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According to Mayor Gulley, the funds will be used for the con struction of one-mile of addi tional sewer line along Market Street, which will eliminate the practice of dumping raw sewage in the drainage canal in the Mar itime Housing project, which has drawn a storm of protest from civic organizations and citizens Enlarge Disposal Plant The funds will also be used for the enlargement of the present disposal plant, which is not yet in operation, in order to take care of the additional load oc cationed by the new sewer con struction. A contract for the work was scheduled to he let this week "Due to the urgent need foi the correction of the practice of dumping sewage of the Maritime Housing project into the shal low canal leading to the beach," Mayor Gulley said, “it was agreed to negotiate the contract immediately, thus pieventing (he advertising for three or four weak*, and other delay - W<> . x pect a contractor to have a work order some time this week." H. A Kroeze, chief of sanita tion for the state board of health, also accompanied the mayor dur ing the Washington conferences j The practice of dumping raw ! sewage in the Maritime project drainage canal has existed for a long period of time, and is one of the chief factors in the placing of signs along the beach front last week by the county health department warning that the beach waters are unfit for bath ing. Dr. Henry Hoff, head of the health department, said that the signs would remain until the dis posal plant is in operation, and this condition is eliminated. Under the, present plans sew age received at the disposal plan! will be given primary treat ment only, which is expected to meet health standard*. Seniors Of Moss Point High Get Diplomas Monday Forty-six seniors marched to the stage at the Moss Point High school auditorium Monday night and were presented diplomas in recognition for completion of their high school training and a service flag with 15 stars bore mute testimony for the boys who would have stod with their class mates had they not been called into the service. ' Dfessed in gray caps and (fewna, the graduating class took tneir places on a stage decorated ■^ith the purple and white class members had chosen as their col ers. Baskets of flowers flanked the stage and purple letters on white satin plaques proclaimed that this was the class of 1944. The Rev i. P. Payne, pastor of the Kreole Methodist church, gave the invocation, after which the jutaior class, formally dressed marched down the aisle and laid j bouquets of hydrangea under th« ! service flag. Mary Louise Gunn as the student with the highest j average for the high school years j gave the valedictory address and Kenneth Lindner, second highest, was valedictorian. “Youth Speaks For His Future,” was the title of a talk by William L. Spruell, class president and winner of the declamation award for the Gulf Coast for two years. A quartet comprised of Donald Coleman, Raymond Tipton, Don Blanchard and Felix Cirlot sang "A Song of Peace." Diplomas were presented bv (Continued on Page 8) G*n. Alphonse Juln THE SPEED and daring now being displayed by French troops in pushing the Germans back in Italy hes been compared by their com mander, Gen. Alphonse Juin, to the enthusiasm of the untrained French soldiers who drove the en emy from France in the days of the Revolution at the battle of Valmy In September, 1792. That encounter is famed ns one of the most decisive in history. (International) Mayor Gulley To Be Candidate For Re-election Mayor Waiter R Gulley this week announced that he will be a candidate for re-election in the Democratic primary July 18 for the election of city officials. Mr Gulley, who is completing his first term as Mayor of Pasca goula, said that he will make his formal announcement in the near future. Arthur Allen Is Candidate For Commissioner Arthur Allen, well known Pas cagoula business man, this week announced that he wiii be a can didate for city commissioner, subject to the will of the voters in the Democratic primary July 18, for the election of city offi cials. Mr. Allen has been a resident of Pascagoula for the past forty years, and built and managed the U. S. Engineers yard when he first came to Pascagoula. Hi; is widely known in civic and fraternal circles, in addition to his business background, and at present is grand secretary of 1 O.O.F. for the Slate of Missis sippi. In making his announcement as a candidate, Mr. Allen said that he feels his long business back ground and interest in the wel are of Pascagoula, gives him the qualifications to ably fill the po rtion of a city commissioner. Lt, Commander Baranowski Goes To Washington Mhv 5 has been set as the date •if the departure of Lt. Comman lor Walter Baranowski for Wash ngton where he has been as igned to the Bureau of Shipping. Commander Baranowski has l>een supervisor of shipbuilding it the Navy Department at In galls for the past ten months. He and Mrs. Baranowski will ••'part, for Washington at an ear y date Among the social affairs that iave been given in compliment 0 Commander Baranowski was 1 stag dinner at which he was enor guest at Longfellow House Sunday evening which was giv ■n by the officers in the super using department at Ingalls. Mrs. Baranowski was compli senied with a luncheon at Long ellow House Monday noon when . he was honor guest of wives of he officers at the Navy yard. Delcomyn To Be Candidate For Commissioner J Carl Delcomyn this week announced that he will be a can didate for city commissioner, subject to the will of the voters, in the Democratic primary for the election of city officials on July 18. Mr. Delcomyn said that he would make his formal an nouncement, setting forth his qualifications for the office, in Richardson Given Change Ot Venue, Trial Set June 14 Change of venue to Harrison County was granted Johnny Richardson, negro, tried and con victed in circuit court during the last term of raping a white wo man, by Judge L. C. Corban through Richardson’s attorney, T. J White. A new trial had been granted Richardson by the state supreme court and the date was set by Judge Corban for June 14. In granting change of court for the trial, Judge Corban said that, alihough he was convinced a fair and impartial jury could be found in Jackson County, the fact that the case had previously come to trial here and was widely discuss ed this would be a difficult job. Harrison Wilcox, Bombardier, Is Killed In Action Second Lieutenant Harrison Wilcox, bombardier in the Air Corps and son of Harry Wilcox of Moss Point, has been killed in action, according lo notification received by his father Thursday. According to the telegram, Lt. Wilcox was killed May 15, over the Island of Corsica. A native of Moss Point, he graduated from the Moss Point High school and attended Missis sippi State College in Clinton. He was prominent in the bands at both schools. Lt. Wilcox was a member of the Mississippi Na aional Guard and only a few weeks before he would have re ceived his college diploma the guard was called out and a short lime after that he transferred in to the air corps, June, 1942. He was 25 years old. His mother, Mrs. Fannie Wright Wilcox, died a little more than a year ago. He is survived by his **lher, Harry Wikox,. two sit ters, Mrs. Frances Wilcox of Moss Point, and Mrs. Nell Man guin of Magee, Miss.; two aunts, Mrs. May Garner of Gulfport, and Mrs Clyde Mclnnis of Daph ne, Ala.; and one uncle, Lester Wilcox of Moss Point. _ Thirteen To Get Diplomas At OLV High On Sunday I Thirteen students will he awarded high school diplomas at graduation exercises of Our Lady of Victories school sched uled for Sunday at 8 pm. at the chufch. At grammar school exercises which will be held Friday, today, in connection with class night ceremonies, 25 boys and girls will receive diplomas. In the high school department. Hazel Terreson will receive the award for the highest average during high school, the valedic tory medal. Marie Krebs will re ceive the salutatory medal and also the typing medal. The short hand certificate for 80 words re corded and transcribed goes to Miss Terreson. Joseph Westphal will be presented the citizenship medal and Donald Olsen and Mary Ethel Green tied for the American Legion medal with Donald Olsen winning the draw for its possession. The class night program will ipen with the processional after which Miss Krebs will make the salutatory address with Mary Ethel Green making the response. Herbert Krebs will give the class vill and the eighth grade and members of the Senior class will sing the school song. Pauline Mc Pherson will give the class orophecv and Vera WiLson is on the program to present the class motto. A feature of the program will be a solo, “We Pray For Peace," by Mary Purdy. Miss Terreson will give the valedictory address, the seniors will sing the class song and the principal ad dress of the evening will be made by Father P J Carey. Honors will be awarded and the eighth grade diplomas awarded. High school graduates are Ha zel Terreson, Marie Krebs, Pau line McPherson, Catherine Schank, Vera Stiglet, Vera Wil son, Mary Purdy, Mary Agnes O’Keefe, Joyce Velcich, Mae Krebs, Billy McFaul, Herbert Krebs and Paul Scarborough. Graduating from the eighth grade are Mary Ethel Green, Fay Green, May Green, Pauline Bow en, Joan McDonald, Evelyn Wag ner. Kathleen Delmas. Kathryn (Continued on Page 8) Form Area Groups For 5th War Loan Plans Laid To Break All War Bond Sales Records In County With one more week of prep aration remaining Jackson Coun ty was readying itself to break all county War Bond sales rec ords in the 5th War Loan Drive scheduled to open June 12 and continue through July 8. With an overall quota of $1, 295,000, and of this $663,000 the "E” Bond quota, plans call for sending the county over the top by a large margin, W. B. Herring, county War Finance chairman, said. “Organization of area commit tees is proceeding nicely." Mr. Herring said, “but are not yet complete. However, I believe that the list will be completed early next week and will be available for publication" District Meeting Held District meetings are being held throughout the county to complete the area organizational set-ups and lay plans for topping area quotas which were assigned at a county rally at the court house last week. At a meeting at Moss Point this week called by T. L. De Lashmet, chairman, a committed to cover the entire area was named and will be announced along with other committees next week. “We are laying plans to top our $115,000 “E" Bond quota qd believe that we can do so,” Mr. DeLashmet said. “Moss Po ut has gone over the top in all preceding drives «nri the 5th War Loan will bo no exception.’’ The Ingalls Shipyard was set a quota of $300 000 in "E’’ bonds, but the iabor-managetnrn,! group is laying plans for the most in tentive drive ever held at the yard with a total of $84(^000 as the goal, well over the entire quota. If this goal is realised, it is certain that Jackson County will be in line for the j bronze plaque to be awarded by the state committee to the-county that sells the largest percentage ovei its "K" Bonci quota. ' Commencement Exercises Held At Pascagoula High Marking the close of the high school career for 45 boys and girls, graduation exercises were conducted Monday night at the Pascagoula High school. Three of the boys who would have ap peared in caps and gowns for their diplomas are now in the service. Their diplomas either have been or will be received by then parents. Decorations on the stage for the occasion were simple but effective, consisting of several baskets of gladioli and fern, and the seniors were clad in gray caps and gowns. The principal speaker for the evening was Lt. Charles E. Haines, public relations officer of Gulfport Field and former mid-west college president Tak ing as his subject, “Be Not Afraid," Lt. Haines admonished the graduates to keep their heads and stand firmly on their feet when thev emerge into this war torn world As the holder of the highest scholastic average for three and a half years of high school, Jane Herring delivered the valedic tory address and Perry Gautier, second highest in scholastic rat ing. made the stlutatory talk. The program was preceded by a brief concert by the Pascagoula High school orchestra and Thomas R Wells, superintendent of schools, gave the diplomas to the 42 pres ent and to Roy Voories, Ken drick Seay and Lee Switter who are in the service. Mrs. Harley Seay took the diploma for her son and those of the other two graduates will be sent to their parents. The baccalaureate sermon was preached Sunday in the school auditorium by the Rev. E. ^ Ulmer, pastor of the Methodist Church. The awarding of hon ors won by students during the past vear was a feature of class (Continued on Page 8) SHOWN AT HfR DISK in a Newark. N. J. grammar school is 69-year-old Mrs. Joseph Montone. She will re ceive her diploma on May 24. Mrs. Montone says she decided to at tend school after a driver asked her. "Whatsa matter, can’tcha read”? She plans to go to high school if hubby will permit. (International) YMBC Favors Swimming Pool For Moss Point The Moss Point YMBC in its regular meeting held Monday night discussed the revival of interest, in a public swimming pool. Comments were made on the fact that there are few places in this area suitable for swim ming. Several members told of instances where they had wit nessed boys and girls swimming in dangerous places. The group felt that sufficient interest was shown by the club to work with the city administration in lay ing plana in the future for a fKrol. •••.■> Some four years ago YMBC completed a survey of ten cities in Mississippi the same size as Moss Point which had public swimming pools. Sufficient data was assembled to show that a public swimming pool in Moss Point could be constructed and paid for by public snbscription with a combination • of govern ment funds. It was deemed ad visable, however, at that time, af ter serious consideration with the city administration, to lay aside the project due to the fact that plans were being set for a new high school. Due to the fact that much in terest has been shown by the public in the present, recreation program the club is planning to go on record as being in full sup port of the city administration when and if they set up any plans for a municipal swimming pool. Plans for the annual Business Men’s banquet are rapidly being completed. The committee con sisling of E. A. Khayat, A. L. Breseman, and T. K. Swayze have been instructed to carry out the program. A temporary date has been set for Monday June 12. Invitations will be extended to all business men in the city of Moss Point. T«c exact nature of the program will be announced in detail later. Ezell Announces Candidacy For Commissioner • j A W Ezell this week formally announced that he will be a can didate for city commissioner sub pert to the will of the voters in the Democratic primary July 18, for the purpose of electing city officials. Mr Ezell has tendered his res ign ition as chief of the Pasca goula police department, effec five June 15, in order to enter ihi race for city commissioner. Hi- announcement follows: I am a candidate for the office of Commissioner for the City of Pascagoula, subject to the action of the Democratic primary to be held on July 18th. , I was not “brought out” by anybody, because I feel that I am capable of making my own decisions, estimating the number of citizens who believe me capa bh ii( nandling the job, who are fammar with my record and who hav. faith in me. Fm practically 25 years I have been a law enforcement officer for city of Pascagoula and (Continued on Page 8, Sec. 1) Navy Deserter Draws Life Sentence For Williamson Murder; Recalls Grand Jury Grand Jury Called Back And Returns Five Indictments. Reconvened by Judge L. C. Corban to act on matters which had come up since its adjourn ment last Thursday, the grand jury returned five indictments during a three-hour session Wed nesday morning. Those which could be made public were against William E. Ewing, 45-year-old Coast Guards man charged with incest; Mrs. Evelyn Sing and G. M. Meacham, charged on separate affidavit;* with having stolen $60 from Oli ver Nolan; and Roy Lee Duke, charged with theft of $86 from Beatrice Smith. Ewing plead guilty to the charge of incest and was sen tenced to serve four years in the state penitentiary. Duke entered a plea of guilty and was sen tenced to a year in the peniten tiary. Mrs. Sing and Meacham plead not guilty and were tried Wednesday afternoon. The jury found them guilty of the charge and sentence was set at 18 months in the penitentiary. In a suit entered by the Sing ing River Tire Shop against A. J. Stone, chairman of the State Tax Commission to collect sales tax which the plaintiff charged had been unlawfully collected from the company, the defendant filed a demurrer which was sus tained by the court and the suit was dismissed. The tire company had contended that there was no sale tax on recapping of tires. Will Dickson, negro, was awarded $1,000 by the jury for personal injuries inflicted by J. B. Allen and Mrs. Alice Powell *% hcn an automobile struck him. John R. Walls To Be Candidate In Mayor's Race John R. Watts, well known Pascagoula business man and former mayor, this week formal ly announced his intentions to be a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary election set for July 18. Mr. Watts’ announcement fol lows: To the Citizens and Voters of Pascagoula: In announcing my candidacy for the office of Mayor of our City, I am fully aware of the re sponsibility attached to this job from my former experience in it. The city is of course much larger now, but the basic prin* ciple of municipal government is the same. I made some mis takes during my administration and if elected, I will probably make sotne more, but I feel that I can say without being unduly boastful that I had a batting av erage of at least 750. My primary desire in seeking this office is that I may assist in making Pascagoula a bigger, bet r ter, more beautiful and, by all means, a more sanitary place in which to live. I feel that we should co-operate with out pres ent industries and work with the Chamber of Commerce in getting additional payrolls, in order to minimize the shock of unem ployment brought about by the adjustment to post-war condi tions. As 1 see it, this war will have been fought in vain if we let those who are actually fight ing come home and have to join the army of unemployed. I wish to enumerate a few, of what in my opinion, were worth while accomplishments that were started and completed during my time in office. In doing this I want to acknowledge the impor tant part played by my co-work ers, Messrs. Higginbotham, De Jean, Gautier and Hollister. They were members of the City Coun cil during that period, and we worked together very harmoni ously. The present site of the largest industry in Mississippi was bought for about $1400.00, which enabled a later administration to bring the shipyard to this city. During 1933 the Pascagoula Port. Commission was created which at present gives to the Port of Pascagoula an approxi mate income of $17,000.00 yearly. This can be used for port im (Continued on Page 8, Sec. 1) »-4 Two Contribute To Treasury For Excess Charges Two restaurant operators in Jackson County made contribu tions to the U. S. Treasury in the amount of $728.80 before the price panel of the Jackson Coun ty War Price and Rationing Board for overcharges in viola tion of OPA regulations. They were Marshall Allen, owner of Indian Viilage, who paid $240 for overcharging 25 cents on a half of fried chicken, 10 cents on bacon and tomato sandwiches, 5 cents on cheese sandwiches and 25 cents on steaks. The second was Valeo Huff, negro, owner of Royal Cafe, whose overcharges on pork chop sandwiches fish sandwiches and plate lunches were computed at $488.80. Members of the panel present for the hearing were L. C. Wis well, E. L. Mancil, Z. L. Man gum, field price officer, W. L. Wilcox and Mrs. Ada G. Schae fer. Prices in Pascagoula, Miss., for a long time the topic of conver sation in South Mississippi, now are well in line with the national average, an OPA District Repre sentative stated today to L. C. Wiswell, acting chairman and other membets of the local price panel. All food stores in Jackson County have been checked dur ing the past four weeks. Of the 118 stores selling foods a total of 993 food items were checked and it was found that 712 were priced at ceiling, 248 were selling beiow ceiling and only 33 were priced above ceiling. Those priced above ceiling were from 1 cent to 4 cents in excess. Now that food prices are in line more emphasis will be placed on clothing as numerous complaints have been received about ladies’ and children’s wear ing apparel. _ Plans Afoot To Name The Hydrangea As Moss Point's Flower A movement is on foot among gardeners of Moss Point to desig nate the hydrangea as the city’s particular flower. This idea has root in the ease with which this handsome plant is grown in Moss Point soil and the size and beauty it attains when given even a modicum of care. According to Miss Ina Thomp son who is interested in the movement, a number of homes are already beautified with hy drangeas and there is little doubt but that their owners will gladly share cuttings with those desiring to join in the movement. Rat Control Drive Set In Moss Point For Week In June The week of June 20th has been set aside for a city-wide rat con trol campaign, sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department, in Moss Point, members of the de partment announced. Since the Fire Department has no funds for the campaign, free will offerings are being solicited and a letter authorizing this ac tion has been issued the group by the Chamber of Commerce. Workers have reported consid erable success to date on raising funds and have expressed the hope that sufficient funds will be laised by an early date. Any citi zen wishing to contribute to the fund may contact R, E. White at the local bus station or mail it to Dr. J. F. Colley. The campaign, which is need ed in Moss Point, will be con ducted under the supervision of the State Plant Board and the U. S. Department of the Interior, one of the safest known rat poison, is to be used and the co-operation of all citizens is requested by persons in charge. If there are signs of rust on refrigerator shelves wash them with a mild scouring powder and hot water, dry well with a soft, clean cloth, and apply a thin coating of hot melted paraffin. McClanahan Held Guilty In Circuit Court Saturday, Clyde MeClaijahan, 19 years old, one of two Navy deserters charged with the murder of E. W. Williamson in Pascagoula No vember 14, was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment by a jury in circuit court Satur day. Calvin Charles Mullinax, joint ly charged, will be tried separ ately under severance granted on request of counsel for the de fense, William Elmer, and his case was continued by Judge L. C. Corban. In addition to mur dering Williamson, the sailors were said to have robbed him of more than $800. Trial of the case consumed two days with" the state introducing principally law officials of Jack son County and of Lagrange, Ga„ where McClanahan and Mullinax had originally been arrested on armed robbery charges. Prose cution was conducted by R. C. Cowan, district attorney, and L. K. McIntosh, county attorney. Defense witnesses were the de fendant, still dressed in his sail or's uniform, his mother and a friend. The state based its case prin cipally on two statements law of ficers testified McClanahan had made at different times but had refused to sign, on testimony the defendant had given concerning intimate details of the crime and on letters written from the La Grange jail, and intercepted, Ih which he referred to the crime and expressed the belief he would “get the hot seat." Mother Gives Alibi Mr. Winer, who was appointed by the court to represent Mc Clanahan and Mullinax, built the defense around the fact that the statements were unsigned and the testimony of the sailor's mother, Mrs, John McClanahan, that she had come from Emmett, Ark, to visit her son at the Navy base in Algiers, La., on the week end of the murder and had spent the major part of that week-end with him. Details of the finding of the pool hall operator’s beaten and bullet-r i d d 1 e d body Sunday morning, November 14, in his blood-soaked trailer residence were established through the tes timony of J. Guy Krebs, then sheriff of Jackson County, and Chief of Police A. W. Ezell. They testified that Williamson’s body, clad only in an undershirt, was half kneeling across one of the beds in the trailer with the face resting on his crossed hands. There were numerous wounds made, apparently by a rounded, wooden weapon across the back of his head and two bullets had entered his left side and gone en tirely through his body. In Statements officials testi fied were made by McClanahan, the youth told of attempting to rob the pool hall operator, beat ing him over the head with a cue stick, adding "he acted like he wanted to holler so I shot him." In one statement he said the fight started in the pool hall where the man was hit over the head and then dragged to the trailer and in the other purport ed confession he said Williamson was in the trailer when they en tered, struck him over the head and shot him, taking the money. Mr. Ezell further testified that McClanahan had told him details of the arrangement of the fur nishings of the trailer after his arrest in LaGrange and had lat er, in Jackson, confessed to the crime and had told the entire story before a number of wit nesses in the state highway pa trol office. He said, however, that when the statement was presented to McClanahan for his signature he had refused to sign it. Seen in Pascagoula E. V. Hilyer, sheriff of Troup County, Ga., H. H. Poole, Geor gia Highway patrolman, James Cooper, Mississippi State High way patrolman; and D. H. Hunt er, who was at the time police lieutenant on the LaGrange force, took the stand to testify to statements made by McClanahan showing his connection with the crime. S. M. Hewlett of Pascagoula,' also called by the state, by testi mony placed McClanahan in Pas cagoula on the Monday follow - (Continued on Page 8, Sec. 1) I