The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 16, 1954 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 16, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1954 Lit* Can B« Impermanent — Lament of One Who Lives By the Side of The (Six Lane) Road By CHARLES MERCER For HAL BOYLE GLEN RIDGE, N. J. (AP) — The spot where I am writing this may some day be in the middle of a six-lane highway. Or maybe it will be beside the highway. Or maybe the highway will be a block away. And possibly the highway never will come this way at all. BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COUNTER The spot is my desk in our house After I got out of the Army in 1946 we lived in furnished rooms while we hunted and hunted for a home. The places we could af ford we did not like, and the places we liked we could not afford. Then, one ^inday afternoon in 1947, we saw The House. The laad curved around it and nine big oaks stretched their arms about it anc people had dwelt happily in it many years. "This is it," I said after we'd been through it and learned the price. "Yes, this is it," my wife said. "But we can't afford it." So we bought it and moved into it all our possessions—a portable typewriter, a portable radio and wedding gifts that never had been .unpacked. Since that time we've been told by various people that it's a nice house but: . We can't afford it. 2. It's much bigger than we need. by various people that it's a nice house but: 1. We can't afford it. 2. It's much bigger than we need. 3. I'll get a coronary working on all that lawn. 4. "You trying to go high hat or something move in here?" We always reply that we like it and view it as a permanent home. For in 1947 we were hunting permanence and certainty after much uncertainty, and along with the rest of the world we still desire permanence and certainty today. So we furnished the house and lived in it and the sheriff has stayed away from our door. We've known happiness and. sorrow nere. It's become a place much lived in and attained in our minds the permanence we desired. About a year ago we first heard the state was mounting an attack •on us. Goths pushing bulldozers would invade from the west, we were told, driving a super-highway through us toward New York. Citizens of arms-bearing age were mustered in meetings of protest where it was impossible to sift wild rumors from military intelligence. The road would go here; it would go there; it would go anywhere. positions were secured by a large cemetery a half mile forward of us which also protected a wide azimuth of our left flank. But a pessimist said he had it straight from the State House in Trenton that the highway would go all the way around the cemetery and then hit us. Everybody felt that a good clean death—like having the highway driven straight through you—was far better than the crippling wound of the highway creasing your property. Nobody, in short, wanted to live by the side of the road and be a friend to man. Well, I wish I could report a courier had just galloped in from Trenton with a message there never will be a highway coming this way. Actually no new word has come. Actually, as we were saying last night on the porch, life isn't like that. Yet I can report some good news. Nobody has talked about the highway in several months now. That fellow has finished painting his home. I have spread much fertilizer and top soil on our lawn. Life goes on. The good news around here, I think, is that people now feel absolute permanence is too much to ask in this or any time. No one is bitter or hysterical about it any onger.' The sense of permanence must be in us and not in our house. If it hits us we'll move and begin again somewh%re else. If it nisses us wide we'll move and be;in again somewhere else. If it misses us wide we'll stay. And, as we said on the porch last night, if it creases us we might just live reside the highway and be a friend o man. IN FATHERLY ROLE—Sam Schatzman, 44, right, of Maspeth, Long Island, N. Y... has been chosen "Worker Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee. A lithography artist. he is shown working on the family stamp album with his son* Sidney. 12. left, and Irwin. 15. center. African Tribe Building School Also Open to Whites, Indians By FRED ZUSY MOSHI, Tanganyika (#) — The Chagga trib* of African blacks are building a school which will be open to whites—and to Indians too. The Chaggas live on the southern slopes of 19,545-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, h i g h e s r in Africa. 'hey've grown rich in the last lew years because their coffee crops have brought high prices. The Chaggas number all told about 365,000. In 1932 they organ- ized a cooperative society called the "Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union, Ltd." They were Fiery,prickly itch •f Common Skin Rash Don't stand such torment any longer! Just smooth Resinol Ointment on your irritated skin at once- Sec how quickly iu 6 active medications—combined »» lanolin —bring restful, lingering relief. Some people in the threatened zone of attack wanted to sell, but nobody would buy. One fellow stopped painting his house. A few optimistic strategists figured our Japanese Building Record Box Kites TOKYO (ft— Residents of Iwatsuki, north of Tokyo, are building two of the largest kites in the world. The box kites, 30 by 36 feet, will weigh 984 pounds each and will require 150 men each to get them off the ground. They will be flown July 1 to celebrate the elevation of Iwatsuki from a town to a city. 10 ESKIMO OSCILLATING FANS Reg. 14.50 3 Days Only Hubbard & Son Furniture & Appliances helped in doing; so by Roman Catholic missionaries and district government officers. The union has about 35,000 mem- ERS. Last year the Chag^a's 6,000 tons of lii^h grade "Artibica" coffee brought them more than 10 million dollars. The colfee is marketed cooperatively. Three years ago the Kilimanjaro co-op group built u four-story community center — with its own offices, a public library, small hotel, shops and roof-top restaurant. The center, built, at a cost of $280,000 — paid from cooperative profits — was itself a unique venture. It is used by all vares. Last March the co-op approved plans to build a now commercial school as iin addition to the center. It will cost $140,000 and will also be paid for from co-op profits. Missionary schools have, in the same fashion, been open to all regardless of color of skin, but the moshi School is said to be the first built and paid for by blacks. Teachers will be brought from England. The school will handle PAGE FIV8 •MMMMHHM 100 student*. The Chaggas are one o fthe most advanced of African trib«§. Average distance between ttrth and Mars when the two planets pass each other la 48,600,000 milea. though they can get as close u 34,. 600,000 milea. 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COLORS - BLACK, BROWN, RED, BLUE AND WHITE You Wili Grab Several Pairs at HURRY-DON'T BE SORRY Pair Flat—Medium—High You Must Set To Believt Hard to Believe But True—Come See for Yourself Styles to Suit Every Taste PUMPS-STRAPS-TIES-SANDAL Dress Casuals Shoes For Now and Year-Round Wear Pair Beautiful Shoes .. * Some Only in Store Few Weeks Hundreds of Styles to Choose From if You Hurry Remember-Sale Starts Thurs. 8 a.m. NO EXCHANGE - NO REFUNDS ON SALE ITEMS All Shoes on open display so you Serve Yourself in Making Selections THE SHOE BOX 114 West Main St. Nert Door to Wade's Furniture Store Men's Selected Lots VALUES TO $12.95 SUMMER J. YEAR ROUND WEAR

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