Enterprise-Journal from McComb, Mississippi on February 4, 1955 · Page 1
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McComb, Mississippi
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Friday, February 4, 1955
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- f McCOMB TO TOO OURNAI J Br OLIVER EMMERICH Fred Sullens, who admits that he is more than 75 years old, is writing as much copy-now as he did 50 years ago. . Said TVrrl tn thic x7T-4to -re cently, "I don't claim to be a good editor but I know full well that I'm a good reporter. No one can argue with me on this score." Neither can anyone say that as an editor that he has been unnoticed, nor ' that people do' not read what he writes.,, Representative "Doc" Car- ruth says, "I'm not representing the railroads in the legislature. I'm representing the people. But I've got sense enough to know that my people's biggest source of employment is with the I. C. Railroad. Doc was instrumental in helping kill a bill which would have slapped a 3 sales tax on fuel used by the railroads, a tax which would be unfair because the sales tax should be applied to finished products - not the raw materials that go into the production of finished products. $ . Two heroic souls were prominent in the Tunica tornado one a Negro school teacher who hustled a half dozen children into a large , hollow log, saving their lives, losing her own. The other was the white woman who , remained near a little Negro child for 36 hours a little Negro girl who died and on whose death warrant was written "Unidentified". Governor White says that prohibition in Mississippi is a farce. Fred Sullens adds that a state police force of 5,000 men cannot enforce it. No one can logically argue with the governor nor with Fred Sullens on these two points. Sf 3 V H The average daily attendance in the schools of Pike County during the past session (1953-54 was 7,120. This included 3,417 colored children and 3,703 white children. The population of the county is 5,137. This means that one county was in school last year. . The 7,120 -average daily attendance out of 35,137 people suggests that all of the people in the county between the . ages of 6 and 18 comprise only 20' of the people Or were some of them out of school? ? In Greenville, Tenn., is a 13- . year old child bride who is her own grandma. She is the mother-in-law of her own mother and father and the stepmother of her own stepmother and stepfather. Her children will be her own great grandchildren. As a matter of fact, she is her own grandma. ' 4f No doubt the above paragraph sounds crazy. If it does, then it is a crazy reality. When this editor first read the news( report that Betty Lou Willis early last Saturday had married the 43-year-old father of a son and daughter whom her parents had married and divorced, he nearly went crazy trying to figure out the truth of this reality. And in truth Betty Lou is her own stepgrandma. Instead of playing a. game of scrabble or canasta take time to play this game of Betty Lou. It's lots of fun if you don't get frustrated and leap out of an upstairs, bedroom window. ' ' '. Here's something which may or may not have occurred to the .legislators. After we have scraped the barrel and equalized elementary educational facilities in Mississippi we will still be confronted with the problem of equal but separate facilities in the field of higher education. . Rosalie, the colored maid who overheard this writer say that he preferred his coffee black, with no cream or sugar, remarked. "You takes your coffee barefooted." Si The statement was made today, "You can't get something for nothing." A. W.. Heffner, Blue Cross and Blue Shield salesman spoke up and said, "You can't? Well go down to the warehouse where they are distributing free government commodities and you'll find more than one hundred people in line." AN ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY : vK ; i . . X - : V ' CENTENARY REVIVALIST Bishop Marvin A. Franklin of the Jackson Area cf the Methodist Church, including both the "Mississippi fend "North Mississippi" conferences, will preach a series of revival services at Centenary Methodist Church in McComb, starting at 11 a. m. Sunday. During the week, services will be held at 8 a. m. and 7 p. Pastor ; E. W. Ulmer said. Principal J. D. Prince of Mc Comb High School will lead song! services for the revivaC Rev. Ul mer and his congregation are ex tending an invitation to the pub lie to attend and participate. Long's Physical Shape For Race Is Called Tine BATON ROUGE JP) Former Gov. .Earl Long said Thursday he is in fine ' physical shape for the 1956 Louisiana gubernatorial rnce. His personal physician agrees. Long told newsmen in Baton Rouge he is completely recovered from the heart attack he suffered five years ago vvhile governor. , Earlier in the week Rep. George - Long, - his brother, suggested a strenuous : campaign might cause a fatal relapse. George .who is eyeing the race himself, urged people to "vote against Earl if you love him." . Dr. Robert Bernhart. Earl I Long's personal physician for 15 years, , gave him a clean bill of j health. The doctor said Long's ' "heart muscle is fine, his blood ! pressure is good and his physical condition is as good as . I have ever known." : - On another sector of, the Louisiana political front, 'once-defeated Earl Long candidate Carlos Sphat said a lot of people have been talking to him about run ning for governor of Louisiana again. - The 48-year-old attorney said in Baton Rouge tpday that some say he should run again and some say he shouldn't. He said he hadn't made a decision as yet. Spaht lost to Gov. Robert Ken-non in the 1952 race. This time Earl Long himself and three others, have signaled intentions to run in the 1956 race. They are Lieut Gov. C. E. Barham, James McLemore and state revenue collector I-'ufus W. Fontenot. Public Invited To Free Concert Of Sacred Music, Songs Sunday School Band, Local Choirs Star McComb High School Band will furnish a major part of the city-wide Sacred Concert to be held at 3 p. m.. Sunday, Feb. 6, in the High School Auditorium. The concert, under the direction of Band Director Herbert Dieckmc'.nn, will feature a musical program presented by the band arid a chorus composed of singers from the church choirs of McComb. The public concert is free. , The band will be particularly featured in the third part of the hour-long, four-part program. ' The band will play with the chorus in the first and final part and will play alone in the third part of the program. The chorus will number . 56 members. The band, using only member; in the High School, will number 70 musicians. . For the concert Sunday, the band personnel will be as follows: Kenneth Andrews, Maxine Badon, Nancy Barnette .Eulaila Beecher, Billy Boyd, Karen Brewer, Martha Brewer, Bren- The One Newspaper in the ENTERPRISE ESTABLISHED I88S JOURNAL. R9TAB1 ISHED ISOa Legislative Progress Estimated By Pike County Representatives In Interviews At State Capitol By JOHN O. EMMERICH JR. Pike County's two members of; the Mississippi House of Representatives ventured their estimates on the progress of the speeial session Thursday as the Legislature wound up its fourth week of arguments. Representatives Hansford L. Simmons and George S (Doc) Carruth voiced their opinions yesterday , in an interview as the Legislature sat in the Mississippi Capitol. " () 'Doc' Carruth Pleads Industries Like I. C. Rep. Carruth, still serving his first term as Pike County representative, described himself in an interview Thursday as being particularly vigilant against unjust tax. encroachments on the Illinois Central Railroad. Rep. Carruth said he is in accord with the objectives of Mississippi's Balance Agriculture with Industry program for bringing new industry into the state. "But we must not lose sight, of the interest in our old industry", he said. Rep. Carruth recently took the floor to aid in defeating a tax measure which would have added $100,090 to the taxes paid in Mississippi by the railroad. "The tax was as unjust as it could be. I tied up legislation for two days personally," he said. The I.C.R.R. provides stud bulls, forestry agents, and other types of community development agencies, Rep. Carruth said. It realizes that when the community prospers, the railroad prospers. . The tax would have added a tax on the fuel of railroad engines, he said, though 1954 legislation previously hiked railroad taxes $300,000 through a two mill ad valorem tax. 3 'Bonus Opposed Rep. Carruth said he was voting against the pending measure to give a three-dollar bonus appropriation to negro students because it would "descredit people in counties who have made previous progress in negro education." , It would reward those who in the past have refused negro educational development, he added. If the sales tax bill had been passed in its entirety, it would (Continued on Page Six) f GEORGE S. CARRUTH, da Bronson, Stanley Burt, James Cabler nd Butch- Calvert. Lynwood Carr, Sarah Frances Carr, Shelton Carter, Billy Cri-der, Carolyn Davis, Louise Davis, Jimmy Davis, James Dunn, Frank Faris, Lonnie Frazier and James Gentry. Patricia Greer, Joy Guy, Louis Guy, Alice Hales, Tommy Hen-nington, Barbara Jo Hughes, Donna Jones, Robert Jones,' Sylvia Lawrence and Joyce Laws. James Lenoir, Peggy Ann Lewis, Betty Jo Lloyd, Sarah Lockhard, Jocile Martin, Ani-tra Mathews, Bud Milling, Kath-erine M;xon, Jessie Mulkey and June McDaniel. Kenneth McGehee, Bobby Mc-Guffee, Tomraye Lou McMilUon, Billy Neville, James Morris O'Neal, Martha Prestridge, Gene Price, Sandra Ray Reeves, Sylvia Reeves, John Gordon Roach, Laura Frances Rodgers, Charles Rueff, and Dorothy Sanders. Linda Schilling, Delores Scott, Tommy Simmons, Patsy Smith, Paul Statham, Kay Stringer, (Continued on Page Two) CONSOLIDATED JUNK 1048 Tno move in house rep. summons declares Rep. Hansford Simmons, veteran Pike legislator in the Mississippi House of Representatives " and Senate, thinks the special session is going according to form. V It looks sometimes like things HANSFORD L. SIMMONS are going slowly, but legislation goes slowly," Rep. Simmons said Thursday. "You can't hurry it up." Legislation concerning segregation which is being considered in the session will affect . us 100 years from now, he said. The Legislature must have time to be sure. -Nothing is being drawn out, he said, for the problems are very weighty. "In his personal life, a man takes time to figure out his problems," Rep. Simmons said. The Pike legislator, who labels himself "a progressive conserva- tive," thinks the Legislature might fall short of the $20,000,000 tax increase which currently is being considered as the minimum necessary to provide for equalization. He predicted that $17,000,000 will wind up as the amount of tax increase voted. House "Independent On the question of what section of the state is controlling this legislative session, Rep. Simmons said he thought no single section is in the driver's seat. Sometimes, he said, it looks as if there is division between the hill counties and the Delta, but on the next day's vote's thedivision may change completely. "This is one of the most independent bodies I have ever been in." the veteran. Pike legislator said. 3 Commenting on the bill pending Thursday on the House flour, designed to give a three-dollar bonus appropriation to negro students to aid in schol construction, Rep. Simmons said that he would vote against the bill. - He has no objection to helping the negro, he said, but already a (Continued on Page Eight) 1955 Heart Campaign Is Now In Progress Pike Leader Reminds The 1955 Heart Fund drive is in process now, according to an announcement today by Dr. Tom Mayer, Heart Fund chairman for Pike County. The drive will continue through February. Its objective . is to raise funds with which to combat diseases of the heart and circulation through research, education and community service. "Hope is the keynote and foundation cf the heart movement," said Dr. Mayer. "And just as we are hopaful ' that medical science will ultimately bring the heart diseases under control, we also have every reason to be hopeful the local campaign will quickly attain its goal.; I "The ' people of this community have always responded generously to important appeals, and the Heart Fund is certainly a-mong the most vital causes since it concerns the welfare of every citizen's heart." He pointed out that many volunteer workers soon will report, and a number of anticipated major contributions are yet to come in. 1 The campaign is sponsored by the Mississippi Heart Association, an affilate of the Amercan Heart Association. World Most McCOMB, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1955 In Mississippi Warning Of Tornado Approach May Close Schools At Tupelo TUPELO, W. D. Allen, superintendent of Tupelo Schools said, Thursday he will bring up for discussion at the next school .board meeting the possibility of dismissing classes when "specific tornado warnngs are received " , Mi-. Allen said in view of the ;accuracy of tornado forecasting, dismissa1 of classes might be justified. . j He added, he would be willing to dismiss classes only if the warnings mentioned Tupelo specifically as in the tornado path. ' Should the warning mention possible tornadoes, along a line from Greenville to Tupelo or 30 miles north or south of that line, Mr. Allen said, dismissals might be justified. ' Mr. Allen's comment came af ter two Negro schools, one at pommerce Landing and , one near Lewisburg, were flattened Tues day in a storm. Indictments To Be Dropped ; JACKSON () The U. S. Clerk in Jackson said Thursday motions have been filed to dis miss "job sales" indictments a gainst I've members of the Mis sissippi Democratc Committee. I The motions involve Frank Mize, Clarence Hood, Forrest Jackson, "James Wilkinson and Margaret L. Yelverton. They were among 12 charged (Continued on Page Five) I - TELLS GRID SCHEDULE Melvin Hemphill, athletic director ' and head football coach of the McComb Schools for the past four years end who has been reelected for the 1955-56 session by the school board, today announced a 10-game varsity football schedule and other gridiron data considered of vital interest to local fans.' Coach Hemphill, who doubles in high school classroom work and assists in basketball, baseball and track as well as leading the football coaching, was in , the Centreville, Amory and Clarksdale schools before coming to McComb in 1951. He is, a graduate of Delta State. The varsity foobtall schedule for 1955 is announced as follows: Sept. 16 Bogalusa, here. Sept. 23 Natchez, there. Sept. 30 Jackson Central, there. Oct. 7 Biloxi, here. Oct 14 Gulf port, there. Oct. 21 Hattiesburg, here. . Oct. 28 Laurel, there. Nov. 4 Columbia, there. - Nov. 11 Provine of Jackson (one of that city's two new high -schools), here. Nov. 24 Brookhaven, here. -A nucleus of some nine letter- men is expected to be on hand when next football season arrives, but details of these men, and a group of additional pros pects numbering 40 or more, will be told in connection with Spring training, which will begin in the near future. In addtion to . the varsity games, Coach Hemphill said oth er schedules are presently as follows; B TEAM Sept. 2 Liberty varsity, here. Sept. 9 Progress, here. Sept. 29 Hazelhurst, here. Oct. fi Brookhaven. here (7:30 p. m.) Oct. 13 to be filled. Oc t.20 Gillsburg, here. Oct. 27 to be filled Nov. 3 Centreville, here. Nov. 18 Natchez B, there. JUNIOR HIGH Sept. 22 Natchez, here. Oct. 17 to be filled. Oct. 31 Natchez, there. Nov. 10 to be filled. Nov. 17 to be filled. Interested in thi lS RE-ELECTED PRINCIPAL J. D. Prince, associated with the McComb City Schools for several years, first as a science teacher and for the past two years as principal of the high school, has been re-elected to the latter job by action of the McComb School Board. New Mississippi laws require that all principals of his schools and elementary schools be chosen in February, the board was informed at its meeting of Thursday night. All other principals of McComb's schools were likewise re-elected Thursday night. . They are: Mrs. J. J. Moak, East McComb School; Miss Ruth Cannon, Grammar School; Miss Aylene Hunt, North McComb School; Mrs. C. T. Munn, South McComb School. C. D. Higgins, Burglund School. Principal Prince is a native of Greenwood and attended school there and at Millsaps College. Red Chinese Are In U. S. Even As Sen. Eastland's By Howard Suttle (Enterprise - Journal Washington Bureau) WASHINGTON The Senate Internal Security subcommittee of which Mississippi . Senator James O. Eastland is chairman, has re leased a report chareimr that agents of Red China are publicly propagandizing in this country even as President Eisenhower tells the American people to prepare for trouble there. The charges were based on testimony taken at recent hearings of the subcommittee, i , " "These propaganda agents," the subcommittee's report .stated, "are American citizens. They were' born American citizens, they were educated here they have even been employes of our government. They are members of a little group that went to China at the expense of our taxpayers and remained there after the Communists took over, living under the protection of the Red government." The subcommittee named John W. Powell, his wife Sylvia Campbell Powell, and William Hinton. Mr. and Mrs. Powell went to China at the. expense of the taxpayers. Mrs. Powell was on the UNRRA payroll. Her husband was with OWI. Both remained in China where they were associated in the publication of the China-Review which the Reds used as a propaganda sheet in attempting to indoctrinate American prisoners of war. Hinton was employed by a provincial government in Red China. Plead Fifth Amendment The Powells and Hinton took refuge behind, the fifth amendment when they wrere brought before the Internal Security Subcommittee." Powell was summoned before the subcommittee twice but sub-peona servers were unable to locate him the second time. Mrs. Powell said she did not know his whereabouts. A dozen or more former prisoners of war testified before the subcommittee that they were forced by their captors to read China Review. Mrs. Delores Gill, whose husband Lt. Charles Gill, died in a Korean prison camp, said she had learned he was actually dying the day Powell wrote her an encouraging letter about his welfare. Maj. Clarence L. Anderson, an Army doctor, and a former prison WEATHER SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI Rain today and tonight, ending 'Saturday. Moderate to f resh sou-theasterb' and east winds becoming southerly Saturday forenoon, shifting to northerly Saturday afternoon and decreasing. High today 60-64, low tonight 52-56. High Saturday 64-68. n tX. D. VcCAin i DEPT. OF ARCHIVES AKD HISTORY m jACKSoa, mss. Exchangites Elect Three Netf Members To Board Of Control Election of three members to the club's Board vof Control Thursday was announced by the McComb Exchange Club. Exchangites selected by ballot of the membership to serve on the directorate were George H. Guy, Clyde S.' Simmons and Es-co Williams. Others on the Board of Control. of Exchange are Philip Brady, George Shamis, Richard H. Spinning, Dr. C. B. Sauls," President Jack Martin Vice-President Monroe Reeves, Secretary Jim Towns and Treasurer Warren H. Wild. State Man Has Found Happiness In Soviet At Least He Said It MOSCOW, USSR (JP) The U. S. Embassy in Moscow today quoted a 32-year old Water Valley, Miss .native who deserted the U. S. Army for political refuge in Russia as saying he was "quite satisfied" with conditions of life in the Soviet Union. The embassy. identified the man as William Clayton Turneri who has bee a listed as absent without leave since Oct. 9 from his unit in Mainz, Germany. In a letter to Army officials Turner asked for "the possibility to live and work in the Soviet Union." Frank Eiscoe of Trenton, N. J., first secretary of , the American Embassy, confirmed today Turner had met with him Jan. 31 at Kharkov. Turner refused to answer questions, but read a brief prepared statement saying he - had everything he wanted. Propagandizing Trouble Brews, Committee Says er, said that Lt. Gill starved to death because medicine needed for the treatment of his condition could not be obtained. However, they had no trouble in getting the China Review; that was delivered by the bundle, Maj. Anderson told the subcommittee. Powell, the major declared, "was a maker of propaganda. He didn't just go along with it; he made it, he manufactured the stuff." Another officer, Lt. Col. Carl L. Aubrey, who was captured in 1951, said Powell "made Benedict Arnold look like an amateur." Major , Anderson also testified, said the Red indoctrination program of which the China Review was a part, had a tremendous effect on all prisoners. While it didn't convert them, it was effective, he said, in neutralizing them as an effective propaganda group. Seek Stronger Laws Senator Eastland indicated that the subcommittee will seek stronger laws to reach propagandists like the Powells. (Continued on Page Five) 4 H j! t P 1 :l 4, K I- TWO OUT OF HUNDREDS, REMEM3ERED BY SERGE Among the scores of women in his life, murdered financier Serge Rubinstein remembered only two in his will with bequests of $10,000 each. Singer Betty Reed (left), described as the convicted draft-dodger's "biggest heart interest" in the last few years and who wept openly at his funeral, was left that sum, as was. his private secretary of 15 years. Mary Payne (right) who is shown in a radiophoto from Paris where she was spending a year's leave from her job". Rubinstein's butler and another secretary were also remembered, but the bulk of his $10.-000,000 fortune was left to his two small daughters. His mother is to receive $1,000 a month for the rest of her life. NEA Tele- photo. t 65TH YEAR NO. 150 U. S. Is Warned China Reds May Precipitate War m . By The Associated Press A search has begun for some new formula to end the China costal fighting. . Communist China's rejection of a United Nations invitation to debate in New York appeared Friday to have ruled out any immediate hope of a UN cease-fire. Some thought the Communists might be willing to meet somewhere outside the UN as in the Geneva meetings, but prompt criticism was heard in Washington. Current View At the moment, here is the situation: , ; The Communists hold the China mainland. The Nationalists are V just as firmly situated on Formosa and the outlying Pescadores Islands. In immediate dispute are a series "of small islands lying just off the Communist coast but occupied by Nationalist troops or sympathizers. These include the Tachen Islands north of Formosa and others along 200 miles of coast south of Matsu and Quemoy, two islands strategically located outside Communist seaports. Que-moy particularly is engaged in frequent artillery duels with Communist gunners on Amoy island. It is the fate of these islands and others like them which is being' debated in an effort to avoid any more actual fighting. The commander cf the U. S. Far East air forces Gen. Earle Partridge, said Friday the Chinese Communists have the capacity to start a war if they want one. "We must be ready to fight." Gen. Partridge said. Gen. Partridge is in Formosa at present. He flew in from Tokyo to check on the status of U. S. jet fighter units on the Nationalist headqjarters island. , . At a news conference, Partridge was asked at one point whether U. S. aircraft in Formosa would fight if attacked. But cn this he was silent. He said: "I don't care to discuss our rules of engagement." Their Planes On Scene The , Far East Air Forces chief said the Chinese Communists and the Russians together could put about 8,000 planes into a war in . the Far East. The general acknowledged that this number is much larger than our own air forces there. But, he said: "In combat we could take care of them." In London, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden warned today that any Communist attempt to seize the coastal islands would endanger world peace and security. Britain has indicated that agreement might be reached for voluntary withdrawal from Quemoy and Matsu. The U. S. Seventh Fleet has been standing by to cover a possible withdrawal from the Tachens. m. fc. I A . .

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