THE DURANT NEWS
HAZEL BRANNON_____ PUBLISHER
“ ~ ESTABLISHED IN 1878
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY
Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Durant, Mississippi,
under the act of March 3.1879
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Nature And The South
If in the spring a young man’s fancy turns to fishing when
he could be working, and lolling on the grass and enjoying the
sun, who are we to blame him? This old Southland of ours sim
ply cannot be beat in producing springtime. There may lx1 a lot
else wrong with the South, but there’s a lot else right, too; and
if people elsewhere would settle their own differences first,
we Southerners might have a little better opinion of their wis
dom and judgment.
They say the Southerner in general is, if not illiterate, back
ward, and that he is narrow-minded, proud, obstinate and biased.
Well, wre would like to say that the Northerner is backward, and
narrow-minded even if formally educated, proud, stiff-necked, and
intolerant. He is backward in that he refuses to open his mind to
the true facts of the Negro question, as well as to thhe real
question of states’ rights, and tenaciously clings to the old in
herited feelings. Of course we do not refer to all Northerners nor
half. We in the South are proud of our liberal-mindedness, and of
our unpretentiousness and of our willingness to face things
squarely eye to eye. We want education for the Negro. We want
him to be treated decently, fairly, and as a human being. We even
believe that the majority of our Negroes are not un-happy.
And though we should not let that be a drawback to our contin
uous, though slow, efforts to right a wrongful situation, we do
say that happiness in ignorance is far better than bitter hatred
and the inability to correct the basis of such hatred as certain
groups in the North tend to promote.
We believe with all honesty and fairness, that the South
will, if let alone, settle her own problems "with malice toward
none and with justice to all.”
The South isn’t such a bad place if you don’t want it to
be and in the springtime there’s no better place in the world.
Federal Aid? And The States
The danger of too much control in Washington has been
pointed out in these columns many times. One of the greatest
danger lies in the mistaken notion that when we get something
from Washington it cost us nothing.
Consequently in the years of the depression and through
out the Roosevelt regime the states of the Union came more and
more to look to Washington for handouts in various projects or
movements and that trend continues.
The fallacy of this reasoning is easily seen in a recent re
port made by Sen. Styles Bridges, chairman of the Senate com
mittee on appropriations. Sen. Bridges prepared a table showing
how much money the Federal government takes out of each state,
how much each state government spends and the ratio between
the two amounts.
t This report shows conclusively that the idea of federal
“aid" is nonsence. From the money standpoint the federal govern
ment does not really “aid” a single state in the union.
On the contrary the enormous amount of money spent by
the federal government is a burden and a direct drain on all of the
taxpayers of the United States, including every business and every
According to his report Mississippi, the poorest state in the
union, spends $65,000,000 but Uncle Sam takes out of our state
$115,000,000. 75 per cent more than Mississippi spends.
In commenting on this situation Samuel B. Pettengill,
columnist in The Dallas Morning News says:
“These figures prove two things. First, there is no such
thing as federal aid.” There ain’t no such animal. Every dollar
4he United States spends in any state as federal aid or sub
sidies comes out of that state in federal taxes and is then sent back
— less the political brokerage fee charged in Washington, which
Sen. Harry F. Byrd estimates to be not less than 20 per cent. This
is some fee for you to pay to somebody you don t know for hand
ling your money!
“The second thing these figures prove is that if federal
taxes were cut even 10 ]>er cent, there would be left in the states -
as a source of state revenue - more than enough to educate the
children, pay their schoolteachers, and do for themselves most of
the things the power-drunk government on the Potomac proposes
to do locally for them.”
To which we all might add:
“Federal aid is a fake. Bring government’back home!”
Peace In The Hearts Comes First
Apropos of the world situation, and particularly relevant
to the recent Army Day speech of Colonel Harwood C. Bowman,
not to mention the constant admonishings by ministers of religion
everywhere, we read with accord the following excerpts from an
editorial written by Miss Icie F. Johnson, peace program worker
at Central Missouri State college at Warrensburg, Miss Johnson
is an assistant professor of English and journalism, and has been
appointed the Missouri chairman of the Women’s Action Commit
te for Lasting Peace.
As printed in the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal, Miss
Johnson writes: “Peace must come to the hearts of all people.
When enough people live peace in their own lives and are insis
tent on treating other people fairly and with consideration, there
will be some hope of peace on earth, good will to men. The true
foundation of peace then lies in the lives of each of us, not in the
international treaties and extensive international organizations for
the purpose of establishing peace in the world.”
Christianity And Relief
In a recent article in Liberty, freedom magazine, it was
stated that in the foreign, needy countries, Christianity is on the
decline. Its practices are almost non-existent, the article stated,
except within the Christian relief program bounds. Young people
then would not be impressed with Christian ideals, it was said,
were it not for the insistent guidance of Christian-believing older
people. Whether true or not not. this article would lead church
organizations in this country to double their efforts.
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ZECHARIAH 1:1-6, 6; 7—6.
DEVOTIONAL REAPING: Pulmi 64:1-6
Zechariah Pleads For
I/tsson for April 25, IMS
*7 ECHARIAH almost certainly
was born and reared in or near
Babylon, and was trained for the
priesthood and ordained of the Lord
as a prophet. Hi?
was the son of Iddo.
the prophet. Though
much younger than
H a g g a i, about
whom we studied
last Sunday, Zecha
riah began his min
istry only two
months later than
which was to sum
Or. Newton mon the people tc
righteousness as a
condition essential in the rebuilding
of the temple and in cleansing
themselves of idolatry, if they were
to throw off the yoke of their foes.
The student will need to read the
entire Book of Zechariah to have
the background for this lesson. Also
• • •
LIVING TOGETHER IN GOD S
ii'T’URN ye unto me, saith the
Lord of hosts, and I will turn
unto you,” Zechariah 1:3. People
cannot live together in peace and
harmony until first they are on
speaking terms with God The in
sidious onslaught of secularism was
weakening the Jews at the very mo
ment when they needed to be strong
and united for the task of rebuild
ing the temple and restoring their
life in Jerusalem.
Read further into the prophecy
of Zechariah and note the admoni
tions of the Lord for kindness one
toward another—kindness and un
derstanding and sincerity, which are
the indispensable qualities of com
• • •
WHAT MAKES A PEOPLE
ZECHARIAH reminds the people
that the downfall of their fath
ers had been due to their forget
fulness of God. He calls them now
to repentance of their own sins,
that they become truly a great peo
ple. "Fear not, but let your hands
be strong.” Zechariah 8:13.
"What makes a nation great
Not brick, nor stone, nor wood.
But justice, love and brother
Boys and girls will do well to look
again at what this old prophet was
saying We long to see the United
States a truly great nation. Then
let us be strong in the Lord.
• • •
GOD HAS A STANDARD
READ chapter seven, verses
8-14, and 8:16-17, for some of
the standards which God sets up
for his people. "Execute true judg
ment, and show kindness and com
passion every man to his brother.
Oppress not the widow, the orphan,
the foreigner, or the poor, and
never plot evil in your hearts
against one another.”
Zechariah is here epitomizing the
Ten Commandments and the Ser
mon on the Mount. All of which is
to remind us today that we do not
need new standards. We simply
need to conform to God’s eternal
GOD IS TO BE SOUGHT UNTO
THE first eight chapters of Zech
ariah have to do with the es
sential qualities of life if the people
are to rebuild the temple. The
last six chapters deal with the
general standards of life which we
must accept and strive to attain if
we are to be well-pleasing unto him
I like the phrase of the fathers,
"God is to be sought unto.” And
how are we to come into the pres
ence of the Lord? "He that hath
clean hands, and a pure heart;
who hath not lifted up his soul unto
vanity, now sworn deceitfully,’
It was not enough to rebuild the
temple. God wanted his people to
become living stortes of integrity
and fidelity in the city of God
This we shall attain only as we
seek first the Kmgdom of God and
his righteousness—constantly seek
this daily walk with the Lord, in the
light of his word.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.” i
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today where she will spend two days
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TO THE PEOPLE OF DURANT
I Wish To Express To You My Deep Appre
ciation For The Splendid Vote Which Placed Me
In The Second Primary. For This Vote I Am With
out Words To Express My Gratitude.
I Wish To Take This Means Of Announcing
To You That I Am Still A Candidate For The Off
ice Of Mayor And I Will Appreciate Your Support
In The Second Primary To Be Held On April 27th.
To Those Of You Who Voted For Me, I Wish
To Solicit Your Continued Support; And To Those
Of You Who Voted For Either Of My Opponents
In The First Primary I Want You To Know That I
Am Now Soliciting Your Support For The Second
C. F. DRAKE
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We’ve all heard it. A friendly sound, speaking of far-away farms
and factories, of friends and relatives in distant places. It also
speaks for a train crew working through the night, hurrying
products from farms and mines and factories, bringing your
local merchants fresh beef and baby shoes, fashions with the
new look, fresh fruits and seafoods. Whenever you hear a whistle
in the night along the Illinois Central, it’s a signal that men are
working around the clock along 6,500 miles of railroad to make
all the world your neighbor.
WE STRIVE TO
Like you and your neigh
bors, the Illinois Central
works for a living in your ,
copimunity. In return for that privilege, we pay taxes, lend
a hand in community effort and accept the responsibility of
citizenship. We intend to continue to earn the right to your
friendship and patronage.
CKNTRAL * W. A. Johnston j
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