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THE DURANT NEWS
^JHstYEARNUMBER 1 DU KANT. MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY, SFJT,P:MBER=T6=T948=!I==^====== s “n P«r v«r ——it—iBBS5B55Btkit—^—____s_——_. THROUGH HAZEL EYES 6 By Hull Brannon Switzerland more than any other country in Europe presents for the visitor what is generally called a normal atmosphere. Switzerland suffered little from the war As a matter of fact she made money out of her traditional neutrality. While other countries in Europe were shooting each other’s heads off. she was trading with all and gaining an advantageous posi tion thereby. Today Switzerland's Franc is the most stable money on the inter national money market except the American dollars. Tourists convert their American dollars into Swiss francs and then change the Swiss francs into Italian lira. French francs and English pounds, getting a very favorable rate of exchange. As an example the English pound in London cost 44)8 in American money. At the same time the Ameri can tourist in Switzerland can con vert his dollars into Swiss francs and then exchange the Swiss francs for English pounds at the rate of 2.68 in American money. Sounds fantastic, but it is true. As a result of the fluctuation in value of the various foreign cur rencies each country has restric tions on the amount of the native currency that can be brought inta the country. For instance. England limits the tourist! of all nations to five English pounds, they can bring in the country with them. All cur rency has to be declared as one goes into a country, they do noi cart how much American money you have, the more the better- But they limit you as to the amount of theii own currency you can bring in. II they didn’t have this restrictior every American would load up with 2.68 or 2.70 pounds in New York before going to England instead ol waiting to get there to convert the currency at the legal rate (4.08] set by them. As it is a lot of Americans buy "as many pounds as they think they’ll spend in England before going over and fail to declare it to the cus toms men when they make their examinations. Since the possession of an American passport is almost equivalent to a key to heaven the American traveller is very seldom ever questioned. He is wanted everywhere in every country. The more Americans who come the more American dollars are spent Every -country needs and is crying for the American dollar in order that they may buy needed goods in the United States. Switzerland is the most scenii country in Europe and is dottec with year round resorts that catei to the highest and the lowest. Lucerne, called the “Queen o Swiss Rosorts” is one of the mos' beautiful spots one can imagine Lovely Lake Lucerne is surround ed by mountains the most famou: of which is Mt. Pilatus, nearly 8.00( feet high. A trip on the funiculai Tailway in what would common ly be called a cable car is a nevei to be forgotten experience. Hov the Swiss engineers figured out hov to build a railroad that would climl almost perpendicular heights ii more than I can imagine- These rail ways going straight up the moun tains have been there for years, too At Lucerne the hotels are ex tremely modern and some of then are luxurious even by America! stnnHnrds Thp food is nlentiful. in eluding meat, and wonderfully pre pared. Everything is immaeulat around the hotels. As a matter o fact everything around the Swis towns is very clean and sanitar> a major point of importance t • American visitors Prices in Switzerland are higl for goods that line the shelves c all the stores there. Manufacture' goods from all over the world ma; be found in the modern, well ‘kep business houses of all the cities No ration coupons are required fo purchase Thus Switzerland is the mecca fo tourists all over Europe. It is on of the countries all of them ca travel in, and the English particulai ly flock to Switzerland for a holi day, and at the same time, pui chase candies, sweets, and wearin apparel. Interlaken is another resort fre quented by the people of all nation! Situated at the foot of the might Jungfrau (Young Woman) mour tain most visitors feel they mus take the mountain railway to i1 peak, an all-day trip. German and French are the tw languages most heard all ovt Switzerland. If a person speaks c understands French he can get alon veiry nicely in Switzerland. Ital France, Belgium. Luxembourg an Scandinavia. Most citizens < European countries speak at leai two languages fluently and man of them speak more. Mr. and Mrs- Boyd Moss an daughter. Edith Anne, accompanic Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moss and chil< ren as f»r as Jackson on their r turn to Vicksburg. Attala Former Deputy Convicted Of Robbery With Firearms June 27 Tried By Hinds Court, John Ed Ivey, 42, To Be Given Sentence John Ed Ivey, 42, former con stable and deputy sherff of Attala county, was convicted Tuesday, of armed robbery, in connection with the hijacking of W. J. Ledbetter of Anniston, Ala., on June 27, on high way 80, between Bolton and Ed wards. The verdict of the jury was reached after two days’ trial in Hinds County Circuit court in Ray mond, during which six Holmes countiens were called to the stand. Ledbetter, who was sustained by the court in his accusation of Ivey, is a confessed and convicted Ala bama liquor runner- His charges, that he was hijacked of a liquor cargo and 1360 in cash by Ivey, were brought out with himself as chief witness with the defense. County Mon Testify Called to vouch for the character of one of the defense witnesses. James McBride of Durant, was Ellis E. Wynn of Lexington, Holmes County sheriff, Raiford E- McNeer, mayor-elect of Durant. Also testi fying were W. E. Durham, Durant city marshal, Marcus Rogers, and Douglas Conn of Durant. Ledbetter said Ivey ran along side him, on highway 80, June 27, blew his siren, pulled a gun ana told him to pull over. After making Ladbe»,ter help load the whiskey from his ear to Ivey’s, the latter took $360 from Ledbetter with the order that he “go back to Alabama” and not return, according to the testimony. Ledbetter said the; incident occurred about 5:30 a. nv, when he was delivering a cargo of approximately 40 cases of whiskey from a point in Louisiana to Annis ton, Ala. He said he picked up Ivey’s tag number, one numeral at a time, as he carried armfuls of bottles to Ivey’s automobile. He said he marked the numerals down on the dust on his own car. Ledbetter Traces Rout* On the stand. Ledbetter traced his route from the scene of the hijack ing to a filling station five miles away whee he ate, then back to Vicksburg, to Yazoo City, to Durant, and to Kosciusko- In Durant he stopped to ask an officer which : county was indicated by the num i ber on the tag of the hi-jack car (116-09-) The next day, with Ivey’s car spot ! ted. he said he confronted Ivey in : Kosciusko and demanded his money . back. There were no witnesses to the conversation. That several per i sons witnessed the transfer of i money about 15 minutes later, after Ivey went to his home, was brought out in the Ledbetter testimony. Ivey Takes Stand ’ Ivey, who took the stand Tues day in his own behalf said he left 1 his home in Kosciusko about mid 1 night Saturday, and drove to a near. by inn for something to eat. He said ' he picked up a woman who wanted a ride to Vaiden and took her there, ' and after failing to get a cabin at 1 Riley’s Tourist court, slept in his 1 car. After a short nap, he drove • to Durant, where he stopped for a ■ bottle of beer at James McBrides ? place, at which place he noticed a 1 man whom he later recognized as 5 Ledbetter, according to Ivey’s testi • mony. 5 Ivey said the next time he saw' Ledbetter was when the latter con 1 fronted him in city hall at Kosciu * sko. and demanded that he give 1 him $360. McBride testified that the 7 two men were in his place on the 1 morning in question but that they ■ exchanged no conversation r He said that as Ivey drove off, Ledbetter jotted his (Ivey’s) tag r number dowm. The State’s attorney, e M. M- McGowan, called to the wit ness stand, Mr. Wynn and Mr. M* - Neer, who testified to their opinions - of McBride’s veracity, attesting that • they would not believe the latter l under oath. Other witnesses called to the stand - were Alton Massey, mayor of Kos i. ciusko, Stokes Sanders, editor of / the Kosciusko Star-Herald; John Ed r Ivey. Jr., and Mrs Ivey * Marshall “Blackjack” Powell was s scheduled for trial today on charges of grand larceny and robbery w-ith o firearms for the hijacking of Wood r row Biggs and Clyde Walton, two r Negroes allegedly employed at the g time by Ralph Wilson of Rankin y county. On Wednesday the trial was d scheduled to start, but was held up if with drawing a jury. All but two it of the 12 jurors were chosen by late y Wednesday. BOND SALES TOTALLED d U- S. Savings bonds sales in d Holmes county through August of 1- this year total $493,422. Of this ?- amount. $35,681 in sales was made in August. Third Child To Vicksburg May Not Have Polio A suspected third case of polio in the county may be diagnosed as spinal trouble by attending physi cians of Benny Lee Round, Jr-, son of Benny Round of Durant, who was sent to the Vicksburg Polio clinic last week- Dr. W. H. Weeks, director of the Health department here, said a definite diagnosis might require several days. Holmes Bulldogs Face Successful Season Coach Johnson Gives Prospects At Rotary Club On Tuesday The Holmes Junior College Bull dogs won’t be beaten badly this year if at all was the opinion ex pressed here Tuesday by Backfield Coach Johnson in a speech made before the Lexington Rotary Club. Coach Johnson said the Junior College had the three things neces sary for a winning team, namely, the material, the coaching staff and the spirit. He said the boys were in terested and are going to be in good physical condition and have good training. He said that football is a team game and not a game for individualists. The Goodman mentor coached the first T formation team in the south (1941). The Bulldogs meet Poplarville to night in what should be one of the best games of the season. Branch Presents Athletic Director Frank Branch introduced the speaker. Mr. Branch made an appeal for public support of the Junior College at Goodman as well as for its foot ball eleven. He said boys and girls are being educated at Goodman for half the cost of the same training at Ole Miss and Mississippi state. All the teachers are well qualified at Goodman, he said, explaining that no teacher who teaches college work has less than a master’s degree. A cordial invitation was extended Rotarians to visit the school and see the splendid work being done by the institution. Barrett Is Director Announcement was made Tuesday that Will Barrett has been named to the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club filling the unexpired term of the Rev. R. G. Valentine, Guests present Tuesday were; Chancellor Williams, guest of H. H Johnson: Lawrence Rabb, Jr., guest of George Patterson, program chair man; the Rev Paul D. Bragg, new pastor of the First Baptist church, Lexington, guest of J. F. Williams, and Jones Woodard, visiting Rota rian, of Kosciusko. Legion Auxiliary Makes Annual Activity Report The American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 10, gives a summary of the past year’s work, as reported by Mrs. Rex I. Buchanan, as follows: Memberships, 32, dues collected, $56. Poppy sale, $5416; Balance for warded, ^>120.43 Scout Fund $10.00 Magnolia Girls State 25.00 Gift Shop 15,00 Dues 4800 Legion Special 6.80 Christmas Cheer Fund 17 00 Postage 1.00 Legion Auxiliary of Goodman 32.00 Poppies 12-5C Hospital Fund 12.0C TOTAL $1793C The following girls, Linda Brock of West and Peggy Leslie of Durant, attended Girl’s State held in Jack son, at Belhaven college on June 13 through 19th. The Auxiliary sponsored one girl and the Ameri can" Legion sponsored one- These girls will report to a joint meeting of the Auxiliary and Legion being he at a later date. ficers for the Legion auxiliary have not been elected for the en suing year. The continuation of the organization will be decided at the September meeting. All interestec persons are asked to be present. Holmes County Gets Visit From Obstetrician Arrangements have been made foi a visit by Dr. Early B. Lokey, out standing osstetrician from Tulane medical school and charity hospital New Orleans, to 18 county healtl departments where he will condue one day programs in obstetric tech nics. Counties in which these conferen ces will be held include Holmes Tate, Tippah. Union. Lee, Ponto toe, Calhoun. Chickasaw, Monroe Grenada. Clay, Oktibbeha, Attala 1 Winston. Noxubee. Neshoba, Kem per and Scott. » Durant High Wins First Football Game, With West, 24-7 First Game Of Season For Tigers; Was 2nd Game Played By West The Durant High School Tigers chalked up Win number 1 on Wed nesday night by defeating West in the opening game of the season, 24-7. Ray Hastings and Glenn Cain turn ed in many beautiful broken field runs to spark the offensive fcr the Tigers, but it was the hard-charging Durant line that spelled the diffe rence between the two teams. The Tiger forward wall blocked solidly and hard throughout the game and cleared the way for their backs by consistently opening large gaps in the West line. James Ruck er and William Ferguson were standouts at end, both offensively and defensively. Captain Reedy Mc Lellan was a stone wall on defense at left tackle. Start With Bang The Tigers started off with a bang by scoring in four plays after re ceiving the opening kickoff with Hastings covering the last 40 yards behind a bevy of blockers. West took the lead a few moments later by recovering a fumble deep in Durant territory and rushing the ball across the goal on a beautiful end run by Wilkes, converting the extra point. In the second quarter the Tigers went ahead to stay by plunging the ball over, after a long pass from Cain to Ferguson had carried the ball near the goal. Coming back from intermission with renewed vigor and pep, the Durant team scored two quick touchdowns with a brilliant display of offensive strength. The last quarter was a case of give and take between two hard-fighting lines. Made Substitutions The Tigers made frequent sub stitutions during this quarter with most of the squad getting into the fray. For West. Wilkes and Black were outstanding, both offensively and defensively. This was the second game of the season for West, who last week was defeated by the strong Ackerman aggregation by the slimmer than-expected margin of 28-0. Durant will play its next game Friday, September 24. when it en tertains the Eupora Wahoos on the local field. Virginia Smith Resigns Home Agent Position Miss Virginia Smith, county home demonstration agent for the past four years, has resigned, effective the last of this month, and will leave soon to take up a home service ad visory position with a Frigidaire company in Houston, Texas. Miss Olive Dowell, district agent, of Greenwood, Thursday, made the following statements concerning miss smith s resignation: We re gret to ask the Holmes County Board of Supervisors to accept the resignation of Miss Virginia M. Smith, home demonstration agent of Holmes County, effective, Octo ber 1. “Miss Smith has served the county well for over four years. Her many friends, and the farm families of Holmes county will greatly miss her helpful manner. During her stay in the county she has visited personal ly in every section of the county, and she knows the girls and women well. Her total membership is a round 600 members who meet once each month with a well planned program. “Some of the out of county trips offered to 4-H and Home Demon stration club women during the past year have been to Biloxi for four days and to State college for Farm and Home Week and 4-H Club con gress ‘The Board of Supervisoss agreed , that they regret to, give up Miss , Smith, but home demonstration ser 1 vices will be continued in Holmes, county.” Divorces Are Granted: By New Chancellor Twenty-four divorces were grant ed Tuesday by the Holmes County ■ Chancery court in its second day of session, with Chancellor C. D. Wil i liams of Yazoo City, presiding. The : new chancellor, who has been coun ty judge of Yazoo county for a num ber of years, is the nephew of the late John Sharpe Williams. , Court was recessed Tuesday after ■ noon and was reconvened Thursday . morning. , The divorce cases tried were a - smaller number than usual. Chan cery Clerk officials said. Total Of $25,000 To Be Spent On Camp Twenty-five thousand dollars will be spent on the Caslalian Springs property in converting it into a State “Y” camp, it has been disclosed to day. The property, which included a building, the springs, two lakes and about 200 acres of land, was pur chased last week from Mr. and Mrs C. S- Hill, for $18,000. Plans are underway to make the camp one of the best in the South. Accident Victim Dies En Route To Hospital Eight Escape Injury In Vehicle Collision Leslie Anderson, New Orleans traveling salesman, was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 51, near Durant Friday. Eight others narrowly escaped serious injuries. State Highway Patrolman W. M. Shuttleworth said Mr. Anderson, en route from -New Orleans to Kansas City, Mo., was fatally in jured when his car and an auto mobile—occupied by a soldier, his wife and five children— and a truck hauling livestock, collided. The patrolman said Anderson’s car hit the rear of the soldier’s auto mobile, then careened into the path of the oncoming truck. The uniden tified soldier and his family and the truck driver were not injured. Mr. Anderson died en route to a Jackson hospital. Mister Coon To right Mister Dog In Water, In Contest Wednesday One hundred fifty dollars in prizes will be awarded owners of the win ning dogs in the first annual dog coon fight scheduled south of Durant September 22, it is announced. With the day nearing, sponsoring officials urge turning in of applications at an early date. The all-day fight will be in the water of the lake formerly known as Eagles Nest. Rules of the contest are: limitation of number of dog entries to 30; only <Joon dogs eligible—no bulldogs, collies, or German police; coon wil be on a log in the water, a few feet from water’s edge. One dog at a time goes to coon and scraps coon until either coon, or dog, or dog’s owner has enough. Owner of dog stands on bank and signals to referees in boat if he believes dog has had enough; three dogs making the best showing will be selected by three experienced and impartial judges- No responsibility is assumed by the organization for the safety or welfare or injury of dog; entrance fee per dog, five dol lars ’ Applications will be taken by the Durant Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Durant Business and Pro fessional Women’s club, sponsoring groups, as fast as they arrive. Re freshments will be served on the grounds all day of the fight. Admis sion will be charged Fined $100, And Costs In Justice Peace Court Total fines of $100 and costs were paid by Rupert Ellard and wife Mrs. Angie Ellard of Durant, for posses sion of firearms, and pointing fire arms, in a skirmish at Ellard’s place near Durant, which involved several persons on August 29, as the result of a hearing before Judge Raiford E. McNeer of Durant, September 3. Two men who were involved, Dupre Numan of Durant, and L. B. Tucker of West, were exonerated or four charges made by the El lards against them of drunkenness disorderliness. assault with pistol and pointing deadly weapon. Charges against the proprietor ol Ellard’s Hotel and Court, and hU wife, were like charges filed bj Numan and Tucker, which listed Mr and Mrs- Ellard each as possessing and pointing a deadly weapon. A jury returned "not guilty” tc the charges made by the Ellards a gainst Numan and Tucker. Mr. and Mrs. Ellard were found guilty of the four charges, and fined $25 in each case. Patients At-The Hospital Mrs. A R. McBride. Tchula Mrs- B. C. Martin. Tchula Mrs- Cecil Ferrell. Belzoni Mrs. E. C. Phillips and baby boy Lexington Mrs Annie Montgomery. Durant Mrs. J. B. Perry, Eden Mrs Pate Johnson and baby boy West Mrs- R. W. Rucker and baby boy Durant Holmes Co. Believed To Be Mother Pool Of Pickens Oil Field Petroleum Engineer Sets Forth Opinion In Report Today If the conclusions drawn by on* oil expert prove to be true, then Holmes county is slated for intens* oil activity to the point of becoming a major oil field in Mississippi; th* mother pool of the richly produc ing Pickens field. G. L. Morton, petroleum engineer, who has made his home in Durant for the past two years while explor ing the Holmes county field, today submitted a report which indicates his conclusions and findings on this county’s situation which will be at interest to all Holmes counlains in terested in oil development Is Expert In Field Mr. Morton is employed by Mar tin Harris, contractor, who is dril ling the Gulf well on the Bob Bridgeforth property in Yazoo coun ty, just two miles west of Pickens. He was with the State Conservation Department of Arkansas from 1927 33 and is an expert in his field. Mr Morton’s report follows: “One of the questions which com es up most frequently by those who visit the well and the field is, why I feel so tremendously enthused over the possibilities of this (Holmes county) area. “Havine SDent manv vpars in th* [ oil business, looking after and the bringing in of many wells leads me to feel that this area has about everything. First, perhaps that which holds the most interest for all of us is the fact that approxi mately 350 wells have been brought in in this general area, the gravity of the oil is very high and the ac cessibility to the field along with transportation facilities is consider ed excellent. With the wells that have been drilled in the territory and the amount of oil which has been produced there is a deep be lief on the part of those who are in the best position to know, that there exists in this area a mother pool— a mother pool that can mean to the Pickens field what Smackover ( meant to Eldorado, There is a wealth of geological information and geo physical work which added to the conditions that have been revealed by the drill bit, indicates that this mother pool is north of the Pickens field. Wells drilled south and west of the proven area have shown salt water; south and east, the sand con ditions dwindle out. North of the field thick sands have been encoun tered carrying both gas and salt water. Better Than Expected “When the discovery well was brought in in the Pickens field in J 1940, it was predicted at that time ' that the life of the well would not exceed a period of five months, but these wells have now produced seve ral million barrels of oil and are still producing today approximately what they were producing shortly after they were brought in This definitely indicates that Pick ens iieia is oeing lea, ana in view of the conditions which have been revealed through the drilling bf wells west, south and east, and the thick sands which have been en countered to the north, it is my j opinion that the mother pool (Continued on Page Eight) « About 350 Local Men Register In Draft Approximately 350 of the 100,000 young men in the State, who have completed their registration with Selective Service to date, are in the Durant locality. The attention of all men between the ages of 18 and 26 is invited to the fact that they must present themselves for regis tration before 5 p. mv Saturday. Septemoer 18. Registration dates for age group 19 and 18 years of age wbre set for September 15-16 and 17-18, respectively. Regardess of the specified date a particular age group was supposed to register in accordance with the President’s Proclamation If anyone has failed to register on date fixed, he will be permitted to accomplish registration any time between now and Saturday, September 18. Every , man between the ages of 18 and 26, who has not completed his registra tion. is herewith advised that he is required to do so between r.ow and Saturday, the 18th. Attention is invited to the fact that everyone required to register (that is, any man between the ages of 18 and 26, or who was born in 1922 after August 30- 1922. and be , fore September 19, 1930) and failing to do so is subject to fine and impri ■ sonment as covered by the Selective Act of 1948.