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A ■ Meet. Ai / 2 H2lGl It I 7:30 P.M. Community Center _l _____ I—————J VOL. 3, NUMBER 43 SINGLE COPY, FLVE CENTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1956 East Side -By P. D. % To many that which follows is likely to be highly sacreligious, but such is not my point; rather, in my opinion, it’s just a legitimate gripe. It is written in the scriptures that in six days God created the heavens and the earth and all there is in them. (This, of course, was before the time of John L. Lewis, else God would probably have worked only four and one-half days.) On the seventh day, says the script ures He rested. And that in my opinion, was a sad mis take. With a limited number of exceptions, God did an excellent job. But I do wish He’d seen fit to put in a day’s overtime on the Mind of Man. Books have been written on the inconguities of the mind of the human being . . . and there’s room left for more efforts in that direction, too. My observation with reference to the human mind, and the incongurity thereof, has to do with some of the self-centered, egotistical, so-called Christians in these parts. They give me a pain. Just how the hell they can go to church on Sunday, with the regularity of going to the bathroom during the week, fall upon their knees, bow their heads, and commence a monologue over their private pipeline to Heaven, and in the meantime refuse absolutely to pay a single bill they owe their fellowman. Maybe they can justify it . . . but damned if I can, in view of the fact that a few such critters owe me monev and won’t pay it! In short, how can they justify the Christian principle of “doing unto others” when they haven’t even the decency to disscus their obligations to others? Personally, I think they are nothing short of a bunch of damned hyprocrits. Like I said, I do wish God had seen fit to have work ed on that seventh day, especially on the mind of man. Either that, or I wish some of the idiots would pay me what they owe. The foregoing mention of money brings to mind an incident that came to my attention last week in Pascagou la. A certain big operator in Biloxi was having several thousand circulars printed, and he called over to the shop to instruct them to add all the towns in which he had stores. “Now, let’s see,” he started, “we’ve got a store in Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis, Pascagou la, Lucedale, and ... and . .. well, I know we’ve got two more stores, but damned if I know where they are.” With that he asked someone in his office, “Where the hell did we put those other two stores?” It must be nice to be rich. That incident bripgs to mind a talk I had with a cer tain fellow earlier this year. Jokingly, I said to him: “You know your trouble, don’t you? Everyone knows that you own fifty-percent of this town.” He slammed his fist on his desk and exclaimed, “P. D., that’s just a damned lie and you know it. I don’t own but ten percent of this town!” Like I say, it must be nice to be rich. * - Certainly seems to me that Dillard McMullan and C I T ought to appreciate me. Last week, while on a trip in their Chrysler, I tried dumping the fire from my pipe out me wmaow. i lanea, and tne wnoie ousiness blew back into the car and fell on the small strip of rug between the side of the seat and the door. Frankly, I couldn’t stop too quick because of the heavy traffic. Final ly, about five hundred yards from the mishap, I pulled into a roadside park to check the situation. The rug was smelling, but good, by then. There was no water around, but in order to save damage to Dillard and C I T, I spray ed the smouldering fire with my nose drops which were in an atomizer and which cost a buck and a quarter an ounce. 1 report this instance for one purpose: I would like to remind the owners of the Chrysler that next time I may not have any nose drops with me. Naturally, if they’d like to replace the ones sprayed, well .... t I thought the Democrats and Republicians offered little choice to the average voter, but just take time to look over the States Righters Ticket. It is my honest opinion that anyone holding Confederate money can for get its possible future use .. . the South ain’t gonna rise again, not in that direction. And if some of us don’t be gin to act like adult persons, there isn’t too much chance that the South will rise in any direction. There is, of course, one consolation, negative though it is, we sure as hell can’t get any further down on the ladder . .. thanks to such folks as the States Righters. Congratulations to Bill Colmer and Tom Ott on their . having been elected as Congressman» and Chancery Judge last week. I know both men fairly well, and am of the opinion that no one could better fill the two offices than Bill and Tom. * A note on television. A couple of weeks ago I read a column by Mr. Pegler in which he discussed television and newspapers. He pointed out that FDR was respon ible for the fact that TV was scooping newspapers at such affairs as national conventions, etc. Well, everyone to his own belief, but I’ll never understand how FDR could be responsible for something that was inevitable ... and surely commercial television was a foregone matter since around 1920 or 21 when the first picture was sent in such a manner. Yes, it upsets me to have to have to work, too. f .,_*_•_— * Farmers Told Of Work Law For Children U. S. Official Warns Employees To Avoid Violating Code Mississippi farmers and grow ers were warned Monday to ac quaint themselves with provis ions of the child labor laws before hiring workers during the school term which opens in many communities this week. Louis F. Provine, supervisor of the wage and hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor, gave this advice to those who would avoid unintentional viola tions: 1. Learn the requirements of both state and federal child labor laws. 2. Not to employ or permit children under 16 to work in or about the farm during hours school is in session. 3. Make sure the youth is of employable age and keep the re quired records for at least three years. Pro vine said: “The law' exempts growers of agricultural and horticultural products from its $1 minimum w'age and overtime provisions, but it specifically prohibits em ployment of children under 16 years of age in agricultural oc cupations during hours school is in session. “Children of any age may be employed on the farm during vacation periods, on weekends and before and after schools and the grower may use his own children in agricultural work at any time* on his own farm. “Federal regulations require that each grower have on file for each employe under 18 a record showing the full name, date of birth, home address and the local address if the minors are employed on days when school is in session.” Slennis Calls Attention To / * Farm Loans United States Senator John Stennis said that the Department of Agriculture is making available $50 million immediately to imple ment legislation passed this year providing for building and re modeling farm homes and other farm buildings. To be eligible, an applicant must live on the farm and receive a substantial part of his income from farming. The Mississippi Senator pointed out that these loans will not conflict with loans made by banks and other lending agencies as they are long-term loans extending the schedule of payments beyond those ordinarily covered by regular lending egen cies. Senator S tennis urged farmers interested in obtaining a long term loaij under this program to make application with their Coun ty Committee of the Farmers Home Administration at the earl iest date. He said, “I believe that these loans will provide a sound approach to the credit needs of farmers for building new homes or making needed repairs on ex isting homes.” “Our farm home loan program has been badly neglected, and I am hopeful that this program will serve as the first step over the years in dotting our rural com munities in Mississippi with new and improved homes.” Parents, Teachers Urged To Watch For Problems Paients and teachers were urg ed by the Mississippi Optometric Association today to watch for symptoms of vision problems among children returning to school in September. “Inadequate vision is a far more common cause of school failure and emotional disturbance than is generally recognized,” said Dr. May, president Among symptoms of vision problems to look for, according to Dr. May, are: Avoiding work requiring good vision at the reading distance. Losing place while reading. Holding work closer than nor mal. Excessive head movements (Continued on Plage 2) Memo On Prostitution — Lip Service Liberals Prostitution, unfortunately, like other commerce, is not limited to such famed streets as New Orleans’ Bourbon and Ram part. * We admit our ignorance to the classifica tion of prostitutes. We presume thty are of various calibre. However, an honest-to-goodn ess, down-to earth whore is preferable to us than the low est of all prostitutes, The Lip Service Lib eral. Yes, we have several such persons in mind. Let's Check The Merchandise — Or Would You Prefer Tutli-Fruilti? • It is with some degree of relunctance that we embark on this discussion of selling and buying in the name of Democracy. The rea son for that relunctance is due to our having observed that persons affiliated with any party whatsoever usually are able to see only their party’s views on any given subject. Thus, we fear being misunderstood. But, then, what if we are? However, just for the record we’d like to say in all honesty that we have no ties with nor undue sympathy for the Commu nist Party, Socialist Party, Republican Par ty, Democratic Party, or even the Doodlebug Party. But, damnit, we do have ties with and sympathy for this nation. From what we’ve’read in numerous pub lications concerning Communist Russia, we have about decided it is becoming more like this nation every year; and, by the same ob servations, it appears that this nation is get ting more like Communist Russia every ses sion of the Congress. How the Russians go is of no great con cern to us. But how we go is of the greatest concern. The founding fathers of this nation aim ed at founding a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people.” The Constitu tion is so written. Three distinct branches were set up, each to act as a counter-balance against the others, should the need aiise. However, as we all know, whether we are willing to admit it or not, the last half-cen tury has seen a constant shift cf power from the people to the Federal Government. (Please, this piece is not in behalf of States Righters. We don’t care for them at all.) Social legislation has been such that we are, at this very moment, just a step short of be ing a paternalistic welfare state. In connection with the trend of which we speak, let us point out some figures with which you may not be familiar. The Federal Government owns approxi mately 25% of the land in the United States. The Federal Government owns housing projects and business properties worth a bout $50 billion. The Federal Government own sufficient power producing facilities to furnish one fourth of the needed power lor the nation. The Federal Government, with the Social Security Administration, is in the insurance business. The Federal Government has the power to tell an employer the minimum he can pay an employee. The Federal Government has the | ower to tell a farmer what he can and cannot plant, and in what amounts. The Federal Government has hocked eve ry single person in the nation to the tune of $1700 each. The Federal Government is practicing Communism in so owning and operating such projects as mentioned above. 'The Federal Government is practicing Socialism in that it controls practically eve rything which it doesn’t own. As recently as 20 years ago 75% of all taxes went to individual towns, cities, and states. Today 75% of all taxes go to the Fed eral Government. The Federal Government, through its controlling powers, has transferred to itself at least one half of the value of all private property in the United States today. And we noted with dread the fact that, upon close analysis, the platform of both the Democratic and Republican Parties written recently are nothing more or less than pure Socialism. Read them for yourself very care fully. Thus, it seems no end of idiocy is in sight. So, what is there to do? You answer it, please, we can’t. At any rate, from the appearance of the situation today, we are presently of the opin ion that with the trend as it is the people of this nation would buy Socialism, Communist, Dog Patchism, or Tutti Frutti all under the name of Democracy. Perhaps we’d do well to take a close look at the merchandise before we spend our great grand children’s future. Not That The Choice Is So Good— But The Right To Vote Is Another Story! The people of Mississippi will soon vote in a primary election. This election, every election, is important in these critical times, an American election is an international e vent. Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther, Supreme Commander of NATO deftly commented on this fact thus: “At no other time in the history of our nation has it been more imperative that A mericans understand the vital problems that are being faced by their Government and the great need for every American to par ticipate in their solution.” “Although I never cease to be proud of being an American, I have been impressed during my five years in Europe by the high percentage of Europeans who go to the polls to vote. Their record is better than ours in this all-important matter of individual par ticipation in government.” “I am sure that the American people, in their new and vitally important role, will rise to the challenge.” These are fine words — we should take them to heart. Unfortunately, too many people still think their vote doesn’t count. How often have you heard someone say “My one vote doesn’t matter much.” These are the same people who “are busy” on election day. Your vote does count! Remember, though the votes number in the thousands, they are counted one by one. Your vote selects — your vote elects can didates to public office. If you vote intel ligently, regularly, chances are that you’ll elect good government. If you ignore the ballot, odds are even better that you’ll have corrupt government. Government is as good as the man or woman behind the ballot — no better, no worse. Primary election day is your day, Mr. and Mrs. Voter. This is your day to have a say in the way your party is run — your day to pick the candidates you want to see ru;n for office. You do more, however, than choose your party’s candidate for public office on pri mary day. By voting intelligently in any e lection, you help to preserve the freedom which is our American heritage. And your vote, with that of your neighbors, tells the world that America is a united country, that we practice what we preach, that democracy works! * If you don’t like what “those politicians” are doing to your government — if you want things changed — if you want things to re main just as they are — you can most ef fectively make your vote felt at the polls! Griping doesn’t elect good men to public of fice. Voting does. If you think that voting is a small duty, that is all the more reason why you should gladly do what is easy for you to do. The right to vote is a great right. It’s greatness can only be diminished if we neg lect it. Optimist Notes — Business Meeting Held Last Week; Club Voted 'Thanks' To Qpti-Mrs. The regular weekly meeting of the Petal Optimist Club was held last Thursday night at 7:30 in the Community Center. Dr. O. N. Ashcraft, club president, pre sided over the business discus sion which was held by members of the club. Members discussed the work accomplished to date by the club, and responsibility of various committees was pointed out in i the talk. The club voted to open a head quarters office in the Mathis | Building, next to the Jewelry Shop, in order to expidite the raising of money for the Petal Optimist Park Project. The office was opened the first of this week. Opti-Mrs. were given a vote of thanks for the woik they had done in operating the Rummage Sale, which has been underway for the £ast three weeks. Plans at the meeting last week were in 1 definite as to the future of the Rummage Sale. t ft Ayrshires Club Sale Is Set For September 24th The Mississippi Ayrshire Club's Sale will be held in the Animal Husbandry Building at Mississippi State Coliege at 1 p.m. Sept. 24. Approximately 40 head of heavy springers, cows and heifers just right for fall milk production, as well as a few good bulls and heif er calves, will be offered for sale. The buyers of Ayrshires in pre vious sales have been well pleased with the cattle purchased. There are now Ayrshires in 32 of the counties of Mississippi, and twelve new Ayrshire breeders have been , welcomed into the club in the i past year. Stale Medical Meeting Set In Jackson For September 19-20 & More than 300 physicians from throughout Mississippi will meet in Jackson Sept. 19-20 for the eighth annual academy of gen eral practice, according to Dr. W. E. Lotterhos, Jackson, president j of the Academy. To be held at the Heidelberg 1 Hotel, the Academy is a post grad | uate training course for all gen ii eral practioners in the state. ; Hours of formal credit will be giv ; en to each doctor attending the ; two-day meeting. Dr. H. C. Hicks, Sr., president, Mississippi Medical Association, will give the welcome address on Wednesday morning. Speakers for the two-day ses sion will include: Doctors P. J. Sparer, Memphis; J. G. Hughes, Memphis, Max Sadove and M. J. SchriffNn, Chicago; Woodrow Beacham. New Orleans, and Wil liam J. Atkinson, Jr., Mobile. Lt. Gov. Carroll Gartin will be featured speaker at a luncheon Wednesday. The general practitioners and their wives will hear Dr. William Sproul, Des Moines, Iowa, vice Polio In State Is On Increase Polio incidence in Mississippi is climbing and March of Dimes funds are being consumed at a rapid rate in providing care for patients, according to announce ment by V. T. Anthony, State Representative of the National Foundation for Infantile Paral ysis. nueven Mississippi cnapieis 01 I the Polio Foundation have ex hausted local funds and national Dimes organization has sent emer headquarters of the March of gency aid totaling $29,775.00. Latest counties to receive funds were Monroe, $1,000. and Rankin $700. Other counties receiving funds this year are: Renton, $1, 000; Clarke, $11,000; Copiah, $4, 625; Covington, $2,150; Kemper, $1,025; Pearl River, $1,600; Perry, $2,100; Sunflower, $3,000; Yazoo, $1,275; Several other counties will shortly need emergency funds, the Foundation official said. The cost of continuing care for cases strick en in previous years is always heavy. In 1955, Mississippi chapters of the National Foundation spent $304,160.53 in March of Dimes money for patient caie. Of this amount $251,594.02 was for con tinuing care of old cases, and $52,566.51 for services to new cases stricken during the year. The total requirements for polio patient services in 1956 is esti mated to exceed $300,000 again. The State Board of Health has reported 50 new cases of polio for the first 24 days of August, as compared to 30 cases for the same period last year. The total for this year stands at 143, while on the same date last year there were 134. The five-year average for Mississippi polio cases up to this time is about 260. Hinds County with 16 new po lio cases leads all other counties so far this year. Jones County is second with 14 cases. Forty-four other counties have had from 1 to 9 cases, while 36 counties have had no cases at all. president of the American Acad emy of General Practice Wednes day evening at a banquet. Music will be furnished by a local or chestra. Dr. Louis Hittlemyer, director of the department of general prac tice. University of Mississippi, wull speak at the Thursday luncheon. Thirty-six exhibitors "will pre sent to Mississippi doctors the lat est drug and surgical supplies, books and medical instruments. Six educational exhibits wrill be included in the display. Officers for the coming year will be elected during the busi ness session Wednesday. At the close of the general assemblies, door prizes wrill be awarded. The Academy of General Prac tice was founded to promote and maintain high standards in the general practice of medicine and surgery and to encourage and as sist >oung men and women in preparing themselves for general practice. The academy also provides post graduate study courses for general practioners and encourages and assists practicing physicians and surgeons in participating in such training. It preserves the right of the general practioner to engage in medical and surgical proce dures for which they are qualified by training and experience and serves as a means of advancing medical science and private and public health. Research Grants Are Given To Medical Center Medical research is soon to be big business in Mississippi. The University Medical Center has been awarded an additional $300,000 in research and training grants for the current year. Approved by the Board of Trus tees of the Institutions of Higher Learning at its August meeting, the grants-in-aid come frob gov ernment and voluntary health agencies and will be used to studv a wide variety of health problems. A summary of the new Medical Center giants, by department, donor and amount follows: Surgery: National Heart Insti tute, $34,000; Division of Research Grants, National Health Institute. $25,000; National Institute of Neu rological Disease and Blindness. $18,107; Office of Surgeon Gen eral, two grants, one for $10 025 and one for $39,925; Mississippi Heart Association, $7,700. Psychiatry: National Institute of Public Health, $25,000. Preventive Medicine: National Institute of Allergy and Infec tious Disease, $9,079. Pathology: National Advisory Cancer Council, $25,000; National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness, $5,637. Pharmacology: National Heart Institute, $6,095. Physiology: Life Insurance Med ical Research Fund, $14,500; Mis sissippi Heart Association, $2,4ti0; American Heart Association, $5, 280; National Heart Institute, three grants, totaling $50,794. Medicine: Mississippi Heart As sociation, $4,000; American Cyan amid Company, $2,000, and Na tional Heart Institute, $6,900.