The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 26, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, July 26, 1954
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MONDAY, JULY 26, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER N T EWS PAGE THREB Hope of Freedom Is Growing Fainter Among E. Berliners By LEON DENNEN NEA Staff Correspondent BERLIN—(NEA)—One year after their heroic revolt against Moscow, brave East Berliners still wait to be liberated from oppression. They wait and hope. But hope, unfortunately, grows fainter as the deary weeks turn into months — with no deliverance in sight. Even the most courageous are beginning to lose heart. "Our Western friends seem unable to help us," a leader of last year's anti-Communist uprising told me. "What else is there for us to do except make the best terms with the Red Tyrants?" he asked * * « When I saw the youn^ German leader last January, during the Big Pour conference, he" still had an optimistic view of the future. He hoped that the conference would at least liberate East Berlin—if not unite Germany. However, like most Germans — in the West as well as in the East —he read the lesson of the Berlin conference to mean that the West led by the U. S., is not powerful enough to impose a solution on the Kremlin. This impression, was strength- ened by the tragic spectacle of Western disunity in Geneva which Red propaganda, of course, exploited to the limit in the statelite countries and especially in East Germany. "Under the circumstances, even some of our best anti-Communist fighters are beginning to lose faith in the unequal struggle with the Reds," "the underground leader said. • * • East Germans, to be sure, have had little reason to change their mind about the Kremlin's puppet regime since last Juanary. Despite the lavish promises of "Premier" Otto Grotewohl and Red chief Walter Ulbricht, East Berlin remains a ghost town populated by living shadows. Even the green grass sprouting on the fantastic war ruins cannot hide its poverty, misery and decay. In west Berlin—only a few steps from, the Brandenburg Gate which divides the West from the East sector — there is life,. bustling activity and even gaiety. The Kurfstendamm, West Berlin's Broadway, pulsates with life 24 hours a day. Restaurants and open air sidewalk cafes, i brightly lit by neon, are crowded WITH HOPES HELD AS HIGH as their banners, East Berliners parade their defiance of Red rule through the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin in last summer's anti-Russian revolt. "Then they dreamed of freedom, but now they're losing heart. \ Made I had to make one crucial decision before I felt secure in this new program of life without alcohol. I had to face the facts about myself and my drinking realistically and honestly. I HAD TO ADMIT I was powerless over alcohol. This was the toughest proposition I had ever faced. I did not know too much about alcoholism. I had preconceived impressions about the term '"alcoholic." I associated it chiefly with down-and- out derelicts. I thought it also implied degradatoin in some other form. I resisted ... I clung to mental reservations. I was, however, relieved when it was explained to me that alcohojism is an illness. I saw the common sense of doing something about an illness that threatened to destroy me. I quit trying to decieve others—and myself—into thinking I could handle alcohol when all the evidence pointed to the contrary. It was emphasized from the beginning that no one but me, myself, could determine whether or not I was an alcoholic. The admission had to be sincere and based on my own judgement—not that of my doctor, wife, friend or spiritual adviser. They were able to help me understand the nature of my problem but I was the only one who could determine whether alcohol had become an uncontrollable problem for me. Once I had made this decision—without reservations—I felt a profound feeling of triumph. —Anon ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Box 873 — BlythtYillt, Arkansas. Anyone In fires ted Invited to Our Mattings Open Meetings 8=00 p. m. Every Friday Night Closed Meetings 8:00 p. m. Every Tuesday Night Club Room ov«r Hardy Furniture Co. E. Main Street — Blythtvillt, Ark; to capacity. In 1948 and even in 1949, West Berliners still scrambled for the pqtatoes and odd pieces of coal which tumbled off U. S. Army trucks passing through the streets. Today such a treasure trove would be spurned. As throughout West Germany, there is almost a surfeit of goods in West Berlin. The rump city, to be sure, surrounded on all sides by the Soviet Zone, is -hardely a paradise. It still has many almost insurmountable hurdles to clear. But anyone with money can live in West Berlin a* well as anywhere in Europe. Even tne 200,OU> unemployed, thanks to generous U. S. aid and support from the Bonn Federal Republic ,are assured of their daily bread and a roof over their heads. n the Red sector, life seems to have reached a standstill. Little has changed sine* I last visited it six months ago. The same heaps of uncleared rubble and charred buildings. The same destruction everywhere—except, of course, on the Stalin Alee, East Berlin's showpiece, where the puppet regime buillt a row of houses for the Red! bureaucrat*. * » * Shabbily-dressed and haggard- looking East .Berlin housewives continue to stand in line for hours in front of the government-controlled stores to buy a few carrots or a pound of potatoes. Bread is still short. Fats and meat, though rationed, are almost entirely unavailable. Yet more and more East Berliners are ready to make "peace" with Moscow's puppet regime. Why? "Because the East Germans are getting desperate," the underground leader told me. "Normal human being cannot live in a permanent state of war," he said. /. 7. Astor Gets O/vorce EL PASO, Tex. (/P>-~John Jacob Astor, worth a fortune in Manhattan real estate, has received an uncontested Mexican Divorce from his second wife. The divorce was granted by proxy over the weekend in Jurez, just across the Rio Grande from here. Grounds were listed as incompata- bility of character. Navy Begins Vast Maneuvers SAN DIEGO, Calif. (IP)— The Navy today began what it said was ihe largest maneuvers since World War II along the length • of the Coast. More than 50 ships, carrying 18,000 personnel, started moving from San Diego and Long Beach, Calif. A condition of total war was assumed, with a foreign power threa- tening the coa«t and endangering shipping. The plans called for the force to shepherd a vital convoy from southern California port* t*> Semi- tie and back, fighting off attack* by enemy warships, including submarine packs, and airplanes. The exercise will end Aug. 13. Early Cheese The Greeics and Romans had cheese as staple food at least a thousand years before the beginning of the Christian era, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. . E. Me cClellan The Honorable John L. Medetlan Little Rock, Arkansas Dear Senator: Now that we are m the closing days of jour campaign for re-election to the United States Senate, and in view of the fact that my letter opposing an increase in the electric rates by the Arkansas Power and Light Company has been made m issue and has been widely quoted by one of your opponents, I want you to feel entirely free to say that I am one of your staunch supporters if you think sack a statement is of any interest to the people of this State. From the first time ycm became a candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1938, I have actively supported you in my small way. I think that yo^i have been'a great credit to the State of Arkansas, that you have ably represented its people and I hope you will be our Senator for many years to come. My only in- tereVin politics is that of seeking good government. This you have done your best to give us, and I am proud to be numbered among those who will again vote for you on Tuesday. With all good wishes, and kindest r egards, I remain. Sincerely yo«rs, (Signed) Arthur E. McLean ^v.-^tSfSU'S for r*-"**^, «r i***:.!?** „ *- Photographic Reprodnctw* Original Letter AEM:vk Thus is demolished another of the oppositions phony "issim" - demoted by *. «*«* o* the letter which protested i new schedule of electric rates. THs ax-Governor's Public Service Commission tpprorH re* increesM as follows: $4,468,739.00 f« 4 Year* . . . breaking #H recowb Among the principal increases: $300 000 00 ft 1 11 CAA AA n» 1952 collected from many Arkan$2111 t)UU UU s*s-Ix>uTsiana G«*. Co. customer*. $3,445,889.00 in 1952, his last year in office — a IKITW tecotd for a stngte year. certain c ustomers of H»e (he is now saying his Co emission never permitted own Commission's published report proves the contrary.) d»OfYT C£C AA to 1952 from Southeast $297 DOD-UU mws of ArkansAs-Miswrari Power tf-*»0l AZA AA ia 193 ° ajld I961 from SA3 c 0 ** 0 ?? 5 ™ * 3/0 I ,UOU.UU Fort Smith *nd nearby $60000.00 % $159000.00 $3.363.779 00 w*t«r wwHtmeft i« in 1551 for tfee bos company opermtin* *• Rock And North t,itt)« Kocfc. Since 1949 the rate increases that the ex-Governor's Coffimls- sion approved have cost Arkansas consumers an estimated ^11,000,000.00 Re-Elect UNITED STATES SENATOR HN L. McCLELLAN HO COHBSKAK. HO SIKHOR, NOR « 01HE1 MAI OFfH-HOUB HAS DIRECT IHFLWHCE 08 CONIM OVER U1IUTV «HB IN ANY STATE THE EX-GOVERNOR HAS BEEN NAILED ON ANOTHER MIS-STATEMENT Advertisement, Paid for by F*t He«t4«f»»fi. C*m^lfw

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