The Richland Beacon-News from Rayville, Louisiana on June 2, 1945 · 1
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I , KEEP FAITH MR BONDS tybuylng I MEAN MORE. THAN A good investment . ..WAR BONDS LIBERTAS ET NATALE SOLUM VOLUME LXXVII. RAYVILLE, RICHLAND PARISH, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd, 1945. NUMBER 18. 'GREAT PROGRESS' REPORTED IN WAR CRIMINALS TRIALS Jackson Leaves For United States; Hopes To Return To Europe For Early Trials LONDOJJ Xfav znVrmit crA - tary Anthony Eden said today that "very great progress" had been made in aranging for trials of German war prisoners as a result of conversations with Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, special United States prosecutor. Jackson, after completing a preliml- nary two-day survey of the work of the war crimes commission here and talking with Allied officials on the continent, left for consultations in Washington. He said he hoped to return "in about two weeks with a sufficient staff to carry our share of the work involved." The American representative emphasized that his talks with British officials had shown there was no "substantial difference of opinion" on procedure to be employed at the trials. Eden, sparring with Commons members who demanded to know whether the Allies had agreed upon essential arrangements for the trials of Hermann Goering and others, would say only that there had been "most useful consultations with Judge Jackson in the last few days that have resulted in very great progress being made." Although there was no official confirmation, it was understood that Nazi war criminals had been classified in these three categories: 1. Those whose crimes cover more than one country such as Goering and Rudolf Hess. 2. Those who have been accused by only one country. 3. Those regarded as renegades or traitors such as William (Lord Haw Haw) Joyce and Vidkun Quisling, who will be tried under the laws of their native lands. It was established definitely that Russia would not have a representative at the three-day conference of the Allied War Crimes Commission meeting here tomorrow. The Soveit has a similar commission of its own. Russia's absence was viewed as a threat to complete success of the conference. Although the announced purpose of the meeting was to perfect the machinery for detecting war criminals, the chief difficulty in speeding the trials thus far has been the lack of a working accord between the great powers on plans for bringing Nazi leaders to justice. Signs mounted that a meeting of the four major powers Britain, France, Russia and the TJ. S. would be necessary to avoid confusion and conflicts. Justice Jackson, just before leaving for Washington, said he hoped Russia and France soon would name their representatives to the prosecution paneL The London Evening Star declared editorially that "an early announcement on the Allies plan would dispel public disquiet which has already -found expression in Commons." There yet had been no official announcement of the charges expected to be lodged against "Lord Haw Haw" who broadcast propaganda for the Germans throughout the war. He is in a hospital in Lueneburg in Northern Germany recovering from a wound received at the time of his capture on Monday. Asked what would be done with Joyce and with John Amery, son of L. C. Amery, secretary for India, Eden told Commons it was a matter for the whole government to decide. Amery also broadcast for the Nazis and now is in Allied hands.. o Walter L. Acklen, Jr., Freed From German Prison Camp Private Walter Lee Acklen, Jr., of Archibald, was released from Stalag IV A in Germany on May 7th, at 7:30 p. m., by the Russians. He is now in a hospital In France, eagerly awaiting his return to the States, according to letters received by his parents. He says he was very thin when released, but is making rapid recovery, and is very happy. We, his parents, wish to thank friends and relatives for their interest In us and for the welfare of our son. .We appreciate every prayer and good wish offered for him and feel that we can never be too thankful to God for his goodness in restoring our son to the good old American army which Buddy says is the best in the world. We sincerely feel that his release was the result of the prayers of God's people, which we hope will continue for the safety and welfare of all our boys in service. t MRS. W. L. ACKLEN o Presbyterian Church Notes REV. A. R. CATES, Pastor The Union Sunday School Workers Council will hold its regular monthly meeting in the Rayville church Wednesday night, June 6th, at 8 o'clock. It is earnestly hoped that we may have a full attendance of officers and teachers. June 25th is the time for the beginning of the Union Vacation Bible School at Archibald. It will be under the direction of Miss Jo Brady. Services next Sunday: Sunday School at 10 o'clock. Preaching services: Rayville at 11 o'clock. Archibald at 8 o'clock. Kiwanians Observe "I Am An American" Week The Rayville Kiwanis Club, through the medium of a program of the Com mittee on Public Relations, Horace Mangham, chairman, observed with its program last Tuesday at the luncheon hour "I Am An American" Week. The chairman, who was the speaker of the occasion, apologized for his in- ,aD",ly 10 secure a guesi speaner, anu ' tnen Proceeded to talk about America its greatness and its wonderful citi zenship. All of this has just been made manifest by the recent victory over Germany, when America and her citizens not only played the most important role in defeating Germany snd 1X7 inin (r iut T J i f 1 o t- on1 Moicm but unlimited assistance to her Allies in this war. The speaker gave a brief summary of the early history of America and some of its great men who are responsible for the great country in which we have such pardonable pride. I touching particularly upon the lives I of George Washington, Thomas Jef-1 ferson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Jimmie Thompson spoke briefly on the meat situation in Richland parish provoked by the unreasonable orders recently handed down by the OPA, warning that if something is not done to prevent the carrying out of the rules of this organization we will soon awake to find such an extreme shortage of meat that our people will actually suffer. And he explained how needless this is in view of the fact that we have plenty of cattle for slaughter, and they can be probably be used only for home consumption. The drastic orders about to be enforced by the OPA wil put out of business quite a number of slaughterers ! and butchers and deprive the people generally of their source of food. ine proposition was turnea over to tax retUrns. The other is a drive to the Committee on Public Affairs, with line up siaughterers under federal in-Gordon Cain acting as chairman, with specti0n. When the war started there tv arrnt tswia 9r m&Af urirn T na rtiiTPnora and see what relief can be secured by taking the matter up with Congressman C. E. McKenzie, and filing solemn protests against the infliction of this distressing ruling. Jimmie Thompson, who is parish chairman of the Seventh War Loan drive, spoke" on this proposition and after giving the distressing and dis- couraging information that only ap-1 proximately 12 per cent or the n. "O.Tlfonv TJMi rrJVl "EY quota of this parish had been bought lia 1 1 HillglUie rOr by our citizens, asked for assistance A nrp InSUTanCe OI lue ciuo meoigers iu muuse iinei- est and make a supreme effort to reach our quota of $135,000 of E Bonds. Quite a number volunteered to give part of their time to the can vass for bond buyers. Private Archie Owen, one of the club members in the" military service, was present at the luncheojr and received quite an ovation. He ha3 been overseas with General Patton for a number of months and is at home on a 30-day furiougn. Mr. Marsalis, with the Louisiana Power & Light Company, was a guest of the club. The program for next week will be sponsored by the Boys and Girls Committee, Sunshine Kelly chairman, and it will be Police Jury Day. ' o Maj. Herman Boughton Serving" With Hospital In England The 185th General Hospital, England When a wounded doughboy reaches this United States Army general hospital in England, he is out of the battle but Major Herman Boughton, Chief of Section, Septic Surgery, steps in. The 43-year-old Major from 6601 Brevity Lane, La Gorce Island, Miami Beach, Florida, does his fighting with scalpels and drugs. Maj. Boughton credits front line surgical teams and almost incredibly rapid evacuation as being two of the important factors which have enabled him to handle more than 500 wounded soldiers on his wards and to perform 700 operations since D-Day without a single fatality. "One of our recent patients would have died had he received the treatment given in 1918," said Maj. Boughton. "He arrived here with a large, infected wound of the shoulder and 105 degrees of temperature. Sulfa drugs and 24 hours of treatment brought his temperature to normal. Penicillin, the natural enemy of Staphylococcal Infection and gas gan grene, was praised by the Army doc- tor "One patient with wounds large enough to hide a gallon can was a patient on my ward," he said. "One million units of penicillin and five days of care and treatment brought him to a convalescent state and he left here on his own feet." While there are not nearly as many men with infected wounds in this war as in the last," Maj. Boughton said, "there were still plenty." and that, "on several days I have worked without stopping 18 out of 24 hours." His wife, Mrs. Frances Boughton, and children. Sherry Lynn and Stephanie, live at the Miami Beach address. He is the son of Mrs. Mattie D. Boughton, of Mangham, Louisiana. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Major Boughton was engaged in private practice in Miami Beach with offices in the Lincoln Road Building. He was commissioned in the Army in August, 1942, and was stationed at Station Hospital, Army Air Base, Walla Walla, Washington, and at Station Hospital, Army Air Field, Wendover, Utah, before coming overseas. o BUY WAR BONDS! FOOD RATIONING UNTIL 1950 SEEN Senator Wagner Says Control Of Prices Must Be Extended WASHINGTON, May 30. Food ra tioning until 1950 was forecast today by Senator Wagner (D.-N. Y.). The chairman of the senate banking committee told reporters that controls on prices and volume of edibles would be necessary until that time. Wagner's committee yesterday approved legislation continuing the gov- ernment agency handling those prob lems OPA until June 30, 1946. The chairman reasoned that per- haps another year or so would be re quired to defeat JaDan: then, to avoid a disruption of the nation's economy, me government would nave to keep a clamp on food controls for another three years or so. Wagner noted, however, that an un expected foldup of Japan, or some other unforeseen set of circumstances necessarily would change this line of reasoning. The price control extension for another year was voted 10 to 5 in the committee. By the same margin, the group voted down a proposal by Senator Taft (R.-Ohio) to keep controls in effect only another six months. The action was taken after a day of closed door testimony by Price Administrator Chester Bowles and Economic Stabilizer William tH. Davis. They said, .in effect, that the food situation would be improved soon. Members of the committee, quoting Bowles and Davis, said the key to shortages now is the meat black market. Two factors were advanced as helpful for the future. One is the treasury's announced campaign to hit ! black market operators through their were about 2,000 federally-inspected slaughter houses. Now there are 15,-000. In the nation there are 27,000 slaughter houses. Said Wagner: "Enforcement is the answer. And the key to enforcement is the federally-inspected slaughterhouse." Wagner forecast a senate floor fight on the extension measure. Benefits Monroe, La., May 30. Many men who were near 65 years of age or who passed that age when they entered employment since war was declared, will be entitled to monthly old-age on1 oil iforo lnsnro r"i ttctn i 9 when they retire. The amount of the monthlv Davments will be based on the waees and the leneth of time the I individual has worked in covered em - ployment, according to J. H. Simpson, Jr., manager of the Monroe Social Security Board office. When the wife of such individual reaches 65, she too will be entitled to monthly benefits, based on her hus band's earnings' record. Her monthly benefit will equal one-half the amount paid to her husband. Any office of the Social Security Board will be glad to explain in de- j tail claims procedure and tell you how and when claims should be filed, said Simpson. o First Baptist Church Services DR. JOHN II. HOOKS, Pastor 9:55 a. m. Sunday School. 11:00 a. m. Morning Worship Service. 7:00 p. m. Training Union. 8:00 p. m. Evening Worship Service. Rev. W. E. B. Lockridge, of Shreve-port, will bring the message at both the morning and evening worship hours. . Mr. Richard Downes will lead the mid-week prayer services Wednesday evening of next week. Everyone is cordially invited to attend any or all of these services. Lt. James Midyett, of Stonewall, Dies In Czechoslovakia Stonewall, May 27. Lieut. James C. Midyett died in Czechoslovakia, May 12, the War department has notified nis wile, jurs. .rnie uoason miuyeii. who resides with her parents, Mr. ana Mrs. E. C. Dodson, in Plain Dealing. Lieutenant Midyett is the first war casualty of the community. Survivors include his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Midyett of Stonewall; three brothers, the Rev. Jack H. Midvett of Rayville, Perry L. Midyett of Stonewall and SSgt Wil- liam E. Midyett, who recently returned from overseas service and is stationed at Santa Barbara, Calif and three sisters, Mrs. James Burford of t Gloster, Miss Sara Midyett and Miss Ruby Midyett, both of Stonewall. SSGT. .WILLIE J. WEBB AT MLVMI HOSPITAL Miami Beach, Fla. SSgt. Willie J. Webb, son of Mrs. Barbara Webb, of Rayville, La., has been admitted to the AAF Regional and Convalescent Hos - pital, Miami District, for treatment and rest- While a patient at this hospital, one of several operated by the AAF Per - sonnel Distribution Command, he will be under the care of Army physicians and also will participate in the physi - cal training and vocational activities of the Convalescent Services of the (hospital. McKENZIE FAVORS DIRECT CHANNELS NEW ORLEANS, May 29. Rep. Charles McKenzie of the Fifth Congressional district recommended at a hearing conducted by the Mississippi river commission here today that more direct channels be constructed from the lower Red river to the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen flood control operations in that section of the state. "Practically every river flowing southeasterly in North Louisiana and southeast Arkansas flows into Red river before reaching the gulf," Mc-1 election of candidates for national of-Kenzie said. "People in that section fice evidently were built around the are caught in an angle of the Ouachi- ta and Red rivers. "I'm speaking as a layman, not as I'm speaking as a layman, not as - . an engineer," McKenzie continued. "I A u- anfh aa I draining one part of the state and flooding another. Determining just where the location of the new channel should be is a job for the river engineers." McKenzie said he was presently interested only in what good new drainage systems could do. "We'll talk about cost later," he said. "I believe Congress can 'find' the money to carry out any project that will really benefit this flood-damaged area." The hearing today ended the commission's annual 900-mile high water inspection tour started at Cairo, 111., May 22. Brig. Gen. Max C. Tyler, president of the commission, said representa- I tives of the flooded areas all along the ; Mississippi and its tributaries had ex pressed their approval of early completion of flood control projects. HARRY A. TAYLOR NAMED ASSISTANT TO L. S. U. HEAD T. K. McKnight Appointed Alumni Secretary On Permanent Basis BATON ROUGE, La., May 31.- Capt. Harry A. "Red" Taylor, LSU Alumni secretary on military leave, has been appointed executive assistant to President W. B. Hatcher, effective June 1st, it was announced Monday by the LSU Board of - Supervisors meeting in regular session in their offices on the campus. Capt. Taylor is in Baton Rouge on military terminal leave preliminary to being released from Army duty. He came to LSU from Farmerville, was graduated in 1928, was twice voted by students most popular man on the camf "s n. is well known through- . out the state. T. Kelly McKnight, who has been actinS alumni secretary, was appoint- ed to thi3 post on permanent basis. He continues as supervisor of student i aid and scholarships. Mr. McKnight is a native of Colfax and has taught in Bienville, Columbia and Vinton. Dr. Arthur G. Keller, formerly at member of the chemical engineering ' faculty and acting comptroller of the ! (University 1942-44, will return to the ' .University as an associate professor of ! chemical engineering effective with the opening of the 1945 summer ses- sion, it also was announced. He has for the past session been an executive of a suga manufacturing firm in south Louisiana. Other appointments announced include those of I. Vincent Guaccero, now an industrial designer, to the fine arts faculty; Christine Loy Coffey, acting head of the circulation department- of the North Carolina State college library, as assistant chief catalog librarian, effective July 1. Dr. Ellinor M. Behre, professor of zoology, was granted sabbatical leave from August 1 of this year ot February 1 of next year, to de research in Puerto Rico. o Special Meeting For Masonic Lodge Next Wednesday Night R. F. McGuire Lodge No. 209, F, and A. M., will meet in special communication Wednesday evening, June 6th, for the purpose, of conferring the Entered Apprentice degree. All members of the Lodge are urged to attend. All Masons are invited. Lodge will be opened at 8 p. m. J. B. SHARP, W. M. H. I. SOREY, Secretary. Methodist Church Services JACK IL MIDYETT. Pastor Services for Sunday, June 3rd, are as follows 9:45 a. m. Church School. 11:00 a. m. Morning Worship Service, with sermon by the pastor: "An Unshakable Kingdom And An Un changing Person." 7:00 p. m. Methodist Youth Fellowship. 8:00 p. m. Evening Worship Service, with sermon by the pastor: "Religion In Our Town." RETURNS TO STATES j Lt Eugene G. Inzer, a veteran of German campaign, has sufficiently 'recovered from wounds received, Feb- raury 24th, to be returned to the United states. He landed at 'Stark General Hospital, Charleston, South ' Carolina, May 25th, to be transferred to another hospital in New Mexico, jje expects to recuperate well enough to be at home on sick leave within a Jfew months. SEEK TO FORCE POLL TAX VOTE Democrats of South Lose Hope Of Stopping Anti-Tax Legislation WASHINGTON, May 30. Southern Democrats all but gave up hope today of stopping anti-poll tax legislation in the house. Their plans for blocking a measure to outlaw the payment of poll taxes as a qualification for votine in anv senate, which has stifled similar house-passed measures in the past. I Poll-tax foes found little consolation in a study of the names of 218 repre- sentatives whose signatures to a dis- ! charge petition tossed the issue j squarely into the lap of the House. It will come up for a decision on June 11- Among the signers of the petition which took the. repeal bill away from the house judiciary committee were' 109 Democrats, 107 Republicans, one Progressive and one American-Labor- ite, Marcantonio, of New York, whose bill was the subject of the petition. Disclosure that more than half the Republican membership had signed there are only 189 Republicans in the House led foes of the legislation to assail it as a Republican measure, a move apparently designed to alienate some Democratic votes from Marcan-tonio's bill. Most of the 109 Democrats who signed hail from the North, the Mid-West and the Far West. But there were few signers from below the Mason and Dixon Line. Administration leaders were none too happy over the prospect of a fight almost certain to split the Democratic lines that have held fast in recent months. The Democratic signers represented almost half of the party's house strength. Frequently in the not too distant I past. Republicans and dissident Demo- ' crats have combined to defeat admin- istration proposals, and the Democratic leadership has sought to avoid issues that might sow the seeds of new coalitions. But, where past coalitions generally have found Southern Democrats vot- ing with Republicans, the poll-tax fight finds the tables reversed with the Southerners on what is almost certain to be the losing end of a controversy with Republicans and "Yankee" Democrats. o . SGT. JAMES F, ROGERS WRITES INTERESTINGLY OF CONDITIONS PREVAILING IN GERMANY Belgium, May 14, 1945. Dear Folks, I just returned from a very interesting tour of the battle-damaged cities of part of Germany. We took off about nine o'clock this morning and returned about noon. We got a look at what used to be the city of Aachen. When I say it used to be a city I really mean it used to be. Persons not getting a birds-eye view of those places will never really know just how they are torn up. Not only a part Dut absolutely every building in the c,ty partially damaged. We next J""" l" xv"1"' WUIUUU"a- ana nit several smaller Khine cities on the way back. They are absolutely only a pile of rubble. All the industrial plants around Essen are just piles of twisted and burned steel. We flew at between five hundred and one thousand feet but circled and got down to sometimes one hundred feet when we were looking over some particular thing. I flew as flight engineer and sat between the pilot and co-pilot, so you see I had a really good view of everything. Of all the miles we flew up the Rhine river I didn't see a bridge that wasn't blown to smitherings. Also all the railroad and highway bridges aren't any more. Between Cologne and Dortmund there is one of Hitler's super highway terminals and I've never seen any anywhere that equalled it. It sure showed some engineering skill on someone's part. I believe the most impressive thing was how completely deserted those cities were, scarcely any signs of life at all. Our bulldozers have just pushed out a road through and sometimes I could see some of our trucks and equipment moving. The part of the Siegfried line we passed over was intact. It sure took some labor and materials to build that j line and it didn't stop the Allies' ad-, vance too long. I really agree with what the infantry guy told me in Brussells. He said that every woman, man and child of Hitler's one time kingdom is absolutely whipped and will be for sometime to come. The job that should have been done In 1918 is thoroughly completed in 1945. One officer's remark this morning was that he didn't think some of the cities in Germany would ever be rebuilt in the same location. I think he might be right myself. I have a promise of a flight over Berlin before long and I hope to make it. I am pretty sure to be over here for sometime and as long as I have to stay here there isn't much better way to spend - part of it than seeing how and why the Allied Nations won this war. So long for now. Love to all, JAMES o NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY I, Duthal Barnes, convicted Richland Parish, Louisiana, of in the crime of Negligent Homicide, hereby, give notice that I am applying to the Board of Pardons for Executive Clemency. DUTHAL BARNES 'Warren Hunt, Attorney. 5-26-3 OPA Ruling Expected To Materially Reduce Meat Supply In Parish Masonic District Lodge Meets In Rayville Last Sunday The Seventh Masonic District Lodge, composed of all Lodges in Richland, Morehouse, Madison, East Carroll and West Carroll parishes, met in the hall of R. F. McGuire Lodge in Rayville last Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The following are the officers of the District Lodge: J. B. Sharp, Rayville. W. M. T. H. Armitage, Bastrop, S. W. J. L. Abernathy, Oak Grove, J. W. W. L. Jackson, Rayville, treasurer. R. Downes, Rayville, secretary. E. H. Drummond, Bastrop, chaplain. Alvin Brunson, Mangham, S. D. W. B. Hopgood, Collinston, J. D. L. P. Woodard, Delhi, M. C. Wesley Bunch, Mer Rouge, Tiler. Grand Lodge officers present were: Otto E. Passman, Grand Master; Robert W. Cretney, Grand Marshal; R. D. Farr, Grand Senior Deacon; J. W. James, Past D. D. G. M. of Fourth District; and W. E. Huffman, D. D. G. M. of Seventh District. The welcome address was given by W. L. Jackson, and the response was made by O. W. Reily of Bastrop. The Entered Apprentice degree was conferred, Grand Master Passman acting as Master during the degree work. This work was highly enjoyed by all present. Brief addresses were given by the Grand Lodge officers, the Grand Master outlining the financial condition of the Grand Lodge, which is in remarkably fine shape at this time. The matter of election of officers was brought up at this time, it being the usual time for election of officers. However, it was decided to postpone the election until the next meeting. At the close of the Lodge delicious refreshments of ice cream, cake and cold drinks were served, several local ladies assisting. The next district meeting probably will be held in September or October, but the place and date have not been decided on at this time. LT. COL. VVVD. COTTON WRITES TO YOUTHS OF RAYVILLE METHODIST CHURCH Belgium, 11 May 1945 Dear Hal, Billy, Jean, Windy, Nancy, Martha Julia, Nona, Jean (again), Ruth, Fannie (and the fellow who wrote "I haven't much room" I couldn't make his name out: It was certainly nice to hear from all you along with my copy of the Church Messenger. You have no idea how much mail and letters from home mean to all of us over here. The "Messenger" arrived about the same time as our "Victory in Europe Day," so I thought that it would be appropriate, and perhaps interesting to you, if I would tell you all how the people of Belgium celebrated. Although "V-E Day" was not officially announced here until 3:00 p. m., on Tuesday (May 8th), the continental radio stations were filled with reports of it for more than twenty-four hours before that and about mid-afternoon Monday, the German radio announced their own unconditional surrender and of course from that time there was no doubt but that THE great day had arrived. From every house, store, shop, factory, ship, barge, auto, truck and even the street cars, flags of the United Nations were displayed but of course there were thousands of Belgian flags, their beautiful black, red and yellow banner. It was a veritable galaxy of color and gaiety. But it was in the evening that the celebration really began. People, people and more people there must have been over a 100,000 of them gathered in the great square of the city (le place d'arms). They were deliriously happy, bands were playing, radio loud speakers on every corner, people were singing, dancing and shouting "Vivas" to everything they could think of "Viva Victoire," "Viva Belgique," "Viva L'American." "Viva l'Anglais" . every mode of vehicular traffic was stopped for hours in fact I don't think some of the people ever went home that night. The next day (Wednesday) was filled with more celebrations. We (all of the United Nations troops) had a great parade through the principal streets of the city, winding up at, the "hotel de ville" (town hall), where a great throng had gathered to hear the speeches and to render honor to the Allied troops. In our parade we had English army, Navy and RAF, the Dutch, the French, the Belgians, and of course a fine group of our own outfit. It was really a day to be proud that you were an American to think of what our nation's contribution to the war has meant to so many peoples of the earth. I don't think I'll ever have quite the thrill I had as we marched by as a Belgian band struck up "Yankee Doodle." After the parade, some of us were privileged to go into the office of the burgomaster (the mayor) for a reception. Here all the allied leaders made short talks, and we received the appreciation of the Belgian people. The burgomaster spoke excellent English. Now that this great day has arrived. we are all looking for the day when we can. come home and - rejoin our friends and loved ones but we realize that we still have to finish the war with the cruel Japs and that with the help of the people back home this, Local Citizens Taking Action To Prevent Shortage There will be an acute meat shortage in Richland parish unless the OPA rescinds its drastic orders for meat slaughter and sales in this parish, and within a, short time our people will be found unable to buy sufficient supply of meat for ordinary food needs. There is no - shortage of cattle in this area and there should be no shortage of the grade of beef being currently handled by the slaughterers and butchers of this area. The ruling of the OPA which reduces the quota of cattle to be slaughtered by .the registered slaughterers in Richland parish far below that of the 1944 quota is grossly and unnecessarily unfair to local slaughterers, destined to put out of business quite a number of ' meat dealers, and cause suffering to the meat consuming public of the parish. Tho reduction, as we understand, does not apply to federally inspected packing houses which are allowed to slaughter cattle in unlimited number. This unfair and discriminatory action against local slaughterers will result in a serious curtailment of our local meat supply, and probably cattle that are of sufficiently high grade will have to be shipped to the packing plants for marketing elsewhere. Local slaughterers can not buy these home cattle because of the restricted quota, and a decrease in meat avuilable for home people is a necessary result The Lions Club of Delhi and the Kiwanis Club of Rayville, the slaughterers, meat dealers and the people generally of the parish are making violent protest and have made the first move to defend themselves by taking up the unfair discriminating orders of the OPA with Congressman Chas. E. McKenzie at Washington. The Congressman has never failed his constituents and he may be expected to fight their battle against bankruptcy of the slaughterers, cattle men and meat dealers, and the ruthless taking away from our citizens the meat supply to which they are entitled. o LETTER FROM THURMAN TRAXLER Dear Mother and all, I hope this finds you all up and doing fine. As for myself, I am fine. Well, I guess you have heard about the points system, and know we get a discharge. Well, as you know, this month makes me 50 months in service and 28 overseas, which makes 78 points, and I have two stars which makes 88 points. I stand a good chance of getting a discharge. But of course there are so many it may take several months. Well, goodbye. Mother. I'll try to be there to go fishing. Love, THURMAN o WM. F. JORDAN, S 1C. WRITES TO EDITOR Dear Mr. Mangham: I wrote to you sometime atro and said that I regretted the news of Aubrey Lambert's death. Well, I was at home for a few days and was told Aubry was just wounded. I'm awfully sorry about the mistake. I'm sure it was a hard blow on Mrs. Lambert, but I was just misinformed. I'm glad he was only wounded, and not killed. I ask Mrs. Lambert to forgive me, please. Give my regards to my friends, and I enjoyed my few days at home with my friends very much. I am back at duty again and am in full swing. I desire the prayers of the Christian people of Rayville and the surrounding community, and God bless them. I'd like to be back there to stay, but we have just begun to fight now. Pray for me, and God richly bless you and your family. A worker for Christ, ' WM. F. JORDAN, JR.. S 1C too, in due time will be accomplished. I am sure that the "home front" is fully aware of the great task that still lies before us. I have heard bo many fine things about the work of the Church during these three years that I have been away, and I know that you young people have had a great part in the church's program. It is only on the shoulders of sturdy youth, filled with love of country, and devotion to the principles of Jesus, that we can truly hope for permanent peace. Your own individual contribution may not seem to you to be important, but is is, for tomorrow, it is you that is America, and as long as we are sure that Christian ideals dominate America, I think we can be assured of our country's future. Again I want to thank each of you for writing me, and I hope some of you will do it again but most of all, I hope that I, along with your other friends, and members of your families who are away in distant countries, can soon be home, and we can all work for our Church, our town and our country. Sincerely, W. D. COTTON, Lieut Colonel, U. S. Army.

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