The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 6, 1954 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 6, 1954
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fAQlTWO BLTTHEnLLI (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1*54 House Votes Today on St. Lawrence Seaway Bill; Passage Is Expected WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the 20-year-old St. Lawrence seaway plan boasted of unqualified confidence today at the House called up the controversial bill for a climatic vote. The Senate has passed the measure, which would authorize the United States to join with Canada in constructing a 27-foot>deep channel up the St. Lawrence River so oceangoing ships could steam from the Atlantic to Great Lakes Ports. The House has never before voted on the issue. Canada has officially informed tills country that if the authorization does not come this year, i will proceed to build an all-Canadian seaway on its side of the St. Lawrence. So today's vote coulc decide the issue for the United States for all. time. Backers,of the project made no attempt to play it close to the vest. One, Rep. Machrowicz (D-Mich), predicted the margin of victory would be "at least 50 votes." "Maybe greater," Machrowicz said as an afterthought. His forecast was in line with that inade earlier by House Republican leaders. They said they anticipated passage by a "substantial margin." The House, meeting two hours earlier than usual, was expected to -speed the bill through without delay. The only stumbling /block toward final passage in the House—and its possibilities were minimized by seaway proponents—was an amendment' written by Rep. Brownson (R-lnd). Brownson planned to propose that the 105-million-dolIar Ameri; can share of the waterway's construction be met through sale of revenue bonds to the public rather than by the Treasury as proposed in the bill. The key vote probably will come here. Opponents of the amendment, which the Treasury also wants defeated, assert it would have the effect of crippling the bill. Further evidence that the measure was deemed certain to win came from_ breaks in the New England delegation, once solidly opposed to the project. And members from other areas long unfavorable to the project announced that they too were switching their position. One of the most significant indications cam efrom Rep. Radway (R-NY). Radwan's district em-1 ly thought opposed to the seaway. Radwan, however, told the House a poll of his district showed a majority favored the project. Consequently, he said, he would vote for passage of the bill. Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, said he not only anticipated House passage but "believed President Eisenhower, who strongly supports the bill, would sign the measure by next week. Support for the seaway soared in both the Senate and House after the Federal Power Commission last year granted New York state a license to Join the provence of Ontario in construction of a 600- million-dollar St. Lawrence River hydroelectric project. Without the power project, the seaway would not be practical from either engineering or economic standpoints. The power project is currently being contested in the courts but there are indications the suit—challenging the right of the commission to grant New York the construction license—may be decided by early summer or fall. 'Knocking oh Wood' Only One Of About 80,000 Superstitions By ALTON L. BLAKESLEE AP Science Reporter ST. LOUIS (.•'PI—"Knocking- on wood" for luck is one of the most common of 80,000 superstitions, a psychiatrist said today, and here's be a call on magic, a way: It can way of handling- anxiety or worry, a defense against envy," a sign that emotionally you're pretty immature. This analysis was presented to iie American Psychiatrist Assn. by Dr. Judd Marmor, University of California at Los Angeles. Some people knock on wood very seriously, others do it with a wry smile, others say it while tapping their heads jokingly. Tree Gods . • It apparently stems from a prim- tive belief of protective gods inside trees, Dr. Marmor said. Therefore touching wood when making any boasting statement would ward off evil consequences. Touching or knocking on wood epresents a fear of antagonizing ome all-seeing higher authority. braces Buffalo. N. Y., traditional- Along with this, we have many sayings—such as "Pride goeth before a fall"—indicating that we must be humble and submissive. Dr. Marrn,or said we apparently assume that pride, success or self- confidence will create envy or antagonism by some "authority." This apparently traces back to childish fears of offending such authorities as parents or brothers or sisters, and to the feeling you must be humble and compliant in order to be loved. In our highly competitive society, "knocking on wood" takes on additional meanings, he said. We try to make light of our good fortunes to avoid envy by our fellows or rivals. Luck or Magic So we knock on wood to indicate we are just, lucky, or say our health "is not bad" when it's really excellent, or say business is "fair" When it's quite good. Knocking on wood can also be a call upon magical powers, or for protection against evil powers, to help us out in the competition. "Many people will discuss inti- j mate aspects of their sex lives WHERE'S THE MURDERER? — Raymond Wilson (on top) tackles Dick Simmons by mistake, thinking he is the lurking maniac who is haunting the old school building and turning out the lights. Looking on are (left to right) Perla Fay Key, Billy Shelton, Carole Ann Ladner and Peggy Blair. This is one scene from the three act play "Mystery in The Library," to be presented by the Dell High School senior class Friday at 8 p. m. in the school auditorium. The senior class, sponsored by Mrs. John Cook, is presenting the play under the direction of Jack Priest. Other members of the cast are Hershel Austin, Jo Ann Jannon, Don Barnes, A. G. Moody, Jimmy Chandler, Doye Wilbanks and Jerry Edwards. (Courier News Photo) New Method Developed in Study of Cancer PITTSBURGH UP>—Sliced bacteria, cut something like baloney, offer a new aid in the study of normal and cancerous growth, a Princeton University scientist said today. Dr. George B. Chapman, de- sooner than the details of their financial structure, particularly if there are any assets which might arouse envy." Superstitions like this, he said, represent efforts to deal with anxiety or fearfulness, stemming rom man's being aware he is help- ess against some things which he doesn't know, or only dimly understands . He said such superstitions can expected to disappear not mere- y by advances in knowledge, but as humans resolve their uncon- cious feelings of helplessness and nsecurity and hence no longer feel a need to depend upon magic. scribing the first successful preparation of germ slices thin and stable enough to allow real payoff study with an'electron microscope, said the technique already has provided new information about the process of cell division, one of the basic mechanisms of all growth. He told the Society of American Bacteriologists that bacteria only l-25,000th of an inch around and only three times that long to start with, had been sliced lengthwise as thin as 1-250.000th of an inch. The bacteria, imbedded in plastic, were attached to a rotating wheel which was brought to bear against a stationary knife. That's the reverse of most butchers' meat slicers. and while, in effect, the bacteria are sliced like baloney, the slicing is done lengthwise instead of crosswise. Chapman said that studies of these slices with the electron j microscope had disclosed such new information as this: 1. When a single-celled bacterium undergoes a kind of pinching-in process which eventually results in there being two germs if 6atnot one, only a single layer of material is involved in the "partitioning' process. Formerly it was believed there were two such layers. 2. Separate pasticles of cellular substances are involved in the laying down of this "cross-wall" partition. And the scientist declared such findings represent contributions towards better understanding of the basic nature of the growth process —a process he said holds the answers to such questions as "What makes a cell divide when it does divide and what makes some cells divide faster than others, as in cancer?" And with the new technique, he added, "we hope to learn more about the bacterial nucleus (cen- Jury Studies San Francisco KidnapingCase SAN FRANCISCO (fl—Six men and six women today deliberate the case of two former private detectives charged with kidnaping a San Francisco real estate broker. If Harold Jackson, 52, and Joseph Lear, 43, are found guilty, they face possible sentences of death or life imprisonment without possibility of parole. The two former private investigators are charged with abducting Leonard Moskovitz last January. Moskovitz was rescued 61 hours later by alert police who spotted a man making a post-midnight ransom call from a street-corner telephone booth. No ransom was paid. First $500,000, then $300,000 had been demanded. The telephoner was Lear, who led police to Jackson, who was guarded by Lear in a rented house. Jackson's defense was that there was no kidnaping—tha tMoskovitz, 36, dreamed it all up as a hoax extort money from his father, Maurice Moskovitz. Lear testified he Was hired by Jackson as a private investigator, ind that when he realized he was involved in a kidnaping he stayed with it in fear of his own life and those of his wife and stepson. The jury got the case yesterday afternoon and deliberated until mearly midnight. Under California's Little Lindbergh Law, the lightest possible sentence upon conviction is life imprisonment without possibility of, sarole. Conviction of kidnaping with bodily harm could mean the death sentence. Admiral Says Navy Security Checks Tight NEW YORK tf>—Adm. Robert B. Carney, chief of naval operation* says Navy security checks were as" tight as possible even before Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's Army probe. Carney, speaking yesterday bt- fore the Public Relations Society of America, was asked if the Navy made "any tightening of security checks" stemming from the Ft. Monmouth probe by the Wisconsin Republican senator's subcommittee. "No, we have not," said Carney, adding: "They were as tight as we could make them. . . Within the limit* of the investigative resources we had, we were doing the most we could to make damn sure we were locating and getting rid of the subversives. "We have no place for them.'* Read Courier News Classified Adi Conversation Killer VAN NUTS, Calif. (£>)—A businessman keeps incoming phone calls short so he can tend to his business. To end a phone conversa- ion he triggers a gadget which sets off a phone bell. The other party hears it through the receiver and the businessman apologises "Sorry but my other "hone is ringing." ral core) so that ultimately there night be better means of attacking bacteria." 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