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THE DURANT NEWS
Haaal Brannon Smith It is difficult for your edit or to understand the attitude o: the Jackson Daily News to ward law- enforcement i r Holmes county. When a sheriff of our coun ty makes a firm stand for law enforcement one would not necessarily expect applause from the Jackson paper — since conditions in Holmes county are none of its concern — but one certainly does not expect or appreciate the carp ing comment about our Sher iff carried in Monday’s edi torial page of our esteemed contemporary. Under the heading “A Little Too Much Zeal” the News has this to say: “In a - published declaration that he intends to rigidly en force all laws against illicit liquor selling, gambling, and other crimes and misdemean ors, Richard F. Byrd, new sher iff of Holmes county, over spoke himself a bit. A para graph of the statement says: “ ‘Any person caught drink —ot wi iuncuii|j around a nightspot or juke joint will be picked up and prosecuted to the extent of the law. Regardless of who you are, if caught at one of these places, you will have to explain it to the judge.’ “If Sheriff Byrd puts under arrest all persons found in night spots and juke joints he will create for himself a large flock of headaches and a heal thy wap ot damage suite. ‘Loitering’ in a night spot or a juke joint, even when li quor is being sold on the pre mises, is not a crime or mis demeanor. Some folks who patronize such places won’t like being lugged off to jail and later asked to 'explain to the judge.’ “After all, the people do have some liberties left.” For the benefit of anyone in terested, whether in Holmes or Attala county, Jackson or Tim buctoo, WWrrff ttyr# of Holm es county is well aware of his responsibilities and obliga tions — he does not have any idea of taking advantage of anyone's constitutional rights — but he has not “ovcrspoke himself a bit” as the Jackson Daily News puts it. Sheriff Byrd made it plain in statements in both county i newspapers last week that he intends to "pick up and pro- ! secute to the extent of the law” any person caught “drinking, carousing or loiter ing around a ‘night spot’ or ‘juke joint’ in Holmes coun ty.” fT _ At.' • * pul 1113 wauling lmo dt* . tion when he arrested a pa tron in the Rainbow Garden! near Durant Saturday night ] for possession of liquor — and j other arrests of citizens were made the same night at other i places. In one case a man of j about 70 was arrested for pub-1 lie drunkenness as he stagger-1 ed down the highway after fleeing one of the roadside joints when the Sheriff and his deputies raided the olace. It may not be a crime or a i misdemeanor to hang around , Holmes county’s juke joints — al" people who do may be as pure as the driven snow—they may even be preparing next Sunday’s Sunday School les-1 son for all we know — but if they don’t want to be held for questioning or called to \ court as witnesses they’d bet ter find some other place to "loiter” in. The folkii Who frequent these places for the most part aren’t Holmes countv people in the first place — the vast majority of Holmes county people wouldn’t set foot in them. Those whv> uo visit these places run a risk of getting slugged or shot, or having knockout drops put in their drinks and robbed . . . Holmes people know this. When Sheriff Byrd savs he’s going to keep on until these places are closed we’re for encouraging him a hundred per cent and will do every thing to back him up . . . re gardless o f constitutional rights of citizens concerned. People do and should hav*» some liberties left — but they should also have enough sense to know they can’t visit a wasp’s nest often without get ting stung. * Major Frederick Sullens in his column featured in the Night Club Patrons Arrested For Possession : 01 Liquor And Drunkenness During Raids Made By Law Enforcement Officers Saturday Guilty Pleas Entered—Fines Paid; Sheriff Byrd Says Raids Will Continue—Warns Gamblers, Women w. r. Comfort of Kosciusko, a patron at the Rainbow Garden, was arrested for possession of whiskey in a raid conducted Sat urday night by Sheriff Richard | F. Byrd accompanied by Deputies I Ellis E. Wynn. John Pat Malone, | George Floyd, Andrew Smith, 'and Constables Audis Hathcock and W. E. Grace. Also arrested was S. A. Swin ney, about 65, of Attala county. ; Mr. Swinney was placed in the ■ Holmes county jail in Lexington charged with drunkenness at the | Hillside Inn. on a raid conduct-, ! ed by the officers the same night. | Hector McKinnon, about 70, of I Attala county, was also arrested for public drunkenness Saturday evening following the raid at the | Hillside Inn and was placed in the Holmes county jail, officers' said. According to reports Mr. McKinnon was “staggering” down the highway having fled the Hill side Inn when it was raided. Comfort paid a fine of $25 and costs and both Swinney and Mc Kinnon each paid fines of $20 and costs in JP court in Durant Monday presided over by Judge E. B. Guess. Seven Places Raided The Rainbow Garden and Hill side were two of seven places raided Saturday night by Sheriff Byrd and his officers. Other places raided were the Jack of Diamonds, on Highway 51 south of Durant where a Lexington man was found dead a week before; The Spot, a negro night club on 1 Highway 12 near Durant; J. C. Ramage’s place near West on 1 Highway 51; the Fire Club, a ne- 1 gro night club near Durant; and ( A. L. McNair’s place on Highway 12 just inside Durant city limits, v Both the Spot and the Jack of ii Diamonds were visited twice by c officers making the raids — early v in the evening and again around a midnight. ^ Nothing was found at either c place. One-half case of assorted t whiskeys was found and taken ( just off the premises at the Spot.1 Questions Customers According to reports Sheriff Byrd questioned patrons at the various night spots asking their names and where they were from. In some cases he warned young people about the type of place they were in and said he didn't want to catch them again. Issues Warning Sheriff Byrd in an interview with the writer today said: “I want everyone in Holmes coun ty to understand distinctly these raids are not being made for just a few days or a few weeks. They will be continued for my entire ! four-year term of office. “I feel extremely fortunate in having a fine group of deputies and constables to help me in my job. We want just one thing that is to clean up Holmes coun ty and keep it clean. "1 here will be no so-called ‘pro tection for any group or special group of persons as far as these raids are concerned. There will be no ‘kingpin’ or ‘big shot' im mune from the raids. "Those we have not raided to date are hereby notified that we will be to see you, just give us time, and those we have raided ire warned that we will be back, | igain and again.” Gambleri-Women Sheriff Byrd also made specific nention of gamblers and women working in the various road louses of the county. He said: “I want you to know that I :n<’w who you are — and realize lght now your number is up. )ur county does not want you. In reference to you women I ho work, or claim to be work- s 'g in these joints, dives or so- f illed tourist courts this is a i arning: Do not let your oper- < tor hide you behind an apron, a 1 amburger griddle or a social se-11 urity number — we will not1 derate your presence in Holmes S ounty any longer.” NEGRO ARRESTED George Presley, colored, was ar rested for drunkenness and seek ing unlawful entry, in Durant Saturday night by Sheriff Byrd and other Holmes officials. Pres ley was apprehended as he sou ght to enter the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McGeehec on High way 51 north. He was turned over to. city authorities for pro secution. Jackson Daily News Monday had this to say: “During the past week many local newspapers carried state ments from newly-installed sher iffs saying that they will not tol erate liquor selling or gambling in their respective jurisdictions. Even when the saying has the ring of sincerity there is cause for sidewise head-wagging. It so happens that, in most instances, bootleggers and gamblers are I much smarter than sheriffs and ere many months pass law en forcement officers grow weary of the chase, especially after they | have seen juries ignore the I strongest sort of evidence and quickly return verdicts of ac quittal.’’ Major, you sound awfully cyni cal. ^ But there’1} a measure of truth in what you say about sheriffs I growing weary after many mon- j ihs of work goes for naught be cause juries ignore the evidence. a the red and return verdicts of acquittal. This thing has hap pened in Holmes county time and time again. It's enough to dis courage the strongest-hearted of ficers. Here’s where our Supervisors can help. Our supervisors have absolute authority in making up jury lists. These lists should contain the names of every qualified male elector in the county who are not convicted criminals. Too many of our citizens have never even been called for jury | duty. Our Supervisors can perform a : great service to our county and help back up our new sheriff at ! the same time by thoroughly 1 purging and revamping the jury . oils in their respective beats and making sure all qualified men in each beat are on the roll. These lists are made up in April. liow about it, Mr. Supervisor? Mississippi State Alumni To Meet Mississippi State alumni are requested to attend a meeting to be held in Yazoo City at the Tenderloin Grill Friday at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Dutch sup per with no reservations requir ed. Alumni from Holmes, Yazoo and Humphreys counties are ex pected to be present at this meet ing and anyone interested in go ing who does not have a way is asked to contact David B. Miles in Lexington or Dr. C. E. Patton in Durant. Holmes Cattlemen To Hold Meeting Jan. 28 All cattlemen in Holmes coun ty are urged to attend a meet- 1 ing of the Holmes County Cat- 1 tlemen’s Association that will be held Monday, January 28, at 7:00 : p.m. at the courthouse in Lex- 1 ington. < Whether you have one cow or one hundred cows and are inter- 1 is.cd in the cattle business your presence at this meeting is sought. ' An outstanding authority on 1 cattle raising will be principal speaker. For further information read this paper next Week. __ Divorce Cases Heard in Chancery Court Twelve to fifteen divorce cases were heard this week in Holmes county Chancery Court. They were about equally divided between white and colored. Chancellor C. D. Williams pre sided at the court which lasted two days. Miss Anita Derden, court reporter. Chancery Clerk P. H. Williams and Sheriff Rich ard F. Byrd were in their respec tive places. Court was recessed Tuesday un til January 21. HJC Visitors Miss Josephine Barranco came | up Tuesday afternoon from Holm es Junior College and brought four friends to spend the night ! wifh her after completing exams, i The visitors were Faye Snazely, ! Louise Chamblee, Marjorie Cook 1 and Joy White. m - — Widow And Mother Of Mon Stabbed Here Visits Durant Mrs. Letha Darnell of Hayti. Mo., was a visitor in Durant and Lexington this week. Mrs. Darnell, young mother of four children ranging in age from 3 to nine years, was investigat ing the circumstances of the death of her husband, Charles Darnell, Missouri produce driver, who was stabbed to death in Durant De cember 8th. She was accompanied by her husband's mother, Mrs. C. L. Grinds and stepfather, Mr Grinds of Arkansas. Carroll Lowery, 18-year-old youth, is being held in the Holmes county jail now charged with murder in connection with Dar nell’s death. Lowry admitted the stabbing to officers but did not reveal circumstances of the case. He had been a Durant resident about two weeks, according to reports, having come here to work at the Jack Of Diamonds, night spot south of Durant on Highway 51. Holmes Cagers Take Lead In Association Boys And Girls Are On Top In Conference Play Holmes Junior College cagers have been able to win from all comers in the association in games played through January 12. Holmes and East MlaaMaijUM of Seooba led the boys division, and Holmes and Hinds are at the top in the girls division. Coach Frank Branch has done a magnificient job with practic ally a new group of boys to work with this season. He had only :hree men with experience from ast season. Billy Bigby, center; 3obby McPhail, guard and Don ald Phillips, forward are the lold-overs from the 1950-51 sea on. The girls team has several layers from last season, and have n all-win record in the first nine onference games played during he first half of the season. The lefensive work of three experi mced guards have been able to lold up the teams in several close defensive games. This was parti cularly true last week in the 29 22 win from Northeast of Boone ville, last year's champions, and Saturday night against Itawamba of Fulton was a repeat of the fine defensive work of the previous night’s game with Northeast. The Holmes girls won 28-15 from Ita wamba. Outstanding on defense for the Holmes girls, are three in parti cular who are due special men tion, namely, Polly Jordan, Her nie Plunk, and Faye Graham, all veterans from last season. In the i 3oys play the work of Billy Big-' 3y, Donald Phillips and Millard Davis has been very good, es secially their ability to take the "Jail nff tfw* Numbered among the Holmes victims are: Perkinston (2), North west (2), Sunflower, Pearl River, rones and Itawamba. The girls have in addition a vin from Northeast to make their ecord even more impressive with i 9-0 wia and loss record in the tames played through Saturday light, Jan. 12. Northeast is in 'ligible Jr) field a boys team this reason for JC play in Mississippi lue to the use of an ineligible ilaver last season. Holmes boys ilayed Arkansas Junior Agricul tural College quint from Beebe* in the same card and won 71-49 1 it Goodman Friday night. pickens Youth Now *crves In Korea With the 7th Infantry Division n Ko’-ea — ^fc. Rud- !ph Davis. 12. whose wife, Lillie, lives on! "tonte 1 Rov 89. Pickens, is serv- 1 ng with the 7th Infantry Divi-1 non on the Korean front. A veteran unit of the Korean ’iehting, the division recently has aeen engaged in patrol activity dong the snowy east-central 'ront. Davis, an ammunition bearer with the 32nd Infantry Regiment, mtered the Army in June 1951 md has been awarded the Ko -ean Service Ribbon with one •ampaign star and the Combat 'nfantryman Badge. Visits Here Mrs. W. L. Sanders of Colum bus came Monday and carried her father, Mr. H. B. Sargent and Mrs. J. G. Ash back home with her to spend the week. She and Mr. Senders are attending a Pan-Am meeting in New Orleans this week. Murry Stevens Rites *re Held Today ixenreo ic employee Passes Wednesday After Long Illness Funeral services for Theodore Murry Stevens will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 in the First Baptist Church in Du rant. The Rev. C. M. Day will officiate. Burial will be in Miz pah cemetery with Southern in charge of arrangements. Mr. Stevens, a retired employe’ of the Illinois Central Railroad, died on Wednesday, January 16, at the IC hospital in New Or leans. He had been in failing health for several years. A native of Holmes county, he was born August 20, 1881 near Durant. He was a Mason and an Eastern Star. He was a conse crated member of the Durant Bap tist church. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Hattie Cooper of Millsaps College and one niece, Miss Ruth Cooper of Jackson. Active pallbearers were Robert Ray, Leon Engelmann, J. D. Cooper, Hubert Cooper, Ed How ell. and Gordon Allen. Honorary pallbearers were the members of his Sunday school class. Lexington Youth In Naval Hospital Sergeant William P. Norwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Nor wood of Lexington, is in a naval hospital near Oakland, Calif., re covering from injuries received in action in Korea, according to a letter received by his parents. The Lexington youth, 31, has' been in Korea with the U. S. Ma rine Corps since July of last summer and this letter was the 1 first time his parents had heard i J from him since October and the I, first knowledge they had that he | had been wounded. Sgt. Norwood enlisted in the i Marines in November, 1941, and < has served there since. He had • a distinguished record of service < I during World War II when he participated in four major cam paigns in the Pacific. The many friends or the Nor- ^ wood family hope that the re covery of their son will be com- j plete and that he will be able to I visit them soon. Williams letter to his family l follows: U. S. N. Hospital 80B Oakland 14, Calif. January 13, 1952 Dearest Mama: How are you and everyone at ] home? I am faring pretty well j at this time. Don’t get worried j about my being here at the hos j pital, there’s nothing wrong with me. Am just here to have my < ieet and legs checked over, can’t J £?pt. arminrl ac uroll qc T nnuM in my younger days, you know. I t may be here a week or so then < may get to come home, don’t know yet. j I just got back to the U. S. A. E Flew all the way back. Was glad 1 to get out of Korea for the snow 1 was getting rather deep there. Came back to have a foot doc- - tor work on my feet. Nothing ' serious. You know I never could * walk too well, in the past tew.E years that is. May end up get- ( ling some sort of special made * arch supports or I won’t be able ^ to keep going in the same man- 1 ner as I have in the past. It’s ^ really not bad at all. Just havr 1 a lot of trouble getting around in the rough country at night I will know in a couple of days whether I’ll be able to get out of v here and back to Mississippi. I’ll j: try my luck at Pensacola, Fla., j again. It is the closest station 1 E can get to Lexington. Don’t think j: I’ll have to go back overseas in near future. After you get back ' here they check you over and ' over so many times you get dizzy 1 from running around in circles. 1 I guess it’s the best though. Sup pose it will take about a week before I'm finished with trotting from one place to another. This place is scattered all over, several acres. Out in the country about ten miles from Oakland and San Francisco. It’s been raining here ever since I arrived and the place is about flooded. I guess it will stop soon, then we can see some of that sunshine again. I got your card and one from j J. P. and Wilma. Haven’t gotten j the presents though. Am glad! vou didn't send anything. It is: ~o easy to get lost overseas. Dot shouldn't have sent me any stuff H. L. Herrington Is Top Salesman H. L. Herrington of Durant, formerly owner of City Drug Store, has again won a top sales position in the Kremers-Urban Company, whoelsale drug firm of Milwaukee. Last year Mr. Herrington was one of the leading salesmen for this firm in his first year of em ployment. His many friends will be interested to know he has won * the honor for the second conse cutive year. As a result of his record, Mr. Herrington won an all-expense trip to Milwaukee where he will participate in forming sales policies for the company. , , Eight Persons Cleared Of Murder Charges Autopsies Show Victims Died From Natural Causes Eight people in the Holmes :ounty jail for questioning in con lection with two mysterious deaths in Durant nearly two veeks ago have* been released Following a report of autopsies that the two people died appar :ntly from natural causes. Those released were Winnie r* . . i . __ i can oidjiui-K, mrs. Jessie K.eith, Freddie McBride, Bernel McBride, Jessie Keith, Leon Russell, all leld for murder in connection with the death of Harvey Bill Sanford, an Owens Wells man found dead in a booth at the Jack of Diamonds night club south of Durant Jan. 6. The others released were Gail Brown and Katherine Richeman. imployees of Club 12, also south >f Durant, held for questioning n the death of Mrs. Mary Mau iel Burnett, also an employee at 'lub 12. The women were re urning from a trip to Jackson when Mrs. Burnette reportedly >ecame ill. After unsuccessfully rying to find a doctor in Good nan they drove to Durant where he was pronounced dead upon irnval at Dr. Roy L. Smith’s iffice. Miss Lula H. Beall Jiles Held Sunday Member Of Well Known Holmes Family Passes Suddenly Coming as a great shock to a vide circle of friends was the leath of Miss Lula Henrietta leall, member of an old Holmes amily, who died at her residence n Lexington Saturday, January 2, of a heart attack. She had] leen in apparently good health. Funeral services were held on Sunday in the B. S. Beall, Jr. : esidence with the Rev. J. H Cyzar of Greenwood, assisted by I1 he Rev. P. D. Bragg, officiating. I >outnern wss in rharijp nf hnrioi I. A native of Holmes county, Miss11 Seall was born in 1878. She was ’ i graduate of Lexington Nor- [ ] rial College and a member of ■ he Baptist Church. j' Survivors are one brother, B.l >. Beall, Jr. and three sisters, ■ 4rs. J. S. Watson, Mrs. H. L. | liehols, and Mrs. J. B. Walton, : ,11 of Lexington , Pallbearers were: Louie Beall lichols, John Stewart Watson, Jr. lay ford Watson, Daniel Watson, ifalcolm Watson. Julian Watson, I. L. Nichols, Jr., B. S. Beall, ; II, and Major I. R. King, Jr. J. G. LAYNE ARRESTED J. G. Layne was arrested by Sheriff Richard F. Byrd in The >pot, negro night club near Du rant, on a charge of public Irunkenness Wednesday morning md is in the Holmes county jail. Sheriff Byrd was* in The Spot in other business when Layne ame in obviously under the in luence of liquor, the Holmes of icer said. ___ Returns To Memphis Mrs. Sam Brittingham has re turned to Memphis to be with her son, John Clifton St. Clair, who remains a patient in the Vet erans Hospital since his accident some time ago. way over there. Maybe they will :atch up with me sometimes soon. [ hope so. Tell Dad and Joe hello. I’ll try to get home as soon as I get out af here in a week or so. Love, l William 1 _____ I 1 Methodist Churches Make Plans For Evangelistic Missions The Methodist Churches of Mis sissippi are preparing for a great simultaneous Mission on Evan gelism throughout the state dflf' ing the month of March (frdtt March 1-9 in the Mississippi Con ference and March 22-30 in the North Mississippi Conference). The plan involves bringing about 700 visiting pastors from founding states to assist the 4tC Mississippi ministers in visitation and preaching evangelism cru sades in over 1,100 Methodis? churches. The Evangelistic Mis sion will be climaxed on Sunday, March 9, in the Mississippi Con ference when seven mass matt-' ings will be held simultaneous!* throughout the conference. The North Mississippi climax will come on Sunday. March 30, with a meeting in each of the six dis tricts. Another highlight will be four teen youth rallies to be carried* out on Saturday evenings, March 1 and March 22, in strategic cen ters over the state. An attend/ ance of 12,000 youths and spun sors is expected. A third feature of the crusade will be the fomteen schools ui evangelism for pastors, unoev leadership of outstanding ni .ti ters from many parts of tu> r.S tion. In the schools the pas to/’ will be trained in the new tesfa niques for visitation evangelism pulpit evangelism and member-' ship assimilation. Bishop Marvin A. Franklin ot the Jackson area will -IrlraaT the schools of evangelism slnniT - taneously by a special radio hook up. The executive director of the movement is the Rev. Dr. L. G. Jacobs of Nashville, Tenn., at* associate secretary of the Gen eral Board of Evangelism of iim Methodist Church. The Missis sippi United Evangelistic Mi* sion is one of several comporabk programs being sponsored by the Methodist church throughout the nation. The purpose is to create new interest among in active members and go out tc win new persons for the Christian way of life. The visitation pry - gram will utilize great numbers' af laymen in the calling. Near! Disease Is Nation's No. 1 Killer Rotarians Hear Talk By H. J. Massie Of State Board Heart’s disease, the nation* lumber one killer, was discussed it Tuesday’s Rotary meeting bf n. u. massie oi me Mississippi state Board of Health. Mr. Ma» :ie was introduced by Butler T. VIoore, January program chair nan. Mr. Massie discussed the vari )us types of heart disease arid said there were three principal ypes, each accounting for ap jroximately 30 per cent of the otal deaths from heart disease, rhese were rheumatic, springing rom some form of rheumatic fe ver and usually affecting youngei Deople, high blood pressure af ecting the middle-aged gr , a md coronary thrombosis which usually hits people more ad vanced in years. Actually there are as many at 11 kinds of heart diseases accord ng to doctors, Mr. Massie said. He explained the education*; Drogram now being carried on Dy the State Board of Health and lis particular work in connec ,ion with presenting the program ;o the schools throughout the date. Great progress has been nade in this field he said during ;he first year of the program but i great deal of work remains to ae done. Birthday Club Honors Mesdames Alsbury-Stannard The members of the Birthday Club met in the home of Mr,-. J. D. Alsbury Tuesday evening to celebrate the birthday of Mr-. Alsbury and Mrs. Alden Stannard After a most delicious supper and the reading of the original birthday poems, Tripoli was en joyed by Mrs. Alsbury, Mrs Stannard, Mrs. J. G. Ashe, I!rs, J. M. Howard, Mrs. Eugene Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Pugh Winborn. Mr. H. B. Sargent, Mrs. Leila Guess and Mrs. Z. G. Bacon.