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K POINT'ADVERTISER^^fel^S , EASTON KING—Editor and Manager IRENE KING, Associate Editor Published Every Friday at Pascagoula, Mississippi, By THE ADVERTISER PUBLISHING COMPANY Publication Office—210-212 Dolmas At#., Pascagoula, Mississippi Entered at the postoffice. Pascagoula, Mis*., April 28, 1821, under Act of March 3, 187ft. aa second class mall matter. Entered at the post office. Moss Point. Miss., October 8. 100ft under Act of Match 3. 187M, as second class mall matler. SUBSCRIPTION HATES: In Jackson County. 1 year 82 30; 8 mo. fl 50 In state, 1 year $3.00; 6 mo. $1 GO Outside state, 1 year $3 50 : 6 mo $2.30. Single copy 10 c Subscribers having their paper changed from one address to another should give old address as well as the new. Cards of thanks Resolutions, Memorials, Obituaries. Notices of Entertainments where admission is to be charged, or other Notices not of General News value, will be charged for at advertising rates Jobs Well Done Award of a $69,848 contract by FPHA head quarters in Atlanta to a local firm for the re pair of Eastlawn sewer lines brings to ap proximately $110,000 the total mount of re pair jobs the federal government has assum ed. The perserverance of Mayor John R. Watts in proving the government’s responsibility for these conditions is largely responsible for the expenditure of this major sum on city repairs. This certainly merits congratulations for a job well done. In carrying this matter to its conclusion Mr. Watts has availed himself of able cooperation from local engineers and other leaders. The various repair jobs and the amounts involved are: installation of 20-foot culverts at Polk and Lincoln avenues, $25,800; laying of concrete embankments in the drainage ditch, $12,000; repair of sewers improperly sealed, $69,848, plus engineering fee, to run approximately six percent. In the case of the culverts, Mayor Watts proved to the satisfaction of the Navy depart ment that two Navy officers permitted the original contractor to install small culverts far below specifications, causing a serious drainage and flooding problem. In the case of, the sewers he adduced testimony of engin eers to show that the contractors’ failure to seal the pipes properly was causing sand to wash into the system, badly wearing and damaging city pumping equipment. These federal agencies would not have undertaken such repairs if a strong case had not been made in their behalf. Probably in numerous wartime communities throughout the country similar conditions occurred but have been overlooked or accepted by local administrations as part of the “fortunes of war.” The vigorous prosecution of this mat ter by the Pascagoula administration has corrected, at justified government expense, a number of major breakdowns which other wise would have had to be paid for sooner or later, by the residents of Pascagoula. While on the subject of recognition, the grand jury saw fjt to commend Chief of Police J. E. Shirley this week for conscien tious work. Chief Shirley has conducted an honest and earnest administration of his of fice, with due regard for evidence and for the rights of accused persons, and we believe this commendation of the grand jury was deserved recognition. itors esK Not iso long ago we happen ed to be walking in the New Orleans neighborhood where we grew up, and there beneath the shade of this little scrub palm tree sat old man Abner Powell. Mr. Powell was dn old man the first time we ever laid eyes on him, and that is going on to thirty years ago. He was an old man—a retired base ball player although we did not know this fact until many years later—and he was sit ting on a bench beneath the palm tree, just as he was when we saw him a week ago. In that time we have grown from early childhood to that uncertain no-man's land be tween youth and middle-age. But old man Powell has sat on his lawn, reading without glasses, watching one season succeed the last and one year succeed another, and has stayed the same. He belongs -to that tribe of people whose clockworks seem to run slower than the aver age race of men—that tribe which includes old Marshal Pe tain, and George Bernard Shaw, and the others who re main active and in full pos session of health and mental alertness long after their con temporaries have given up the ghost. Old man Powell is now slen der and a little below middle height. The years have shrunk his stature. Once he must have been broadshouldered, with a powerful build, for he was a big league baseball player. His thick hair is a mixture of brown and grey. His skin has that thin, clear, sallow texture of long-lived hu man flesh. His pale blue eyes are still young and alert, and apparently as sharp of focus as they have ever been. His speech is clear, brief and cas * ual, and he seems to take it absolutely as a matter of course that he is still taking his ease on the lawn of a house where he moved almost half a cen tury ago when he was about to retire from active baseball. • • • He was the first tenant in a row of houses toward the end of Canal street, in a sec tion which was just being built up when he moved there. The section was grown up and get ting a little old and run down around the edges when my own family moved there more than t thirty years ago. Now the oak ^^j^^which were but little things as big around as a boy jn our childhood have grown into massive and spreading trunks and branches. All the vacant lots have long been filled, and one by one the mud streets and the ditches and canals have been filled. And Mr. Pawell has sat on his lawn or in his porch swing every afternoon, reading the evening paper, while whole generations have come and gone in the neighborhood, while paint has weathered and cracked and new houses have grown old; while streets have been torn up and paved, then worn out and torn up und pav ed again. In 1944 we stopped and sat on the bench and had a chat with Mr. Powell. He had left his retirement during the man power shortage to work as a night watchman on the Mis sissippi river docks. At this time he was eighty-six. Last week, now going on for ninety, he told us that his son Wasley had bought a lit tle airplane. “We flv down to the islands on weekends,” he said very matter-of-factly. ‘‘Only takes about an hour.” During our own childhood, Wasley was the mechanical genius of the neighborhood. He was always tearing down and rebuilding some old run-about. He became a sort of back yard mechanic. He was in the navy during the war. When he got out, he tinkered himself into an airplane. Wasley is past forty. He ts wiry, chunky, a younger edi tion of the old man. He appears to be a man in his late 20's. As a child, I never knew that Mr. Powell had been a no ted baseball player. He was simply the old man two houses down who sat under the scrub palm tree—the old man that I said hello to as a matter of habit while walking to and from school and church—from the days of kindergarten ’till we were grown and left the neighborhood. • * • Once in another city I pick ed up a Colliers magazine and saw a picture of Mr. Powell sitting—yes, right there—and a story about his career in base ball. In his lifetime he played in nine leagues, including both major leagues. He organized and owned the Atlanta club when the Southern league was started and he managed and was part of the New Orleans Pelicans until his retirement from baseball in the 1890’s. He bought a comfortable but plain house on Canal street and sat down to take his ease. And he has been taking it ever since. He rents out a few apart ments and has dabbled from time to time in anything which offered an opportunity for a few easy but honest dollars. One of the exciting memories of our early childhood was the “jitney-bus" that Mr. Powell ran during a street-car strike during the early 1920’s. That word, “jitney-bus,” fasciniated us. It had all kinds of mean ings in our childish imagina tions. And we were sure that old man Powell made a million dollars every day he ran it. Actually it was a vehicle about the sizs of a consolidated school bus in a back-state county—and Mr. Powell must have made fifteen or twenty dollars a day for a month or two. But back in the 1920's, that was the same ns a million to us. And to tell the truth, a man could live a long time on a month’s pay at $20 a dav in the 1920’s. Last week Mr. Powell told us that some fellow was writ ing him up in Reader’s Digest Magazine. He is now considered the oldest living big league baseball player. To us, lv is a strong tie with the memories of childhood. Mr. Powell is like a boulder of granite in the running stream of time. The rest of us are crumbling clods of earth, and shifting sand. You’re Telling Me! By WILLIAM HITT Central Press Writer Adolf Hitler’s long-promised Volkswagon is now being man ufactured by the British. The Volkswagon (or People’s Car) is' the one pipe dnean Der Fuehrer had which wasn't strictly from opium. ! ! ! T1A* car not only works fine but is called "revolutionary” —which lies a word that always gave Adolph the shakes. i t t Adolf promised the German people he’d build ’em the Volkswagon as long as 10 years ago. But as this was Hitler Promise No. 1,234,567 no one took him seriously. ! ! ! Adolf even showed burghers and their hausfraus a set of the prettiest blue prints ever de vised. It was the snappiest lit tle gas buggy anyone ever saw —on paper. ! 1 ! TVien Hitler pulled his switch and* out of the Nazi motor-car mills there poured a stream of —not Volkswagons—but tanks, ! ! ! That’s where Der Fuehrer pulled his biggest boner. It was those tanks that, in the end, took him for a one-way ride. ! ! ! Now oilier people are going to cash in on Adolf’s ideg for a first-class flivver. Maybe one reason Hitler botched the Volkswagon plan was that the car, being a modern automo bile, has no need of a crank. scorn SCRAP BOOK SCRAPS, “Sift WlUf it tit . PROM FISH IN GERMANY* NAME rOK 7 JUNE 6UC|S ? i » II —— June beetles t tm—mmmmmrnmmmammJ ^ r _ /^y < By R.J. SCOTT ML' A 4itt PERUVIAN CormorahY is SAID Yo BE YHE HOiY valuable Bird m Yhe world 'I&eir <;uano , ^ _ DEPOSIYED oh Counf SfA$Aftf, OFF YHE PERUVIAN WHO pLRYED <H£ PIED PlPER COASY IS SHIPPED IH EUROPEAN ClYitS IN I906i AS FERYiLIZER USED 1,000 RAYS WHICH Yo all parys were yraihed Yo follow of Yhe world*** him off Yhf syace.* up •***. *** lww> >I"RPI tRi. •’wW xjpu M».i w - - ■ - “ - Inside Washington Senate Act* as Moderator Of New House Legislation Special to Central Press Washington.—The Senate, in the first completely GOP-con trolled Congress in 17 years, is acting as a kind of balance wheel or moderator of drastic legislation passed by the House of Representatives. This ten dency is appearing in virtual ly all major legislation. Exam ples are: 1—The House passed the dras tic Hartley labor regulation bill by a 308 to 107 vote, assur ing that this chamber would repass the bill over a presiden tial veto. The Senate passed the Taft labor bill, 67-24, an edge great enough to edge a veto, but it was doubtful wheth er a two-thirds Senate vote could be mustered for the Hartley bill. 1.—The House passed the three billion eight million-dollar tax reduction bill and made it re troactive to last Jan. 1. Pros pects are that the Senate will accept the bill, but will move the effective date up to July 1. This bill has turned out to be a strictly partisan measure, and a presidential veto is re garded as almost certain. 3. —The House slashed Presi dent Truman’s request for post UNRRA foreign relief funds from 350 million to 200 million dollars. The Senate is set to vote the full 350 millions— which probably will mean a compromise in conference. 4. —The House is ripping huge chunks out of President Tru man’s budget requests in pass ing appropriation bills, but the Senate is partially restoring the cuts. * * * There are growing indica tions that the price cutting cam paign that swept through many small cities and towns on the heel* of President Truman’s ‘‘mark down’’ reqquest is be ginning to bog down. One reason is that most re ductions were made at the re tail level and never seemed to filter down to the jobbers and wholesalers. Many business men pointed out that the price slashing drive was "unhealthy” because of this inequality. Another reason is that many leading industrialists are still It Price Cutting Campaign Already Beginning to Sag? wary about the extent of sec ond-round wage increases. Un til wtige demands are settled, businessmen feel that they should not commit themselves on price reductions. A third reason is the gener al attitude of business over the government’s food subsidy pro gram which continues to hold up farm prices. Businessmen feel that they shouldn’t be told to slash prices when the gov ernment doesn’t take reciprocal action. * * * The Statler Hotel chain is preparing for an anticipated drop in wholesale food prices of between 20 and 25 percent no later than early fall. John L Hennessy, chairman of the hotel chain's board of directors, told a large group of Washington reporters that within nine months he expects pork and beef prices to be low er while the poultry market be comes stable. He expects other foods to drop, too, and said the chain will cut its prices by about 14 or 15 percent if the reductions materialize. * • * Some shoe retailers also look for a 20 percent cut in prices this summer. The reason: Sales have drop ped sharply since the first of the year and inventories are so high that store orders for next fall were only 15 to 20 percent of anticipated needs. A source close to the White House reveals that President Truman has a staff of experts on the kind of a labor law he would like to see the Con gress pass. A Truman Labor Bill Version It is understood that the pres ident plans to use the bill in framing the possible veto mes sage that labor legislation now under consideration in both Houses seems certain to bring. The bill, being formulated under White House direction, is designed to serve as a focal point for the so-called liberal Republican bloc on the Hill. It probably will attempt to cor rect the most flagrant labor abuses without alienating the affections of the labor vote. Political Rallies BALLY POSTPONED The rally at the Vancleave Methodist Church, announced last week for Saturday, June 7, has been postponed due to a conflict with another rally, it was announced this week. The rally will be held at a la ter date. * • • GAUTIER At the Gautier School to morrow (Saturday) night. June 7, sponsored by the Wo man’s Home Demonstration Club. Box supper, beauty con test, and political rally. Box es sold at 5:00 o’clock, speak ing begins at 6:00 o’clock. Can didates given ample time to present their cases to the peo ple. • • • VANCLEAVE June 14th, picnic from 3 to 10 p. m., sponsored by Masons and Eastern Stars. All candidates invited to attend. • • • ST. MARTIN Sponsored by the Mother Teacher Association at the St. Martin School on June 22 and August 16. Big political rallies and food sales, details to be announced later. • • • BEACH PARK On Saturday, June 21, be ginning at 2:00 o’clock at the Municipal Park in Pascagoula, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Food sale, drinks, games. State and local candid date invited to speak in their behalf. * * • EVERGREEN Old fashioned barbecue and political rally on Saturday, June 28 at John Tillman’s place at Evergreen, four miles east of Vancleave on John’s Bayou. Sponsored by Latter Day Saints Church at Evergreen, the rally begins at 2:00 p. m. and will last until 11:30. All candidates invited to speak and the public invited to attend and enjoy good eats and drinks. * • • DEAD LAKE There will be a picnic and community get-together on the lawn of the Red Hill Method ist Church in the Dead Lake community on Saturday, July 5, from 1:00 to 7:00 p. m„ spon sored by the Sunday School. Everybody invited, especially the candidates. Food and drinks will be sold, • • • LATIMER At the Latimer Community House on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 3:00 o’clock. Gum bo and refreshments will be sold for the benefit of the Com munity House. All state, dis trict, county and beat candi Th word “concrete”, in the original Latin, is “concrescere” and means literally “to grow together”. We learned the foregoing fact from the diction ary, never having studied Lat in, and it impressed us only because the words “concrete” and “growth” have always had a relationship in our mind. We think concrete, the mix ture of sand, cement and gravel used in construction, was one of the finest substances ever in vented because it is lasting. Men who work with it have a theory that concrete improves for the first eighty-one years. We don’t know why it isn’t eighty years or eighty-two* years—maybe it is intended a#1 a joke, but it is true that con crete hardens for a long pe riod of time after being poured. ♦ * • The laying of concrete streets, like the recently-opened addi tion to Watts avenue in Pas cagoula, always impresses us. We invision the hundred of thousands of persons who will travel it in generations to come. Well-drained four-lane streets like that one, made of enduring concrete and with ample side walks, are a real addition to any city. We think this street in partic ular, paralelling over-crowded Delmas avenue, marked an im portant step in the progress of this county seat. It fronts on the proposed sight of the new court house and opens up a new business section for develop ment. Concrete and growth are cer tainly synonomous as far as this project is concerned and we be lieve the money used for it well spent. * * * Out in the county, we are glad to see the same principle applied by members of the board of supervisors. While concrete is impracticable, due to the high cost of paving a single mile, we glory in every foot of hard surfacing that goes on a county road. The road beds in the coun ty, for the most part, are old and tried and the continuous grading, ditch-pulling, and hole filling is a futile—although nec essary—task. One gulley-wash ing down pour, of which we have more than an ample sup ply in this county, is the dif- j, ference between good dirt roads « and impassable roads. k We believe the supervisors * __£ wise in holding maintenance costs to the barest minimum and devoting just as much mon ey as possible to surfacing. The current crop of “black top” is far from perfect, but anyone who has tried it knows that it beats mud slogging, pushing and gear-grinding over clay hills and through sand beds. * ♦ * Good cars are the rule am ong Jackson County residents these days. We remember, as most of you do, when a new car salesman did a couple of double hand springs and may be a back flip or two at the prospect of making a sale. He ' would give you twice what your old car was worth, ad mire your children, brag on your wife’s cooking, give you eighteen months to pay, and fill your gas tank—all for the opportunity of selling you a new automobile. Now they could sell a car for cash to everyone big enough to walk—if they had the cars. Times have changed, but they may change back. That makes roads an even more important item to i people throughout the county. A man would hate to drag a T-Model over some of the roads in the county, but putting a new car on them day after day is heart breaking business. It’s hard on the pocket book as well. * * m Plenty of new ears bought in 1940-41 were literally ruined by the time they should have been just broken-in State Highway 59, with knee-deep mud, and State Highway 63, with salt water standing two feet deep over the roadbed, contributed heavily to the dam age to the automobiles belong ing to people who lived out in the county. We have said before, and we still contend, that the counties of Southeastern Mississippi are treated like red-headed step children by the powers that be in Jackson. Uncounted millions are spent on the highways upstate— broad, concrete-bridged, well kept highways running through endless miles of thinly popula ted areas leace the coast and you find good roads. We are sure you’ve noticed it. We would like to see some of those millions spent and sme of that good concrete laid down in our end of the state. Capital Comment By CONGRESSMAN WM. M. COLMER Agriculture Apropriation Bill President Truman some, months ago sent a message to ' the Congress asking for a bud get of 1188 million dollars to run the Agriculture Department of the government for the fis cal year 1947-48. The House Ag- • riculture Appropriations Com mittee cut this amount to 805 million dollars. The bill as it finally passed the House pro-., vided for 847 million dollars;, but this is only part of the ’• story. For this bill proved to be the most hotly contested measure since the Republicans have come into the majority. There were only two changes s made in the bill during the two days of debate on the House vote, plus a handful of Repub licans from the farm belt, suc ceeded in adding 3Vi million dollars to the Agricultural and Marketing Administration fund, meeting the President’s reeom dates invited to attend and speak in their £>wn behalf. ST. MARTIN At the St. Martin Community House on July 19 and 20. Can didates given an opportunity . to speak and present their claims. All state, district, coun ty, and beat candidates invit ed. • * • VANCLEAVE Old Settlers Reunion, Van cleave School homecoming, and political rally on Saturday^ July 19, at the Ezell Lodge. All day affair and the pub-«< lie (invited, particularly for mer students in the Vaneleave School. State, district, county, and beat candidates invited to speak. • • * ORANGE GROVE On Saturday, July 26. at Or ange Lake School beginning at 10:00 o’clock. All day affair. Plate lunches, home made pie and cake, coffee and cold drinks. Sponsored by the Or ange Lake School Parent Teacher Association. mendation of 9 Ms million dol lars. The other victory for the farm group was when the mem bership increased the so-called Section 32 funds by 40 million dollars over the committee’s recommendations. Section 32 funds represent 30 percent of the custom duties which have been set aside for years to be used to protect farmers against losses due to over production. , These funds have been used largely in the administration’s program of price support. Just before the measure fin ally passed the House about nine o’clock Wednesday even ing a motion was made by the ranking Democratic member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Cannon of Mis souri, to recommit the bill with instructions to the committee to report the bill back to the House with three additional items: 1. To increase the committee’s appropriation for soil conser vation payments and for the Agricultural Adjustment Agen cy from 165 million to 300 mil ion. 2. To restore the school lunch progiam from 45 million dol lars to 75 million as asked in the President’s budget. 3. To increase the loans per mitted under the Rural Elec trification Act from 225 mil lion to 250 million dollars. In a record vote on this motion the Republican major ity defeated the recommittal motion by a vote of 180 to 174— a slim margin of 6 votes. On ' this vote all Democrats voted for the motion, and all but a dozen Republicans voted against it. The bill now goes to the Senate where it is freely pre dicted that another major fight will be had. David P. Cameron The sad news of the untimely and unfortunate death of Dave Cameron, a leader in business and civic affairs of Mississippi, was received in this Capitol City by Mississippians here with great shock and deep re POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENTS The following Individuals have formally announced in the columa of the Chronicle-Star and Advertis er (heir candidacy for political of fice in this summer's Democratic Primary HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER (Southern District) MUNDELL BUSH JOHN D SMITH STATE SENATOR Jackson. George and Greene Counties G L BEAVERS R. E HORNE J R BI-ACK STATE REPRESENTATIVE Jackson County HERMES F GAUTIER W. C (Lum) OLIVER R L VAUGHN FLOATER REPRESENTATIVE Jackson and Harrison Counties E W ELMER DHEWEY J. KENDRICK SHERIFF AND TAX COLLECTOR H E (EDI BRODNAX R A HELM JOHN D HENLEY J GUY KREBS JOHN R McNEAL NOLLE T ROBERTS ED J. SIURUA X L WALTER LAUR1N R WARE COUNTY ATTORNEY H A KRUSE l. k McIntosh MERLE F PALMER CHANCERY CLERK FRED TAYLOR N C. EVERETT CIRCUIT CLERK VEHTIS G. RAMSAY TAX ASSESSOR LAWRENCE GOFF KNOX GRAHAM W G JOHNSON A ROSCOE FLETCHER NORMAN T LYONS SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION A. FOREST MEGEHEE CORONER AND RANGER M C. PORTER BAYLOUS W STOKES BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT ONE H W COCHRAN ROV O. CUM BEST J. L (Jerry) DAVIS HILLIARD E JONES DISTRICT TWO T. V. (TIM) BLADES . A W. CAMBLEY T. J. DICKSON L C (BILL) JOHNSON . EDWARD A KHAYAT LESTER E MACK J. H ROBINSON C. B WII.KERSON DISTRICT THREE H (MAC) BOWMAN JOHN J. (JACK) HOLLISTER) JOE V. KREBS WILLIAM H. (PIE) MOORE EDDIE POND W ED WIGGINS DISTRICT FIVE GEORGE A CRUTHIRDS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE DISTRICT ONE H H PARKER S. H SWENDSEN DISTRICT TWO > B B HOBDY DISTRICT THREE EDWARD W COKER KATE DENNY T. D. (TOMMIE) HARRISON CONSTABLE DISTRICT ONE GEORGE E. CARTER DISTRICT TWO S. E BILBO M C. STEVENSON DISTRICT THREE FOSTER BARROW LEVERT J (Pistol Pete)BOSARGE CHARLES N FERRER EUGENE (Teddy) LADNIER i f. (maci McGowan W F (BILL) STEVENS DISTRICT FIVE PAUL G (TOBY) CARTER DAVID L. WEST. SR gret. While Dave Cameron was well known in Mississippi for his constructive leadership in the affairs of our state, he was not unknown in Washington. During our service here he has been a frequent visitor to the nation’s Capitol—always on a mission for the advancement of his native state. We recall that on one occas ion when the War Department wanted to train Japanese sol diers at Camp Shelby to fight in the European war, General Smith of the Chief of Staff’s office contacted us and wanted to find out the reaction of the people of Mississippi to that proposal We called Dave Cam eron over the telephone and ad vised him that we had a mat ter of utmost secrecy to dis cuss with him. He came to Washington immediately, at his own expense, bringing with hin* his g/ood friend and fellow worker, Bill Thomson, also of Hattiesburg. A conference was held with War Department of ficials, and when the matter was explained to Messrs. Cam eron and Thomson they agreed in the interest of the nation’s welfare to take the responsi bility of backing the War De partment in this dubious pro gram. Their judgment was justified and the people of Mississippi cooperated which resulted in these Japanese- ■ American soldiers taking the place of many thousands of oth er American soldiers who would have had to have fought and died in their stead. On another occasion Dave Cameron came to Washington at his own expense to testify before the Postwar Economic Policy Committee, of which we had the honor to be chairman, and outlined a splendid pro gram for a policy of dtefeating anticipated unemployment and depression after the war. Mississippi and the nation have lost a great man in the untimely and deplorable death of our friend, Dave Cameron.