Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 23, 1946 Page: 2 of 8
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PALACIOS HEACOM, rALAllus, tkaas
a mu >UU(
It seems like yesterday thafl Nancy was
playing with dolls. Now she’s pushing
her own baby carriage. Yes, there’ve
been a lot of changes in the likst fifteen
years—most of them so gradual we
hardly noticed them at all. v
Nancy didn’t grow up all at oWe. A
tooth at a time—a curl at a timet—an
inch at a time—and suddenly a little
kid sister was Mrs. Joe Jones, mother
of Joe, Junior.
Like Nancy, the use of electricity
has grown a lot in the last fifteen
years. But the price of electricity hats
been going down steadily. You may
not have noticed it because your bill
may be about the same—but how
many appliances have you added to
your home since 1931? Actually,
you’re getting about twice as much
electricity for your money now as then.
Keeping electric service plentiful
and cheap through years of rising
costs was not easy. That today’s elec-
tricity is at its very lowest price in
history is a tribute to the hard work
and experience of the men and women
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“You're etruttln* If you try to
be something you ain’t.” — Vir-
ginia-born Lady Nancy Astor, of
“A woman couldn’t have done
that kind of work.”—Mrs. Helen
York, Aurora, III., who, posing at
man for JO yearn, boned con-
“I just ueed common aenee. Not
everyone doee.” — George Hig-
gins, Morristown, Pa., giving rec-
ipe for living 100 years.
“I can't imagine anyone who
has regard for the farmer, voting
for OPA extension." — Senator
Elmer Thomas, Oklahoma.
“How many vital elements of
a free enterprise system remain
In operation today 7”—Rep. How-
ard Buffett, Nebraska, on gov-
ernment price-wage-profit con-
“Some things have to remain
personal and sentimental."—
Shirley Temple, refusing fan’s
request to borrow wedding gown.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rentier of
Houston are here for a visit with
his mother, Mrs. John Bcntler,
Through its Nutrition Service the
American Red Cross is fighting tftf
.overseas famine and urging food
conservation here with programs in
1,148 chapters throughout the Unit-
ed States and its insular posses-
sions. There are 7,886 authorised
Red Cross instructors in nutrition
During the past 8 months 2ti,414
persons completed courses in 1,722
classes. On the Red Cross national
and area staffs are 52 nutritionists,
82 of whom are available as con-
sultants to smaller chapters. In
larger cities throughout the nation,
57 chapters employ one or more
WHY BE FAT*?
Eat plenty yet Iota
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weight with dellcloui
candy reducing plan
Have a more Blender, graceful fig-
ure. No exercising. No laxatives.
Vitamin Candy Reducing Flan
starches, potatoes, meats or Dul-
ler. vou simply cut them down.
directed. Ab»oliitcly liarmlew. ______
In clinical tejt< condoled hy medical doctor..!
ducing Plan. ___———I
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Inflation? It’s Here Now!
It would be highly instructive to know just what the
bureaucrats have in mind when they sound their clarion cry
of “Hold the Line" against an inflationary spiral. Their wails
that the wolf of inflation will gobble us up if the 0. P. A. is
not continued for another year would be amusing if the facts
of life were not so harsh for the common man. Because,
make no mistake about it, inflation is already here and O.
P. A., if its authority is continued, will have to do a lot better
in the future than it has in the immediate past if it is to
justify its existence.
Every person of modest income may well ask “What do
they mean by holding the line? Just where is the line that is
to be held ?” Because the salaried man and woman and those
with limited incomes are finding it more difficult, week by
week, to make income stretch around the family budget. The
cost of living has advanced enormously and is still advancing.
Go into any grocery and market here in Edinburg and
you will find it takes more dollars to feed the family than it
did a few months ago. Steak for a family of three costs $1.00
and up. Hamburger meat, once regarded as plebian fare, is
30 cents a pound. A scrawny frying chicken sets the pur-
chaser back $1.00 or more. Most food items have advanced
accordingly. The few that have not, such as bread and milk,
are held down by subsidies. And who pays the subsidies?
The consumer, through taxes. Which means that he puts out
more than ht would if he paid a higher price for the product.
Now go into any local dry goods store. Regardless of
the fancy figures and percentages on the cost of living put
out by government bureaus, you will find clothing costs too
have risen 50 per cent or more. A pair of boys shoes that
cost $3.50 three years ago are $5.50 to $6.00 now. A $2.50
man’s straw hat may be had for $4.50 to $3.00. Practically
every item of men’s, women's and children’s wear, when ou-
tained at all, has advanced accordingly.
The same situation will be found to exist in hardware,
furniture, drugs and other lines. It boils down to this: If the
fcrice ceiling hasnt’ been jacked up by the O. P. A., chances
are you can’t get the item you are looking for, except in the
black market. And what difference does it make to the aver-
age consumer whether the higher cost of necessities is sanc-
tioned by the O. P. A. or is black market? They take more
dollars out of his pocket—and that’s that.
Retailers are not to blame for this condition, of that you
may be sure. Your average retailer is pust as worried about
conditions as your average consumer. But the government
grants higher wages to powerful unions. By hook or crook
the manufacturer compensates for additional costs of his pro-
duct—or quits making it. There’s nothing the retailer can do
except ra^e prices, legally or illegally.
The only phase of the cost of living with which O. P. A.
has dealt with some measure of success is rent control, and
powerful forces are constantly at work to break this measure
of protection down.
The cold bare fact is that the “line” against inflation has
not been held. After all, no nation, however powerful, has
ever been able to repeal the law of supply and demand.—
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IN PALACIOS HISTORY
FROM OUR EARLY FILES
10 YEARS AGO
Opening of Arnold’s New Grocery
atid Bakery was scheduled for the
The new highway from Bay City
to Wharton was opened for traffic.
Water Superintendent Guy Bar-
nett received a certificate from the
State Department having completed
and passed successfully the pre-
scribed training and licensing exam-
Gloria Jensen, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Ellis Jensen, drank some
kerosene from a can she picked up
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon
Starr. She was quite sick for a
short time, but soon responsed to
M. 1. Cox received a letter from
a cousin in New Jersey, stating he
had been enjoying shrimp put up by
the Crawford Packing Company ir.
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15 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Thomas mov
cd here from Newgulf.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Fields were
opening a new cleaning and press-
ing shop in the Hillyer building on
Mrs. Esther Allen Dapron died of
injuries received in an auto crash
at the corner of Lucas and First
Miss Lucille Curtis received her
degree R. N. at the Central Baptist
Hospital in W'aco, and her brother
Elliott Curtis received his A. B.
from Baylor University.
Palacios' first flower show spon-
sored by the Ladies Auxiliary of
the Chamber of Commerce was a
grand success, also Trades Day on
same date, and the town was full
of people coming from many miles
25 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Claybourn an-
nounced the birth of a seven pound
boy, named Guy Jr.
Officers of the O. E. S. Chapter
were elected as follows: Dell Ar-
nold, W. M.; C. W. Neater, W. P.;
Vivian Barnett, A. M.; Susan
Feather, secretary; Nelly Gray,
Word was received that Thomas
Lynn Huffman, a former Palacios
resident, died in Wilmington, Ohio.
May 26 was date for the P. H. S.
Alumni Banquet. Invitations were
N’Yawk, N. Y.-
THE RUBBERNECK busei are
rolling again, and the local yokels
are getting their annual gander at
the Statue of Liberty, the Empire
State aerie and Grant’s Tomb,
while escorting "visiting firemen”
—their colloquialism for west-of-
the-Hudson relatives, friends,
During the war the lumbering
glasstops were laid up, and the
barkers took sightseers through
Chinatown and the Bowery, Wall
St. and Riverside Dr., by subway.
"El” and hoof. Now, Mott and Pell
Sts. refurbish their prop opium
dens to give visitors chills, but
these are tepid beside Times Sq.
Characters infest The Stem
again. Apple Annie is selling stale
orchids to sports from the Bronx
at five bucks each; Broadway Rose,
mustily gowned a^d mysteriously
leering, naunts stage and night-
club doors along the bobby-
soxers, and glares at a .rival called
Midnight Susio—an ancient who
says she’s the remains of a onetime
glamor gal .. The cops keep jug-
ging Cfjdng Titlie Dor? for picking
pofkets, and there’s a taxi driver
Dy the name of A. Bandit.
A hotspot press agent wears a
buttonniere made of mink, and
Songster Carol Bruce wears a
buckled tape-measure as a belt,
agonizing heftier waistlines . . .
Editor Charles Earle Funk, B.S.,
Litt.D., who came here from
Springfield, Ohio, years ago, says
the word "jerk” will have official
standing in his new dictionary, and
you can get a pretty good steak
by underhanding $4.50 at a Third
Ave. bistro if “Joe” sent you ..
May in Manhattan.
Your Cross-loads Correspondent,
sent to 166 members. Miss Alice
Gillespie was secretary; Carlton
20 YEARS AGO
Harley Viets and Miss Ruth Jor-
dan were married in Wharton.
Rev. G. F. Gillespie preached the
Baccalaureate sermon for the High
School Commencement exercises
and Rev. M. M. Wolf gave the ad-
dress to the class of 10 girls and
Deaths reported were W. J. Mur
ray at the home of his deaughter,
Mrs. W. E. Green; Judge G. B. Rob-
ertson in Bay City, and Capt. F. B.
Chilton in Houston.
In a world where death is, we
have no time to hate.
Rom where I sit... Joe Marsh
Thad Phipps and
the Garden Party
Thad Phipps' wife Anally got him
to the Ladiea* Flower Club Lawn
Festival and Garden Pnrty.
At first Thad was mighty un-
comfortable in his Sunday best,
making polite conversation with
the ladies, nibbling on watercress
sandwiches. Until Milly Harztell
comes up with a tray of ice-cold
beer in frosty glasses.
“I suppose," says Milly slyly.
“yon’U think beer’s a sissy drink."
“Sissy drink!” says Thsd emphati-
cally. "Jut because it’s mild and
moderate doesn’t make it sissy I
Beer’s a man’s drink!”
And then Thad see* that half thn
ladies there are sipping beer, as
well as those who’ve chosen lemon-
ade and cider, and he mutters: “I
reckon it’s s ladies’ drink, too."
From where 1 sit, more and more
people are realising, like Thad, that
beer doesn’t belong to any special
group or occasion—it’s a whole-
some American beverage thet be-
longs wherever folks enjoy good
taste awl moderation.
Copyright, 1946, United States Breners Ft
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