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HAZEL EYES by Hazel Brannon Smith Naples, Italy (Delayed) We sailed from Messina after dark and later that same evening the ship cruised by the island of Stromboli which has recently be come famous because of Ingrid Bergman and the motion picture. The active volcano, for which the island is named, has been creating ing excitement for years. We were close enough to get an excellent view of the molten lava as it moved slowly down the sides of the crater making a most unusual picture. We sailed into the bay of Naples early in the morning and were greeted by heavy fog. The bright Italian sunshine and the beauties of the Bay that have been so highly praised were certainly not in evidence this cold, dreary morning. We searched the horizon in vain^or a view of Mount Vesu vius.” The lovely blue water was neither blue nor lovely. As the fog slowly began to lift we were surprised to find the ship wras docked in what appeared to be practically the center of the city. This part of the harbor is semi circular and we had the first berth so we actually were quite close to the city. The buildings, with the exception of the pier, looked even older and more drab than they actually were because of the lighting. The pier had been badly bombed during the war and was now being rebuilt. The new construction of the pier was in snarp contrast to me an cient buildings of the harbor area. Naples is filled with museums, churches, theatres, and opera houses, among which is San Car lo, one of the most famous and one of the largest in Europe. Th< National Museum of Naples is one of the most important in the world. It contains an unrivalled collection of marble and bronze statues discovered at Pompeii and Herculaneum, an unequalled num ber of Greek and Roman relics, as well as famous art work and collections of the Italian crown. The Castel Nuovo Is one of the most interesting buildings in Na ples. The castle is typical of those pictured in children’s story books. It was erected in 1283 in a style like the French fortresses of the same period. Later in the fifteen th century the grand triumphal arch, considered one of the finest in Europe, was added. For over three hundred years Castel Nuovo was the home of the kings of Na ples. One of the most enjoyable spots for shopping was the Galler ia. Urrtberto, an exceptionally large arcade. The Galleria is roof ed, at a height of some five floors, completely in glass. The shops were packed with lovely silks, woolens, beautiful gloves, fine cameos, exquisite art objects. The restaurants were doing a flourish ing business. Food was delicious, plentiful, and by American stand There are several things an Am erican tourist almost always does in Naples — pay a visit to the ca meo factories nearby, take a boat to the storied island of Capri and a motor trip to the excavated city of Pompeii which was buried by molten lava bv Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The cameo factory we visited was the finest in Italy, our guide assured us. The cameos and cor al, all hand carved, were very lovely and we were able to make some nice purchases there for friends at home. It was one of the disappoint ments of the trip that we did not get to visit Capri — but the only day we had to visit the island was extremely ugly and everyone ad vised against trying to make it. We later learned from one brave soul who made the trip despite the weather that everyone was sea sick — even though the trip over to Capri takes only a couple of hours. We spent one day at Pompeii and made a lot of interesting dis coveries about people and life back in that time. Some of the conveniences they enjoyed at that time so long ago were amazing — and served to strengthen our long held belief that there is really nothing new under the sun. As a whole I was terribly dis appointed in the Bay of Naples. I had always heard it spoken of as the most beautiful body of water in the world. “See Naples and die,” they said. But, even when the clouds lifted, it could not compare with Rio. Yet I loved it Since coming home I ran across B lovely oil painting by an Italian artist, E. Pasini, of the bay at Naples with Mount Vesuvius hovering in the background. It is now hanging over my dining room mantel and every meal I eat I gaze upon the sunny skies of Italy and the blue waters of, the Bay of Naples — and I plan to return some day. THE DURANT NEWS 0 2 n dY FAK NlJMUK\i 15 iHKAN'T. MISSKSSH’M THURSDAY, JIJLV 2777950 ==3*=*==^ >i.„ rw> ^ < ^ ^ ■ Bay At Naples And Mount Vesuvius ' —Photo by Smitty [ Above is shown the bay of Naples, Italy, one of the most * beautiful in the world. In the background is Mount Vesuvius I which erupted in 79 A. D. and destroyed Pompeii. To the left is one of the numerous restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean where merry Italians meet to dine and dance and sing. Holmes Landowners Lose 2,743 Acres limber Valued At $277,165 By Fire In Ten Months j Conservative Estimates Show 19 Per Cent Area Is Burned Using 2,743 acres, selected from aerial photographs which served as a sample survey out of a total of 302,336 acres of uncultivable acres in Holmes county, fire loss for the ten month period from July 1, 1949 to June 1, 1950 amounted to $287,165. A sampling survey of all coun ties in the state not under the in tensive fire protection of the Mis sissippi Forestry Commission dur ing the period has just been com pleted by the Fire Prevention Control division of the commis sion. It was pointed out by the com mission that this survey is sub ject to a margin of error of from zero to fifteen per cent. The burn* I Pd survey of unprotected lands was on a statew;de basis and where the survey is broken down on a county basis there is a mar gin of error, but the statewide pic ture is correct. The percentage of area burned on the sample test ing in Holmes county amounted to 19 per cent and this figure was used to arrive at the estimated loss on all timbered and unculti vable lands in the county. On the overall picture of unpro tected and uncultivable and tim bered lands in the state the fol lowing interesting facts were re veaied: Total acres of timbered and un cultivable land not under the in tensive fire suppression program 7,741,544, average percentage of acres on which forest fires occur red 17.0 per cent. Estimated num ber of acres burned 1,316,062 with average damage of $5.00 per acre with a total estimated damage of $6,580,310. At the same time there were 10,581,000 acres in the state under the intensive fere protection pro gram with a percentage of acres on which fire occurred of 3.693 per cent of a total of $390,765. Us ing the $5.00 per acre damage the total damage on protected land amounted to $1,953,780.00. Holmes Falls Short On "E" Bond Quota Hqlmes county bought only 95.58 per cent of its “E” bond quota in the Independence Bond drive re cently ended. The amount of “E” bonds purchased by Holmes coun ty citizens during the period of the drive which was from May 15 through July 17 was $61,177.' Mississippi as a wnole purchas ed 96.23 per cent of its bond quota during the drive, or $4,180,462. Rex I. Brown, state chairman, said: ‘‘Even thoagh Mississippi did not quite make her quota the achievement is considered re markable, with our farm income markable, with our fam income 69 per cent under what it was for the same period in 1949." * I Nazarene Pastor Will, Return For Year The members and friends of the Nazarene Church are veiy happy that the Rev. S. D. Garrett is re maining as pastor here lor an-1 otner year. He was yiven a unani-! mous cull to stay but was aiso cal led by the Gulfport Church ol the | Nazarene. After a meeting t,u.i- i day ol tne District Superintendent and the Church Board he accepted the pastorate here again. Our church appreciates the co opeiation and support given by our friends in the past and look forward to a great year lor our Gold in Durant. We will have a Boy’s Quartet from Trevecca Nazarene College with us for the 11 a.m. worship' service Sunday, July 30th. | Dr. DeGong and the Showers of j Blessings Choir will have the! “Cnurch of the Air” program ever j Columbia Broadcasting System Sunday, July 30th. You may check with your local CBS station for1 time of airing in your communi ty- i —Church Reporter ' _ I I Baptist Youth Revival Series Begins Sunday t The annual youth revival begins i at the First Baptist Church in Durant Sunday, August 6th, and j continues through Friday, August Uth. Preaching will be done by thel Rev. Bobby Oden wait and James, i Hayes, youth director of the I church, will lead the singing. Mi* I Joan Stockstill will be the organ | ist. A most cordial invitation is ex-1 tended to everyone in the com munity regardless of age or de nomination to attend this series of meetings. Distributors Selected For Nitrogen Fertilizer Holmes county stockholders in the Mississippi Chemical Corpora tion met Friday afternoon at the l Courthouse to select ditributors i for nitrogen fertilizer in the coun-1 ty. j Distributors selected were T. M. » Williams, of Lexington, S. F. Buchanan, of Cruger, and the Pickens Co-Operative Gin at I Pickens. There are about 85 Holmes j stockholders in this corporation' holding about $40,000 in stock, ranging from $75.00 to $3,000 or more. The plant located near Yazoo City is expected to be in opera tion October 15th but it is expect ed to take some time before a backlog of nitrogen fertilizer can be built up for use. Until the back- ' log is built up the fertilizer will : have to be allotted, officials said. I Have You Had Your Blood Test? i Your Holmes County Health Department is conducting an in- l tensive blood-testmg campaign throughout the county with the idea of hlood testing eveyone five years old and over. With this purpose in mind, blood-testing clinics are being set up throughout the entire county. Many people say that they don’t need a blood-test, but after 1 they are reminded of the things that syphilis can do, they are only 1 too eager to take one. ;j Syphilis is not an ordinary disease, because over 50 per cent of , the people that have it don't know anything about it until it’s too lata. Don’t forget, syphilis can blind, cripple, cause insanity and slow death. * It is a good thing to know that you are all right, so don’t wait until it's too late. If you missed the clinic when it was close y°u, you can go Id the Health Department any time of the day and have your blood tested absolutely free. Don’t pass up this opportunity for a free check on your health. < Safely Committee | Works in Holmes Community Chairmen Are Named Today; County Quota $800 Lawrence W. Rabb, Jr., of Lex ington, chairman for Holmes county in the Mississippi Safety Council's membership drive, is’ workng with a committee of local i citizens to enlist members in the I Mississippi Safety Council and to 1 encourage a greater safety con sciousness throughouWthe county and state, as a part of Mississippi aarety Week now in progress. Holmes county’s quota, is $300.00. Safety Council committee mem bers are: Jack Yates, Dr. M. S. Melvin, W. R. F.llis, Jr., H. P. Watson, T. A. Lail, all of Lexing-! ton; R. M. Branch, Goodman, and ! A. J. Stevens, Jr., West. Community chairmen for the county have been announced by Mr. Rabb as follows: Durant, Dr. C. E. Patton; Tchu la, W. R. Huddleston; Pickens, Bill McKie; Goodman, Mr. Branch; and W’est, Mr. Stevens. This group is w orking with sim ilar groups in counties thhoughout the state during July 23-29, pro claimed by Governor Fielding L. • U. t a Mississippi _ Safety Week. The membership drive will continue through August 5. Funds derived from member _111 _1.1 . il. *-* ■ ■ t' aw ciiauic uic .vusaissippi Safety Council to em ploy a small, full-time staff to maintain a year-round education-1 al program. The Council will in vc ugute and publicize the causes, effects and extent of accidents in Mississippi. Its educational pro gram will reveal ways and means I of preventing accidents and thus] reducing the ercessive toll of death, injury and property dam age that now exists in this state. Memberships in the Mississippi j Safety Council are available to, every individual firm, associa-! tion and organization. Three clas ses of memberships include in dividual or $2; Contributing or »25; and Sustaining or $100; or multiples of those figures. All county committeemen are author ized to accept applications for membership. Individual mem bt rs will receive pocket member-1 ship cards; contributing and sus-1 taming members will receive lar-i ger membership placards suitable for display. County committeemen have distributed Safety Pledge stickers to automobile dealers and service stations as a part of an effort to pledge 100,000 motorists to safe driving. Municipal officials, club groups and professional organi zations are cooperating in their programs to focus attention on sa fety and to emphasize the need for a greater “safety conscious ness” in this state. Governor Fielding L. Wright is honorary membership chairman of the Mississippi Safety Council. T.onnie P. Saveatt of Gulfoort. Dre sident of the Mississippi Power Company, is president of the Council while Clant Seay, Jackson insurance executive, is vice pres ident and chairman of the mem bership drive. Attention, Please! If you the a member of the Lexington Municipal Concert Association and have not yet been contacted for the renew al of your membership for the 1950-51 season, please send your membership check to Mrs. R. M. Gwin, secretary, at once. An effort has been made by the various team captains and workers to see every member , of last year but some may have been missed. It is especially desired that all old members re new their memberships. Paving Contract Let For $98,980.00 , The contract for paving 8.870 ! miles on highway 12 between ‘ Vlileston and Belzoni rn this coun- ( :y was awarded by the State ' highway Commission Tuesday to ( Uiount Brothers of Tuskagee, Ala. ] rbeir low bid was $98,980. ( This contract was one of 17 let , >y the Commsision Tuesday for ^ construction work totaling more ban $1,000,000. 1 ANNOUNCEMENTS 1 I The Durant News is authorized ( o announce the candidacy of the j olio wing persons for office, sub- 1 ect to the action of the Democra- t ic Primary election on Tuesday, J August 22. 1950. t For Mayor Frank Edwards J. T. Neely 1 R. E. McNeer i For Marshal « W. E. Durham 1 - f Mrs. Earle Hook, of Utica, visit- t ;d Mrs. T. S. Humphries last week.! i Rev. Day Conducts Revival At Stewart I he Rev. C. M. Day, pastor of the First Baptist Church, has been conducting a revival at Stewart in Webster county this week. The revival series will end on July 28th. Sfate-Wide Disaster Preparedness Conf. ! To Be Held i Holmes Red Cross Chapter Officials Will Be Present Governor Fielding Wright to day announced speakers and pan al discussion leaders for the state wide disaster and preparedness relief planning conference to be held in the Heidelburg hotel at Jackson July 31. The meeting mill be attended by Mrs. Fanny Lumpkin, execu tive secretary of the Holmes county chapter of the American Red Cross, and Mr. T. A. Lail, county chapter president. On the agenda are some of Mis sissippi’s most experienced state, county, and municipal officials in the handling of major disaster emergency operations, and also a number of representatives of the American National Red Cross who are widely ®xj>erienced in admin lstration of disaster relief. Governor Wright will deliver the keynote address for the one day meeting, which is expected to be attended by about 700 rep resentatives of governmental and private agencies of the state hav ing responsibility in time of ma jor catastrophe. Bng. Gen. B. E. McDearman of Cleveland, who is coordinator for all the state’s departments in dis aster activities, will discuss disas ter responsibilities and resources of the state government. Gen. McDearman gained ex perience in handling disaster emergencies while in service with the Mississippi State Guard and earlier, with the state’s national guard. Biloxi’s Mayor G. B. Cousins, a veteran in the handling of Biloxi’s tremendous relief job during the 1947 Gulf Coast hurricane, will discuss responsibilities of muni cipal governments in time of dis aster. , A similar address on county functions will be given by How ard Cameron of Meridian, who is chancery clerk of Lauderdale county. Mr. Cameron is a former chairman of the Lauderdale Coun ty Red Cross Chapter's Disaster Preparedness and Relief Commit tee. The Red Cross job during the emergency days of a disaster will be discussed by E. C. Bryant of Atlanta, director of Disaster Ser vice for the Red Cross Southeast ern Area, who directed flood and tornado relief operations in Mis sissippi this past spring, headed up me nrganzaiion s renei jod in Mississippi, Alabama and Louis iana in the wake of the 1947 Gulf Coast hurricane, and also had ad ministrative experience in Texas City, Iowa Flood, and other big relief operations. The rehabilitation job of the Red Cross, which often extends for weeks or months after the emergency days of a hig disaster have passed, will be the subject of an address by DeWltt Smith of Washington, D. C., the organiza- j Lion’s national vice president fori Social Welfare Services and for merly national director of all Red Uross domestic and disaster relief jperations. Laurel’s Mayor Carroll Gartin md Robert C. Lewis, the latter leputy manager of the Red Cross Southeastern Area, will lead a >anel discussion on developments n planning for civilian defense. Gartin, a World War II veteran, s a member of boards of trustees >f various state institutions in Mis issippi. Lewis gained disaster ■elief administrative experience lumg the 1937 Ohio Mississippi falley floods, was American Red Iross commissioner for the Far Hast Command in 1946-48, and luring World War II was director f all ARC operations in the CBI heater. Jackson's Mayor Allen C. ; 'hompson will deliver the oon erence welcome address and will ntroduee Governor Wright R. ! i. Stainton, chairman of the Hinds lounty Red Cross Chapter, will reside. The Rev. H. W. F. ; raughan, chaplain of the Veter ns Administration Hospital in 1 ackson, will deliver the invoca ion. i Miss Elizabeth Ramsey, who ■ las been attending summer school a Raleigh, North Carolina, visit d in the home of Mr. and Mrs. ' V. A. Henley. She left Monday i or Starkville, to visit her bro- ’ her, Mr. G. B. Ramsey and fam- ■ ly. i 18 Candidates Qualify For Eight Offices In Durant Municipal Primary Election 22nd ""** —■ ■' i JL ft Durant Girl Portrays Role At State College Miss Joyce Hill, of Durant, por trayed the role of Grethel in the play “Hansel and Grethel,’’ which is being presented this week at State College. The play is based on an old Ger man folk tale ar.d is presented by the Mississippi Playmakers, a group of students. Reserve Officers Hold Meeting Friday Status Of Reserve Officers Not Clear, Says Major Long The Headquarters 3052 n d Training and Induction Station Unit, commanded by fcol. Joseph E. Berman, held its regular meet ing at the City Hall in Lexington, Friday night. Instructors for the evening were Col. Berman and Capt. David B. Miles. Among the new officers assign ed to this unit are Lt. Col. Thomas O- Hall of Camden, former chap lain with the 31st Division during World War II, and CaDtain Stew art Bridgforth, Pickens. There were approximately 16 officers present. Major Long, Unit Instructor from Headquar ters Mississippi Military District in Jackson, was also present. Major Long advised that the War Department had not issued instructions as to what Reserves would be called at this time but that each reserve officer would re ceive 30 days notice so that he could get his affairs in order. Also, it was definite that those reserve officers who had received highly specialized trainng would be call ed first and that probably some reserve units would be called into service intact. The next meeting is scheduled for the first Friday in August at 8:00 p.m. at the Lexington City Hall and all reserve officers and enlisted reservists in Holmes county or within ap area of fifty miles are invited to attend. It is expected that additional infor 1 mation will be available at that time. Holmes County Park Improvements Set Mississippi’s first major repair I and improvement program for her ; state parks since prior to World War II is underway by the State Park Service as a result of action by the State Building Commission in approving allotment sugges tions presented by the service. The total amount for repairs and equipment is $59,618. The work will be under the si pervision of Albert Legett, State Park director with A. H. Hall. State Park coordinator, directly in cnarge. At the Holmes County Park south of Durant six vacation ca bins will be repaired and stained. The electrical wiring will be re worked and boat and bathing piers will be repaired. Monev for this work was made I available by the 1950 session of the Mississippi legislature in the enactment of HB 1090. In this connection Mr. Legett stated that 87 new boats have been purchased by the Park Ser vice and have been distributed as follows: Percy Quin 16, Roose-! velt 20, Shelby 4, Holmes County 6, Leroy Percy 4, Clarke 10, Spring Lake 15 and Tombigbee 12. Library Notes ! This week the Holmes County j Library at Durant offers for your I entertainment “Savage Gentle man” by Noel Gerson, a novel j uf the French and Indian wars;! Dr. Katherine Bell,” a novel of j the intellectual and emotional: conflicts in the life of a young; ioctor, by Evelyn Harter: “Black. Sage,” a western story by L. P. Holmes; "Sawdust And Sfxguns,"1 » western story by the incompar sarable Evan Evans, “Fire At Will,” a mystery by Doris Disney; ‘Death Disturbs Mr. Jefferson,” i mystery by Anne Hocking, and ‘Hunt The Tortoise,” a crime club ielection by E. X. Ferrars. Readers from West, Pickens and woodman were welcomed at the ' ibrary this week, as well as the following out-of-town guests: Miss Annie Meek, Brooksville; i Mrs. Bill Osbum, San Diego, Cal fornia; Mrs. H. T. Monroe, Jack- ■ ion; Master Jimmy Allen, Nash ville, Tenn., and Mrs. Charles , 3hillips and Charlie Pete Phillips | • >f Somerton, Arizona. 1 ( City Clerk Only Official Who ) Is Not Opposed A great deal of interest is being manifested in the Durant’s Demo cratic primary election on Augu* 22nd if the number of candidate* qualifying is to be taken as an in dication. There are three candidates each for the posts of mayor and mar shal and eleven candidates for the five-man board of aldermen. Only the city clerk, Mrs. Lueill* Truitt, is unopposed. Mayor R. E. McNeer, a candi date for re-election, will be op posed by Frank Edwards and J. T, Neely, both well known railroadl men, Mr. Neely being retired. Marshal Will Durham has as hi* opponents Night Marshal Tom Ashley and Constable Casey Grif fin. Among the list of candidates f<KP aldermen only three are member* of the present board seeking re election. These are Leon Engel mann. H. L. Herrington and j* C. Robertson. Others qualifying to makf th* ■race are: Herman Clements, J, E. "Skeet” Ellard, Zez Guess, Jul* ius Guion, Fred Leslie, Irby Mel ton, R. E. Moore and E. H. Witt, I ine live candidates for the De mocratic Executive Committee ar,e W. S. Heggie, Mrs. J. M. How ard, Robert Irby, W. C. Marti* and C. G. VanKeuren Congressmen ^ On the same date, August 22nd, voters of Durant will help name R congressman to succeed Hop, Will M. Whittington, who did no# offer for re-election. Seeking this post are State Senator Oscar Wolfe, Frank Smith •and Lomax Lamb. 827 Blood Tests Are Given At Clinics <'' 'Indications Are Campaign Will ^ j Be Great Success ' The free county-wide blood test program of the Holmes County Health Department got underway Monday and indications are" the campaign will, be highly success* 82?'iXVIM\*rst iwo^ ^iod 827 Wood tests were made — an ®vfera«eJof over 100 persons has attended each showing of the free movies preceding the clinics. The films shown are made in Missis sippi and point out the impor ce and need for every citizen making certain he is free from — disease; particularly sy The attention of our readers |g directed to a schedule shown wnere m this issue on the schedule of free movies and bl&od clinic# w c°nducted by the Holmes Health Department for the ensu ing week. Watch this paper every week to see when the movies and blood testing clinic will be in your com munity. Rev. McCullouch Goes To Seminary On 23rd The Rev. Spiva L. McCullouch has resigned his pastorate of the Durant, Goodman and Pickens Presbyterian Churches and will leave Durant August 23 to enter Columbia Theological Seminary to work on his Master’s degree iu religious education: The Rev. Mr. McCullouch wiM assume the pastorate of Midway Presbyterian Church at Avondale Estates, Georgia, near Atlanta They expect to be at the Geor gia post for about two years. Last Service The last service here to be held by the Presbyterian pastor will be on Sunday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. A special communion will be held at this time with Durant Goodman and Pickens 'Presbyter >»n churches joining in the ser vice. . Elected Moderator The young Durant minister was honored on July 18th when the Central Mississippi Presbytery composed of 75 churches, elected him moderator at the meeting held at Mt. Zion Church new Weir. Family Loaves Mrs. McCuHoueh and their two children, Leon, 10, and ■ Camille, i. will accompany Mr. MeCuHouch ■o the new post in August. A wide circle of friends of aM ienominations regret to see this tplendid family leave Holme* :ounty.