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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
“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
‘The Board of Supervisoss agreed
, that they regret to, give up Miss
, Smith, but home demonstration ser
1 vices will be continued in Holmes,
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
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
Mrs Annie Montgomery. Durant
Mrs. J. B. Perry, Eden
Mrs Pate Johnson and baby boy
Mrs- R. W. Rucker and baby boy
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
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.

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