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THE DURANT NEWS 94th YEAH NUMER 14 DURANT, MISSISSIPPI, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1952 |2.50 Per Year ^ % fHROUGH HAZEL EYES By Hull Brannon Smith General Eisenhower has gone to Korea and returned salely —and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that this is so. We believe this trip will strengthen immeasurably the position of our next president as he faces the problem of what to do about Korea. Certainly no one can ques tion the high motive that prompted the journey and no one can with sincerity criticize the General for the humble statement of his position and attitude. "We came to learn,” the Gen eral said. "We have no pana-1 ceas, no trick ways of settling any problems." At the same time the Gen eral said that much can be done and will be done to im prove our position in the Ko rean war. This is what the American people are hoping and pray ing for. This is one of the main reasons why we elected Gen eral Eisenhower president. The people of America have faith in the personal integrity of Eisenhower and his mili tary ability. They do not be lieve he will continue to let our boys fight and die in a Korean stalemate—that he will either find a way to attain peace with honor or will give our boys the signal to wage war toward complete victory over our foes. As a military man he cannot do less. The cabinet appointments of the new president have shown the knack possessed by him to secure the services of men of ability—which to our notion will redound to the benefit of the American people. During the entire presiden tial campaign the American people were considering the qualifications of the various candidates, real or imaginary, and were weighing them against the administrations of the late FDR and President Truman. The reign of the last two ad ministrations, and we use the word advisedly, is not neces sarily, and we hope and pray it won’t be, a criterion of what we may expect from the Eisenhower administration. We have been thinking for nearly two decades now in terms of an all-powerful pre sident and a weak congress that gives him substantially everything he asks for al though it may do a bit of grumbling before it does. We have believed from the beginning that should General Eisenhower be elected presi dent that he would seek to use only those powers set forth in the constitution that a presi dent should use—and those sparingly. We believed that General Eisenhower as presi dent will not seek or want to usurp the powers of the Con gress or the Supreme Court, or any other branch of gov ernment. His actions since his election have certainly given added confidence to that faith we had in him and we can only add that we are looking forward to seeing what kind of country we are going to have when it is given back to the people to run. Attention, Kiddies During the next two weeks this newspaper will publish your letters to Santa Claus if they are mailed or brougnt to our office on time. So get your pen or pencil down and let us have your letter right away! Tell Ole Saint Nick just what you want. He may em prise you and bring it! Only 11 Shopping Days Until Christmas— Trade In Durant Where Your Dollars Will Come Back To You. J Santa Claus Will Visit Durant Saturday Afternoon At 2:00 P.M. On December 20 Jaycees Will Bring a Jolly Saint Nick To Town Soon All the good little boys and girls of Durant and vicinity are urged to make their plans now to be in Durant on Saturday >u temoon, Dec. 20th, when Santa Claus will come to town to head up a Christmas parade. Free candy will be given out to the kiddies and everyone in this area is urged to make plans now to attend. The Junior Chamber of Com merce of Durant is sponsoring the Christmas parade and bringing Santa to town. Read next week’s Durant News for full details on this big evint I Hutchison Rites Are Held In Kosciusko Member Well Known Durant Family Dies After Heart Attack L. O. Hutchison, member of a prominent Durant family and former Goodman resident, died at tt r*-u_ pital about 2:15 a.m. Friday, No vember 28. He had been a patient in the hospital only three days after he suffered a heart attack at the home of his stepdaughter, Mrs. Curtis Howard, in Durant. He had been in failing health, however, for a number of years. Mr. Hutchison had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Howard for the past five years since ill health forced retirement from his grocery business in Kosciusko. He had formerly been in the gro ceiy business at Goodman for o period of about ten years prior to moving to Kosciusko. Had he lived until December 6 he would have been 75 years old. He was a native of Attala coun ty near Sallis and had lived in this vicinity for the major por tion of his life with the exception of a 20-year period which he spent at Anguilla. There he was married to Mrs. John Carnes, the former Helen Wilson of Koscius ko, who survives him. Funeral services were held at Jordan’s Funeral Chapel at Kor ciusko Saturday. November 29, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. C. M. Day, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Durant, and the Rev. Jones, pastor of the Kosciusko Metho dist Church, officiated. Burial was in Kosciusko cemetery. Hr> was a member of the Goodman Methodist Church. Survivors are his wife, Mrs Hutchison, and stepdaughter, Mrs Howard; two sisters, Mrs. W. E Meek of Goodman and Mrs. Mat tie Gober of Sallis; three broth ers, Bert and George Hutchison of Sallis and Tyne Hutchison oi Oklahoma City, Okla. Pallbearers were his nephews. Vandy Hutchison, Kosciusko, Cly de Hutchison, Bentonia, Ralph Hutchison Jaclrsnn Pnrl Hntchi son and Frank C. Wilson, both of Memphis. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. C. A. Pender, A. H. Simmons Clarence Doss and Ben Weiner, all of Kosciusko- E. W. Waugh of Sallis and Everett Carr of Durant. Glee Club And Piano Recital Set For 18th The 85-voice Glee Club of the Durant school under the direc tion of Mrs. L. C. Lipsey, with Mrs. James Bowie accompanist, will give its annual Christmas program Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The following piano students will also be presented at this time: Billy Ruth Dickerson, Carlene Brown, Robe Love, Sandra Han kins, Sue Collins, Joan Robertson, Betty Nabors, Carolee Jacks, Joyce Hathorn, Betty Jo McLel lan, Shirley Leslie, Kay Clements, Margaret McGehee, Edwin Sud- j duth, Jeanette Englemann, An nette Jones, Mary Ann Peden, j Betty Worrell, Charlotte Pink ard and Caroline Brown. Y-TEENS TO PRESENT PROGRAM SUNDAY : The Y-Teens of Durant will nave a Christmas program in the High school auditorium Sunday,, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. The >ublic is cordially invited. h College Young People Bring Musicale Program Here On Saturday The Mississippi College boys quartet and girls trio will pres ent a program of sacred music at the First Baptist Church Sat urday night, December 13 at 7:00. These Christian young people, with their testimonies and music al abilities, bring a real challenge to the Christian life of our con munity. The public is cordially invit d to attend these inspirational pro grams that are held each Satur day night Eye Survey Unit Will Visit HJC And Durant West Also Included On Next Week's Schedule Release The schedule of visits for the Eye Survey Unit for next week was announced today by Dr. H. L. Butters, acting director of Holmes County Health Deoartment and Mr. L. R. Thompson, Superinten dent of Education. Dec. 12-13. Holmes Junior Col lege, Goodman. Dec. 15-16-17, Durant School. Dec. 18-19, West School. Dec. 20 (8-12), West Communi ty, Main St. The county-wide free medical eye examination program was launched in Holmes county late last month when schools, clubs, and civic organizations were con tacted for assistance in making appointments all over the coun ty for examinations by the mobile unit when it is in their localities. This program is the first of its type in the nation. Only three Mississippi counties are to be of fered this free service in efforts to determine the prevalence and type of eye defects and diseases. There is another preventive ef fort to seek corrective measures through which an intensive sight conservation program might be instituted in Mississippi and in the nation. The free medical eye examina tion program is to be offered to all ages and races in Holmes coun ty. An extensive educational pro gram with organized groups, in terested individuals and the press encourage people from all walks of life to take advantage of these free examinations. Although the service will not tfivp trpatmpnt fnr pvp Hpfpptc it is planned to be of value in detecting eye diseases and de fects of which people themselves may not be aware. Kecent statistics on blindness i have aroused the medical pro fession to find why so many per sons suffer this tragedy. In Mis sissippi alone, there are approxi mately 1,000 totally blind, yet about half of these cases could have been prevented if physi sicians had been consulted in time. The project is financed by pri vate funds and by the Depart ment of Ophthalnology of Tulane Medical School and by state and county health departments. New 1953 Hudson Will Be Shown Public Invited To See Model At Durant Firm The new 1953 Hudson will be < shown in Durant Friday by Du- ] rant Hudson Sales and everyone l is urged to come in and have a look at the new car. Mr. Claude Dodd has returned I from Detroit where he spent three C weeks attending the hydramatic “ school and also studied ofher phases of automotive repairs vjch , as motor tune-up. etc. He was i accompanied to Detroit bv Mrs. f Dodd. We call your attention to the < advertisement concerning the j 1953 Hudson carried elsewhere t in this issue. Air Policeman In Japan Combat cargo. Japan — Staff Sgt. Robert F. Hanna of Pick ens, a member of the U. S. Air Force 315th Troop Carrier Wing Air Police squadron, is one of four air policemen comprising the 315th Wing’s Color Guard. During parades, reviews, and de coration ceremonies at the Com bat Cargo base in southern Japan, the men of this team bear the na tional and wing colors. Airman Hanna is assigned to the accident investigation section of his squad ron. This section checks on all accidents occurring on or off base in which vehicles or men of the Wing are involved.' His unit is part of the 315th Air Division which operates the Korean airlift, carrying personnel and supplies between Japan and Korea. Chisolm Reelected As Farm Bureau Head Officers-Directors Elected At Meeting Monday At Hjp J. E. Chisolm of Richland has been reelected president of the Holmes County Farm Bureau for the ensuing year and B. S. Dar nell of Lexington was named vice-president. Other officers elected to serve were Gordon Carter of Lexington, secretary treasurer, and E. P. Garrett of Goodman and Mr. Carter as ser vice agents. These officers along with direc tors for the new year were nam ed at a short business meeting held Monday night at Holmes Junior College following a ban quet in the college dining room. Directors named to serve were: S. J. Foose, Jr., Tchula; Shelby Parker, Pickens; Arthur KiHe brew, Cruger; Allen Murtagh Ebenezer; Rex Buchanan, Duran*; H. C. Ellis, Rt. 1, West; H. C. Waterer, Tchula; W. J. Waits, Goodman; Sam H. Buck, Rt. 3, Lexington; R. W. Almond. Good man; Lester Gage, Rt. 1, Pick ens; John R. Killebrew, Good man; R. M. Branch, Goodman; Nick Shelton, Tchula; Frank W. Gwin, Sr., Tchula; Raif Kille brew, RFD, Lexington; H. D. Bouchillon, Durant; Homer Brock, Rt. 2, Lexington. V. Brock. Rt. 2. Lexington: J l T. Garland, Pickens; C. O. Sud beck, Rt. 5, Lexington; Cicero Cain, Durant; E. E. MeltQn, Du rant; Mrs. Arthur Killebrew, Cruger; Mrs. W. H. Roach. Lex-i ington; Mrs. Mack Ellington, i Lexington; Mrs. J. L. Braddoek, i Rt. 3, Lexington; Mrs. Boswell j Peacock, Rt. 3, Lexington; Mrs. J. E. Chisolm, Goodman; Mrs. Wen zell Dickard. Rt. 2, Tchula; Mrs. George Marks, Jr., Rt. 2, Tchula; Mrs. B. F. Harthcock, Tchula. Mrs. Nick Shelton, Tchula; Mrs. J. J. Browning, Goodman; Mrs. S. L. Bobo, Goodman; Mrs. C. D. Blackstock, Lexington; Mrs. N M. Parkinson, Rt. 5, Lexing* >n; ind Dixon Peaster, Thornton. Advisory directors named to serve were: Jeff S. Williams, Lexington; V. E. Strider. Lexington; A. P r-arroll, Lexingtdn; C. W. Carr, Lexington; ' W. P. McWilliams, Lexington; J. C. Alexander, Vest; D. C. Scott, Tchula; O A. Cleveland. Lexington; Coy Wat tins, Rt. 4, Lexington; and W. R Sullivan, Lexington. HJC Christmas Program >et December 17th The Holmes Junior College hoir, under the direction of Mm «fartha Tve McKie and the Holm 'S band under the direction of Mr j rhomas Wasson will present e [ Christmas program December 1 it 7:30 p.m. in the college audi orium. The public is cordially invited. Durant Methodist Men Ask Sheriff Byrd For Law Enforcement Durant, Mississippi November 26, 1952 Sheriff Richard F. Byrd Lexington, Mississippi Dear Sheriff Byrd: You will recall that the Men's Bible Class of the Methodfct Church of Durant, back during the spring, wrote to you com mending your law enforcemc’it activities in and around Duiant, in causing a number of “bootleg ger” establishments to close, »nd curtailing the sale of whiskey in this area. Your actions and atti tude at that time were certainly commendable. However, it has come to our at tention that in recent weeks at least two establishments where whiskey is sold have been le opened, in this area, and tnat there are now a number of -ach establishments flourishing. We feel that you have both the power and authority to cause these es tablishments to close, as you ha e certainly shown in the past that the same could be done. The sale, of whiskey is a violation of the law, and we certainly believe in strict law enforcement, as you stated you did in the summer of 1951. We call your attention to statements made by you then, in a speech at the Park in Du rant, that you promised to stop the sale of whiskey and make Durant and Holmes County a de cent t>lace within which to raise our famines. We further call your attention to your statement made in “The Durant News” on January 10, 1952, on the front page, stating among other things as follows: “2. As stated in my candi dacy for this office, I prom ised the people of Holmes County that I would RAID again and again, places sell ing Intoxicating Liquor, “Gaipbling Dives,” and places of ILLEGAL repute. AH such places are hereby noti fied to close up NOW and STAY CLOSED.” We are earnestly and sincerely requesting that you do all within your power and authority to raid and arrest those persons selling whiskey, and close those estab lishments selling same. Yours Very Truly, The Men’s Bible Class, The Methodist Church of Durant. Mississippi. Miss Julia Pearce Rifes At Pickens Well Known Woman Was Native Of Attala County Miss Julia Elizabeth Pearce, long time resident of Pickens and member of a prominent Pickens family, died Monday at ttye Holmes County Community Hos pital. She had been in ill health for some time. Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning at the Picke ns Methodist Church with the R»v. David Harris, assisted by the Rev. S. L. McCullouch, officiating. Burial was in Pickens cemetery with Maxwell and Owen in charge of arrangements. Miss Pearce, known to her many friends as “Miss Julia,” ns.d/ lived most of her life in Pickens. She was bom in Attala county November 24, 1871. She is survived by one sister, Miss Kate Pearce, also of Pickets. Pallbearers were Jack Mont gomery, Arthur Lorance, C. V. Maxwell, Harry Worthey, Craw ford Lever and W. A. Hanna, Jr. Pickens Presbyterians Set Services Sunday Everyone is cordially invited to attend the services of the Pick ens Presbyterian Church Sunday, Dec. 14. Sunday school will be at 9:45 a.m„ morning worship at 11:00 and evening worship at 7:00 p m. At the evening service a special joy gift pageant “Christ mas Is For Remembering.” will j he presented. Mrs. Ed Linn is the chairman of annuities and relief. - a Visit Mother Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Webb of In- j! Jianola spent Thanksgiving with' her mother, Mrs. J. G. Webb here, i "We Must Look Upon Nation's Welfare And Save Land For Future Generation," Rep. Jamie L. Whitten Says Congressman Speaks To Farm Bureau Group At HJC Monday The time has come when we must look upon the nation’s wel fare as a whole and not just one section, Rep. Jamie L. Whitten °t Charleston, told a group 61 Holmes county farm leaders at a meeting held at Holmes Junior College Monday night. The meeting was in the form of a victory celebration termin ating a successful membership campaign for the Holmes County Farm Bureau which saw 512 mem’ bers enrolled for the New Year. The county quota had been plac ed at 472. Following a dinner meeting in the dining hall the group assem bled in the auditorium to hear an address by Rep. Whitten and a number of other Farm Bureau workers and officials speak. Presiding was President J. E. Chisolm who introduced the Hon Eph Cresswell of Durant who introduced the speaker for the evening, Mr. Whitten. Mr. CrMiwall Mr. Cresswell paid tribute to the Farm Bureau and said it speaks for the progressive farm ers of Mississippi. He gave a few highlights of the splendid car eer of Mr. Whitten. He related that he had been principal of a school in 1932 in Tallahatchie county where he was bom ar.d reared when he ran for the legis lature in 1932. From 1933 until 1941 he had served as district attorney before being elected to Congress in 1941 where he has since served “with distinction” feeing a member now of the pow erful appropriations committee and chairman of the sub-commit tee on agriculture. Mr. Whitten said he was taking every opportunity possible to speak to farmers and their lead ers because Mississippi is depen dent upon the welfare of agri culture regardless of what part of the state we live in or what our occupation is. “Unfortunately, we are gettiv.g short-sighted and are interested only in what directly affects us But we must realize that we have -o look upon the nation’s welfare as a whole,” he said. Fully 65 per cent of the raw materials in manufacturing come from the soil, the remainder be ing iron ore, coal and other ma terials, he reminded the group. Thus the job of conserving the soil and making the most of it af fects not only the farmer but ev industrial urrt Mr. Whitten then recited facts known to every history student. He told of how in the 1870’s pro tective tariffs were passed bj the Congress keeping cheap goods out of America and thus protect ing American industry. He re lated the further march of indus trial progress in the early 1900’s when the minimum wage laws were passed. Cp until about 20 years rs.fo agriculture had to take what it could get for its products. It had to buy, at the same time, on a protected market,” he said. By forcing the farmer to sell his pro ducts on an unprotected market farm prices were forced so low that generally understood thal the farmer could not make enough to keep his house painted and in repair, or to send his children to college or do any ol the things other families do.” The farmer in the past has not been able to get enough foi his products to take care of the land and the sad fact is that 40 per cent or 200 million acres of the land is gone—which will re sult in great harm to the whole nation. Mr. Whitten then discussed fiim price supports and said they were nothing more than a mini mum guarantee of what the farm er could get for his products. He defined the basic parity period as being from 1909-1914 and said that parity prices were designed > to equalize the farmer's purchas ing power and give him a fair share of the national income “We a nation have 3n in terest in agriculture and we must I see that the job of bringing the ! .and back is done—it doesn’t help i :o fix the responsibilities for neg- ; ecting it in the past. What we I ire concerned with is the future,” < le said. “We win nave 23 years from ; low 190 million people in the • James Henry Smith Rites At Oak Ridge Mr. James Henry Smith of Sal lis, brother of Mrs. Sally M. Jer kins of Goodman, died Sunday afternoon at his residence follow ing a four week illness. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.rn. at Oak Ridge Methodist Church and inr terment was in Stump Bridge cemetery with Southern in charge of arrangements. Mr. Smith was bom April 28, 1873. He was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church in Indianola. Sruviving are his wife, Mrs. Turity Allen Smith, five daugh ters, Mrs. Clyde P. Burchfield, Alligator, Mrs. Irvin Hodges of Indianola, Mrs. Odelle Bums of Jackson, Mrs. Eldridge Forties of Shaw, Mrs. Bums of Jackson; one son, James Lamar Smith of Sallis; two sisters. Mrs. Jenkins of Goodman, and Mrs. R. P. Shook of Roe, Arkansas; and three bro th^rS. CiPOrffP Smith nf Klumnhifl the Rev. Y. A. Smith of Sallis and J. B. Smith of Indianola. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. United States and we will need 115 million more acres of land pointed out, “and we must give and we don’t have them,” he thought that we are all respon sible for the land. “We must realize that for the past 150 years we have sold up on an open market, exhausting 40 per cent of our land and 6*1 per ceftt of our timber,” he em phasized. It is important, the congress man said, to reduce spending and have a balanced budget, but money is still a medium of ex change—and if the soil isn’t rich the heritage we pass on is use less. Ihe wfealth of your country he said, lies in our land, our “know-how” and our moral in tegrity. Mr. Whitten hit the “short-sight ed policy” that permits our Con gress to spend a billion dollars on foreign economic aid and would not permit that much spending in the United States. “The American people wouldn’t permit it to happen here,” he said. The speaker stressed the fact that it is noth lriff mnro ftkovs business to see that our laws are so written that the farmer gets a fair share of the national inco ue, enough to make a good living and take care of his land. He sharply criticized the va rious farm groups that see.o more interested in pushing thru praticuiar program than promot ing the public welfare and said that farm groups are going to have to work together and pre sent a united front. Tty? speaker said that he be heved the Farm Bureau has an opportunity of being of great ser vice to all agricultural people but its members have to ’‘stick together.” H e anticipates n o trouble from the Republican-con trolled Congress or the new pre sident when he assumes office. Instead he is more concerned with various farm factions trj ing to cut each other’s throats. “We spend about half our time listening to their arguments with each other,” he said. The speaker concluded by say ing that for the first time in ,he history of our country propei attention is being given to agri culture. “But in Congress there’s com petition for how laws are writ ten and we must get together and stay together,” was his fi.,J word. Other Speakers Prior to Mr. Whiten’s splen did address which was greatiy enjoyed by everyone present t number of other speakers • ver. heard briefly. They included J ». Williams, Farm Bureau super visor for 24 counties and a merr. aer of the legislature from Noxu xe county who now resides r Lexington: Sam Thompson, fieh' ■epresentative from the North vest territory; Gordon Carter o’ -.exington; and Frank Gwin wh. ubmitted a slate of new jffj. :ers which was adopted A number of other visitors n' •arm Bureau officials preser vere also recognized.