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By Ha*l Brannon Smith The importance of a nation al organization like the Ameri can Red dross was demonstrat ed this week when the tor nado hit t citizens of Arkan sas and four other states kill ing and maiming hundreds of people, utrecking havoc with hemes arid possessions. The loss in lives now totals more than 252 With more than 1100 injured and thousands home less. Property damage has been estimated roughly at ten million dollars and will prob ably be much more. From every section through out the country Red Cross workers have come into the disaster - stricken areas and are on the Job giving relief and help where they are most ur gently needed. They are working round the clock to provide food, clothing, shel ter, whole blood and plasma, cots, blankets, emergency power generators, water puri fiers and numerous other need ed supplies, equipment and personal services. It is for jobs like these that we must continue to support the Red Cross and give of our means through it to help those less fortupate than ourselves. The curtent Red Cross cam paign in Holmes county is going very slowly. Only about one-third of the $4,500 quota has been subscribed. Only four small communities have subscribed their quotas, Franklin. Emory, Richland and Oregon. If you have not made a con tribution yet won’t you do so without farther delay? Governor Hugh White paid a wonderful tribute to Gen eral Douglas MapArthur when he introduced the distinguished military figure to the joint ses sion of the Mississippi State legislature in Jackson Satur day afternoon. The tribute applied to Mac Arthur had been penned by MacArthur on another occa sion in lauding the American soldier in an address before members of the 42nd Rainbow Division: “The unsurpassed military genius of the American soldier will stand forth in undimmed luster, in his youth and strength, his love and loyalty. He gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man: he has written his own history and written it in red on his en emy's breast. Bui when I think of his patifence under adversity, or his courage under fire. I am, filled with an emo tion I cannot express. He belongs to history as furnish ing one of the greatest ex amples of successful and dis interested patriotism. He be longs to posterity as the in structor of future generations in the principles of liberty and right. He belongs to the pres ent — to us — by his glory, by his virtues, and by his ach ievements. The memorials of character wrought by him can never be dimmed. He needs no statues or monuments. He has stamped himself in blazing flames upon the souls of his countrymen, he has carved his own statue in the hearts of his people, he has built his own monument in the mem ory of his compatriots." Every American who loves this country and our heritage of constitutional liberty should read with care the message delivered by General Douglas MacArthur to the joint session of the Mississippi State Legis lature in Jackson March 22. The address was a master piece in every way. It set forth concisely from whence we came and whither we are going — and why. It put re sponsibility for conditions in this country where it belongs— on the shoulders of an irres ponsible. bankrupt leadership. And by bankrupt I mean more than spending money we do not have — but also a bank ruptcy of integrity, character and patriotism in our national leadership, those virtues upon which we have long relied to keep our country strong. Herewith I am reprinting some of the outstanding para graphs in the General’s ad dress. They are worth rea“" ing. If you have not yet read his address please do so you will rejoice in knowing there is at least one man in the public eye today who does not hesitate to speak out courage ously for the preservation ox America and the American THE DURANT NEWS 93rd VK A K MMItKK 2!)___ 1)1 KANT. MISSISSIPPI. 1HI rtSDAV. .MARCH 27. 55 * " Jo cn ... v —'" I Former Durant Man Passes In Memphis Charlie N. Thorne Rites Held On Tuesday Afternoon A wide circle of Durant fri ends regret to learn of the death of Mr. Charlie N Thorne, father of Mrs. Charlie Ray of Durant and former resident here. Mr. Thome died Monday morn ing in the Baptist Hosp’tal in Memphis of a heart attack. The fatal attack was the third one he had suffered since 1949. He had been a patient in the hospi tal for about two weeks. He was 76 and a devoted member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Thorne had lived in Mem phis since his retirement in 1938. Mrs. Thorne passed away in 1948 ’and is buried in Memorial Park in Memphis. Funeral services were held at the National Funeral Home in Memphis Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. J. M. Metts, a former Durant pastor, was in charge of the services He was laid to rest beside his wife. Surviving are five daughters and one son: Mrs. Ray, of Durant; Mrs. S. Bernson, Mrs. J. E. Mc Daniel, Miss Marcelle Thorne and Mrs. Edward Ulrich, Wil liam Thorne, all of Memphis. Also surviving are two bro thers, H. W. Thorne of liouika and B. B. Thorne of Humble, Texas. Newton E. Rainey Rites Held Thursday Last rites for Newton E. Rain ey, 77, were held Thursday, March 20 at 3:00)p.m. at Harland’s Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. P. D. Bragg officiating. Burial was in M»1ot',» ccv T't'Ty with Sou- j them in charge of arrangements.! He died at the Holmes County Community Hospital March 18 following a three weeks illness. Mr. Rainey was born April 2, 1874 near Belzoni. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, James Newton Rainey and John Troy Rainey, and seven daughters. Mrs. L. H. Williamson of Bel zoni; Mrs. Ruby Allen of Ma dera, California; Mrs. H. W. Childress of Isola, Mrs. James Baker of Greenwood, Mrs. G. K. Tollison of Blue Springs, Miss Annie Maud Rainey of Tchula and Mrs. Henry R. Hearn of Lexington. Pallbearers were L. H. Wil liamson, H. W. Childress, James Baker, Henry R. Hearn, Samuel Hearn and P. F. Martin. system of free private enter prise on which our individual liberty depends. Every other national figure today seems bent only on sav ing Europe, England, Asia or some other remote corner of the world. They have sold America and the American people short. From General MacArthur: “By the devious method of expenditure progressively be yond income and by increasing taxation to keep pace with ex penditure, these political lead ers have been rapidly exhaust ing the remaining revenue pro ducing potential of the citi zenry. This has rendered the states and other communities increasingly dependent upon the Federal Government. “It places the state in the position of a supplicant. This method of employing the power to tax is not only de stroying the principle of state and community autonomy up on which is erected our con stitutional system of repre sentative government, but it is rapidly sapping the pro ductive energies and the cre ative initiative of our people. If it continues, our economic system of free enterprise, the great bulwark of political and economic freedom, must in evitably perish. History records that human liberty has oft’ times been destroyed by the sword, but never before by a disingenu ous application of constitu tional powers expressly de signed to ensure its preserva tion. Now At Crossroads “America now stands at a crossroads. Down one lies a return to those immutable 'ContinvMd on Pag* 4) Durant's New Directory Carries New Section The next issue of Durant's te lephone directory, which will be delivered in the near future, will carry a new combined alphabeti cal and classified section, ac cording to J. H. Fleming, district manager of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. Mr. Fleming points out that the new directory will be among the first of its kind in the com pany and is desired to furnish additional "Where To Buy It” information Records show there are 691 telephones in service here, and in addition 17 applica tions are on hand. The classified portion of the page will list the names and tele phone numbers of business sub scribers under headings alpha betically arranged and which describe their business, profes sions, or the commodities or ser vices they sell. Circuii Court Will Convene In Holmes County April 7 Civil Docket For First Week Is Released Today Circuit Court will be convened in noimes county on ivionaay, April 7th. Presiding will be Judge Arthur Jordan. Miss Pearl McLellan, court reporter, and Miss Minnie Jordan, Circuit Clerk and Sheriff Richard F. Byrd will be in their respective places. The Civil docket has been set as follows: Fust Monday, April 7th: Beely T. Self vs Howard Faust, et al; Verge Mann, et al, vs Mrs. Nina Dickard, et al; Mrs. Ruth Roach, et al. vs Black Creek Drainage, et al; Holmes County Bank & Trust Co., vs R. L. Lovins. et al; Thrift Savings anJ Loan, Inc., vs John Liberto; T. J. Austin vs H. D. Powell; Standard Jewelry Co., vs Robert Connelly et al; Gen eral Motors Acceptance Corp. vs Carter E. Wilson, Sr.; Fay War ren vs James McBride; L. D, White vs Rositten Jones; Asso ciate Discount Corporation, vs Frank Ernest Hocutt; Commer cial Credit Corporation vs John T. Hathcock; Southern Whole salers, Inc., vs G. W. Ray; Mrs. Mae Charles Green Gant vs Mr. and Mrs. LMan Green; J. C. Al ! len vs W. R. Thomas; Graham Brown Shoe Co., a Corp. vs H. L. Phillips, Tuesday, April 8th: Mrs. An nie Pearl Barfield vs B. E. Pres ley et al; Walter L. Barfield vs B. E. Presley et al; Edward Da vies vs Delta Motor Line, Inc.; Mrs. Dollie English vs M. B. Fowlkes; Jay Industries, Inc., d-b-a vs O. M. Powell et al; State of Miss. City of Durant for use of Walter Galloway, a Minor by Next Friend vs J. S. McBride and Maryland Casualty Co.; W. B. Sheppard vs Fisher Bruce; Allied Laboratories, a Corpora tion d-b-a Pittman-Moore Com pany vs Dr. W. E. Pass; Bank of Cruger vs James Hewett Boyett; H. G. Smith vs W. O. Butler; American Slicing Co. vs H. L. Phillips; Jefferson Shoe Co. vs H. L. Phillips; Emily Yates Rob ertson vs John N. Hearn; Thom as S. Robertson vs John N. Hearn; J. W. Tally vs Ruby L. Fowler; Gwin-Lail Co. vs E. O. Moore; Leflore Flying Service vs W. K. James; W. M. Ray vs Vernon Rogers; H. L. Phillips vs W. J. Bufkin. Wednesday, April 9th: Hal Peterson vs Pellum Pope; Mrs. Mabel Woodall vs W. J. Sowell, et al: E. W. Harris vs E. T. Branch and Willie Mabry; Joy Nell Ellis by Next Friend vs New ton Milan; R. H. Harris vs Jim mie P. Stroupe; Delta Air Lines, Inc., vs W. K. James. J. D. Cooper, Jr. Returns From Korean Waters On Destroyer The destroyer USS Colahan has returned from the Korean combat zon« carrving J. D. Coop er. Jr., boatswain’s mate, second class. USN. son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cooper of 111 Cedar Street, Durant, and husband of Mrs. Carmen C. Cooper of 508 Fifth Street. Yazoo City. The ship, a unit of Destroyer Squadron 17. touched port at ^n Diego. California after an eight month tour in Korean waters. The Colahan, which participated in the neutrality patrol of For mosa, will proceed to San Fran cisco for overhaul and repairs. Durant BPW Club Presents Paintings To District II Hospital TO Beautiful Original Paintings By State Artists Purchased The Durant chapter of the Bu siness and Professional Women’s Club presented ten beautiful original oil paintings by Mis sissippi artists, to the District II hospital at Durant Sunday af ternoon at 4:00. The presentation of the paint ings to the board of trustees of the hospital was made by Miss ] Catherine Calendar, chairman of j the state art committee of the i BPW, who was graciously pres ! ented bv Mrs. Marguerite Fowl , kes, club president. The artists of these paintings j were: Edith Mackenzie, Jackson; , Mrs. .Lillie Hobbs, Greenville; | Mrs. Morgan Jones, Jackson; i Mrs. Annie P. Redding. Terry 1 and Mrs. W. Q. Sharp. Jackson. The pictures were framed for a nominal sum by the Olsen Fur niture of A'inona for the Durant Club. Mrs. J. M. Howard accepted the pctures on behalf of the Board f Trustees. Deck Johnson and Marion Owsley, trustees. worn rtroc_ ent and spoke briefly. A large number of interested ■ ■ 1 s were present. Only One-Third Of Ked Cross l^uota Has Been Raised I Scattered reports coming in 'how Holmes county’s response in the Red Cross fund campaign has reached about one third of the goal of $4500.00. Franklic community’s quota was raised first, Emory, Rich land and Oregon have gone over their quotas. Because of the disaster in Ark ansas the sum of $375 has been added to the Red Cross quota in | Holmes county, making the goal now $4,875. Everyone is urged to give as generously as possible and turn in donations either to his local community chairman, or to T. A. Lail, county fund chairman, or to the local Holmes county chap ter at Lexington. American Cancer Society Drive Is Planned Mrs. H. P. Watson, Jr. Is Holmes Chairman For April Campaign The American Cancer Society pamna i ern fnr fnnrtc will in Holmes county April 1st. The drive will seek $1200 as part of the National Cancer Cru sade which hopes to • raise $16,000,000 for programs of re search, services to patients and public and professional education. Mrs. Henri P. Watson, Jr., county campaign chairman, has appointed the following chair men in towns throughout the county: Tandy Stepp, Lexing ton; Mrs. C. E. Patton, Durant; Business and Professional Wo I men’s Club, Tchula; Mrs. L. J. Hand and Mrs. Clyde Cade, West; ; Mrs. Hilary Thomas, Goodman; j H. T. Worthy, Pickens: Mrs J. W. Burwell, EbenezerJJ Mrs. W. | H. Rushbrook, Thornton; Mrs. ! Cecil Waldrup, Beulah; Clew j land, Brozville; Mrs. C. L. Down j er, Acona; Walter Strider, Fed | oral employees; A. P. Johnson, I Colored; Warren Booker, Am brose School; Johnetta Falls, Richland. The slogan of the crusade will be "Cancer Strikes One In Five. Strike Back, Give To Conquer j Cancer.” "Last year 21 persons in Holm | os county received treatment for 1 cancer that was paid for from American Cancer Society fund. Mrs. Watson states. "In addition, thousands of lives are saved by the American Can cer Society research and ed\ tional programs every year. A strenuous effort will be made during the crusade to reach ev ery family with our educational messages. Knowledge of the symptoms ofdbancer is a highly important weapon in fighting the disease.” $300 Additional Is Needed By Red Cross Citizens responded generous ly to the porch light campaign conducted Monday for the benefit of the Red Cross, according to Mayor R. E. McNeer, fund drive chairman. Part of the monies given at this time was designated as gifts for the cancer drive. About $300 is needed to meet Durant’s quota for the drive, Mayor McNeer said. Anyone who has not yet made a donation is urged to turn it in as soon as possible either to Mr. McNeer or to the City Clerk’s office or to Deck Johnson, assis tant fund drive chairman. It is hoped to have all gifts in by Saturday, Mayor McNeer said. Study Of 100,000 Acres In Holmes Shows Topsoil Loss Flood Control Program Helping Put Acres Back In Production J. R. Gosa Soil Conservation Service It has been found from actual study of about 100,000 acres of I land within the Holmes Countv 1 Flood Control District that the I greater part of the topsoil on the | sloping land has been lost through misuse and erosion. Much of this land lies idle now, but the job of making these once produc tive fields profitable again is going on. The flood control pro gram of fighting erosion and ex cessive water run-off by planting adapted crops is making some headway. Reforestation of these areas best suited to trees is be ing done as fast as conditions permit. Many idle acres have j been turned ffito paying pasture land within one season. Example Shown One good example of how eroded hill land in Holmes coun ty will pay off when treated right may be found on the W. E. Word farm at Owens Wells. Last October Mr. Word and his son John prepared 35 acres of idle land for pasture by applying 500 pounds of 20 per cent phosphate and about 150 pounds of 50 per cent potash per acre and disk ing the land once. Part of the land had been limed. No sec tion harrowing was done. About 20 pounds of rye grass seed and 12 pounds of reseeding crimson clover were planted per acre with a cotton dusting machine. A cross fence divides the field in to two pastures so that the cat ue may De rotated irom one pan to the other. Both Mr. Word and John have great faith in this combination for early grazing in the hills. They have tjop-dressed about twenty acres of this pasture with ammonium nitrate. Fifty head of cattle have grazed the rye grass and crimson clover con tinuously since January 8. Both pasture and cattle are in good condition. Besides the timely grazing re ceived, the Words expect to save enough seed to improve and make useful some other idle acres. Mrs. Johnson Buried At Liberty Chapel Funeral services for Mrs. Mag gie Johnson, 85, who died at her home March 22 following a two weeks illness, were held Sunday at Liberty Chapel Church. The Tev. P. D. Bragg officiated with Southern in charge of burial. Mrs. Johnson was born in 1867 in Tennessee. She was a mem ber of the Baptist Church. She is survived by one daugh ter, Mrs. Minnie Johnson, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Emmett English of Durant. Pallbearers were J. L. Mayo, Luther Mayo. Dutch Farmer, El oert Sykes, H H. Lehman and Herbert Griffin. YOUTH REVIVAL The Beulah and Brozville ,-t.st Churches will have a ■ youth revival beginning Friday, '.arch 28, through Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. All de nominations are invited to at j tend these sen-ices. Rev. Mack Massey will be the speaker. Spe cial music will be by different groups of the young people. Holmes County Is One Of Top Cotton Producers In Magnolia Stale; Has $3 Million Livestock Investment -tj Mayo Dies From Pistol Wound At Holmes Hospital Rites Held Today For West Man At Unity Church William L. Mayo, 23, of West, died Tuesday night at the Holm es County Community Hospital of wounds received from a pis tol discharged by Clyde Alford, well known citizen of West, at the Alford home Monday night. According to reports of the shooting Mr. Alford awoke around nine o’clock Monday night and heard someone in the house. He called out to the visi ble figure of a man but received no answer. Mr. Alford had been engaged in conversation with his wife who had just returned from church services. He got her out of range and then seized his pis tol and fired upon the intruder jn the dark. Not until the man fell and the light was turned on was mayo recognized. No official explanation of Mayo’s presence in the Alford home has been given. Funeral Services Funeral services for Mr. Mayo will be held this morning (ThursJ at 10 a.m. at Unity Church. The hev. Curtis Ellis will officiate with Southern in charge of ar langements. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Mayo, three sisters, Mrs. Carl Hag dorn of Philadelphia, Penn., Mrs. Olander Powell of Durant, and Miss Shirley Jean Mayo of West; three brothers, Herbert L. Mayo, Jr. of Texas, Dempsie L. Mayo of Carroll, Alabama and Billy L. Mayo of West. He is also surviv ed by his grandfather, J. W. Ma yo of West. Waterer Gives Report On Council Drive As Delta Council’s annual membership campaign approaches the midway point, H. C. Waterer of Tchula, Holmes county mem bership chairman, reports that renewals and new memberships are being turned in from the county at a steady pace. “Delta Council’s membership drive began March 1 and will continue through April,” Mr. Waterer said. “The area civic and economic organization is now actively seeking 1952-53 member ship dues in our county, as in the other 17 Delta and part-Delta counties. “People of this area have lcr.g recognized the value of discus sing problems around a council fahlo arriuinff of o ' lution, then lending united ac tion toward putting the solution into effect. Delta Council, work ing on that principle, has achiev ed state and national recognition for its contribution to the Delta and to the nation,” he said. “This principle calls for active support and participation by its membership. Such support has been given by an increasingly large number of people since the oa ly days of Delta Council. Still greater work can be done by the Council if still more people be come members and engage in its I committee work.” Dues for Delta Council ’•enew als or for new memberships from Holmes county should be mailed in care of Mr. Waterer at Tchula. Durant Youth Is Paratrooper In Texas FT. HOOD. Texas — Pfc Wil liam S. Ricks, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Ricks, Durant, will go into “batt'e” shortly in central Texas when his unit, the j 82nd Airborne Division, makes ] a surprise mock attack on U. S. ioices as a part of Exercise Long Horn. A rifleman in Company C of' he 325th Airborne Infantry Re gimen't. Ricks previously served in the European Theatre of Op erations and has been awarded the Crox de Guerre, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He formerly attended Durant High School. Over 50,000 Acres f} Will Be Planted In Cotton '52 Holmes county with both hiT) and Delta lands planted in cot ton, had a production of 442' pounds of lint per acre in 1951. This, according to County Agent W. R. Sullivan, is apparently higher than all other counties in ’ Mississippi. * A total of 44,268 bales were * ginnfed, ahd had a value of' $8,853,600. It is estimated that • § the cotton seed production had a • conservatively estimated one third value of the lint Thie placed the gross return of the cotton crop in Holmes county at well over the $11,000,000 figure. Despite the two-months drouth of last summer, the 50,000 acres planted in cotton produced the third largest of the last ten years. The 1948 crop of 46,700' ■ and the 1942 crop of 46,466 bales were the only ones to exceed it. Increased use of fertilizer and use of poisoning had much to do with the increased produc tion in 1951 over the handicap' i of rainless weather, Mr. Sullivar.. i said. • Monday was a beautiful day and Mr. Sullivan commented that it will make conditions ideal far plowing in preparation for a huge • crop. Already many of Holmes ; county farmers have gotten in* some plowing. He estimated* that from 52,000 to 53,000 acres will be planted in cotton in 1952. If there is no bad weather' handicap Holmes county will produce a great crop,” he con tinued. ‘'This will be furthered, too, by the greatly increased use of a chemical weed control in the • Delta areas. This will eliminate • two or three choppings. This : weed control can be carried on * 1 at present only on the large farms with mechanical equipment. It is hoped that a method may be. ; developed for its use on smn I farms.” The value of livestock in Holm- - es county in 1951 was estimated! by Mr. Sullivan at $3,000,000. He figured that at least 75 per cent of this represented net profit to-* the live stock grower. In com parison, it is estimated that the* cost of producing cotton on big* mechanically equipped farms it 50 per cent of the gross return and on small farms runs as higt as 70 per cent. There is contin ual study by agricultural depart ments to produce methods for in creased production on smalu farms. The use of more fertilizer ico urged, and if the weed control! poisoning equipment is develop ed for use by hand or mule, it: will be a boon to the small farm— • er. To supplement his income - from cotton, county agents are! the raising of livestock,, anu this has increased greatly * in Holmes county. inr. sumvan demonstrated last: year how a small tract can be? made to produce greatly. Oa bi four-acre plot at his home he raised seven bales of cotton Maybe it was due to his footbaUl training, for he was a star oj*i the Louisiana State University ' squad back in 1934. Cotton Statistics Holmes County Lbs. LI.. t a.^ % Year Value Per A. Bala.,-. 1941 $2,037,510 192 22,639 * 1942 4,646,600 407 46,466 1943 4,307,200 355 42,226 1944 4,488,003 366 40,800* 1945 3,912,000 315 32,600* 1946 3,531,000 203 21,400* 1947 5,485,500 316 35,100* 1948 7,258,500 405 46,700* 1949 4,650,000 252 31,000 1950 5,166,000 313 26,700* 1951 8,853,600 442 44,268 Holmes AHS Cagers Awarded Letters The Holmes AHS basketball! players were awarded letters by Coaches Van Stewart and Mist : Dorothy Thomas at the chapel as sembly last week. Girls awarded the “H” in- - elude: Edr.a Earle Branch, Ruby Jean Branch, Jo Ann Allen, An nie Ruth Browning, Ann Burrell^ Carolyn Mabry, Dimple Green» and Maggie McCrory. Boys;. Dovle Abies, Spann Robertson . John Paul Jones, Pat Gibson-., Charlie Dickerson, RichueJ “Dick” Mansker and Jerry HfL lebrew.