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• * __ A A ! A1A f dav ™Erle ... ] Weekly II 1 ■ I I ~ I 1^ * Saturday 9:30 pm. 7 46 am j Circulation ! | Monday 10:33 p.m. 9:26 a.m. ^ ^ Tuesday 11:27 p.m. 10 17 am. In Mississippi COMBINED WITH | Thursday 1211am. 12 12 pm . Friday 101am. 1:03p.m. jingle copy i* POINT ADVERTISER • . _ ___ _ * —_ ■ __ __ __ _ ... .. ._. _ *4 *< — __— __ __ VOL. 102 national eT.o^.T'A^i.tioa PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4,1949 Th. E^culed Vr*,. ^3 NO. 45 ---I-—-:-;-#1 Oil Rig, Boat To Be Built By Ingalls Company Bidding On Small Projects To Build Up Force The Ingalls Shipbuilding Cor poration has been awarded con tracts for the construction of an offshore oil drilling platform for the California Company, and a steel ferry boat for the I^ouisiana highway department, W. R. Guest, executive vice-president, announ ced Thursday. The contracts will total about $100,000. The ferry, for intercoastal canal use in Calcasieu parish, will be 60 feet long by 32 foot beam with a hull depth of five feet. Fabri cation on the steel will start the latter part of this month with the keel to b» laid early in De cember. Mr. Guest said First For East Gulf The drilling platform will be the first built east of New Or leans and will he used in oil drilling in tide lands off the Lou isiana coast. It will be 45x96 feet and will require 400 tons of new and sal vaged steel from previous opera tions of the company. The portion of salvaged steel to be used was shipped to the Ingalls yard by barge ear|y in the week. The rig will be composed of steel pipe packets with a fabri cated steel platform resting on the jackets. Delivery is scheduled to be made early in December, Mr. Guest said. Fabrication work is already underway at the yard. BMs On Other Work , The Ingalls Company is bidding | on other smaller contracts of this - tnatwfc. Mu Quasi said., to.-outer to build up and stabilize employ- ! ' ment levels preparatory to start ing work on the $6-milllon “pro totype" vessel for the U. S. mari time commission shortly after the first of the year. Mr. Guest said that no award has yet been made by the mari time commission for construction of the $13-miliion Mississippi, Shipping Co. liner and probably will not be for two weeks or longer. Park Dedication Feature Of B&PW District Meeting The local chapter of the Rusi ness and Professional Wonr-nV club will be host to a district • meeting this weekend, featured by dedication of the park on S * Pascagoula which was devc’opct i under the sponsorship of the club, Mrs. Warren Seely, president, an nounced this week. The meeting will open with a program at the 11th Street Activ ities building Saturday evening and will continue with a work shop Sunday morning. Luncheon will be served at Lonefellou House at noon. Dedication Sunday Dedication of the park will be Sunday afternoon. Thomas R. Wells will make the dedicatory address. Mayor Ezell the speech of acceptance. Mrs. Mary Cain, state president of the B&PW clubs, will also speak at the ceremonies which are scheduled to begin at 3 p m. Miss Catherine Brash, vire pres ident of the local B&PW club, will deliver the welcome address following invocation by the Rev * Walter Bader, pastor of Moss Point First Presbyterian church Music will be by the Pascagoula high ban I, under direction of G F Rooney, Club's Major Projsci The dedication marks comple tion of the major oiub project for the year. An outstanding fea tur# of the park is a fountain with a group of deer designed by Mr, and Mrs. Ted Elder, who live near Orange Grove. Mr. Elder, a horseman, will give 1 an exhibition of trick riding as a climax of the park dedication ceremonies Sunday. The act. "The Last Long Trail,” tells of a cowboy's love for his horse and while the action is in progress the dialogue will be read over the loud speaker. Mr. Elder, who us*”s the pro fessional name, "Suicide Elder.” has appeared on programs in Lon don, Stockholm. Amsterdam, Can ada and New York. i Balk At Increase In State Gas Tax Appears At Meet l The proposed two-eent increase in the state gasoline tax, to con sider which a special session of the Legislature was called by Gov. Wright for Nov. 14. evident ly will meet some sober oppo sition. Rep. Hermes Gautier, Pasca goula, at a public meeting in the courthouse Tuesday night, said, “I am going to the session with an open mind But I can see some objections now. "People in Jackson county are going to object for three reasons. One, the coast counties already have an axtra two cants, the sea wall tax. “Two. it will be hard to con vince them that we need a coun ty road program before something is done about the deplorable con dition of Highway 00, “Three, they will want some assurance that something will ac tually be done in this county with the extra money.” "Great Unpaved Stretch" Ben H. Walley. Greene county representative, comes, he told the meeting, “from Leakesvtlle,' right in the middle of that great un paved stretch of Highway 63.” “I’d like to see something jn A I . II . . II L . A. A. I Hi ..II i in }ri i • i in w , in ninmi) n 11 ing the authorities where and how to spend the extra money. "For IS years, we in Greene county have been paying a gaso line tax and have gotten nothing in return. The new law had bet ter be well explained at the ses sion or lei them give us some bet ter promises. The old ones have run out." The meeting, sponsored by the supervisors association of the state, was one of many being held throughout the state in the in- i terest of tho proposed increase,! which the association voted in favor ot at its recent convention. County Share "Good" Edward A. Khuyat, supervisor, said he believes the 1 1 4 cents of the increase that will go to the counties is a ‘‘good thing". “The rural roads in our coun ty are far above average," he said "and manv of us don’t realize what conditions are elsewhere. You will nctuallv find places where children have to go to school in wagons because cars can't pass over the roads. "I'm hoping, however, that the Legislature will find some way to have the three-quarter cents that will go to the highway commis sion allocated where it is needed." The meeting was opened by Fred Moran, county supervisor president. He introduced Mr. Gautier, who conducted the meet ing First speaker was C. L. Barnett, Starkville, president of the su pervisors association. He ex plained that the group has en dorsed the increase because im provements in rural roads will not only aid rural districts but will “build our cities and be to j the benefit of the entire state," 73 Per Cent Rural Only one per cent of highway pxpenamm's, nr s;un. nave non? i to rural roads in tho past 12 years, I yet 73 por oont of tho state's pop- j ulation lives in rural areas. State Senator Boo McAlpin of Mize, member of the suh-eom- j mittee on legislation, pointed out that "for lfi years the people back on the farm have been paying taxes to build our great arterial system, and now it's time we did something for them.” R. O. Bickerstaff, Gulfport, vice chairman of the legislative high way planning committee, ex plained at length the investiga tion conducted by the committee and its search for a means to fi nance a construction program. "We exhausted every resource to find funds,” he stated. "We wei e told at every turn of the way that there could be no money diverted from the general fund. Cold Snap Catches Jackson Countians With Wood Piles Low Wintpr arrived unannounced at 11:30 a.m. Monday, catch ing shirt-sleeved Jackson ccun tians with their windows up and their wood piles down. A balmy, sunny morning suddenly became a blustery, shivery day as the mercury div ed down into the 40s. The sun came out Tuesday, however, and countians enjoyed exhilar ating weather the rest of the week, i —Photo by Wilion Mike Schmitz, Haileston. And Prize Pork Pig County Fair Attracts Large Crowds; Prize Winners And Spectators Mingle A parody of an old nonsense jingle might he— "1 went to the County Fair. The birds and the beasts were there. And people everywhere." Jackson county citizens were delighted last week at the revival of the annual fair after a lapse of 10 years. For two days, crowds swarmed into the 11th Street Au ditorium ti* view the exhibits of foods, flowers and clothing on display by the Home Demonstra tion and 4-H dub members and the industrial exhibits featuring local industries. Fair Crowd Hungry In the Activities building, the Home Demonstration Council and 4-H club members served count less hot dogs, gallons of gumbo Hnd coffee and all the other food it takes to feed a hungry Fair crowd. Small fry roamed the grounds with cotton eandv and candied apples on sticks. COUNTY FAIR PRIZES A complete list of prize winners at the Fair will be found at the end of this story on Page 5. The open space between the hiiildines had been tinned iritn mid-way with a merry-go-round, terris whorl and an airplane ride that did endless business. Stock Exhibits Limited Due to limited facilities, the live stock exhibit w,i■ held to hogs and calves raised bv 4 11 club boys and a dozen chicken; from each club membe who par ticipated in the Real's-Roebuck chicken project. Early last spring. 10 4-H mem bers each received 100 baby chicks from the Sears-Roebuck company. Each then returned a dozen chickens to be auctioned off at the fair. the,n\oney put into a county poultry fund to finance other chicken projects. Winners Listed Re) C fiber. Gillfp > t. Scars representative, was present for the judging. Winner* m e: blue ribbons, J. C. Harris, Vancleave; Joyce Rollins, Gautier; and John Ely. Harleston. Red ribbons. Ottis Wilson. Van eleave: Glenn Oglmrn. Rig Point; Kenneth Wilson. Vancleave; Ed ward Goff. Big Point. White ribbons, Otis Sheffield. Vancleave; Barbara Benefield, Krcole; and W’illiard Jones, Hurley. (Continued on Fagc j) I $25,000 Expansion At Industrial Air Started This Week A $25,000 building and expan sion program began Tuesday at the Pascagoula plant of Industrial Air Products company. The program, which includes ! the building of an office structure ! and the concrete-block partition mg of the present oxygen build | mg, is expected to be completed i in about five weeks. The company, which manufac I lures oxygen and acetylene and | handles other welding supplies, announced also that a complete line of medical gases will be put in. G. E. Luker, general plant sup et intendent for the parent organ ization which has headquarters in Portland, Ore., said here Thurs day that “we have simply out grown ourselves.” “Since we opened here in April," he explained, “we have about doubled. We now employ 30 people. We have done a lot better than wc expected, so the only thing to do is expand.” . The new office building will be located north of the present large structure—the oxygen building in which there arc small offices at present. Main need of the company. Mr. Luker said, was for more stor age space for welding equipment. -Contractor for the work is Hen ry Hans. Manager of the local plant, one of eight operated b;. Industrial Air. is G. H. Jeudevine. Old Boiler Bursts, O.S. School Children Get Part Holiday Ocean Springs school children got a brief fling at freedom Tuesday, coldest day of the early fall. when the boiler broke down. School was dis missed. Mrs. Orwin Scharr. school board secretary, said the 20 year-old boiler cracked when trash was lighted in it. A new boiler will be bought as soon as possible. Mrs. Scharr said, to replace the old one. now repaired. Earthworms swallow soil and digest the vegetable matter. Maritime Head Ingalls Guest Here Saturday Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming chairman of the US maritime commission, will be a guest here Saturday of Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. officials duiing an inspec tion of the shipyard, Monro B Lanier, president, said Thursday. Gen. Fleming arrived in New Orleans Wednesday to attend cer emonies marking the 30th anni versary of the Mississippi Ship ping Co. He will be accompanied here by J. Grenville Mellen. Gulfport, member of the commission; Ber nard Mullady. his assistant, and Steve Manning, publicity director for the commission. Officials of the Mississippi Shipping Co. are also expected to be in the party. The group will inspect the Mer ! chant Marine school. Pass Chris tian, and facilities at Gulfport on their way to Pascagoula. I hey are expected to arnv > here about 3j30 p. m. Following inspection of the shipyard and other facilities, they will he guests at dinner Saturday night at Long fellow House. The group will leave by train Saturday night for the return trip to Washington. Highway Crews Will Begin Work At Escalawpa Fill State highway maintenance crews will soon begin hauling dirt i fill to raise the level of the north | approach to the Kscatawpa bridge | on Highway 83, District Fngineer [George L. Lemon told the Chron i«i#-Star and Advertiser Wed nesday. A dragline has already been moved to an 18-acre site leased hv the highway department from which the dirt fill will be taken. The dragline is presently clean ing off the site preparatory to hauling of the fill. Approximately 10 to 12 trucks will be used. Meanwhile, work on dredging of a "sand blanket” over the South approach continued to ho delayed. Gas Line Raised A contract was let to the Mo | bile Dredging Co. for this work i several months ago. It was orig I inallv delayed 'because of the ' necessity of raising the gas pipe j line feeding Moss Point and Pas I cagoula gas distribution systems. When this was completed, the dredging company asked a fur ther delay, first because of un- < finished work in Florida and then because of the hurricane season. “We final!v issued a work or I der for Oct. 28.” Mr. Lemon said. ! "I don't know what the status of | it is now. They have appealed to j the Jackson office for a further I delay in the start of the work. : "We feci that we have to get the j job done now for unless it is ■ completed hefore the spring fresh j ets begin it will mean a delay of : another vear.” Use Highway Crews i ...... **»»• »(iKi iiini lit1 piannea to use highway maintenance j i crews in raising the level of the ; approach, and if successful there ; would use the crews and dirt fill to raise the level of the south i approach if dredging operations are completed when crews were j : ready to start on it. Plans call for keeping the high ! way open to traffic at all times. Mr. Lemon said. Barges of oyster shell are being towed to the scene and will be used to surface the dirt fill in order to make fill pass able to traffic. Two Oil Mon Survey Sites For Refineries Two representatives of Texas j i oil interests were in Pascagoula Wednesday surveying the city for . possible relocation here of inland i refineries. John R. Land. Jr., attorney, and H. J Bruilette, engineer, both of New Orleans, said their undis 1 closed principal was interested in moving refineries to a deep water port. Aftpr a conference with W R. j Guest, president of the* port com -1 mission, they said their principal may he brought over in a week ' or two to examine local facili ties. While here they were guests of W. Fd Wiggins, president of the' I Chamber of Commerce. I $134,000 Appropriate!! For Two Vessels To Be Used For Fishery Research In Gulf Expected To Aid Proposed Shift Of Tuna Industry A bill appropriating $134,000 for operation of tho^Jishing ves sels Oregon and Alaska jva ■ passed by both houses of Con gress and is now waiting the sig nature of the president, Cong W. M. Colmer and State Rep. Hermes F. Gautier announced : Thursday. The funds—$83,000 for the Ore i gon and $51,000 for the Alaska— aie for operating) of the vessels for a four-month period during 1 fiscal 1950. Fishing Study In Gulf A previous bill, sponsored by Congs. Colmer and Patman of Texas, authorized the reconstruct ( tion finance corporation to turn the vessels over to the US fish 1 and wildlife service to be used , for study and research in devel oping the fishing industry of the ; Gulf. The vessels are presently -docked at Tacoma, Wash., and it is not known when the fish and wild life service plans to shift them to the Gulf. They were built dur ing the war by the federal gov ernment to discover and develop new fishing grounds in the j Pacific Floating Laboratories The vessels will operate out of I Gulf ports and will be used as j floating laboratories to study and i develop the little-known fishine resources of the Gulf. They are1 wv chi in v cuufiim. diu • in the proposed shift of the West’ coast tuna packing industry to the Gulf. Office space and wharf facili ties for the vessels has been of fered the fish and wildlife serv ice by the Pascagoula port com mission through W. R. Guest, president. Officials of the wild life service are scheduled to visit here soon to inspect facilities. Shoplifting Charge Nets Woman Big Fine Barbara Louise Williams, Jack son, pleaded guilty to a shoplift ing charge in Moss Point court Thursday after she was caught with a pair of shoes from the R and K Store and a dress from Brumfields, Mayor F. W. Cirlot reported. On her arrest, she admitted the charge and returned the stolen, goods which she had hidden un-! der her clothes. She was fined j $100 and costs and given a 30-! day suspended jail sentence. ___ Drilling Will Begin On Latimer Oil Well About End Of Month Drilling of an oil well test is scheduled to begin late this month near Latimer. It will be known as the No. 1 C. L. Dees. Undertaken by the Southeast ern Drilling Company. Jackson, and J. R. Brown, McComb in dependent, the test will seek production at 9000 feet. Loca- | tion is a half mile north, three miles east of Latimer. Sile is part of a 320-acre farmout from Humble. Short courses in agriculture are conducted by many universities , and colleges annually. --.— 4 Reply To Attack On Pogie Fishing Due Front Jordan The attack bv John T. Connell, Gulfport sportsman, on the Mis sissippi seafood commission's menhaden policy will be “an swered in due time," Naif Jordan, commission president, told the Chronicle-Star and Advertise! this week. Mr. Connell, in an open letter to Mr. Jordan, charged that tlv' booklet — “Menhaden Facts and Fallacies” — written by Dr. James N. Gowanloch for the commis sion, is an “unscientific” report and contradicts facts stated ear lier in Dr. Gowanloch’s “Fishes and Fishing in Louisiana”. “Industry Harmless" Dr. Gowanloch, in the booklet, concluded that the pogie fishing industry does no injury to other commercial fisheries nor to sports fishing. On the other hand. Mi'. Connell charged that the industry is “men- j acing thi^ marine life of the Mis-' sissippi Sound, and, consequently the welfare of every business on the Coast.” Mr. Connell's attack followed an inspection trip Oct. 20 made on a seafood commission boat by members of the state legislative i im iii. v iii'ii pcu iv.iv i j cagoula and visited the pogie fleet in the Sound, -watching the taking of menhaden. Then it re turned to a processing plant and watched unloading. A report, signed by Rep. Rus sell L. Fox, chairman of the com mittee. and H. B. Wood, game commissioner for the seventh dis trict, stated in part: No Edible Fish Taken "In the more than 200,000 pounds of fish we saw- taken, we did nut observe one edible fish taken. Wc further inspected the processing plant at Pasi agoula and watched the unloading of other boats than those which we had observed taking fish. "Remarkable as it seems, there were only the one species in any of the boats which we observed and that was menhaden. “We therefore reached the con-1 elusion: “D That as the menhaden are a migratory salt water fish and are unsuitable for human con sumption, the game and fish com mission does not have jurisdic- j lion in the taking of these fish, but the same are under the ex clusive jurisdiction of the Mis sissippi seafood Commission. “2) That one of the by-prod ucts of the processing of men haden being meal of high protein content used for stock and poul try feed, the said industry is basic and of gieat importance to all jf the people of the state of Mis sissippi, as welF as being an im portant industry on the Gulf Hoast. 'See For Themselves" “It is our opinion that people nterested in this subject should! visit the menhaden plants where ' he fish are processed in order to j ;ee for themselves,” Mr. Fox said that represents-! .ives of tlu? Gulfport Sportsman \ssociation, which approved Mr.■ -onndll’s open letter, were invit- ! >d to join the inspection but did t (Continued on Page Four) # 14-Mill Levy Set By City; Increase Shown In Rolls Pascagoula ad valorem taxes were set at 14 mills for the 1949 50 fiscal year at the regular meet ing of the mayor and board of commissioners Friday at City Hall. The levy is 3 1/2 mills lower than the 17 1 2 mill levy of last year and includes an additional levy of 1/2 mill for parks and playgrounds which went into ef fect for the first time this year. Rolls Reach $7,300,000 It was also announced by city officials that assessment rolls, ex clusive-of public utilities, amount to $7,300,000. A total of $5,080,000 of this is accounted for by realty assessments and $2,220,000 by per sonal property. The total levy constitutes an approximate $1,500,000 increase over last year's $5,800,000 with the increase reflected in realty assessments. Utilities S400.000 Although public utility assess ments—which are set bv the state utilities commission — have not yet been made, it is expected they will be close to last year’3 approximate $400,000. This wpuld make the total 1949-50 city assess ment rolls reach $7,700,000 as compared to last year’s $6,200,000. It was pointed out by city offi cials, however, that the decreased levy win di't-uaiiy icsuu in a re riuced total tax yield to the cifcy. On last year’s 17 1-2 mills, city tax revenues were $108,500. This year’s yield on 14 mills will be $107,800, oi' $700 less than last year. Two Men Stabbed In Moss Point Row Two men were stabbed in Moss • Point and charges were filed against them and their attacker in an altercation Saturday as a grout) of pogie fishermen boarded a bus to South Carolina, Mayor F. W. Cirlot reported Thursday. William Barker was charged with the pocket knife attack on Porter Williams and Rudolph Brown after he allegedly object ed to the language they were using in front of a woman on the bus, Mayor Cirlot said. Williams was cut across the left hand and Brown was stabbed in the left arm. Both were treated at the county hospital. Barker was fined $50 and costs and Williams and Brown, charg ed with disturbing the peace, were fined $10 and costs in Moss Point court. Man Breaks Arm, Is Charged With Reckless Driving Ira Roberts. St. Elmo. Ala., was ■harged with reckless driving Sunday as the result of an acei fent in,which hjs arm was broken in two places, according to Coun v Highway Patrolman A. O. Davis. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Pine Island road aetween Kreole and Bayou Cum )est. The car driven by Roberts left the road and sideswiped a tree, the officer said. —Photo by Wataon MEMBERS OF A PARTY THAT ACCOMPANIED THE STATE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE on game, fish and wildlife on an inspection of menhaden fishing are shown above at Pascagoula before the trip. They are. left to right, Tom Moody, boat captain for the seafood commission: Hervey Pefrich, Seattle, Wash.; Rep. Hermes Gautier. H. B. Wood, game and fish commissioner; Paul McVeay, member of seafood commission; the Rev. Harlan Hilbun, Rep. Rusaell L. Fox. chair man of the legislative committee; Senator G. L. Beavers, and Rep. F. W. Lee. Hancock County.