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THE DURANT NEWS ________ ________ __ DURANT, MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 1949 $2.00 t'er lear ' „ - -■ , ...■ - - - - . _ ,.. ■ -, _ _ . _ _ i _ i _ . i _ _ On a brief visit to the nation s capitol, I happened to arrive in the Union station early in the morning. As I walked through the gates, two black automobiles rolled up casually to a stop a few feet away. There seemed nothing odd about this — except for the fact that the cars were inside the Station and quite near the train entrances. The car doors opened and I looked, expecting to see perhaps some minor government official — certainly no more than a cabinet member or senator. To my surprise, who should alight but President, Mrs. and Margaret Truman and walk to one of the waiting trains. There were only a half-dozen secret service men around, so I waited a few minutes, and sure enough, here came back the president and his wife — hav ing put Margaret on the train for New York, where she is studying • voice lessons. As I walked away, I was impressed with a country where an average citizen can stand in a depot and watch the Chief Executive and his family, only a few feet away — and note that aside from official titles, this family too is just average citizens. -o During the war when I was in the service and made frequent trips to Washington, I heard so many people say they didn’t like the place. Somehow, this is a sentiment which it is hard for me to conceive of. I have always liked tho ritv urhirh ie nnHnnhtpHlv nnp of the prettiest in the world, and probably the most beautiful capi tal from a natural standpoint. The people there are friendly, I have found, and represent every part of the country. In spite of what a lot of people say about the red tape, 1 have always found it com paratively easy to transact busi ness with Federal Government people. And another thing we have to realize — it’s our own capital, and if we aren’t satisfied with it, then each citizen should do something to remedy it. -o A lot of pec ‘ually com mute from Nev. .un 10 Washing ton. One of these is General Eisenhower who, it seems, was not allowed to enjoy long the dig nity of Columbia university as its president, but had to return to the capital to advise on our ■ armed forces.. I passed him the other day here, and noticed he , was wearing only two of his ser vice ribbons, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the European Theatre one, I believe. If he wore all the ribbons which have been awarded him, he literally would have to have something like a huge boat sail on which to fasten them — and then it would be too heavy to manage. He will return to Columbia when he is finished with his government assignment. Of course he will be of value down there — and maybe too, as some one suggested, he just wants to get out of civilian life again for awhile and back into his old ele ment. -o Government leaders as well as others comment on the recent slowdown in business. It is ap * parent that supply is catching up with demand, they point out, giv ing the fact that one can get al most any make of new automobile now without waiting for delivery more than a few days. The stock' market has dropped some and em ployment is off here and there, that it is a good thing to have the But one wise economist remarks levelling-off period come so grad ually, that no one could intelli gently expect the war boom to last forever, and that if labor and cap itol will just work intelligently together now with the govern ment — and the government with them — that we need have no fear of a depression. -o There is a marked difference in railroad travel now. Lots more people are travelling by car and plane and the jammed coaches and Pullmans which were war time commonplace are not to be seen except at rare intervals. There is plenty of room and the trains are cleaner and more mod ern. Only one thing seems to rankle the modern railroad travel ler, and that is the high cost of food in the diners. It is still hard to get a decent meal for under two dollars in these places, and often it is more. » -o The eyes of the nation appear to be on Congress. A lot of ob (Continued on Page Two) To Hold Square Dance At VFW Home A square dance will be held March 31, at 7:30 p. m. at the V. F. W. home in Lexington, spon sored by the Home Demonstration council of Holmes county. Pro ceeds will , go toward equipping a demonstration kitchen. A small admission will be charged. Everyone is invited to attend. nogs, lame uie Throughout County Several thousand hogs all over the county died and others are dying from cholera and hemorr hagic septima, bacteriological dis eases, according to W. R, Sullivan, county agent. Some cattle are dying with blackleg Mr. Sullivan says no special cure is offered for the bacteriolo gical diseases, but advises vac cination of hogs before they be come sick. CaUle with blackleg are certain to die unless adminis tered penicillin when caught in the early stages. Warm Winter May Cause More Insects, County Agent Says Farm Activity Begins, Only Hindered By Inclement Weather A break in the weather is the only hindrance to early large scale farm activity in Holmes county, according to W. R. Sul livan, county agent. Farmers have already begun breaking land and putting in fertilizer for plant ing the earliest crops, cotton and corn, and have just completed sowing lespedeza in larger quanti ties than ever before. TrOck pro rilino f /-»** hrtmn non to • mrlnn cess of being planted. Prospects show a likely increase in cotton acreage of from 10 to 15 per cent. Cattle raising, particularly beef cattle, is on the increase in Holmes county, Mr. Sullivan said, estimating a total of 45,000. He urged farmers to plant an abun dance of feed crops. Better Corn Yield Expected An increase in corn acreage is not expected, though heavier than usual fertilization of corn land should increase the yield. The moderate temperatures felt the past winter may cause an in crease in boll weevil infestation, he said. Rainfall during the past five months has totalled more than 46 inches against an average yearly precipitation of 49 inches for the South and which has perhaps caused more than usual of erosion. Greatest amount of rain to fall was 16 inches in November; 12 in January; 11 in December; 4 in February, and about 4 so far this month. The accumulation of moisture will not necessarily take care of any future deficiency, he said. Greater Last Year The rain this March when com pared to the heavy rains of this month last year is considered slight. Last year at this time an excess of moisture had accumulat ed until floodwaters were up. Crops will be hurt considerably if heavy rain falls for the rest of this month and April, but if enough sunshiny days prevail, it ik hoped that all cotton will be in the ground by April 25, County Agent Sullivan said. Planting is expected to start by April 1. LIBRARY NOTES For contrast in reading this week visit the Holmes County .Library at Durant. “The Way Of A Fighter” by Claire Lee Chen nault, gives the life and experi ences of a soldier, a mind keyed to instantaneous decisions, a man of action. “The Friends Of Joe Gilmore” by Lyle Saxon (com pleted alter Mr. baxon s death Dy his* friend Edward Dreyer), takes one into the leisurly life of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the life of a quiet citizen well loved by friends, an author sincerely ad mired by his readers. “The Hangman’s Tree’ by Dor othy Disney is a home in which tragedy reigns with a selfish wo man its tool. “The Book of Still - meadow" by Gladys Taber is the story tof a gracious home and peaceful lives. “Eva And Chris topher” by Elizabeth Corbett is the story of a beautiful, willful woman who brought tragedy to three men. “The Springs” by Anne Goodwin Winslow, is the growth and unfolding of a young girl. Other light novels offered are "The Enchanted Year” by Ann Carter, "Change Of Heart” by Kathleen Harris and “The Other Dear Charmer” by Peggy Dern. The teen age readers will be delighted with three stories of horses. “Midnight. A Cow Pony” (bv S. P. Meek: “Taffy’s Foal” bv , Elisa Bialk: and “Horses. Horses. Horses” by Phyllis Fenner. | The still vounger have quite I an assortment of new books, among them are “Timothv Tur I tel" b” A’;c' Davis, "Candlelight Stories” by V. S. Hutchinson. I "Raspberry Patch” by Grace Pauli | and “The Circus Comes To Town” by Veronica Hutchinson. Prisoners Move From Belmont As Vets Take Over New Owners Begin Work To Cultivate Rich Delta Acreage Belmont farm tomorrow will no longer be in existence. A part of the State's prison system for many decades, the 2400 acres composing the farm, Friday will be evacuated of its remaining personnel and is now being pre pared for cultivation by 20 Holmes veterans who are the new owners Transfer of the rich tract ol Delta land from the State to the county rolls was enabled through the Farmers Home administration with Walter E. Strider, supervisor transacting the deal with repre sentatives of the State Builders commission about five weeks ago Meets With Officials In a conference held in the governor's office in. Jackson, of ficials of the Building commission Thursday completed final details of the transaction, Mr. Strider said, and veterans this week had begun to cultivate the land. Among the 20 new landowners who began work this week were Daily A. King, and William L Zeigler, Lexington, John Wilmei Edwards and William Cottom ol Tchula. Others ot the new land owners were making ready tc iiiuvC' wucie living quarters were available, Mr. Strider said. Some will live temporarily on outlying farms until houses can be built. Personnel Leaves W. W. Hopson, sergeant at Bel ment farm for the past four years will leave Friday with Mrs Hopson for O'Keefe farm at Lam bert, the only other prison farm operated in conjunction with Parchman. Most of the 20 re maining prisoners who had stayed on to help in surveying and mov ing since first notice of the trans action was announced on Febru ary 16, were being transferred tc Lambert. Sergeant Hopson said. About 60 had been domiciled at the farm during last year. Before its sale, it was said to be the old est prison farm owned by the State. Attala Woman Killed In Freak Accident Near Durant A 66-year-old Attala County woman, Mrs. Jean Reed Vinson, was instantly killed Friday, March 11, when she accidently opened the back door of a passen ger car and was hurled headlong onto the pavement of Highway 12 near Durant. The freak accident was witnes sed by Highway Patrolman W. M. Shuttleworth who was approach ing the car driven by Mrs. Vin son's son-in-law, Louis Doster, Melville, La. The patrolman rush ort 1V/I I’f \T irt n l-w.r.r>.4nl • n Kosciusko but she was pronounced dead upon arrival. The victim’s husband, Charlie C. Vinson, farmer of Kosciusko Route three, was a passenger ir the auto. Mr. and Mrs. Vinson and then son-in-law were en route to visit relatives in Vaiden. Mrs. Vinson apparently attempt ed to lower a window when she pulled the door handle by mistake and was snatched from the car. Yazoo County Chosen As Nitrogen Plant Site Yazoo county will be the loca tion of the multi-million dollai nitrogen plant to be built by the Mississippi Chemical Corporation according to an announcement bj Charlie Maddox, director, whc represents this area on the board The decision to locate the plant in Yazoo county was made at i recent directors meeting in Green wood. Yazoo county was chosen because it offers a good point foi statewide distribution, low taxes potential water transportation and is accessible to two gas pipe lines. The location of the plant is contingent upon completing ar acceptable gas contract and upor the county making available ! through the BAWI $750,000 in as ! sistance. •————-• GIVEN STATE AID Lebanon negro school in Holme* countv and Tchula negro schoo have been given grants of $200( and S4000 bv the State Buildinf commission for additional class | rooms, as part of $136,750 in fund* granted to schools in 11 counties Increased Activity Mere As Spring Arrives Spring is here, the calendar says, and with it comes to Lexing ton and vicinity increased and renewed activity. Farmers have early begun preparations of soil, as the weather appears to get ready for some real spring tem peratures. Employment is on the up-and up. A search is underway for an agricultural specialist for the ter ritory. A group of 20 Holmes veterans this week began preparation to farm, as Belmont prisoners were moved Money has been allotted for Holmes health centers. Even work on the town clock has been started, in readiness for spring. Holmes County Shares In Federal Aid To Hospital Projects Durant And Lexington To Draw $460,000 Of Government Funds Durant and Lexington will share in federal aid funds granted by the Surgeon General, Washing ton, D. C., for 59 hospital and health center projects in the plan ning and building stage in Missis sippi. This state leadg the nation in funds granted for this purpose. Durant and Lexington projects and. the total cost, of which the federal government contributes approximately one third, as grant ed by the Surgeon General, are: Durant Community hospital, $238,460; Holmes Community hospital. $175 000; Holmes County Health center at Lexington, $45,778. Under a five-year federal aid program the government has ear marked for Mississippi $3,889,288, or approximately one-third of the total cost of about $11 million in hospitals and health centers for the state. The federal government pays one-third of the building pro jects, with two-thirds of the cost being paid through local funds. Mississippi is the first of the 48 states to have its over-all hospi tal program approved by the Sur geon General. Texas is second with 51 hospitals and health cen ters. Former Durant Boy In Iowa Again By William Cathey Lefty A1 Dickens, native of Du rant, who toiled magnificently on the mound for the Holmes Junior College baseball squad in 1938 and 1939. is awaiting time to report for duty in Iowa at a place yet to be chosen. Last year the fine heartside per formed for Rock Valiev, about 60 miles north of Sioux City, Dickens present home He alternated on the nitrhing mound and in the j outfield. A great competitor, excellent fielder, hard worker and posses sor of a vety effective fast ball and curve, the offsider hurled the Goodman crew to a pair of cham pionships during his stav there. In 1938 he beat the Hinds Junior Pollepe Espies bv the score of 4 to 3 in Jackson and the following t season he pitched some kev games ■ that brought the crown to Holmes aeain when the title was deter mined on a percentage basis. In his first campaign. Dickens won 5 and lost 2, struck out 56 batters and allowed only 6 earned runs in 56 innings for the incre dible percentage of .963. In his sophomore ’-e=r he won 9 and lost i 2. fanned 70 batters and vielded onlv 7 earned tallies in 77 frames for a mark of 819. His earned run record for the couple of cam paigns was 13 markers in 133 chapters for the amazing reading of .882. After leaving Goodman. Dick ens went to the University of Ala bama but had no great amount of luck. He later was a hurler for the Sioux City Indians and was oco 0f the mainstavs of the staff. He is now the proud father of two sons. He plans to visit Durant next year. ^ PniDlovmpnf’ Is Up Manooer Tells FmnWment in Holmes county is on the up-and-up, according to w. H Thomas manager of the Emolovment office at Lexington. He said ?n increase in emolov ment is expected the end of this month to continue through the summer season. Circuit Court Meets In Session April 4; Civil Docket Set 19 Cases Slated To Be Heard By Judge Jordan The April term of Circuit Court will convene Monday, April 4, with Judge Arthur Jordan presid ing. Other officials who will as sume court duties are: Miss Pearl McLellan, court reporter; Miss Minnie Jordan, Holmes Circuit clerk; Ellis E. Wynn, Sheriff; Pat M. Barrett, county attorney, and Stanny Sanders, district at torney. The list and number of civil cases on docket for the April term follows: First Monday, April 4th, 1949 Holmes County Sank and Trust Co. vs Mrs. Sol Applebaum, et al.; W. L. Sims, Trustee vs H. P. Hammett; Brewer Equipment and Supply Co. vs William Gnemi; H. L. Littlejohn, substituted Trustee vs Mrs. Ruby Pitchford. First Tuesday, April 5th. 1949 Jamie V. Forbes vs City of Du rant; Universal C. I. T. Credit Corp., a Corp. vs J. R. Abies; Mrs. Ruth D. Anderson vs W. A. Russell; Exparte: H. C. Brock; State of Mississippi vs Casey Grif fin; Jimmie Ward, et al, vs O. D, Harvey; Stepp and Lott vs J. W, Walls, et al. First Wednesday, April 6th. 1949 J. C. Dunlap, et al. vs W. A Russell; J. R. Sweatt, Jr., vs Rob ert R. Walker, Inc.; Beely T. Sell vs Howard Faust, et al; Billups Petroleum Co. vs J. H. Hocutt; Lincoln Finance Co. vs Douglas Thurmond; J. E. Dees vs Alton Abies, et al; T. V. Malone, vs Alton Abies, et al; Verge Mann et al. vs Mrs. Nina Dickard, et al Coy A. Fox Dies - Of Heart Attack Was Brother Of Durant Woman Coy A. Fox of Ackerman, bro ther of Mrs. C. H. Blanton of Du rant, died at his home in Glen dale, Arizona, on March 12 al 6:15 a. m. Services were held al McCurtain Creek Baptist church west of Ackerman March 17 at ! p. m. Burial was in the family cemetery. Born in Choctaw county, Mr Fox was 43 years old. He was employed by the International Harvester company in Jackson for a number of years and recent ly had been interested in the gar age business in Monroe, La. He went to Arizona due to ill health, returning to accompany his wife and five sons to Phoenix on March 5. He died Saturday following their arrival there on Wednesday Besides his wife and sons he l 4 U —J Shelby Fox of Canton; A. E. Fox McComb, and two other sisters Mrs. Rufus Dunn, Starkville, anc Mrs. L. H. Reed of Tomnolen. Antique-Lovers Invited To Attend Jackson Shov Persons having antiques, quilt: or hand work of historical interest they would like disDlayed or sole at the Antique C. ncer benefit show at City auditorium, Jackson April 4 through April 7, are askec to get in touch with Mrs. Austir Clark List, hobby chairman, Twir Pines, telephone 2-1230, or Mrs P. V. Hitt, co-chairman, 411 Broadmoor drive, telephone 5-7216. | Antiques, oddities, and curio: from the far corners of the eartt are to be displayed and purchased An auction sale will be held eact night at 9 o’clock. The show will open from 9 a. m to 10 p. m. Admission charge: will be small. j Patients At The Hospital K. T. Barnett, Ackerman Mrs. C. W. Collins, Durant | Willie Frank Alderman, Lexington ! Noel Leon Lee. Cruger Buford Morris Brister, Pickens Mrs. W. E. Grantham, Lexington Mrs. Verna Dean Thrasher and twins, Tchula Mrs. Carl Hanson. Goodman Colored Hosea Lloyd, Tchula Marie Ellis. Durant Dorothv Butler. Durant Tom French. Goodman Wrillie Moore. Jr., Tchula Carrie Lee Holmes. Durant Leonard Chisolm, Lexington j Lillian James an<i.baby girl, I Lexington Lrurant Presbyterians To Observe Communion Durant Presbyterian church will obesrve the quarterly Com munion Service Sunday at 11 aJn. The Rev. J. Hayden Laster, pre sident of the French Camp aca demy will bring the evening message at 7:30 p. m. The French Camp Academy Glee club will present special music for the evening service. L. D. Cooper Dies After Short Illness Durant Man Passes In Shreveport, La. Lofton D. Cooper, Durant con tractor, died in a Shreveport hos pital March 16, after an illness of three weeks. Funeral services were held Friday, March 18, at Ackerman Baptist church, with the Rev. Ira Metts, assisted by the Rev. T. A. Filgo, conducting last rites. Mr. Cooper was a member ot Saron Baptist church. He leaves one son, Earl Cooper, Tarboro, North Carolina; two daughters, Mrs. T. L. Baggett, Minden, La., and Mrs. Jake Hermann, Durant; one brother, Willie Cooper, Du rant; one sister, Miss Ethel Coop er, Louise; Miss Katie Cooper, Durant, and Miss Annie Cooper, Yazoo City; also seven grand children. He was married to Miss Myrtle Teague at Durant in June, 1904. Southern Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Robert Henry, F. R. Nesbit, J. W. Norwood, A. B Clements, Rex Buchanan, Earl Fowler. J. P. Moore, Jesse Henry, W. P. Taylor and Walter Weems. i Funeral Rites Held For Cowan A. Sample Native Of Richland, Uncle Of Holmes Mar Funeral services were held foi 1 Cowan A. Sample, 79, native ol Richland and brother of J. F Sample, Richland farmer, whc died March 3 in Fresno, Calif, following a heart attack. Mr. Sample was born Decembei 17, 1869, and attended schools ir Richland and Ebenezer. He moved to Fresno in 1890 where he lived with an uncle and entered the stock business. In 1898 he went to Arizona to mine gold for twc years, returning and re-entering the stock business in Fresno. He was married to Miss Maud Brown in 1903. She died in 1938, and he ' was remarried to Miss Leona C I Brophy in 1939. He was a partner in the real estate firm of Sample and Sample and was a cousin of the late Dr T. N. Sample, founder of Sample 1 Sanitarium, now Sequoia hospi tal. He served as manager ol Klemath Mining company out ol Eureka for three years. He be came interested in purebred j Hampshire hog business, and be came Known inrougnoui me sxaie He was one of the first and lead ing authorities on purebreed f Hampshires in California. * A member of Fresno County ' Chamber of Commerce, he was active in the Las Palmas Mason ic lodge and the Fresno Elks | lodge. I He leaves his widow, f our ! daughters, and a brother, all ol California, and six grandchildren 1 s Goodman Author Invited To Party Honoring State's Penmer David Donald of Goodman, Mil dred Topp and W. T. Parson ol Greenwood are among the state’s impressive roster of writers who will bo honored by the Mississippi Society of Washington at the or ganization’s annual spring party April 9. I The party is in charge of the society president, Holden Rhyme of Crvstal Springs, who has sent invitations to more than 30 fam ous authors and journalists to at tend the function. Among the 30 “famous” authors who were invited are included Hodding Carter, publisher of the Delta Democrat-Times and author of several books on the South: David Cohn, who produced “God Shakes Creation" and other nov els. Others invited are James Street, Laurel, Ben Ames Williams, Ma con. Tennessee Williams, Colum bus. Herbert' Creekmore, Water Valley. David E Guyton, Blue Mountain. Clayton Rand. Gulf port. and Elizabeth*Spencer, Mag • nolia. \ Mate Hi-Y Meeting To &e Held Friday At Castalian Springs Three-Day Sessions Promise Roster Of Outstanding Speakers The first three-day State Hi-Y conference will be held at the new camp and conference grounds at Castalian Springs, near Durant. Friday, it is announced by the Mississippi State Y. M. C. A. of fice. This will be the 36th an nual Hi-Y Older Boys’ conference under the direction of the State Y. M. C. A. of Mississippi. Delega tions will attend from all over the state. The theme being developed for the conference program is "The Way,” dealing with the principles of Christian living. Outstanding state leaders will present the dif ferent phases of the theme during the meeting. District Judge L. C. Corban of Biloxi will deliver the keynote address at the Friday banquet. Walter Spiva of Jack son. the Rev. Ellis Finger of Ox ford and Henry T. Ware of State college will be featured speakers for the three sessions on Saturday. Ben F. Cameron of Meridian will address the conference on Sunday morning. Also participat ing in the program will be Jim Clarke of Mississippi college, who will lead the ronferenre Special discussions of interest to boys will be led by Y. M. C. A. staff members. An outstanding feature of the conference will be the social hour on Saturday under the direction of Miss Jewel Gar land, assisted by .Stuart Ware, both of State college, to which Y-Teen members from Durant are invited to attend. ■« State Hi-Y officers who will be in charge of the session are: Jeff Horton, Drew, president; Norman Harrison, Oxford, vice president; Lacy Martin, Holly Springs, secre tary. ,, i , % ! The conference will be under the general direction of B. L. Bu ford> State Y. M. C. A. secretary, A. L. McCormick, associate secre tary, and A. P. May, associate secretary. Y-Teen girls from this county are invited to sit in on all ses sions. * The camp site at Castalian Springs with adjoining 120 acres was purchased last fall from Mr and Mrs. C. S. Hill of Durant foe $18,000, $3000 of which was sub scribed by business men and wo men of Durant through the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Durant. The old 30-room hotel has been completely repaired and redecor I a^ed throughout with new paint inside and out, and new paper on the interior. Five hundred new beds have been purchased, 300 of which will be set up in cabins, are to be built later in the year. Also to be constructed is a con crete swimming pool. Cost of remodelling was esti mated at several thousand dollars above purchase price. Around 250 boys are expected to enroll for the three-day ses sions and are expected to start ar riving Friday at noon. | To Attract Tourists |Will Be Purpose Of New Organization TV) attract tourists to Mississippi will be the purpose of a group of Durant civic and business people who met Thursday night with of 1 ficials of the State Agricultural and Industrial Board to formulate plans for future meetings and to elect officers. Officers who were elected fol ’owinv -n explanation of purpose by visiting the officials were: Mrs A. S. Tatnm. chairman; L. A. Clements, vice chairman, and O. R. Campbell, secretary 'and treasurer. Plans are to meet again in the near future. Red Cross Marches On As Drive Continues The Red Cross Fund campaign in Holmes county opened March 10 with reports from 9 communi ties of having reached their quotas and most ^exceeding the quotas by a good margin, by March 22. Pickens, running true to form, has reported “over the top”, this being the first town in the coun ty to go over. Keep your Red Cross going - give gladly.