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Mississippi’s Leading Weekly
By Hazel Braunoa
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
• • •
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
• • •
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
j Sn the
pas. start.
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
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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Gov. White To
Speak To Rotarians
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
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
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
Interment was at Spring Hill
with the Lee Funeral Home in
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.
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.
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, 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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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’
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

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