Enterprise-Journal from McComb, Mississippi on December 7, 1956 · Page 1
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RPR. OURNAL ii"' The One Newspaper in the World ft crested in this Community MeGOMB ENTE HEADLINES i By OLIVER EMMERICH Go to your front door. Or to vour back door. Look out. Behold in front of you is something which millions of people in the world would marvel to see. For example most of the people of Texas cannot view the gorgeous fall colors This autumn is the most colorful this area has had in 15 years. Yet without calling it to the attention of some of our people they would not behold it. Note the golden shades the marvelous reds, the deep greens, the purplish shades, the in finite variety of colors. If the wonderful colors of this autumn could not be seen except through the purchase of tickets there would be a run on the box office And the tickets would be worth $100.00 each. God is the actor on the stage. We are the spectators And just think the shew is free This is Pearl Harbor Day a day of infamy. Now that 15 years have passed by the tragic and historic day can be viewed less passionate ly. The United States must share the blame for that event. Top flight Washington politicos, includ ing Franklin Roosevelt, were " so determined to break U." S. neu trality that insults were hurled at Japan. Pearl Harbor was left undefended. Like a bully ready for a fight U. S officialdom stuck out our noses and said, "Hit us. We dare you." This does not lessen the infamy of the Japanese crime But it reveals a vast void of statesmanship and pigheaded politics in the U. S. which history will charge against the White House of that era. And just think 15 years later the people who attacked us are regarded as our allies in Asia and the people whom we aided, the Chinese, maintain a closed door to citizens of the U. S. A. A iruck smashed into a train in Neshoba County- and the freight ear which was directly hit was loaded with blackstrap molasses. The iwo men in the iruck narrowly escaped death. Had ihey been injured severly there would be nothing funny about this accident. But with no one badly hurt and molasses strewn over the truck, the driver, the pavement and the railroad train, while not sweetening the dispositions of the people involved did provide dessert for the birds and the bees. It is uncomfotta'b'Ii'io' have" Sticky feeling on one lone finger. But imagined getting that., stuff down your neck. It was doubtless not a woman driver who said, "Will you look how closely that maniac is driving ahead of me." Count the few shopping days left before Christmas and become panicky. Many a newspaper these days Is carrying more publicity for the Clinton, Tennessee, school than is carried for its own hometown schools. The Illinois Central's engineers can tell you the efficiency attained through fuel consumption on both their steam and Diesel locomotives. What do you suppose is the efficiency of our total citizenship as applied to the task of making this a better place in which to live. This is the "Camellia City of America." If you do not believe t then look around you at, the blooming camellias. The camellias make it springtime in the fall in this neck of the woods. Here we have autumn shades plus blossom colors that rival the floral rainbows of the springtime. Vance Tarver Given Thrill Of Life At Wahabi Ceremonial Vance Tarver, 16, whose legs lad to be amputated after he was :aught in a grass fire at the age of 10 and whose rehabilitation since has been a special project of the Southwest Mississippi Shrine Club, yesterday participated in activities of the Winter Ceremonial of Wahabi Temple in Jackson like a Shrine novice. He was taken to Jackson via ambulance in a convoy that included hundreds of Shriners and a large class of novices. He has long been an honorary member of the local Shrine Club and attends its meetings. The boy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tarver of McComb, lived at Ruth when he was burned. They appealed to the local Shriners for aid and the club responded by placing the youth in the Crippled Children's Hospital of the order at Shreveport. The Shriners have sponsored him from that time. Tarver now attends McComb High School in his specially-built wheelchair. AN ASSOCIATED PRESS McCfaren Shows Mettle mem's Issues7 lefoire Sobfiis Tsii kfl A brave legislator, deserted at the last minute by his contempo raries in the state legislature, ven tured into the lair of McComb's Business and Professional Women at the regular meeting and came away the victor: State Representative L. S. Mc Claren, invited to appear before the club with Senator Mayes Mc- Gehee and Rep. George S. Carruth, found himself alone as unexpected complications prevented the pres ence of his contemporaries. Man fully, he rose to the challenge of the occasion and explained why he had failed to support legisla tion which would strengthen Mis sissippi's marriage laws, give jury service to women, and renew the appropriation for the Civil De fense program. On J. P. System He even got in a word in behalf of the Justices of the Peace, currently under fire in the state, advocating retention of the system as a basic part of "people's government", although he admitted many improvements could doubtless be made. With Mrs. Nell, Gay as modera tor a panel of B&PW members composed of Mmes. Agnes Page, Wilda Abbott and Mary Cain, assisted by Mrs. Walton Burt, fired questions at Rep. McCIaren concerning his opposition , to jury ser vice for women, marriage laws, etc. The matter of stricter marriage laws resolved itself, he said, into a clash of legislative personalities with the Wa'ter Sillers supporters on one side and those of William Winter on the other. The fight for House Speakership had created a great deal of division, he said, and the stalwarts on the Sillers team began to offer amendments which resulted in the watering down of the bill to the place where it could perform no beneficial service. He said he could not support the watered down version but would sup port a bill designed to offer better protection of youth through birth certificates, blood tests, etc Bill 'Watered Down' The Jury Service for Women bill, too, was emasculated he said. "As the bill was finally offered to the House," he said, "women would have been permitted to serve only on cases involving minor offenses. Murder, rape, etc., were cases too sordid for the delicate ears of women, it seemed. And an other thing, it exempted so many women that we decided the only women who would serve would be busybodies who were there more out of curiosity than anything. I would favor a properly written bill. I believe women would make conscientious jurors and many a time I've wished for women on my juries!" The Civil Defense appropriation was merely providing salaries for a few people, he said, and served China To Urania Wis ons TaEce Llotiirncoa Home; flflan By STANLEY MEISLER NEW ORLEANS (P) - The family of Aaron Wilson, convinced he is sick and in the hands of God, today took the turncoat home to the Louisiana logging town of Urania. After 6V2 years of the Army, a Korean prison camp and Communist China, the 24-year-old Wilson embraced his crying parents at a New Orleans airport last night. He appeared confused and weary, his tired eyes staring ahead and his lips continually parted. When he stepped down from the plane ,he did not notice his family and walked in the other direction. But his parents, sisters, brother, uncles and aunts ran to him and clutched, him wildly. "Oh, thank God. We love you," cried his mother Mrs. Henry Wilson. Holds Mother's Hand ' Since he and another American who changed his mind about living in Red China reached Hong Kong Nov. 23, Wilson has told reporters only, "I just want to go home." Last night he kept silent and held his mother's hand. The family, which had driven six hours from Urania in northern Louisiana, quickly took Wilson to a waiting car. "He's a sick man," said a sister Mrs. R. W. Rogers. "We know that. We don't want him to work or anything. We have found out a lot of things rbout this. We want him to get we'l." DAILY ENTKRPRISC ESTABLISHED t8 JOURNAL ESTABLISHED 101 Fob thk no worthwhile purpose. He felt the money was wasted. He indicated he would support a bill providing scholarships for student nurses on the same basis as doctor's scholarships are writ ten; highway safety laws which will increase highway safety with out creating a politically controlled police body; and expressed opposition to Governor Coleman's proposed special session. "I see no need for such a session," he said. Mrs. Clyde Fugate, in whose hospitable home the meeting was held Monday night, served delici ous ambrosia, fruit cake, salted nuts and a choice of tea or coffee at conclusion of the program. The program was planned and introduced by Mrs. Virginia Stev ens. During the brief business ses sion which preceded the program Mrs. Wilda Abbott, president, reminded members of the Christmas party which will be held, in keeping with annvial custom, at the home of Past President Mary Cain in Summit on the night of December 17. The Summit Sun Pike Red Cross Drives To Help Hungarian Weedy A quota of $617 has been set by the board of directors of the Pike County chapter, American Red Cross, in the special campaign to assist Hungarian refugees, M. H. Wall Jr., Pike chapter chairman, said today. The American Red Cross has been asked to conduct a special campaign for $5,000,000 to aid the refugees from Communist horror, Mr. Wall said. Accordingly, he added a special meeting of the local board was called and its members agreed to seek the quota of $317. ' , .' Contributions may be mailed to American Red Cross. P. OT Box 740, McComb, or'they may be made to Mrs. Frank Ballard, executive secretary of the Pike Chapter, at offices in the Masonic Temple. "Because of the massive retaliation against the people of Hungary by the Russian Army, many children have found themselves homeless and without parents," Mrs. Ballard said today. "Many persons in the United States are adopting or sponsoring Hungarian children. "Anyone interested in adopting or sponsoring a refugee under 18 is urged to write directly to Pierce J. Garety, deputy administrator, Refugee Relief Act, Dept. of State, Washington 25, D. C, for detailed information." , "It is out of our hands anyway," his mother added. "It belongs to God." Another prisoner who once chose to stay in Red China but changed his mind also welcomed Wilson. He was Richard Tenneson of Alden, Miss., who returned to the United States. Tenneson, who has visited the Wilson family for two weeks, was very articulate with reporters, as he discussed problems that Wilson must face as he readjusts. The family was thankful for Tenneson's help. But Mrs. Rogers carefully explained" that the family would not depend solely on him. Faith and the many books they have read on brainwashing will be their main weapons against Aaron's sickness, she said. The family kept fearful that the excitement would hurt Aaron's 52-year-old father, who came along against a doctor's advice. Uncle Gets Excited Clarence Wilson an uncle, swung at a television announcer moving close to the family group. The microphone flew out of the announcer's hand and struck a policeman on the nose. The officer immediately hustled the uncle off the airfield. Wilson was released from Red China with another turncoat, Ar-lie Pate, 26, who returned to Car-bondale, 111., yesterday. So far, six of the 21 who once decided to slay have come home. One has I died in China. Seemed! Sick CONSOLIDATED JUNE 1S4S ; r ' I V ! 3" .-MP' ; k : : . ' FAY IMHOFF, wife of Lawrence Imhoff, former Ohio representative, is shown in Washington at task of addressing the 7,500 invitations to the four inaugural balls which will be held in the capital Jan. 21. She's the official calligrapher. That's a person who writes good. The Eisenhowers and Nixons will show up at all four, which is an incentive to lay out $15 per head. (International Soutviphoto) MEC Program Outlined CoiElElll siieSSes I Devebpsioiit Contest JACKSON Communities of this section of the state Thursday were told how to win cash while carrying cut a program of self -improvement, by participating in the $30,-000, three-year Hometown Development Program, at a meeting in Brookhaven. Area Business Was Reported Up For Month STATE COLLEGE, Miss. Business activity in the McComb district rose 4 per cent during October as compared with Octo ber 1955, according to the current issue of the Mississippi Business Review, monthly publication of the Business Research Station of the School of Business and Indus try at State College. District indicators showed the following increases: bank debits, 3 per cent; money orders issued, 2 per cent; postal receipts, 5 per cent; telephones in service, 10 per cent; In McComb McComb reported an increase of 3 per cent in business activity during October as compared with October 1955. Indicator changes were as follows: bank debits, up 3 per cent; money orders issued, down 2 per cent; postal receipts, up 9 per cent; telephones in service up 5 per cent; electeric connections, up 1 per cent; gas connections, up 5 per cent. - Business activity in Brookhaven fell 1 per cent during October below that for October 1955. Indi cator changes are as follows: tele phones in service, up 5 per cent; electric connections, up 1 per cent; gass connections, up 3 per cent; and city tax collections, down 3 per cent. Data showed that business acti vity in Columbia rose 9 per cent during October as compared with October 1955. Indicator changes are as follows: bank debits, up 11 per cent; money orders issued, up 4 per cent; postal receipts, down 2 per cent; telephones in service, up 25 per cent; gas connections, up 3 per cent; and city sales tax col lections, up 7 per cent. In Magnolia Magnolia reported an increase of 2 per cent in business activity during October as compared with October 1955. Indicator changes are as follows: bank debits, up 6 per cent; money orders issued, down 2 per cent; postal receipts, down 17 per cent; telephones in service, up 3 per cent; and gas connections, up 4 per cent. Business activity in Monticello fell 2 per cent during October as compared with October 1955. Indicator changes are as follows: bank debits, down 8 per cent; telephones in service, up 18 per cent; electric connections, up 3 pre cent; and gas connections, up 5 per cent. Prentiss reported an increase of 4 per cent in gas connections, during October as campared with October 1955. In Summit Summit reported an increase of 9 per cent in business activity during October as compared with October 1955. Indicator increases are as follows: bank debits, 9 per cent; telephones in service, 13 per cent; electric connections, 3 per cent; and gas connections, 4 per cent. Business activity in Tylertown rose 12 per cent during October as compared with October 1955. Indicator increases are as follows: money orders issued, 5 per cent; postal receipts, 20 per cent; and telephones in service, 20 per cent. tn M O r: fx: C o o o tn x f ; i ' r 1 " ' ; Heair Plans The meeting was one of a series of 12 being held throughout the state under sponsorship of the Mississippi Economic Council, the organization through which the program is being directed. "Community development is never the offspring of chance nor the progeny of luck," A. Boyd Campbell of Jackson keynote speaker, told those in . attendance. "It never ccmes as a result of accident or from mere wishful thinking. It is only achieved as the consequence of organized effort. Organized effort is the child of thought and planning and study and work and leadership. The average citizen wants a better community, he is willing to aid in securing it if someone will only point the way. He must have a compass to guide--the course of his action. "We sincerely hope that the Hometown Development Program may be a means of arousing such interest that many communities will become more profoundly concerned about their own welfare. That it may stimulate civic pride to such an extent that it will result in constructive self-analysis. If these things are accomplished, there will be satisfactory results from the program in every town and city which comes forward tvith the proper local leadership. I "Mississippi as a state cannot rise above, the level of development in our local communities. Therefore, this program is basic to the overall development of our state." H. C. Roberts of Canton, chairman of the Council's community development committee, presided at the meeting. Details of the program were explained through the use of visual aids, by S. R. Jeffers, director of research for the MEC. Program's Highlights , Here are factual highlights of the program: Thirty firms and organizations, 18 full sponsors and 12 associate sponsors, underwrote the $30,000 necessary to carry the program over a three-year period, begin-ing in 1957. ,The program will award $7,500 each year to the 12 winners in the three population categories, as follows: Communities up to 2500, six awards first, $800; second, $700; third, $600; fourth, $500; fifth, $400; and sixth, $300. Communities from 2501 to 10,-000, three awards first, $800; second, $700; and third, $600. Communities over 10,000, three awards first, $800; second, $700; and third, $600. Only one organization in a community can enter the community in the program, although two or more organizations, through a jcint steering committee, may submit entires. The program officially begins January 1, 1957. April 1st is the deadline for submitting a community self-analysis for entering the first year's program to close December 31. Reports for 1957 must be submitted not later than February, 1958. Winners will be announced in April, 1958. Communties can secure attractive two-color markers to place on highways signifying their participation in the program. Reports will be submitted on standard forms to be provided by the Council. Specialists Judges Judges will be recognized authorities on community development from out-of-state. A maximum of 24 finalists will be chosen (Continued on Page Six) MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, J oman Hunted 1 1 Death Case ihought Alive 3 EW ORLEANS (P)A mys- '-tinged telephone call to the 3 ner mother-in-law of a 31-r-old divorcee missing for two weeks spurred police today to believe she may be alive. Mrs. Audrey Moate has been missing since Nov. 25. She was believed to have been with Thomas A. Hotard Sr., found shot to death in his car in a deserted area near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Mrs. George Moate said she was positive the caller last night was Mrs. Moate. She said the caller told her: "Mom, this is Audrey. I'm in very bad trouble and I need help." But Mrs. Moate said ihe caller hung up when she asked, "Where are you, Audrey?" Mrs. Marie McKay of New Orleans, identified a photo of Mrs. Moate as positively the same woman who appeared at her home yesterday afternoon asked about renting a room and used her telephone. Mrs. McKay said the woman stayed to eat dinner with her and her husband, Walter McKay. "That's her all right," Mrs. McKay said when shown the photograph of Mrs. Moate. Mrs. McKay said the woman gave a name sounding like Mrs. Moate or Mrs. Moore and said her mother lived in Baton Rouge, where Mrs. Moate's mother lives. Mrs. McKay said the woman appeared nervous. Mrs. Moate has been the object of an intensive but now-fading search since Hotard's body was found. Student Council Of McComb High Named State's President Several members of the McComb High Student Council this week attended the annual convention of tpe Mississippi Association of Student Councils at Oxford and the Ipcal schools was declared as that to serve the association as president this session. The action represented a chanse from the previous policy of naming an individual as state president. Attending from McComb were Bill Neville, vice-president of the local council; Butch Cothren, its treasurer; Tim Jones ,its president, and Miss Jacque Martin. , Miss Martha Buie, faculty sponsor, accompanied the group. The other current officer at McComb is Miss Simeon Whitaker, secretary. Round Ball Will fflcCryib Invitational Cage Opens 4-iay Stand In Sy m The annual McComb Invitational Basketball Tournament will be staged in the gymnasium next week, beginnmg Wednesday, Dec. 12, and continuing to finals of Saturday night. The Osyka boys and the Brookhaven girls were winners of the tournament's titles last year and both will be on hand again to attempt a defense of their championships, J. D. Prince, tournament manager, said today. Mr Prince said that he believes the lineup of 12 of the most powerful girls and boys teams in Southwest Mississippi is "even more attractive than last year" when the tournament and its play FLETCHER SHAW 1 ) yJ' s I ' -ff , .. .v. v. J. f J ' , -wis. k ...in. I j - rJ l C I SIGNED FOR S.E.C. GRANT-IN-AID SCHOLARSHIPS Billy Shults. 230-pound tackle of the McComb Tigers and son of Mrs. Bonnie Shults of McComb, has been given a grant-in-aid football scholarship with the University of Mississippi, it was said today by a reliable source. .Fletcher Shaw. 160-pound right halfback of the Tigers and soi of Mr. and Mrs. George Shaw of McComb, signed with Louisiana State University. Carl Maddox of L. S. U. signed Shaw and Junie Hovius of tl?e Rebel staff presided over the signing of Shults. Several other Tigers are understood to be studying similar proposals that will lead to their combined educations and future careers on the football field. DECEMBER 7, 1956 News In Mississippi Columbia School Board Concludes Current Study COLUMBIA, Miss. (JP) The Columbia Training School today continued its work with" a revised staff and an endorsement from the board of trustees. The trustees, after reviewing a legislative report and questioning staff members, voted "utmost confidence" in Supt. R. B. Strib-ling. But the trustees added "we are free to admit we have found some evidence of abuse and what we found we certainly regret." The Marion County grand jury said it had received evidence of brutality at the school for juvenile delinquents. The Legislative Investigating Committee then looked into the matter. Trustees yesterday said, "for the good of the school," C. E. Fairchild had resigned. He had served as "cottage parent." Each cottage of the school has a man and wife team responsible for the youngsters. H. Stennis Little, board chair man, said Hubert L. Stephens had been trnasferred from his "cottage parent" job to farm superintendent. In his new assignment Little said, Stephens can not discipline youngsters. The board also said: 1. Gov. J. P. Coleman should poll the legislators to see whether enough money can be appropriated to hire a full-time chaplain and youth counselor. 2. Corporal punishment should be used only "very sparingly" and only with the superintendent's approval and in the presence of witnesses. 3. It hoped facilities for a chapel, gymnasium and food refrigeration would be provided at the plant, badly in need of improvement. Weather Forecast SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI Partly cloudy and warm with chance of showers today, cloudy tonight and Saturday with widely scattered showers or thunder-showers, turning colder late Saturday. Moderate southerly winds High today 74-78, low tonight 61-65, high tomorrow 68-72. Outlook Sunday, partly cloudy and cold, low 40-44, high 56-60. Be Bouncing were considered "highly outstanding." Refreshments will be on sale in the virtually brand-new McComb gymnasium, officials have been selected with care from among Ihe list of outstanding prospects in the area, and everything possible has been done to provide seals and comfort for the vast throngs , expected to be on hand, Mr. Prince said. The brackets for the tournament are as follows: GIRLS WEDNESDAY 8 p. m. Osyka vs Carters Creek. St r "V i BILLY SHULTS 67TH YEAR NO. 13J M ly Jurors h etmi Trsa COLUMBIA, Miss. (&) A circuit court Jury today acquitted Millard Taylor, 37-year-old drive-in Restaurant operator, of murder in he death of Robert Hath-orn, 41. Hathorn, husky Columbia oil field worker, was shot to death last May in his living room, allegedly over a gambling debt. Taylor testified he shot Hathorn when the powerfully-built oil field worker advanced on him with a knife An attempt to try Taylor in June ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked eight for conviction and four for acquittal. - The verdict of innocence was handed to Circuit Judge Sebe Dale by juror Burley Pittman at 9:05 a. m. Deputy Sheriff S. E. Jernigan said that Taylor "didn't smile; he just got up and walked out with his family." The court Immediately began drawing a special venire of 125 men for the murder trial of Floyd Duncan in the death of Harold Packwood. Duncan, a Walthall County farmer. surrendered after Packwood was found dead on a gravel road just inside Marion County. Packwood also was a Walthall County farm er. McComb Seniors Present Play In Auditorium At 8 McComb seniors will presen their annual class play Frida: night, beginning at 8 p. m. ii the high school auditorium. Thi year's production is "Seventeentl Summer," directed by Mrs. W. T. Denman. The play is described as- 9 comedy about "the Morrow family a busy mother, a frustrated father, and three daughters, one engaged, one hopeful and one ia-the-way." In the cast are the followini seniors: Charles .Guess. Rachel Hunter Mary Katie Gillis, "Sara Kaj Lockard, Anitra Mathews, Bessit Sarphie, Frank Faris, Deeel! Daughdrill, David Ulmer, Jimmie Lou Lyons, Marcia Cole, Jame' Lewis Rueff and Stewart Wil liford. The public is invited to attend Tournament W eclnesclay THURSDAY lpm. Johnston Station vs Fernwood. 2 p. m. Magnolia vs Mars Hil!. 4 p.m. Cathedral of Natchez vs Progress. 6 p. m. Summit vs St. Mary of the Pines. 8 p. m. Kentwood vs Gills- burg. FRIDAY 1 p. m. Magnolia or Mars Hill vs Kentwood or Gillsburg. 3 p. m. Osyka or Carters Creek vs Progress or Cathedral. 6 p. m. Johnston or Fernwood vs Brookhaven (bye in the opening rounds.) SATURDAY 8 p. m. West Lincoln (bye in early rounds) vs Summit or SL Mary's. 1 and 2 p. m. Saturday semi finals. 8 p. m. Finals. I BOYS WEDNESDAY 9 p. m. Carters Creek vs Wei Lincoln. THURSDAY 3 p. m. Progress vs Fernwood 7 p. m. Cathedral vs Summit 9 p. m. McComb vs Magnolia. FRIDAY 2 p. m. Gillsburg (bye early) vs Progress or Fernwood. 4 p. m. Osyka (bye early) vs Cathedral or Summit. 7 p. m. Johnston Station (bye early) vs Carters Creek or West Lincoln. 9 p. m. Mars Hill (bye early: vs McComb or Magnolia. SATURDAY 3 and 4 p. m. Semifinals. 9:15 p. m. Finals. ;hrfmA: 1T3 & r hr'fmA i Crtirws ire y V 9 1 Y.Y. ! Ktl

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