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VOLUME 6—NUMBER 52 SATURDAY MARCH 1ft = ~~ = = — - - _ ’ MARCH 10, 1945 PRICE FIVE CENTS Sensational All-Girl Orchestra Comes To Colored Skating Rink Direct From Chicago Dance Will Begin At 8 a. m. and Close At 12 In Accordance With Government Curfew You’ll simply love them, Am erica’s No. 1, all-girl orchestra, the “Darlings of Rhythm,” talent, beau ty, charm, personality. These 15 beauties under the di rection of Clarence Love, will be at the colored skating rink, Jack son, Wednesday, March 14, the rink will be opened at 7:30 dance will begin promptly at 8 and will close promptly at 12 in accordance with the government regulation. “The Darlings of Rhythm” will come here after 4 weeks sensation at Grand Terrace Cafe, Chicago, and boast of 9696 paid admissions in three days, Roosevelt Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio. These all star girl artists each have individual talent and under standing of the style of music spe cialized in by the orchestra. Each having been once a member of oth er famous girl bands of this gen eration. Thus a well knit organi zation has been welded together which has already won the plau dits of critics everywhere, and was selected to re-open the famous Grand Terrace in Chicago where Father Hines, Count Hasie and Fle tcher Henderson made history. An understanding of what the dancing public appreciates, places The Dar lings of Rhythm in the forefront among orchestras of today. You'll commit a crime against yourself in you fail to see and hear this, thegreatest attractio nin the world, regardless of name and price. This attraction will feature such stars as Lula Roberts, saxophonist, Ozzie Bumps Huff, star pianist and queen of the blues, Helen Taborn, swing vocalist. The dance will begin at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30, so come early. The dance will close prom ptly at 12 in accordance with the new curfew law. Advance tickets are on sale at $1.25. At door, $1.50 tax included. We’ll be loowing for you at the skating rink, March 14.* 8 until 12. Men Coordinate Supplies Rushed To Front Lines With the 498th Port Battalion At a French Port — Activities of this port battalion, working day and night to unload vital supplies from incoming vessels and place them on trains and trucks bound for the front, are coordinated by members of the headquarters detachment. The headquarters detachment comprises men of the personnel, headquarters, operation, supply and medical sections. The personnel section, which handles records of all the men in the unit, is composed of Technical Sergeant Benjamin McCall of Bal timore, Md., who supervises ad ministrative work of clerks; Cpl. M. M. Powers, Box 47, Natchez, morning report clerk; Sgt. B. E. Fleming of Richmond, Va., batta lion mail clerk; Cpl. H. L. Graham, Des Moines, la., file and assistant mail clerk; and Pfc. H. J. Humble, Lebanon, Ind., general clerk. Battalion supply section handles supplies for the entire battalion. Technical Sergeant Paul H. Bailey, of Brooklyn, N. Y., is in charge, assisted by Cpl. Alphonse White, of Richm nd, Ind., battalion sup ply clerk. The operations section receives and distributes ship details to four companies in the battalion. They also take care of transportation, prepare and submit training sche dules, and at all times keep an ac curate check on tonnage. New Hope M B Church Raises S961.37 In Drive According to Rev. L. C. Pickens, pastor, the following persons con tributed to the drive that raised a total of $961.37 recently: Elder L. C. Pickens, $2; E. F. Har ris $1; Elder Dollison $2; Walter Rousby $25; D. J. Johnson $25; Wil lie Clark $25; George Brown $18.50; Eddie Shaffer $7.25; Ethon Strong $11; George Gaunter $25; Gemmie Hill $25; Jessie Thomas $10; Will Green $11; Robert Dent $25; Will Grady $25; Sisters Mary E. Wilson $25; Alice Davis $30; Zula Ward $7; Hattie Hill $25; Birtha Clark $25; Allean Clark $25; Gemmie Smith $25; Alleeta Brown $25; Wil lie Young $2; Alice Donell $17; Ar delia March $14.60; Lillie Shaffer $18.55; Mattie Anderson $25; J. A. Harr $36.99; Laure Talving $1; Christell Well $5.75; Hendreter Young $4; Mary Williams $5; Pau lian Pickens S13.25: Ollie Brown $23.50; Velma Brown Parker $20. Mary Lee Green $13; Mary Jones $13; Mary Green $9.50; Mervina Davis $10; Matilda Davis $10; Bir tha Crosby $15.25; Ida Hooker, $18. 60; Ollie Strong $11.50; Maggie Coneway $10; Rosia Harris $1; Minnie Davis $1; Kattie Under wood $11; Matilda Reed $25; Lil lian Morris $21.75; Helen Rousby 17; Perlie Webster $16; Mary Johnson $25; Della Green $19.65; Leola Banks $15; Fannie Johnson $1. Dorie Lee Thomas $2.35; Corean Booker $5; Pearl Thomas $5; Zol lie Thomas $10; Ethel Powell $10; Ida Smith $3; Saifornia Johnson $15; Marie Hemphill $15; M. E. Luckett $2.50; Bro. Cleve Washing ton $15; Charlie Thomas $1; Robert | Bell $1; T. K. Smith $1; Zeb Thomp son $1; Sis. Laura Jones $15. Sis. Mildrie Davis $2.50; Berneace Smith $25; Willie Bullett $5; L. V. Evelean $5; Susie Pelman $5; Ele ase Davis $6.50; Nettie Phillip $1; Earlie Smith $10; Sophia Reed $15; Minnie Hopkins $5; Robbie Mae Smith $2.50; Callie P. Smith $2.50; Elder Williams $1.50; Sis. Williams $1; Eulean Smith 50c; Josephine | Miller $2. Total $961.37. In 169th Week Of War Nation Asked To “Carry On” The government needs and asks its citizens in this 169th week of the war to: 1. Return to sea duty if you are an engineering or deck officer. Our Merchant Marine urgently needs 18,000 licensed men to sail the ships carrying war cargoes to com bat areas. 2. Address all overseas mail clearly, correctly and completely to avoid delays and disappoint ments. One slight error may easily cause a letter to travel 30,000 ex-' . tra miles. 3. Make out your income tax re turn now to save time and last | minute confusion. Everyone whose income was $500 or more last year must file a return by March 15. 4. Buy only what you really i need this Easter. Dollars unnec essarily spent contribute to infla tion; dollars saved help to finance the war. 5. Help relieve the nursing cri sis. All women, young or old, trained or untrained, can partici pate in one of the eight war nurs ing programs. Inquire at your lo cal Red Cross. Durant News Miss Catherine Sproles of Helena Ark., is spending a very pleasant visit in the home of her aunt, Mrs. W. W. Harmon. We must go over the top in the 1945 Red Cross drive. Have you en rolled? Give now to keep your Red Cross at his side. The faeulty mem bers of the Holmes County Train ing school will serve you. Prof. J. A. Thompson, principal. The pupils on the honor roll in the 5th and 6th grades are. Lillie Mae and Lizzie B. Washington, Christine Brown. Lela Mae Steph-1 ens, Naomi Weathersby, Lillie B. Dale, Mammie Lee Brown, James Wiley, Antionette McGee, Johnnie Ruth Jackson, Ruth Rogers, Ger trude Butler, Lowriene Williams. Of much interest to Durant is the marriage of Miss Cimena Jones, Jackson, to Cpl. C. W. Ingram of the South Pacific. Mrs. Ingram, teacher of the second grade in the Holmes County Training School is living with her husband’s parents. Cpl. Ingram will return to his du ties in the near future. Rev. and Mrs. R. C. Ingram were highly elated Sunday afternoon to have their members from Kosci usko M. B. church to visit them, there were: Prof. T. P. Harris, Prin cipal of the Attala County Training School and wife, Prof. S. S. Lynch and wife of C. M. college and chauffeur, Mr. James McCellean, a student of C. M. College. They , visitprl Mr T.vnph’c cnn QnrI famil-l. Mr. C. H. Lynch is the vocational instructor in the Holmes County Training school. Pfc. Garthie Brooks, Jr., age 20 arrived home February 27, from Topeka, Kans., where he was sent there to Winter general hospital. He was wounded in action in Italy on November 15, 1944. On his way from Topeka he visited friends in Caruttersville his sister Mrs. Dim ple M. Lewison of Memphis is now home with his mother, Mrs. Mattie L. Brooks and will return back to the hospital March 15. Mr. J. W. Glover, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Glover volun teered for th^ navy and left Thurs day morning. He is now stationed at Great Lake, 111. He was a jun ior in high school also he was cap tain of the basketball team of Hol moes County Training School. We j are all proud of him. Circle No. 2 met Sunday, Feb ruary 5 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall with president in the chair. After the minutes were read the program was led by Mrs. Glo ver which was made u pof a song, poem by Mrs. Dale, solo, Miss John: son. The topic was led by Mr. Ray. Visitors present were Mr. Harmon, i n V. Mrs. Josephine Butler age 78 ob served her birthday recently. She has 9 children and 23 grandchil dren and 6 great grandchildren. Her children are: Clara Moore Head, Nana B. Porter and Parlee Mason of Ruleville, Lynn Butler of Durant, Magan Butler of Chicago, Henry Butler of Michigan City, Sallie Saffold of Durant. Beat No. 2 held their Achieve ment Day, March 2 with the fol lowing schools and teachers pres ent: Grant, Miss Minis; Liberty, Mrs. Davis and Stephens; Long Branch, Mrs. Bush, Gages Springs, Mrs. Haywood West, Prof. T. J. King, Mrs. Dale, Misses Booker of! Montgomery visiting speakers, Mrs. B. H. Cooper of Lexington, Mr. E. Ammos of West and Rev. Prof. Thompson of Durant. Prof. King, beat chairman. GOSSIP Elnora D. seems to take up much time with George C., in class, what is your story A. L. A.? Lee Russell K., is not getting around since a certain cat went to ; Chicago. Georgia M. knows she has Percy Lanfaea: by herself, Ceola don’t worry yourself. Elizabeth Crawford seems to be getting around with Mr. Willie Hor ton. Ora B. Mtz received two letters from Cpl. Ernest Lanfair this morning. What’s your story A. L. B. Georgia M. seems to be falling for Odis Rule, watch her Mary W. i Sister Rosetta Tharpe Operate Largest PX Depot On Continent With U. S. Forces In Belgium— In an ancient Belgian arsenal Ne gro soldiers are operating the Un ited States Army’s largest post ex change supply center on the Con tinent. Members of the 613th quarter master depot supply company, the soldiers recently were commended for their efficiency in handling gi- j gantic quantities of supplies by Maj. Gen. R. M. Littlejohn, chief quartermaster of the European Rtheater of Operations. The men work in a building cov ering more than the area of a city block, and has brick walls 10 to 18 feet thick. Immense rooms and long, wide corridors are filled with boxes containing cigarettes, candy, razor blades, soap and many other items sold on a non-profit basis to soldiers in post exchanges ev ery week. Four hundred 10 ton trailer trucks carry supplies from Belgian ports to the huge depot. On a re cent day the Negro outfit handled more than 5,000,000 pounds of sup plies, despite aerial attacks in the area. The soldies are assisted by 175 Belgian workers and a group of German prisoners. W. G. Avery Co. Entertains Employees The W. G. Avery Body Company of Jackson, always on the alert to increase war production and keep its staff of employees happily en gaged in their duties make another bid toward this end Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13 by entertain ing them with a theatre party, at the Alamo Theatre. Taking number one priority on the theatre program will be the new government picture “What’s Your Name,” designed especially to aid in the elimination of absen teeism on defense jobs. “What’s Your Name,” is a realistic story of what really happens when an em ployee, through utter neglect, re mains off the job too long. It shows the cost in human lives of absenteeism. “What’s Your j Name,” doesn’t only apply to peo- j pie engaged in work along the lines : of the Avery Body Company, but to people engaged in any form of work for the welfare of their fellow man. In connection with the govern ment picture the Alamo Theatre is showing Boris Karloff in “The Walking Dead,” a picture crammed with excitement. Warning Sounded As Rabid Dogs Are Nabbed Here Examination of the heads of two or three dogs at the Mississippi State Board of Health laboratory revealed that the animals were suf fering from rabies and brought an appeal from the Jackson police de partment asking co-operation of the public to the precautionary measures. The dogs, Chief of Jolice J. D. Holden said, were from the Wood land Hills section in Northeast Jackson and discovery that they were rabid promoted the city to im press the public of possible serious ness of the situation. Chief Holden pointed out that under provisions of Sections 19 and 20 of the revised city ordinance of 1938 all dog owners are required to keep their animals confined at all times. The public can help a lot, Chief Holden said, by not chasing away any stray dogs which may appear in their neighborhood. If possible, trick them into a pen, garage .or sty and then call the police who will send immediately for the ani mals. Rust College Singers At Central Church The Rust College Jubilee Sing ers will appear at Central Metho dist church on North Farish, St., Sunday night, March 11, in a pro gram of spirituals, semi-classical, popular, comic songs and other specialties. Hear them! Come early if you want a seat! i | — Harding’s “444” Recommended For Rheumatism Made and distributed by Harding Drug Company, the HARDING’S 444 TONIC is recommended for the Blood and for Rheumatism. All persons with minor blood dis orders and rheumatic conditions arising from blood deficiency and systemic imprities will find that this famous tonic will give relief. “444” is a well balanced combi nation of tests medicinal ingredi ents which are favorably accepted for their value in treating minor blood disorders. Persons suffering from rheuma tism and minor blood disorders are advised to get a bottle of “444” at Harding Drug Company 509 E. Pearl St., or call 3-2444 Colored Youth Is Ordained Priest Bay St. Louis — The Rev. Arthur G. Winters, S.V.D., Colored priest ordained on the Feast of the Epiph any by the Most Rev. Richard O. Gerow, Bishop of Natchez, in St. Augustine’s seminary here, offered his first High Mass in the chapel the following day. Father Winters attended St. Peter’s school in Pleasantville, N. J., and Holy Spirit high school in Atlantic City, N. J., before entering St. Augustine’s se minary in 1934. His brother, the Rev. Richard Winters, S.V.D., who was ordainer in 1941, taught for some time at St. Augustine’s se minary and is now assistant at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, St. Martinville, La. The silver jubilee of St. Aug ustine’s seminary, the only semi nary in the United States devoted exclusively to colored candidates for the priesthood, will be obser ved this year. Girl Scout Leaders In Training On Thursday, March 1 and Fri day, March 2, at the William John son Center and Soldiers’ Center, found the Girl Scout leaders en grossed in a practical training course, which enabled new leaders, assistant and committee members an opportunity to get what it takes to lead girls in the ideals of scout ing. The meeting was climaxed Thursday night with a banquet at the Soldiers’ Center. At the banquet each leader gave glowing reports of the progress of , her troop, during the year. These ! reports were very good and from all indications the leaders have done a good job, and were compli mented by Miss Ella Scott Powell, executive - secretary of Girl Scots, Miss Mittie Hicks, field secretary and Miss Aired. Those participating were: Ester A. Beadle, Wyllie Austin, Mildred L. Peterson, Rosie Lee Brock, Min nie Booker, G. T. Hart, M. C. Mill er, D. H. Noman, R. O. Smith, M. B. Duncan, L. B. Walker, Cleo C. Chadwick, Odell Clausell, Julia Stutts, Birdie E. Graves, Maude E. Brown, Fannye M. Luckett, Phre- i zene Turner, M. E. Dansby, Fren chie B. Porter and others. Brookhaven Youth Clerks In South Pacific Cpl. Harvey L. Wilson, whose mother, Mrs. Nehemaih A. Wilson, resides at 313 North Union street, Brookhaven, has been on foreign duty for more than ten months in I the Southwest Pacific. He is a ! clerk in a chemical depot company of the 13th AAF service command in the Southwest Pacific. Cpl. Wilson is a graduate of Alexander high school and was a student at Alcorn Agriculture and Mechanical College, where he was majoring in business administra tion prior to induction into the service. Entering the army in September, 1942, Cpl. Wilson served at Camp Swift, Tex., Camp Sibert, Ala., and Herbert Smart Airport, Macon, Ga., before going overseas. He wears the Army Good Conduct Medal and a Bronze Battle Star. NOTICE! TO ALL READERS: There will be a charge of $1.00 to run all cuts or mats in The Mississii oi Enter prise. This will of course also pay for the short reader that will go under the cut This refers to cuts that the reader has made himself. We will be glad to give rates for other cuts. .Farm families should produce and conserve their own meat sup ply. An adequate supply of can ned, cured or frozen meets can be supplemented by fish and game, in season, to provide a healthy, balanced diet. Mr. H. J. Wilson Contributes To Economic Welfare Of Hazlehurst Negroes Jobs Enable Boys and Girls To Remain In School Commended For Work On Railroads Supply Headquarters in Belgiun —It has not been a case of “too little—too late,” with the 389th engineer general service regiment. Since its arrival on the Continent July 31, this unit has received three commendations. For the rehabilitation and re pairing of the single track main line in Normandy, the 389th re ceived its first letter of commenda tion from Col. C. E. Itschner, En gineer section, advance section, communications zone. Less than a month later a sec ond letter of commendation follow ed from headquarters, advance sec tion, engineer group A. The third commendation in the form of a letter of appreciation came from headquarters of the 354th engineer regiment. Two companies of the 389th had been loaned to the 354th to assist the latter unit in the re construction of French marshalling yards. Working on a 15 mile stretch of French railroads 18 hours after that sector had been cleared of the enemjvone battalion completed the project in five days. Salvaged enemy equipment in cluding maps, and borrowed French and Beligan tools, have been used extensively by the 398th in all of its missions. Following the completion of road maintenance on the Red Ball high way, where an average of 175 tons of gravel, asphalt, and sand a day were used, the regiment then moved to its present location. One battalion is building six miles of railroad track for a spur line into a ration dump. Another battalion is guarding military installations in Holland and Belgium. Prize To Be Given Negro 4-H Champ Delta Council will offer a one hundred dollar sweepstakes prize in the 4-H Cotton Contest for Del- j ta Negro boys this spring. In addi- 1 tion, each Delta county will award a twenty-five dollar county prize. J According to G. C. Cypress, Ne- i gro Boys’ Club agent, Jackson, it is proposed to enroll 15 or 20 Cot ton Club members in each Delta county, having all of them plant j the same variety of cotton, using a minimum amount of fertilizer per acre. Other requirements and practices will be worked out with the production specialist and oth er experts. Rationing News Sugar: Sugar stamp No. 35, good for five pounds of sugar, continues valid. Meats, Fats: New red stamps E2, F2, G2, H2, J2 are now valid for ten points each. Red stamps Q5 through Z5, A2 through D2, also continue usable. Processed Fruits and Vegetables: Blue stamps Z5 through Z5, A2 ; through S2, good for ten points each, continue valid. (Last date for the use of X5 through Z5, A2, B2 will be Mai'ch 31.) Gasoline: 4-14 coupons, good for four gallons each, remain valid through March 21, 1945. Shoes: Airplane stamps No. 1, 2, and 3 in book three continue valid indefinitely. This year’s supply of vegetable seeds promises to be adequate for all victory gardens, but gardeners are advised to order their seeds as e; ly as possible. Recently, in our effort to bring to our readers another examle of some of the r.eally fine conditions that exist between the Southern while employer and his Negro em ployees, we talked with the repre sentative of our paper in Hazle hurst and Copiah county, Roosevelt Strong, wo gave us the following information concerning Mr. Hardie J. Wilson of Hazlehurst who em ployes perhaps the greatest number of Negro workers in that section. We were told that Mr. Wilson provides more jobs for Negroes in that section than any other white man and that in every instance, special care is given to see that working conditions are such as to benefit the workers in every re spect. And on most of the jobs, the same wages are received as are re ceived for the same kind of labor anywhere else. We were also told that Mr. Wil son shows his great interest in Negroes by selling them homes and giving them a chance to work and pay for them. He also gives school boys and girls employment that en ables them to go on with their school work. Mr. Wilson has contributed gen erously to Negro churches thru out the county and to other worth while charitable groups. The Negroes of Hazlehurst and Copiah county, according to agent Strong greatly appreciate what Mr. Wilson, as well as what other white friends are doing for them. How ever, he urges Negroes to show this appreciation by staying on their jobs and by doing each job better and better. Farmers Meet; Holtzclaw, Jr. Heads Utica Inst. The 42nd annual Utica Farmers Conference was held in Jaine Hall Friday, February 23 and Governor Thomas L. Bailey delivered the major address. The governor was introduced by Robert Brown of the Mississippi School for Deaf. Those who have been attending the conference claim it was well attended. The morning session was addres sed by Prof. Charles Dobbs, coun ty Agent of Copiah county. His subject was “How We Can Improve Rural Living.” After Prof. Dobbs spoke, the session was given away as is the usual custom, to farmers’ experi ences. This was a most enjoyable part of the meeting for the farm ers really gave the low downs on themselves. Among the many prominent peo ple present were Mr. E. A. Peak, district supt. of agricultural edu cation. The State Supervisor of Junior Colleges and Secondary Schools, Prof. O. B. Cobbins; Di rector of Colored Schools in Jack son, Mr. Chester Owens, county agent of Hinds county, and Mr. Oatis, assistant county agent of Copiah county. Prof Wm. H. Holzclaw, Jr., was relected president of the confer ence. Prof. George Williams, vice president. Prof. Oatis, secretary, and Rev. B. E. Lewis, treasury. A resolution was passed which changed the name of the confe • ence to the Wm. H. Holtzclaw, Sr., Farmers’ Conference. That famous barbeque was still a big hit with the farmers. There will be just as much need for victory gardens this year as during thel ast two years. Of the neary 1,700.000 4-H club members in the United States, more than 1,000,000 are in the South. YOUR RED CROSS IS AT HIS SIDE - GIVE YOURS TOD AY r : v ;■ 9" * .