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* THE DURANT NEWS J)0th YEAR NUMBER 40 DURANT. MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY,'JUNE 17, 1948 $2.00 Per Year '* through' HAZEL EYES By Hazel Brannon Rome, Italy June 1, Americans who think the forces of American Democracy through the Marshall Plan enjoyed an over whelming or decisive victory in the April elections in Italy had better take another look into what actual ly happened in this historic poll The Marshall Plan undoubtedly influenced some support here for the winning Christian Democrats through the general opinion that American aid would not be forth coming to a Communist govern ment in Italy. • But the tremendous and determin ing influence in the Italian elec tion was the Catholic Church head ed by Pope Pius XII himself. Of the approximate 45 million people in Italy only 100 000 are non-Catholic. About half of the lat ter are Jewish. The Catholic Church under the direction of the Pope himself exert ed every influence possible to in sure the success of the Christian Democrats at the polls. In addition to a strongly worded statement from His Holiness to his people every effort to get out the vote was made. This resulted in the largest vote ever to be cast in this coun try. The church made an open and definite stand and won a decisive victory. Even with the influence or me church, however, the Communists still received about eight million of the 24 million votes cast. Together with the Nenni (Radi cal Leftwing) Socialists the Com munists hold about 200 seats in the 674-member Chamber of Deputies. They make a lot of noise and are certain to create a great deal of , trouble for the government headed by Premier Alcide De Gasperi. Their nuisance value will' be great, if nothing else. This was proved on the opening session of the new Parliament which I attended today. Premier De Gasperi attempted at this session to present to the Par liament the program which his government would try to enact During the ninety minutes it took him to read his speech he was con stantly heckled and jeered by the Communists and Nenni Socialist* who shouted insults in the worst Italian tradition. At one time in his speech the Prime Minister was silenced for seven minutes waiting for the Cham ber to be quited after an exchange of insults between a Communist and a Christian Democrat. The Christian Democrat yelled to a Communist that he had sold out to Russia whereupon the Communist called him a dirty bastard. After this they rushed at each other and tor a while it looked like the whole Chamber was going to become in volved in a first class exchange of blows. All they did was push each other around a bit. Premier De Gasperi told his Par liament that the government’s pro gram was based upon the Marshall Plan and that Italy should be grate ful for “our American friends” at which point the Communists and Socialist cohorts hissed and booed in eloquent fashion In addition to saying American money would help build a new Italy (It*ly is getting $165,000,000 this year of which $45,000,000 is an outright gift), Mr. De Gasperi out lined a large program of social re a « . _1!__ J «n/t1omofiAn IUI IIK> HIClUWi»»b -- irrigation and hydro-electric de velopment as the first steps toward increasing agricultural (production and breaking up huge landed es tates; promised to disarm private organizations; warned Communist dominated labor unions that he would regulate the right to strike and said strict anti-inflation con trols would be continued- All ol these things, he emphasized, hinge on the “European Recovery Pro gram which dominates our foreign policy." The government’s program was received with placid approval by the majority of the Deputies. The only time they showed any real enthu * Siam was when De Gasperi mention ed the return of Trieste to Italy The Deputies stood and cheered and the packed galleries applauded with everyone joining in except the Com munists, Leftwing Socialists and the press gallery. Even two of the Left wing sheepishly and silently stood up Giovanni Gronchi, president of the Chamber, rang his silver bell and sternly reminded the galleries thal applause was not permitted. Altogether this opening session ol the Italian government was a per fect model of how government should not be conducted. A newspaper friend with whorr I attended assured me it was quite peaceful and ordinary and that the real fireworks would in all pro bability come later. My reply was uttered prayer foj God to spare the day that the Com munists ever sit in the great Con gress of the United States. Personalities of varying degree: Negotiations Effected i Between Hosiery Mill Workers And Company 5*4 Per Cent Overall Increase In Pay, Other Benefits In Contract Negotiations have been effected between representatives of the American Federation of Hosiery Workers union and company officials of the Durant Manufacturing com pany, it has been reported by Harry O’Cain, plant manager. The agree ment covers all production and maintenance workers with the ex ception of supervisory and office ] workers, and watchmen, and was > approved by members of the union I at a meeting held Friday evening at the Durant hotel. The contract, when signed, will be for onft year from May 1, 1948 to May 1, 1949 and will provide for grievance procedure and arbitra tion of all grievances arising under the contract and a blanket increase of five and one-half per cent over all departments, with other in creases for inequities bringing the total cost of the company for all benefits to approximately seven and one-half per cent. Other clauses to be provided for in the contract, according to Mr. O’Cain; are guaranteed minimum pay. checkoff of union dues, one and two week vacations with pay, seniority in promotions and layoffs, reporting pay, greater shift bonuses, four paid holidays, and employee and dependency insurance at no cost to employees. Overt me pay for more than 40 hours is also a part of the stipulation. An election of officers of the union and the installation of the union charter will take place June 19, after which a chicken fry and a general get together will be held. Patients At The Hospital Mrs. Thomas Winters and baby girl, Vaiden. Mrs. James Barton, Lexington Mrs. Robert Slay, Tchula Jane Cox, Durant Robert Beard. Jr., Coila j Mrs. A. O. Frost. Lexington. Mrs- Joe King, West CONVENTION TO MEET A District Training Union con vention will hold a meeting at the First Baptist church in Canton on June 22 at 2 o’clock, it has been reported by Mrs. Violet White, sec retary, of Kosciusko. of interest in the Italian Chamber of Deputies: Palmiro Togliatti. Com munist party leader in the Cham ber, a bookish-looking man, holder of a PhD. in philosophy and litera ture, whose immaculate hands look as though they’ve never done a day’s work, well dressed in good taste, talks with a lot of gestures in an argumentative manner from notes to say, referring to the Mar shall Plan, that “all we’re going to get is a plan of corruption.” Dur ing the Fascist regime Togliatti fled to Russia and was also in Spain dur ing the Civil War until the Loyalist government fell. He came back to Italy in 1943 with the United States troops. His wife is a Senator. Waler Audisio, alias “Col.” Va lerio, the fellow who let Mussolini and his girl friend have it, about 42 and balding, a chubby man with reddish skin and a Hitler mustache. Audisio picked up Mussolini and his mistress at a farm house where they were being held, took them back out on a lonely road and ma chine-gunned them to death along with five other Fascist ministers on orders from Togliatti. The bodies were then taken in a cart to Milan and hung up, heads down, at a rather disreputable looking service station for all the world to see. Robert Tremelloni, a Saragat So cialist (Moderate Rightwing), Who is in charge of the ERP Committee in Italy. Luigi Longo. a leader of the Com munist armed brigades consisting of 30,000 or more communists who are known to have illegal arms cached out. Several deputies are University students. bers of the Chamber of Deputies There are about 26 women mem most of whom are Communists, of about 16. There are six neo-fascists who sit together in the same row where the once great dictator Mussolini sat. Americans, used to a two-party system, find difficult to comprehend an Italian ballot carrying the em blems of 22 parties as in Rome, or 26 as in Naples. The De Gasperi cabinet is form ed from the Christian Democrats, Republican and Liberals. It repre sents sixteen million votes. If any of the ministers resign the cabinet will fall and with it the eleventh i government since Mussolini. Wheeis Keep Turning Wagon Company Operating For Past 79 Years Has Made Total Of 150,000 Farm Vehicles Wagons out of existence? OfH course not. They are still in demand, I according to Marcus Love, Jr., part ner and manager of Love Wagon company The old wheels have been rolling for the company for 79 years, during which time a lot of water has gone under the bridge and a lot of wagons have gone over. In all, Mr. Love estimates that 150.000 wagons, buggies and trailers have been sold by his company dur ing this time, or an average of ap proximately 2,000 a year. This in cludes 7 500 rubebr-tired modern trailers which have been turned out in the past 10 years, and and a num ber of buggies and surreys, manu factured by the company until 1920. Founded in 1869 by A. J. Love, great grandfather of the present manager, the company specialized in making orange-hued farm wagons 20 -o ?112 feet long, and sleek, black buggies over 15 feet. “Of course that was before I came to earth,” Mr. Love said, adding that only a few surreys had been made, and that too, was before his time. From 1888 through 1931 the com pany began a brick business in ad dition to the vehicle manufacture, ■which was operated continuously through 1931 as one of the largest brick yards in the state. A major phase of operation at the present is a hardwood sawmill, which be sides furnishing timber for wagon 'manufacture, also feeds it on the lumber market. The entire factory was destroyed by fire in 1893. During the next two years it was rebuilt. Other milestones in the plant's history are the death of the founder of the company in 1919, at which time the business passed into the hands ol Mark Love and Ross Love, unti the latter’s death, in 1926. Marcus Love, father of the present partner manager joined the company at this time, and took over upon the death of his father in 1943. Mr. Love died in October, 1947, at which time the present Mr. Love became manager. Located on Front street in Durant facing the railroad, the wagon com pany’s buildings stand as a monu ment to the faith one family hac in the town. Despite hardship, anc “ups and downs,” the company ha: kept going through the years, anc according to the present owner, i: expected to keep going for a grea many more. Thirty-five to 55 persons are em ployed steadily at the old wagor manufacturing company, whicl continues to put out approximate^ 2.000 wagons a year. Mr. Love say: in spite of the modern trend towarc mechanization, he believes the mule drawn vehicle is here to stay. “There’s nothing that can beat i good mule wagon for farmers out ir the hills," he said Mrs. Mary F. Woods Funeral Rites Held Mrs. Mary Frances Turner Woods, 82, of Sallis R-F.D., died at her home June 11, after three years’ illness. Born in Attala county, Mrs. Woods had lived her entire life at her home there. She was a member of Sallis Baptist church. Mrs. Woods leaves one daughter, Mrs. Nola Millwood of Sallis, one son, G. S. Woods of Monroe, Louis iana, one sister, Mrs. Allen of Sal lis, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Sallis Baptist church at 3 p. m. Saturday by the Reverend Lumus, pastor of the McCool Baptist church, assisted by the Reverend Wright, minister at Sallis- Southern Fune ral home were undertakers in charge. Miss Eula Nettles spent the week end with friends in Greenwood. Coast Guard Wants Men At Former Ratings Coast Guard recruiting offices al over the nation have been informe< that it is now possible to enlist for mer Coast Guard and Navy men ii nearly all ratings held at their dis charge up to and including ftrs class petty officer. Interested men are invited to con tact their nearest Coast Guard re cruiting station for full details- For mer Coast Guards and Coast Guari Reserve personnel are also urged t inquire about the new Coast Guari Reserve. Recruiting stations are lc cated at 108 Customs House, Ne\ Orleans, Louisiana; Sante Fe Bldg Dallas, Texas, and 7300 Wingat street, Houston, Texas. METHODISTS TO HAVE GUES The Rev. Clinton T. Howel editor of the Christian Advocat* will preach at the Methodist church Durant, Sunday morning, June 2( at eleven o’clock Fairyfolk Invade Crop Of Hospitalized Man, Cultivate Cotton And Corn Over 10-Day Period A. Ebenezer, Lexington R.F.D., holds no claims to fairyland, but recent ly a number of nomad “Brownies” flocked into the settlement to the property of Sam Sample, Jr-, and chopped Mr. Sample’s 60 acres of cotton and hoed Mr. Sample’s 15 acres of corn, and worked the whole crop for ten days while Mr. Sam ple was ill in the hospital of a brain concussion. The story began one month ago when Mr. Sample, “victim” of the Brownies' goodwill, was in an auto mobile accident. For a week he was hospitalized and for three more weeks he was incapacitated- It was in this period that the Brownies entered the picture. Is In Predicament Now Mr. Sample’s cotton, it must be stated, was ready to chop, and his corn was ready to be hoed, and with him unable to work, a fine predicament he was in. But as all good stories go. a task force of so many Brownies flocked to the res cue, taking with them as they went, choppers and hoers, tractors and cultivators and the Brownies went to work, and got good results as all good Brownies do. The cotton was thinned just the right space between stalks, and the green grass plucked out by the roots, and the rich, black soil loosened to allow plant growth. The results made everyone happ: for miles around. They made Mr. and Mrs. Sample and the tw< children Susan and Melinda, happy They made tjie Brownies happy and they made everyone who hearc of the good deed happy. Everyone who knew was happy because of the 50 or 60 choppers working for tei days, the several tractors and cul tivators sent over to help, for the several hundred dollars worth o free work done, and for the wonder ful neighborly spirit. Are Reticent To Tell Of Deeds Mrs. Sample, who testified to the Brownies’ work, said everythin! was voluntary and unexpectet which has always been the case witl fairy folic But anyway, to go oi the story, Mr. Sample reports tha he has almost recovered from the accident, and returning to work thii week, has found his crop in gooc shape, thanks to the kindheartec helpers. The strange thing about it is though Brownies everywhere dc good deeds, their work is ruevei for the world to see and they nevei want any names mentioned. How ever, this particular flock was fror the surrounding communities an perhaps are already known. Beside | there were too many for mentioi Railroad Flagman Suffers Mishap In Kosciusko, Loses Part Of Right Foot j Frank Edwards. Durant, flagman on the Illinois Central railroad, re ceived emergency treatment at Montfort Jones hospital, Kosciusko, for injuries Monday which resulted in a partial amputation of the right foot. The accident occurred while Mr. Edwards was in the line of duty at the Kosciusko railroad yard about 5:30 o’clock, it was reported He was taken Monday night in a Southern Funeral association am bulance to St, Dominic’s hospital, Jackson, where part of the right foot was removed. He was reported resting well on Wednesday, and re mained at the hospital where Mrs. Edwards and the children were at the bedside. Durant Baseballers Notch Third Victory In 3-Game Season Running up a third victory foi the three-game baseball season, th< Durant team Sunday defeated Wes 12 to 10 at Bennett field. Pitchei for Durant was Myles, for West wa: Stevens. The next game will b< played with Goodman Sunday at p. m. on Bennett field. An earlier game with Goodmai was played this season on June i when a large crowd of spectator were present- Final score wa Durant 8, Goodman 3- Pitchers weri Streetman and Boyette. The first game of the season whicl [ opened May 30 was with Kosciuski 1 and tallied a score of 8 to 7 ii Durant’s favor. Pitchers were Myle ! and Love. A softball game was played witl Lexington Monday night with ar other scheduled with the team Fri ^ day night at 7:30 o’clock. ^ ■■ ii ——— ■ i————— ;j An Editorial ■ V Days come and days go and th i j day that will be celebrated th soonest, come Sunday, is Dad’s daj Dads are queer animals — the ur sentimental old cusses — but the simply can’t be beat. Remember the first floggin your Dad ever gave? Remember th time he wouldn’t let you have th 1 family oldsmobile and you waite 1 till he was asleep and rolled it off • Remember the time Dad taught yo> i to shoot a gun or to swim, or ho\ to hold the golf stick? Or mayb t he didn’t teach you any of thes things — yet your Dad is a perms . nent fixture in that mind and me - mory of yours, for the term “Dad - covers a heap of unforgetable sufc l jects. j Those of us with living Dads kno\ 1 all this, and those of us whose fa - thers have passed on realize it pei 7 haps ever more. But no matter hor , much we appreciate and realize, w 2 never do credit to the old man ur til he’s gone, and perhaps then it : his memory that tides us over one r he is away. Savings Bonds Campaign ’ Still Underway; Ends 30tt i, Holmes county has met 44 7 pe . cent of the quota in the securit loan bond campaign, with only thre weeks left in the drive which close June 30. Montgomery and Wilkir son counties have already exceede the quota, making a total of $61 725 and $50,343 in sales, respective ly. Total sales made for Holme r county is $89,551. June 30 is a interest paying period for saving » which often are drawing less interes • than the yield on savings bonds . Norman Weathersby, Countj l chairman of the Security Bond drive ■ calls on all citizens to get behini ! Security Loan. Two weeks are lei i in which to make Holmes county’ ’ quota in the Campaign. s ‘It is urgent that everyone wh f can buy bonds do so, Mr. Weathers ■ by said. Though the drive close June 30th, bonds bought the firs few days of July will count on tlv quota. ! RAIL SERVICE PETITIONS SEN' * A petition has been circulated t< 1 groups in Durant and Tchula b; 1 Junior Chamber of Commerce offi ■ cials as the result of action takei 1 to secure passenger train service 1 through Lexington and nearby 1 towns, it has been reported. As sooi as the petitions are heard from, fur ther action to secure the service wil ; be made, a spokesman for the groui stated. ALL DAY SINGING There will be an all day sing a ing and home coming at Mt. Vernon d Baptist church in Holmes county s J une 20. Everyone is cordially in l-vited to attend Slogan Names Durant 'Hub Of Transportation* E. R. Gibson Submits Winning Motto; Is Given $10 Prize “Durant, the hub of transporta J tion,” has been chosen as the new slogan of the town, it has been I announced. Submitted by E. R. Gib I son, owner of Southern Funeral home, the winning slogan was an nounced at a program held at Durant High school Tuesday night. The contest was close, Junior Chamber of Commerce officials, who are sponsoring the booster cam paign, report, with many good names submitted. Judges were N. C. Hathome, Wiley Humphries, Ralph McGeehee, Deck Johnson, Henry McKenzie, and Robert K. Ray. When asked how he chose the slogan, Mr. Gibson said: “Well, Durant is the center for transpor tation and has good facilities and train service each way and numerous buses. It is on a good highway, and serves the whole county as well as the biggest portion of Attala coun ty.” He was awarded a cash prize of $10. The slogan will be made into automobile booster plates for sale , to the public at an early date, it was said. Jaycee officials have ex pressed their appreciation to the J people of Durant for their interest \ and cooperation in entering the I VU1..VU.. 3 . | Reburial Services ! For R. C. McBride 3 Reburial services for Private j Reedy Cleveland McBride of Sallis . R F.D. were held Friday at 3 p. m. . at Pisgah Methodist church by the Rev. Billy Hoof, Rankin county minister. Burial was in Pisgah ceme * tery with Southern Funeral asso ciation in charge. Born in Attala county, September 23, 1909, Private McBride was kill ed in action in Tunisia, North Afri „ ca, on April 25, 1943. He was buried ' in Tunisia. Surviving relatives are his mother, Mrs. Iola McBride, two sisters, Mrs. Joe Burrell of Goodman and Mrs. Bessie Abies of Kosciusko, and a brother, Hubert M. McBride of the , home; also three nieces and one nep ' hew. j Private McBride was the son of , the late Joseph Tom McBride. Be j fore entering the service, he was engaged in farming at home. He wa* a member of Pisgah Methodist church. e__ Health Notes By W. H. Weeks. M. D„ Director Holmes Co. Health Dept. v The Mobile X-ray Unit begins its •- work in Holmes County on June v 21st. We urge and hope every per e son, 14 years of age and over, who i- has not had a chest x-ray within s the last twelve months will take e advantage of this opportunity, to find out whether your lungs are healthy or not. This is absolutely free to you but is costing the tax payers a sizable sum of money. The I Mobile X-ray unit alone, costs $26. uuu. r If you fail to take advantage of y this you will disappoint the tax e payers and all those who are in s terested in helping you maintain - your good health. By taking advan* i tage of this opportunity you will - not be doing yourself a great ser - vice but will be cooperating in an s effort to stamp out Tuberculosis. i The schedule follows and, as you s see, is very full in an effort to t make it as convenient as possible !• for all. Do not fail to be on time — > only the time indicated can be given. , Monday, June 21, 1948: Mr. Tho* 1 mas’s Place 8 a. m- to 9 a. m.; Cru t ger. 9:30 a. m. to 12 m.; Ashton » Store (Wilburn Sally’s), 1 p. m. to 3:30 p. m.; Shotville Store, (Henry ) Waterer’s), 3:30 p. m. to 5 p. m.. Tuesday, June 22, 1948: Oak Grove s 8 a. m. to 10 ft. tart; Horseshoe 1 Plantation (Lowentritt’s), 10:30 a. m. ’ to 12 m.; Horseshoe Church on FSA Project, 1:30 p. m. to 3 p. m.; Horse shoe Dump Store, 3 p. m. to 5 p. m. ■ Wednesday, June 23, 1948: Hugh > Nichol’s Plantation 8 a. m. to 9 1 a. m.; Keim, 9:30 a m. to 12 m.; ■ Tchula. 1 p. m. to 5 p. m. i Thursday, June 24, 1948: Graves' ■ Plantation, 8 a. m. to 9:30 a. m.; ’ Choctaw FSA Project, 10 a. m. to 1 12 m.; Omega (James Cunningham’s Plantation), 1:30 p. m. to 2:30 p. m.; Lee Peaster’s Plantation. 3 p- m. to 1 4 p. m-; Richardson’s Bend, 4:30 p. m. to 5 p. m. Friday, June 25, 1948: Stonewall Plantation, 8 a. m. to 9 a. m-; Gum 1 Grove, 9:30 a. m. to 12 m-; Pluto (Thompson’s Plantation), 1:30 p. m. to 2:30 p. m.; Bee Lake Plantation, 3 p. m. to 4 p. m.; Bonanza School, 4 p. m. to 5 p- m.