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THE DURANT NEWS
$ . * 92 YEAR NUMBER 4S - . .. ___ ''aacaae THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1950 S2.00 Per Year THROUGH| H . EYES by Hutl Brannon Smith Mediterranean Ports (Delayed) It was hard to leave Genoa for there were so many interesting things to see and do. A trip to the famous Camposanto Cemetery is ft must. The Italian people seem to take such pride and delight in the cities of their beloved dead. No where have I seen such deli cate carving in marble as the world renowned Carrara marble seen here. Many of the tombstones are intricately carved statues of the departed persons with such realistic details as ruffled gowns, marvelous imitations of lace, and even spectacles, if the dead man wore them. On the tombs tall, night candles in colored glass are frequently kept burning. If a bust or statue of the dead person is not on the grave, then one usu ally finds a photograph, framed and protected by glass. A drive along the Italian River ia south of Genoa to Portofino, Santa Murgherita, Rapallo, Carra ra and San Remo takes one thro ugh the most delightful part of Italy. This section is unsurpassed for beauty and rivals the more widely known French Riviera. The Italian Riviera is being fre quented more and more as a win ter resort and for sea bathing. The have fho KrilTiant. t rn. picai greenery, and the fine sandy beaches attract visitors from all over the world. Each little town or village possesses a charm dis tinctly and individually its own. It was along these shores that Shelly and Lord Byron wrote and played and here that Shelly lost his life when the little schooner the “Ariel” floundered and was lost at sea. Our ship, the "Monroe,” skirted these shores as we made our way to the port of Leghorn, or better known here as Livorno. Our time at Livorno was again much too short Many sections of the city were completely flattened by the bombing during the war and have not as yet been rebuilt The dock area was badly hit and in some places improvised docks are still being used. Not far from our berth we noticed a sunkilj ship which had been leveled off and was being used as a dock. The harbor itself had not been com pletely cleared of the ships that were sunk there during the war. Besides the war ruins and the many shops which offered beauti ful carved marble objects theje was little to see in the city itself. Time permitted a quick trip by car to the famous city of Pisa. One of the most striking buildings in the town is the Campanile, or the bell-tower. This is usually re ferred to as the “Leaning Tower” because it is 14 feet out of the perpendicular. It is built entirely of white marble and has a stair case of 293 marble steps to the summit where a wonderful view of the surrounding land and the sea can be had. One has to walk up. There is no elevator. While looking out from the top gallery a sensation of falling is experienced. It was here that Galileo made his experiments on the laws of grav ity. Although the Cathedral is con Sidered one of the finer examples | pf the Pisan style of architecture, i the Baptistery which is a separate building was more impressive.] The Baptistery is a circular build ing covered by a dome some 200 feet high and is constructed al most entirely of marble. The im pressive interior has a singular echo which converts the notes of] the simple scale into the most' wonderful harmonies when sung by a simple voice. One of the young priests demonstrated this unusual phenomena for us and we noticed that even the lightest whisper is reflected and prolonged in the whole building. The large mosaic which covers the interior of the dome is done in colored tiles and pictures the Virgin, Christ, and St. John. Christ, the center figure, seems to cover the entire dome and his eyes follow you to all parts of the Baptistry. In Pisa as in other cities of Italy, all christenings are performed in the baptistery, as there are no fonts in the parish churches Some of the other unusual features are the beautiful octagonal marble font, originally intended for adult immersion and the famous hexa gonal pulpit. The pulpit is real ly a masterpiece. Four of its seven marble columns are supported on the backs of lions and the center column rests on a group of men and animals. The ’five panels above are carved marble reliefs depicting important incidents in the life of Christ. After these too brief days visit ing the Italian ports of Naples, Genoa and Leghorn, and a stop at Marseilles, France, the "Monroe” headed for home. Out of the ori ginal 85 American passengers there were only about 15 of us left — those who had embarked at San Francisco. There were only about six passengers left on the Leaning Tower Of Pisa 1 : I I The famous Leaning Tower at Pisa, Italy, is one of the wonders of the modern world. The inland town of Pisa is located about an hour’s drive from the port cityof Livorno, or Leghorn. The build ing shown in the foreground to the left is a beautiful cathedral famed for its beautiful doors of cast bronze which show in relief a series of incidents in the life of Christ. Famed Rock Of Gibraltar * . •• » Th>* famous Rock of Gibraltar which lies at the southern most point of the Iberian peninsula guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean. A British possession since 1713, the Rock is con sidered an impregnable mi.itarv base. Monroe who had embarked from New York. The rest remained in Europe. But the ship was loaded — as i we told you before. A full comple ment of passengers had been tak ■ **n oft In Marseilles — passengers from the strike-bound 11 de France. We sailed from Leghorn across the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar whfre we had a close-up look at the famed Rock which has been in British possession since 1713. This great rock is 2 and three fourths miles long, three-fourths of a mile wide, and 1,396 fee, high. Its area is about two square miles and a very large harbor has been built at its foot. The Rock is still considered im pregnable as a military fortress. A series of elaborate tunnels have been constructed and of course it is heavily armed. Guarding the Mediterranean as it does, it is of Ihe utmost strategic importance. The ship passed quite close to the Rock and we were afforded excellent views. After skirting the coasts of Spain and Portugal we were in the open Atlantic bound for home — a voyage of ten days duration from the time we left Leghorn until we arrived in New York. The only view of land we had during this time was a glimpse of the mountain peaks of the Azores. So my voyage around the world came to an end — as all good things eventually do. I had a per fectly wonderful time and there is no amount of money that 1 would take for having gone. It has been a pleasure to write this series of articles for my read ers —• and I want to thank all of you who have been so generous in your praise and enjoyment of them. 1 don’t know how long it will be before I get to make an other trip like this — possibly never. But that is only another reason for being glad that I did make this one while I could Youth Revival Shows Excellent Progress The Youth Revival at the First Baptist Church in Durant is pro gressing nicely with splendid messages being brought each ser vice by Rev. Bobby Odenwalt. Good crowds have also been at tending each service. The meeting will come to a close on Friday evening. Wins Gold Watch Howard McMorrough, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McMorrough ot Route 1, Lexington, was a mem ber of the ‘ best Extension Ser vice team” in the state judged at the State College annual farm and home week. Mr. McMorrough was a member of the Monroe county team of which each mem ber received a gold watch. Mr. McMorrough is a brother to Mrs. Walter Durham, Jr., the former Blanche McMorrough. Negro Man Suffers Heart Attack. Drowns Daniel Torrey, 64. highly res pected colored citizen and life long resident of Lexington, died Sunday morning while out in a boat at the D. C. Lundy pond. It was believed that Torrey sufferec a heart attack when the boat cap sized in which he and his nephew, Jim Torrey, and 8-year-old grand son were riding. The aged negro’s body was re ported to have gone down at once while his nephew swam ashore' for help and the grandson, who i could not swim, clung to the bot- j tom of the boat until rescued by i Sidney Henley, Mr. Lundy’s son-, in-law. Mr. Henley assisted by Roy Gelston and Ralph Bonner work ed until about 12:30 before they recovered Daniel’s body. They were assisted by a nephew of the dead man, Ed Watson. Torrey had lived on the Lundy place all his life and was well known in the Lexington com munity among the white and col ored races. i Mrs. Oridge Resigns As Superintendent Mrs. J. Oridge has resigned as superintendent of the Holmes County Community Hospital at Lexington effective Sept. 1st, ac cording to an announcement by hospital trustees today. Mrs. Oridge became associated with this hospital in April, 1931, a month before the new hospital was ready for occupancy. During this time she has maintained high standards of service in the Holmes institution. Patients and mem bers of their families during the tenure of her office as superin tendent have praised the manage ment of the hospital and the ex cellent care afforded by it. In a statement made to this newspaper Mrs. Oridge said she wished to thank the good people of Holmes county for their kind ness and consideration shown her (luring the past 19 years — that she considered it a privilege to have been associated so closely with them. The Board of Trustees of the hospital have net yet named . successor to Mrs. Oridge, accord I ing to Wilburn Hooker, chairman Nazarene Church We extend a welcome to one and all to attend our services j Sunday. Sunday School, 10 a m. Morning Worship Service, 11 a.m. N. Y. P. S., 7:00 pjn. Evening Worship Service, 7:30 p.m. Holmes Health Director Resigns Post Sept. 1 The director of the Holmes County Health Department, Dr. R C. Fraser, has resigned his post on September 1st and will return to Nova Scotia to engage in the private practice of medicine. Dr. Fraser came tt> Holmes coun ty in April of this year from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Gulfport’ Prior to that time he was in Nova Scotia. His successor has not yet been named by the Holmes County Board of Supervisors. Blood Testing Drive Continues Progress 6,500 Blood Tests Have Been Given; 2,900 See Movies The mass blood testing cam paign now in full swing in Holmes munty continues to make splen did progress, according to offic ials in charge. Through Monday of this week there are 6,500 persons who live in Holmes county who have had their blood tested for syphilis. Over 2,000 have attended the free educational movies which have an effort to educate citizens to the importance of having their blood tested. A full schedule for the movies to be shown and the blood testing clinics to be held for .the next week is shown elsewhere in this paper. Our readers are reminded that a free blood teot may be secuied at any time at the Holmes Coun , tv Health Department. Office j hours are from 8:00 a m-, until 4:80 | p m. daily. On Saturdays the of fice is open from 8:00 to 12:00 , noon. Ellis Development Co. Opens Offices W. L. Ellis Shd Son Develop ment Company has opened real estate offices in Lexington and will carry on a real estate and mortgage loan business, according to an announcement today by W L. Ellis, Jr. Offices of the two men, who are both well known in Holmes coun ty, are on Wall Street in Lexing ton next door to Hooker Insurance Agency. Mr. Ellis said anyone who has property to sell, residential, farm or business, is invited to list the property with him. By the same token anyone wishing to buy a piece of property of any kind is asked to contact the firm for its listings. Tchula Man Crushed By Logs Friday James Garlon Estes Rites Held Sunday In Webster County James Garlon Estes, Tchula re sident, was crushed to death by logs in an accident early Friday morning at Tchula. Estes, a Jog scaler, was employed at the J. C. Allen Manufacturing Company The victim was rushed to the Community Hospital in Lexington where he passed away about three hours later. He suffered multiple injuries about the pelvis and legs. Funeral services were held at Clarkson Church in Webster county Sunday, August 6th, w,th the Rev. L. W. Estes in charge. Interment was in the churchyard cemetery with Southern in charge of arrangements. Mr. Estes was a native of Web ster county but had made his home in Tchula for several years. During the war he worked for a period at the Weathersby Chevro let Company in Lexington and also saw service in the war. Surviving are his widow and eight children: Mrs. Johnie Oir FcIpc T'jmoc f TA n L., Jessie P., Jimmie D. Estes: Mrs. Etoil Estes Carnathan, Mrs. Geniese Estes Burt, and Eva Nell Estes. He is also survived by his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Estes; three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Hol land. Mrs. Juanita Rickman, Mrs. Eloise Duffel; and two brothers, Ira Wood Estes and Everett B. Estes. Pallbearers were Bill Duffel, Frank Holland, Gene Holland, Oty Holland, Jr., Harold Burt and Ken nith Carnathan. Methodists Hold Youth Fellowship Study Course A Youth Fellowship study course has been in progress at the MethiVist Church. The study course ended Saturday with about twelve meeting the class each evening. The Rev. T. A. Filgo conductec the course. Holmes OES Members Plan Picnic 17th All members of the Eastern Stai are reminded again of the picnic to be held at the Holmes County State Park near Durant next Thursday, August 17th. Each chapter will bring a picnic lunch and a great day of fellow l ship with an interesting program has been planned. FREE MOVIES! "Feeling All Right" and "Amos and Andy" At The Following Places — 7:30 Friday, August 11 Beulah Grove Church Durant Colored Baptist Church Wednesday August 16 West Colored School Lebanon Church Providence Community Building Steele’s Chapel Monday August 14 Long Branch Church Thursday August 17 Pilgrim’s Rest Church Mt. Olive Church Tuesday August 15 Meek's Chapel A. M. E. Wade’s Chapel C. M. E. Friday August 18 Shady Grove Church Asia Church, Lexington FREE BLOOD TEST! For Everyone 5 Years Of Age And Over At The Following Places And Time: Friday August 11 10:00 to 11:00 Long Beach 9:00 to 9:30 Willie Brown’s Church House 11:15 to 12:15 West Health 9:45 to 10:15 Pete’s Place Clinic 10:30 to 12:00 Goodman Colored 1:30 to 2:30 West Colored Baptist Church School 1:00 to 2:00 Story's Cafe 2:45 to 3:15 Friendship school Goodman 3:30 to 4:15 Ellis Grocery 2:15 to 2:45 Waldon A. M. E. 5:30 to 6:30 Rice Chapel Church C.M.E., Durant 3:00 to 3:30 Isiah Williams’ Wednesday August 16 House 9:00 to 9:45 Emory Colored 3:45 to 4:30 Georgeville M. E. School Church 10:00 to 11:00 Pilgrim Rest Saturday August 12 Church 2:00 to 3:30 Mobile Unit 11:15 10 12:00 Shiloh Church Pickens 1:30 to 2:15 Sunny Mt. Church 4:00 to 5:30 Mobile Unit 2 30 to 3:15 Popular Spring Goodman M. E. C. Monday August 14 3:45 to 4:15 Rosenwald 9:00 to 10:00 Shady Grove School Church Thursday August 17 10:15 to 10:45 Gages Springs 9:00 to 10:15 Wade’s Chapel 11:00 to 11:30 Union Paradise C.M.E. Church 1:00 to 1:45 Mt. Carry Church 10:30 to 11:00 Russell Denton’s 2:00 to 3:00 Rice Chapel C.M. House E., Durant 11:15 to 11:45 Lion Grove 3:15 to 4:15 Durant Colored School Baptist Church 1:15 to 2:30 Shady Grove 5:30 to 6:30 Durant Colored Church Baptist Church 2:45 to 3:30 Beulah Grove Tuesday August 15 Church 9:00 to 9:45 Second Pilgrim 3:45 to 4:15 Sweetwater Rest C M. E. C. Bible School Held At Methodist Church Members of the Presbyterian ( and Methodist Churches in Du rant attended a Bible school held j at the Methodist Church last week. The Rev. T. A. Filgo, Me thodist pastor, conducted the school which ended Friday. Certificates were presented at tfie churches Sunday. About 80 persons attended the school. 'Red' Taylor Promoted To District Manager Local MPL Man Assumes Post At Durant Mr. T. W. Crockett, vice presi dent of Mississippi Power and Light Company, today announced that Mr. Charles C. “Red" Taylor, local manager of the Lexington office of the utility, has been pro moted to district manager of the Durant district effective immedi ately. Mr. Taylor joined the company on May 18, 1939, after attending Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia. He has served continuously since that time except for military service | during World War II. I'*-. Taylor, Ty nir. Jc\uuon to I duty, has continuously proved his I abilitv to shoulder additional re- i sponsibility. Prior to his appoint ment in Lexington, he was a com bination local manager at Bran don. His new duties as district manager are in accordance with the companys policy of using men of ability and initiative within their own organization. He suc ceeds Mr. P. A. Mitchell who re cently retired after many years of service. While in Lexington, “Red” was a good citizen. He was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and-Boy Scout work; a member of the Board of Stewards in the Methodist Church, and an active Rotarian. After becoming a part of the community, “Red” stated that he was reluctant to leave Lexington, but promised that he would be a good citizen in Durant. Mr. Taylor, his wife Ethel, four sons and one daughter plan to move to Durant as soon as pos sible. Brother Of Durant Resident Passes i Mr. William H. Doty died sud denly at seven o’clock, Wednseday flight, July 26th, from a heart at tack at his home near Camden. Mr. Doty’s brother, Walton L. Doty, passed away with a heart attack six weeks before Mr. Doty’s death. He is survived by his wife, Ma deline DuBard Doty, one son, W. H. Doty, Jr., of Los Angeles, Cal ifornia; .three daughters, Mrs. George Purcel, Camden; Miss Ruby Lee Doty, Jackson, and Miss Estelle Doty, Camden; and one sister, Mrs. A. A. Porter, Durant; one half-sister, Mrs. James J. El lis, Camp Hill, Alabama. Funeral services were conduct ed by Rev. Thomas O. Hall, pastor of the Methodist Church of Shi loh, at the graveside at Shiloh. Scott Funeral Home, of Canton, was in charge. Patients At The Hospital July 29 George Ellison, Tchula August 1 Albert Hilliard, col., Pickens August 3 Mrs. E. C. Rogers and Triplets Lexington Corrine Pitchford, col., Lex. (discharged 4) August 4 Ellery Daves, Lexington Ora Hooker, col., Durant (Discharged 5) Rosie Ann Howard, col., Durant (Discharged 5) j August ft Mae Francis Sallis, col., Durant (discharged 8) August • Mrs. G. T. Wynn, Pickens Mrs. Marion Roberts, Vaiden August 7 Mrs. C. W. Cochran and baby, Durant (discharged 9) Miss Alice Murff, Sallis (discharged 8) Mrs. J. B. Perry, Eden (discharged 8) Mary Rucker, col., Tchula August • Mrs. L. J. Niles, Lexington Van Jene Martin, Durant Mrs. Sam Hardin, Goodman Leland Johnson, III, Lexington Mayella Randall, col, Lexingu Election Officials (re Named Today By Commissioners ' Holmes Voters Will \ Help Choose Man For Third District Election officials in Holmes xjunty for the congressional elec tion to be held Tuesday, August 22, are named today by Holmes :ounty election commissioners. Electors at this time will vote on the man to succeed Third Con gressional Rep. Will M. Whitting ton in Congress. There are three contendere for the post: Oscar O. Wolfe, Jr., of Tunica; Lomax B. Lamb. Jr, Marks, and Frank B. Smith, Greenwood. Election officials who will serve are: Lexington — W. D. Ford, re turning officer; W. B. Barrett. W, O. Thompson, managers; Mrs. Walter Hooker, Mrs. L. B Gilli land, clerks; Harvey Nabors, peace officer; Durant—Mrs. R. C. Elmore, returning officer, L. A. Clements, Calvin King, managers; Mrs. G. W. Drane, Mrs. Paul Odom, clerks; W. E. Durham, peace officer. Listed By i recinct 1.cox.„ — j. d. Williams, re turning officer: K. F. Dnwnot Mrs. Jessie Walton, Managers; Miss Mary Steele, Mrs. J. D. Par rish, clerks; J. R. Booth, peace officer; Eulogy—Mrs. Lillian Ha outt, returning officer; Earl Cov ington, Jesse Edwards, managers; Aubrey Pearce, Mrs. H. O. Pettus, clerks, J. R. Abies, peace officer. Emory—Andrew Smith, return ing officer; Mrs. W. E. Grace, Mrs. L. H. Cade, Sr., managers; Mrs. Andrew Smith, MarvinCade, clerks; Phil Downer, peace of ficer; Tchula—W. E. Jones, return ing officer; J. L. Shields. Mrs. T. J. Bogue, managers; Mrs. Flo rence Buck. Mrs. J. B. Irving, clerks; A. C. Conger, peace offi cer. ! Franklin — Robert Lipsey, re turning officer; Noel Drennan, Mrs. G. H. Love, managers: Mrs. ! Robert Lipsey, Miss Mabel Dren i nan> clerks; G. H. Love, peace i officer; West—Mrs. W. T. Hand, returning officer; G. D. Thorn* |ton, Mrs. A. I. Campbell, man agers; Mrs. G. L. Brock, Mrs. A. C. Autry, clerks; George Mussel white, pface officer. Bowling Green — Hugh Mc Lellan, returning officer; J W. Morris, Nick Grantham, man agers, Mrs. Hugh McLellan. Mrs. Joel Gulledge, clerks; A. E. Ellington, peace officer; Edsville —J. L. Moorhead, returning offi cer; H. O. Wynne, L. E. Parkin son, managers; Mrs. Willie Holmes, Mrs. Jim Moorhead, clerks; George D. McLellan, pea<?e officer. Goodman — George Mitchell re turning officer; W. A. Thomas, Mis. E. I. Doty managers; Mrs. D. K filing (Tn TT __a clerks; J. D. Taggart, peace offi cer, Pickens—Mrs. H. S. McKie, returning officer; J. K. Thomas, Harry Worthy, managers; Mrs. S. D. Simpson, Miss Josie Burton, clerks; R. T. Hart, peace officer. Richland — W. J. Shanks, re turning officer; J. F. Sample, George Day Wynn, managers; Ford Byrd, Mrs. J. L. Branch, clerks; Banks Upshaw, peace of ficer; Ebenezer — B. W. Hum phrey. returning officer; E. E. O’Reilly, Edwin Murtagh, man agers; Walter Lucas, Edgar Brown, clerks; Henry Brock, peace officer. Thornton — E. G. Campbell, re turning officer; Claud Lee Brid gers, Mrs. Celeste Dickard, man agers; W. H. Rushbrook, Mrs. Maggie Hathcock, clerks; J. N. Hearn, peace officer; Cruger —T. B. Smith, returning officer; W. B. Farmer, V. B. Mathias, man agers; Miss Lizzie White, Mrs. M. W. Estes, clerks; Lee White, peace officer. Rogers Remanded To Jail Without Bond Louis Rogers, 36, of near Cruger, was remanded to jail without bond Wednesday to await the ac tion of the Holmes County Grand Jury at the October term of Cir cuit Court. Rogers was charged in JP court in Lexington with the fatal shoot ing of Andrew Divine, 19, Broz ville community farmer, on Sat urday afternoon. July 8th in a cafe just off the Square in Lexington. Judge W. D. Ford presided. The shooting was reported to be the aftermath of a quarrel be tween the two men earlier the same day and the result of a fam ily feud of long standing.