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4 # Chronicle *Stiiir gfif§: Circulftfion ^ * Monday 9:53 pm 8 45 am V^UtUlUUUIl ___ 3 -4 Tuesday 10:45 p.m 9 41am. THE I OSS POINT ADVERT!?!* I .*®?. _ __|| ---- --- VOL. 102 E"*"b"PASCAGOULA AND MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1949 ES5S.?',, S® __N0' 51 I Ocean Springs $100,000 Issue Passes, 847-27 A contract under which the K. | R. Moore Company Raiment plant at Ocean Springs will operate is being prepared by the state agri culture and industry board. The suggested contract will he considered today at a meeting at 2:30 of the county board of super visors. It must be approved, also, by the Moore company. "Fors" Overwhelming The $100,000 bond issue to fi nance a plant under the BAWI program was voted overwhelm ingly Saturday by the electors of Beat 4. Official tally was <147 for, 27 against. It is expected that, if negotia tions move steadily, contracts for the estimated $80,000 plant will be let next month. Votes against the bond issue lest Saturday were recorded at South Ocean Springs, 21; West Pascagoula, 1; Jacobs, 3, and North Ocean Springs, 2. Ballot ing for was unanimous at Fon tainebleau. Rental on the plant, which will be about 230 by 81 feet, will bo approximately $5000 annually. To Hire 150 Women Fred Moran, supervisor presi dent, and State Rep. Hermes Gau tier. who handled negotiations with the Moore company, had been told the plant will employ 150 women. The company, which makes caps, gowns and gym suits, has plants at Chicago and Hinckley, 111., and Sharon and Palmyra, Wis. Hunters Rescued From Swamps Near Vandeave A navy helicopter was used in the rescue Monday of two Keis ler airmen lost for more than 30 hours in swamps mar Vancleave. M Sgt. A M. Mirick, Fort Worth, Tex., arid Sgt. Joseph Martinez, San Antonio, hud gone squirrel hunting early Sunday j with T Sgts. William Wilson and ; John Dameron. Mirick and Martin** separated from the other two after plan ning to moat at noon on Black Creek. They failed to return and wore reported lost by their friends. Searchers from Keesler and the navy air station. Pensa cola. started out. Mirick was picked up Monday j afternoon by the helicopter flown : by J. M. Lieske, chief aviation pilot, from Pensacola. He said he had begun a zig-zag chase after a snuirrel and ended t p losing his bearings. Martinez was making hi -v.-y downstream when.the searcher;; found him. . VETS' ROUND ROBIN GETTING FAT Chicago — (AP) — Joseph Kli mas received a ponderous piece of mail. I* was a round robin let- j ter that was started in January. 1948, by Paul Hamilton of Silvis. 111. It has circulated since then among men who served in the 829th Signal Corps dui ing World War II. Each wrote news of him self. attached it to the growing letter and passed the dosier along At latest report it was 30 feet long. « ' -"I ; ' CITY COMMISSION!* H. C. EZELL, LEFT. ACCEPTS ON behalf o* the city a plaque awarded by the state highway patrol for the city'* 1948 pedestrian protection program. The award, made last week, in the Pascagoula hi£h auditorium, was pre sented by A. S. Windham, center, administrative assistant to the head of the department. At right is E. E. Blakeney. chief of police. THE FIRST SECT.ON OF THE FIRST OFF-SHORE OIL DRILLING PLATFORM FABRICATED at Ingalls shoves off. above, from Pascagoula b / barge. The portion is the substructure over which will be placed the capping from which drilling actually will be done. It measures 180 feet long, 35 high and 45 wide. Built for the California Oil Company, the platform will be erected in the Gulf off the main pass at the mouth of the Mississippi. Ingalls is bidding on other plat forms. Protest Letting Oi Contract For Land Abstract A protest against award of a contract to E. M. Galloway in the amount of $34,900 for com piling sectional index abstract books of Jackson county lands was filed Tuesday by It. R. Bar ber and Carl Megehee on the grounds that they were low bid ders for the work. The contract was awarded by the Board'of Supervisors last week aiter considering the two bids. Barber, of the Mississippi Ab stract Title Sc Guaranty Co., Gulf port, and Megehee were repre sented by W. A. White, Gulfport attoi ney. Difference of $119 *“ There was a difference of $119 in the two bids. White said that he believed under the law' !hat it was obligatory for the jourd to let the contract to the ow bidder providing the bidder vas qualified. Barber, be said, is an expert In this line, and the work would be supervised by hie company. A. f*. Morgn. board president, said the supervisors hud care fully considered the two bids and helived that the best interests of the county was being served in awarding the work to Mr. Gallo way. Second Bid "Vague" • The second bid, he said, was vague iri us imns ana sc< uinn conditions that in ttje"opinion of the board eoold cause inconveni ence anti expense. No contract has vet been sign ed, lie Said, pending furnishing of a satisfactory bond by Gallo way. On request of Barber and White it was agreed that the con tract would nut be signed until they had the opportunity of pre nting their ease to a full ses - ton of the board. Central School Pupils Present Christmas Play Mrs. Italph Farrell, music teach er at the school directed a beau tifully executed musical program Wednesday at Central school. It was in the form of a panto mime staged by pupils of the fourth, fifth and .sixth grade;;, de picting the birth of Christ and subsequent events. All were in costume. Astigmatism is a defect in the eye which causes blurs in garts of the .vision. County School Kids Beginning Holidays School's out! Beginning this afternoon at the close of school, students at Pascagoula and Moss Point city schools and some county schools begin two weeks of Christmas holidays. OLV will dismiss following closo of school Wednesday. Class work will be resumed in the two cities and at OLV Tues day. Jan. 3. Announcement was made by Superintendents Thos. R. Wells, Pascagoula and Lu ther W. Tanner. Moss Point, and Monsgr. P. J. Carey. In county schools, class work Will continue through nextJFri day at Wade. Hurley. Vancleive and St. Martin. A. F. Megehee said. Other schools will dis miss today. All resume work Jan. 3. PMA County And Community Heads Named For 1950 Eltis W. HanrtttSh. Hurley, has been elected chairman of the county committee of the Produc tion Marketing Administration for 1950. John B. Jones, Hurley was named vice chairman and Hubert Mallettc, Vancleave, was elected a member of the com mittee. Officers of community commit tees for the coming year arc: Hurley, Frank C. Snell, chair man; Carley Goff, vice chairman, and Alvin Buck, regular member. Daisy-Vestry, Horace E. Rob erts, chairman; C. D. Havens, vice chairman, and Eugene Havens, member. St. Martin, Bryan Bilbo, chair man; Octave Borries, vice chair man, and Alton L. Hilton, mem ber. Escatawpa, Jesse Cox, chair man; John L. Williams, vice chair man. and J. B. Bullock, member. Vancleave. W. A. Rogers, chair man; Vernon Walker, vice chair man, and Bob Havens, member. Kreole, Marvin C. Mahathy, chairman; C. E. Smith, vice chair man and Ed Siurua, member. Vagrant Believed Burglar Of Wilson Home At Ramsay The residence of Pat Wilson. Ramsay community, was entered j Saturday afternoon and articles i valued at about $150 were re i ported stolen, Deputy Sheriff Leo Rvrd reported. Ryrd said Mr. Wilson told him ! he and his family passed a iran i he‘described as a “hobo" as'tViev | were driving ‘away from home. Later tracks, believed to be his, were found following the car ; tracks to the Wilson home. Byrd I sa^ * The man is helfeved t > have gone into Stone couritv where the sheriff has been asked to cooper ate in his apprehension, accord ing to the deputy. Investigating are Denutv Byrd and State Highway Patrolman Cecil Byrd. Among missing articles are an overcoat, watch and bracelet, Byrd said. BUS KILLS ITS DRIVER Marseille — (AP) — Dominique Faggiani, 44-vear-old trolley bus driver, was checking his motor I when the vehicle started moving. I ran over him and killed him. His ! wife, who was conductress of the same bus. witnessed the accident. The Assyrians and Babylonians made clay wall tiles and decorat ed them with colored glazes as early as the 9th century B. C. Santa To Issue Invitations To KC Tree Party Santa Claus in person will spend Saturday at the downtown Firemen’s Hall as guest of the Knights of Columbus and distrib ute invitations to the party given by the KC on the lawn of their home Christmas Eve. St. Nick will give invitations I to all children visiting him on Saturday. Children wishing to at tend the Christmas tree party are invited regardless of whether they receive one of Santa’s in vitations personally. A written invitation is not necessary to at tend the Christmas F.ve party. 10 Gobblers To Be Given At 7 p. m. at the KC home, 10 turkeys will be given away for the benefit of the doll and toy fund. These turkeys will be op display Saturday at the Firemen’s Hall and then moved to the KC home for distribution. The Knights of Columbus home and the Firemen's hall are be ginning to take on the appear : ance of toy shops where the mem bers of the organisations are de voting their spare time renovat ing toys for distribution to unfor tunate children at Christmas time. The response to the plea of the Knights of Columbus for used or discarded toys has been generous, Vincent Ros, chairman of the project, said. “But,” he added, “we are still agPcpting any toys that may he contributed. Truck Tours Town For the past two Saturdays a truck with a loud speaker toured the residential area to pick up contributions. This was furnishptl by J. T. Erikson, Floyd Brewer, C. J. Jones and the Doescher ra dio shop, Mr. Ros said. Boy Scouts of the KC-sponsor ed troop assisted in picking up toys and are helping in remodel ing. Health Department Starts War On Rats A county-wide campaign against 1 rats will begin Monday, Dr. An drew Hedmeg, acting director of j the county health department, announced today. The campaign will follow an intensive trapping program car ried out locally in an effort to identify the type' of rats most prevalent and to outline a pro gram for eradication. All business establishments will he provided with poison. Urban i and rural residential areas will ! be supplied later. Rats are the reservoir and ' source of several diseases of man. A study, therefore, of the rat has become important. Dr. Hedmeg j said. Chancery Court Interrupted By Illness Of Judge Illness of Judge D. M. Russell interrupted the fall term of Chancery court, which con vened at the county court house Monday. Only a few cases were dis posed of in the two days the judge occupied the bench. The term is customarily given almost entirely to divorce cases but this docket, which is fairly heavy, also includes a few land matters and estates, according to N. C. Everett, chancery clerk. If Judge Russell's condition permits, court is expected to be resumed Monday. Mr. Everett said. Negotiations Begin For Tuna Plant At Moss Point Or Pascagoula Fill October Activity Shows Increase Over September Although general business ac tivity in the Pascagoula district showed a drop in October from the Oct,, 1948, index, the month did produce a gain over the pre ceding one, Sept., 1949. This is shown by unadjusted data collected by the business re search station at Mississippi State college. Bank Debits Drop Pascagoula reported losses of 13.8 per cent in bank debits, 23.8 per cent in money orders issued, 7.5 per cent in telephones in serv ice and 1.1 per cent in electric connections. Bank debits were up in Luce dale and Ocean Springs but in both cities the increase was less than 1 per cent. Money orders were down 1.8 per cent in Lucedale, 9.1 per cent in Moss Point and 13.4 per cent in Ocean Springs. Postal receipts was the only positive factor in ovary reporung ciiy. Lucedale, Moss Point and Ocean Springs indicated nice gains in telephones in service. Individual losses for the district were: Pascagoula, 11.5 per cent; Moss Point. 8.1* per cent. Luce dale and Ocean Springs reported gains of 6.3 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively. Gaia Over September 4 The Octoher-September com parison for the district was more favorable; however, the gain was small. Each' city reported gains in activity as follows: Pascagoula, 4 per cent; Lucedale, 7 per cent; Moss Point, 1 per cent, and Ocean Springs, 20 per cent. Postal receipts were up in every reporting city. Bank debits were down in Pascagoula and Moss Point but showed rather nice increases in Lucedale and Ocean Springs. The table below shows a sum mary of the indicator changes for each of the above comparisons; Per Cent Change Oct., ’40 Oct, ’49 Oct., ’^8 Sop.,’49 Bank Debits —8.4 —0.6 Money Orders Issued —14.8 5.6 Postal Receipts 17.1 47.0 Telephones in Service 0.4 —0.5 Employment Placements —38.8 12.0 Job Applications 45.7 —8.6 Initial Claims 155.7 111.7 W. R Fairchild Firm Awarded Contract For City Dock Work < »'• 11. 1 Cl 1 I V I I 1IU Ul UlHUC.IUUI ^ was formally awarded a contract for extending the Pascagoula city dork and constructing a ware house foundation, at a joint meet ing of the city board of mayor and commissioners and the Pas cagoula port commission Friday morning at city hall. The Fairchild bid of $135,509. t*8 was low among 11 bids open ed at a joint meeting of the two city bodies Tuesday afternoon at city hall. Rids were taken under con sideration for study at^that time. The Fairchild bid was approxi mately $8,000 below the next low bid. Equipment and machinery will probably be moved in within a .-hurt time, but work will not actually get under way until ai tund Jan. 2. Donald J. Sim mons. engineer for the commis sion said. red lights for CATHEDRAL SPIRE Salisbury, England — CAP) — This city’s 13th century cathedral is going to be lit up like a Christ mas tree. Fight red lights will be placed on the cathedral’s 404-foot spire, the tallest in England, to warn an planes to keep theii distance. One of the well preserved ex tinct volcanoes in New Mexico is 1 orated very near a large per petual ice cave, west oi Albu queique. New Firm Plans To Operate 10 Boats From 100 By 300 Foot Cannery Here Negotiations for the location of a tuna packing plant in the Pascagoula area were begun Thursday by city and county officials and West Coast representatives of a pro posed new company to be known as Tuna, Inc. Cecil Drake, San Die'-o, end J- S. Martinac of J. M. Mar tinac Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, Wash., arrived in Pasca goula Wednesday night. Conferences are continuing today. With the two men is Cicero Sessions, New Orleans at torney, to»aid in incorporation of the firm. Drake explained that the company would want a 100 | by 300-foot building and would plan to start operation by I oarlv summer. Two Sites Considered Two sites are under considera tion for the plant, which would begin with an employment of 100 to 125 and have capacity to process 40 tons, or 1600 cases, of tuna daily. '■ One site is on reclaimed land on the west bank of Pascagoula river owned by the city and port commission. The other is at Moss Point near the menhaden plants. I The company plans an inte grated operation — packing and | distributing tuna caught by their I cwn fleet of five boats. The boats, each carrying a crew of 14 men, draw from 15 to 18 feet. Local fishermen will be trained in the tuna operation, which is done by hook and line, not seines. They 1 expect to build the fleet to 10 vessels. The boats would be out about j 60 days on the average, fishing I off the Galapagos islands in the ; Pacific. Fishing grounds will be: 10-days out from Pascagoula on a direct line south through the Panama canal. Each currying about 200 tons of tuna, the. clippers would tie I up dl UlC 1WIU1 plant V>uut. IUI.11 catches were processed. Want to Double In Year One production line is planned at the outset, Drake said, but it is hoped another could he added to double the plant’s capacity dur ing the first year. Employment would be increased as capacity grows. During rush periods, jobs 1 will number more than 200, even before expansion. Drake explained that the firm plans to market a high-quality pack of tuna that would compete with the best on the market, and to develop other lines for can ning. They would like to be in production by early summer. Both Drake and Martinac are tuna boat operators. They are associated with Joseph W. Charl ton, also a West Coast operator, and others, in the forming of Tuna. Inc. Martinac’s firm is now building a new clipper for use by the pio posed plant here. Drake and | Charlton each will designate a boat for the Gulf plant. Two oth er boats would be added to bring the original fleet to five. May Shift to Gulf The men expressed hope that exploratory work of the US fish | and wildlife service boat. Ore I gon, to be based here shortly, will ! eventually allow them to shift their fishing operations to the Gulf. For about a year, West Coast tuna packers and boat operators have investigated the removal of their plants to the Gulf, which is more than one-third closer to i the tuna grounds in the Pacific. Drake said that he and his as sociates studied locations along the entire Gulf Coast and Porto Rico before deciding that the Pas cagoula area offers the best ad vantages. Deep water, nearness to dis-, tribution systems, ample labor i supply are among the “advant ages.” Officials taking part in the va-1 rious confluences were Mayors j Wilbur Dees of Pascagoula and F. W. Cirlot of Moss Point; Su pervisors A. P. Moran. Joe V. Krebs and E. A. Khayat. and Port Commissioners W. R. Guest and Easton King. Also present are representatives of the L&N Railroad. They are E. C. Patton, general freight agent and L. I. Smith, industrial agent, from Birmingham, and H. W. Leigh, division freight agent. , Mobile. 1 Bicycle Is Stolen And So Are Hopes For Christmas Joy Vernon Ehlers, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Ehlers, 612 12th street, is probably the unhap piesl little boy in town. He doesn't even have Santa Claus to look forward to. Last Saturday his father bought his Christmas present, a shining new bicycle, and gave it to him. Sunday he rode it to the show and when he came out it had been stolen. Early in the season his dad promised Vernon, who wcs playing on the Central Pee Wee team, if he mBde a touchdown he would try to get him a bike for Christmas. Vernon made the td and re ceived the coveted reward, but in 24 hours it was snatched away. Being one of n family of 10, Vernon has no hopes of the bicycle being replaced for a long, long time. The Rev. J. E. Gray Dies In Centerville Funeral services were held at Centerville Monday afternoon for the Hov. J. E. Gray, former pas tor of the Moss Point Methodist church. Mr. Gray who was superannu ated last June, had been serving as« pastor of Centerville Presby terian church which was without a pastor when he moved to Cen terville. He was brother-in-law of Mrs. John McArthur. GIs GIVE JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS Yokosuka, Japan — (AP) — Sailors and Marines at this US naval base chipped in for novpl Christmas presents for several score Japanese children. The youngsters will attend a local Christian school with one lyear scholarships financed by American sei vicemen. Each schol arship is worth about $30. Mrs. Ann Johnson of Washing ton, D. C., wife of a navy dentist, and navy Capt. R. O. Burzynski of Milwaukee, Wis., headed the drive. # Christmas Has Been Far From Merry Many Times In The History Of The US (AP Newsfeatures) Merry Christmas has not al ways been merry in American history. Unmerry times started very early. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth four days before Christmas 1620. Christmas day found them between the May flower and the cold, hostile shore. Most of them were still living on the ship. And they di 'n't bclievt in celebrating Christmas anyway. Washington's ragged troops were crossing the icy Delaware in the dark early morning hours of Christmas 1776. They defeated the Hessians at Trenton the next day. Chiistmas 1786 found unrest in New England. Shay’s rebellion flared that day. The rebels had a rough time. In 1837. Col. Zachary Taylor' and his troops were down in Florida fighting the Seminole W'ar. Christmas day found them ! fighting and defeating the In dians at Lake Okechobee. The Mexican War also saw Christmas day action when Col. Doniphan and 450 volunteers rie- | feated 1,100 Mexicans at Brazitoi in 184«. The national Capital had trou ble the Christmas of 1851 when the Library of Congress and part of the Capitol burned. Nine years later on Christmas. 1860. South Carolina issued its declaration of independence, the spark that made the Civil War inevitable. strikes, that of 1387, started One of the early railroad Christmas day. Some 20,000 em ployes of the Reading Railroad walked out. The surrender of Hong Kong on Christmas 1941 was not part of American history, but Amer icans watched the event anxi ously. It was one step in the ad vance of the Japanese which came after the Pearl Harbor at tack in 1941. Ore of the clas-iic Christmases of the unmerry type will long be remembered by the men defend ing Bastogne in 1944. The Battle of the Bulge and the fight for the defense of the little town were at a climax It was just two days later that the isolated Bas togne garrison was relieved. That Christmas day found the boys deep in the fighting. * Saint Nicholas Is City's Guest When Santa Claus arrived Sat urday afternoon to pay an offi cial visit to the city he was greet ed by one of the largest crowds ever to gather here. The parade route from the high school through the business section to City Hall was lined with both children and adults. Riding on a jeep in a parade headed by the junior high band of Pascagoula, Santo tossed can dies to the children as he passed j by. At City Hall he was greeted j by Mayor Wilbur Dees and Com j missioners H. C. Ezell and V. P. I DeJean made short welcome ad dresses. Mayor F. W. Cirlot, Moss Point, guest of Mayor Dees, also wel comed the Christmas saint. The junior high glee club op ened the program with selections of carols and Lamar Alexander, director of the First Baptist choir, sang a solo. At conclusion of the program, Christmas lights in the business section were turned on to pro claim the yuletide season. Research Chemist Tells MP Rotary Of Menhaden Plant Dayid Zipimernwn, chemist at the Fjsh Mep,i Co. plant, was guest speaker at the Moss Point Rotary club Thursday. He dis cussed the menhaden industry. Mr.- Zimmerman emphasized that the method of seining for menhaden was not injurious to game fish and explained the op eration of the purse seine. Menhaden are not edible, Mr. Zimmerman pointed out, due to the high oil content, but the oil is valuable to industry. His posi tion with the company, Mr. Zim merman said, was in a research capacity and the plant is in the process of outfitting a large re search laboratory. The oil, which was scrapped in the beginning of the industry, has more than a score of uses today—in cosmetics, soaps, the tanning of leather and numerous other things, Mr. Zimmerman said. GREEKS SAIL UNDER FOREIGN FLAGS * Athens — (AP) — More than half of the Greek-owned mer chant fleet, built up from virtual ly nothing since 1045 with Amer ican aid. today is sailing under foreign flags. The first recorded use of form bent plywood was in the manu facture of railroad station seats in New York City in 1870.