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To continue our report on the
lecture given by George Sokol -
■ky, eminent columnut at the
Lecture-forum sponsored b y
Loyola University in New
Orleans several days ago
which we talked about in this
column last week:
Following the lecture, given
in the ball room at the Roose
velt Hotel before a full house,
an open forum was held in
which the speaker answered
questions from the floor
In response to a query on how
American citizens can best
fight Communism Mr. Sokol
sky suggested two things: 1.
Constant exposure—such as the
Federal Bureau Of Investiga
tion and Congressional Com
mittees are doing. 2. Don’t sup
press the Communists in Amer.
ica—instead strengthen your
own forces by studying and
knowledge—especially become
educated in yaur own beliefs.
In connection with this Mr.
Sokolsky said the schools in
this country are failing to give
children today that feeling of
American patriotism which we
normally associate with our
own childhood. This opinion of
his is undoubtedly based upon
nersonal observation and prob
ably shared by a large segment
of our population. However I
believe, at least I hope, that
this does not apply to our
southern schools en masse. •
Certainly one of the finest
things a school can do is to
educate a child on the history
and traditions of its country.
Only when our school children
become acquainted intimately
with our history can they ap
preciate their heritage and un
derstand why it should be pro- ;
tected by them and handed
down to their own children. |
The smart alec historyi
teacher, sometimes found in
our American colleges, who de
ounks this country's heroes is
not doing his country or his
students any good. He may be
brilliant—but he is dumb.
I have long felt that Ameri
cans generally do not under
stand or care why they should
love and protect their country
against onslaught of the social,
ists and the communists.
We feel that our system of free
and private enterprise is worth
protecting not just because it
gives us the highest standard
of living in the world—
although that is a practical fac.
tor we can all understand. But
this thing we call “American
ism” goes deeper than the mere
materialism of more bathtubs,
automobiles and telephones. It
involves a whole way of living
in which the individual has
real freedom to conduct his
life and affairs as he sees fit—
as long as he does not violate
me laws oi man wnicn govern
all society for the common
That is the whole concept of
the American way—freedom
Of the individual based upon
the laws of God. '
‘But," you may rightly say,'
‘‘we don’t have the freedom we
used to have in America to con
duct our affairs—almost every
thing is controlled by the gov
And you would certainly be
The reason for this is the
creeping socialism that came
in with the New Deal as a tern,
porary measure (against de
pression) which has continued
to grow until we have lost a
large measure of our freedom
as individual citizens—and in
business. This happens in every
country where socialistic mea
sures are enacted into law—
look at England.
Even so we still have more
freedom than any other country
in the world—this is something
for which to be thankful.
We can be even more thank
ful that the present trend to
ward socialism has slowed
down in this , county—and
there is some hope of complete
ly reversing the trend under
the present administration.
But there is definite danger
in the fact that we have, in the
past 20 years, developed hund
reds »f thousands of citizens,
perhaps millions, who are per
fectly willing to let the gov
n rol their lives in
return for a handout of sonv
kind. Because of this fact it is
going to be a long hard fight
back to a system where we do
hings for ourselves—without
calling on the Federal govern
ment to do it for us
Here is where our school
District Music Festival
Set In Durant
District 12 Baptist Music Fes
tival will be held at the Durant
Baptist Church Monday, April
27, it has been announced by W.
C. Morgan of Jackson, State Bapt.
1st Music Secretaiy, who will con
duct the Festival.
Counties m District 12 include
Attala, Carroll, Holmes, Leake
and Montgomery
The Meeting will begin at 5 p.
m. and continue on through the
evening session with those at
tending bringing sandwiches for
The program will include hymn
playing choral and instrumental
judging with all those partici
pating being given ratings look
ing to participating in the State
Music Festival in Jackson, Nov.
ember 27
Services Held Sunday
For Mrs. Moore
Prominent Lexington
Woman Dies Suddenly!
At Hospital
Mrs. Catherine Sample Moore, j
well known citizen of Lexing- I
ton, died suddenly April 17, at j
the Holmes County Community!
hospital after an illness of sev
eral weeks.
Funeral services were held Sun
day afternoon at 2:00 from the
First Presbyterian church in Lex.
ington with the Rev. Hayes Clark
officiating. Burial was in Old
Fellows cemetery with Southern
in charge of arrangements.
A native of Holmes County,
Mrs. Moore was bom in the
Franklin community, March 22,
1891. She was an active member
of the Presbyterian church.
Surviving are her husband,
James H. Moore, two daughters,
Miss Virginia Moore of Lexing
ton and Miss Kitty Moore of
Jackson, a son, William A. Moore
of Texas and two brothers,
Hughes Sample of Clarksdale and
Tom B. Sample of Gulfport.
Pallbearers were L. P. Johnson,
L. H. Paris, W. W. (Bill) Jordon,
Mi’es Ray, Gordon Ashley, Jr.,
Mike Lammons. E. F. Rathell. Jr
and David Williams.
Recent Guests
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Farmer and
children of Tchula were recent
guests of Mr. and Mrs. George
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can do a wonderful work—and
that is in teaching the children
the importance of standing on
their own feet and doing for
themselves. The development
of self-reliance and initiative
cannot start too soon in any
child’s life.
We are fortunate that in
most of our communities we
have the Boy Scouts and the
Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts
^and the Brownies to supple
ment the training our child
ren receive in school and
church. These organizations
nake a great contribution in
teaching young people love and
appreciation for their country
and its institution. We should
help them in their work in
every way possible.
“The Korean war could
have been won by January 12,
1951, and everything since then
has been outrageous,’’ said Mr.
Had not General MaeArthur
been stopped by the White
House the war would have
been won by that date, we be
lieve. But President Truman
listened to Britain and France
our Allies and the United Na
The result has been a doubl
ing of American casualties and
untold devastation to the
people of war-torn Korea
American losses in Korea
are more than 131,000 dead,
wounded and missing The
South Koreans have had 320,
000 casualties and all other ,
United Nations forces have suf
fered 22,000 casualties—mak
ing a total of 473.000 for the
United Nations. An estimated
2,100.0^0 a^e dead, wounded
or missing for the enemy.
Sad news for thousands of
American homes is the report
by the communists that they
hold only 3,100 American
prisoners in Korea.
We have 11,S93*“ Americans
missing in action—this means
[ only three chances out of
eleven for any one prisoner
s to be alive. i
Irby Melton Asks
For Voters' Support
The Durant News is authoris
ed to announce the candidacy of
Irby Melton for alderman „i.
Durant, subject to the action of
the Democratic Primary election
May 12th.
Mr. Melton in announcing his
candidacy today said he was ask
ing for thoughtful consideration
of every qualified voter. He said
that if he is elected they can
depend upon him for the fullest
c>X)peration with other mem
bers or the board and city of
ficials in making Durant a better
place in which to live.
Record Tree-Planting
Job Completed In
Holmes County
This year’s pine seedling
planting job which was begun
the second week in December |
was completed about" the middle
of March with a total of 3,127,500
pine and hardwood seedlings
planted in Holmes County. The
Mississippi Forestry Commission
and the Flood Control Project
of the U. S. Forest Service fur
nished these trees and supervis
tU.. _1_m _
^ piuuuug ui uicm. ivi< si
of the seedlings were planted
with financial assistance of the
P. M. A. on farms on which
farm plans had been writ
ten by the Soil Conservation
Most of the seedlings planted
were loblolly pine. Tnere were
92,000 slash pine, about 40,000
shortleaf pine, and several
thousand each of longleaf pine,
catalpa, and bl^ck locust plant
The majoriety of these seed
lings were planted on gullied or
sheet eroded land- Besides heal
ing tljese eroded, areas, they
will restore about 2,600 acres of I
otherwise worthless land to pro- 1
duction. i
In order for these young trees
to grow into a valuable crop
they must be protected from
grazing for the first few years
and they must be protected from
Since the tree planting has
been completed for this year,
work has begun to prepare i
planting "love grass’ seed so
that the movement of the soil
will be slowed down enough for
pine seedlings to take hold.
W. A. Jackson
Jackson Visitor
Mrs. V. L. Willis was a Jackson
visitor last week.
Official Program Nears Completion
County Agent W. R. Sullivan
and D. C. Lundy, Holmes county
chairman of the 4-H Founding
celebration to be held in Lex
ington on Tuesday, May 5, talk
over plans for the program
which is near completion.
Next weeks paper will carry
an account of the complete
schedule of activities planned
for that day.
Ebenezer Farmer Is
Seriously injured
Guy Bradley, well known far
mer of Ebenezer is in the Bant
ist Hospita' in Jackson with
serious injuries as a result of
an automobile accident in his
car Tuesday night. He suffered
a broken pelvis among other in
juries and is expected to be in
the hospital from eight to
twelve weeks
The accident occurred between
eight and nine o’clock in the
evening on the Richland-Ebenezer
road as he was going home.
His car turned over when it
struck loose gravel and he was
ninned underneath for more
than an hour before he was found.
Mrs. S. J Ellington, Durant
Mrs. R. B. Winter. Goodman
Baby Robert David Winter,
Tom C. Fant, Sallis
Curtis Ellard, Durant
Mrs. Chestefen Smith, Pickens
Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Durant
Nellie Walsh, Durant
Ida R. Henderson, Durant
[n Hospital
Mrs. Zenobia Blankenship f°l'
at her nome last Tuesday night
and was carried to the hospital
in Jackson for treatment of her
leg which was seriously injured.
| Goodman Lions Club
Presents Minstrel
The Goodman Lions Club will
stage a minstrel show at the
j Goodman public auditorium Tues
day night, April 28 at 8 00.
Everyone is invited to enjoy an
evening of entertainment and
i-.eip a worthy cause.
Durant Girl Makes
New Orleans Trip
Trudy Henry was among a
group of 27 Mississippi College
Students, including members of
the religious Education Club and
Dr. Norman O’Neal’s audio-'
v i;s u a 1 aid class, who left
I.ere early Monday Morning for
New Orleans on a field trip pro
ject that included business and
After visiting the New Orleans
'Baptist Seminary and making
sight seeing tours to several
points of interest, the group re
Vurned to Canton Tuesday
Trudy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
W. R. Henry of Durant is student
from the freshman class.
On Wednesday night, April 29
there will be a church night at
the Methodist Church in Durant.
Everyone is invited to bring a
dish of food and join in the fel
Jowship. • At that time the last
quarterly conference will be held.
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Appears In Tchula Horse Show
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Happy Days K is shown above
w^th Trainer, R C Hughes up
Mr. Hughes, a well known
horse trainer of Jackson is
quoted as saying the Tchula
horses is one of the best in the
state. He won the blue ribbon
i his class at the Jackson horse
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* *
how a>t fill ro 1 won Reserve
Champ! n of t'e T uth at the
Horse Show Jutfiee held in
15 ton Roupe, La., m November.
Happy Days K, 3-year-old
walking atallion owned by J. E
Cunningham of lehuia, wildly
V - f ■
hailed as one of the best horses
in Lie sta.e is one of the early en
tii.s in me Tchu a Horse Show
sponsored by Tckula Lions anc
bPW Club. *
The show will be held or
Monday night. May 11, at th<
Tchula School athletic field.
Butler Case Continued
Jntil October Term;
Woman Gets Two Years
The case of the state versus W
T Butler which was reversed
by the Mississippi Supreme Court
and remanded to Holmes County
Circuit Court for re-trial was
continued th.< week until the
October term of Circuit Court.
The death penalty was demand
ed by the state from Butler who
was accused of murdering the late
W W Wynn, prominent Cruger
farmer and legislator-elect at the
time of his death.
Edna Graham, colored woman
accused of murder in connection
with the death of her husband,
drew two years in the county jail
Exercises Held At
West School
In the closing exercises on
Thursday evening, April 16,
Sept. J T. Montgomery present
ed diplomas to twenty-two high
school graduates. ‘Crusader’s
March" by Stults was played by
Mrs. Montgomery as the pro
cessional. The Rev. H. C. Ellis
gave the Invocation. 'The South
Beckons" was forcefully given
by the salutatonan, Gowan Ellis,
son of Mr and Mrs Richara
Ellis. Betty Faye Hand, daughter
of Mr and Mrs. L. J. Hand,
brought the valedictory address
in a very effective manner
“Look Ahead' Look South! was
the tile of Miss Hands timely
Mr. F. C. Barnes, executive
secretary of the Mississippi Edu
cation Association of Jackson
gave an inspiring address to the
graduation, their families and
After presenting the diplomas
and eighth grade certificates
Supt. Montgomery presented the
awards. The Balfour Award
based on scholarship, loyalty and
rchievement went to Betty Faye
Hand who had an average of
97 97 for the foar years. Gowan
Ellis received the salutatorian
Carlton Aldridge, son of Mr
and Mrs J. L. Aldridge, and
Sara Goss, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs Delma Foose, received the
athletic awards The eighth
grade honor students who re
ceived the annual awards made
possible by the American Leg'«n
were: Ray English, son of Ifr.
and Mrs. Barrett Engiish, and
Thelma Inez Rosamond, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Angus Rosa
Students of the high school
who had yearly averages above
ninety were: Seniors: Betty
Faye Hand, Gow-an Ellis Mary
Ann Mason and Bryant Ellis.
Juniors: Connie Smith. Amy
Weeks, Joann Thornton. Sopho
more: Margaret Wilkes; Fresh
men: Gail Weaver, Larry Hand,
Ruben Green; Eight Grade;
Ray English, Inez Rosamond.
Sara Cade.
The High school Glee Club
Fang when Day is Dune by
Katcher. Rev. H- C. Ellis gave
the benediction.
The fol'owing girls composed
the Glee Club: Joy Nell Ellis,
Eil’ie Siddon, Betty Siddon,
Delaine McBride, Betty Favo
Hand, Joann Thornton, Gail
Weaver, Amy Weeks, Jane
Herod, Joann Reese Allen, Joy
Holmes, Ann Melton, Margarel
Wilkes, Linda Thornton, Thelma
Rosamond, Rose Marie Brock.
Connie Smith.
The baccalaureate service ot
West High School was held on
April 12, at 11:00 a. m. in fhe
school auditorium. " The program
was as follows:
Prelude “Souvenir of Gotts
chalk .... Gottschalk
Processional - ‘‘Crusader’s
March” R. M. Stults
Invocation_Rev. H. C. Ellis
Response High School Choir
“Christ Arose,” Noel Benson,
High School Choir
Scripture Rev. Joe Cooper
“Beautiful Savior,” Reigger.
High School Choir
Sermon Rev. Joe Cooper
“Holy! Holy! Holy!” Herman
Von Perge, High School Chom
Benediction Rev. H. C. Ellis
j “Recessional,” E- L. Ashford
Mrs. J. T. Montgomery
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The Rev. C- M. Day, chairman
of the Red Cross Drive in Duran
announced today that a meeting
of all civic organization presi
dents would be held Tuesda\
night at 7:30 in the City Hali
First Methodist Church
Revival Begins May 3
The revival of the Methodist
church in Durant will begin at
the 11:00 service on Sunday, May
3rd. The Rev D- O. Calhoun of
Bluntstown, Florida will be the
the visiting preacher. James
Hayes of the Baptist church will
lead the singing. The services
will continue each night of the
week at 7:00, and everyone is
cordially invited to attend
Vision Survey Unit
Schedule Released
The schedule for the Vision
Survey Unit was announced to
day by Dr. H. L. Butters, acting
Director of Holmes County Health
Department and Supt. L. R.
April 23 (Thursday) Lebanon
April 25 (Saturday)—Until
Noon, School
April, 24 (Friday) Oak Grove
—Lexington Courthouse
April 28 (Tuesday) At MK W.
E Word’s Store off Hi-way 12—
Mt. Ephriam and Union Paradise
Schools invited.
April 29 (a. m ) At Mr. Word’s
Store—Gage Springs School in
vited. P. M. Consultation Period
April 30 —New Port School—
Ebenezer invited
May 1—Holy City School—
Cypress Flatt invited
May 2 (Until Noon) Lexington
Miss Shirlie Leslie
Presents Outstanding
Piano Recital Tuesday
Before an appreciative group ol
fnends Miss Shirlie Leslie gave
her senior piano recital on Tues
day evening, April 21, at the
Durant School auditorium.
Miss Leslie was presented and
assisted by Mrs. L. C. Lipsey,
her teacher.
The program given by this
talented young lady was varied
and beautifully presented. It in
cluded numbers by Keisler, Man
ning. Grieg. Godard, Chopin Beet
hoven Mendelssohn and a number
of the world’s famourf composers.
She was ably assisted by the
Durant School Glee Club which
sang several numbers with Mrs.
James Bowie as accompanist.
Presbyterian Church
Sunday school Sunday morn
ing at the Presbyterian church
will be at 9:45 and morning
worship at 11 00 That afternoon
at 5 00 the Y-Teens will nave
an installation service. PYF will
be at 5 30 p, m and evening
worship at 7:30. .
£)n Tuesday evening. April 28,
superintendent's training confer
ence will be held in the Durant
Presbyterian church for Central
Mississippi Presbytery, from 6:00
p m. until 9:15 p. m.
Morris D Warren, who is the
A ' a.. _ _ m il. _ rv . s
uiirru ui
church Schools Administration,
R'chmon, Virginia will be the
guest speaker. The meeting ts for
al pastors. DRE'S superintend
ents, assistant superintendents,
Sunday School teachers, secre
taries treasurers and member* of
religious eduaatmn commAties.
It is sponsored by tbe Synod's
Council of Superintendent* undei
the direction of Syn >d's Commit
tee of Religious Education «
First Baptist Church
Dr- H. L. Spencer of Jackson
will preach at the first Baptist
church in Durant Sunday in the
absence of the pastor, who will
be holding a revival at the
Calvary Baptist church in Belzoni
! Dr Spencer will preach at both,
I morning and evening services
Everyone is cordially invited to
[ attend.
Attend Concert
Mrs L. C. Lipsey. Mrs J M
Howard, the Misses Annie and
Winifred McIntyre and Mri A.
M- Stonestreet attended the James
Melton concert in Jackson to
night. Dr. and Mrs. A A Derrick
also plan to attend the concert
Home For Weekend
i Mr. Rufus Herrington, who is
now stationed in Jackson wa*
home for the weekend with his
family, who are now making
their home in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. J. E Brown.

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