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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 15, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1954 BLYTH1VILL1 OOUEI1R NEWS \ ,^™ H « jHU'ftt'lVBk ''MV^Vfll f1f\ M. W. EAINM, Publisher' A. XAXHBS, AMttant Publisher A. A. FlUDRICSBON. Iditor PAVL D. HUMAN, Adwtttnff Manager lolt National Advcrttetaf R«pre»tnUtiv««: WitaMr Co., M«w York. Chicago, Detroit. cteK artier at the port- at Biythertlle, Arkansas, undur act of Con- October I, 1117. RATES: By Amor in the city of BlytheviUe or any Mburban town whert carrier service is main- •MRed, 356 per wccii. By mail, within a radius of SO miles, $5.00 per year, $150 for air months, $1.25 for three month*; by mail outside 50 mite lone, $12.50 per year payable in advance. Meditations And jay thorn into them. Thui talth the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth Mi 4ht word* of tUt covenant.—Jeremiah 11:8. * * * , I Know 1ft- God command*, whose powtr no PMMT zvcutfi.—Robert Greene. * * * Tom only have I known of all the famitte* of .the earth; therefore I will pvnish you for all your WjrtHri-Amot $:t. * . * * To leave no interval between the sentence and the fulfillment of it doth beseem God only, the Immutable.—Coleridge. Barbs It's about time for your neignoor to bring back your anow shovel—and borrow your lawn mower, rotter and seeder. ; '*'.• ••••..' .'«. * * . ' The average dollar bill tota about nine numths the Treasury Department. Own—nine min- One of the,millions of postcard* and stopped envelope* told ever yyear by Uncle Sam, we wonder haw many •' pocket linings for for- fetful husbands. •••• "•• '.' '•'. *.•• * . • » With income tax day* orer for a time, dad h»» had te find another excuse for staying late at the OcHce> . * » * Is it necessary for some-'people, simply because higher up, to be low down? Only the People Can Punish Abuse of Free Discussion The defenders of democracy naturally focus on free discussion as a prime element in our system. To be able to say what you think and feel is one of the Highest privileges of liberty. It is also an absolute necessity. Obviously is a system where the ultimate power resides in the people, a premium is put on their having the information needed to make wis edeci- sions. Free debate on the merits of issues and policies is vital to the process of informing: the public. You cannot hedge this freedom about with any major restrictions and still have. ... it. There is no way—in law—to guaran- . tee that you shall have no bad discussion, but only good discussion. To preserve the opportunity for honest and sincere discussion, the barriers must be kept low. We must accord men the privilege of being Wrong, accidentally or deliberately. We must allow a flood of propaganda, of epithets and exaggerations. We draw the line only at libel and slander, and language deliberately calculated to incite men to riot. Our history shows we have always had a good mixing-in of bad discussion with the good. It is to be expected. The only real restraint we can exercise is the moral force of a public opinion that may finally discredit men who falsify issues or malign (without libeling) individuals. Lately, however, in our democracy _ and others, the danger has grown that b?d discussion may become dominant. "Free discussion" is interpreted by too many men as the competition of propa- • ganda. In the words of a French commentator, when pushed to its extremes democratic debate can become a mere "rivalry of lies." The democratic air today is more heavily laden than ever before with the strident shouting of men to whom facts are incidental and sometimes annoying * encumberances. ,Many politicians deal from fixed positions, and wrap all information to fit their rigid outlook. As we have seen, we cannot legislate bad discussion away. We can rely only on the power of the people, the people who must decide the great issues. They can enforce a better balance ; between good and bad discussion when 5 they ire sufficiently stirred to communicate their views to their representatives, and to cast into the discard those public me* who practice the rivalry of lita. •• ,' ' \ A Leader—Against Senator Knowland of California could take a lesson from Rep. Charles Halleck of Indiana on the other side of the Capitol. Halleck could instruct the Californian in how to be a majority leader. That's the job each holds in his respective house, but the two go about it quite differently. Knowland seems to think it quite fitting to divest himself of his leadership garment in an important debate like the bricker amendment affair, and vote against the President he is supposed to represent in the Senate. When Secretary of State Dulles returned from Berlin a few months back, Knowland questioned him as critically as if he were a member of Russian Premier Malenkov's cabinet instead of President Eisenhower's. Now he's busy handing ultimatums to our Western Allies, which is supposed to be Dulles' job. Halleck, on the other hand, has suppressed his evident distaste for a number of Mr. Eisenhower's proposals and has fought like a Trojan for his whole program, as any lieutenant worth the name ought to do. If it is freedom to express himself that he wants, Knowland can have all he wants. But not while serving as the President's lieutenant. Views of Others Basic Principle Beyond tne immediate issues involved in the people of Arkansas to know what is going on at a hearing by a public agency—such as the state Electric Medical Board. And Chancellor Guy E. Williams has effectively re-affirmed that principle in a decision which might well be taken to heart by certain other boards and commissions which have proved in the past to be all too prone to "executive sessions." Chancellor Williams, upholding the plea of newspaper and radio reporters, ordered the hearing of the Electric Board open to trie press. The Board had earlier been instructed by the Pulaski ,, Circuit Court to look into the case of Schrimer's right to practice and at the request of his attorney the hearing was to have been held behind closed doors. The board now intends to appeal the chancellor's ruling and it is far too early, of course, to determine what final disposition will be made of the 1953 stalute on which the reporters acted. But regardless of the legal complexities of the situation the principle of public hearings will still exist. The newspapers and other media have a very definite responsibility in cases like this; they must report fairly and accurately and they must avoid pre-judgement. But above all this still remains the right of the people to observe the ope^ ration of their government bodies—a right which is certainly abridged by agencies which perfer to carry on their activities in secret. Courteousy Is Contagious Courtesy is contagious. Nowhere modernly is it more contagiuos than on the streets and highways. You act courteously to another in a tight traffic situation and he is impressed with that spirit. He's bound to appreciate it. He's likely to pass it on to someone else. Ever try to make a left hand turn against a stream of traffic and have every driver approaching hug the car next in front of him as if he had every right over the waiting, signalling car? of course, you have. Ever have an approaching driver slow down, wave you ahead to make your left turn, after you had been waiting for several cars? You probably have because an increasing number of people appreciate the rights of the person trying to make a lefthand turn. They realize that after he's waited for two or three cars to come on through the waiting man has the right of way. Don't you appreciate extreme courtesy on the - part of your fellow driver? Courtesy is contagious, and it is likely that its more general use will solve more of our minor traffic irritations and ills than any other thing. It is conducive to safety, too. Courtsey in traffic is contagious. In the parlor we are all courteous or else we don't get into the parlor too often. Glowering and glaring and uttering non- Sunday School words under one's breath at another motorist is boorish. It doesn't get the job done. Every time anyone treats you with extreme courteous or more so to the next fellow you meet in the same circumstances. We're more civilized in traffic than we used to be. Instead of get-out-of-my-way attitude we're more inclined modernly to the "You first, my dear Gaston."—Plainview (Tex.) Evening Hearld. SO THEY SAY SO THEY SAY FOR FRIDAY We've just got to be better and the (New York) Yankees have got to be worse. That should add up to enough games to make the difference. — Cleveland's Al Lopez. * * * Most of us now realize the people want to laugh and see more of real life — not just movies about work. Life is not all work. It is love also. — fovlct Movie Director • Alexandrov. I Haven't a Thing to Wear" Peter Ed son's Washington Column — One of Capital's Exclusive Clubs: F. S. &D. off. of Mr. and Mrs. E P. NEA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON—(NEA)—One Of the most exclusive and elusive inner circle organizations in Wash- ngton —and the world, for that matter—is "The Friendly Sons and Daughters of the Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Fierce." President Eisenhower belongs, as an honorary president of the White House chapter. And there are about 125 others in it—all of them chapter presidents, for it has no members. It was founded during the 1952 presidential campaign. There have been a few spurious rumors of its existence bandied about since then, but the authentic history has never been printed till now. The two founders were Assistant Secretary of Defense Fred A. Seaton and President Eisenhower's secretary, Thomas E. Stephens. The place was Beaton's room in Brown's Palace Hotel, Danver. The date was July 15. 1952, as near as anyone can remember now. Anyway, it was the first night aft-. er the Eisenhower party returned from the Chicago convention to set up Ike's campaign headquarters. Tom Stephens, born in Ireland and brought to America by his parents when he was 13, is a true son of Erin and probably, Public Pixie No. 1 -on the White House staff. A New York lawyer who was an Air Force major in Europe during the war, Mr. Stephens served as Eisenhower's secretary during the campaign and continued in that role after the inauguration. Secretary Seaton, now in charge of legislative liaison and public relations at the Pentagon, runs a chain of newspapers, farm magazines and radio stations .in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota in private life. He was appointed U. S. senator to complete the term of the late Kenneth Wherry (R., Neb), got on the Eisenhower train early and stayed as a public relations adviser. None of the Senate pomp or Pentagon brass has ever rubbed off on Secretary Seaton and he is one of the few top -Washington personalities of all times who has never violated rule number one, which is, "Don't tafce your self too damn seriously." So these tvro somewhat fey characters, Seaton and Stephens, were sitting and talking: about campaign plans .after hours. One thing led to another, and pretty soon there was born this idea for an inside gag organization to relieve the tension, The Franklin Pierce part of the name seems to have been picked out of the air. Nearly everyone hearing about this elite lodge for the -first time asks who the heck Franklin Pierce was, and seems surprised to learn that he was 14th President of the U. S. just 100 years ago. The Republican Party was founded in Wisconsin as an antislavery organization during the Pierce administration, though Pierce himself was a New Hampshire-born Democrat, something of a rarity in itself. Some stories have gotten around that the name of this new organization which honors him is "Franklin D. Pierce," but that is denied as so much Democratic heresy. At first it was to be just "The Friendly Sons of the Friends of Franklin Pierce." But when the wives of the founders and the first members heard about it, they complained. It was proposed that a June. ladies* auxiliary be formed, but that wasn't acceptable. Everything else their husbands belonged to had a ladies' auxiliary. The good wives wanted no more of that. So the name was changed to "The Friendly Sons and Daughters of the Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Pierce." Gradually the rules of the organization took shape. It has no constitution and it has no dues. It is dedicated to keeping the members sane, in spite of all the provocations they have to go nuts. To that end, there are three qualifications for membership. 1. You have to have been misunderstood. No. 2. You have to bleed easily—that is, you have to feel sorry for yourself when you are misunderstood. 3. You must ha^e committed a mistake. Not a little teensy weensy mistake, but a great big blooper. Among the first members—pardon, presidents—were Walter Swan and Lou Kelly, who were in charge of air and rail transportation at Ike's headquarters. Mrs. Charles P. Howard, now deputy director of civil defense, was one of the first woman members. Bernard M. Shanley, the President's legal counsel, and GOP National Committee Chairman Leonard Hall came along in due time. Stephens is now national president because he's stuck in, the White House reception room. Seaton is international president because there isn't any. You have to be invited to become a chapter president. The full organization of the F.S. and D. of the F. of Mr. and Mrs. F.P. has never met. But a second annual founders' day reunion and dinner is now being planned for the Doctor Says— § Written for NEA Service By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M. D. For some years April has been designated cancer control month by Presidential proclamation and by act of Congress, This is the time when the American Cancer Society raises funds for its activities in the field of research, education and service. It is a worthwhile endeavor. I do not subscribe to the belief that people need to be scared to death about cancer to do something about it. In fact, too much fear is to be avoided almost as much as carelessness in heeding warning signs. The person who is terribly frightened of cancer at all times should refrain from reading about the disease. He or she should merely become informed once and for all about what signs to watchi for and pay attention to, and should make a real effort to forget all about it at other times. There are important things about cancer, however, which everyone should know. Surely it should be obvious that no cancer can be treated until the patient has consulted a- physician and the physician has made the diagnosis. Early diagnosis is the most important factor. The person who stays away from the doctor in the presence of warning symptoms because he is afraid he will be told that cancer is present is taking a grave risk. Lumps Which appear on the body should always be suspect. Abnormal bleeding from any of the openings of the body is also always a cause for immediate examination. Loss of weight, which cannot be explained by dieting or other ob- vious cause, is another thing which should .be taken as a reason for consulting a physician. Of course, cajjcer in some locations is much easier to diagnose than in others. By modern methods of diagnosis, including X - ray many cases, even those involving the" internal organs, can be discovered early enough so that treatment is satisfactory. Examination must be complete and careful. Today. the facilities for diagnosis and treatment are so much better than in the past that great strides have been made in the conquest of cancer. More progress lies in the future.'" • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Even Great Player Can Make Mistake Everybody who follows tournament bridge knows that Sidney Silo- of the game. Maybe this is what o fthe game. Maybe this is what caused such a stir when Sidney got jobbed to a fare-thee-well in the recent tournament for the Vanderbilt Cup. West opened th,e deuce of hearts against Silodor's contract of three no-trump. Andrew Arkin, holding the East cards, falsecarded by winning with the ace of hearts. He then rpturned the five of hearts without either undue haste or undue delay. It is customary to win tilt first trick with the king when you have both the ace and the king. When Arkin won the first trick with the ace of hearts, therefore, he conveyed the impression to declarer and his partner that he did not hold the king of hearts. Silodor saw no reason to disbelieve East's first play. He assumed that West had the king of hearts, in which case his own queen of hearts could not take a trick. Since the bidding had practically dehanded a heart opening lead, ii was possible that West had opened from a three-card holding, headed by the king. Silodor therefore played his low heart a-t the second trick, hoping to block the suit NORTH 15 4Q 996 • AQJ6 4KQ9863 EAST 4 K 10 7 3 V AK85 • K73 SOUTH (D) 4AJ962 WEST 4854 V J 1042 • 852 4J74 • 1094 4 A 10 East-West vul. Soot* W«* North East 1 4 Pas* 2 4 Pass 2 4 Pas* 3 • Pass 3 NT. Pass Past Pass Opening lead—V 2 This was just what Arkin had been hoping for. West's deuce-of hearts had indicated that he had a four-card holding in htesuit, which left South with three hearts. If South's three hearts included the queen,, as the bidding tended to indicate, th« only chance to do declarer out of a heart trick was to talk hdn out of it. This, in ef- £ rskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD -~(NEA)— Hollywood on TV: Every TV soap opera now being performed "live" will be moving out to Hollywood to put the woes of the Aunt Jennys, Our Gal Sundays and John's Other You-Know-What on celluloid. That's the wedictio* of Edward Conne, executive vice president of Hollywood's new American National Studios, which has a multimillion-dollar telefilm program. Conne has 260 episodes of 15"The Family Next Door," already shooting and another, "My Sister and 1," are scheduled. ED CONNE MAINTAINS 1 that soap operas ''must be put on film to give them the movement they now lack as live shows." Radio gave the illusion of movement and action. "But you can't use tricks in TV. That's why soap operas are flat and dull when live." Partnered-up with Bernard Prok- ter, Fred Levy, Jr., Bob Hope, B.C. and tapping the movie know-how of veteran flicker expert Bill Stephens,, Conne and American National will also give the gun to these new telefilm shows by the end of May: "The First Time in My Life," "It Happened to Me," "Pick Your Winner," "Criminal Investigation, U. S. Army," and several other 30-minute servings of parlor fare. American National's big reason for buying up an entire movie lot (Eagle Lion Studio), and pouring millions into TV films, is explained by Conne: "It has to be on film, and Hollywood is the only place to make motion pictures." IF YOU'RE STILL trying U place the face. Reed Hadley of TV's "Racket Squad," handled the narration in Uncle Sam's H-bomb movie. . .A big, behind-the-scenes squabble abqut Joan Caulfield's glad rags in "My Favorite Husband" has finally been settled. She'll be gowned by Bud Perkins Gamble and oilman Frank Long, from now on. Want to win a TV star's son or daughter? It's the latest in giveaways, and the reason Lassie will have a mate in the "Lassie" tele- films. Sons and daughters'of Lassie will be given away as prizes in a contest for children. David Brian is wearing the kind of smile that Rocky Marciano sports after a, kayo. Or after a good line of dialog with Martha Raye. As TV's "Mr. District Attorney," he's finally escaped Hollywood's '"scoundrel" rut. "It was a strange thing," soft- spoken, deeply religious Brian told me. "On tne stage I was a leading man but suddenly, in Hollywood, I was a gangster .and nobody could see me as anything else. I had to give up a Warner contract to get away from gangland. "Now I'm on the other side. I took a stand—and it worked." with an eye on the future of fiUn«d TV. Six years ago Producer Edward Small starred him in "Walk a Crooked Mile," and Hayward tried to Jand the film's exclusive TV rights, instead of taking a 10 per cent interest in the profit*. "But Small also saw TV coming," Hayward told me on the s«t of "The Lone Wolf" s«ri«i. "H« turned me down, saying, 'Don't be crazy,' boy. They'll be worth, thousands someday.' " The film pops up on TV every month, with Small collecting every time it plays. THE SCRIPTS of "Rocky Jonea, Space Ranger," avoid romantics for hero Dick Crane because of his young fans. Found lunching with a dazzling blonde by a group of Hal Roach studio brass, Dick was given the look-of-horror treatment. "It's okay, fellows," said Dick, "I'm off duty." A new ABC television show, emceed by Walter Kiernan, is titled "Who's the Boss?" and features a panel of experts who try to guess the names of famous employers of secretaries. This could go on and on. How about a show with the cooks, chauffeurs, butlers .and laundresses of celebs? (Stop, I'm killing myself.) Latest count of TV stations on the air—388. Applications pending—260. Peggy Lee's pals are Jumping with joy over her recovery from a dangerous physical condition. They say she probably saved her life by cancelling a flock of nitery dates. 75 Yomrs Ago In f/yi/itw'/fc Mrs. Riley Jones entertained members of the Young Matrons Club and two guests, Mrs. Louis Applebaum and Mrs. L. E. Old, at a party at her home yesterday afternoon. Mrs. E. B. Thomas and Miw Clara Ruble spent the week end in Little Rock with Mr. Thomas. Mrs. Ernest Halsell left yesterday for New Albany, Miss., to spend two weeks. Louis Hayward, it now can be told, was the first Hollywood star feet, was what happened: After West had taken the fourth round of hearts with the jack, he switched to the deuce of diamonds. Silodor now had to guess whether or not to risk the diamond finesse. Even if the clubs turned out to be solid, he needed a successful finesse in either spades or diamonds. After much thought, complicated by the fact that the defenders had already showed themselves capable of tricky play, Silodor decided to try the diamond finesse. This lost, and his game contract was defeate If he had put up dummy's ?.ce of diamonds and run the clubs, he would have squeezed East at the end to make his contract. Television advertising In a "gentle" manner is proposed in England "Now, Chaps, there really isn't any Something like this, we suppose: particular point in changing your brand of cigarettes. On the other h^nd, mighten it be a bit of a lark? —Asheville Citizen. Second Farmer: "Well, lets don't do any complaining about it. Just think how bad it would be if the government started regulating the weather instead of just predicting it."—Carlsbad (N. M.) Current- Argus. »HU# Aunt Molly Harmsworth call* her half dozen roosters her Russian Communist leaders,, because none of them knows which one will t>e next to lose tis head. Colorful Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS DOWN 1 Finest 2 Miss Turner 3 Employer 4 Everlastin? 5 Prepared 1 as a sapphire 5 Blood — 8 hair 12 Direction : 13 Compass point 6 Conclusion 14 Contest of 7 Dinner course (Pi.) 8 as grass 9 Rant 10 Maple genus 11 Japanese monetary units 19 Auricle •speed 15 To cut 16 Paid notices 17 Level 18 Covered with pitch 20 Pilots 22 Negative vote 23 Eternity 24 Oriental guitar 27 Exist 28 Roman bronze 31 False god 32 Social insect 33 Bridle part 34 Writing implement 35 Courts (ab.) 36 Certain 37 Utter 38 Black as the ol spades 39 Tardier 40 Three times (comb, form) 41 Prohibit 42 Type of rifle 45 Edit 49 Heavy blow 50 Self-esteem 52 Toward the sheltered side 53 Cudgel 54 Novel 55 Vein of ort 56 Steamers (ab.) 57 Number 68 Views .- 27 Poker stake 28 Touch 29 "Emerald Isle" • 30 Suffix 32 Mishap 36 Footgear 21 Pedal digit 24 Tastes 25 Notion tree 26 Diminutive of 39 New Guinea Anthony port 40 Small pastriei 41 Nut 42 Sailors (slang) 43 The dill 44 Erect 46 Century plant 38 Scottish alder 47 Surrender tree 48 Golf mounds 51 Driving command 10 \

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