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Mississippi’s Leading Weekly VOLUME No7e>8 ~ DURANT, HOLMES COUNTY MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1937 NUMBER 32 r KNOCK KNOCK By Hazel Braunoa v The voice of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is like the sound of a trumpet note... .strong and clear .... suggesting untold power held in perfect check.... and bringing to mind marching feet, bands playing, flags fluttering in the breeze. The world cannot help but thrill. • • • Sturiling to some people, per haps, is the knowledge that no less than five presidents have changed the number of judges on the Supreme Court. • • • The dignity of the Court will never be the same again. Perhaps if the President will *wait a while longer before taking his fishing trip some of them will accompany him. They won’t have anything else to do. • • • We who dance must pay the piper, or words to that effect, said Alf Stone Tuesday to the Du rant Rotary Club. Mr. Stone is chairman of the Mississippi State Tax Commission. Good schools streets, highways, sidewalks and sanitation facilities don’t just happen. Somebody has to pay for them. ; • • • France helps the cause of the World Peace along by voting one billion dollars “for defense”. The whole world, it seems, is arming “for peace”. The offense will be here any minute....as soon as they get armed. 1 • • • Things we doubt: That the American people have learned anything from the depression that the world has learned any thing from the Great War. ' « • • » “As uninteresting as yester day’s newspaper”, is an expres sion without meaning when it’s from home....and you’re a long ways off. • t • “No,” he said, “I’m not a self made man. I’d have done a much better job of it.” • • • An old thought, hut true: It’s the lone wolves that have a hard time... .It’s easy to drift with | the crowd. .. .acting as it acts. . ..with the same amount (mostly j lack') of thought. • • • Some people’s faces are about as expressive as that of a pickle jar. • • • Winchell’s definition of a hick town; One where all the folks know all the news before it comes out but take the hometown paper just to see if the editor gets it right. • • • Most editors don’t give a con tinental what their readers think . of them or the stuff they w-rite.. | . .They’re usually writing for the! benefit of some neighboring ed itor....or for their own satisfac tion j Sn the I MOVIES THE HERO ALWAYS MARRIES THE HEROINE AT THE END OF j THE PICTURE.BUTIN REAL LIFE ITS ALWAYS AT THE pas. start. i SOUTHERN UNDERTAKING HAS NEW HEARSE J. R. Oliver, manager of the Southern Undertaking Company [announces the addition to ins I equipment of a new Buick hearse ambulance. The new addition represents the most improved and up-to-date machine available to Undertaking associations, accord ing to Mr. Oliver. Attention is called to the ad vertisement of the Southern Un dertaking Association containing a picture of the new vehicle on page 0 of today’s News. Farm Garden Yield Income Is Larger MANY GARDENS PAY MORE THAN CROPS Human nature being what it is, bright and warm March days turn thoughts to gardening, and though enthusiasm may Wane somewhat when mid-summer eomes, the garden is nevertheless one of the important phases of family living and under proper conditions may easily become the most profitable plot on the farm. mere were gtuuciis uii farms in Mississippi during 1934, the most recent year for which official information is available, which yielded vegetables grown for home use valued at $8,714,011. This is an average production value of $35.87, as compared with the average home garden value in the United States of $29.00. “These figures clearly indicate that the garden is a big thing in Mississippi agriculture" com mented J. C. Holton, commission er of agriculture, “for the real value of garden production is normally exceeded only by cot ton, cottonseed, and corn. Gard ens yield more in actual sales or home use than all hay or sweet potatoes,, and more than the com bined value of a half dozen other products, including sugarcane cowpeas, soybeans, irish potatoes and peanuts. “The surprising feature is the number of farms which do not aave gardens. Actually, this offi cial record indicates that 68,587 date farms, almost one-fifth the otal, arc garden-less. “Mississippians generally are still enthusiastic over the restored Farm income, which exceeded i (>300,000,000 last year and .reach ed an average of almost $1,000 per farm, and it is extremely im portant that such progress be continued. It will be difficult to increase the cotton income, and not easy to maintain it, for we made a bumper crop and received good prices. Increases can be made in livestock and dairy pro duels, and by enlarged production and marketing of sweet potatoes peanuts, soybeans and other crops At the same time, to grow at home products commonly pur chased, is to add just that much to the farm income, and so a good garden on every farm will add to the farm and family health, re duce living expenses, and become the most profitable plot on the farm. “The ne»w state seed law ap plies to vegetable seeds, and pur chasers will find each package marked with the name and var iety, the year during which gro wn, and the name of the firm or person packeting the seed. DURANT HIGH SENIORS TO GIVE ANNUAL PLAY The Senior Class of the Durant High School has started to work on its annual play, “Romance in a Bording House” to be given the latter part of April. Malcolm Carter, band director, is coaching the play. The cast includes; Mr. Smith, Gwin Kolb; Mrs. Smith, Mary Brown Wilburn; Mary Ann, Myrtis Haynie; Mr. Throttlebuttom, Mary Cooper; Mortimer, Sydney Herring; Duke of Suxxe, John Angle; Mrs. Ben on. Arline Howard; Miss Mc Oillicuddy. Mary Franklin Moore Bill, Billy Montgomery; and Het tie, Martenie Cain. Insurance Man | Arrested In Durant DURANT ATTORNEY HAS MAN HELD| L. C. Martin, alleged insurance agent of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested in Durant Monday on charge of larceny and violating the Insurance agent License stat ute. Martin’s arrest was brought a bout by S. R. King, local attorney when King became suspicious of fraud and had Martin held pend ing investigation after Martin attempted to sell Mr, King an in surance policy. At the trial in city court on affidavite and charges filed by Mr. King and J. S. Williams, 111. State Insurance Commissioner, Martin plead guilty and admitted that his activities were fraudulent and that the alleged companies he represented did not exist. onnaorad f r»Am rAAAInta « m Martin’s possession, and from the inquiries made to the Insurance Commissioner’s office that Mar tin had collected thousands of dol lars from sales of alleged policies of insurance from people over the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee within the past several weeks, and was a very serious offender. Martin was bound over to a wait the action of the Holmes county Grand Jury, by Mayor W. H. Howell. Farm Authority Speaks To Group TENNESSEAN SPEAKS TO RADISH GROWERS F. C. Nichols, Dyersburg, Tenn., spoke to w a group of Holmes County farmers Interested' In growing radishes Tuesday morn ing at ten o’clock at the City Hall. Mr. Nichols dealt with the growing of radishes, preparation of them for market and market ing of the vegetable. He is known particularly for radish growing being one of the most promient producers in Tennessee for the past fifteen years. A large number of farmers in t n l l' vmmitx" n o noon ff o to radishes this year and will market them cooperatively. About thirty farmers attended the meeting Tuesday. FLORENCE NEELY IS SUCCESSFUL COACH Word comes from Florence, that the girl’s basketball team coached by Miss Florence Neely has just completed a very success ful season. They won over half the games played during the sea son and advanced to the semi finals in the county tournament then into the sub-regional tourn ament after defeating the county champions. Miss Neely is the daughter of Mr. and M|rs. J. T. Neely of Du rant. She finished Durant High in 1928 where she was a star guard on the basketball team. She then attended Blue Mountain College where she received her degree in 1932. ASSISTANT AGENT DELIVERS CHECKS Sixty-three checks totaling approximately $1500. on the Soil I Conservation Program were in j the hands of Assistant Countyi Agent U. C. Williamson for de-; livery to farmers in the vicinity of Durant today. A large num ber of farmers called by the City j Hall for the checks where they were being distributed. Over thirty-five cheeks of j around $2,000. are to he de- j livered to Durant formers. Holmes County to date has re jceived over $65,000. on the 1936; [crops on the Soil Conservation j Program. Gov. White To Speak To Rotarians JR. COLLEGE TO ENTERTAIN ROTARIANS TUESDAY Governor Hugh L. White will he principal speaker on next Tuesday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the annual banquet given by the Holmes County Junior Col lege honoring members of Rotary Clubs in this district. About one hundred Rotarians from Kosciusko, Lexington, Tch ula and Durant and a number of invited guests will be present. The affair will be given in the dining hall of the Junior College. Entertainment will be given by students at the Junior College. M. C. McDaniel, president of the College and member of the Du rant Rotary Club will have charge of this part of the pro gram. Members of the Board of Turs tees of the college and Miss Doro thy McBee, secretary of the Board will also be guests of the college. Henry L. McLellan Rites Held Friday FORMER BOARD MEMBER PASSES THURSDAY Henry L. McLellan, 64, Bow ling Green, died at his home Thu rsday. Funeral services were held from the residence on Friday at eleven o’clock in the morning. The Rev. G. W. Robertson, Acona officiated. Interment was at Spring Hill with the Lee Funeral Home in charge. Mr. McLellan was a member of the Bowling Green Methodist Church. He was widely knoWn throughout Holmes County hav ing served as member of the Board of Supervisors from, Beat Two. * He Is survived by his widow, Mrs. Maggie McLellan and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. G. D. McLellan, Durant; Mrs Lola Carroll, Memphis, Tenn.; S. .T. McLellan, Henry W. McLellan and Curtis N, McLellan, all of Du rant; three sisters, Mrs. N. A. Cartledge. Mrs. Tom Cartledge, and Mrs. Maude Johnson, all of Clarksdale; one brother, Carl Me ridian, Memphis. Tenn., Hugh L. McLellan is a cousin. R. M. BRIDGEPORT JR. AVERAGE GRADE"A” An announcement by Registrar Bon Hilbun today revealed that twenty-one students at Mississippi State College have completed first semester Work with an aver age of straight A. Twelve of the students are reg istered in the school of science, with three being from the school of agriculture. The schools of bus iness, education, and engineering followed with two each. According to scholastic regis tration, the junior class lead the others in the coveted circle. The . .. t . p ! seniors were next wim sfvni ui j the group and the sophomores and freshmen tied with three each Oddly enough, two of those at taining perfect records from fh freshmen class, R. E. Stratton, II and Martin Smith, both of Clarks dale are roomates, and both are in the science school. Included in the list was R. M. Bridgeforth, Jr., Pickens. DELINQUENT TAX LIST PUBLISHED TODAY On page 5 of this week’s News appears a list of property ad vertised for delinquent taxes and fees. All taxpayers are urged to go by tho. City office and clear up their property so that it will not be sold. Legal date of sale is April 5, according to the announcement by City Clerk i Charlotte Cresswell. Mrs. B. F. Ray and little dau ghter Ret ie Joe returned Satur dav from the Hospital in the home of Mrs. S. C. Ray. WILL WILBURN ON OLE MISS HONOR ROLL Will Wilburn, Durant, is one of the 52 students receiving an honor roll rating at the Univehsi ty of Mississippi, according to an announcement made today by Registrar T. A. Bickerstaff. Attainment of 60 percent A’s •with a minimum of 14 hours, and no E’s or P’s are Basic require ments for making the university honor roll. Wilburn, a senior, is enrolled in the school of liberal arts. Ray T. Stennett Visits In Durant UNEMPLOYMENT FIELD OFFICER HERE Ray T. Stennett, field repres entative of the Mississippi Un employment Compensation Com mission, paid the editor of the News a visit Tuesday and gave her a long-desired opportunity to ask some questions regarding un employment insurance .... how it works and what good it does. “In the first place,” Mr. Sten nett was asked, “please explain what the federal government has to do with the program. You say you work for the state of Mississ ippi, and yet most people have the impression that job insurance is provided for in the federal So cial Security Act.” “Well,” he replied, “Uncle Sam doesn’t provide unemployment insurance. He just makes it high ly desirable for every state to do so. The federal government levies a payroll tax, amounting to two per cent this year and three per cent in all future years, and pro vides that if a state has a suitable unemployment insurance law, the employers in that state will be exempted from as much as nine tenths of the federal tar un ac wuui vi Having pmu on ctjuivni cnt amount to the state. “Uncle Sam always takes a small fraction of the tax and in turn pays the administrative costs of the state commissions. Consequently every nickel that you pay to the Mississippi com mission will be used for the pay ment of benefits and none of it will be used for expenses.” Question: “Has Mississippi tak en full advantage of this situa tion?” Answer: “Yes, we were the ninth state to pass an unemploy ment compensation act. Our com mission, consisting of Leon L. Wheeless, chairman. Birney lines of Columbus, and Carl Freiler of Canton, has been operating since early last year. For 1936 we have collected more than $700,000 which would have gone to the federal government and been lost (Continued on Page Five) JR. COLLEGE HAS BAND THEATRE CONTEST J. C. Little Theatre Contest The preliminaries of the Junior College Little Theatre contest will be held in the Holmes Junior College auditorium Friday even in'*. March 12. The Junior College of North Mississippi will be rep ented, we are sure, by compet ent actors. We are looking for ward to the nerformancps of these groups of actors, for we remember the excellent evenings’ entertain ment that was given us here last year in a contest of the same kind. The Holmes Little Theatre has for its contest number, “The Drums of Oude” by Austin Strong. This is an excellent con test play, and has a great deal of room for atmosphere and chara cter acting. The members of the cast have begun work with great enthusiam. Steward—Harold Rasden. McRregor—Pete Millican. Hartley—Herbert Weiner Mrs. Clavton—Dorothy Hines Two Hindustans Servants—J. D Sul«er. A. L. Rrewer. Miss Lvnn Orlene F.llis accom panied several students to the Preshverian Student Conference at Starksville Feb., 26-27-28. Tax Commission Chairman Speaks ROTARY CLUB HEARS ALF STONE i “Humanizing tax collecting methods is a service the tax col lecting body can render the tax payer in order to make his tax burden lighter,” said Alf Stone, chairman of the Mississippi State Tax Commission Tuesday at noon when he addressed the member* of the Durant Rotary Club and a member of invited guests at the Hotel Durant. The present State Tax Commis umn on/mtvlinrr f n TIT» feels that it should be a cooper ative helpful body to serve the citizenry in any way possible. The scare method and A1 Capone man ner of collecting taxes, he said, should be a thing of the past. The Commission, the speaker stated, has worked together har moniously and without any direct opposition to its methods used in working out taxpaying problems. The commission, he said, had enjoyed one hundred percent cooperation of the press of the state. There has been opposition, Stone said, to some of the legis Mr. Stone said, to some of the legislation passed in regard to taxes, but the commission itself had come in for a great deal of favorable comment, both from the state press and other tax gather ing bodies throughout the coun try. Mr. Stone painted a word pic ture of the groth of the city of Jackson and the state of Misaiss* ippi* He dwelt on the progress made in the past fifty years and pointed out the comparative tax ation per capita then and ncFr He e^'-t^sized the point that while soru. of us live in the twentieth cr. ‘ury amid a modern civilization and take for granted its improvements, these improve Trwmf Q hnvn tn hn noid -Psw* The only way to reduce tax ation, according to the Chairman jStone, is the simple arithmetic | system of cutting something out. 'Horse and buggy days will bring horse and buggy taxation. Mod ern improvements bring increas ed taxation. There’s no getting around that, he said. Mr. Stone was introduced by William A. Bacon, Durant attor ney and member of the State Legislature. Mr. Bacon stated in his intro duction that it was a well known fact that the state of Mississippi 'has received considerable recog nition in its tax collection system by various tax groups through out the country and that the present commission under Mr. Stone has come in for consider able praise for its present success. M. C. McDaniel, president of Holmes County Junior College, presided over the meeting in the absence of the president, Dr. R. C. Elmore. Mrs. Robert Ray spent the week end visiting her sister Mrs. W. W. Turnage in Jackson. Those attending the conference were: l<ouis uautnen, &ara otai ford, Laura Melton. President, Albert Russell of Ole Miss has announced the annual “Y” conference to be held at the Robert E. Lee Hotel in Jackson on March 11-13. A group of Hol mes Students are expecting to attend the conference. The theme is to be “Revolt from Mediocrity’ BAND CONTEST On April 10 the Holmes Junior College Band 'will take part in the Junior College Band Contest to be held at Raymond. Two piec es, a required number and a sele cted one, will be played by the band. Charles Granger, Fellie French and David Donald will play the Cornet, Saxophone and clarinet solos, respectively. A great amount of time and prac tice is being given to the num bers.