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VOLUME 6-NUMBER 51 _ _SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1945 ' " PRICE FIVE CENTS
Community Chest Has $7,795 For Negro Welfare Agency Now Sectarian Negro Leadership Must Sponsor Agency The following leater was sent out this week by the Community Chest of Jackson: To The Negro Leadership Of Jackson: For some time the directors of the Community Chest of Jackson havefelt that a Negro welfare ag ency should be instituted which would broaden Negro welfare work extend the field of existing wel fae agencies and coodinate acti vities now being undertaken with a view toward setting up a sound program which could be enlarged as conditions permitted and re quirements justified. Looking to ward that end, financial support of the Chest was withdrawn from the William Johnson Bethlehem Cen ter because of its purely sectarian sponsorship and suvervisory con trol. Although a special committee of the Chest made several efforts to enlist the support of representative Negro leaders in such an undertak ing, nothing was accomplished, due, it seems, to a feeling that the Wil liam Johnson Bethlehem Center should continue as the only local welfare agency for Negroes. Please bear in mind that there was then, and there is now, no de sire to abloish or replace the Wil liam Johnson Center—only a de sire to institute an aeencv to in sure the extension of presently operating programs and to seek new means of meeting welfare pro-1 blems among the Negroes of Jack son whether in the field of health, character building or any other phase of social welfare. The purpose of this letter is to advise you, and through you the interested Negro leadership of Jackson, that the Community Chest stands readj' and willing now or at any future time to reopen this ques tion with any representative group of Negro leaders. The Community Chest has ear marked from funds already raised $7,795, for 1945, expenses of a Ne gro Welfare Agency sponsored by non-sectarian Negro leadership, which can meet with the approval of your people and the standards of the Chest. Without going into details, you should know that several Chest ag encies now devote a large part of their time and funds to Negro work. The Family Service Agency lists more than half of the fami lies receiving aid in 1944 as Ne grof amilies. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have active and ex panding programs for Negro youth. The Community Hospital is open to needy Negro patients. Other ag encies have Negro programs none of -which is t(* be curtailed either now or later, but on the contrary, would serve better if aided by a Negro Agency responsible for de veloping and extending the work of all. Yours very truly, Charlie Scott, President Community Chest of Jack son, Inc. Prentiss Soldier Decorated For Gallantry in Italy Pvt. Jake Mclnnis, 23, of Pren tiss, recently was awarded the Sil ver Star for gallantr yin action on the Fifth Army front in northern j Italy. Mclnnis, serving in the • 92nd “Buffalo” infantry division, was cited for killing 13 Germans while , single handedly holding a key ter rain point for seven hours and re pulsing seven counterattacks. His wife, daughter, Tena Reed, 2, and mother resite on Rt. 3, Mt. Oolive, A good word in court is better than a pound in the purse. -rw SCI Observes Negro History Week The faculty and student body of Southern Christian Institute was made conscious during the week of February 11-17, of National Ne gro History Week by the lovely chapel execrises. Tuesday, February 13, “The Ne gro in War.” Dean C. C. Mosley has as guest, the navy recruiting offi cers for the state of Mississippi, Mr. Jacobs and Smith. The princi pal speech by Mr. Smith was very inspirational. Wednesday, February 14, “The Negro Sports.” Coach Raten pres ented a very interesting program showing the various accomplish ments of the Negro in athletics during the year 1944. Thursday, February 15, the 10th grade, under the supervision of Mrs. Thomas, presented a quiz on “The Negro in Literature,” which was very informational. Friday, February 16, the Minist erial Association, of which Mr. Wm. K. Fox is sponsor, presented a sB-ciua ui ruinous iNegro mimsiers, and Mr. Fox spoke on “The Negro Church.” Saturday, February 17, the week came to a climax with a lovely program presented by the music class of extension teachers, Miss Ruth Cobbins, instructor, entitled, ‘.‘The Negro in Music.” In cooperation with the Ameri can Social Hygiene, the week of February 4-10 was set aside for an intensified social hygiene program. All chapel exercises during the week were emphasizing social hygiene. The Community Improvement Association met at Mt. Mariah, Ed wards, at its regular meeting date. This was the most enjoyable, in spirational and informational meet ing that has been witnessed by its members. The C. I. A. is looking forward to promoting many worth while community projects during the remainder of the year. Mrs. D. E. Jacobs, Reporter Greenville Soldier Wins Combat Badge One of Mississippi’s native sons, Sgt. Will H. Morey, with the 93rd infantry division in the Southwest Pacific area, has been awarded the combat Infantryman’s Badge while serving in a rifle company over seas. This award given only to in fantry men who show exemplary action under fire was the second honor to be given to Morey. Sgt. Morey previously received a com mendation for the part he played as assistant in a rocked launcher team that silenced a number of enemy pillboxes in a recent opera *'*'■'**• tuio av.uuii xiv w 0.0 wounded and reecived the Purple Heart. Morey attended Coleman high school in Greenville, and left school to accept a job with the U. S. engineers on the flood con trol project in the Vicksburg dis trict. He left this job 39 months ago to enter the service. Morey now serves as a mortar squad leader in a rifle company. Mrs. Pearl Morey, his mother, now resides at 309 */2 Broadway St., Greenville. Although farmers are being ask ed to supply quantities of lumber and pulpwood for the war effort, they should not abandon good mangamenet practices and make their woods unproductive in fu ture years, the extension service says. Every Citizen Urged To Give To Red Cross The government needs and asks its citizens in this 168th week of the war to: 1. Give all you can to the 1945 Red Cross drive. Voluntary contri butions of $200,000,000 are needed to carry out the vast program of service to our fighting and wound ed, prisoners of war, veterans and civilians in want. 2. Observe the midnight curfew on places of entertainment that starts tonight. This important mea sure is designed to save fuel, con serve manpower and ease the strain on transportation. 3. Help solve local transit prob lems: avoid rush hours; have ex act fare ready; move back in the car; use street cars instead of buses to conserve gas and tires; stagger your work -hours; walk whenever possible; keep your auto working. 4. Keep on saving urgently need ed waste paper and kitchen fats— also tin cans, where they are lo cally collected. 5. Help our armies keep up their heavy fire power. More than 115 artillery ammunition plants badly need 9,600 men and women work ers. Who Must File Declaration Before March 15 A substantial number of Negro taxpayers must file a decleration of estimated tax for 1945 not later than March 15, 1945, Joseph D. Nunan, Jr., commissioner of inter nal revenue, said this week. This is in addition to the filing of an income tax return for 1944. Declerations are required in gen eral from business and profession al people, landlords, investors and others who expect o get more than $100 of income this year from sources other than wages from which tax is withheld, and who expect that their total income from all sources will be $500 or more. A decleration must also be filed bj a wage earner who expects to earn this year more than $5,000 plus $500 for every exemption ex cept his own. For example, a wake earner supporting two dependents must file if he expects to earn more than $6,000. However, if a person expects more than $100 of which tax is withheld, he must file a decleration regardless of the , income outside of wages from size of his wages. , The majority of wage earners are ( excused from filing declarations, for the reason that their taxes are kept substantially paid up by the tax mat is wunneia xrom their wages every pay day. Declarations also are required from farmers who expect to have ; $500 or more this year, but farm- ; ers, meaning persons who get more ■ than two-thirds of their income , from farming, may postpone their ; 1945 declarations until January 15, i 1946. A March 15 decleration should be accompanied by a payment of at least one-fourth of the tax esti mated to be due over and above , any tax being withheld from the ; taxpayer’s wages. The remainder is due in equal installments on June 15 and September 15, 1945, ; and January 15, 1946. 1 Special forms and instructions ; for the making of declarations have ; been mailed out to all persons who , filed declarations last year. Addi tional copies are available at the i office of any collector of internal revenue. Used Cars OPA District Director W. E. Hoi- 1 comb reminded dealers and indi vidual sellers of used cars this < week that the new, more stringent regulations go into effect of March first, giving buyers more protection . from overcharge violations. A word goes to the winds, but a blow goes to the bones. KING OF CAMP SHOWS AT, STAGE DOOR CANTEEN / Lucky Milllnder does get around. (Oh, but he does!) In the photo-spread above we see^Lucky giving his autograph to a youthful admirer. Then, there’s Lena Horne—at the mike. Carleton Moss, who produced “The Negro Soldier" (and at the bottom), Vocalist Melvin Moore, Lena Horne and Lucky “do a number” for those in the Service as Horace Henderson plays the piano, r SCI Ministers’ School Ends, Pastors Organize The second annual school for Town and Country Pastors held on the campus of Southern Christian [institute, Edwards, closed Friday, February 16, after a two weeks study session, attended by thirty ministers, representing five de nominations, on hundred individual churches and twelve towns in the state. The school held by Southern Christian Intsitute in cooperation with the home missions council of North America, Inc., representing twenty-three different denomina tions. The promotion and super vision of the school was under the direction of the Rev. Wm. K. Fox of the department of Bible and Re ligious Extension of Southern Christian Institute. The theme of the year’s school was the Kingdom of God in the countryside. The faculty consised of Presi dent John Long of Sou Ihern Christian Institute; Br. B. L. Jacobs, superintendent of the farm of Southern Christian Instiute; Mr. V. A. Edwards, director of religi jus extension at Fort Valley Col lege, Fort Valley, Ga.; Rev. R. B. Hayden, dean of religion at Nat :hez college. Rev. D. F. Pielstick, lational frield representative of ;he home missions council and Mr. W. E. Ammons, state Negro AAA agent of Mississipp, Jackson. Special lecturers were: Rev. G. Vf. Perry, state secretary of Disci >le Churches, Jackson; Mr. P. H. Easom, state department of educa :ion, Jackson; Rev. J. W. Sells, exe :utive secretary of the Mississippi Etural Life Council; Mr. Chester Dwens, Hinds county agricultural agent; Mr. W. C. David of the Earm Labor Program, Washington, D. C.; Mr. H. C. Galloway, state worker in the farm labor program, Jackson; and Mr. Chester Dobbs of Efazlehurst. The following ministers attended ;he school: R. W. West, Bolton; J. 3. Wade, Ackerman; S. D. Yar jrough, Clinton; H. Z. Alexander, Edwards; I. C. Franklin, Port Gib son; N. R. Trivellion, Port Gibson; J. B. Watkins, Edwards; A. E. Brooks, Edwards; J. B. Batteast, Charleston; V. L. Moore, Gloster; \. N. Harris, Port Gibson; S. J. Dickey, McComb; R. A. Irving, Ed wards; T. N. Walker, Reidsville, NT. C.; B. B. Jones, Mound Bayou; rhomas Coleman, West Point; R. Ef. Richardson, Isaac Johnson, R. Johnson of Edwards; Thomas Brooks, Vicksburg; S. D. White, Bolton; R. Chavis, Natchez; J. B. Holmes, Vicksburg; R. Lott, Jackson; W. Davis, Jackson^ E. Burns, Jackson; E. R. Castorn, Glos ;er. Nineteen of these men qualified Hub Soldier Trains Recruits Now supervising a squad of men ! stocking vital supplies at an en gineer depot in France, Cpl. Eddie Carey, 25, Bolegee, Ala., is a vet eran of 36 months service in the United States army who has help- , ed to train hundreds of recruits. Basic training is a specialty of Cpl. Carey, who has undergone ' five basic training courses himself. Stationed in America for 30 months he initiated countless new men in to the customs of army life while , ! an MP with the 512th military po- j j lice battalion, and as a member of this unit at Camp Shelby. He was a railroad worker in ci- < vilian life. i His wife, Mrs. Willie Mae Carey, ] lives at 917 Atlanta St., Hattiesburg. '• for certificates. Regular attend- ] ance was the main criteria. . Dr. James A. Crain of the de- \ partment of Social Welfare and * Rural Work. Tnriianannlis TnH nf_ i fered three outstanding books as ; prizes to the three ministers report ( ing the best community improve- i ment program promoted through i their church. E. B. Short of Glos- £ ter won fire prize; Vanhorne Mur ray of West Point won second prize j and R. A. Irving of Edwards, won t third prize. First prize was the t Abingdon Commentary. i A fitting climax to the success- < ful school was the organiation of i the Mississippi Council of Town 1 and Country Pastors. Rev. Thomas i Coleman of West Point, was elect- ( ed president; Rev. J. V. Wade of j Ackerman, was elected vice presi- c dent; Rev. E. R. Caston, Gloster, J was elected secretary; Rev. W. K. j Fox of Southern Christian Institute i was elected executive secretary treasurer; Rev. A. E. Brooks of ] Edwards was elected chaplain; and < Rev. R. A. Irving of Edwards was, 1 elected critic. \ At present the council is divided < into the following districts: Central i district, Edwards headquarters, i contact A. E. Brooks; Northeast < district—West Point headquarters, t contact T. Coleman—Southeast dis- i trict—McComb headquarters, con- c tact V. L. Moore, at Gloster— Sou- 1 them district—Gloster headquart- < ers contact E. B. Shorts—South- J west district—Port Gibson head- i quarters, contact A. N. Harris, and i the Northcentral district—Mound s Bayou, contact B. B. Jones. Any town or country minister in i the state of any denomination wish 1 ing to join in this movement for a j better country side and a more ef- ] ficient rur^l church may contact ] the man nearest his home and get full particulars about joining. 1 Wm. K. Fox, Reporter 1 March 3-11 National 4-H Club Week When the 95,000 4-H Club mem aers of Mississippi celebrate Na :ional 4-H Club Week, March 3-11, ;hey can point with pride to their efforts in helping to win the war, aecause among other things, their :ood production last year was valu ed at $2,901,785, according to club eaders. The national observance has been ;ei aside this year mainly to help 1-H members to check up on their ichievements to date; to' rededicate hemselves to the ideals emboided n the 4-H Club pledge with parti :ular reference to the 4-H war joals; and to reach still more young with the 4-H program. Mis sissippi’s goal for 1945 is 125,000 [-H members. Mr. Johnson pointed out that ‘hundreds of foi’mer 4-H boys from Mississippi are giving an excellent iccount on the fighting fronts of heir adherence to our watchwords, ‘Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.” '■Jot all have become world-famous IC Pnl AT Monition -f t Kemper county 4-H Club mem >er, but I’m sure all are doing heir part, with equal steadfastness md loyalty. Under food production, Mississip >i 4-H club achievements inclde he following: victory gardens, 34, 43 members grew 19,339 acres; 12, 81 members grew 25,682 acres of :orn, 2,831 members gre w6,837 icres of sweet potatoes; 2,458 mem >ers grew 4,328 acres of peanuts; ,805 members grew 8,242 acres of ither food crops; poultry, 21,153 nembers produced 539,228 birds; lairy, 3,322 members produced 9, 38 animals; beet 12,512 members iroduced 6,472 animals; pigs, 14,141 nembers produced 20,421 animals. Achievements in conservation ast year include: 21,155 members :anned 2,034,284 quarts of vege ables, fruits and meats; 27,155 mem >ers dried 128,213 pounds of fruits md vegetables; 8,666 members nade 116,999 garments and articles; emodeled 28,274 garments and tnd mended 167,521 garments; 17, 46 home improvement members efinished or painted 15,357 pieces >f furniture; yard beautification nembers planted 68,318 shbubs; oth irs repaired and painted 20,370 arm implements; forestry club nembers planted 1,727,595 seedl ngs; terracing club members con ducted 3,477,186 feet of terraces. Health and nutrition achieve nents include 20,954 members who nade physical check ups; 20,954 nembers corrected 12,856 defects; 2,610 food members planned and jrepared 1,187,609 balanced meals. Other special war efforts include: var bonds bought, $730,612; war >onds sold, $468,752; scrap collected, Large Number of Mississippians Among Group Cited For Work In France * • Company Activated At Camp Shelby 11 Recreation WFA Counselors Appointed What may be the beginning of a much needed rural fecreation pro gram for colored farm people took form recently when the War Food Administration’s Office of Labor appointed 11 Negro recreation counselors through a grant of funds under the Lanham Act to serve the farm labor supply centers in Flori da where 10,000 colored Jamaican, Bahamian, and American workers are cultivating and harvesting im portant food crops. Orientated through a week’s spe cial training course at Bethune Cookman college, Daytona Beach, Fla., the counselors have been as signed to labor supply centers and are now rapidly developing a re creation program for the farm work ers and their families. Among other things, the recrea tion counselors will direct games, present plays, provide for dancing and other forms of recreations, and they also will arrange religious services for the workers. Pvt. Frank J. Durr Killed in Action News was received by this office this week that Pvt. Frank James Durr had been reported kiled in action somewhere in France. Pvt. Durr was inducted into the army Jurfe 9, 1943, at Camp Shel by. He took his basic training in New Orleans, after which he was transferred to Camp Kilmer, N. J. From Staten IslaB^^Jj^Was sent overseas, Decemt, 943, and spent 8 months in England. On September 14, 1944, he was report ed killed in action in France. This young soldier was a mem ber of the St. Paul A.M.E. church in Gulfport, where his father, Rev. F. J. Durr, Sr., was pastor. He was a student at the Gulfport high school He leaves to mourn a wife, one c ughter whom he has never seen, a mother and father, a host of aunts uncles and other relatives. Pvt. Durr was born, December 31, 1924 and was married July 6, 1942. He died at the age of 19 years. State Man Wins Good Conduct Medal Pfc. Alvin Stovell, of the South • Pacfic, son of Mrs. Corrie Coffee, Eupora, has been awarded the j Good Conduct Medal, for over a ] year of exemplary behavior, effi- i ciency and fidelity as a soldier of the army.” j A native of Calhoun City, Sto- ] vail attended the local school where < he took part in baseball and < basketball. After leaving school he ] worked for his father who was ] engaged in farming. He entered the army in Septem- .< ber 1942, at Camp Shelby. His ba- < sic training was received at Camp < Claiborne, La. Pvt. Stovall has been ; overesas since v March 1943. As a member of a quartermaster ( service company Pfc. Stovall is do- ( ing his part in shortening the road to Tokyo by keeping supplies mov- < ing. 5,365,433 pounds. ] In connection with the fire con- . trol and farm safety programs, 4-H members removed 71,130 accident hazards and removed 44,433 fire 1 hazards. The 656th ordinance ammunition Company, with the U. S. Army on the Western Front, stationed in France, has bbeen commended for its efficient operation of ammuni tion depots since its arrival on the continent. Working around the clock on a 24 hour basis, this Negro company also received a special commenda tion for its record time completion of an important ammunition sup ply order, critically needed by out front line men in Belgium. Echelons of the First, Third and Ninth Armies have received the bulk of the ammunition handled by this outfit. Many units have been supplied their basic load of am munition before moving up for front line duty by depots operated by the company. Activitated at Camp Shelby, in November, 1943, these ordnance men trained at Camp Shelby and Tennesse maneuvers before depar ture for overseas duty. Men of the 656th, commanded by Capt. A. J. Hyde, 6122 South McVickers Ave., Chicago, are fro mall sections of the country. Following is the roster of enlist prf mpn' Mississippi: Aberdeen, Pfc. Sam uel James, Rt. 3, Box 21 A; Acker man, Pvt. James Gladney, box 368; Bay St. Louis, Pfc. A. J. Bilbert, 421 Sycamore St.; Byhalia, Sgt. Sam Freeman, Rt. 2, box 36; Calyx, Pfc. Willie L. Johnson; Cameta, Pfc. James Gray, box 17; Clev ’and Pfc. Aubra Green, Rt. 2, box 117; Crystal Springs, Sgt. Bennie M. Lewis, 380 S. Jackson; Durant, Pfc. Amos Glover, box 251; Etta, Pfc. Jimmie T. Longest, Rt. 2, box 20; Forest, Pfc. Jimmie Gatewood; Greenville, Pfc. Prestel Glass, 806 Hinds; Grenada, Pfc. Manuel Jones, 118 East St.; Gulfport, Pvt. J. W. Horn, Rt. 1, box 216A; Hattiesburg, Gpl. Sid D. Hudson, 815 Arnold 5t. Hazlehurst, Sgt. Grover C. Lowe; Hermanville, Pvt. Isiah S. Goins, Rt. 2, box 36; Houtson, Pfc. J. C. Howell, Rt. 2, box 51; Luka, Pvt. Sam E. Lonard, Rt. 5; Jackson, Sgt. Aaron Flowers, Jr., 305 Clif ;on st.; Cpl Robert E. Lee, 1131 Vlontgomery St.; Kokomo, Pfc. Ne *o Jefferson; Kosciusko, Pfc. F. P. Hopkins, Rt. 2, box 156; Laurel, Pfc. L.awrence Jones, 341 S. Maple St.; Louisville, Pfc. Raphael Haynes, Rt. 6; Meridian, Cpl. Albert Haw tins, 7-36 Ave. Mergilod, Cpl. James Roby, Jr., Jit. 2, box 50; Metcalfe, Pfc. Te hara W. Mason, box 82; Morton, Pvt M. M. Gray, Rt. 1, box 75; STtchez, Pfc. Dave Hardin, Jr., 729 Vfaple St.; Pfc. George Johnson, rr., 332 St. Catherine St.; Pvt. Wil iam Harden, 6 Dunleith Alley; Pvt. Jerbert Lewis, 417 S. Pearl St.; Pvt. Walter Lynch, Rt. 1, box 40; 'Jew Albany; Tech Sgt. Ernest Wil iamson, Rt. 4, box 54; New Au gusta, Pfc. Benderson Goudy, Rt. , box 175; Pass Christian, Pfc. J. 5. Gavin, 649 E. RR St.; Pauling, Pvt. Melvin Griffin; Port Gibson, >gt. Edwin W. Merrick, Jr., 405 Grange St; Rich, Pfc. James W. divine, box 98; Richton, Sgt. Ray iinton, Rt. 3, box 173; Roxie, Pfc. d. C. Johnson, Rt. 3; Senatobia, :pl. F. C. Jones, box 373; Silver -reek, Cpl. Willie Lev is, Rt. 1, box IB; Sturgis, Cpl. W. B. Latham, Rt. !; Vicksburg, Sgt. F. H. Smith, 417 Oakland St.; Pvt. James W. Jreen, 813 S. Madison St.; Yazoo -ity, Pfc. Juddie L. Hampton, 221 st St.; Pfc. John W. Hardy, 181 Jrady Ave.; Pfc. Herman C. Lc jell, 544 Filmore St.; Pvt. Robert Logan, 211 Perry St; Pvt. Wil iam M. Luster. Box 34, Grand \ve. Famine in Athens was reported o have caused 100,000 deaths in .942. YOUR RED CROSS IS AT HIS SIDE - GIVE YOURS TOD AY l ■ > 4 , i .