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WEATHER FORECAST NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS No impotttni t*mpctalurt chan. res. M»xia H«a partly cloudr, warm, low Thursday MAT 70. ^toda flatta THOVOHT fttft TKK I»AY dt VOLUME LVI1 UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE -A HOME OWJtED. OfDmttfttirt tttWlfAPER 8E1VIHQ THE PEOPLE M YEAftfl- MEXIA. TEXAS. WEDNESDAY, JUNE i NEA COMPLETE FEATURE SERVICE The Way It Seems fo Me If ERNIE DEANE WITH ear* well plugged to keep out the wails of radio singers, my thoughts recently have turned to the tale of David Crockett. Everything considered, he was a lucky man—except that he did not live in the days when public heroes draw more money in a week that the president of the US got in Davy's day. * » * DAVY'S time on thli troubled earth was during 1786 to 1836. It was a time when folks were not bothered with a lot of things which we lucky, lucky people of the 20th Century must endure. * * * DAVY never hid to dodge a super-charged automobile, for one thing, and there was no risk whatever that he would get his hand caught in an automatic washing machine. The water heater never went out in Davy's day—and if we are to believe stories of the past, folks never bothered much about bathing anyhow. No telephones rang in the middle of the night to awaken Davy from his dreams of the wild frontier. If his neighbor's dogs howled, that was music to Davy because he knew they had scented real game—and were not just suffering the bellyache from eating canned dog food bought, at the grocery store. Yep, our hero had it soft in a lot of ways—and probably knew it, too. * * * WHATEVER money D«rr got for fixing the crack in the Liberty Bell was his—for Uncle Sam had no income tax collector in those days. Folks up in Philadelphia say the crack in the liberty bell never was fixed, but you know how those Easterners are. * * • DAVY wai lh« ion of a follow who had come to the US from Ireland. Almost every American citizen now claims kin to the Irish, especially if he is mixed up in politics—and Davy certainly was. So he was lucky in choosing his ancestors, too. * • • ONE important thing which certainly never bothered Davy was radio and TV singers. If folks had sung through their noses back in those Tennessee hills like some of our modern warblers do, Davy would have shot 'em daid—and with good reason. We can bet he never had to suffer through any such musical atrocities as the various "hit parades" now broadcast endlessly. * * * WHEN it cam* hit time to die, Davy had the good fortune to pick a spot whose name will be associated with heroism for all time to come. It is not entirely clear to this column whether Davy did any fighting for Texas except on that one occasion, but his effort at the Alamo won him eternal fame as a hero of Texas independence. Some folks do say he's a greater hero in Texas today than he is in Tennessee. * * * SO ALL hail to Davy Crockett —I wish I had a raccoon farm. * * * GETTING out into the great outdoors has been an American habit since way back before the days of Davy. It has carried on until the present. The U, S. Forest Service says that there -will be more folks roamng around in the nation's parks this year than ever before. Some will fish, hunt, swim, ride horses, camp out, go on picnics, loaf, and so forth. Most will leave a lot of litter wherever they go, just to make things more pleasant for those who come along later. * * * LAST YEAR the Foract Service says that the following numbers of folks did the following things in national parks and forests: Some 1,1)19,519 hiked or rode horses. About 2,381,206 camped out. Fishermen numbered 7,403,065. And so forth. Don't ask this column how the- Forest Service arrived at those totals. * * * OUR guess about the above would be as follows: Of those who hiked or rode horses, 1,019,500 had sore feet or sore something else to show for their efforts. Ants bothered 2,381,000 campers. Fish refused to bite for seven million fishermen. Forty million husbands who wanted to spend a vacation in the mountains took their wives to the sea shore, where they all got sunburned. It's all part of the great American saint; oi having a guud tjnie. Mexia Road-E-0 Activity In the recent Road-E-O automobile driving contest sponsored by Mexia Jaycees, Joe Pike (left) and Carl Noles (right) helpud with judging and other activities. Jerry McGee, of Point Enterprise, won the contest and will participate in a statewide contest at Dallas. (Mexia Daily News Photo.) Mona Jo McBeth was one of the Road-E-O contestants and is pictured receiving instructions from Calvin Prowell, chairman of the event, before she demonstrated her driving ability. One purpose of Road-E-O events is io encourage greater traffic •safety practices among young drivers. (Mexia Daily News Photo.) Campire Tonight At Camp Tahuaya; Families Invited CAMP TAHUAYA — (Spl) — Fifty-one Boy Scouts, members of two Mexia Boy Scout Troops, are at Camp Tahuaya for a weeklong adventure with their adult leaders. Troops are those sponsored by the Mexia Lions club and First Christian Church. The Lions club troop occupies the "Mohawk" campsite, and the First Christian troop occupies the 'Fox Hollow" site. Camp Director Dale Hewgley, reminds parents that tonight is visitors night at the camp, and that a special council i'ire is planned. Adult leader attending Camp Tahuaya this week with the Lions Club troop is Leon Flatt. Accompanying the First Christian church troop are its Scoutmaster, J. C. Hawkins, and assistant Scoutmaster E. E. Liles. Scouts attending Camp Tah- uaya with the Lions Club troop are: Bill Bryan, Sumpter Frazier, Larry Doerne, Bob Tyus, Ray Pugh, Don Randall, Rodney Allbright, Reed Jackson, Dick Flatt, Bobby Wasson, Alvie Chrisner, Bubba Fife, Jerry Kinsey, Bobby Goodman, Bobby Hammer, Edmund Vickers, Johnny Johnson, L. B. Johnson, Robert Stephens, and Johnny Neece. Scouts attending Camp Tahua- ya with the First Christian church troop are: B. R. Allen, Brown Blair, Sonnie Ratlifl', Philip Pounder, W. II. Hall, Jimmie Parson, Dickie Person, Gail Gate, Jimmie Waters, Lyndon Stewart, Harry Williams, Gary Talbert, Billy Parker, Danny Isham, Benny Vaughan, Bennie Jones, Btfly Bleakney, Freddie Wilson, Franklin Logan, Freddie Gilbert, Steve Johnston, Lonnie Eslick, Marion DeLo, Don McBay, Lanny Little, John Bennett, Bob Hamilton, Don Smith, Randall Little, Jimmy Lamb, and Edward Baldwin. The office of Postmaster General and a temporary post office system weie ucutcd Sept. 22, Douglas School Graduation Is Scheduled Tonight Ten Douglass Elementary school eighth grade students will re. ceive diplomas tonight in a commencement program to be held in the school auditorium, starting at 8 p.m. The Rev. Louis T. Morgan, principal of the Ben Hur Elementary school, at Mart, will be the principal speaker of the evening. Among events on the evening's program are the following: Invocation by the Rev. M. D. Lamb; salutatory address by Ode Matthews; song by trio, Fairy Delle Easley, Alice Lorene Phillips, and Wilmer Eugene Tucker; reading by Pauline Belcher. Also, piano duet by Ocie Matthews and Rosena Whorton; valedictory address by Rosena Whorton; mixed quartet, Cora Louise Jackson, Clinton Bluitt, Oliver Levingston Jr., and Hester Mae Waters. Principal L. C. Kirven will introduce the main speaker, and will present awards and diplomas to the graduates. CO-EDS IN DUTCH AFTER NIGHT OUT BOULDER, Colo. — (UP) '— Thirty University of Colorado coeds face disciplinary action because they spent a night in a mountain cabin with a group of fraternity men. A university official said "It would have been all right if the overnight had been authorized, but it wasn't." LOS ANGELES MINISTER WILL PREACH HERE The Rev. R. T. Parhams. pastor of the Mount Sinia Baptist church in Los Articles, Calif., and moderator of the West Coast Primitive Baptist Association, will preach at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fords Chapel Primitive Baptist church here. The Rev. R. C. Butcher is piutoi of the Mexia Freed' Fliers In Hawaii; Families Due Ex-Prisoners Get Big Paychecks After Jail Terms HONOLULU — (UP) — Four tired but jubilant American fliers released Monday by the Red Chinese after two years of imprisonment, arrived today for a reunion with their families tomorrow. As they arrived in Hawaii, another plane began winging its way west from Washington, making frequent stops across the United States to pick up family members. The reunion takes place at noon tomorrow when the Military Air Transport Service plane carrying the families, traveling as guests of the Air Force, arrives. The fliers are: Jet ace Capt. Harold E. Rischer, 28, Swa City, Iowa, who was shot down April 7, 1953; Lt. Col. Edwin L. Heller, 36, Wynnewood, Pa,, downed Jan. 13, 1953; Lt. Lyle W. Cameron, Lincoln, Neb., downed Oct. 26, 1953; and Lt. Roland W. Parks, 24, Omaha, Neb., downed Sept. 4, 1952. They flew across the Pacific in the "Bataan," the C-54 transport used by Gen. Douglas MacArthur during and after the Pacific war. A loud but informal welcome greeted the four airmen at Kickam Field. After brief interviews they were to be taken to Tripler Hospital for physical checkups. After that, they were to return to Hickam Air Force Base, for assignment to famiry«ype quarters. Also awaiting the men will be paychecks amounting to $15,000 each for two of the fliers, and be- twrfien $12,000 and $13,000 for the other two. Foirooks Boy Win* Scholarship of County Form Group Jerry Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Williams, of Fairoaks, has been awarded the Limestone County Farm Bureau scholarship for 1955, E. C. Trotter, bureau president, says. Jerry is a 1955 Fairoaks High School graduate with an outstanding record. The scholarship is worth $100 and is offered to the son or daughter of a Farm Bureau member who is interested in obtaining a higher education. At present the Farm Bureau plans to make the award annually to a graduating boy or girl in Limestone county whose parents are Farm Bureau members. Mr. Trotter said his board of directors would like to thank all other applicants for their interest and to thank the school officials in the county for their cooperation. WIMPEE TO SPEAK AT WORTHAM WORTHAM — (Spl) — A. C. Wimpee, associate secretary for Baptist Brotherhood work in Texas, will be the guest speaker for a Brotherhood meeting of the First Baptist church iri Worth am at 8 p.m. tomorrow. The program wil consist of music, films and slides, ar.d object lessons. Men of this area are invited to hear Mr. Wimpee. Automotive Hint Loose hold-down bolts are the source of nearly all body squeaks and rattles in an automobile, so it is a wise plan to tighten these once a month. Ant i - Segregation Ruling Receives Mixed Reaction Polio Vaccine Gets Credit In Waco Case WACO — (UP) — A shot of the Salk anti-polio vaccine is credited with helping an eight- year-old polio victim recover from an attack by the disease, apparently without ill effects. The child, Carolyn Jean Reed, was hospitalized last week with po'.io. She had received the first Salk anti-polio shot a month ago when other school children in the state were getting theirs. Carolyn has returned home. Dr. N. M. Atkins, city-county f health unit director, said he and the girl's doctor are convinced the 1 vaccine helped to speed her recovery. Government officials worked at top speed, meanwhile, in Washington, D. C., to clear the way for the first release of Salk polio vaccine in more than two weeks. They hope to finish the job late today or tomorrow. The vaccine on hand was previously approved but was held up for rechecking three weeks ago. Comparatively few shots will be freed for Immediate inoculations from this supply, since an estimated 90 per cent of the total already has been administered. The release will mark formal resumption of the vaccine clearances after weeks of confusion and delay, however. New batches are expected to flow into the program rapidly. , Dr. W. L. Carrington, Mexia city health officer, and E. E Sims, county school superintendent, both stated today that no further information had been re ccivcd concerning the distribution jand control of Salk polio vaccine It is belieyedj however, -that vaccine distribution will begin in the Mexia area within 60 days. President Eisenhower said yesterday he expects there will be enough vaccine for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to finish inoculating the nation's first and second graders by August 1. AIR HOSE BLAMED IN TRUCK DEATHS SAN FRANCISCO — (UP) — A worn-out air hose has turned up as the most likely clue to the cause of death ride of a moving van which ran away on Nob Hill last Friday, killing seven persons. The worn hose was removed [rom the wreck of the van by mechanics as federal, state, and city investigators .searched for the cause of the tragedy. WILDCAT PLANNED NEAR GROESBECK A 7,500-foot wildcat oil well will be drilled about five mile southeast of Groesb&k by the McAlester Fuel Co., of Magnolia, Ark., to be known as No.' 1 White. The test is planned on a 133- acre tract in the Ju;m Acosta survey and is in the general vicinity of Lawton Oil company's Travis Peak discovery which is producing gas. WELL AFTER ALU IT'S A BIG TOWN CHICAGO — (UP) — The Illinois Bell Telephone Co. says its new Chicago directory, out this week,. is the world's largest. The directory has 2,116 pages and 1,012,000 telephone listings. Poor Eyesight Is Blamed For Juvenile Delinquency NEW YORK, N. Y. —(UP) — Poor vision in children may be the underlying cause of much juvenile delinquency, the National Association for Mental Health says. The association has announced the findings of a teaching supervisor of mentally retarded children. His experiences have been "* follows: 1. The tests in common use in schools do not always detect vision defects in children. 2. Teachers have an arbitrary but unjustified faith in these tests. 3. Defects in vision slow up the development of a child's mentality, give him an IQ which is below his actual mental capacities, and often make him a juvenile delinquent. Frederick Brown, who is in charge of "special classes" at a Floral Park, N. Y., high school, said 30 or more of his mentally retarded cMftvcn, h,«4 btc« vl»5si- fied by school tests as having "perfect vision." Actually the children had been struggling since birth against the crippling handicap of poor vision. Teachers had believed the tests, not the children, however, he said. "The children were convinced that they could not learn from books because they were 'dumb' and were actively hostile towards education in general and teachers in particular," he reported. "Most of these children, after the defects were corrected by glasses, increased their reading ability to nearly normal for their grade level within a year or two," he added. Mr. Brown's report was made to a meeting of psychiatrists more than a year ago. Juvenile delinquency was not a top subject then and no one noticed. It's a top subject now and foi; that reason the National Association for Mental Health re- he report. Historic Limestone Spot This small open chapel stands on one of the most historic spots in Limestone county, at Bethel, about four and • half miles from Shiloh community* The original church built on the site by county pioneers was completed in 1161. The chapel was built in ? 193$ and contain* cedar beams from the original church. as well as the original door. Bethel cemetery is also Jure and members of manyjrioneer families are buried in U. (Mexia fraily New*phoio.) ' '•'' ••••*' " 'v •..;;-• Fifteen Entries In Lion Talent Show On Friday "The Mexia Lions Club talent show promises to be an outstand- ng program," stated co-director Gordon Tyner. The show, made up of local talent, is open to anyone who wishes to compete. Thus far, there arc 15 entries n the contest, all to compete for 550 in prizes. The show will be held Friday night at the city auditorium. There will be entries from many of the surrounding communities as well as Mexia. Entered from Mexia are solo- sts Theresa Carrol. Tommy Rob- :rtson, Bobby Lewis, Martha Westbrook, June Whisenhunt and the Roger Tolson band. Other entries are Fannie Wright of Groesbeck; Donna McCoslin, Jewett; Eward Ware, McGregor; Audis Henson, Groesbeck; The lute Brothers, Jewett; Harlene Byers, Wortham; and Judy Hardison, of Teague. There are two remaining en- Ties which are singing groups. They are The Polka Dots, Roxie Boles, Geraldine Oaks, Sandra Riley, and Jo An McCoslin and quintet .from Teague with Judy Hardison, Chilmer Satterwhite, David Cobb, Terry Lancaster, and Billy Hill. More contestants are expected to enter before Friday. "There will not be a Thursday night rehearsal, but each contestant is asked 4o be backstage by 7:15 Friday night," • announced directors of the show. o Deportment Stores In Southwest Set April Soles Mork DALLAS <•*- (UP) — Dollar volume of sales in Southwest district department stores was the highest for any April of record, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported today. In its Monthly Business Review the bank reported a gain of 10 percent for April over March. April sales were 12 per cent higher than for April, 1954, The greatest gain was registered in home furnishings. District furniture sales were 21 per cent ligher in April a year earlier and seven per cent above March. May rains brightened crop prospects Put came too late to save a .arge part of the wheat crop, the report said. Crude oil production was reduced in May in recognition of an increase in crude stocks and a seasonally lower demand. The .district includes Texas and parts of the states of Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, Mexia School Band Clinic Started Today Mexia High and Ross Elementary school students started to a summer band clinic today. The clinic will run through June 15. "This is the first clinic of this type to be held in Mexia and it should be helpful to those students who wish to participate," stated director Charles Nickcll. Mr. Nickcll will instruct individual classes, using student assistants. All classes are to be held in 4he Black Cat Band hall. A tuition fee of $12 is charged each student for the six weeks course. Classes are to cover all phases of regular band training: sectional, group, ensemble, full band, and marching, "Plans are to set aside two nights & week for the students to come to the band hall and relax and have as much enjoyment as possible out of their learning," Mr. Nickell said. The schedule is as follows: 7:30 until 9 a.m., on Monday and Wednesday, classes for intermediate brass are being held. Tuesday and Thursday, at the same time, will be intermediate woodwinds. From 9 to 10:30 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, will be advanced classes for brass and Tuesday and Thursday, at the same hour will be advanced woodwinds. From 10:30 to 12, Mondays and Wednesdays, classes will be held for intermediate band. Tuesday and Thursday classes, at this time, will be advanced band. Classes for general percussion will be arranged at a later date. This program is set up so as not to conflict with other scheduled activities of the summer, and further enrollment will be accepted until the middle of next week, Notion's Formers Living Better, Government Soys WASHINGTON, D. C—(UP)— The Agriculture Department reported today that farm families are living better than they did in 1945—some 34 per cent better. The report was based on level, of-living indexes for four key items—percentages of farms with electricity, with telephones and with automobiles, and the value of products sold from these farms. The department said farm levels-of-living have been going up since 1930, the first year for which the incl^s. uve Mexia Schools Wil! Await State Orders _ BY UNITED PRESS The Supreme Court's order giving states a breathing spell to prepare for desegregated schools is being widely acclaimed in the South but there arc some shouts of "tyranny" also. In all but four states, public officials expressed relief that the court's order recognized that there arc serious local problems involved in educating white and Negro children together. Gov. Marvin Griffin, of Georgia declared, however, Iliat so long as his state continues to operate its schools they will remain segregated "the federal courts to the contrary notwithstanding." State* Plan Opposition Officials of Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana are relying on plans recently set up by their legislatures, or by constitutional amendments, to withstand years of anticipated legal action. In Austin, Attorney General John Ben Shcppcrd has said Texas will use "every legal remedy" against the Supreme Court order. Gov. Allan Shivers took a milder stand. In Mexia today, Supt. C. S. Hereford said that no action will be taken by the local school system until official word is received from the Texas Education Agency- ** The education agency has jurisdiction from the state IcvelsBy- cr Texas public schools. ^ The Texas Commmissioncf "of Education, Dr. J. W. Edgar, itas indicated local school boards will have fo determine what actioft™is prompt and reasonable according to their own localities. On Jan. 1,-this yew, Texas had a Negro scholastic population of 240,240. At the same Win*, it had 1,607,760 white students. About 95 per cent of the total was in public schools at the time. The National Association for the Advancement of. Colored, People, meanwhile, called a strategy meeting in Atlanta, Ga., for Saturday to plan it* next,move. By its previous announcements of preparation for possible,, state- by-state challenge, the Negro Association has indicated it might discuss future legal moves at the Atlanta meeting. While white officials of most deep South and border states expressed relief at the mildness of the Supreme Court's order, officials of the holdout states repeated their vows of resistance. Drouth Problems discussed In Secret Conference DENVER, Colo. — (UP) — Drouth problems with "impossible" solutions arc on the agenda for discussion today and Thursday during a secret conference among farm experts, officials from 10 arid western states, and Agriculture Department executives. Harry Clark, public information official from Washington, said that certain problems of the drouth would be discussed ut the meetings, and that it was desired that these would not be made public "to be kicked around for political purposes." Agriculture Secretary Ezra T. Benson made a tour of drouth- damaged areas in the Great Pl'ains\ states last month. He is to attend, the conference. • i • - O . .-. ... METHODISTS MBT FOR CONFERENCE DALLAS — (UP) -. The an. nual North Texas Methodist Conference, which covers a 21-county area with a membership of 126,310, opened today in Dallas and continues through Sunday. Bishop William CT Martin, of Dallas, will announce pastoral . assignments for UHJ year on Sunday. The conference also is ex* pcctcd to name 9 fuUtiuie rural church co-ordmatof, Connecticut was the first state to have a written constitution, the Fundamental Order*, in 1W9. I? »•••••• QV- ThtwtrU •* a* w Uvinf ui it

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