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HAZEL EYES * By Hurt Brannon Smith A number -of our friends and readers have called and ► complained about the hazard that exists on our county high ways in the form of livestock roaming at large. The presence of these anim als on the highways is a men ace to every motorist and there have been several accidents within the past few weeks where they were involved. We realize how much ex pense is involved in feeding livestock and it may be a temptation to turn them loose on the public to forage—but the owner of every mule, horse and cow in Holmes county has a legal and moral obligation to keep his stock up and keep it off other peoples’ property and off the public roads and high ways. It is strictly against state law for livestock to be at large and their owners are responsible for any damages they do. Morally a man is guilty of murder should his livestock cause an accident which claims a life — because he knows when he turns the stock out it may cause an accident. We do not know whether the Board of Supervisors has the anfV»Arifw i n ♦ *nmn nnf> whose business it would be to see that the laws regarding livestock are enforced—but there ought to be some way to better protect the motoring public. This is the time of year when whole families turn out in the car and scour the country foT Christmas trees, holly and other greenery. A beautiful little pine or ce dar tree along the highway is spotted—and the car stops. ’Hie hatchet is brought out and down the tree comes. The fact that the tree happens to be on some one else’s property and maybe have a “Posted” sign next to it makes no diffwpnce. One of our late friends d td . to say first •rminnyp&tflE have no rights—the city folks have taken them •all away." He was referring to the fact that the majority of people have absolutely no regard far the property rights of others once they get outside the city limits. When they’re in the country they feel free to take anyhing in sight that is not nailed down. I personally can go one step farther and sav thev don’t al ways get outside the city limits to steal their Christmas trees. “Steal" is an ugly word but that's exactly what it is when anyone takes any kind of tree or greenery off anyone etse’s property without their know ledge or consent. Two years ago some one stole a beautiful cedar tree off the property where I now live —a tree which had been Stand ing there for more than thirty years. They didn’t bother to take the whole tree—just the big top I'm sure it made a beautiful Christmas tree and I wonder if the one who toak it enjoyed it. I am sure the person who took the tree could not pos sibly have enjoyed its beauty for one brief Christmas week as much as 1 would have en joyed it in my front yard Sor the remainder of my life. Many other families are hav ing this experience at this time of year and will have the same thing to go through with next year—and that is the reason why I am now telling the story about my tree that was stolen. Perhaps it will make some careless people more consider ate of the rights of others— especially at Christmas. Ginning la Up Census report shows that 53,635 bales of cotton were gin ned in Holmes county from the crop of 1952 prior to Decem ber 1 as compared with 44,141 bales for the crop of 1951. Be Sure And See Santa In Durant Saturday Afternoon At Two O’Clfcck. Only 5 More Shopping Days Until Christmas! THE DURANT NEWS Santa Claus Will Bg H©r© Saturday Baptist Christmas Program Set For Sunday At 7:00 Public Is Invited To Annual Musical Program Here The choir of the Fust Baptist Church of Durant will present a program of Christmas music com posed of anthems and Christmas carols Sunday night, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. The following numbers will be presented: Oh Come All Ye Faithful, choir. Oh Holy Night, Girls Ensemble A Star Was His Candle, Choir Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Miss Rose Counts As I Watch Beside My Sheep, Choir Angels We Have Heard jQ;. High, Choir Go Tell Him On The Moun tain, Choir Beautiful Saviour, Miss Trudy Henry and Choir Gegu Bambibno, Bobby Irby and James Hays The King Of Love My Shepherd Is, JDhoir, SaraneH Nabors and Harold Bunch. Members of the choir are: so prano: Mrs. W. T. Hand, Mrs. C. M. Day, Miss Shrrley Leslie, Mrs. ivt-umuit'i, miss oniney Wheat., Mrs. Sue Ellard, Mrs. Ar nold Renacker, Miss Edith Anr Moss, Miss Jwyee McBride, Mrs. Dyer, Miss Carolyn Guion, Miss Virginia Lowing, Miss Marjorie Mims, Mrs. Robert Irby, Miss Carolyn Holmes, Miss Ivon Jones, Miss Elaine Ellard. Bass: Robert Irby, W. W. Wi l ier, Mr. Dyer, Larry Day. lo*> -CHITm*, TVffke Kealhofer, Pershing SpruDL Tenor: Marion Brantley, Bobby Irby, Harold Bunch, Doc Griffin. Altos: Mrs. Leon Englemann, Mrs. Ann Irby, Miss Saranell Na bers, Miss Joyce Hathorn, Miss Rose Counts, Miss Trudy Ileniy, Miss Edith McBride. Fire Claims Lives Of Three Negroes Father And Two Children Die As Home Burns Fire claimed the lives eft three members of a respected Negro family of Holmes county ibis week on Stonewall Plantation near Thornton. The death victim* were Joe P'«>te Meek, 15-year-old tractor driver and his two children, Em mn T R owrt r - - perished around 9:30 Friday night; when their home was consumed j by fire believrwi to liave been j caused by an explosion resulting i from pouring kerosene or tractor ! fuel on smouldering embers. Lela Mae Meek. wife of 1ihe dead man, had gone a short dis tance away to the home of a siek friend when the tragedy occur- j red. The fire was investigated by I Sheriff Richard F. Byrd and bis officers. - j Bob Killebrew Returns From Chicago 4-H Trip Bobby Killebrew, Holmes aHS sophomore, has just returned from a trip to Chicago. Bobby is one of a team of four 4-H Club boys from Holmes county who won the trip for getting first place in Mis sissippi in general stock judging. Other members of the team were J. P. Pilgrim, Goodman-, Larry Hand. Jr., Durant, and Curtis Johnson, Lexington. The team won over 13 other • counties in the district judging held at Greenwood. They were then sent to the 4-H Club Con gress at State College where they i won the state championship, giv ing them the trip to the national livestock judging contest in Chi cago. NO LICENSES It has been announced that the ! Highway Patrol license examiner will not be at the Holmes County Courthouse on Christmas Eve next week Methodist Supt. Speaks At Durant Church Mr. J. E. Long, superintendent of the Methodist Home in Jack son, will speak at the Durant Me thodist Church Sunday morning. December 21, at 11:00. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this service. Brother Of Durant Resident Is Ki ed Miss Artie Johnson's Brother Is Crash Victim In Missouri Mr. Ira L. Johnson, brother of Miss Artie Johnson of Durant, was killed in an automobile ac cident at CarthaRe, Missouri De cember 12 when his car was struck by another car. His body was thrown from th^ car and he was killed almost instantly. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 00 at Car son Funeral Home at Kansas City. Missouri. Mr. Johnson’s home was al 1801 Hedges Avenue, Indepen deuce, Missouri, but he was Fire nt- ’ * _ i 11 A_ A n i u t im. .u m y ftu 1'uuc uaoc, Kansas City Record Center. He served as a member of the Kan sas City Police Department for many years. Surviving are his wife. Mrs. Ol lie Johnson and a step daughter, Josephine Lale of Independence and four brothers and three sis ters. Crop Insurance Sales Program Is (Jnderwayj Farmers Urged To Take Advantage Of PMA Offer Holmes county farmers whose crops are not yet covered by Fe deral Crop Insurance will have Em opportunity to sign up for it during an intensive salts cam paign scheduled for the next few weeks, according to C. L. Down er, chairman of the Holmes County PMA Committee. “We’re fortunate in having this program in our county,” Mr. j Downer declared. “This insur ance is offered on a selective risk basis, and is not available every where to any farmer 1 hope every eligible grower in Holmes county who has not alrendy dom so will take advantage of this op portunity,” Federal Crop Insurance pm n 2__A_ -- ~ .V.. .J im voujr-ju 111 ILia crops against all causes of carp damage beyond his control, in cluding floods, drought, winds, haft, frost, inserts, diseases, aad many others. Cost of the insurance is low. Mr Downer said, and premium payments can be handled on sa basis to suit the convenience oL the applicant. Premiums are de ductible in computing income tax returns. County School Holiday j Schedule Is Given Holmes county schools have' announced their holiday schedules as follows: Durant, Goodman, Pickens, Tchula and Cruger will get out on Friday, Dec. 19, and resume studies on Monday, January 5. t’oxburg will get out on Dec. 19 but will resume studies on Monday, Dec. 29. Lexington and West schools will not get out until Tuesday Dec. 23 and will resume on Mon-1 lay, Jan. 5. Additional Schools Enroll In Jr. Red Cross The following schools have I '•en added to the enrollment in Junior Red Cross. Durant City Schools, high and elementary, Franklin colored i hool, West public school, and Mt. Zion colored school. This makes a total of fifteen schools in the county that have t enrolled. Mrs. Lela B. Landfair Rites Held Sunday Prominent Durant Lady Had Been III Long Time Mrs. Lela Buckley Landfair, member of a prominent Durant family died at a Jackson hospital Friday after a lengthy illness. She was 78. Funeral services were held at the Durant Methodist Church I Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. T. A. Filgo, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Mizpah cemetery with Southern in charge of ar rangements. Mrs. Landfair, a long time resi dent of Durant, was born in Ya zoo City. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the WSCS and the UDC. She leaves one son, Alton B. Landfair of Durant, a sister, Mrs. E. G. Bernard of Los Angeles and one grandson, J. Hubert Landfair of Durant, Pallbearers were Charlie Ray, Harry O Cain, Lamar Hays, Ed Rush, VV . S. Odom, and Henry Mc Kenzie. iafety Patrol Head Asks Yuletide Hosts To Serve "Java" "One For The Road Should Be Hot Black, Coffee" Holiday partv-givers hive been asked by Cal. T. B. Birdsong of the State Highway Safety Patrol to assume additional responsibili ties for their guests — make sure they are fit to drive home after the festive affairs. His appeal was made in an ef fort to prerent a recurrence of the highway tragedies which last year caused many deaths and thousands of injuries in Mississip pi during the twin four-day cele brations of Christmas and New Years. “While the principal responsi bility for safe dnving always rests with the driver, the host and host essi have an obligation also,” Colonel Birdsong said. “To permit an unsteady driver to take the wheeled a car makes the host an accessory to whatever follows.” Greatest Yule Gilt until ±ie is in proper condition to handle his car safely is to give him the greatest Christmas gift of all — life itself,” Colonel Bird song said. The Highway Patrol official said, “One way to be surer that the departing guest is fit to drive is to serve a nightcap of cafSee be fore be leaves. “Everyone knows the steadying effect of coffee, with lute of sugar, when it is taken after alcohol,” the colonel said. “Tests conducted at Cornell University proved long ago that the number of errors is sharply reduced when coffee is taken after drinking and thus, the guest can be persuaded to try it, his chances of safe arrival home are bettered.” Campaign Has Clicked Colonel Birdsong said last year the mayor of Boston issued a proc lamation suggesting that New En gland hosts and hostesses make the final drink—the “one for the road”—strong black coffee. As a result, New England last year re ported only four traffic deaths compared with 13 for the year before, with the “one for the road" campaign given credit for the reduction. Maryland also fol lowed the plan and reported no deaths at New Year's last year against eight two years previous. “It seems to me that the success of “one for the road” in those two areas indicate that it should become general practice every where,” Colonel Birdsong said. The fact that liquor is illegal in Mississippi does not niinimi7< the results that could accrue fi m the “one for the road” piar ir t ha state. That is attested by Mack1 market liquar tax collections on; 12 million dollars in “reported 1 sales in legal-dry Mississipp Durant Pastor On Temperance Committee I The Rev. C. M. Day, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durant, has been elected a member of the Temperance Committee for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, it has been announced by the Rev. J. R. Davis, of New Albany, Board president. He was elected at the annual meeting of the body at the Bap tist Building in Jackson Dec. 8-9 and will serve throughout 1953. Joe Tate Funeral Held Here Today Former Resident Is Buried At Brister Cemetery Mr. Joe Sephus Tate of Jack son. retired night watchman for merly of Durant, died of a sud den heart attack Wednesday at the Baptist Hospital in Jack son. He was stricken with the attack at his home in Jackson and was rushed to the hospital where j he died shortly afterward, i Funeral services were held at I Tne Nazarene Church in Durant I today (Thursday) at 3:00 p.m. i with the Rev. J. O. Bearden, pas tor. and the Rev. Bob Stinnett, pastor of the First Nazarene Church in Jackson, officiating. Burial was in Brister cemetery Mr. Tate was born in Holmes county September 23, 1884 and lived here most of his life. He was a night watchman at the lumber yard in Durant for years. Surviving are two daughters, ■ Mrs. G. V. Shannon of Yazoo I City, and Miss Louether Tate ol Jackson; four sons, C„ D. Tate of Memphis, Elbert Tate of Cru ger, Earl Tate of Jatkson and Cpl. Willie C. Tate of Camp Chaf fee, Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. Rube Smith of Mark's, Mrs. Jake Manuel; four brothers, B. Lanie Tate of Stover, George Tate of Lei.ener, Arkansas, Alexander Tate and Bilbo Tate, both of Sumner. He also leaves eight grandchildren. Pallbearers were C. A. Dicker son. Clay Aldy, M. W. Nixon of Jackson, Morris Gunter of Jack son, Willie Sims, Fred Taylor. Curtis Lester and Jack Ezelle. Lonnie Lee Patton Is Fatally Injured Negro Man Loses Control Of Car In Accident Lonnie Lee Patton, weT! taiown ! Tchula Negro, died at the Holmes County Community Hospital in Lexington about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from injuries received in an acci dent Sunday afternoon around 5:00 p.m. 'According to reports of Shcr iff R. F. Byrd who investigated the accident, Patton apparently lost control of his car about half way down the top of Funnagusha hill between Lexington and Tchu !a. He was aJone. Two Tchula youths, John Ve gezri and James Lee Shirley saw the accident and reported it to Sheriff Byrd at his home. Patton was driving a 1946 4 door sedan and was on tae back scat when found by Officer Byrd He is survived by a wife. Denton Youth Now Serving In Korea With I Corps In Korea — Army Cpl. Thomas S. Denton, son of David E. Denton, Route 1, Du rant, is serving in Korea with the 17th Field Artillery Battalion, which sometime in December will fire its 200,000th round against the Communists. The 17th, which has been in Korea since October 1950, fired the first round of heavy artillery for the UN on the peninsula. It has since destroyed more than 2.500 enemy bunkers, using an average of a boxcar of ainmuni- ; tion daily. Denton entered the Army in j July 1951 and arrived in Korea in January of this year. Durant Jaycees Sponsor Appearance Of / Santa Saturday Afternoon At 2:00 ! -V Two New Barbers At Herrin Shop Mr. J. C. Herrin announced to day that he has secured the ser vices of two barbers, Mr. Ben Murren and Mr Max Murren, fa ther and son from Grenada where they were pfeviously employed. The Murrens will make their home in Durant, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Murren, located in an apart ment in the home of Mrs. Albert Herrin and Mr. and Mrs. Max Murren and three daughters in the M. V. McCormick apartment. Mr. Herrin invites the public to come in to meet the Murrens and to give them a trial. A. B. Holder Rites Held In Lexington Gulfport Citizen Was Former Sheriff Of Holmes County Funeral services for Mr. A. B Holder, Gulfport citizen and for mtr snenit of Holmes county, were held Saturday morning at 10:30 at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lexington, with the Rev. R. G. Donaldson, rector, of ficiating. Burial was in Odd Fel lows cemetery’ with Southern in charge of arrangements. He pas sed awayr Thursday at his home in Gulfport after an illness of pneu monia. Mr. Holder. 56. was born in Memphis December 4, 1897, but lived in l^exington for many years where he had a wide circle of .friends. He had served as sher iff of Holmes county and was a member of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lexington. He was a veteran of Woi Id War I. After he left Lexington he had been working at the Merchant Marine base at Pass Christian from 1946 to 1950. Surviving are one son, A. B. Holder, Jr. of Lexington; three daughters, Mrs. John Sharp Wil liams, IV, of Little Rock, Ark.; Mrs. J. W. Humphries of Durant and Mrs. Richard E. Williams of Laurel. He also leaves two sis ters, Mrs. S. R. Burti-on of Hou ston, Texas and Mrs. R. M. Bridg forth of Pickens. Pallbearers were W. A. Ram sey, L. L. McNeese, B. S. Beall, LeRoy Paris, R. O. Duke, Will viauuc acini, aim z. id. Wall of Greenwood. Chisolm Infant Is Buried At Coxburg Graveside services for little Lucy Maxiene Chisolm, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Chisolm of Lexington Route 4, were held December 12 at 2:00 pm. at the Coxburg cemetery Mr. John Wigley officiated with Southern in charge of burial. The | child was born December 11 at j the Holmes County Community | Hospital and died there Dec. 12. | Goodman Presbyterian Church Everyone is cordially invited to attend the services of the Good man Presbyterian Church Sunday, December 21. Sunday school will be at 10:00 a.m., morning worship at 11:00 a.m. and evening worship at 7:30 p.m. The evening service will consist of a special joy gift program "The Shepherds Watch.” The December joy gift will be re-! ceived. The public is cordially invited j to attend these services. Hospital List Mrs. Annie Simpson, Sallis Nancy Taylor, Durant Mrs. Annie Guess. Durant Mrs. J. W. Dale, Goodman Baby Cynthia Diane Dale, G'man J. E. Ham, Durant W. A. Sanders, Durant Mrs. Frank Burrell. Durant Baby William Franklin Burrell J. F. Byrd, Durant E. L. Zeigler. Pickens Colored Patients Alma Greer, Durant Elouise Morton, Durant Jimmy Lee Morton, Durant Ola Mae Coleman, Vaughn Free Candy And Favors For The Small Children Santa Claus will pay a visit to Durant Saturday aftdmoon at 2:00 p.m. and all of the boys and girls of Durant and vicinity, large and small, are given a cordial in vitation to come to see him. Santa, whose appearance in Durant is being sponsored by the Durant Junior Chamber of Com merce, is expected to ride into town on Durant’s shiny fire truck leading a Christmas parade of floats and decorated cars. He will be at the band stand on Front Street where he will dis tribute candy and favors to the small children. All business houses in town are asked to decorate a car or a float to form a parade to accom pany Santa to town. For further information con tact any member of the Jaycees. Presbyterians Plan Christmas Cantata The Durant Presbyterian v-auii it ivn lilt* aiuiuaj juy program will present "Chimes Of The Holy Night,” a Christmas cantata by Fred B. Holton Sun day, December 21 at 5:00 p.m. The December joy gift will be re ceived. The public is cordially invited to attend this service. Lexington Ekes Out 47-45 Victory Over Durant Tuesday ! • Honeybees Win Easily Over Durant Girls —■. Score 50-21 l Arch-rivals Lexingtbti and Du I rant added fuel to their ancient feud Tuesday night, December 16, when Lexington’s Hornets eked out a 47-45 basketball vic tory in overtime. Coach Woodson Earle’s fast breaking Lexington Hornets lad the Tigers all the way until a last I »«****«Djjjurge Dy me undaunted Tigers knotted the ! count at 45-45. Two charity tosses, one by Hor net forward W. L. Lipeey and an other by teammate Bobby Cau then, accounted for all the scor ing in the crucial 3-minute over time period, giving the hard-pres sed hornets thp winning margin. In the opening game me taller and more experienced Lexington Hornets handled Durant’s inex perienced but welj-coached sex tette with comparative ease, winning 50-21. Boys Lineup Lexington Durant LiPsey 20 Bunch 8 Rosamond 6 Collins 14 Smith 11 Griffin 10 Cauthen 10 Burrell 7 Millwood 0 Self 0 Hooker 0 Rucker 8 HAHS Boys Down Durant For 7th Straight Win After losing the opening game of the season to Farmhaven, tie Holmes AHS basketball bo- s came back to win their seventh straight game by defeating the Durant Tigers by a score < f 53-42 last Tuesday evening. Be fore this game the girls defeatej their foes by a score of 35-31. In the boys’ game Doyle Abbs and Spann Robertson were toi scorers with 16 and 14 points res pectively. Feddy Joe Taylor, Pa Jones, and Earl Dickerson plav -J a good defensive game for AI Holmes team. the' For the girls it was T Hiett who won the scor -frothy ors with 16 points. M mg ho- • Crory played a goo -aggie Mr game with Jessie ' d defense ! Reva Dattel, An- ^arol Mabt / Ruthie Jean Br 4 Burrel] at I good defensive playing i 4 Wlgame.