as flying over the "hump'' between India and China do passengers suffer temporary loss of consciousness during flight if not given oxygen. This is not a problem for commercial airline passengers. The lungs and heart are the organs most vulnerable to changing altitudes. A few—extremely few— accidents to the lungs or heart have been associated with flying. ed a collapsed lung < called pneu- e da collapsed lung (called pneu- mothorax) after flying at an altitude of 7 only 8000 feet. Ordinarily, however, only those patients who are under treatment with pneumothorax (artificially produced to treat tuberculosis or some other condition i, or who have some other lung complaint, should refrain from air travel for fear of this difficulty. If they do fly, they should make sure that the flight is not to go above 5000 feet. For specific information they must, of course, consult their o\vn physician. People with infected sinuses may have some difficulty, particularly since coming down fast in unpres- surized cabins is likely to cause pain. Some .substance which can be inhaled or nose drops which shrink the membranes lining the nostrils may be used to prevent this type of pain. Stork Flys, Too How about air travel during pregnancy? If extra oxygen is given above 5000 feet there .should be no question of lack of oxygon. However, if heart disease is present oxygen may be advisable if the plane flies high. The only possible reason why a pregnant woman in good health might refrain from flying late in the course of the pregnancy would be because of the possible chance of having the baby born during flight. Obviously, this chance is greatest during the last month. Each airline passenger must take some responsibility for being sure that lungs and heart are in | good condition before undertaking flights, especially if the contemplated trip may take them to unusually high altitude in unpres- surized planes. With ordinary precautions and with few exceptions there is no good reason why airplane travel should be any more dangerous from the standpoint of health than travel on the ground. • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Passive Bridge Is Worth Looking Into Passive defense in bridge is largely a matter of sitting tight and allowing declarer to develop his tricks without any help from vor side, ometimes, however, it isn't enough to just sit tight; you must take some positive action to stay out of trouble. In today's hand the defense collapsed because East allowed himself to fall into difficulties. West's decision not to open a spade was wise, since a spade lead would have given declarer two tricks in that suit and an easy play for his game contract. \ " diamond opening lead would have been best for the defenders, but West actually chose to open the five of hearts. East won wita U* ace and r* turned a low heart, hoping that his partner had led from strength, even though it seemed most unlikely. South won the second trick with the king of hearts and immediately ran his four club tricks, hoping that the opponents would be embarrassed for discards. East discarded the jack of diamonds and then a heart, and West could then well afford to spare a low diamond. South could tell that the king of diamonds was in the East hand, and that his play for a ninth trick was very sketchy. Hoping for some sort of end-play, South cashed the Gorgeous Moira ("Red Shoes") Shearer has resigned from the Sadler Wells ballet company and will be on her tees about acting from now on. She portrays ages from 15 to 64 in her new British movie, "T'fce Man Who Loved Bedheads." Carla Balenda and Frank Stuckert have co-authored a western screenplay, "Trail Partners." Guy Madison is reading it. with an eye to buying it as his first independent sagebrusher. It was Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, far from the picture | of health in spite of protests that 1 he's fit as a fiddle, who summoned ' daughter Sarah Churchill back to j England. Look for a divorce, in-1 Mr and Mrs. Bussell Farr and son Harry Carter, have returned from Port Smith and Hot. Spnngi where they have spent several days vacationing. At the Blytheville Cotillion club's first costume dance held Saturday night at the American Legion Hut. Mrs. Charles Crigger Jr. and Mrs. Renkert Wetenkamp tied for first place for the best costume among the women, both dressing as pirates. Thad Nichols won first plac* among the men in the costume of a baby. Mr- and Mrs. Eddie Regenold received the prize for being tht best costumed couple. Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Coppedge spent Saturday in Memphis as the guests .of Mr. and Mrs. George pfeuffer. EDIT PAGE FILLERS 1 col T .... It is too bad TV can't get the McCarthy^* brawls postponed to liven the summer programs.—Memphis Press-Scimitar. Oklahoma A. And M. College reports that the modern freshman's biggest worry is not grades but where to park his car. Educators may Sniff, but who can say this is not a sign of maturity?—St. Louis Post Dispatch. The United States Army conducts a 25 cent tour of Berlin which includes glimpses of Russians Posted there. It would be worth a tourist's quarter to look at a Red and mutter an appropriate messege sotto- voce .—New Orleans States. The Best Thing to take when run down is the license number of th* car.—Valdosta (Ga.) Times. NORTH 5 AQ64 W J83 '4.Q75 + Q 10 9 3 WEST EAST AA10873 AJ5 • 52 VA10764 *376 VKQ9 • A8* 4AKJ4 North-South vul. South West North East 1 * Pass 2 * Pass 3 NT. Pass Pass Pass Opening leadr-V 3 queen of hearts and then led a spade towards dummy's queen. West properly played low. and dummy's queen of spades won the trick. East should have hastened to drop the jack of spades under the queen. Instead, he woodenly played his low spade and was therefore compelled to play the jack of spades when the suit was returned from the dummy. South naturally played low, and West couldn't afford to overtake with the ace. Con- seuqnetly East's jack of spades held the trick. Now East was in trouble. He could cash his last -heart, but then he had to lead away from his king of diamonds, permitting declarer to win a trick with dummy's queen as well as with hit own act. Arch Nearbrite says every-* body should welcome the day when newspaper, headlines again refer to important subjects instead of concentrating on Joe McCarthy, Army dentists and Barbara Hutton and her latest husband- Fair Answer to Previous Puzzld ACROSS 1 Monkey 4 King of beasts 8 Young cow 12 "My Sal" 13 Measure of land 14 Wing-shaped 15 High card 16 Repeat 18 Subdue 20 Placed again 21 Owns 22 Rowing implements 24 Informal talk 26 Mrs. Roosevelt's first name 27 Vehicle 30 Truthful 32 What Epmans call their country 34 Deer's horn 35 Mental health 36 Footlike part 37 Embankment 39 Hardy heroine 40 Sleeveless garment 41 French wine 42 Jewelers' weight 45 Farm machine 49 Basic 51 Age 52 Low sand hill 53 Singing voice 54 Permit 55 Rousseau's hero 56 Equal 57 Worm DOAVN 1 Seaweed product 2 Step 3 Animals with trunks 4 Household gods 5 Frozen desserts 6 Prayer 7 Seine 8 Minds 9 Woeful cry 10 Tardy 11 Worry 17 Printing mistakes 19 Badgerlike animal 23 Fragrant seed 24 Fellow R O j R 25 Whet 40 Humped 26 Just off animal bottom, as an 41 Bravery anchor" 42 Grant 27 Customers 28 Small islands 29 Flat fishes 31 Staid 33 Caper 43 Astringent 44 Italian painter 46 Grade 47 Metallic rocks 48 Rodents 38 Cooking vessel 50 Short sleep •ft Jf so 31 W 33 5T

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