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Jackson, Mississippi
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Friday, February 28, 1958
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lie tixim WEATHER Friday Fair, low 46-50. high 66-64. Saturday Fair, low 36-40, high 60-64. Thursday High 69, low S2, Pearl River at Jackson, 16.8 feet, up 1.2 feet VGA TOURNEY Byron Nelson, one of the top golfers of the country, will put on an exhibition at the Jackson Country Club from 3 to 4 p. m. Friday. Medal play of the first PGA tournament in Jackson will get underway Saturday. Mississippi's Leading Neivspaper For More Than A Century Established 1837 AP and INS Leased Wires JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY MORNING, FEB. 23, 1953 VOL. CXX NO. 53 23 PAGES PRICE 5c XS1- - Tate ' MimYriwiirTMr..fa ThiiirfJirariMiWit,'iiliiiii'iiii m FARMHAVEN DAMAGE James Stewart of Farmhaven looks at the ruins of his home. It was destroyed by the Wednesday night tornado, but he and his family escaped serious injury. Photo by Jim Lacey. State Counts 13 Dead Tornado Series From J. C. Johnson, Farm Haven Community, near Canton. Erwin Greenwood, Farm Haven Community. Sally Day, 110, Farm Haven Community. Mrs. Charles Jones, Chicora community, Wayne county. Aaron Johnson, Farm Haven Community. Mississippians Friday continued clearing away debris from a teries of twisters that slammed through Central Mississippi, killing 13 and injuring approximately 100 persons Wednesday night. The dead included; THE DEAD Cathy Jones, 3, daughter of Mr. end Mrs. Ernest Jones Jr.. of the Luckney community on Fanning road, eight miles north eaat ot here. Mrs. Tarrin .Ellis, Walnut Grove. Mrs. William Burjess, Winchester Community. Wayne County. Mrs. A!on.o B. Rylee, about 50, Brewer Community, near Richion. Bslly Rylee, 13-year-old son o: Mrs. Rylee. Luther Brewer, about 60. Union, without warning. School Community near Richton.l The family of Pinkie Hester, Farm Community. Bessie Johnson, 54 Farmhaven Negro died this afternoon Farm Haven area. Other windstorms caused lesser damage in parts of Louisiana, Florida. Texas and Alabama. The Mississippi twisters started just after the supper hour and several families had narrow escapes as the powerful winds struck Charles Wright huddled under a mattress in their 149-year-old home at Luckney, few miles east of JacKson, Miss., and sang a hymn. The storm left the ancient house in ruins but the family escapeo unhurt. South of Jackson, the "Little Professor of Piney Woods," Dr. I.anrpnrc C .Tfinoe cnrrnufnll v I checked the tremendous damage Life Mack Denies He Yielded To Pressure, Won't Quit WASHINGTON', Feb. 27 & -Richard A. Mack denied today he has been swayed or influenced by anybody as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. He also declared he has no intention of quitting. Specifically, the boyish-looking. 43-year-old Mack told House investigators the thousands of dollars he has received from an old friend in Miami had nothing to do with his voting to gie a Miami TV license to a National Airlines subsidiary. Russia Shifts Farm Set-Up Br HAROLD K. MILKS MOSCOW, Feb. 27 uv-The Communist party's powerful Central Committee gave its chief, Nikita S. Khrushchev, the go-ahead signal today for a far-reaching revolution in Soviet agriculture. The committee, after a two-day session, announced endorsement of Khrushchev's proposals to shift ownership of the nation's farm machinery from the machine-tractor stations to collective farms. A party communique issued af ter the committee sessions of Monday and Tuesday said this "will speed the evolution toward communism." The Soviet Union purports to be a Socialist state, not yet Communist. Mack testified he reached his de cision on the basis of the evidence and absolutely nothing else even though, before going on FCC, he sent the commission a letter endorsing another applicant for the icense, A. Frank Katzentine. Admittedly a nervous witness- he once spilled water he was drink ing Mack appeared before tne House subcommittee on Legisla tive Oversight in the face of de mands from two members that he resign or be removed. Rep. Rcnnctt (R-Mich and Moss D-Califi have called for Mack's ouster alter testimony Dy .Miami lawyer Thurman A. Whiteside that he has given Mack thousands of dollars in loans and advances. Mack confirmed Whiteside's statement that he has borrowed monev from Whiteside, who at one time was pushing National Air lines' case before FCC, for 20 or 25 years. Both men said all but $250 of the loans made in recent years has been repaid. There was some difference in their testimony on the question of what if anything Mack did to earn nart of the money he used to make the repayments. Whiteside testified earlier in the week that Mack furnished leads-tips on possible business to an insurance agency in which White side cut him in, with no payment on the nart of Mack, for a sixth interest. Haven j done his Negro Country School, now world famous. "Terrible," he said. Shattered buildings and chewed woodlands pocked a rural area 140 j miles iong in central and east Mississippi, from Canton, 20 miles (north of Jackson, to Poplarville. 120 miles to the south. Five died between Richton and Waynesboro, near the Alabama line in southeast Mississippi. Five died at the Farm Haven commun ity near Canton, one near Jack son; and one near Walnut Grove, 40 miles east of Jackson The first twister hit near Jackson. "It sounded like a million bells," said Mrs. Leland Bolton of the Luckney community. "Only the good Lord saved us. An icebox held off the falling debris when the roof fell in." At dinner, the Lee Hawthorne family heard a noise like a nearby train. "It's a tornado," joked one son. A minute later the house was only debris. At Liberty, the Rev. Victor! i U.S. Asks New Talks On Arms Wadsworth Named As Successor For Stassen's Post By JOHN SCALI WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 WV-The United States today named a new disarmament negotiator, backed up by four citizen-advisers, and called on Russia to meet with him in "urgent" new talks. In a grim coicindence, the U.S. move came as Russia exploded two potent hydrogen test weapons in a single day. James J. Wadsworth, deputy United Nations ambassador, was designated for the post of successor to Harold Stassen who quit two weeks ago as disarmament specialist. President Eisenhower approved his appointment and also named a four-man panel of distinguished citizens to "advise and consult on disarmament policy. Members will be Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther, former Allied com mander in Europe who is now American Red Cross president; investment banker Robert A. Lov- ett. former undersecretary of state; banker John J. McCloy, for mer high commissioner to Ger manv. ana uen. waiter ceaeu Smith, ex-undersecretary of state. The State Department announced these moves within minutes of an announcement that Russia had set off its second big nuclear explo sion of the day north of the Arc tic Circle. The twin shots, presumably of hvdrosen bombs, were disclosed bv the Atomic Energy commis sion. They raised to three the number of Soviet firing of nuclear weapons this week. A State Department announcement made no mention of Russia's rnntiniipd test firinss at a time when the Kremlin is also actively pushing its "ban on the bomb campaign. But. the announcement in effect accused the Soviets of stalling an urgently needed disarmament agreement by refusing to resume arms talks at the United Nations. "The United States continues to it ursent." it said, "that an international agreement be sought and reached which will effectively limit armaments." The department in a statement noted Russia has serviced notice it would boycott any meeting of the newly created 25-nation U.N. Disarmament Commission. House Refuses To Trim To Budget M Bills omey HOUSE UPSETS COLEMAN'S VETO By CHARLES M. HILLS The Mississippi House of Repre sentatives by a vote of 69 to 29 over-rode a veto by Gov. J. P. Coleman and approved a local and private measure permitting the board of supervisors of Carroll county to transfer funds. It was the first time in 16 years that such action had been taken by either branch of the law-mak ing body, the last having been m 1942 during the administration of the late Paul B. Johnson, then governor. Johnson, however, sent a special message to the legislature asking that they over-ride his veto. In a dramatic display of loyalty to a fellow member, the lower chamber ignored pleas of Rep. Joel Blass, of Stone county, to support the governor in what the Stone countian said was obviously correct use of veto powers On the other hand, Rep. Maurice Black, Carroll county, recited to the lower chamber that the gov ernor had only two years ago sign ed almost identically the same bill, and that such actions had been! approved by governors ever since 1934 for Carroll county. OPPOSED CONVENTION Black questioned the sudden de cision this year on the part ol Gov. Coleman in vetoing the local and private act. Both Rep. Black and Rep. Clarence Pierce, also of Carroll and author of the bill, said that their board of supervisors ask ed approval of the act. Incidental ly, both Black and Pierce opposed GOP Ousted Bantist church meetin? to kneel and prav. The tornado passed lessi CI, f( TTm than 20'yards away. iwjIlCIlll J- LH STENNIS SEEKS AID FOR AREAS HIT BY TWISTERS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Senator John C. Stennis iD-Miss)) Thursday asked federal government help for Mississippi areas stricken by tornadoes which killed 12 persons and injured possibly 100. The junior senator, in a tele-' gram to Administrator Wendell Barnes of the Small Business Administration, said: "I urge you to declare the affected areas eligible for disaster relief immed;ately and grant prompt financial assistance to critically affected families, homes and business." Stennis also was in touch with the U. S. Department of Agriculture in efforts to get immediate assistance on the way. FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT Survey Shows Underground Water Supply For Jackson WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 W-A yeological survey today showed moderate to large supplies of fresh ground water for industrial and municipal development in the Jackson, Miss., area. The Interior Department repayment released a report on the study prepared in cooperation with the city of Jackson and the Mississippi Board of Water Commissioners. The report said "the water-resource potential of the greater Jackson area is several times greater than the present use" of an average of 25 million gallons per day each year. Jackson, the report said, Is situated atop the largest dome in the state, which was once a natural gas field. Deep wells presently supply 40 per cent of the city's average needs, the report said. Because t industrial and population growth, it said, "further detailed ftudy is needed to evaluate the rotentialites ot the three major aquifers sands in the Cockficld formation, the Sparta sand, and sands in the upper part of the Wilcox group." The water is very soft, the re port said. "The Coektieid ana Sparta formations yield water of moderate mineral content needing little or no treatment. It is used extensively in Jackson and surrounding communities for public supply and industry, 'In the deeper sands of the Wil cox," the report continued, avail able analyses show more tnan 1.000 parts per million of dis solved solids, mostly sodium d bicarbonate, I "Fluoride ranges from 2.8 tit 7 ppm (parts per million) in five samples analyzed," the report said, noting that Fluoride above 1.5 parts per millior makes water unsuitable for t consumption V children according to the Public Health Service. . Cockficld and Sparta formal inn water were well within the safety UAW Strike WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 - A former sheriff testified today he was "absolutely bounced" out of the Republican party for refusing to use guns against pickets out- ide the Kohler Co. plant in Koh- ler, Wis. Theodore J. Mosch told the story to the Senate Rackets Committee, which is investigating vio lence in the 4-year-old strike of the United Auto Workers against the Wisconsin plumbing fixtures firm. Under questioning by Sen. Mundt (R-SD, Mosch sonceded there could have been some con nection between his getting bounced and his accepting a $300 campaign contribution from the UAW in the fall of 1954. Mosch said he was sheriff of Sheboygan County, Wis., when the strike began in 1954 and mass picketing kept the Kohler plant shut down for 54 days. INDEX zone with fluoride ranging from about one tenth to one-half part per million. Only the Sparta sand, the report said, has been developed to any appreciable extent in the met-ropoliton district for surburban public supplies, air conditioning and industrial use. It said the water level in the Sparta sands has declined since 1910. The Cockfield formation, comparatively thin, furnishes the municipal water supply for nearby Clinton and several other towns, factories and many farms. But the report said water sands in the deeper Wilcox group are known to be screened in only six wells in the area. They are valuable potential sources of supply for certain uses, it said, in spite of the mineralialinn and fluoride content of the water. The Mississippi Roard of Water Commissioners, the department Affair of Slate 10 Amusements 8 Classified Ads 25-27 Comics 18-19 Editorial 10 Financial 24 Miss. Notebook Z Radio & TV Logs 23 Sports 21-23. 28 Women 13-20 RED CROSS AT LUCKNEY CHURCH AND CROSSROADS . Representatives of the Hinds-Rankia County Chapter of American Red Cross are stationed at Luckney Baptist Church to offer assistance to tornado victims. Similar headquarters have been set up at Crossroads, approximately seven miles south of Pelahatchie for tornado victims in that area. Families or individuals from other areas in the two counties needing assistance as the result of the Wednesday night tornado may contact representatives at the Hinds Rankin County Chapter House, 734 North State Street in Jackson. Solons Okeh 837 Million Despite Pleas To Save the governor's constitutional con vention last fall. In answer to questioning from the floor of the House, Black said that he had known tne governor was considering a veto, and that he had asked Coleman to confer with the Carroll chancery clerk before taking action. However, neither Black nor the chancery clerk were further contacted until the gover nor sent a message to the House announcing the veto, Black testi fied. Rep. Black read an affidavit from the Carroll chancery clerk setting forth under oath that suf ficient funds have accrued to form a surplus over what is needed to meet 1958 bond indebtednesses of Carroll county, and that a $37,000 surplus was at hand. He further stated that the $10,000 asked to be transferred from the bond fund of the county to the road and bridge fund, was gained from gas taxes re-distributed to the county and that no ad valorem taxes were levied to repay bond' ed indebtedness. He said that the $10,000 would go to pay for tne services of a county engineer working on state-aid roads for the county and that the road program would be ser iously crippled without the authority to use the available funds. Rep. Blass questioned the con stitutionality of the act, and said that the governor ought to veto every local and private measure of the type.. He said that the fiscal integrity of the state is involved in what Blass termed a monumental issue. He called the bill a felonious method of financing when bond funds were supposed to be used only to pay off bonded indebtedness. Rep. Luther Sims, chairman of the local and private committee, took the podium in support of Black's move for a veto over-ride. He said that while there had often been question about local and private legislation, it was the custom of the legislature to honor the requests for local help from fel low lawmakers. Rep. John Farese, although fa- Continued on Pa?e 12 By CHARLES M. HILLS Appropriations totaling $37,725,-636 were approved by the lower house of the state legislature here Thursday afternoon, but not with the customary smooth sailing that such acts have enjoyed in the past. Contrary to usual procedure, the chairman of the appropriations committee, John R. Junkin, Adams, and Vice Chairman Edgar Stephens, Union, sought to amend and failed, five of the acts they were delegated to steer, to passage. Even as the appropriations chair man arose to the floor and toolw up the appropriations calendar, he announced that bills at hand represented an over - expenditure of j budget commission recommendations in the sum of $2,806,264.63. Junkin added that not on the calendar but in committee were appropriations exceeding the budget for a total of $5,417,000. BLOW TO BUDGET He called this a serious blow to prospects for a balanced budget or meeting needed additional demands for salary raises for school teachers. Rep. Stephens sought repeatedly to amend the bills in excess of the budget recommendations to bring them back in line, but failed in every instance. Junkin said that the house had until time for business Thursday approved $149,253,648.50 in appropriations and that with all bills on the calendar as work started. the sum would reach $195,139,964.- 17, as there were $45,886,315.67 on the calendar in new appropriations. Smokers Anonymous uvikfuul, England, Feb. 27 If A smokers anonymous clinic is opening Friday. The sponsoring society of Nonsmokers said psychological treatment will be given to help volunteers drop the tobacco habit. Senate Defeats Proposal To Hike 2nd Class Mail WASHINGTON, Fbe. 27 WV-The Senate today defeated 71-17 an effort by Sen. Morse (D-Ore) to in-i crease second-class postal rates for newspapers and magazines by 30 per cent during each of the next three years. Morse first proposed a 40 per cent increase in each of the next three years but just before the roll call vote he revised this to 30 per cent. The Senate bill, on which final action was deferred until tomorrow, carries second-class rate increases of 10 per cent during each of the next three years on editorial and news matter and 20 per cent on advertising conter.. OTHER ACTIONS In other actions the Senate: 1. Refused by a roll call vote of 47-40 to knock out the 5-cent rate on nonlocal letters which it adopted last night by a vote of 49-42. loiays vote was on a mo lion by Sen, Monroney (D-Okla), who sought to limit the increase on first-class mail, local and un-local, to 4 cents, the present rate is 3 cents. 2. Voted to permit U.S. Service men stationed overseas to send free pro- letters back to this country of charge. Sponsors of this vision, Sens. Morse, Yarborough (D-Tex) and Proxmire (D-Wis), dropped a clause that would have permitted letters to be sent free to servicemen overseas. 3. Rejected 57-33 an amendment by Sens. Clark (D-Pa) and Proxmire to limit to $1,800,000 a year the amount of mail subsidy that any magazine publisher could receive. Republican Congressmen Demand Benson Quit Post WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 () -Republican congressmen called on President Eisenhower in person today to urge that Secretary of Agriculture Benson get out of the government. One of them, Rep. Miller of Nebraska, said afterward; "I don't think he Benson will be fired and I'm not sure he will quit." He and Rep, Weaver, nlso of Ne- said, will publish a ground water braska. said they told Eisenhower resources study of the area, . 'that if Benson stays in office this will so offend farm voters that the Republicans might lose 20 to 30 of their U.S. House seats and per haps four governorships. Miller said Eisenhower was sympathetic and friendly to them. but at the same time entirely loy al to Benson. Eisenhower gave Benson firm sunnnrt at. his news conference yesterday, as he has on numerous occasions when var ious persons wanted the secretary dropped, Several hassles came up over a provision in each bill to the effect that no legislator could bo paid a salary from funds for the various departments. Rep. Her-schel Cameron, of Lamar, objecting strenuously at least twice to inclusion of the riders. Rep. E. K. Windham, of Prentiss county came to the fore with an amendment setting out that not more than 50 percent of the $639,-532 voted for the National Guard be used for whiskey raiding ia his county. The amendment failed, but Windham made it known that the people of his county in majority had not" invited the governor to send National Guardsmen to Prentiss, which he S3id was one of the "most law-abiding counties ia Mississippi." Rep. Sam Lumpkin, Lee, threw the House into an uproar whea he objected to over stepping the budget and claimed a "coalition" of forces supporting the colleges, forestry, and other branches of government had forced the upping of the budget. Reps. Russell Fox and Joe Bailey, Claiborne and Yalobusha, respectively, took the floor on points of personal privilege to deny the Lumpkin charges. WILL ASK VETO Rep. Lumpkin told newsmen "the truth hurts." He said further "I am going to ask the gov-ernor to veto these bills which are too high." He said that if the governor "expects me to try to hold down the budget, I ex-Continued on Page 18 Piney Woods' Loss May Top 350,000 By ELSIE MAY CHAMBERS PINEY WOODS Dr. Laurence C. Jones, president of the famous Piney Woods Country Life School for Negroes, said Thursday afternoon that classes had already been resumed and that students were in the process of cleaning up and repair the damage done by the Wednesday night tornado. Dr. Jones estimated that the overall damage to his s c h ool would be $350,000 or more. Although some insurance is carried on the Piney Woods buildings, it is not expected to cover quite half of the damage done. Adjusters will get to the school in the next day or two. With the exception of three girls who received minor cuts and bruises, there were practically no injuries. One 15-year old brick dormitory given to the school by Major George W. Dulany now of California and his sister, Mrs. Lingo, of Dallas, Texas, was demolished. This building alone was valued at $100,000, and Dr. Jones said it would take probably $200,000 to replace it. The dormitory was called Dulany Hall. Iowa Hall, which housed a dining room and kitchen, and about More pictures of the tornadoes on page 5. IV - ill 1 St s , ..11 M V r at .SAT- ten offices on the second floor was severely damaged, the second floor with roof gone, was completely wrecked. A class room building also lost its roof, and every single window in the building was broken. Dr. Jones said that many of the finest pine trees were toppled, some of them falling into the lake. He said electric wires and telephone wires were down all over the campus. CLOCKS STOPPED Jones said that all e 1 e c t r ic clocks stopped at exactly 6 pm. when the tornado hit. He said that he was in the Community House at the time, and did not know that the extensive damage was done until a group of boys ran into the house to tell the roof was off one of the buildings. At the time the storm struck the school 48 girls were in a band room in basement practicing for a concert to be presented at Mississippi College next week; 140 others were in a dining room which escaped the wind's fury; about 84 were in the Junior College dormitory which was not damaged; and 35 younger girls were in the small girls' building which escaped damage. None of the buildings occupied by boys were damaged. All of the Continued on page S If- 1 ' 3t A rsT- mT : ?2l (HI''"' v;- v ; 'S 0 'MKS - ..V PINEY WOODS DAMAGE Main classroom at the Piney Woods School for Negroes is shown after it had been unroofed' by one of Wednesday night's small .but vicious' tornadoes. The freak character of the storm is shown by the comparatively undamaged condition of 6ther nearby buildings. The log cabin which originally housed the school was completly missed by the twister. .Clarion-Ledger aerial photo by Richard Patrick.

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