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tAGEPOU* BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1954 TH£ BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TBB COURIER NKWS CO. H. W. HAJKiB, Publisher HARRY A HAIN18, AMisUnt Publiihtr A. A. FREDRICKSON Editor PAUL D. HUMAN. Advertiiini Sol* Nation*! AdTertising Repr*§entatiYes: Wallace Witmer Co.. New York. Chicago. Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis. Entered as second class matter at tht post- office at Blytherille, Arkansas, under act of Congress, October t. ltl7. Member of The Associated Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES: By carrier in the city of Blytherillt or any suburban town when carrier serrlce to maintained, 3Se per week. By mall, within a radius of 56 miles, $5.09 per /ear, $2.50 for six months, $1.25 for three months; by mail outside 50 mils sons, $13.50 per year payable in advance. Meditations And they swear unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpet* and wHh cornets.—H Chron. 15:14. * * * So a good prayer, though often used, is still fresh and fair in the ears and eyes of heaven.— 'Fuller. Barbs The modern young man doesn't care about leaving footprints on the sands of time. He wants to leave tire marks. * # # Crooks in an Illinois town must be letting tougher. Policemen have been ordered not to wear Jewelry. * * .# Winds are produced by differences in atmospheric pressure and by asking a man about his golf score. * * * About the only thinf you can f«t for nothing these days is cheated. * * * Nothing distorts the vision more quickly than trying to look down on those above you. Hour of Decision near; Time Running out in Indochina / Apprehension is growing in Washington and other Western capitals that only outright military intervention by the United States, in company with Britain and perhaps others, can save ladochina from communism. The alternative, if it can fairly be called that, is a French truce with the Communist Viet Minh at Geneva which almost certainly would be on terms leading ultimately to Red domination. If this is a truce measure of the prospects, that means an Asiatic anti-Communist pact is no longer looked upon as a way of stemming the tide in Indo- China itself. Such a pact must still be of vital importance in erecting a bulwark against further Communist encroachment southward in Asia. But it cannot serve as an emergency barricade at the present battle region. According to veteran New York Times correspondent James Reston, the issue in Indochina is now posed as truce or intervention, because French military fortunes in that country have recently slipped much faster than anyone expected. Why has this happened? Some factors are fairly clear. Even during the battle for fallen Dien Bien Phu, native Viet Namese troops Were deserting to the Communist side, and these defections appear to have increased since that defeat. Though Dien Bein Phu could properly be viewed as only an outpost in the French defenses, the fact of its fall had tremendous effect not only on native troops but on the civilian population. The blow to French prestige was heavy. Less clear, but seeming to take on alarming significance, is the new military posture of the Communist Viet Minh. The French invited combat at Dien Bien Phu because they thought they could win a pitched battle. What they reckoned without was the greatly increased material strength in the rebel army. Had Dien Bien Phu overextended the Rede, they would have paused to lick their wdunds, regroup and refit. That they have not done so, but have instead begun to hack away at the crucial Red River Delta and the key city oi Hanoi, k a striking sign that their stockpile of military hardware has grown to men- icing proportions. Naturally, Red China and Russia are responsible for this augu- mtnted strength. So there no longer is the luxury of tim* to sit and discuss. Time it running out in Indochina. If wt decide npt to intervene (and who could embrace that prospect with *• MtAVM* had better have no illusions about the position the free world will be left in. Indochina under a truce the Reds would accept might be likened to Czechoslovakia after the Munich pact with Hitler. When Hitler put the Czechs under heel and made the pact a scrap of paper, Europe at last bestirred itself and drew the line at Poland. Where is the Asiatic Poland to be? How would we prepare to defend it? The free world once more is growing smaller. We cannot let the Red flood roll on and still count ourselves and our own liberties safe. Hearts of Iron We read that the French are going to replace the relatively short present day rails on all railroad lines with half- mile long strands. The plan has an obvious economy angle, since rail ends taks a terrific beating and cut down the life of the whole rail. But we think this has a very sad aspect, too. There are few people who do not feel a quickening of the pulse at the old click- ety-clack of a train on the rails. It is the sweet music of motion, infusing us with the drama of travel, hinting at the excitement of distant places. How are the poor French to hear this insistent theme if the clicks and clacks come only every half mile? Drama can't be sustained by so feeble a pulse. The French call a railroad a "road of iron." They may decide that the men who made this decision have hearts of iron. VIEWS OF OTHERS Social Security Changes Although it's mighty late in the season to be starting on a social security bill now, it looks as if the proposals President Eisenhower made back in January for broadening and improving the setup are going to be -passed by Congress before it quits this summer. The House Ways and Means Committee, now working on the bill, is whipping it into shape just about as Eisenhower recommended, and both Democrats and Republicans seem pretty much in favor of the revisions. Of utmost importance to Florida is the change in the earnings ceiling recommended by the President and okayed last week by the committee At present persons 75 or over may earn as much as they can in private employment and still draw their full social security benefits but persons 65 to 75 are limited to earnings of $15 a month. If such a person makes more than $15 in any one month, he loses his social security check for that month. At that time the social security act was first passed during the Roosevelt administration and the country was struggling out of the depression, it was thought necessary that those who collected social security benefits should withdraw from active labor force to provide more jobs for others. Experience has shown since then, however, that the country has a vital need for many of these older workers and there really is no valid economic reason why any limitation at all should be put upon the earnings of those who draw old age benefits under the social security system. The Eisenhower proposal which the House committee has adopted doesn't wipe away the earnings ceiling. But it raises the limitation up to $1,000 a year and it does away with any monthly limitation. Thus a man over 65 would be allowed to earn his $1,0000 in three or four months, if he could, and not lose a penny of his social security benefits provided he earned no more for the rest of the year.—Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press. Courage In Siam When faith in friends and allies falters, it is refreshing to have some little nation stand up and be counted. The defense minister of Siam announced the other day that anti-Communist nations could use his country as a base to halt Communist aggression. He did this with the knowledge that he was asking for it—that he and Siam would be gone gosling if the attempted Communist curb should fail.—Montgomery Advertiser. Properly Grim Revenue Commissioner (Uncle's Division) T. Coleman Andrews says instructions that go along with income tax form 1040 are going to be simplified. Simplified, he promises, "even to the point of using comic strip illustrations if necessary." Is that a jote? No. On the contrary, it's grim. And appropriate. What's funny about an income tax blank or a comic strip?— Asheville (N. C.) Citizen. SO THEY SAY I think there is a general realization that we need less headline hunters and more Eisenhower backers for the good of America. — Harold Stassen. * if- * No sir, I don't need you (newsmen) guys. I don't need your help. I can do very well without you. I have thousands who will tune in on the radio and listen to me tomorrow morning whether you write a story about me or not. — Arthur Oodfr*. Pied Piper Erskine Johnson IN HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD —(NEA)— Behind the Screens: Esperanza Wayne has been huddling with her attorneys on a plan to reopen her fight with John Wayne and get a hefty increase in alimony. You can look for headlines soon. "The Count of Monte Cristo" will reach the small screens as a tele- film series with Edward Small as producer. Louis Hayward, who once planned to bring the Dumas hero to TV, owns 26 completed scripts, but has shelved the idea in favor of his successful "Lone Wolf" stanzas. Bruce Cabot and Franchesca di Scaff are planning the divorce via the long-distance wires between Hollywood and Oklahoma City. The brunette beauty will shed the star when a settlement has been reached. Peter ft/son's Washington Column — Head of Chemists' Association Proposes 'Atomic Energy Bank* WASHINGTON —(NEA)—A new idea for an "International Atomic Energy Bank" is now being put forward by William C. Foster, president of the U. S. Manufacturing Chemists' Association. The Foster plan calls for the loan of atomic energy materials, reactors and know-how to countries that do not have adequate I power resources of their own. It would be an extension of proposal to the United Nations for a world pool of atomic energy, to include Soviet Russia. The present status of President Eisenhower's proposal is not entirely clear. Russia turned down the plan at Geneva. But United Nations conferences on disarmament and atomic weapons control, now going on in London, are supposed to have under active consideration the possible diversion of atomic energy materials to peaceful uses. So the Eisenhower plan may not be completely dead. Foster believes his plan could be put forward without Russian participation. As he visualizes it, this international bank of atomic energy materials would operate something like the Marshall Plan. It would function as a cold war instrument to help the non-Communist countries remain free by raising their standard of living. The atomic energy materials lent to other countries would be subjected to a rental fee which would cover the interest on the capital investment. This would be similar to the leasing arrangement under which it is now proposed that U. S. private industry be given atomic energy materials for the development of electric power. Foster, a former New Jersey manufacturer, was once administrator of the Marshall Plan. He has also served as Undersecretary of Commerce and Undersecretary of Defense. He gave up his Pentagon job in 1953 to become head of the Manufacturing Chemists Association and its Washington representative. For anyone who may wonder what the chemical manufacturers are doing in atomic energy matters, it must be recognized that chemistry plays a big part in the separation and purification of atomic energy materials. DuPont, Monsanto, Carbide & Chemical and other big industrial firms in this field have of course played a major part from the start in building and operating the $11 billion worth of U. S. Atomic Energy Commission plants. Several recent developments in the atomic energy field have made possible the plan Foster now advocates. The hydrogen bomb, through its greater explosive force, will release for peaceful uses more of the uranium that formerly went into the original atomic bombs. No peacetime application of the energy released in a hydrogen bomb has yet been found. But Foster says there is no reason why research cannot develop such use. The practical development of electric power from atomic energy is closer than many people realize. Fourteen months ago the Atomic Energy Commission initiated its program of industrial power development by private industry. The original goal was to get this development within 10 years. One year later Duquesne Power and Light Co. of Pittsburgh an-> nounced it would invest over $15 million to build an atomic electric plant. AEC now has over 60 power research contracts. U. S. Army has now practically completed development of an atomic "package reactor" which would develop from 1000 to 2000 kilowatts of electrical energy. Contracts for production of these reactors may be let soon. Units like these are what Foster believes would be useful for an international atomic energy bank. He believes they would revolutionize industrialization of underdeveloped countries. He predicts commercial atomic power within five years. Francis Rafferty, featured in 34 G movies in 1942-47, plays her 29th telefilm role in a forthcoming "Public Defender" flicker and credits TV with "the best acting chances I've had. It's a different character every week." She's married and the mother of two. one of the "Ellery Queen" tele- films starring Hugh Marlowe used a character the other day who's too like the piano-thumper for comfort. Stephen Bekassy plays the pianist—wavy hair, toothy smile and all. The Roald Dahl who won the Edgar Allen Poe award for the best gory short story of the year is Patricia Neal's hubby. . .Jack Benny is saying "No" again to a stepped-up TV schedule but the sponsor is saying "Yes" and it may be every other week video for him in the fall. . .Friends of Gladys Robinson, artist wife of Eddie, are concerned about her illness . Marilyn Monroe says she'd like nothing better than settling down to babies and a vine-covered bungalow. Publicity department, says Harry Cimring, bring on the cottage cheesecake Olivia de Havilland and Pierre Galante are confiding to pals that they will say yes and oui to the preacher this month before she finishes her role in "That Lady." The Oscar winner is wearing a diamond cluster engagement ring from the French magazine writer. JACK CARSON flipped it after dining in a swank Hawaiian restaurant in Beverly Hills: "It would have been cheaper to go to Hawaii." And after viewing the electronic setup that focuses TV cameras on the hands of gamblers at all 10 gaming tables at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Danny Thomas quipped: "I didn't think 'The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T' would be on television so soon." Silent screen star Norman Kerry's condition, brought on by a heart attack, became so serious he was rushed to Hollywood from Palm Springs. . .Paul Winchell's denying he'll team up with Fred Allen in a fall TV show. . .Eyebrow-raising duo: John Bromfield,' Corinne Calvet's almost ex, and Jackie Loughery, Guy Mitchell's ditto. . .Steve McNally's wife is seriously ill—the reason he hasn't been accepting rnovie offers of late. 75 Years Ago In Blythevillt A piano recital was presented last night by three students of Mrs. Charles Penn, Julia Ann Woodson, Donna Wunderlich, and Betty Frances Woodson at the Penn home. Cookies and punch were served the 35 present after the program had been given. Miss Patty Shane will receive her degree from Vassar College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in the commencement exercises on June 12, it was announced today. Paul Byrum is attending to business in Memphis today. There Is nothing much lower than the fellow who brags about the people he has "under* h?m. PAUL LTJKAS heads for New York when he winds up in Walt Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," but there will be no reconciliation with Daisy Lukas. It's one of those amicable separations. FAMOUS LAST LINE — I told her I had a rich uncle, anl now she's my aunt. — Dothan (Ala.) Eagle. the Doctor Says— By EDWIN P. JORDAN. M, D. Written for NEA Service A complicated subject is raised by Mrs. L. who "asks for a discussion of "scrub typhus." She says, "Why isn't the public warned about it coming into the country in packages from the Orient? Why is the Health Department so hush- hush about it?" First, there is no need to warn the public of the danger of contracting "scrub typhus" in packages coming from the Orient, since the disease is not spread in that way and, therefore, there is no risk involved. Secondly, so far as I know, there is no intention on the part of any Health Department to conceal the facts about the disese known as "scrub typhus." This disease—which also carries several other names—is caused by a small living organism belonging to the Rickettsia group, other members of which are responsible for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, other kinds of typhus and several other diseases. tivity on the part of our health authorities and disease investigators. Thus, a great deal was learned about it in a very short time. Some knowledge was obtained about prevention, including the use of mite repellants. Several drugs of the antibiotic family prove* fairly effective in treatment. Unless our troops should again become involved in an area where this disease exists, however, scrub typhus probably will not constitute a serious health hazard to residents of the North American continent. The disease is not native to the North American continent and, in fact, is found only in certain regions of Japan, Formosa, the Philippines, Malaya, Indochina, Burma. India and some otfter places in these general areas. The responsible organism is transmitted to human beings when one stage of a mite attaches itself to a human being. The disease is acquired, therefore, only when the mite is present at the right stage and is infected. Therefore, it is not a problem on the North American continent except when military personnel or civilians become exposed in areas where the circumstances are right for infection. This happened to some extent during the war and among Americans at the Sansapor Beachhead in the southwest Pacific when 408 landing. This and other infections natur- the disease within 20 days after men of one regiment suffered from r caused a great dt*i of ac- • JACOBY ON BRIDGE By OSWALD JACOBY Written for NEA Service Look Hand Over fie/or* Deciding If you were playing the South hand at a contract of six hearts, how would you handle the clubs? Imagine that you cannot see the cards held by East and West, exactly as if you were playing in a regular game. One method is to lay down the ace and then the king of clubs in the hope of dropping a singleton or doubleton queen. Another plan is to lead the jack of clubs from the dummy to finesse through the queen. If the queen is picked up by this method, declarer must get back to dummy and take a second finesse for the ten. Neither plan has a really good chance to succeed. (This is due largely to the fact that both North and South have only two spades. If either of them had three or four spades, the slam would be cold.) Unattractive an both lines of play sre. South ir>ust nevertheless make a choice. South should not make up his mind too early. DM correct pro* cedure is to play as much of the hand as possible in order to get a count before committing yourself. When the hand was actually played. West opened the four of spades, and East won with the ace. East returned the deuce of spades, and dummy won with the king. The play of the spades convinced South that West had led from a five-card suit and that East held four spades. Declarer drew three rounds of The Donald Curtis who returned to Hollywood after a long absence as Judy Holliday's heart interest in "Phfft" is known as Rev. Curtis to the congregation of the Science of Mind church at Santa Barbara. Calif. He was formerly a minister in Philadelphia. British movie queens have their income-tax headaches, too. Glynis Johns owes the British treasury a whopping sum. of money on the salaries she has collected for five movies. Cesar Romero "died" for "Vera Cruz," on location in the mountains in Mexico, and then, pointing skyward, demanded an immediate Oscar. "Look," he said, "I was so realistic even the buzzards are convinced." A couple of the big birds WERE hovering over the film company. NORTH I AKQ VQ1096 4 AQJ *J984 WEST EAST 4108743 A A 96 2 ¥3 V542 4976532 4>84' *6 4 Q 10 7 3 SOUTH (D) VAKJ87 • K10 + AK52 North-South vui Soofh W«at North Vast 1V Pass 3 * Pass 4 4> Pass* 4 4> Pass 4N.T. Pass &f Pass 6 V Pass Pass Pass Opening tead—4 4 trumps and then ran three diamonds, discarding a club from his hand. He thus discovered that East had started with exactly three hearts and two diamonds. It was therefore clear that East had started with four clubs. This information solved declarer's problem for him. The odds were 4 to 1 that East had the queen of clubs. Hence declarer began the clubs by leading the jack from the dummy. East covered with the queen, and South won with the king. West's singleton club was discovered to be the only low card. Declarer therefore got back to dummy with a trump an'' led the nine of clubs for a successful finesse through East's ten. LIBER ACE may not like it, but ONE OF THESE special-advice bulletins says that politics is like show business, in response to which we say that it's becoming entirely too much like it for the good of the country. — Lexingtin Herald. VACATION: Two weeks on th« sand — and 50 on the rocks. — Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun. Aunt Molly Harmsworth painted a sign which she put on top of her television set whenever she tuned in the Army- McCarthy hearings. It said: "Quiet 1 Men at Play." Television Actress , ,ver to Previous Puzzlt ACROSS 1 TV actress, Sinclair >,8 She appears on a — program 12 Toward the 57 Within (comb, form) DOWN 1 Control 2 Straightens 3 Prostrate 4 Affirmative sheltered side 5A pp roach 13 Age 14 Large plant 15 Clamps 16 Ventilate 17 Bargain event 18 An (Scot.) 19 Fear T A P *» u H A f < T t£ W O F> A l_ H O M E T* O 1? £ W E U, o i O U -» A 1_ 1 T W N T * .'.'/. K. b e * M A T E E E R 1 E K I K i <y O V V E R '/;/. A G O * E T T R W. r> E T T E P * A T »<•;. 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