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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 29, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 1954 IHE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TBB OOmtm NIWS OO. E. W. HAINES, Publisher HARRY 4. HAINES, Assistant Publiiher A. A. FREDRICKSON. Editor PAUL O. HUMAN, AdmttUnt Man*f«r Boll National AdvertWnf Repr«ient*ttv««: ~" Wftttaot Wittier Co, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta. Memphis. Entered M second class matter at the post* office at BlythevlHe. Arkansas, under act of Con- frea, October 0, 19X7. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city of Blythevflle 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 t $1.25 for three months; by mail outside 50 mile zone, $12.50 per year payable to adrance. Meditations He will not svffer thy foot to be mored: h« Hurt keepeth thee wfll not slumber.—Psalms 121:3. * * * O Holy trust! o endless sense of rest Like the beloved'John To lay his head upon the Savior's breast, And thus to journey on! —Longfellow. Barbs A scientist says when the earth trembles we can blame it partly on the moon. Or in these days of speeding, on the son. * * * A western college offers a coarse for janitors. we could stand some sweeping: reforms, ' ' . * * * Drivers in some of the auto smashups on TV tre dummies—too! * * * Hire you bought the seeds yet for that farden you're going to be sorry you ever started? » » * The people who always seem to take what you have are the ones who have what it takes. Toffs Mark Will Endure In the Anna Is of H istory Looking back less than a year after the death of Sen. Robert A, Taft, no one can say with any sort of finalty where Mstory will eventually place him. Yet it seems unlikely that he will be found of lesser stature than such other great lawmakers as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun. What his stirred fresh thoughts on Taft's role in history is the publication of a book called "The Taft Story," by William S. White, a leading Washington correspondent of the New York Times, White has produced not a biography but a political profile. It is discerning, reflective, subtle, compassionate. It seeks pointedly to appraise the senator's significance for his times. White sees that significance as large. A few who have sought to measure the book tend to disagree. One historian, for example, said that he felt the passage of time would diminish Taft's stature. He stressed the fact that, except for the Taft-Hartley Act. the senators name is attached to no important legislation. This would seem trival and wholly irrevelent yardstick. Lawmakers are not baseball pitchers, to be judgel by their won-and lost record. Far more to the point is the power and influence a senator may exert over the general course of legislation. Gauged this way, Senator Taft was one of the most powerful men ever to establish himself on Capitol Hill. Even through many years of the long Republican twilight while Democrats were reigning at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Ohioan's was the strongest single voice heard in the legislative halls. A small part of this power came to Taft Because he was the bearer of a famous name. Much more came to him because he was the embodiment of a great political forces, a symbol of order and stability to all who saw chaos in the trend of events. Yet, fundamentally, he earned his position, of power through tireless devotion to the substance and forms of lawmaking. As White suggests, he was virtually born to the Senate. He made himself a legislative authority. He gained a reputation for honesty and integrity, with these things came high respect With respect came dependence of others upon him, and with dependence came power. True enough, Taft's name adorned very little legislation. But his imprint was on practically everything important the Senate did in his last 10 years of life. And the knowledge that it would be was a fact always to be reckoned with, by the whole Congress and the White House itaelf. Unless the. measure of a man's influence and significance alters radically in the next few decades, Taft'i big mark on hit own time will not wwily fade. Chance to See the World Evidentally, so long as there is a platoon of American foot soldiers on foreign soil, the cly will be heard: "Bring the boys home. If you hear any politicians raising it in the campaign months ahead, you can be pretty sure their political arsenals are on the empty-side. We have very solid, selfish, American reasons for keeping substantial numbers of troops both in Europe and Asia today. By one means or another Congress representing the people, has endorsed the decisions that maintain them there. The fact that they are there in peacetime is perhaps one strong assurance that far more of ''our boys" may not have to go abroad and engage in actual fighting. But there's another side to it. Does anybody ever ask the "boys" how they feel? Since we have a peacetime draft law that compels our young men to serve two years, isn't it possible a good many would just as soon see something of Europe—even dismal Korea—and expand their horizons a little? With all due respect to our domestic military establishments, some of them are pretty dull places. A fellow couldn't be blamed if he'd rather do a tour of duty in Frankfurt, Germany, than in Flin Flon. Idaho. No offense to our homeland intended, but when will most of these boys get a better chance to see the world and get paid for it ? Views of Others Souths Gain Not North's Loss One of the main points New Englanders have made in their argument with the South over textile business is that there is much unemployment in their region since many textile firms moved south. Some New Englanders argue that the government should award them contracts because of the labor surplus and unused plant facilities. V Southern mills usually can do the work cheaper. Thus the awarding of contracts to New England could not be justified economically, although the human factor of mass unemployment deserves governmental consideration. But there's a chance going on in New England now, a change which makes the northeasterners 1 plea for special consideration loss valid than it was. The electrical machinery industry is moving into the old textile mills and employing the former textile workers. Literally dozens of electronic companies have been lured to New England by the attractive sale or rental price on vacant factories and the labor market. While employment in textiles has dropped 54,000 since before the war, employment in the electrical machinery industries has increased by 84.000 during the same period. This change-over has not entirely solved the unemployment problem. In at least one city, Lawrence, Mass., almost one-fourth of the labor force is out of work. But that is a distressing exception. The whole process is, in the words of a Wall Street Journal reporter, "a production revolution that's remarking the industrial face of New England." Thus the Soutrrs gain, by the textile trek, is not New England's loss. The South has finally gained the industry which rightfully belongs here, near the source of its raw materials. And, after a painful transition period. New England is adjusting to the new situation. Thus a happy and sensible conclusion may be written to what was once a bitter intersectional fight. Too, there is a lesson here for those who would subsidize inefficient production instead of letting free enterprise and competition provide the economical conclusion.— Charlotte (N. C.) News. SO THEY SAY If speech were always to be wise, it could never be free and even where it is most strictly regulated, it is not always wise.—Sir Winston Churchill. I Don't know the bishop (Bernard J. Shield of Chicago), but if I had (to take) time to read all the attacks on me, I wouldn't get anything else done.—Sen Joseph McCarthy. I Think God deserved my first thanks and then the rest of the world. — Mrs. Georgescu, whose two sons were released by Romanian Reds. * * * I could play better wit me nose than dis bum (Liberace) can play with both hands — Jimmj Durante. * * * No law and no control is ever going to fcrow an additional pound of coffee, prevent a frost, or make a coffee tree mature any quicker than five years.— Coffee importer Sam Israel. * * * I think (Chinese Nationalist invasion of mainland) would work allright. I am convinced that is the only system for them to get there.— Marine Gen. Lewis "Chesty" Puller. In a. democratic society where there is a. democratic tolerance and freedom under law, many kinds of evil will crop up, but give them a little more time and they usually breed their own cure. WiaitoB Churchill. A Finer World of Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD Peter Fc/son's Washington Column — Loose Law and Not Crookedness Is Behind the Housing Scandals WASHINGTON—(NEA) — The general impression has been given that there has been a great deal of corruption in Federal Housing Administration. But when all the congressional investigations and headline hoopla are finally reduced to their essentials, it will be found that the cause for the scandal was careless ^aw-making. It will be found that everything done by the housing money lenders, the bigger builders, the smaller home modernizers and FHA of- iciaLs was perfectly within the aw. But it will also be found that a number of sharp operators, high- pressure salesmen, racketeers and worse were able to take advan- ,age of loopholes in the law for some highly unethical gouging of the public to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. If the Senate Banking Commit- ee under Homer Capehart of Indiana, or the Senate Expenditures Committee under Harry Byrd of Virginia want to do a real job of investigating these practices, they might dig back to find why Con- :ress wrote the law so loosely. islation. The argument was that private enterprise could do the job better. The significant thing is that j when housing legislation was pass- I ed, it was usually shaped to give the industry big profits and all the guarantees, at the ultimate expense of the housing purchaser or tenant and the taxpayers. These a re the fundamental causes of the present FHA mess. The now-dead section 608 was written in 1942 so that big builders could make millions cut of windfall profits by mortgaging out their operations. When this loophole was discovered, section 608 was repealed in 1950. One place to begin on this would be to review the 1950 lobbying investigation hearings and reports of the House special committee headed by the late Rep. Frank Buchanan (D., Pa.). The Buchanan committee paid special attention to the so-called real estate lobby. It was revealed as powerful and well organized. Its influence on housing legislation was sizable. Some elements of the mortgage banking and building industries ought all government housing leg- Title I of the FHA Act, under which home repair and modernization loans were authorized, was written in 1934 to give all the breaks to the remodeling contractor and the lending institution. They loved these government-insured loans for this work. Why not? The loans could be discounted at the banks for 5 per cent, cash in advance on the full amount. This was the equivalent of over 9 per cent on the money, if interest had been paid only on the balance due, as the principal was retired. The contractors had to charge the home owners at least 5 per cent more for every job, to overcome the discount. And the borrowers paid through the nose. The unscrupulous operators who took advantage of the liberal guarantees in both of these programs have of course given the legitimate, honest and responsible interests a black eye. This is only the first of the bad effects which the exposure of these irregularities will have. The will- j ingness of the Eisenhower administration to clean up scandals as fast as they are discovered is being commended. But at this time, the disclosures are most unfortunate. Home repair and home building are two of the most steadying in- i fluences in the present recession economy. Both may now drop. FHA inspectors in every local office in the country will now be inclined to reduce the value of loans they guarantee. Instead of approving a mortgage for $12,000, they will now cut it to say S10..000. Public confidence in all government housing has been shaken. Housing 1 and Home Finance Administrator Albert M. Cole has indicated that the Wherry Act and defense housing will also be investigated. The Eisenhower administration housing program, passed by th'e House and now before the Senate, has been pushed aside till the investigations are over. All programs may now be cut drastically. The home "trade-in" program which is being promoted by the real estate business has been set back indefinitely. A whispering campaign that FHA might not be able to pay off its obligations in case a sharp housing depression should set in now appears to be groundless. In its 20 years of operations, FHA has paid back to the U. S. Treasury $85 million. FHA has a reserve from premiums of over $300 million. It is considered one cf the soundest of government operations, though its reputation has now been blackened. HOLLYWOOD—(NEA) — Looking Backward at TV: The song lyric says, "What a difference a day makes." But what a difference 10 YEARS make. Wow! As a TV museum piece, I'm reprinting a column today I wrote in 1944, when I made my television debut as a gag. Television—in 1944? Why, sure! Here's the column: "Television," the man said, "is here." Why didn't I give it a try? It was a challenge of things to come in this world of tomorrow everybody is talking about. So, with a silly grin and my lips painted brown, I made my debut on television on channel 4-78-84Mc— Station W6XYZ—Paramount Television Productions, Hollywood, Calif. IT WAS lots of fun. Especially when the very trim legs of Preston Sturges' secretary, Jean LaVeil, made their debut on television—by mistake. More about that later. The program (the entire evening's program) read: •'Test Pattern—Recorded Music —8 P.M. "Erskine Johnson Inteviews Diana Lynn—8:30 P.M. ; " T h e Miracle of Morgan's Creek/ told by Preston Sturges, with slides from the Paramount picture—S:45 P.M." Jean walked right between th* lens, which was close to the floor, and the title card. "Oh, no," yelled Landsberg. Jean blushed, and then tlmoit knocked over a panel of lights in her confusion. Then Landsberg disappeared into the control room and a young lady shoved Johnson and Miss Lynn into a couple of chairs on the living- room set. Then the green-eyed cameri blinked and the soundman gave ui a cue to start talking. We talked about Dianna's movies and career for 15 minutes and it was all very pleasant. The proceedings were in charge of a man named Klaus Landsberg, who was everywhere at once. He supervised the make-up— three shades darker than film make-up—checked the brown lips (they had to be brown, he said, because of the lights), lined up the cameras, warned everyone to "keep it informal," then rearranged the sets and the lights and the cameras. There were two cameras. One for close-ups. Another for long shots. There was a big green light on each camera, to indicate "On the Air." There was a living-room set for my interview with Diana. "Just sit and talk—like you were at home," Landsberg said. "TELEVISION, I can now report, is here to stay," I said. "You bet it's here to stay," Landsberg said later. "Why, we can screen pictures now as big as those in film • theaters. After the war you'll be see, ing football and baseball games and news events while they happen in your neighborhood theater. "Most of the technical 'bugs* have been exterminated. Now it's only a problem of waiting for the war to end to get receivers and stations built." Klaus Landsberg started in Europe with television, then worked for the Dutch and British governments and now is director of Paramount Television Productions, a Paramount subsidiary — the only film studio with its own TV station. His job, right now, he said, is to develop the right entertainment technique for this new medium. But this, of course, did not include the legs of Preston Sturges' secretary. THE TEST PATTERN with the recorded music went on the air for~a half hour. (It took people a half hour to tune in their sets in 1944.) During the entire half hour Landsberg turned one of his cameras on a title card giving the station's call letters. It was then that the shapely legs of Preston Sturges' secretary—Jean LaVeil— made their debut by mistake. Unaware the camera was live, GEORGE SANDERS on his songwriting: "I wrote,one song, 'When You Make Love.' It had absolutely no merit at all. I've passed over that phase of my life, anyhow." A movie star, tellin ga story to her little boy, said: "Once upon a time there was a daddy bear, mother bear and a baby bear- by her first marriage." 75 Years Ago In ilythevilli the Doctor Says— Written for NEA Service By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M. D. There are many interesting and , sion could be lowered when these important aspects of high blood animals w e re given diets which were low in one part of salt. This treatment was tried also in a small group of patients, and it was found that the blood pressure could be definitely reduced in some of them. pressure or hypertension and different aspects of the problem are discussed in this column from time to time. One of them which has recently been brought to my attention is whether an accidental fall or auto- ' Another group of investigators, mobile accident can bring about ! also u 5 " 1 ? experimental animals, high blood pressure. To this it can be said that in the vast majority of cases there is little reason to believe that an accident or injury has caused hypertension. It is possible that once in a while an .accident may be responsible for bringing out the symptoms resulting from high blood pressure which were not obvious before. As a direct cause, however, accident or injury seems unlikely. Hypertension is an extremely common disorder particularly after the age of 40. It should be'recog- nized that there are various kinds, however, such as that which comes from a tumor of one of the hormonal glands (the adrenal), that which comes from kidney disease and several other varieities. The most important and trouble- found that a diet low in protein (meat, eggs, fish and the like) and low in sodium would prevent the high blood pressure which took place in these animals if they were not given this special diet. Such studies as these may ex- olain the good results which have is such a thing as an "obligatory" false-card. That is, in certain situations, the good player will practically never fail to false-card. One of these situations is shown in today's hand. West opened the eight of dia- ! monds. and East won with the ace. i Seeing that his own suit was hope! less, East shifted to the ten of hearts. South hopefully played the queen | of hearts, but West covered with j the king. Declarer had to win with | dummy's ace, since there was con! siderable danger of losing two j trumps and a diamond, in which It certainly looked to him as though he would lose only one trump trick. He expected to finesse for the queen of diamonds, and could surely expect to ruff one low diamond in the dummy. Hence South could be sure ox losing only one diamond trick. South could therefore afford to lose one heart trick. Having come to this conclusion, South led a club to dummy's king and cashed tbife ace of clubs in order to discard a heart. He then finessed the jack of diamonds and led a trump towards dummy, confidently expecting to give up only one trump trick. This gave East the chance to defeat the contract with two spade tricks and a heart. The "obligatory" false-card had paid off. If East had played the ten of spades on the first round of trumps, South would have seen the danger of losing two trump tricks. Unable to afford the loss of a heart trick, South would have been compelled to finesse dummy's jack of clubs. This finesse would have succeeded, and South would have made his contract. Mrs. Marion Williams was reelected president of the Mississippi County Council of Parent Teacher Associations yesterday at a meeting of the group in the Keiser high school auditorium. C. M. Buck has returned from Hot Springs, Ark., where he has been attending a meeting of the state bar association. J. F. Lenti and W. J. Pollard will captain two local golf teams in an intra-club golf tournament at the Blytheville Country Club tomorrow afternoon. One of the drawbacks about getting a reputation of being in an upper income tax bracket or driving a Cadillac is that a man's likely to go broke living up to either one or both* special diets for high blood pressure such as the rice diet. It seems likely that when good results have actually occurred from such special diets it may be because of the low amount of protein and low amount of sodium or salt which they contain. The victim of high blood pres- from diet treatment alone. Nevertheless, work on this problem is forward constantly and the <, __ «. . .. some one. however, is called es- I future may bring forth dietary sential hypertension. In this variety ! treatments for hypertension even more effective than those which are known today. the cause is still not known although some important information on it is now available. About the beginning of this century, it was shown that a diet which contained small amounts of salt was helpful in some cases of high blood pressure. Further study of this clue was slow for many years, but recently many investigators have worked on the effect of diet both in animals and in human beings. Some researchers have found that the blood pressure of rats with t It will probably surprise most produced hypertext- i bri4f« plW* *° le * r& tbAt Ul * r * • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Serrio* Expert* Seldom Mitt NORTH 29 4 J 9 6 4 V A84 473 4AKJ6 EAST 4KQ10 V 106 4 AQ1095 41042 SOUTH 4A8732 4KJ64 North-South vul. We* Nortfc but Sooth Pass 14' 1 • 1 * Pass 24 Pas* 2N.T. Pass 34 Pas* 44 Pass Pass Paj* Opening lead— 4> 8 case he certainly couldn't afford to lose a heart trick. Declarer next led a low trump from the dummy, and East made his "obligatory" false-card. He played the queen of spades instead of the ten. This false-card couldn't possibly cost him a trick, since East was found to get two trump tricks later on, even though he had wasted one of his high cards. East wasn't very sure of his reason for making the play, but he hoped it would steer South into error. The play had iU effect on South, Fruits and Nuts Answer to Previout Puzil* ACROSS 1 Fruit of the palm, tree 5 Smyrna —— 8 Pome fruit 12 Genus of true olives 13 Oriental name 14 Therefore 15 Meadows 16 Lion 17 Brother of Jacob (Bib.) 18 Cylindrical 20 Merest 22 Flower 24 nut 28 Armed fleets 33 Harvest 34 Manuscript * (ab.) 35 Completed 36 Bear 37 Symbol for selenium 88 Famous English school 39 Petty princes 41 Concerning 42 Badgerliko mammal 44 Subdue 48 Tonjiatoes have been called lovt 03 Martian (comb, form) 64 Decay 66 Opera by Verdi 8? Rent 58 Poem 59 Labor 00 Femalt sheep (pl.) 61 Armed conflict DOWN 1 Simpleton 2 Toward the sheltered side 3 Rip 4 Facility 5 Rasps 6 Follower 7 Peanuts 8 Equal 9 Gaelic 10 Mohammedan officials 11 Put to disorderly flight 19 Make lace 21 Upper limb 23 Mildest 24 Shank 25 Olympian goddess 26 Litchi nuts are grown in the Far 27 Mast 29 Arabian gulf 30 Drivel 31 Presently 32 Dispatched 37 Bird 40 Exist 41 High mountain 43 Consumer 44 Companion 45 In a line 46 Withered 47 Units of weight 49 Top of tht 50 Beast 51 Re'dact | 52 Bargain event! 55 Harem room i "H 10

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