The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1953 · Page 16
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 16

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 24, 1953
Page 16
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. VAGI: SIXTEEN BLViHEViLLK (ARK.) COUK1KR NEWS JgURSDAY. DECEMBBK J4. Imerialist? What's That?' Asks Soldier from Rushville B; LEON DENNEN NEA Stiff Correspondent PARIS—(NBA)—My friend Jim of Rushville, Indiana—as smiling and bright-eyed a GI as I ever met In the years I've roamed post-war Europe—has few illusions about in' tematlonal conferences. "What's the use, sir," Corporal Jim s*id, still smiling. "The big brats meet, talk, bargain, shake hinds and go. home. What happens? The cold war goes on just the same." "Would you say the same thing »bout a meeting with the Russians?" I asked. "To my mind, sir, the same thing," the corporal replied without a moment's hesitation. • • • It U not that Jim is unconcerned •with the fate of humanity. Except on the pages of Europe's Communist and neutralist press, what normal American boy actually is? But •tter two years of service in Prance —as an "American Imperialist," no less-Jim is a bit skeptical. The truth is that when I met Jim on the Nord Express, where we shared a sleeping compartment, he had more pleasant things to think about than International politics. He was going home for Christmas—home to Rushville. The Nord Express, running from Paris to Stockholm, Sweden, via the U. S.-occupled German port of Bremen, is only slightly less famous in European tourist propaganda than the Orient Express. Apparently kings and diplomats, poets, philosophers and romantic crooks have ridden this rickety, crawling "erpress" through the ages. But none, I am sure, was ever more happy than my friend Jim. "Going to Stockholm?" I asked to break, the ice and start a conversation. "Stockholm!" Jim exclaimed in alarm. "It's Bremerhaven for me, sir. A ship is waiting there, a ship HOMEWARD BOUND GI: Bremen, a ship was waiting . . . that will lake me buck to the good old U. S." I offered him a cognac to cele- brat~ the occasion. There was a m' jnt of embarrassed silence. "I'm not really a drinkin' man, sir." Jim said apologetically. "Never? " "Sometimes. I could go for a choc- oate malted but I guess I'll have to wait until I get backAto Rushville." • • • I looked at the plump, pink checked, 21-year-old boy. He was at peace with himself and at peace with the world. Though a bit skeptical, he had no quarrel with anyone. There was no bitterness in his soul. Only a warm, smiling human friendship for his fellow crea lures, however strange they may be. Jim was tod to go to' Europe, far away from his native Rushville. He went. He will come again if wanted and needed. But now he was happy to go back home to help his father in the furniture business. "How did you like being ah imperialist, Jim-" I asked. "What's that, sir?" "Didn't you see those posters all over Paris—the signs. I mean, that say: 'U. S. Go Home ' " "Oh, them," Jim replied still smiling. "They sure burned me up but I didn't pay too much attention to them." "Did you get along with the French?" "It's like with people everywhere, sir. Some were nice and kindly. Some were no good. On the whole I have no complaints." The German conductor announced that the train had arrived in Bremen. Jim slung his duffle bag over his shoulder and was gone in a minute. By now the en-corporal is probably back in Rushville helping his father in the furniture business or continuing his studies as a refrigeration engineer. I want to wish hm a erry Christmas and wish him a Merry Christmas and good luck. I only hope that some of our European allies who deliberately close their eyes to the basic difference between American freedom and Red slavery will one day— should misfortune ever strike—find Corporal Ivan as imperialist-minded as my friend Jim is. WILSON NEWS By Mrs. a F. Boyles Denial Clinic Held Seventy-five first grade pupils a Wilson Elementary School wen through the dental clinic last Thursday, the opening day of the clinic, according to Mrs. G. B Craven, president of the Wilson Parent-Teacher Association. The project is sponsored by the PTA. Work on the project will resume after the holidays Jan., 7, and will continue each Thursday until each grade school child's teeth have been checked. Dr. James Reynolds, Wilson dentist, was assisted on the opening day by Miss Betty Shlpman and Mrs. Craven. Mrs. Jim McCullar, Mrs. J-. D. Rankin, Mrs. Arnold McDaniel, Mrs. Claude Dye, Mrs. Gene Burns and Mrs. D. D. Cash compose the health committee, who, with Mrs. Craven and Dr. Reynolds, arranged the clinic. Plan Christmas Part; The Methodist Men's Fellowship will join the Baptist Brotherhood sponsoring the community Christmas tree at the Baptist Church Christmas Eve night. All children in the community are invited. Committee members are J. B. Lovett, Albert Greenwell, Lamar McDaniel, Ed Williams and Clarence Medlin of the Brotherhood and Dewey Stotts and Elstner D. Bea of the Fellowship. Wedding Party Feted Miss Nancy Drain and her fiance, John Collins Bolton of Memphis, who will be married Dec. 29. were honored with a cocktail party Friday night. The groomsmen of the wedding, William Wolbrecht Jr., and Louis Hall of Memphis were hosts at the affair that was given at the home Of Mr. Wolbrccht's parents Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Wolbrecht In Memphis. Personals Billy Rankin and J. D. Rankin, Jr., are spending a few days this 70-Story Building to Be Moved CHICAGO Wl—A 10-story building weighing 15,000 tons is to be moved 120 feet in what the City Council terms the heaviest single moving job in history. The moving job is expected to require five or six months. The council yesterday authorized payment of $140.000 to move the 35-year-old building, which is occupied by a printing company. Virgil E. Gunlock, commissioner of public works, said ft building of such weights has never been moved before although he said buildings that tall have been switched to new sites. The city bought (he building in 1820 for $850,000 in acquiring right of xvny for a super-highway. The printing company occupants wili continue work with the exception of about two weeks. Censors Banned 'Sadie'But TV Thwarted Action MEMPHIS UK— The board of Censors said no, but Memphians got a closeup look today at that zippy dance scene in the film "Sadie Thompson." The board banned the film two weeks ago on the ground the dance performed by Elta Hayworth was too sultry. But the censored scene was beamed into Memphis living rooms yesterday morning on a nationally televised program. "Dave Garro- waySs show "Today." The board has no jurisdiction over TV. Forgotten Man Gets Out of Jail OKLAHOMA CITY W — Public Defender Homer Thompson moved today to free "the forgotten man" from county ]all before Christmas Day. Thompson, going from cell to cell yesterday to see whether nny prisoner needed legal nhl, came across Douglfis Mnrlin, 4-!, who said he had been there for 68 days. Committed for failure to pny $56 court costs In a dismissed child support case, he apparently had been forgotten. Thompson snkl Martin already hnd served more than enough time to write off the costs. The defender petitioned for his freedom on n writ of habeas corpus. Well TralniMl Guide, or ".sucing-yye" do»s, bong color blind, do not watch traffic signals, hut are (.ruined tn cross streets when the traffic stops, according to the Encyclopedia Brit- annicn. We deeply appreciate the loyal associations of our many friends whom we have served during the past year and we extend to one and all the most friendly and hearty SEASON'S GREETINGS ARKANSAS PAINT & GLASS CO. Blylhcvllle Phone 2272 Please all the Family this Christmas with World Book Encyclopedia All subjects bound in order like a dictionary. First choice of America's Schools, Libraries and homes. Christmas delivery guaranteed until December 18. Call BILL PATTON, PHONE 8890, IJLYTHEVILLE. Low down payment .... no carrying charges .... easy terms. DON'T DELAY! Order this practical gil't. TOUR FRfENOlY SHOE STORf week with their grandmother, Mrs. w. s. Rankin, In Lake Village. The boys went on a deer hunt Saturday. Mr. Rankin will motor to Lake Village to accompany the mand their grandmother home Thursday. Mr. and Mrs, R. H. Brouse and daughter, Celeste, of Winston Salem, N. C., will arrive Wednesday for a visit with her sister, Mrs. J. D. Rankin. and her family. They plan to stay two wee*ts. Members o! Mrs. Glen Wheeler's family gathered at her home Sunday for a pre-Christmas dinner and family reunion. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Keltner of Aiken, S. C., Mr. and Mrs. Evans Parker of Paducah, Ky., Mr. and Mrs- Wiley Wilson and children and H. D. Alexander of Marie, Mrs. Leslie Nichols and children of West Memphis, A. D. Alexander of Osceola, Mrs. Amon Bowie and children of Marks, Miss., and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Nash Mid ion, James, of WiLson. Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Hadley and daughter, Sherry, will have at their holiday guests Mrs. Hartley's sister, Mrs. Ross Schopp, Mr. Schopp and their children, Jean and Billy, and Mrs. L. R. Miller, Mr .Miller and their children, Catherine and Sharon, all of Rogers, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holsburg and children of Charleston, S. C., arrived Saturday to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Stanrod. Buddy Stanrod and Howard Johnson spent the week end in Little Rock at the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Mr. Stanrod visited his uncle, L. C. Shibley, a member of i the faculty and Mr. Johnson, a i fromer student at the school, visited j friends. i Mr. and Mrs. John Corkran and j sons of San Antonio, Texas, are' visiting his mother, Mrs. Pauline Corkran, and her family. Eugene Nixon of the Air Force stationed at Alexandria, La., Isj home for the holidays. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Nixon. ! Martha Traylor. a student at MKtlMlppt Southern OtrtlH*. Hit- tisburg. 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