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Mississippi’s Leading Weekly DURANT, HOLMES COUNTY MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY, NOV. 26. 1**36. NUMBER 17. ppi’s state-wide Thanks i. <tival is this year being d in by more people before, according to an ent today by Governor ite. Schools, churches, clubs newspapers over the state are this year combining their efforts j toward the greatest Thanksgiving Festival that has ever been held in the state. I Governor White said: “The very response that Mississippi ana have given to the suggestion , of this period of Thanksgiving is] I abundant evidence that our staffi retains in abundant measure the! cardinal virtue of ‘gratitude.’. Certainly no people crusted by selfishness and materialism could; have joined so sincerely and on ► thusiastically in plnns for a state-) wide celebration designed solely j as an acknowledgment and appre ciation of the blessings that have come to us this year.” .» the country. We have a new addition to our family down here at the News of fice. Little Buddy, we cnll him. And we believe that you’ll take him to your heart when you turn to page 7 for his first comment. We also introduce to you this week for the first time “Washing ton Parade,” a column of clever comment on affairs at our national capitol. It is written by Hay •Iikhiitinn nnrl Wnlter Pierce, two of our better known columnists | You’ll find Washington Parade on page 4. Anybody can do a job when life] goes smoothly and everything! comes easy. But it takes a real mouth shut when the going gets tough. The Durant chapter of the Business and Professional Wom en’s Club received its charter at a banquet last Friday evening at the Hotel Durant when more than twenty-five prominent club wom en throughout the state were guests. Representatives were pres ent from Jackson, Tchula, Lexing ton. We can expect to hear big things from the Durant chapter J since it is now fully organized and ready to go to work. The NEWS IS getting up in the^ world. We are now a member of. the Mississippi Press Association (for the first time to this writer’s knowledge). We noted, with interest, in the complete list of newspapers in Mississippi, there were ten womer editors in the state. These womei edit papers at Clarksdale, Amory Booneville, Liberty. Mayersville, Meadville, New Augusta, Okolona, Rosedale and Durant. There is a total of 118 newspapers in the state: 21 dailies; 4 semi-week lies; 93 weeklies. Well, folks, it’s time now to catch that train or plane or some thing to get to Birmingham for that Alabama-Vanderbilt game. And that Thanksgiving turkey is going to taSte mighty good after Alabama gets Vandy off the slate and starts training for that Rose Bowl tilt New Year’s Day. STATE UNITES IN FESTIVAL OF GRATITUDE' 1936 Crop Breaks All Time Record in a state where perfect weather is the rule rather than the exception, the past year has stood out in particularly bold re lief by comparison with the freak ish weather visiting other states in the Union. The combinatoin of early spring raini and a long summer in Mississippi boosted the 1936 cotton crop to an all-time record in yield per acre. The crop was practically weevil-free. The same “growing’’ weather helped swell the production of other crops, especially in forage and fruit, so that Mississippi’s horn of plenty has been filled to overflowing not only with mar ketable crops but also with food and feed the M ississimn farmer was formerly having to buy. The results as told in figures are amazing in the progress vhey show. Whereas the to'-al aycrag> yield of all crops in the United States is estimated at 82.8 per cent of normal Mississippi’s yield , is estimated at 133 per cent. Mississippi’• cotton alone this year will bring between $134,000, 900 and $140,000,000 as compared with a total income from all crops ’ a year ago of $96,000,000 and of; $64,000,000 in 1932. When the in- j some from other crops, from bene j fit payments, and from livestock is added to this figure will raise Mississippi’s farm income above $200,000,000. i But weather is not the only cause for tbs banner corps of this year. The farmers have deserved their good luck. Encouraged with expert aaVtttrthfey have trie<f"new varieties of their basfe plants, working to improve the strains. They have Studied soil chemis try and have learned why soil depleting cotton and corn must be rotated with soil - building crops. They have used science to fight insect pests. Tliep have balanced crops with livestock and have proven that good fanning has as much to do with success as good M eat her. Though agriculture is still the major occupation of the sta e, Mixsissippians have done much in 1936 to make possible a closer balance between agr culture and industry. Just as the basic crops have been balanced with other crops, and just as crops have been balanced M’ith livestock, so farm ing is being balanced with manu Mississippi already leads all the cotton states in dairy production and manufacturing. Mississippi ranks first in the South in the pro duction of cheese. Only recently she helped to dedicate a new cheese plant at Batesville. By the end of 1936 there will be 15 cheese plants operating in the state, where in 1927 there was one; and the total production for 1936 will run close of 7,500, 000 pounds. Mississippi’s newest agricultur al-industrial activity, tung oil, has made such progress that ttwo thirds of the nation’s acreage is now concentrated in southern Mis sissippi. Aside from farm-factory pro duction, payrolls in other estab lished industries have increased uuring i'joo wants new Ha»iva*» have been added. In September) alone 25 domestic charters and .12 foreign charters were filed in the state, the total authorized capitalization of the foreign char ters exceeding $5,000,000. Reforestation has put new life in Mississippi’s lumber Industry. A wall board plant, the largest single factory in the Rtate, has celebrated its tenth anniversary this year by announcing an ad ditional building and a new prod uct. The paper mill at Moss Point and veneer and naval stores plants all over the state have con tinued to do a healthy business. Deposits of beittanite and full (Continued on Page Pour) DURANT SCHOOLS CLOSED WEDNESDAY Students in the Durant schools were given two and one-half days Thanksgiving vacation, school be ing recessed Wednesday nooi until Wednesday morning. State Still Leads In Prosperity ABUNDANT CROPS MEAN HI CHER FOOD PRICES. With money in the bank corn in the crib, hay in the manger, and meat being readied for the smoke house, Thanksgiving observation slmulrl he of Nnpp.ial sio-nifiejinop to farmers of Mississippi this year, writes J. C. Holton, com missioner of agriculture. The year 1936 will go down as nno of the most successful in Mis sissippi’s agricultural history, the (’ommissioner stated. In addition harvesting the largest per acre yield of lint cotton in the state’s history and one of the record total crops from a million fewer acres than the customary cotton acre ocrr. and to leading all States in the increased production of thirty four crops, Mississippi farmers are also fortified by a com crop of considerably more than 40 million bushels, comparatively good yields of hay, abundant supplies at potatoes and syrup, and in creased number of hogs, poultrv ind cattle. “This year, as is customary, cotton is the leading money crop. It promisee to yield to our people including lint cotton, cottonseed and soil erosion payments, ap proximately 160 million dollars. This is an increase of more than 40 million dollars over the good year 1935, and is more than three times the total State income from cotton during the depression year 1932. “Farmers have proven this year the value of diversification. Few er acres produced a bumper cro1 of cotton, and excess cotton acre age devoted to other crops more needed on State farms yielded many millions of dollars worth in food for man and feed for live stock. Altogether, the total value of farm products this year will considerably exceed 200 million dollars, which is abodt a third greater than the total crop value of last year and three times the crop value in 1932. “We have much to be thankful for—that we were spared the de vastating drought that visited more than half the agricultcral United States, that favorable weather conditions permitted the production and harvesting of a bumper crop, that prices have been maintained at levels which permit farmers to live and that forces and leadership in govern ment which believe in a square deal to agriculture are continuned in office for another four years. Thanks to all these, and to Him who moves all things, the depres sion is over in Mississippi.” CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS GIVEN The United States Civil Service Commission has announced open! competitive examinations as fol lows : Supervisor, alphabetic duplicat ing key-punch operators, $1,800 a year; supervisor, alphabetic ac counting machine operators, $1800 a year; supervisor, horizontal sorting-mmachine operators, $1, 620 a year. Under card-punch operator, $1, 260 a year; alphabetic duplicating key-punch operator, $1,440 a year; horizontal sorting-machine operator, $1,440 a year. Field assistant (entomology), $2,000 a year, field aid (entomo logy) $1,440 a veer assistant field aid (entomology), $1,020 a year, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine. J. E. Burch Gives Land To State 44 ACRES PROPERTY GIVEN FOR PARK ENTRANCE. I 1 - J. & Burch, widely known citi zen of .Holmes county, has deeded to the State of Mississippi 44 acres of his land located on Highway 51, three miles south of Durant. Mr. Burch’s gift to the state will make possible a 300 foot wide rightAf-way one mile long which will s£jrve as a front entrance to Holmes County State Park. Had it not been for Mr. Burch’s gift the park would not have had a clear front entrance from the mnlrimn 14- mAAAOonftir traffic! to go several miles around in order to get into the park. Tea cabins are rapidly being com pitted which will be complete housing units. The cabins will be equipped with electric lights, gas, cte. \ W#k is also progressing nicely on tl# swimming pool which is a the plan for the park. It one of the finest swimming in this vicinity when com as for the caretaker is be lt and when the park opens will be in charge of the tal of cabins, dinners ana e. She will be paid a sal the government. ion is being planned by ment of the Interior is using the CCC bogs from ill Whittington camp at Du State Forestry Commission together with the Department of ^ltOMNofiar is nlayring » system. of parks lor Mississippi ’for the years to come. So far nine have been planned, the Holmes County park being among the first to be started. LIBRARY RECEIVES NEW BOOKS RECENTLY Following is rf list of new books received at the Holmes Coun'y Library at Durant during the last month: Non-Fiction. Escaped from America — Burt [Strutrers. Frontiers of Science—Chase. Handbook of Nature Study — Conestock. Modern Food Studies—Gillum. Nutrition—Chaney. The Birthright of Babyhood— Sumner. Diesel Aircraft Engines. A Christmas Book. Fiction. The Old Ashbum Place—Flint. Great Laughter—Hurst. Love Is So Blind—Ayers. Rangers is Powerful Hard to Kill—Carveron. Murder in the Ruins—Ellis. The Copperhead Trail Mvstery —Lloyd. The Lonesome Swamp Mystery —Lloyd. Yip and Yap—Dixon. The Voice of Bugle Ann — Kantor. Romance for Sale—Greig. . -__ - BEAD THE SECOND IN STALLMENT OF “STRANGER AT THE GATE,” A THRILLING CHRISTMAS SERIAL BT MAI BEL OSGOOD WRIGHT, IN THIS PAPER ON PAGE 8. AN OLD AGE 8TORY IN MODERN TEMPO THAT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO FORGET THEN TURN TO PAGE 4 AND READ “WASHINGTON ON PA RADE,” A WEEKLY COLUMN OF COMMENT ON AFFAIRS AT THE NATIONAL CAPITOL WRITTEN BY RAY JOHNSON AND WALTER PIERCE, TWO OF THE BEST KNOWN COL UMNISTS IN THE COUNTRY. PEGGIE MARIE HARRIS DIES OF DIPHTHERIA Little Peggy Marie Harris, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Harris, of Guin, died at the Holmes County Hos uital at 6:00 o’clock Friday night following a short illness of diph theria. She had been ill since Fri day. Several sisters and brothers survive besides her parents. Factories Begin Operations NUMEROUS INDUSTRIES ’ ’ LOCATE IN MISSIBBll'Jt'J The upward surge of Mississip pi out of the depression is no where better demonstrated thar in the growth of new industries in the pfest several months. Alto gether, some twenty new factor ies have begun operations, bring ing in new payrools of $1,250,000 Most of the new plants are tex tile mills, manufacturing clothing, and woven and knitted goods but in adition to these garmeni factories new plants have beei brought in to make plywood anc hoe handles, cheese, mixed feeds and fittroling compound. The rapid growth of garmeni factories in the state is but ar evidence of the wholesale trel southward of the eastern textile industry. The new plant at Vicks burg, manufacturing work cloth ing from Mississippi - made cloth woven from Mississippi - grown cotton, is a sample of the type oi development the stafe may logi cally expect during the coming raomna. The new filtrol plant, mining its Bentonhe ore' from Smith County and processing it witli Jackson natural gas*as fuel, is the largest of its kind in the world. Cheese plants and woodworking factories are logical outgrowth? of the dairy and lumbering devel opments of the past decade. There is no typical cotton state that can match Mississippi's phenomenal increase in dairy and beef cattle and in South Mississippi’s vast longleaf and slash pme forests there is a permanent source ot raw material for woodworking and woodpulp factories. COTTON INCOME EXCEEDS $134,000,00C Since that time toward the close of the eighteenth century when the Spaniards were ruling over Natchez, and Kentucky to bacco crowded out Mississippi to bacco in the New Orleans mar kets, Mississippians have beer “cotton conscious.” The story ol •otton has in a large measure been the history of the state. It was the great cotton era ol a century ago that built Missis sippi’s ante-bellum civilization; after the War and through the period of Reconstruction it was King Cotton that sustained it Even yet, Mississippians’ daily lives and seasonal activities are governed by planting, hoeing, lay ing by, and picking, for this rea son a good cotton crop is still the measure of a good year in Missis sippi; and for this reason 1936 will be remembered as a banner year in the state’s history. This year, on a million less farming acres than they usually plant, and dovoting more of theii time to food and feed crops, Mis sissippi farmers have still pro duced an almost pre-depressior total of bales. The average yielr per acre, estimated at above 271 pounds, has set an all-time record The cash value of the crop wil exceed $134,000,000, or approxi mately $38,000,000 more than al crops combined brought in 1935 REPAIR COLLEGE GROUNDS Grounds of the Holmes Junio College are being repaired as s project of the WPA. Governor Declares Thanksg’vg Festival The five days beginning Sun day, November 22, and ending with Thanksgiving Day, have been set aside by Governor Hugh White for a statewile Thanksgiv ing Festival, in which the press, the churches, the schools, and the state’s service and women’s clubs have been asked to join. Point ing to the unusual benefits 1936 has brought to Mississippi and her people, the Governor has call ed on all Mississippians to join him “in giving thanks for the abudance of the blessings bestow ed upon us by a generous and benevolent Providence.” The Governor’s request for a “real” Thanksgiving was put to Misssisippi’s editors meeting on the eve of the Mississippi State Fair at Jackson last month; and the response to the appeal has been as gratifying as the material blessings which inspired the Fes 1 tival. Mississippians are entering ■ into a unanimous demonstration of the “new spirit of unity and ■ harmony, and increasing devotion to the common cause of state buildings”to which the Governor gave recognition in his proclama tion. The Festival opened on Sun day, November 22; with pastors of all churches in the state asked to devote one sermon- on that day to the importance of the spirit of gratitude and Thanksgiving. Beginning Monday, and eonttn uinir through Wednesday. service club addresses and school chapel services wW. add momentum to (ttm program until’ the final climax is7 reached in' commthntywide services on Thanksgiving Day, In presenting Mississippi’s rea sons for statewide thanksgiving Governor Hugh White pointed to the substantial strides she has made in agriculture, industry, re sort development and public morale. National leadership this year in the production of 33 major crops, a new all-time record for any state in cotton yield per acre, . and a $104,000,000 increase in to tal agricultural income were cited as outstanding among the state’s agricultural bessings. i Industrially the state has made progress both in the number of paints operating within its bord ers and in the attitude of its citi zenship toward new industrial en terprises. New highways, a prosperous tesort season, and the nation’s i*i v> Am t\1 AiTtn AnI t*o lin/i* o/lri --- -—x--* -o .still further to the excellence of the condition in which Mississippi finds herself at this season. “And even more important,” the governor said in announcing the Festival, “is Mississippi’s progress in those things which handled, but which nevertheless cannot be touched and felt and constitute the true foundation up on which any substantial prosper ity muts be built. „ “There has grown within the passing year a spiirt of unity and harony and brotherliness that Is mouidnig Mississippi into a people 'devoted anew to the cause of com munity and state building. “In a season of abundance she vs holding fast to basic principles. ' She is combining character with her commerce, and integrity with civic enterprise. Discord, faction alism, and the greed of special ized groups have been submerged ’ beneath a wave of public patriot ism that has swept the state from 1 border to border. ” 1 BUILD OUTLET. Improvement of the fann-to narket road between Lexington f and Thornton, gives residents of i interior Holmes County, an outlet to Federal Highway 49-E.