The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 23, 1954 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 23, 1954
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PX01FOU1 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 2S, 1954 THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS tfflt COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. KAINES, Publisher EARRT A. HAINES, AisisUnt Publisher A. A. PREDRICK80N. Editor PAUL D. HUMAN, Advertiainc Sole National Advertising Representatives: Wallace Witmer Co., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Entered as second class matter at the post- office at Blytheville. Arkansas, under act of Con- fresi, October 9, 1911 Member of The Associated 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 Therefore the kin* said unto Shimel, Thou shalt not die. And the king iware unto him.—H Samael 19:23. Reflect on death as in Jesus Christ, not as without Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ it is dreaded, it is alarming, it is the terror of nature. In Jesus Christ it is fair and lovely it is good and holy, it is the joy of saints.—Pascal. Barbs Inmates of a southern prison held a ball game and track meet. The winner of the pole vault may be several counties away. A school principal says it's not right for parents to do their children's school work for them What makes him think we could? We're sorry, but tbe reduction in tax on lonf distance calls won't cut down the conversations of some folks on party lin«*. American sports are just good, clean fun, except with gamblers. They make it good cleanup fun. Loudspeaker Crackdown Has Our'Moral Support' We were happy to see Mayor Jackson and the City Council blow the dust off a hitherto idle ordinance Tuesday night and agree to enforce it. This particular ordinance prohibits the "piping" of music or broadcasts outside of the building from which they originate via loudspeakers. It includes use of outdoor loudspeakers by auction- neers and others. Only churches having bells or chimes are due to be exempt from enforcement. At the bottom of this matter is the simple proposition of respect for your neighbor's peace of mind and we feel that as soon as a few effected tempers cool, they will see it this way, too. The amplification of juke box m1isic or baseball broadcasts so that they can be heard by everyone in the vicinity actually produces no good effect. It only frazzles nerves of an unwillingly captive audience—the people who reside nearby. If noise of this type has ever caused a person to become a regular customer of any given business, then this fact will come as a surprise to the entire field of sales analysis. An interesting sidelight to the discussion of this matter at Tuesday night's Council session was the questioning of Municipal Judge Graham Sudbury by some aldermen as to the ordinance. Judge Sudbury judiciously avoided expressing any specific opinion, saying he would rule on the matter if and when a case of that type came into his court. He added that since the ordinance was, and has been, in effect, no specific Council action was needed to enforce it. Thus, he said, al?out all the Council's action did was give "moral support" to the chief of police in having the ordinance enforced. From the standpoint of practical politics, such "moral support" can mean a lot to a man whose appointive job hinges on the political fortunes of an elected official; i. e., the mayor. In simpler words: some people are going to be unhappy with enforcement of this ordinance. The Council's instruction of the chief to enforce it takes the cat off any one man's back and distributes the burden of the critter over several. Our point is that we would like to offer any "moral support" we are capable of providing—in connection with this or any other ordinance on the books, since we feel laws which have been enacted ought to be enforced, in spirit if not in tetter, or repealed. FHA Loan Scandal Must Be Probed Without Favor The government and .congressional investigations under way in the FHA housing scandals ought to be exhaustive in the search for collusion and skulldrug- gery between government officials and private interests. But the congressional inquiry, at least, should go further than that. The legislators ought to study the history of the law under which the "legalized" graft at the root of these , scandals was made possible. First indications suggest that it ranks with the most carelessly framed legislation in recent American history. Under the so-called section 608, in effect from 1924 to 1950, the government, through FHA. insured 90 per cent of a mortage loan for construction or rental housing; The provision was enacted to stimulate rental building in wartime. The amount of the loan was based on estimates by F"^A annrais^rs on the cost of a project. Rents were then scaled high enough to meet mortage payments and incidental charges. But if a guilder actually built a project for $800,000 instead of the Sl.- 000,000 estimated the law contained no provision for the scaling down of the loan. The project owner simply pocketed $200,000 in a "windfall" profit. The Internal Revenue Service now says 1149 building corporations received loans greater than the cost of their projects. Senator Bush of Connecticut guesses that $500 million in plush profits went to builders and owners in this fashion. And it was all strictly legal. That is, unless it can now be shown there was collusion between FHA men and private operators to overappraise the cost of projects and otherwise wink at padding of cost estimates. For the most part, the government has not suffered seriously yet from this unbelievable looseness in lawmaking. Tenants are the losers, paying excessive rents so the owner can meet payments on padded loans. Another scandal surrounds the practice of lending individuals up to $2500— $1,000 in the case of multiple-unit dwellings. Evidence indicates thousands of home owners have been cheated out of millions of dollars by high pressure salesmen roaming from city to city and persuading people to borrow money for improvements offered at excessively high costs. There is perhaps more likelihood of outright conniving here than in the other type of loan. Since this practice was most common after the Eisenhower administration came in, while the construction loans all occurred under Democratic regimes, neither party seems likely to go unscathed. The Eisenhower administration is to be commended, however, for acting swiftly to uncover the facts of this ap- paling story, whoever they might strike. The matter should now be pushed hard all the way—even to the extent of affording such restitution as may be possible to victimized tenants and home owners. Views of Others It's Been Nice It has bene approximately a year since the American people had heard a statement from .Dean (I will not turn my back on Alger Hiss'^ Achieson. In fact, one of the best things about that year was the absence of Achesonian comment. But at last the Trumanite Secretary of State could restrain himself no longer, and as a result the other day he made a statement sharpely critical of the foreign policy of his successor, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. One of the most reassuring things about Dulles' foreign policy, we must admit, is Acheson's criticism of it. Achescn, many people will remember with great pain and suffering, was not frequently right. But whether the strong and weak points of the Dulles fereign policy, Acheson should remember that Dulles has not presided over the fall of China to Communism as Acheson did, while "waiting for the dust to settle." Whatever Dulles' faults, almost anyone would be an improvement over Acheson. The best thing about Acheson's curbstone criticism is that it reminds us he is no longer in a position of power and influence where he might continue to do the tragic harm he did in the Truman-Acheson Fair Deal regime.—-Chattanooga News-Free Press. SO THEY SAY The Red Delegations Arrive Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD —(NEA)— The Laugh Parade: A spoiled movie child was about to celebrate his birthday, and his tutor went to a toy store to buy him a present. "What kind of a toy would you like?" asked the salesman. "Ob, just some little something that he can hart himself on easily," wai the reply. Description of a couple of rival movie dolls in conversation at a Hollywood nitery: "They sat there chatter boxing." Peter Edson's Washington Column — Drought Crop Losses Aren't Big Enough to Dent Farm Surpluses WASHINGTON —(NEA)— The drought in southwestern states is pointing up several other acute farm problems to U. S. Department of Agriculture experts. These are over and above the immediate damage to wheat and cotton acreage in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, western Kansas and southwestern Nebraska. 1. Indicated crop losses from the drought still aren't big enough to dent the huge U. S. farm surplus reserves. There's an indicated 72-million- bushel wheat loss from the drought and a crop 200 million bushels below last year. But the U. S. wheat carryover of 8.5 million bushels is still enough to meet all domestic and foreign requirements for the crop year beginning next July^l. So if not one grain of wheat were grown in the U. S. this year, the country could still get by. The cotton carryover of nearly nine million bales is almost double the requirement foa a safe annual reserve. So again, if not one bale of cotton were picked this year, there would be no shortage. looked on as more of a blessing than a curse. 2. Crop insurance payments to j wheat farmers in the dust bowl are I providing considerable immediate ' relief. The U. S. Department of Agriculture's crop insurance program is still on an experimental basis. The first experiments were made on wheat. The result is that practically all U. S. wheat acreage is now eligible for crop insurance. Cotton and coia lands are not insured as extensively. * In the drought and dust bowl area, for instance, nearly all the major wheat areas have been covered. This includes two counties in New Mexico. 18 in Texas, 23 in Oklahoma, 28 in Nebraska and nearly all of Kansas. The premiums paid the government for this insurance range from SI.25 to $3.25 an acre. The total loss paid when a farmer's winter wheat is blown away entirely, and there is no chance to plant a late substitute crop, varies from $6.75 to $8.55 an acre. which should now be taken out of production. In the six-state area worst hit by dust storms, .about 3.5 million acres of grassland have been put in cultivation in the last 12 years. This is about 10 per cent of the 37 million acres under cultivation in the 82 million-acre drought area. The people who put this grassland in wheat or cotton were generally the "drugstore" or "suitcase"' farmers from town who had hoped to make a killing in the World War II and Korean war markets. With abundant rainfall in this war period, the land produced without serious damage. This winter's lack of snow and rainfall, plus the normal winter winds, has been responsible for the dust storms that have now made the southwest a number one disaster area. These estimates are based on the assumption that there Will be normal weather for the rest of the crop year. Good rains were reported in the dust bowl area for the April 10-12 weekend. They have temporarily restores surf ace,moisture, but sub-soil mois- j ture is still far below normal. If the U. S. were to go through another extra-dry year like 1934, these huge surpluses which now overhang the market would be •Department of Agriculture claim adjusters are now in the area making settlements for farmers whose crops are a total loss. There is no indication what the total government loss will be. Congress is still interested in trying to put crop insurance on a workable basis. For this year, $7.5 million was appropriated. For next year the'House has approved just under S7 million. 3. Much of the damaged acreage is marginal grass and that never should have been plowed up and "From 90 to 95 per cent of this 3.5 million acres of land is sandy, shallow soil, unsuitable for crop production," says Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson. "Any permanent solution of the dust boxvl problem will include retirement of some land." An effort is now being made to j direct the soil conservation program to take about eight million acres of this marginal land out of production. This will accomplish two things: It will save the land for grass, for which it is suited. It will reduce the acreage in which, crops like wheat and cotton are planted and so help reduce the farm surpluses which provide today's most serious farm problem. W. C. Fields once asked a bartender to please leave the toothpicks out of the olives in his martinis. Said Fields: "I like to bob for them." The speed of telefilm making has revived the Hollywood silly about a visitor to a quickie producer's film set. The visitor was pop-eyed because the camera was turning on a set without actors, and demanded an explanation. The director said: "We start shooting at 8 a. m.—actors or no actors." HOLLYWOOD: Where half the population is on a diet because they're in pictures, and where the other half is on a diet because they're not in pictures. Definition of movie press agents: Clamor boys. Overheard: He's a character actor. You know he's only acting when he shows any character. Jackie Gleason revived this oldie: An unemployed movie actor went to work for a circus. The gorilla had died and the actor was hired to don a gorilla costume and do tricks on the trapeze. The first night he missed a jump and fell into the lion's cage. The lion made a dash for him, and the actor screamed. The lion jumped on him, slapped him with a paw and whispered: "Quiet, you jerk. Do you think you're the only actor out of a job?" J. Carrol Naish said it: "There are so many temperamental dolls in Hollywood I can't tell witch is witch." doings in your ear." Sign on a skid-row theater: "Six Major Features. You Can Sleep All Night." GROUCHO MARX spent a couple of days at a swank hotel in Palm Springs. As he was about to check out, he noticed the usual hotel-room sign, "Have you left anything?" Groucho went to the desk and scribbled a note which he then pinned to the sign. It read: "Nothing but the dresser and I couldn't get that into my suitcase." Depressed musician to another: "One of these days I'm going: to end it all by jumping headfirst into my phonograph while it's changing: records." Red Skelton says that business is so bad in some movie houses that the managers have asked the ushers to help out with the coughing. After a recent southern California cold spell, a highway orange stand dsiplayed this sign: "Sunlamp-kissed oranges." Jimmy Durante, pausing to comb his hair before a TV show: "There's not much, but there's a muscle in every strand." 75 /ears Ago /it I/yf/it vi//< Mrs. C. G. Redman was hostess to three former schoolmates at a house party at her home this weekend. The four friends had not been together for more than 20 years. Mrs. W. A. Stickmon has returned from Paragould where she has been visiting for several days. J. Nell Brooks has returned from a two day motor trip to Fayettville and other parts of Northeast Ark* ansas. Sign on an RKO studio telephone: "Nobody Allowed to Use This Telephone." Sign on a bicycle at Paramount: "Police Department: Please Do Not Take.". . .Sign in a Hollywood beauty parlor: "Where the stars twinkle until they wrinkle."' A FIRE broke out the other day in the film-cutting room of a studio which has been turning out a series of poor pictures. Talking about it later, an actor said: "They put out the blaze before it could do much good." Talking ..about a movie glamor doll, George Glass said: "She goes ;hrough life whining and dining." Sunday School Lesson— Written for NEA Service If the (H-Bomb) tests are continued, there is danger a desert sea will be created in the Pacific. — Japanese Dr. Knanji Sud». A common experience in life is the extent to which ideas formed when one is young become aliered in the light of what one learns later. A striking instance of this in relation to Biblical events and characters is found in all that the Bible has to s'ay about King Solomon. Probably like many others, I grew up believing that King Solomon was "the wisest man that ever lived." The wisdom of Solomon for adults as well as for children was proverbial. That belief would be justified if all we knew concerning Solomon were the accounts of his choice of wisdom and understanding above all things (I Kings 3); the story of his wise judgment between the two women, each claiming a child (same chapter), and his building of the temple (I Kings 8). But what a contrast and a tragedy of degradation when one turns to I Kings 11! What has become of the wise king, with his love of "strange women,' 'his seven hundred wives and his three hundred concubines who have "turned away his heart"? Also, what has become of the glorious temple, built by a king who has turned to idolatry, with all its corrupt and foul practices? Nor was this all. Associated with Solomon's moral downfall was the injustice and oppression that he inflicted upon the people. This soon became evident upon his death, when the peope demanded a lessening of the burdens which Solomon had inflicted upon them. Great palaces, and even great temples, have too often been built out of the life-blood of the people. There had been disaffection and i rebellion while Solomon lived, but the revolts had failed. But now, one rebel, Jeroboam, who had escaped to Egypt, returned and led a successful rebellion. He became King of Ten Tribes, in the Northern Kingdom of ISM el. while two tribes remained loyal to . Rehoboam. Solomon's son, in the I Southern Kingdom of Judah. i It was a successful revolution, j but the revolutionist failed. Jero- j boam, virtually anointed by a • prophet, risen to power with every I opportunity, soon emulated all that was evil in Solomon with none of S lomon's glory. j In about two hundred years the i Northern Kingdom went down to j disaster and defeat. Its Ten Tribes, ! the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel," j dispersed from a kingdom never to i bo restored. i Some profess to see the survival 1 of the "Tribes" in the Britons of a j later era. The cult of Anglo-Israel ! in its widespread propagandism has } made much of this. I have beenj | personally well propagandized, but j ! can see little warrant for the claim. I wards his hand. Without thinking. East played a low diamond. East should have known from the bidding that South held six diamonds and five hearts. Since there were six diamonds in his own hand and the dummy combined, it was easy to see that West held a singleton. East should have t^ken the ace of diamonds • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Study This Hand For Valuable Tips West could have beaten South immediately by opening his singleton diamond in today's hand. East would give him a ruff and would regain the lead with the ace of clubs to give him another ruff. As it happened, the singleton lead didn't appeal to West. Instead, he opened the ten of clubs. Dummy put up the king, and East won with the ace. When East continued with the queen of clubs. South ruffed. Declarer's next step was to lay down the ace of hearts, and the bad trump break was instantly revealed. After some thought, declarer led a spade to dummy's ac« and returned a diamond to- NORTH A A J 10 9 3 ¥ J852 • 64 23 WEST AK75 V 10764 • 3 * 10 9 875 EAST AQ842. ¥ None • A973 +AQ632 SOUTH (D) AS VAKQ93 *KQJ1052 *J East-West vul. West North 14 4V 5* Pass East Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—* 10 Overheard: "She's the kind of a girl who whispers sweet-nothing- jack of diamonds, South would have made the contract. East would have to win with the ace of diamonds. A spade return (best for the defenders) would force South to ruff for the second time. South would then lead a high diamond, and West would be caught in the middle. Whenever he ruffed, dummy would over-ruff, and declarer could then draw trumps and run the diamonds. If West "refused to ruff, dummy could discard behind him, and South would still easily make his 11 tricks. IF SOME of the pioneers of the industry were to return to the scene of their endeavors, they would be amazed to find some new cars with windshields on the side. — Laurel (Miss.) Leader-Call. ED PAGE FILLERS JUDGE; "You're charged with beating your wife for the second time this month. Liquor again?" Prisoner: "No, your honor. She licked me this time." — Carlsbad (N.M.) Current-Argus. THIS MEANS WAR — Moscow Vodka drinkers call 100-proof, bottled-in-bond Kentucky bourbon "whisky "American wine." — Memphis Press-Scimitar. POME In Which An Old Saying Is Reviewed In Which There Is Some Truth: Politeness is as politness does Or that's the way it uster wuz.— Atlanta Journal. A really quick and sure way]; of solving all traffic and parking j problems would be to make it • an offense to drive a car until it's paid for. Familiar Phrases Answer to Previout Puzzle^ and given his partner a ruff .to defeat the contract quickly. South won With the king of diamonds and casually returned the jack. West knew that his partner had the ace of diamonds, since if South had held six solid diamonds he would have bid six hearts instead of stopping at five. Nevertheless, West carefully ruffed the second round of diamonds. This ruff was necessary to defeat the contract. West then returned the king of spades, forcing South to ruff for possible for declarer to ruff out the the second time. It was now impossible for declarer to raff out the ace of diamonds and still get back to his hand and draw West's trump. A crossruff would produce only 10 tricks. No matter how South continued from this point he was sure to be set. If West bad failed to ruff tt* ACROSS 1 "Blow your 4 "Don't America short" 8"The must go on" 12 "How you?" ;13 "Ur p a " ;14 Dove's home 15 "Not up to 16 Maryland's capital 18 Heavy hammers 20 Choose 21 Born 22 Viewed 24 "Not worth a red " 26 Belgian river 27 "An old ' 30 Each 32 Fine yarn 34 Approached 35 Reviser 36 Lamprey 37 Norse god 39" up the band" 40 " men in wooden ships' 41 "All at " 42 Ruffle 45 Ate well 49 Opposing 51 Anger 52 Girl's name 53 "--— upon a time" M"—-on troubled watery" 55 Colored 56 French summers DOWN 1 Bugle call 2 Spoken 3 Recurring yearly 4 " door Johnny" 5 Sea eagle 6 Eyeglass parts 7 Meadow 8 Berate 9 "Burn a —in your pocket" 10 Pertaining to the ear 11 "Go , young man" 1? Looked at closely 19 Restrain 23 Arab nation 40 Homer epic 24 Walking stick 41 Cloys 25 Fencing sword42 Diminutive o| 26 Tokyo's Frederick former name 43 Depend 27 Location 44 Island (poet) 28 Soon 46 Noun suffijc 29 Had on 47 " go 31 Early English bragh" freemen 48 Remove 33 Ceremonies 50 "—- the 38 Baby ' mark" W 55 W

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