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——n -i---- —-s KNOCK KNOCK I l "> % t » By Hazel Brannon *-■ - — - --* Thbre’s nothing more thrilling to the heart than young voices raised in song to the creator ot us all. Especially is this true at Christmas time when our hearts are softeked and wc are least self ish. The Belhaven Choir girls aroused t||i Christmas spirit in uiany hearts tnit heretofore had been unthinking of the true mean Vg of Christmas. Someone aaid that Ood made Christmas so that man might keep his balance and save his soul; that he wanted man to have one day in the year in which to re P^nt all hia thoughtlessness, self ishness and meaness; so that he wbuld not be heartless the whole year round. Every heart, it seems, on Christmas Day aspires to be good and ft la only this de sire that enables man to keep his balance in a topsy turvey world. How sad that we don’t have more Chriatmaaea 1 George VI, we Bee, has set about building a reputation for himself as the ‘ ‘ business man king.? According tp one scrlbie he put. in 150’ minuted “on his birthday. Imagine having to work two and one-half hours on one’s birthday! And there ato'th'Mfo anda who would welcome'the op portunity to work eight, ten or twelve hOUrtr a day at wages much less than'a king V f & L'acle Sam. era help keep the dogs of war from barking in Europe by keeping the purse strings tight.. through the attic and bring out all the old tdys which your chil dren no lodger use. The Recrea tion division, WPA, Miss Martha Feild directing, and the Boy Scouts-are cooperating in collect ing and redecorating these toys for children in needy families. It’s n bad old world, you know, if Santa doesn’t come to see you. < 'ash prizes help wonderfully In ge.ling the Christmas budget bal nnced. And five lucky people last Saturday won cash prizes in Durant that will help them bal ance their budgets. This Satur day ami next Wednesday more prizes are going to be given. And we understand they are going to divide the money up and give more $5.00 and $10.00 prizes. That way more people will share in the prizes. Better be here Sat urday. Three o’clock is the hour. America leads the world in life insurance outstanding both in total volume and in per capita holdings. That’s another reason why America is the envy of all nations even though there has been a depression. No other poo vle have done so much to create financial buffers to care for trou bles that may come in the future. We wonder if the time will ever come 'when we aren’t hollering for a balanced budget? And l:.*s there ever been a surplus? What is a SURPLUS anyway? That must have been before our day. There does exist an American spirit. It is a spirit of indom: li able hope, based upon confident belief in the future of Americ.-,. It is a spirit of tolerance am:.! conflicting opinions and propos als. It is a spirit of human kind ess and friendship. So long n these qualities can be identified as characteristically American, we shall manage to keep hot; and get on.—New York Times. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Crum speni the week-end in New Orleans, the guests of Captain and Mrs. Conrad Schmidt. Mr. Crum at tended the fall ceremonial of the Shriners. CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS “* TO BE JUDOED DEC. 18 An ou'.-of-tows committee of judge ; v. ill judge the Christmas decoration contest sponsored in Durant by th<* women’s federated clubs on tomorrow. December 18. beginning at t»:30 o’clock. Several score entries have been made in the annual contest and uusual interest manifested this year. Prizes will be given for best indoor and outdoor decora tions in business houses and pri vate homes. Names of the winners’ will ap pear in next weeks’ NEWS. Press Association Meets January 8-9 MISSISSIPPI PRESS TO MBIT IN MERIDIAN f fl,*) 1 I The Winter Business Meeting of the Mississippi Press Associa tion has been set for Friday and Saturday, January 8-9, with head quarters in the Lamar Hotel. Meridian, Mississippi. Jas. II. Skewes of the MfcrMIan Star will be host to Mississippi’s Fourth Estate and other citizens of Meri diMi are cooperating witn nun in offering visiting editors one of the most interesting entertainment prpgfantf in the history of the as The theme of the Winter Busi ness Meeting will be, “How to .Oft ‘ More National Advertising fgr MiAissippi Newspapers” and several speakers will appear on the program representing nation al advertising agencies, eaeh bringing new ideas* aha sugges tions pertaining to the theme of the ia&oring. 'N Lester Williams ef the Tyler town Times, President of the Mis sissippi Press Association believes printers and publishers in many years and states that the com plete program will be ready for release around December 10. The gathering will be climaxed with an Alabama - Mississippi Press Banquet on Saturday night 'to which Governor Hugh White and Governor Bib Graves of Ala bama, as well as members of the ! Mississippi and Alabama Press I Associations have been invited. R. G. Bozeman, President of the Alabama Press Association feels 'sure that a large group of Alaba lina editors will avail themselves | of this opportunity to break bread I with Mississippi editors. HOLMES STUDENTS AT BLUE MT. COLLEGE RETURN Christmas programs, including music, festivities, Christmas trees, turkey, Santa Claus, cantatas, and oratorios, will begin shortly on Blue Mountain Colloge cam pus. The Eunomlans, Euzelians, and Modenians each are having programs and Christmas trees. The Blue Mountain College chor al club vi'! sing parts of Handel’s “Messi-'b.” Ammi r the students who will be li^.ing for the holidays on December IT are Misses Betty Wilburn and Carlena Crider of i Durant, Fannie Whitworth of ! Pickens, Francse Smith of Cruger, jliuth Farr of Goodman, and Jef i lie Carter of West. Classes will be resumed Decem ber 31. CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS TO BE GIVEN SOON The United States Civil Service j Commission has announced open 1 competitive examinations as fol 1 lows: Associate entomologist, $3,200 a iyear, assistant entomoolgist, $2, fidO a year. Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, Depart ment cf Agriculture. Full information may be ob tained from the Secretary of the United States Civil Service Board of Examiners at the post office or customhouse in any city which has a post office of the first or second class, or from the United States Civil Service Commission, Washington,, D. C. Herrin Rites Held At Baptist Church WIDELY KNOWN FARMER BURIED AT SALLIS. Funeral services for A. S. J, Herrin, 68, whp died at his home at Sallis late Wednesday night, December 10. were held Thursday nt the Baptist Church in Sallis with the Rev. Roberson officiSt-1 ing. Interment was in the Sallts cemetery with Southern Under taking Association in charge. Mr. Herrin was stricken with paralysis and had >>••• :: ill only four days. He wa ; wed or I ac tive up until the time of h * ilh 'ness. He was a member of ihg Baptist Church and was . i iely known throughout Attala county where he was bom and reared. Surviving are liib widokr, one sister, Mrs. M. E. McDaniel, and the following children: Clay Her rin, Pickens; Cart Herrin, Wood row HerrinJ Durant; Britt Herrin, Lexington} Mrs. Jeff Dickerson, Sallis; Mrs. Odis Mabry, Kosciu*' ko and Mrs. Charlie Cain Sallis. Pallbearers were D. A. Robert son, W. L. Dickerson. O. C. Bur i i r i T\ ’ i . .. I.t A 1 . L. u. u. i/invciovii* xiiuj 1 and C. H; Dear. ] Honorary pallbearers were Smivjh Hughes, W. F. Simpson, W H. Morgan, E. J. Jenkins, P. G. Aldy and R. T. F. Cain. HOLMES AMD SUMMIT TIE IN. DSBaA, HONORS In the semi-finals on the cam pus at Holmes Junior College, Friday, December 11, Holmes rep resentative^ met debating teams from Clark College,' while Sum mit and Popularville engaged. As a result of the afternooTi oe dates, Holmse won both affirma tive and negative decisions jover Summit won both affirmative and negative by a 2-1 decisioii. In the finals Friday night, Summits negative won a 2-1 decision over Holmes affirmative, while Holmes egative won a 2-1 decision over Summits affirmative, thus giving championship honors to both schools. The exact thing happen ed in the debating activities last year between the same two insti tutions. This will give a debat ing championship trophy to each school and eight points toward the final cup for all activities. The debaters for Holmes Junior College were: Affirmative, J. M. Putman and A. L. Brewer; nega tive, Harold Basden and J. D. Sulser. The team was coached by Miss Jessie Van Osdell. The coach of the Summit teams was Miss Ernestine Tommy, in --— MRS. ANNIE ST. CLAIR ADDED TO NEWS STAFF Mrs. Annie St. Clair has joined the NEWS staff and will write the Durant local and society news. Mrs. St. Clair will replace Miss Peggy Alsbury whose duties at the Mississippi Power and Light Office made it impossible tor her to continue as local cor r* ipondent. It is the desire of the NEWS to carry a full account of local happenings around and in Du rant. The cooperation of the women’s clubs and persons turn ing in news every week to Mrs. St. Clair will be greatly appre ciated. J. O. RITTER RETIRES AFTER 33 YEARS SERVICE J. O. Ritter, railway mail clerk on the Aberdeen line of the Illi nois Central, was retired this month after thirty-three years of service with the Ilinois Central. Mr. Ritter was employed in the I capacity of railway clerk. He , was widely known throughout the Illinois Central system, and has a great number of friends who will be interested to learn of his retirement. Mr. Ritter was replaced by C. N. Barnett, Memphis, who will bring his family to Durant to re side in the spring. BOY SCOUT DRIVE WEDNESDAY SUCCESSFUL group of business men went out Wednesday to solicit funds necessary for maintaining the Hoy Scout organizations during 1937. They received a cordial and gener ous response from those who were seen. Others 'will be seen, or they may make their voluntary! subscription to a: y : ir: iber of the Scout Committee. The names of the donors, with thanks for their contributions will be published next week. Mrs. D L. Wallace Rites Held Sunday [ FORMER RESIDENT DIRS AT BAPTIST HOSPITAL. Mrs. D. L. Wallace, a native of Mississippi, but a resident of Memphis for thirty-five years died at Baptist Hospital, Mem phis, December 12, at 10 o’clock after a short illness. Mrs. Wal lace was formerly Miss Bettle [Glass, eldest daughter of Mrs. SalUe W. Glass ana tne iaie u. o. Glass. She was 62 years of age and had been a member of the Methodist Church for many years. Funeral rites were held from the Jordan Funeral Home, Kosci usko, with ReV. T. E. Gregory of ficiating, burial following Sunday afternoon in Kosciusko Cemetery. Pallbearer^ were Tom S. Love, S. A. Jacksion, N. E. Love, Charlie Fullilove/ R. J. Turner, and, F. $ Oliver '' She leaves her husband, D. L. Wallace, Bailie Vf,. Olatis, mother, three sisters, Mrs. Joe May, Du rant, Miss Ada Glass, Cleveland, Mrs. Katie Lee Cdaig, Durant, .two nephews, and one niece, Dr, Joe WbmSt ■M^'sD(p!nna^4xffl Mrs. R. S. Williams,'Yazoo City. MARA.TOH ROUND TABLE HOLDS LAST MEETING The Marathon Round Table (iroup held its last meeting in the City Hall on Thursday evening with a good attendance. An in teresting discussion ensued based upon the information given in previous meetings. Two ques tions occupied the center of inter est. “Would the enlightened pub lic opinion i n your State and Community be able to support ef fectively the an informed, critical, effective public opinion capable of expressing itself at crusial mo ments!” The concensus of opin ion was that the greatest need, of the citizenry is an informed body. These meetings for the purpose of studying Peace have been un der the auspices of the Woman’s Club With Mrs. Robert Ham, ahd'. Mrs. McCune as leaders! Mrs. W. it m i . j. _ • 1 _ j* ,1 _1_ A . AttJlUI., piCOlUCm; U1 lUf WttU, is to be congratulated on carry ing through a project of this kind, for it is an important Step in moulding of public opinion. The writer of this report is not a Woman’s Club member. Hence, she feels safe in paying tribute to this effort without causing em barrassment to the sponsors. We shall look forward to the next series of Round Table meet ings. ED HOWELL TO PLAT FOR DURANT DANCES Two outstanding dances will be given in Durant next week in celebration of the Christmas sea son. Tuesday evening, December 22, Wayne McCool is sponsoring a dance at the Skating Rink and Ed Howell and his orchestra 'will play tor the event which starts at ten o’clock and lasts till two. Again on Christmas night, Dec. 25, Ed Howell and his widely known dance band will play for a dance at the Hotel Durant. This dance is being sponsored for the Durant High School Band. The hours are from ten until two. A large number of people from out of town will attend both dances. Big Crowds Attend Durant Trade Days CASH PRIZES T O BE GIVEN AGAIN SATURDAY AND DECEMBER 23 LAST SATURDAY’S WINNERS LlgTJ$b. A large crowd was present Sat urday. December 1? in Durant to take part in the Trade Day op portunities offered them by Du rant. merchants. Even larger crowds are expected to be present this Saturday and next Wednes day when prizes will again be given. Prizes last Saturay vjrere given to Mfs. J. W„ Morris, IJp^ard, who received, $$5.QQ; Mr*. Dt 1L Barranco, Dhrapt, who received $.10-00; Hal Bhyne, Durant $5,00; Walter Bassey, Ssllw, $5 00^ Billy Elmore, Durant $5,00. It is understood, that cash prizes this Saturday,will be divid ed up into smaller prises and more of, them he awarded. Thus more people will share the k*sa fits. ' The merchants and business men are cooperating to make this event possible and it will be to the advantage of Holmes county citizens to take this opportunity *to dp their Christmas shopping in Durant. Ask your merchants for details. Do yptir. shopping, with the mer chants cooperating ip this event. They are : J. M. Howard Durant Variety Store City Drug Store DurhanCs Cash Grocery Ap^iT rlumfnng & Elec. Shop Durant Dry Goods Co. The Style Shop Ray Bros. Grocery Walter Durham Spotless Dry Cleaners Howell & Heggie D. V. Pound Durant Motor Co. A. B. Clements Dodd’s Feed Store Lyon & Company Wiley H. Browne Citv Market W. H. Irby Robert E. Irby . Hays’ Pan-Am Service Station Alsbury’s Bakery and Grocery V. L. Willis Sinclair Service Station Odom’s Sinclair Service Station Loreco Service Station Hotel Durant Service Station A. H. Brown. THREE DURANT GIRLS WIN AMATEUR CONTEST Three Durant girls counted for five winners in the Amateur con test at Lexington Thursday night. They were Miss Myrtis Haynie, Miss Hilda Gumer and Miss Anna Elizabeth Grimes. Miss Haynie sang, accompanied at the piano by Miss Gurner. Miss Haynie accompanied Miss Grimes when she sang. The three girls will go to-Jack son Friday afternoon and broad cast over WJDX at four o’clock. The other two winners, a repre sentative from Lexington and one from Goodman, will also broad cast over WJDX at the same hour. Miss Haynie has been hear ex tensively over WMC and WHBQ, Memphis, and WQDX, Mobile. The Hon. Edwin White, Lexing ton, is sponsoring the program Friday and a large group of the young ladies’ friends are expected to listen. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Mason spent Sunday with Mrs. Mason s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. San ders. Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Holmes had as their guest last week, their mother, Mrs. Mungo of Winona. Mr. and Mrs. A. R- Bicker le Sunday afternoon for Winona, where they will make their home. Farmers Find Horae Market Best Outlet OREATE8T MARKET FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS. Mississippi farmers now profit ing from the 66 per cent increase in cattle and 27 per cent increase m hogs recorded in the 1935 cen sus. are finding that home mar qets are the beat outlet, and that tor livestock products is an al most unlimited field for develop ment, writes 3. C. Holton, cora misisoner of agriculture. Citing the numeroua importa tions of high quality breeding stock and the series of livestock fairs and exhibitions as evidence of continued interest in livestock development, the Com mi aioner views the question of markets as of fundamental importance. “In 1935 Mississippi livestock hurl a farm value rtf it4Q.013.000. Cash sales therefrom amounted to a little more than 25 million dol lars, and livestock products con sumed; on the forms where pro duced were valued at almost 25 million dollars more, so that the gross income from an investment, on less than 50 million dollars was $50,842,000. “The strikig fact is that home use accounts for half the total value of livestock production, and that this outlet could be very greatly increased. Once we were dependent upon favorable weath er and, expept by curing, a sup ll|i <■ e imm was unsafe. Now we have numer ous commercial curing plants for pork and the beginning of a State-wide system of public cold storage plants. Meat is canned to the total of millions of cans annually, and mechanical refrig erators in homes are greatly in creasing the period over which fresh meat may be safely kept. In some States meat clubs are or ganized among small groups by means of which fanner-members slaughter in rotation and a fresh meat supply is provided for all the members about once a week. “A plantation variation of a farm meat club has been success fully opera- ed by Capt. Tom ib son, planter and public: A of Clarksdale, who writes: ‘On the plantation on which I make my livelihood we have not bought any meat for even plantation use in several years (once in a while might be a exception). About three times every two weeks an animal is killed late in tne eve ning, and at day-break the next morning is divided out among the tenants. If there is more than they can consume it is put in cold stor age for next helping. The latter has been a little inconvenient but now we are going to have a cold storage. We have had hard sled ding to get it but we have it in sight.’ ” CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT METHODIST CHURCH Next Sunday there will be most interesting service at the Meehodist church. The Church School will meet at 9:45. Mr. C H. Carruth is Superintendent Preaching services at 11 o’clock. .The pastor will preach on “The Real Christmas.” A program of Christmas music will be given. The League will meet at 6 o’clock. At 7 o’clock the Woman’s Mis sionary Society will present a program which will consist of Christmas music, readings and other most interesting features. A good day is in store for our people. A most cordial invita tion is extended to the community at large and a full attendance on the part of the membership is urged by the pas*tor, the Rev. E. S. Lewis.