The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 31, 1953 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 31, 1953
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FACE TWO BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 81, ! Btggors Art 'Professionals' Soviet Communists Always Provide Pat Explanations EDITOR'S NOTE — This In the fourth of « ttrltf of uncensorrd and revealing stories by Wll- i Him L. Ryan, a Russian-speaking specialist who ha> just returned from three months In the Soviet Union. By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Foreign News Analyst Soviet Communists have a ready explanation for almost anything. Are women doing the heaviest of toil? It's because they have equal rights. Are a surprising number of people going to the churches? Only old people really a1 tend any more, and besides there is "freedom of religion." agony In her face ! lor alms. Another young But for the many beggars seen In the capitals of the Soviet Union, there is. an. unique explanation. They are all "professionals." Some .of these "professional" beggars looked miserable. A young mother in Stalinabad. capital of the. Tadjik republic, sat on a curb, - nursing her baby. There was as she cried mother—she couldn't have been more than 19— eat on a landing in the big department store on Lenin street in Kiev, capital of the Ukraine. She, too. clutched her baby in her arms and begged for kopeks. Most of the crowd of shoppers passed her by without a glance. I walked extensively through a half dozen Soviet cities and found many beggars of ail ages. I asked about them and each time was told they were professionals. Often that seemed quite possible since they were congregated near the. their hats on the ground beside them, seeming quite sure that the church's laws of charity would work in their favor. But many of the beggars are the halt, the blind, the infirm and the aged. They gather pitifully few kopeks from passing crowds, even near the churches. It seemed impossible to get any accurate information on why these people do this in a society which claims to have outlawed poverty. Beggars in Moscow often live in the streets and alleyways and try to find shelter at times in the Metro (subway) stations. Police frequently are seen turning them out in the small'hours of the morning. Some live in cellars near plunder a church, or In tumbledown shacks outside city limits: I found beggars in every city I visited. In Alma Ate, the Know- bound capital of Kazakhstan, many congregated at the end of Kalinin street near the still-operating Rus- few churches still in operation, slan Orthodox Church. HOLLAND NEWS By Mrs. Ed Hampton, Jr. Mfi. Moon Hostess . Mrs. Arnold Moon entertained Tuesday with a one o'clock bridge luncheon at her home where guests were presented door favors of holiday glitter earrings resembling tree ornaments which they wore during the party. A Christmas tree trimmed in blue decorations glistened in a corner of the living room where red candles, silver bells and sprigs of mistletoe gave a captivating holiday glow. Attending the luncheon were Mrs. | Nina Goodwin, visiting houseguest of Mr, and Mrs. Robert Mays; Mrs. Helen Elley of Cherry Point North Carolina, guest of her moth er, Mrs. Chris Wentzell of Cooler; Mrs. Mary Berry; Mrs. Stella Hes ter; Mrs. Juanita Coleman; Mrs Delie Utley and Mrs. Dana Cohoon Club Meets ie HUey was hostess at a dinner-party 'for her tttriAtable club In her home: In the dining room, the table was covered with a white cutwork cloth over scarlet. A tiered crystal epergne held red and white poln- settias and pine cones, with an arrangement of silver and gold leaves. An exchange of gifts was held during the evening. A small tree surrounded by t tiny Santa and his helpers deco rated the living room. Family Gathers Post-Christmas festivities were held Saturday at, the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. L. Smith when their sons and daughters and families gathered in the family home lor dinner and gift exchange. A tree set on a tiered table was reflected in an oval mirror. On the living room mantle was St. Nick and reindeer pulling a cart holding dozens 'of greeting cards. and an arrangement of greenery and fir sprays sprinkled with gold and blue glitter. Gathered in the Smith home were Mr. and Mrs. Luther Drummond and daughter, Shirley, of Nashville, who arrived Friday; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Smith and sons. Homer, Jr.. and Bobby; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lee Smith and four sons of Blytheville; Mr. and Mrs. Oda Smith and family; Jo Alice McGuire of Yarbro and Doris Clark of Luxora. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hampton, Jr., and daughters, Mary Jo and Ton! Rose, attended the celebration on Christmas Eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Paul McAnally in Hayti where family attendance included Mrs. Maud Richard and Mrs. Grace Thompson of Holland Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Richard of Steele; the O. H. Pinkstons and son. Wayne Arlen, and Mrs. Lessle Richard and son, Jimmie, In Hayti Red and green balloons were clustered above a lighted tree. A buffet style supper was served Reynolds Entertain Chirstmas dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Reynolds were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cohoon and daughters and son, Ray Lavonne, Jerry and Charles Russell; and Mr. and Mrs. Russel Cohoon and daughters, Martha and Judy, and son, John. Following dinner, gift exchange was made in the handsome living room where tree glowing large green spruce with vari-colored lights made a merry Yule lor those families. Pernnnal* Mrs. Etta Higdon accompanied Mr. and Mrs., James Higdon for a short visil with friends Thursday when they were enroute to Mrs, James Higdon's parents In Jonesboro for the holidays. Formerly of Holland, the Higdons now live at Dnlton City, HI. Prom Memphis, Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson and daughter, Mary Louise, joined Mr. and Mrs. Garvln Wilson Thursday for Christmas at Mr. and Mrs. Paul Casey's and daughters, Rita and Karen, who recently moved to Kennett. Frank Wesley, one of twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Samford, las been a patient at Hayti Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital for few days, owell Parrlsh is in Veteran's hospital, Memphis, where he was •emoved after a short Illness at ils home. He is being given blood transfusions and treatment will continue at the hospital for a time. Holiday guests in Mrs. Florence Workman's home were Mr. and ilrs. W. E. Crlddle ami daughter, Hazel Jean, of San Antonio; Mr. ind Mrs. W. J. Llndemand of Neosho, Mo.; Mr. nnd Mrs. Ira. Znhner and son, Edwin, of Portageville; AT. and Mrs. John Azbll of Rlsco; . and Mrs. Robert Williams and son, John Robert, of Risco; and Mr. and Mrs. Voris Workman and son, Sammy. Dinner guests of the Voris Workman's Sunday night were Col. P. rV. Scott of Chicago, Mrs. Margaret 3ader of Caruthersville, Miss Cyn- hia Robinson ot St. Louis and Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Gates of Blytheville. Drop-in guests later that day were Mrs. Blanche Hall and Mrs. Elsie 'iske, both of Blytheville. In Tashkent, capital of the Uzbe! republic, some of the crippled beg gars on Lenin street had home made means of locomotion sue' as boards on wheels. I counted 1 beggars one afternoon in a King] half hour's walk along Pushki: street, where there are many new apartments of the swankier mlddl class set. I saw beggars in pairs working together. I saw one an cient, bearded man holding a little girl in his arms, apparently as a decoy, .shouting for help for her The child looked half starved. Near Churches In Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, i large number of beggars congre gated at a big Georgian Orthoclon Church just off the main street In Kiev, capital of the Ukraine beggars, men and women swarmed about the entrance tc Andreevsky Cathedral, still in operation as a place of worship They haunted the Lavra, the an cient Ukrainian seminary in th heart of Kiev. I saw tottering old beggars along Shevchenkn strec and Lenin street, two of Kiev's main thorofares. In Moscow there are beggars to be found in many places, but once again particularly .around places of worship. They swarm about the main Jewish synagogue, one o four said still to be In operation and about the 50 or so churches throughout the capital. Communists .insist all this represents only the remnants of the Czarlst regime—which died away 36 years ago. The churches, too, are placed in that category. 55 Churches Russians say there are 55 Orthodox churches In Moscow today. This would mean, on the basis of probable population, about one church for every 15,000 persons. The churches invariably are overcrowded on church holidays. There are fairly large numbers of young people, middle-aged and well dressed people and even army officers »t the services. This held true throughout the provinces. But it \s also true that in the main, those who attend the church services are old people and women. If there are children present, it is because the women brought them. There are no young people at all to be found in what churches remain for sects other than the Russian Orthodox. The Roman Catholic Church, In the shadow of Lublanka prison In Moscow, has only old men and women in attendance at services conducted by a Lithuanian priest. Police Chief Had Sensative Nose ID ABEL. Okla. (A 1 )—The sensitive nose of Police Chief Sam Sellers twitched to the odor of raw moonshine. Chief Sellers and Patrolman H. A. Lockwood. parked In. their cruiser on an Idabel street yesterday, KHVfc chase when a pickup went by, trailing the tell-tale smell familiar in :he southeastern Oklahoma mountain area. They stopped the truck and found 50-gallon still plus a large quan- *lty of corn whisky mash hidden :n back. Two men were arrested. Mayor Appoints Admirer WESTFIELD, Mass. Wl—Mayor- elect Alice D. Burke appointed her chief admirer and principal sup- sorter as her secretary for the next .wo years In City Hall. He's her husband William, a retired post office worker. POSTE AERIENNE-Th. French Post Office will Issue these n«w lUmpi tome timt in January, depleting tht litest development! ID French aviation. From top: "Myittn IV." UM lateet wpMNek jet flf httrj •MafUttr," t twin-jvt tnintr- Sfhtir, ind th* "Providence," • •otifelt-dtck air mr|« frtlfbur. Sh»'« saving cold cash on a refrigerator She'd pay more if it weren't for advertising. Both the stores that sell appliances and the manufacturers that make them use advertising ai their lowest cott way 10 get icrow news about their products. Selling more goods makes possible mass production—which means lower production costs, lower selling costs, lower prices. Yes, advertising it a low-cost selling method that helps keep your living costs down. mrmti to tu iMnriMw ttiit*t>* 1 *~*Ut As We Celebrate Our 3rd Birthday we want to wish You a very "T7I srtrs m RUTH \m §•§" •'" HH pfSSESp * We're three yean old today. As we reflect upon another year, we realize how Important to our success each one of you have been. We have truly enjoyed serving you the past three years. And we pledge to continue giving you the same prompt, courteous, and efficient service in the future. Come out anytime and try our delicious "honest-to-goodness" hickory cooked barbecue or a delicious, tender steak. "W/ien You fee/ Piggish .'..Come Out to Ernest's THE DIXIE PIG NORTH HIGHWAY 61 DIAL 4636 Ernes* Hal sell, Proprietor

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