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VOLUME 5—NUMBER 27 . - " " " - _SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1943 PRICE 5 CENTS Hundreds Of Children Attend Mississippi Enterprise’s Fourth Annual Picnic Skating Rink Packed With Chil dren From All Sections Of City New Orleans’ Negroes On Defense Council Negroes will be represented on the Executive Committee and on the Community Service Commit tees of the Civilian War Services Divisions of New Orleans, La., De fense Council, it was announced last week. The new policy of the organizalion is that both the Ne gro group and organized labor will have a voice in its affairs, and members of both these groups have been selected for representation on its top committees. Negro representatives on the ex ecutive committee are the Rev. N. A. Holmes Ferdinand Rousseve and Albert Dent. Labor members on the committee are Michael Aguzin, AFL, and Fred Pieper, CIO. In a new handbook prepared by the New Orleans Civilian War Ser vices Division, its principles of Negro and labor representation are stated in these words: “It is the policy of the C. W. S. D. to provide for Negro represen tation on all committees. Negro members of the executive commit tee are available to all committees for consultation on special prob lems. “Representatives of organized la bor serve on the executive commit tee of the C. W. S. D. to interpret the position of labor and to assist in the 'selection of representatives of labor on the various commit tees.” The Division’s plan of organiza tion calls for the establishment of 13 committees: consumer interest, education, health, housing, mental health, nutrition, recreation, reli gious needs, salvage, transporta tion, war recreation, war savings, and welfare and child labor. Other committees may be created as need ed. The executive committee of the Division consists ofthe chair men and executive secretaries of these committees, together with the Negro and organized labor repre sentatives. Has First Job In Hub City Miss Martha Mitchell, who on May 4, graduated from the Mis sissippi Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and who this week left the hospital to take her first pri vate nursing job in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Miss Mitchell is ex pected back in the city at an early date. She is the daughter of Mrs. Fatsy Mitchell, 920 Monroe Street, and is a 1940 graduate of Lanier High School. She was valedictor ian of her class. The other two nurses who grad-1 uated with Miss Mitchell, Miss I Maxine Smith and Miss Leonia Moore are employed here in the city, Miss Smith at the R. H. Green Annex and Miss Moore at the Sal lie Harris Clinic. Flying Cadet (to another)—It makes me angry when the insJ#ruc tor tells me I don’t have enough altitude. Other Flying Cadet—It makes me fcoar, too. i_ | Tired, dirty, but happy as larks, the 500 or more children who gath ered from every section of the city of Jackson to attend the Fourth Annual Mississippi Enterprise Kid die Picnic,'reluctantly took their seats on the buses that were to take them to their homes Monday evening, after a whole day of pleasure spent as the guests of The Mississippi Enterprise and -co operating merchants. i The picnic this year was held on the grounds and inside of the Skating Rink and it was without a doubt, the biggest and best at tended picnic ever given by the paper. From the moment the bus es, packed with jolly youngsters ; left the office of the paper at 10:30 a. m., until they took the same groups back to their homes at 6 p. mv nothing was left undone by the entertaining committee to make this picnic one that would long be remembered by every young guest. Truout the day, the young guests, j made up of news boys and girls, ! boy scouts, Junior Idea Club mem | bers, special invited Jackson Daily ! News Carriers and children from all over the city, enjoyed themsel ves with games, and other activities so dear to the hearts of young peo ple. From the time the young folk duties in the school room where iced punch and ice water were served them. Around dinner time, sandwiches and cakes were served. Later in the day watermelons and ice cream was served.. The re freshment committee saw to it that there were ample refreshments for everyone. Special thanks is*extended to all mortlrants and persons who con tributed to the success of this pic nic and it is felt that if they could have seen the real joy experienced by these children being permitted to spend this whole day just en joying themselves and having fun, they would have been well paid for their contributions. Special thanks to The Paris Cleaners who were responsible for transportation of 30 children. Special thanks and appreciation are also extended to Mrs. Laura Collins, popular matron who lives on So. Roach Street, who contri buted both time and labor to mak ing the picnic a success. It was thru Mrs. Collins that fifty or more children were brought from South Jackson to the Picnic. She was ably assisted by a young lady in her community. Thanks is also extended to Mrs. Jack Brown on Barret Street, Washington Addition, who assisted with the preparing of the sand wiches, etc. Others whose labor contributed to the success of the picnic were: Mr. J. M. Martin, Manager of the Col ored Carriers for the Jackson Daily News, who not only contri buted ice and cakes to the picnic, but also helped with supervising tViO rfomnc 4 v» n o4 iin oc ■ Rev. Thomas Earl Porter, Miss Dorothy Oliver and several of the older girls who attended. • It is hoped by S. M. Harvey, sponsor of these annual picnics that they will grow each year un til every child in the city will at tend them. Summer Thoughts . . . All mar- ' ried men are liars, if you don’t be lieve it, just listen when his wife asks his opinion of her new hat . . . Measure a woman by the se riousness of the sins she likes to gossip about ... It is not always “home sweet home” if there is al ways someone around suffering in silence . . . Perhaps you have no ticed that those pious souls who are against birth-control are just as eager as their neighbors to keep the weeds out of their Victory gar den. One of the members of our Farm Eureau reported that her small daughter wanted a dime or nickel and, when pressed for the reason replied: Farm Daughter—Well, one of the big boys said if I’d give it to him he’d teach me to cuss. Savings for a rainy day are not intended fur a wet night. . *?—* STUTTS-RANDALL WEDDING SAID IN EVENING’ RITES In an evening wedding of excep tional beauty at the New Mt. Ziion Baptist Church Sunday evening, August 8, at 8 o’clock, Miss Ernes tine Elizabeth Randall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Randall, of Jackson, became the bride of Mr. George Stutts, Jr., son of Mr. George Stutts, Sr., of Jackson and . Yazoo county. The Reverend J. H. Robinson, pastor, read the im pressive single ring ceremony in the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives. The altar, lighted by tapers in branched candelabra, entwined with fern, was banked with palms and ferns and adorned with white gladioli and tuberoses in princess baskets. As the guests arrived, nuptial music was played by Mrs. Arelia Young, Pianist. As prenuptial se lections, Miss Varon Owens sang, “Because” and “Until” and Miss Rose Mclnnis, friend of the bride from Laurel, Mississippi, sang, “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” and “O Promise Me.” Miss Ollie Camille Anderson played the following vio lin selections, “To A Wild Rose” and “I Love You Truly.” “Sweet Evening Star” was played during the reading of the service and the traditional wedding marches were used for the processional and re cessional. Mrs. Young and the Misses Owens, Mclnnis and Ander son were attractively attired in evening dresses and wore corsages of white and pink rosebuds. Briday Party Miss Thelma Randall, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Mrs. Sarah Stutts Anderson, sister of the groom was matron of honor. Mis ses Ruby Lee Tilles, Rachel Mo man, Marie Adams and Catherine Tharp were the bridesmaids. The bride’s four attendants wore identical models in yellow net cop ied from the bride’s pattern. The bodices were fitted with full skirts. The sleeves were elbow-length, and their headdresses were shoulder length veils of net, with Juliet caps. The maid of honor wore pink net copied from the bride's pattern. The matron of honor wore pink net copied from the bride’s pattern. The bride’s maids, maid and mat ron of honor carried bouquets of carnations and fern with a large white lighted candle in the cen ter. The flower girls wore dainty frocks of blue net copied from the bride's patterns and carried bas kets of pastel flowers. James Stutts, cousin of the groom was ring-bearer and carried the rings on a white satin pillow. Bride Wears White Given in marriage by her father, the bride was love in her wed-1 ding gown of white satin and lace, i fashioned with fitted bodice fas-! tened with tiny buttons, long fit ted sleeves ending in lily points j and a graceful ti’ain. The Sweet heart yoke of the dress was lace. The bride’s Juliet veil of illusion was attached to a coronet of white pearls, as her only ornament, she wore a strand of pearls, a gift from the bridegroom. She carried a Prayer Book centered with a white orchid from which showered streamers of white satin ribbons. Mr. George Stutts had as his best man, his brother-in-law, Mr. James V. Clark. Groomsmen were Messrs. George Howell, Joe Lewis, Samp son Veal and LeRoy Jackson. The bride’s mother wore blue lace and a corsage of orchids. The gloom’s sister wore pink net and a corsage of orchids. Reception Follows Immediately following the cere mony a reception was held at the home T>f the bride’s parents which was artistically decorated with flo ral arrangements of pink and white carnations. The bride’s table was covered with a lace cloth and cen tered with a thr£e-tiered wedding cake embossed in green and white surmounted by a miniature bride and groom. After the wedding cake was tra ditionally cut by the bride and groom, it was served with ice cream by Mrs. Loraine Rudd, Mrs. Velma Thompson and Miss Gerd line Henderson. Misses Elizabeth Buchanan, Al bertina Hopkins, Mrs. Catherine Johnson, Mrs. Irene Braxton and Mrs. Fredia Powell were in charge of the gifts. The receiving line included the bride and groom, Mrs. Thomas Randall, Mr. George Stutts, Sr., Mrs. Linnie Stutts Clark and mem bers of the bridal party. The bride tossed her bouquet as she left the dining room to don her, traveling costume, which was an early autumn suit of black and white with black and white acces sories. Her corsage was of orchids. Out-of-Town Guests Out-of-town guests for the wed ding included Mrs. Grace Randall White, sister of the bride of New ark, New Jersey. Miss Telma Ran dall, sister of the bride, Detroit, Michigan, Miss Rose Mclnnis of Laurel, Mississippi, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Boyle, Columbia, Mississippi, Mr. Charles Dobbs, Hazlehurst, Mis sissippi. Pre-Nuptial Courtesies Prior to thewedding. Miss Ran dall was favored with a number of courtesies which included a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Le Roy Titles on Tuesday, given by her bridesmaids, assisted by Miss Albertina Hopkins, Mrs. Lucius Roy Patton and Mrs. Leroy Tilles. For this affair. Miss Randall wore brown and white. A dinner plate from the bride’s pattern was pre sented on this occasion. On Wednesday Mrs. John Pow ell entertained the bride, at which time games were conducted by Mrs. Fred Scott and Miss Lillie Bell Walker. On this occasion the bride-elect was presented gifts of bathroom accessories. The hos tes’ gift was a bathroom outfit, and her sister, Miss Thelma Ran dall presented to her a set of dishes. On Thursday Miss Rachel Mo man honored the bride-elect at an 11 o’clock bridge at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Mo man and presented her with a luncheon set. The beautifully ap pointed table held covers for the honoree, guests and hostess. On Thursday evening at 8 o’clock the New Mt. Zion Choir gave a shower for the bride-elect in the home of Mrs. Geneva Davis on Ma ple Street. Many gifts were pre sented to her at this affair. Mrs. Velma Thompson was hos tess for the Rehearsal supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hawkins. The home was bright with summer flowers and red roses. Members of the bridal party were present. The hostess’ gift were six crystal iced tea glass es selected from the bride's pat tern of crystals. Mrs. Lucius Roy Patton and Miss Julia Stutts were guests at the rehearsal supper. tPhoto by Beadle.) Liberty Ship To Be Named For Late Robert L, Vann, Pittsburg Courier Editor Fifth Ship Named For Out standing Negro American Police Probe Two Murders; Two Assaults The past week-end, according to Jackson police, was one of the busiest in some time, as they in vestigated two murders, two as saults and a number of burgalaries and grand larceny cases. One of the murder cases was that of Willie Louis McGee, 1125 Lynch Street, who officers said, was stabbed in the 500 block of North Farish street late Sunday' night and died soon after being rushed to the Charity hospital. When officers arrived at the ; scene, McGee was lying on the I walk in front of 508 North Farish Street, bleeding badly from a knife wound in the chest. A bloody pocket knife was found lying at his side. Witnesses told officers that the victim and two other men engaged in a fight at the scene and that two of the men fled, leaving Mc Gee lying on the walk. Witnesses also said that McGee pulled the bloody pocket knife from his chest and dropped it at his side. As this goes to press, one man, Dave Williams, was being held for investigation i nconnection with the attack, while another man said to have been involved was still be ing sought. Mary Bell Culley, residing at 323 i Atwood street was reported to be in a serious condition at the Char ity hospital as the result of a stab bing Sunday night by an uniden tified man assailant, who is be ing sought by officers. This as sault occurred at 148 West Church Street. An earlier assault occurred late j Saturday night at the corner of South and South West streets, when Willie Jenkins received a small knife wound in the lower left side of his abdomen. Officers arrested Bertie Mae Carniga and charged her with assault in this case. In another week-end murder case, Ellis Flowers, 1069 D^’-park, was fatally stabb' nkin county Sunday n; j- to information re' ^i^fe here. Activtf Of Negrq oops In Sicx* A general report of Negro troop participation in the Sicilian cam paign is as follows: The 99th Fighter Squadron has succeeded in its mission of bomb ing Axis communications and sup ply columns in Sicily. The efficiency of the Ordnance and Supply Units previously shown in North Africa has continued to be repeated from the moment of their landing on the shores of Gela. Engineers are pursuing construc tion and repair work at North Af rican invasion ports. Anti-Aircraft Units are cax'rying out their regular missions. 102 Year Old Man Dies At Crystal Spring’s Home Mr. Sandy Green, 102-year-old citizen of Crystal Springs, died at the home of his daughter this week at the age of 102. He is survived by seven children, 15 grand-chil dren and 14 great-grandchildren. From early childhood until his death Mr. Green was active in the work of the Baptist church, work ing with younger members of his race for a better life thrrugh edu cation and religion. F j wife died 34 yeai's ago. A former slave of Sandy Green of Selma, Ala., whose name he took, he was born December 25. 1841 and died August 6. 1943. Af ter the emancipation of the slaves he lived at Monroe. La., before moving to Crystal Springs. The Maratime Commission an nounced today that a Liberty Ship, assigned to a South Portland, Me., shipyard, will be named for the late Robert L. Vann, noted Negro lawyer, and founder and editor of The Pittsburg Courier, a weekly newspaper. The ship, fifth in a series named for outstanding Negro Americans, will be launched in late September or early October in the South Portland yards of the New England Shipbuilding Corporation. The first three ships of this se ries, the SS Booker T. Washing ton, the SS George Washington Carver, and the SS Frederick Douglass, are now in active service, two of them witn Negro captains with mixed cijews. The fourth, the SS John Merrick, was recently launched at Wilmii gton, N. C. A warship, the Desroyer Escort Leon ard Roy Harmon, was launched last month by the Navy Depart ment at Quincy, Mass. Robert Lee Vann was born at Ahoskie. N. C„ August 27, 1879, and died in Pittsburg, Pa., Octo ber 24, 1940. Educated at Virgiina Union University and the Univer suy oi rmsDurg, ne was admitted to the bar in 1909 and practiced in Pennsylvania until 1936, when he decided to give his full time to the publishing business. He was one of the founders and incorporators of The Pittsburg Courier Publishing Company in March, 1910, and served as editor of the paper and president and treasurer of the publishing com pany until his death. Under Mr. Vann's direction, the Courier became one of the largest Negro newspapers in the world with an ABC circulation of over 200,000 and readers in most Eng lish-speaking countires. Mr. Vann also enjoyed a distin guished career as a lawyer. In 1917-18. he served as assistant City Solicitor for Pittsburgh. In 1924, he was named by President Cool idge as a member of a five-man commission to investigate condi tionsi n the Virgin Islands. In 1935, he served as a member of the (Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to revise the state constitution. Mr. Vann was also an ardent dis ciple of education, and aided many young people of his race to gain collegiate training. He also made several large contributions to Vir ginia Union University, where, af ter his death, the tower of the Bel gian Pavilian of the New York World’s Fair was renamed the Robert L. Vann Memorial Tower. This Pavilion was presented to Virginia Union by the Belgian gov ernment and transported from New York to Richmond, Va. Returns From Vacation W. J. Miller, Owner-Editor of The Mississippi Enterprise, this week returned to his office after a week's vacation in Texas and parts of Mexico. He reports an interesting and enjoyable trip. Even with rationing lifted, the 10-cent cup of coffee seems to be lere to stay in a good many res taurants. Just one of the scars 3f war. Prospective Bridegroom—Will it take much to feather a nest? Furniture Dealer—Oh, no, only a little down.