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Tis That Season To Be Sneezin I hate to have to report this-particularly with the city having recently done such a nice job on roadside planters along noruYHwy. 71; the county having finally '· arranged to replace /the' steeple on the courthouse; the citizenry having risen up^on behalf of preserving the Old Post Office Building; the opening of ah imposing new Federal Building; and our annual Flaming Fall Revue of colored leaves now coming into season--but.... ' According to several spot .checks in recent weeks city drivers are suffering a serious · relapse into an old habit. I have reference to the picking of one's proboscis. I was warned of the situation some few weeks ago by a pair of comely village matrons, who recalled .this column's anti-nose- picker campaign of several seasons ago. The ladies advisee me that things were getting to a regrettable stage once again and sure enough, an alarm needed to be sounded. Basic to the problem, ol course, is that people are .subject 'to an odd psychology quirk upon entering their car .slamming the door, and cranking up their several hun dreds of horsepower. They fee like they are in the 'bathroom (This, : although it is no generally known, is one reasoi for a great many unexplaincc .accidents; people forget tha driving a car, and their conduc 'therein, is a very public mat ter). I recognize, of course, lha this is the goldenrod and nasa drip season. These are hazard that may distort, to some ex tent, my latest set of N-Picke statistics. The abundance o evidence, however, suggest that it is both time and timely to once again remind citizen that if Fayetteville - is to lay serious claim to .begin t h i "Athens: of the Ozarks," am the cultural mecca of the state we must all acquire either the Hanky Habit, or .a modicum more of self-restraint. I HAVE RUN a majority o my checks .this late summe and early fall along Dicksoi Street. As a general rule drivers concentrate on ac celeratipn and speed in thun dering past the Dickson-Eas Street intersection; only thos p a u s i n g on East Street awaiting their turn to enle Dickson, are in faultv Here, I find, almost 30 pe cent (127 out of 311) are pickin either nose or teeth. (It is in teresting from a cultural poin of view, too, that if one add the drivers who also peer int the rearview mirror in orde to poke at their hair, tht per centage runs well above 50 pe cent. Things at East and Dickson I find, are nowhere near a offensive, however, as at th Post Office corners of Dickson St. Charles and Block. Then "pickin" is virtually epidemic On a recent Wednesday counted 31 of 54, with at leaf a dozen flagrantly so. (Ther Is this, of course, to he saf for the Post Office street co ners: A trip down to the PO and back up town, can ofte produce a tic that might b misconstrued by the amateu demographer as something les accountable). I regret, needless to say having to make this report, an do so only in the hope tha steps can be taken to remed the situation. It is possihl perhaps, for the city A pearahce Committee.to put th on it's agenda as a fall or sprin project, (there is little questtoi according to my research, lha these are the danger seasons I wouldn't suggest at this tim in other words, an ordinanc on the matter. At least not unt the new board is elected an sworn in. If things don't improve fo spring, though, it would stril me as perfectly proper for th mayor to pick out a day an proclaim it citywide Kleene Day. Ambassador Hohore WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Military Academy West Point has given its hig est award, the Thayer Awar to Ambassador Robert D. Mu phy, a 39-year veteran of Ame ican foreign service. The award, named for, the f ther of the military academ Sylvanus Thayer, has gone such notables as. Henry Cab Lodge, Dwight D. Eisehhowe Douglas MacArthur, Franc Cardinal Spell man, Bob Hop Neil Armstrong and Dea Rusk. Ambassador Murphy U.S. political adviser for Ge many in 1944 and has served ambassador to Belgium and J pan and as Under Secretary State for Political Affairs. He currently the chairman of t Commission on the Orga iz«t!on el the Government ( the Conduct of Foreign Policy Jlortfjtoest SECTION D FAYET7EVILIE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1974 Memories Of A Meat Market By DAVID ZODROW .TIMES Stall Writer The llltte meat market in itry stayed · open until mid- ht Saturdays so that people, ross mainstreel at the movie cater, could come in to buy nday's meat after the show. The country people would mble in talking of Monroe, and 3gart, and Greenstreet. The en would huddle at the pot- Hied stove in the center of e store as the women selected e sausage and bacon slabs for morrow's after-church break- st. The market echoed the talk the movie goers for over ree and one-half decades'. And en, like Men roe, and Bogart, nd Greenstreet, it passed into nd remembrance. A shoe shop now occupies the eat market building on the lentry mainstreet. And., the small theatra where the Saturday night sausage-buyers convened is now a junk shop which specializes in used and abused clap-trap. ' ; · · John and Jeanette Binn's 'of tloute 3, Gentry, owners of the Gentry Meat Market, closed the business April 1, 1969, the date which the market closed. is coincidental,- for the statistics of the little shop Seem as incredulous as the tallest - April Fool's Day yarn. The Binns estimate that 22,464 steers, 12 per week, were butchered, cut wrapped and sold in the 36 years that they were open. Figuring the saleable meat from a 1,000 pound steer at a little less than 50 per cent of total weight, they calculate that about 6,000 pounds of beef were sold in a week at the market and. that about 1,031,760 pounds of ^choice beef was marketed in the -36 year period. 'The market was open for 36 years, seven days a week, a regular 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and in that steady 13,140 day - 137,970 hour run it was only closed for five days so. that, as John says seriously, "I could get damn good and drunk." · John, 64, says that he and his father, Marshall Binns, founded the enterprise in June of 1938. Furs, truck crops and hogs were, the main trade of Gentry, then a growing railroad town complete with three cafes, a hotel and an auction barn. "Dad was only in the operation for about three years. He loved to fish and hunt, and was never much for business. He went up to Colorado to the reacher, we found we had for- 'ot the marriage license." Besides the meat market, the linns owned a 260 acre farm wo miles West of Gentry. They kept 25 to 30 steers in a feedlol Six UA Concerts Are Scheduled The University of Arkansas rts and Concerts Committee as scheduled six attractions ir the fall and spring emesters. Jerome Rappaport, I'Round About Town! of the committee, entertainers include lairman aid the wo artists who have given con- erts on the UA campus in the ast. Benita Valente, soprano, who now . a member of the letropolitan Opera Company, i/ill be returning in November or a second concert. Also, Leo mit, composer-pianist who will e remembered here by many or his past concerts, will eturn in the spring for a three- ay residency, the concerts are b sponsored by the Department f Music. All of the programs will take lace in the Arts Center Conert Hall. "There is a group f seats designated for sub- cripers to the Fine Arts Series until 10 time (8 i.m.)," Professor Rappaport aid. "At that time, those seats .nd they are held minutes of curtain ,ot occupied will or.othersi" be released Admission ickets of 55 by the general iublic 'and S3 for high school tudents.'or by the presentation f I.D. Cards by University tudents. Individual tickets will se sold at the door. The Fine Arts Series attrac- ions are The Manhattan String Juartet, Valente, Oct. 25; ' Benita soprano, Nov. 3; 'am.es Fields, pianist, Nov. 25; Smit, · coniposer-pianist r eb. 17; Daniel Domb, cellist Vlarch 26; and Francesco Trio March 29. By RICK PENDERGRASS Of the TIMES Staff The Great Mills Scandal strikes some of us as something short of a truly sobering scandal -- perhaps more like something out of a Charlie Ruggles lick, with good ol' Charlie playing good ol' Wilbur. And maybe Carmen Miranda as Annabel Battistella, alias 'Fanne Fox.' The whole -merry scene, as reported by Washington press corps veterans, still hot from ;he long Watergate scandal campaigns, seems to have been custom written for the old situation comedy movies. First, the central character --· a respected, mature, proper congressman who, being only iiuman, allows himself a little leasure time fun. After all, even congressman shouldn't be expected to -wear charcoal -. grey three-pieces to bed, should they? Anyway, that's Charle. SECOND,' the fast 'set-couple who makes friends with.our hero. Remember, variety is the spice, etc...Here, we have Carmen in the middle of a party drinking a little and taking on the personality of Doris Day. Add ' a few bit characters, say, Donald O'Connor as the flustered cop who leads a vie limized Charlie to safety as other officers clamor to 'save Carmen from sure drowning in the three-foot deep tidal basin. So, we start with Charlie and his wife (equally as proper) anr Carmen and her husband along with others at a private bor voyage party for a mutual friend. Well Charlie, who's really nice guy and normally a beer drinker, is pressured .into a feu social drinks --a martini or two. The g o o d cheer spreads and soon Charlie's wife slip: and hurts her foot. Embarass ed, but with certain presence of mind, Mrs. Charlie nooly ur ;es the revelers to patty on or the night is young, and se on. WELL, CARMEN, being a little tipsy, and thinking Char lie s an a b out old: our cutie, hero, ( buzzes flirtinj larmles'sly. Charlie, of course all a little this. flustered h a v i n g abou been dragged away by all the reve ers, but worrying all the whil about Mrs. Charlie back horn with an aching ankle. Suddenly, as Mr. Carmen Charlie and the-rest are ridin through town in the wee hour of the morning, with Mr. Car men at the wheel, Carme squeals and exclaims. "OOooh Senaor Charlie! I theenk I mUF for to jump in that waters!" Of course, noble Charli thinks Carmen has flipped an struggles to keep her from sur death in the fathomless water guarding Jefferson Memorial. But to no avail, from the car and She jump tosses he ennonite settlement and was one 18 days hunting for quail, guess that's when I lost my arther," John says about the larket's origin. John gained a new partner n the business when he larried Jeanelte in February f 1950. As John says, "She was eautiful, charming, debonair; nd a very good meat wrap- er," LOST LICENSE "It was icy roads the day e got married," Jeanette ecalls, acked "and I out. .Not darn near ohn, but because of .nd when 'we got because of the to ice. the at the farm at all times anc mrchased steers from local armors to balance out the yearly kill. John butchered the steers in a small slaughter house he built on the farm. Ely Williams, who also served as the town policeman for a number of years, helped John with the butchering. Jeanette displayed the unwrapped cuts of meat in the outer coolers of the store for customer inspection. "When a customer had selected a cut of meat, we would wrap it in butcher paper without strings or tape. Wrapping it for freezing was up to the customer. With no fancy frills, we could give people good meal at a reasonable price. We never tried to make too much profit It was mostly just a big turn over," Jeanette says of the operation, The market which was ocated behyeen the drugstore and a cafe, specialized in beef and pork and did not sell Mcken. A limited supply of groceries were stocked for cus- :omer convenience but packaged food items were not promoted. OUT SOLD JIMMY "We sold more sausage than Jimmy Dean," Jeanette recalls humorously. "Fay Twiggs who still runs a grocery store in town used to haul sausage seasoning in a wheelbarrow up to the market. The wheelbarrow would be loaded with 10-pound boxes of seasoning and he'd make two or three trips a week." John recalls a coal-oil explosion in 1945 which nearly ended the lives of the meat market and its owner. "We had a big pot-bellied stove in the center of the store: People would come in 'sit around it and talk all day. 6r» cold morning at opening titna I threw some coal oil into the old stove and went off to hunt some matches. I guess the;'6U built up a gas and when I"lit it the explosion blew out the door and all the windows. : -T wasn't hurt bad but it did ruin a damn good hat I was wearing at the time," John says of tfiat purse back, hitting Charlie on' the nose, runs to the edge of the lake and jumps in, wetting her knees. UP RUNS ROOKIE Donald O'Connor and reinforcements and the whole thing- ends with very little serious problem. Now, if this had really been a Charlie Ruggles movie, nothing more would have come of it. The clever partygoers would have successfully evaded the press and the police in a series of close calls and all would have turned out happy in the end, with Charlie vowing "never again." as an. ice pack rested on. his head. But, of course this isn't a Charlie Ruggles movie, and it doesn't have a happy ending -- amusing, perhaps, but not happy. Perhaps if more people drank beer instead of martinis they wouldn't do silly things l i k e that. . THE MARKET IS ONLY A MEMORY TODAY 'John and Jeanette 'Binns can relax an the front porch Group To Offer Aid To Erring Parents The group will be called Parents Anonymous and the anonymity will be preserved An informal organization is i learn they are not alone and being formed in Fayetteville to [that everyone has problems," help parents who know they , ;1 whip their children too hard e and those who fear they may be falling into a child abuse pattern. Joe and Karen DeOrdio are coordinators for this new approach, which will provide parents an opportunity to discuss problems they encounter. DeOrdio, director of the counseling center at the University of Arkansas, said the loosely knit group Is really not an organization at all but merely a way to get parents together. "Much of it is to encourage parents to'get together and to ,the DeOrdlos said. Anyone interested may call 521-7971 or 443-4567 to learn more about the group. Even the place of meetings will not be revealed. There are few guides for being a good parent and in today's society, where families are separated from relatives, there is no one to turn to advice a n d support In child raising. "Being a parent is not an easy job and adjusting to a new area, without the support of immediate family members to lelp, makes it more difficult," DeOrido said. "Frustrations and tensions mount and in some cases an isolation builds up naking parents feel they are completely alone In trying to teep the family going," DeOrd- io said. "It is all right to talk about Plannesig Key To Forest Future By PEGGY FRIZZELL TIMES Staff Writer What will the Ozark-St. Trancis' National Forest at e iWedinglon look like in two years? In five years? In 10 years? The answer depends on a 10- year unit plan to be prepared y national forest Officials jnder the direction of Gordon Small, unit planning director. The 11,800 acre-section of forest at Wedingtpn will undergo research, analysis and )iiblic participation process Before the final unit plan is accepted, Small said. Unit planning is a name the 'orest service has given to an intensive land use planning project. The 10-year management direction for areas or units of land with similar characteristics is formulated using available information and planning procedures, Small said. The unit planning project originated in the late 1960s' and early 1970's with the formation of the "System for Managing the National Forests in the East." This system recognized the need to plan the use of forest lands according to the changing social and economic needs of the time. One of the key points of the system was planning be master plan for an area consists of an area guide and a unit plan. The Ozark Highlands Task Force completed work oh the Ozark Highlands area guide in spring, 1973. Unit planning began in summer, 1974, and the area guide was published in that master paramount. A February, 1974. Small outlined the steps taken in the unit planning process. First, he said, the unit under study is defined. Then . all available data on its resources, its locality, and its resources is is compiled for analysis. The analysis looks to resolve conflicts 'between possible uses and resources. Small said, in order to "define what the best choices are. At this point, various alternatives to how the land will he used and preserved are drawn up. Then comes the public response session. At this listening or workshop session the people find out what's going on, Small explained. Then forest officials ask for the public's participation through discussion and their response to the various alternatives. Small emphasized that while] the forest officials study the people's ideas and information, the final decisions are still made by the Forest Service. Following the public response session, forest officials analyze alternatives, select a plan and submit an environmental impact statement on the proposed land uses. Smith noted that this final step is required by (he National Environmental Policy Act. . If the environmental impact statement is okayed, the unit plan receives final approval and is carried out. The unit plan Is a work plan, telling forest service employes exactly what to do. Small said. Minor changes can be made In the plan to reflect changes in society,. Small said. But any major diversions frorn the original plan require a new environmental impact statement and so, public review. At the Wedinlon area, in B e n t o n a n d Washington Counties, forest officials are gathering information Newspaper releases announcing the beginning of the unil planning process for Wedington were sent out over the wire services this past, summer Small said. He noted that citizens froir throughout the entire stale, anc neighboring states also, are invited to participate in the public workshops for all 13 areas of Ozark-St. Francis forest. He estimated it will take seven years to complete th unit plans for the forest system in Arkansas. cold winter morning. The explosion caused a fire which burned the roof from th» building. A .small fire trucjj, then the only piece, of eq'uip^ ment in the Gentry Fire Department, was. unsuccessful' irv putting out the blaze. '*? "The only ' thing -that saV£d the business lay inside (tie' walls" John says. ' ···' · "The original builders hpd stuffed buggy axles, bed springs and scrap'metal into .the walls for . support! The . fire jiist couldn't make it through ;all that junk." ' . "j- HIGH COST HIT - - r John- who still butchers part- time for a i.Siloam Springs slaughterhouse, · deplores. the high cost of meat today in ths stores and blames union cost's and middlemen for the . pries inflation. . '''· "Markets today could cut .out the middlemen. They don't have to buy beef from expensive packing houses. They, could buy stock right off the farm and 90 per cent of their beef could be locally butchered. It could be hung up in the market, for 45 cents a pound," John says with over 40 years experience in the butchering field. "*"·' John says that a choice 1$00 pound steer will 'dress out u ^t$ 600 pounds of meat and by-pfo- ducts. About 75 per cent of this sided beef, about 450 pounds when bones and fat ate removed, is saleable meat. "He also says that there is a Hire's per cent shrinkage of meat' ga the first night in the freezer,-··'· "Even though the overhead has gone up, electricity, steers grain and everything else, iwe could damn sure sell choice sir^ loin, T-bone or round ste,ak today for less than one dollar, a pound, running the operation the same way".John says with a definite certainty in his voice. Jeanette says that the market concentrated solely on -thin selling of top quality meat. ''"'. FANCY PACKAGING ·'·'-, "Grocery stores today sell everything from bras to problems. Members give each other support a n d encouragement. They can become comfortable with each other and when things go wrong they don't have to face it alone;" he said. The group, patterned on a Little Hock innovative approach in discovering ways to handle frustrations of parents, will meet on a weekly basis. There will be no set programs, but there will be an opportunity to discuss specific problems. PROBLEM CENTER Many times problems center around discipline of children. "Parents only have the experience they had with their parents to fall back upon in dealing with their own children. Many were raised on the adage of spare the rod and spoil the child. They feel the only approach whe ndiscipline fail sis more severe discipline. Failure results in more frustration and this escalates," DeOrdio explained. Parents exchange ideas that have worked for them and substitute ways to discipline are to be explored. "The meetings are in no way therapy sessions, just parents with mutual problems helping each other," DeOrdio said. The group will work hand in glove with SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect but is not part of that organization. hammers/ They're concerned with fancy packaging and customer appeal, which is one cause of inflation. You can't do a good job with anything when you generalize too much. We set our sights on one target: to market the highest quality meat at prices which family men could afford. And we damn sure did it" Jeanette described the purpose of the market. ' The Eihns, now semi-retired, raise cattle on 120 acres of land m the old homestead two miles vest of Gentry. John is an avid coon hunter and garden raiser. Jeanett* tools with- Ozark crafts and chores around the farm. _ · After the 13,140 days spent n the meat market, they now enjoy a leisurely hour spent oh :he front porch of the rie\^ louse which they planned and milt themselves. ;..': John leans back in (he wicker rocker and stares out over thejr well-kept fields, new barn and 40 head of mixed-breed cattle. tie closes his eyes and props lis hands behind his head' in lazy contemplation. ' .; "You want to tell them some- thin?." John says with a qiijet smile. "Tell the folks that we retired in comfort on 25 cent hamburger." . . . . " ' . ' . Jeanette smiles and . nods approval. She reaches'over and touches John. · ·· The Binns banter between each other, joke, and 1 often reminisce about the countless local people and places they have been acquainted with ~:in !heir lives together. " ; You get the Impression, by beine around them, that after all those years as partners^in the meat market, they are Still partners In a more important way. '_*. Pawnbroker's Life Is Not Without Drawbacks By CHARLES WARD The glass door of the Cameo Jewelry Pawn shop opened. A man wearing a military field jacket entered and headed toward the counter in back. He walked past the well lighted, curio ridden shelves with his eyes straight ahead. , ' The owner of the shop, Alan Miller, glanced up. "Hello Pele. Do you want to extend it?" No. Pete wanted to take his automatic pistol out of hock. Did he have his slip? No, he lost it. Could Pete remember the due date? No, not exactly. Miller found the right slip In his files. He removed the tagged pistol from the huge safe and began to record the transaction on his books. Pete dug his hands in his coat pockets and murmured piteously, "I've paid enough on this to buy one like it." Such a mild lamentation is not likely to shake Miller, who has been in and out of the pawn business for around eleven years. "You really hear some hard luck stories," he said, adding that the business tends to harden you after a while. Listening to the hard luck stories is one of the drawbacks of that, kind of work. And although inured to most of the standard tales of woe,- he speaks regretfully of some exchanges. Such as with the elderly people whose social security or welfare checks won't quite stretch till the next check. Or the rings, bracelets, and watches inscihed with endearments and promises of eternal fidelity. "The first thing they do when they get a divorce is to get rid of stuff like that." Another drawback is his 70- hour week. "When I go home to my family. I don't feel like hearing their/ hard luck stories." Finding qualified help is difficult. "No one wants to dp this kind of work. Too depressing." He resents the misconceptions people have of the pawnbroker. He theorizes that most people tiave never been in a pawnshop and think of the pawnbroker as a hardeyed, hardhearted cynic ivho wears eyeshades about his shadowy shop. "Sure, I make money on other peoples misfortunes. That's how I make a living. But so do finance companies and a lot of others." Miller, a former high school history teacher, speaks softly, almost inaudibly. Ilis approach to anyone entering is low key. He tends to minor tasks such as dusting or. repairing merchandise and waits for the customer to state his business. He originally is from Kansas, where he once had a pawn shop. All a person needs to open pawn shop is a license, which is purchased from the city, and a lot of capital. "You can lose heavily at first," he warns. Here is a hypothetical transaction: A person takes a pistol in to pawn. The broker hastily inspects it and estimates the minimum it would sell for if the owner does not reclaim it. He then asks the customer liow much he needs. If the customer's request is exorbitant the .broker simply hands the pistol back and says he can't take it in. If the request is reasonably near the mark, the broker will make a counter offer. Assuming they agree on the money, the customer then signs two slips. One is to he shown when the gun Is taken out of hock. The other is a bill of sale which enables the broker to sell the item if the customer does not return for it. If the person received 20 dollars for ths gan, he would pay $22 to get it back. The f u l l amount is due 10 days from the date of the loan. (The amount of time given and the amount of interest charged varies from shop to shop.) If at the end of 10 days the person cannot pay the $22, he may pay two dollars, which extends the loan for another 10 days. A special constitutional provision exempts pawn shops from the Arkansas usury law. Miller says that loan interests and extensions account for the majority of his income. Extensions have teen carried for as long as six months. About 10 per cent of all pawned items are never reclaimed. About 1 75 per cent of his pawners come back. "They all say the same thing when they come in the first time. T h e y say they've never done t h i s before. When they reclaim the merchandise they say it's the last time. But most of them come back occasionally a n d some become habitual pawn- ers," Miller said. In the three years that Miller has been at his present location, on Highway 71 south, he has recorded over 11.000 pawn transactions. Many of his customers are factory and construction workers. Business is always heavier around the first and last of each month. Winter is busier than summer. These are the times when people start running out of money. Miller attributes this in part to out-of-work constuction workers. He says that the inflation during the past year has resulted in an increase of business, but the Increase is forcing him to lend less on each piece of merchandise. Although he will accept practically anything that can be resold, he sometimes turns people down. For instance, two different men have been refused when they tried to pawn their mules. "Didn't have any place to put them." Also whenever he gets overstocked on a particular item, such as televisions, he stops loaning money on it. Diamonds and firearms, are the easiest items to pawn be cause they are the easiest to dispose of. Firearms are the most commonly pawned. Miller looked through the counter glass at the assortment of pistols. "I u s e d to sell ammunition with the firearms. Then one day in Topeka a man bought a pistol and a box of shells. He walked up to the front door, loaded, the pistol, walked back and held me up." The shop is the anthisesl-of order. Items lying Bide by side 3ear no relationship to each other. Guitars and boat paddles hang together and sway wh:e;n the door opens.'Harnesses hang over battered trunks and B«y S c o u t canteens. Commando knives lie darkly beside aba;n- doned wedding rings. Antiques and bona fide junk peacefully co-exist. There are carpenter joiners, cameras, desks, snake bite kits and items that can't be identified by the unlnitiateti. Air these things bring in ih« browsers, the souvenir hunters, the "just lookers." They handle and twist and poke and squint and sometimes even buy something. -. C? But all these things ai» superfluous. They are the accidental and incidental furnishings of Miller's waiting room. His facade. The real busines'l lies in the huge safe behind ttie counter and in the small. n!« boxes filled with yellow ana pink'papers. :*·*.

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