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volume 5-NO. 16 ~ .SATURDAY, JUNE 5.194? . _ * Hundreds Witness Americanism Program Sunday The Farish Street Baptist Church was the scene of one of the greatest mass meetings ever held in the city, Sunday afternoon, when hundreds of true Americans came and paid homage to Old Glory and after lis tening to prominent speakers of both races, left with new inspira tion to help the United Nations rush the war to a close. Among those appearing on the program were: Rev. C. A. Green, pastor, Farish Street Baptist church, Rev. A. L. Holland, pastor, Central Methodist church, Mr. Geo. Ed wards, USO Director, Mr. S. W. Mil ler, Dr. S. D. Redmond and Mr. Percy Gi'eene, as minute men speak ers, while Prof. Jacob Reddix, pre sident of Jackson College, spoke for the Negro race. Hon. W. E. Holcomb and Judge Curtis were at their best as each one brought a message of hope to the great audience. Dr. Johnson of Parksirtp Rnntist rVinrph nlsn cnnkp The meeting was directed by Evangelist Colemon W. Kerry, Dy namic Revivalist of Texas, who brought home many facts to the hearers with thundering applause greeting almost every sentence he uttered. The choir of Central Methodist furnished music for the occasion also the combined choirs of Far ish St. Church. Each group was at its best. The theme of the meeting was “I Am Proud I Am An Amer ican.” Dr. Kerry closed Revival Services at Farish Street Sunday evening while his son, Rev. Colemon W. j Kerry, Jr., spoke to hundreds in the morning worship. Pastor Greer says, “We have been helped and inspired by having the noted Re vival Leader to come and I feel that the Negro population has been greatly benefitted after hearing men like Maj. Holcomb and others. Meridian Soldiers Are Men Praised By Gen. MacNider NEW GUINEA — On the occa sion of the first anniversary of the arrival of American troops in this theatre of operations, a Negro general service engineer regiment which has seen service under fire from the enemy had the distinc tion of leading the parade, a fea ture of the ceremony. For over a year this regiment, the first American unit to arrive in New Guinea, has been saying, “That will be alright with us” to inhs which have seemed imnossible to others, incredible to the imag ination. With wide grins and strong backs and arms the men of this general service engineer reg iment have piled up a record of accomplish...ent which brought words of praise from Brig. Gen. Hanford C. MacNider. The occa sion was the regiment’s celebra tion of its first anniversary in New Guinea. Speaking to the assembled officers, non-coms and enlisted men of the unit, General MacNider said, “Fellow soldiers, a year ago today when you stepped ashore as the first American troop unit in New Guinea you were making his tory. You’ve been making ever since. You’ve had a part in the building and upkeep of all our air fields and thus you’ve helped make possible the destruction of the convoy in the Bismarck Sea, the flying of the infantry over the mountains, a hundred enemy ac tions. “You’ve contributed your share to every crack we’ve taken at the Japs. You’ve built the causeways and the docks, even unloaded the ships so we could eat and fight. You’ve built roads and the mains which bring us water and the lines which give us our light and pow er. Some of you have been to the war with the tanks. You know all about bombs, from, hanging them on planes to having them hung on you. You’re one of the work ingest outfits in this man’s army. All of us over here are proud of you. All America will be proud of you when your record gets into the histories. In reality, every man of this regiment deserves full credit for one past year’s line record, but a few were selected as being among the outstanding soldiers. The Mis sissippians were: First Sgt. Lean der H. Scott, Jr., 1328, 35th Ave nue, Meridian, Miss.: and Earl L. Hunter, 1113, 27th Avenue. Grand Secretary 111. Clarence Winters, 33, Grand Secretary and State Deputy for the Supreme Council and Imperial Grand Council of the United Statets of America. At the Extra Session of the M. W. King Hiram Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M., held in Yazoo City, Sunday, May 30, Secretary Winters made a splendid report as to the financial status of the Lodge. Red Cross To Sponsor Aquatic Schools Washington, D. C. — Regional aquatic schools at four southern colleges will replace the National Negro Aquatic School to make in structor training easily available over a wider area, the American National Red Cross has announced. Scheduled during the months of June and July, the schools will provide ten-day training for candi dates as Red Cross First Aid and Accident Prevention Instructors and Water Safety Instructors. Grad uates of the schools will become instructors in local Red Cross chapters, in schools and in indus trial 'groups. Emphasis will be placed on functional swimming and water safety, the art of remaining afloat under adverse conditions and swimming while fully equipped and clothed, as taught by Red Cross to members of the armed forces. In struction of civilians prior to in duction is planned as a means of better preparing men and women for service in the armed forces and their auxiliaries. The four colleges cooperating with the Red Cross in the conduct of the schools, together with the dates of the sessions, are: North Carolina College for Negroes, Dur ham, N. C., June 21-July 1; Tus kegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala., June 28-July 8; Tennessee A and I State College, Nashville, Tenn., June 28 to July 8, and West Vir ginia State College, Institute, W. Va., July 12 to 22. Registration is being handled through local Red Cross chapters, and Red Cross field staff members will act as instruc tors for the courses. The Natonal Negro Aquatic School, held during the past four summers, was conducted at North Carolina College in 1939 and 1940 and at Tennessee A and I in 1941 and 1942# Funeral Services For Aged Man Funeral services were held last week for Mr. Albert Anderson, 91 year-old man who died last Thurs day at his residence on Poplar boulevard extension. The last rites were said at the New Strangers Home church. Mr. Anderson was well-known in the Northeast Jackson neighbor hood where he spent the many years of his life working at yard jobs at white homes. West Point Has Commencement Exercises The commencement exercises of the Ministerial Institute and col lege were held in the auditorium of the Mt. Herman Baptist church, May 13. Nine students graduated from the elementary department and six from high school, two from junnor college, and six from the ministerial preparatory course. The degree of Dr. of Divinity was con ferred on three ministers. Dr. W. A. Zuber of Tupelo, Miss., delivered the graduation address. Commencement Held At S.C.I. Monday, May 24 Thirty two graduates were grant ed diplomas from the Southern Christian Institute on Monday, May 24, at the sixty-first annual com mencement of the school. Of the nine graduates from the Junior College, Miss Alma Lee, daughter of Mrs. Cassie A. Lee of Edwards, Miss., received highest scholastic honors. Miss Lee has proved very capable, both as a stu dent and as assistant in the class room and in the library. She has been a faithful member of the choir, the glee club and the girls’ quartet and has done solo work. She has been active and cooperative in general activities of the campus. Miss Lee plans to enter Meharry Medical college at Nashville, Tenn. Special honors went to three of the twenty-three graduates of the high school. Scholarships were pre sented to Miss Annie Sanders, dau ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur San ders of Learned, Mississippi, and Mr. David Hutton son of Mrs. Edna Hutton of Edwards, Miss., as first and second highest ranking stu dents over a period of four years. Miss Sanders has served for two years as secretary to the dean of the college and Mr. Hutton has dis tinguished himself bv winning two awards in contests in current events. He is recognized by his classmates as “Professor.” Another graduate, Miss Hazel Stamps, dau ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stamps, of Learned, Miss., having been selected by the faculty as the “most worthy student,” received a cash award of ten dollars, given by a friend of the school, Mr. Isaac, secretary of the National Negro Baptist Convention. Other honors were bestowed up on Miss .Thelma Cowan, of the tenth grade, Miss Cowan is the daughter of the former dean of the S. C. I., Lieut. Jason M. CowTan, now a chaplain in New Guinea, and Mrs. J. M. Cowan, present dean of women at the S. C. I. Miss Cowan received two cash awards, one from the Harmonia Club of Jackson, for having shown supervisor improve ment in music and one from the Mary Church Terrell Literary Club of Jackson for outstanding develop ment in English. The commencement program was as follows: Prelude: “Melodie,” Pad erewski, Mrs. Jackson; Procession al: “Priest’s March,” Mendelssohn; Invocation, Music by the Church choir; Commencement address, Mr. William R. Holder, United Christian Missionary Society, Indianapolis; A warding of honors, Dean Charles Mosley, Presentation of diplomas, President John Long, Benediction. Postlude: “Dryade,” Jensen, Mrs. Jackson. Following is a list of the gradu ates for this year: Junior College: Arthone Hender son, Pocahontas, Miss. Alma Jean Jacobs, Edwards, Miss. Alma Lee, Edwards. Arthur Lindsay, Lena; Marie Patterson, Edwards; Pearl La Verne Richards, Chicago, 111.; Mrs. S. Georgia Carpenter, Port Gibson; Mrs. Helen B. Felton, Vicks burg; Mrs. Bessie Louise Griffin, Bolton; Mrs. Lenora T. Stampley, Edwards. High School: George Barker, Camp Lee, Va. Thomas Brooks, Bluefield, Va. Indiana Bruce, Bo vina, Miss. Willie F. Davis, Lake Providence, La. Ella Rae Fields, Learned. Sallie Mae Fields, Learn ed. Lois Flagg, Edwards. Dorothy Flowers, St. Louis, Mo. Bernie Ger man, Edwards, Miss. Local Boards Call For More Registrants The following registrants report ed to Hinds County Local Boards No. 1 and No. 4 this week for phy sical examination: Board 1: Marshall Nelson Gra ham, Willie Leroy Bass, Charles H. Johnson, Johnnie Bruce Sampson, Seymour Jones, Jr., Louis Robin son, Anderson Cosby, Richard Charles Green, John Will Jackson, Tommie Lemon, Clozell McGehee, Weldon Hill, Johnnie Lane, A. C. Harris, Joseph Courts, L o n n ie Cooper, Eddie Middleton. Board 4: Carl Nesbitt Garrison Lenton C r os s, Ruben McDade, Clide Earl Davis, L. C. Blue, Gol die Johnson, Robert Smith James Jackson, Crafton Smith, George Coleman, Edward Kimbrough, Wil bur H. Boyles, Released by U. S. War Department Bureau of Public Relations TUSKEGEE ARMY AIR FIELD, ALABAMA — Second Lieutenant James J. Johns of Alliance, Ohio, a recent graduate of the Air Corps Administrative Officers Candidate School at Miami Beach, Florida. The lieutenant is a former Wilber force University student and a . member of the Kappa Alpha Psl j Fraternity. Released by U. S. War Department Bureau of Public Relations TUSKEGEE ARMY AIR FIELD, ALABAMA — Second Lieutenant Shirley R. Clinton of Camden, New Jersey, was recently commissioned from the Air Corps Administration Officer Candidate School, Miami Beach, Florida. Lieutenant Clinton graduated from Glassboro State Teachers College in 1942, receiving his Bachelor of Arts decree. Graduates From Officer Candidate School Fort Des Moines, la.—Third Of ficer Connie Sinclair of 6246 South Parkway, Chicago, 111., was one of 12 Negro women who were grad uated from Officer Candidate School and commissioned as Third Officers in the Women’s Army Aux iliary Corps at First WAAC Train ing Center, Fort Des Moines, la., on May 17. Her rank is the WAAC equivalent of Second Lieutenant in the Army. Third Officer Sinclair has been assigned to duty as a Company Of ficer in one of the Negro WAAC companies at Fort Des Moines. She was selected from the ranks of WAAC Auxiliaries for officer train ing at the completion of Basic Training at Fort Des Moines. The daughter of Mrs. Corinne Sinclair of 229 Leevy Avenue, Pass Christian, Miss., Third Officer Sin clair was an OPA registrar in Chi cago before she joined the WAAC. She was formerly a truant officer for the Bureau of Compulsory Ed ucation in Chicago and also taught at Tillotson College in Austin Tex., and Alcorn College in Alcorn, Miss. She graduated from Randolph High School in Pass Christian, Miss., in 1929 and from Tillotson College in Austin, Tex., with an A. B. degree in 1935. She has also studied with the National Recrea tion Institute. Third Officer Sinclair's brother, John Oliver Sinclair is in the Army. Train Victim Identified By Local Police The body of Will Green, 45 year old Negro, sought by Jackson Po lice, Thursday night as an escape from State Hospital, was discover ed by three Negroes in Town Creek at the G. M. & O. crossing just south of Rankin street, last Friday morning. It is said that the Negro had ap parently been hit by a train early Friday morning and his body thrown some 60 feet into the edge of the creek. When found it is said that the man’s right leg had been severed just below the knee and that he had several cuts on the head. The dead man came originally from Greenwood. A coroner’s jury was impanelled by E. C. “Bob” j Gaynor and a verdict of “acciden tal death” was reached. RATION REMINDER Sugar—Coupon No. 13 became valid June 1, and will be good for 5 lbs. through August 15. Coupons No. 15 and 16 are good for 5 lbs. each for home canning purposes. Housewives may apply to their lo cal boards for additional rations. Coffee—Stamp No. 24 (1 pound) became valid May 31 and is good through June. Shoes—No. 17 stamp in war ra tion book one good for one pair through June 15. Stamp No. 18 (1 pair) will become valid June 16. Meats, etc.—Red stamp “L” be comes valid June 6. Foods—Blue stamps G, H, J re main valid through June 7/ K, L, M, will continue good through July 7. Maternity Care For Wives Of Service Men Twenty-three State health agen cies are now authorized to provide maternity care for wives of men in the four lowest pay grades of the armed forces, and medical hospital and nursing care for their babies, both without cost to the family, the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. De partment of Labor announced to day. States whose programs have been submitted and approved were list ed today by the Bureau as: Ari zona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Lela ware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missis sippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah. Vermont, West Virginia, Wiscon sin and Wyoming. Under approved States plans, wives of these service men may re ceive complete medical care dur ing pregnancy, childbirth, and 6 weeks after. At childbirth, wheth er the wife stays at home or goes to a hospital, she and her baby may have medical 'and nursing 'care. Medical care is also provided for the baby throughout his first year of life. All that the wife needs to do to apply is to fill out a simple form which she can get from the States health department. Dr. Edwin F. Daily, Director of the Division of Health Services of the Children’s Bureau, stated to day that a number of additional States have submitted plans which will be acted on within the next few days. “Of course we are anxious to see this help given promptly to all eli gible wives and babies of the men who are giving so much to the Na tion.” Dr. Daily said. “We are grat ified that the 23 States have acted promptly. The delay of some State health departments, in preparing and submitting satisfactory plans for these services, is each week, de priving hundreds of women of the benefits Congress has authorized for them.” Ten Registrants Accepted For Duty Out of ten registrants of the local draft board sent to Camp Shelby for induction, seven were accepted for Army duty, two in the Navy, and one in the Coast Guard. The following colored registrants of the Rankin Board were accept ed in the Army and left for Camp Shelby last Saturday: Willie Summers, Sidney Daniel Barnes, James Cleveland Anderson, M. L. Butler, Clyde Foster, Roscoe Spann, Jr., James Cax. The following two were accepted in the Navy: J. T. Mannery, Vir ger Turner. And James Edward Smith went into the Coast Guard. Rubber Boots For Workers Rubber boots are now available to the following classes of workers: miners, loggers, communications linemen, construction workers, oil drillers, quarry workers, and clay extractors. Formerly only miners and loggers were on the eligible list. But a purchaser is no longer required to turn in worn-out rub ber footwear when he buys a new pair. Alcorn Hears Former U. S. Congressman Alcorn, Miss., May 28—The Hon orable Arthur W. Mitchell, former Congressman of the United States, delivered the principal address at the 73rd annual commencement of Alcorn A. & M. College Monday morning, May 24, at 10:00 o’clock. Mr. Mitchell did not give the usual academic address; instead he very appropriately talked about the times we are facing, the responsibilities the war has imposed upon us, the importance of the Allies’ winning the global conflict, and what the young people should hope for. The speaker told the forty-seven graduates to go out into the world with success as their goal. “The person who doesn't succeed will ask many questions,” he said, “such as ‘How much (money) will I get? How much help will I have?’ But the man who succeds will ask only one question: ‘What must I do to succeed?’” Mr. Mitchell stressed the impor tance of common labor. He stated that the great men are the men who are not afraid to work. and prizes was made by Horace D. Murdock, Registrar. Lee Evans was first honor student, and Olevia L. Barker was second honor student. Prizes and Awards Won Olevia L. Barker won the Meyer Gold Medal, a prize awarded an nually to the best student citizen of the college department. Thelma C. Miller received the Parmi Nous Scholarship of $50.00, given yearly to a young woman of the junior class, based on scholar ship, deportment, personality, co operative spirit, and contribution to the college in general. The Henry L. Levy Award, a tro phy offered to the student showing the greatest progress in typing in the Department of Business Ad ministration, was won by Ida Mae Walker. Jesse Flowers received the Har monica, Inc., Music Progress Prize for making the greatest progress in music during the year. The M. M. Hubert Leadership Prize, awarded to the young man registered in the Division of Agri culture who demonstrates superior ability in scholarship and shows potentialities for future leadership, went to Lee Evans. The M. C. Terrell Literary Club Prize was awarded to Joree Jack son and Willie M., Weddington for proficiency in high school English. Jesse Woolflok received the S. Joseph Farrar Prize, given to the student doing the best work in the | Science Department. Olevia L. Barker won the Per kins Industrial Merit Prize, offered! to the young woman of the Division of Home Economics making the best all-around record for the ses sion 1942-1943. The Alumni Scholarship of $100, ■- x (Continued on Page 3) Liberia President Pays Tribute To Washington His Excellency, Edwin M. Bar clay, President of the Republic of Liberia, paid tribute to this Na tion’s founder Saturday, May 29, when he journeyed to Mt. Vernon, Va., to place a wreath on the tomb of George Washington, first Presi dent of the United States. Accompanying President Barclay was President-Elect W. V. S. Tub man, Capt. Alford Russ, Liberian Military Aide; Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, U. S. A., who represented President Roosevelt; Edward W. Nash and Stanley Woodward of the Department of State. The distinguished Liberian guests, after touring the home of Washington, motored to Arlington National Cemetery, and placed an other wreath before the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A special ceremony for this occasion had been arranged by Maj. Gen. John T. Lewis, commanding officer of the Military District of Washing ton. As the party arrived at the cem etery, they were greeted by a 21 gun presidential salute. The Army Band played the Liberian Nation al Anthem and the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Taps were blown by a picked guard of honor as President Barclay lowered the wreaths be fore the bier = ... .4 - jl mvu t# vuii xuf Extra Session Of M. W. King Hiram Grand Lodge Draws Largest Crowd In History -1 Calvary Baptist Church, Yazoo ? 1 City Scene of Big Meeting Grand Master 111. J. C. McClendon, 33 Grand Master of the M. W. King Hiram Grand Lodge which met in Extra Session in Yazoo City, Sunday, May 30. System of Soldiers Allotments And Allowances Through enactment of the “Ser viceman’s Dependents Allowance Act of 1942,” the Government has made an effort to help soldiers and sailors meet home-tie obliga tions. The Act’s objective is to “provide family allowances for the dependents of enlisted men of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard” throughout the war and for six months thereafter. With the increased wage scale and Government allowance, the average serviceman and his family now have an income greater than any thing of this kind heretofore in ef fect for soldiers and sailors. While it is not rigidly compul sory by law, a married service man is expected to allot $22 of his pay each month to his wife. The government matches his allotment with a Class A allowance of $28 to wife. An allowance is a grant provided from Federal funds in addition to the servieeman'c rptt. ular pay. If they have one child the monthly allowance is $40, and an additional $10 for each addi tional child, or $20 to one child where there is no wife; $30 to two children where there is no wife and additional $10 for each addi tional child. An allowance up to $20 is granted to a former wife di vorced, if alimony is being paid by court decree. Qualifying de pendents have the privilege of filing application if the service man is remiss or is unable to make application himself. A Class B allowance is granted when a serviceman makes a volun tary allotment for the support of his dependent parent or parents, brothers or sisters or grandchil dren. In addition to the service man’s contribution, the Govern ment will contribute the following amounts to Class B dependents: $15 to one parent, and an additional $5 for each brother, sister or grand child, the total not to be more than $50; $25 to two parents, and an additional $5 for each brother, sister or grandchild, if there are no parents. To Solicit Farm Labor This is to inform the general pub lic that the Agricultural Extension Agents of Hinds County appointed at a meeting this week, Rev. F. W. Coleman, Mrs. Emma Cotton and Mr. Walter Stewart, as a Commit tee to solicit farm labor in the city of Jackson. When these persons call upon you, please receive them and give the information they seek, as this is a worthy cause. This has to deal with the food situation. Be fore the end of the year, it might become necessary for all of us to give the farmer a hand. Food is the human fuel and without it, we stop. In spite of limited transportation conditions now existing every where, the largest delegation ever to attend any Session held by the Most Worshipful King Hiram Grand Lodge, Colored A. F. & A. M. Scottish Rite Masons of the State of Mississippi was in atten dance at the Extra Session held Sunday, May 30, 1943 at the Cal vary Baptist Church, Rev. A. W. Moore, Pastor, Yazoo City, Miss. Forming a line of march at the Afro Auditorium and going on to Calvary Baptist Church, this or ganization presented one of the largest parades ever staged by a Negro Fraternal organization in Yazoo City. At the Calvary Baptist Church an interesting and inspiring pro gram was rendered by officers of the OES and the Grand Lodge. Never in the history of the state has a Negro fraternal organization grown as the M. W. King Hiram Grand Lodge since 1938. The growth of this organization de manded that another office girl be added to the office force. Several new Lodges were on hand at the Opening of the Session Monday A. M. to be added to the Roll. vIt was anounced by the Grand Secretary tha-t the money in the Widows Donation Department is in creasing monthly and donations were asked to be increased and all donations be made in due notice of death. 111. G. D. Sharp, 32, reported the biggest balance in Treasury that has ever been carried by the organization. The members and delegates were highly entertained by Widows Son Lodge and Easter Star Chapter, Sunday night with plenty of re freshments all free. This organization is really prov ing its worth. It is not being built on promises but on deeds. It does not knock or fight any other or ganization and is spending all its time trying to do all the things it is supposed to do. S.C.I. Graduates Make Gifts To * Alma Mater Generous gifts were made by both graduating classes of the Southern Christian Institute, Edwards, Miss. The college class left a donation of $109.63 to be used for a new entrance gate. The president, Mr. Arthur Henderson, gave recogni tion to the other five classes for their fine cooperation in raising the money during the fall, when the sophomore college class, under the iviia. iviosiey, sponsored a “Miss S. C. I.” project. The graduates of the high school under the presidency of Mr. Thos. Brooks and the sponsorship of Miss Johnnie Howard, presented to the school a beautiful copy of Sail man’s “Gethsemane’’ to be used as a worship center. The president al so announced that a large service flag was to arrive in the near fu ture. Such gifts are always gratefully acknowledged by the office of ad ministration and are appreciated by succeeding groups of students, who, in turn, become loyal alumni. Delta Man Has Twelve Sons In Armed Forces While in the Leflore County sheriff’s office paying taxes, Mr. Sherman Jenkins, 65-year-old Ne gro tenant on the Ray Plantation between Sunnyside tnd Money, re vealed the fact that he had twelve sons in the service, with four of them doing over-sea duty. Mr. Jenkins stated that his boys ranged in age from 19 to 39 and the draft took all of them. This contribution to the armed service represents all of the Jen kin male children, but he has two daughters at home. While the food conferees are at it, they might give some thought to making it cost less as well as go around.