Soft tones of the south intermingled with the drawl of the west Sunday night when the special excursion train of 12 cars bearing 200 citizens of Mississippi pulled into Helena and unloaded its human cargo bubbling over with enthusiasm for the Magnolia state.
The "Know Mississippi Better Train" is on its fourth annual tour of the United States. The tour began August 7 and will continue until Aug. 23rd. The personnel of the train will have visited 36 cities outside the environs of their state when they will have returned to Mississippi.
Greeted at the depot by William G. Ferguson, secretary of the Helena Commercial club and M. S. Gunn, counsel for the Northern Pacific railroad, one of the directors of the Commercial club, the group from the south were extended the goodwill of the people of the Capital city.
Immediately after the train went on the siding, members of the tour
stepped from the coaches and the
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people of Helena who were at the train to meet the special with their
cars, mingled with the southerners. At the extreme west end of the station
platform the State Teachers College band of Mississippi played a short
concert. Members of the tour were then transported to the Placer hotel
where a speaking program, which included both Montana and Mississippians,
Mr. Gunn introduced Warren Jackson, chairman of the program committee who briefly outlined the purposes of the tour explaining that the southerners had come, 2,500 miles from the southland to greet the people of Montana. He said that the train had brought a representation from all parts of the state. The tour party represented, he said, all the various professions and industrial activities of the state.
Former Governor Dennis Murphree, general chairman of the tour party, was introduced by Mr. Jackson who said that Governor Murphree brought the greetings of 2,000.000 residents of his state. After arriving in Montana the former governor said that he found that Mississippi did not have a monopoly on hospitality. "What we Mississippians want to do is to get first hand information of the residents of the other 47 states," former Governor Murphree said. "The receptions accorded us have been royal and we have been made to realize that we are among friends. In our party are 200 citizens of our state gathered from 67 of the 82 counties."
Dr. F. J. Underwood of Jackson, Miss., state health officer, extolled the healthfulness of the state. He stated that people had a misconception of living conditions In his state, malaria fever which has received so much detrimental publicity is under control he added. The average life of a resident is 59 years, be said, while the average life of the nation is but 54 years.
While Mississippi does not have gold in its free state as does Montana, Dr. Underwood said that the state does have commodities which can be turned into gold. That people are coming into the state in large numbers is shown by the report of the federal postoffice department, Dr. Underwood said, which states that correspondence increased last year 29 per cent.
Montana has extended more hospitality than any other state to the tour party, Commissioner of Agriculture J. C. Holton, of the state of Mississippi told the gathering in the lobby. Montana was commended for leading other states in education by the speaker.
Increase in dairy products was cited by the commissioner who said that from one creamery in 1912 the state now has 237 dairy plants. He mentioned several large milk canning factories in the state, one of which was paying to the farmers $1,000,000 yearly. Mr. Holton said that there were 35,000 head of registered cattle in one county in the state. Montanans were invited by the speaker to make a good-will tour of the south.
The spending of $50,000,000 on Mississippi's gulf coast was told by W. F. Bond, state superintendent of education. He also explained that only three counties of the state were totally covered with water during the flood last year and that two were partially flooded. He asserted that flood waters would never again menace the south because of recent flood legislation.
"Our state has centered its attention on the rural school situation," Mr. Bond said. "As the state is really an agricultural state we have concentrated on the school system in the country."
He told how the little red schoolhouse has been done away with. Rural schools had been merged instead. In one case 16 schools were merged into one he explained. One million dollars was spent by the state last year in transporting students to school, the speaker added.
Care of crippled children was another phase of education which the state superintendent said had been taken up by the state. Mississippi leads all other states in this work, he explained.
Mr. Gunn returned to the speaking dais to say that in view of the fact that Mississippians had extolled the virtues of their state; he would give them an opportunity to hear about Montana from its leading citizen, Governor John Erickson.
The governor recalled when this western land was known as the greatest American desert. He said that he was glad that the southerners were seeing for themselves what is now known as the greatest American state. He described Montana as a state being as large as all New England and having room enough left over to stick in a couple of seaboard states. Governor Erickson called attention to the great copper industry and agriculture situation in the state.
He brought to mind the fact that enough wheat was raised in Montana
last year to feed 15,000.000 persons for one year.
Members of the special were invited to stay in Montana's boundaries as long as they wished, to enjoy the uncomparable scenery and hospitality of the citizens by the governor.
The two exhibit cars on the train will be open for inspection this morning from 9 to 11 o'clock. The tour party will be taken on a tour of the valley this morning by residents of Helena and will leave for Missoula this morning at 11:45 o'clock.
The special train arrived at Billings early Sunday morning and stayed
until 11 o'clock in the morning. Arriving at Bozeman at 3:30 p.m. they
departed an hour later.
General chairman Governor Dennis Murphree, Jackson, Mississippi.
Health exhibits Dr. F. J. Underwood, state health officer, Jackson, Miss.
Educational exhibits W. F. Bond, state superintendent of education, Jackson, Miss.
Agricultural exhibits R. S. Wilson, director of extension work, A. & M. college, Miss.
Transportation J. Ed Ruff, farm extension worker, Jackson, Miss.
Motion pictures Sam E. Woods, supervisor of industrial rehabilitation, Jackson, Miss
Industrial exhibits J. C. Holton, commissioner of agriculture and commerce, Jackson, Miss.
T. O. Adams, supervisor of Tallahatchie county, Charleston,
Miss. Miss Clara Kerr Archer, teacher, Baldwin, Miss.
Miss Margueriet Alford, McComb, Miss.
J. G. Barton, Calhoun county supervisor, Slate Springs, Miss.
Mrs. J. G. Barton, Slate Springs, Miss.
T. W. Bishop, Simpson county supervisor, Magee. Miss.
F. M. Brewer, president of board of supervisors, Copiah county, Crystal Springs, Miss.
Miss Mary Lee Boozer, Forest, Miss.
G. H. Andrews, Pontotoc, Miss.
Mrs. E. A. Bingham, Calhoun City, Miss.
E. W. Beadell, traveling salesman, Benoit, Miss.
Miss Ivor Brewer, The Emporium, Jackson, Miss.
W. E. Bradford, planter, Fayette, Miss.
Mrs. Mary Baker, supervisor of Industrial rehabilitation, Jackson, Miss.
W. F. Bond, Jr., Jackson, Miss.
Mrs. L. O. Crosby, Jr., Picayune, Miss.
Miss Gladys Crosby, Picayune. Miss.
L,. O. Crosby, Jr., Picayune, Miss.
High Critz, Mississippi Power and Light company, Jackson, Miss.
Mrs. W. C. Cruise, Meridian, Miss.
Miss Catherine Caldwell, Baldwin, Miss.
Walter E. Ballard, florist, Tupelo,
L. R. Cates, real estate, Tupelo, Miss.
C. C. Coggins, Prentiss county supervisor, Baldwin, Miss.
Mrs. James G. Carr, assistant postmaster, Centerville, Miss.
P. K. Chadwick, Walnut Grove, Miss.
Mrs. P. K. Chadwick, Walnut Grove, Miss.
Miss Helen Crooks, press correspondent Meridian Star, Meridian, Miss.
Mrs. Mamie C. Crumpton, music teacher, Meridian, Miss.
C. P. Couch, vice president, light, power and gas, Dallas. Texas.
Mrs. C. P. Couch, Dallas, Texas.
Miss Elizabeth Crouch, teacher, Doddsville, Miss.
J. M. Dean, A. & M. college, Miss.
W. L. Dossett, Beulah, Miss.
R. E. Dear, Copiah county supervisor, Carpenter, Miss.
W. M. Davis, traveling salesman, Magnolia, Miss.
S. C. Doolittle, general merchant Route 4. Grenada, Miss.
Mrs. Paul Deeme, Dallas, Texas.
A. K. Eckles, county superintendent of education, Cleveland, Miss.
Mrs. Julian T. Evans, farmer, Aberdeen, Miss..
Miss Maria Evans, Aberdeen, Miss
Miss Carolyn Evans, Aberdeen, Miss.
W. R. French, Sunflower county supervisor, Indianola, Miss.
J. E. Frazer, Madison county supervisor, Canton, Miss.
Miss Mittie Fugler, home demonstration agent, Hazlehurst, Miss.
Capt. Thomas Fauntleroy, managing editor, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee
Herbert Gillis, sand. gravel, brick dealer, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Miss Annie Laurie Gaines, Newton, Miss.
Dr. B. E. Green, president board of supervisors Forrest county, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Mrs. B. E. Green, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Joseph J. Gerache, druggist, representative of Warren Co. Vicksburg MS
Miss Ruby Gaines, teacher, Perkinsion, Miss.
Mrs. Mary Barrow Giesen, state home demonstration agent, A. & M. college,
Miss. William E. Gilmore, merchant, Aberdeen, Miss.
Miss Camille Graham, Canton, Miss.
Alfred Harrison, Harcol Motion Picture company, New Orleans, La.
J. D. Howerton, county agent. Meridian, Miss.
Mrs. J. D. Howerton, Meridian, Miss.
J. J. Hudspeth, Insurance, Ashland, Miss.
Miss Lilybel Hunt, deputy chancery clerk, Forest, Miss.
H. A. Harris, alderman, Holly Springs, Miss.
Miss Coy Hines, home demonstration agent, DeKalb, Miss.
Mrs. J. C. Holton, Jackson, Miss.
T. P. Howard, farmer, Lake Cormorant, Miss.
L. I. Jones, county agricultural agent, Yazoo City, Miss.
Mrs. L. I. Jones, Yazoo City, Miss.
Warren Jackson, managing director, Mississippi Coast club, Gulfport, Miss.
F. Z. Jackson, Kosciusko, Miss.
Miss Eudie Kavanaugh, Clarksdale, Miss.
Miss Myrtle Kimes, home demonstration agent, Decatur, Miss.
Noble Kennedy, farmer, McCool, Miss.
Mrs. A. Benjamen Kelly, teacher, Satartia, Miss.
Herbert A. Kroeze, state sanitary engineer, Jackson, Miss.
W. R. Lominick, county agricultural agent, Vicksburg, Miss.
Mrs. W. R. Lominick, Vicksburg, Miss.
Mrs. Henry Legett, teacher, Gulfport, Miss.
J. L. Longinotti, Durant, Miss. (Mayor)
Mrs. Otye Lewis, bookkeeper, Miss. Power and Light company, Indianola, Miss.
E. M. Lambert, Hazelhurt, Miss. [Hazelhurst]
T. E. Marshall, New Albany, Miss.
J. T. Mathis, mayor-druggist, Leland, Miss.
E. C. McInnis, county agricultural agent, Greenwood, Miss.
Dr. E. J. Mathis, physician, Beaumont, Miss.
Mrs. J. C. Luter, Tylertown, Miss.
Edgar Misterfeldt, planter, Florence, Miss.
Mrs. Edgar Misterfeldt, Florence, Miss.
Mrs. S. A. Morrison, teacher, Grenada, Miss.
Maurice L. Malone, chancery clerk, Lucedale, Miss.
James E. McLeod, county agricultural agent, Louisville, Miss.
Mrs. James E. McLeod, Louisville, Miss.
Miss Gertrude McArthur, DeKalb, Miss.
Joseph P. Moran, Hancock county supervisor, Kiln, Miss.
W. T. McKell, county agricultural agent, Corinth, Miss.
J. E. McDuffie, druggist-merchant-farmer, Nettleton, Miss.
J. W. Milner, mayor, Gulfport, Miss.
A. B. Nail, DeSoto county supervisor, Horn Lake, Miss.
Miss Viola Nix, teacher, Mendenhall, Miss.
L E. Nichols, state department of agriculture and commerce, Jackson, Miss.
J. R. Newsom, Goss, Miss.
Bayliss Overstreet, representative of Green county, Beaumont, Miss.
Mrs. Bayliss Overstreet, Beaumont, Miss.
Mrs. George D. Payne, DeKalb, Miss.
G. D. Perry, Jr., planter, Hollywood, Miss.
Mrs. G. D. Perry, Jr., Hollywood, Miss.
R. M. Peden, Chickasaw county supervisor, Houston, Miss.
Mrs. H. J. Patterson, Monticello, Miss.
H. J. Patterson, Monticello, Miss.
J. L. Pitts, Lincoln county supervisor, Wesson, Miss.
V. Panzica, merchant, Brookhaven, Miss.
James R. Phillips Jr., student, Europa, Miss. [Eupora]
Miss Kate Patridge, Natchez, Miss.
Miss Jean Reid, Picayune, Miss.
Paul Rowland, horticulturist. Picayune, Miss.
J. L. Robinson, Kemper county supervisor, Scooba, Miss.
Wallace H. Ratcliff, Washington, Miss.
H. K. Rouse, chancery clerk, Poplarville, Miss.
Mrs. H. K. Rouse, Poplarville, Miss.
J. H. Rogers, Holmes county supervisor, Thornton, Miss.
Mrs. J. Ed Ruff, farm extension worker, Jackson, Miss.
Bill Ruff, student, Jackson, Miss.
F. E. Rutledge, salesman, Houston, Miss.
Mrs. F. E. Rutledge. Houston, Miss
O. A. Shaw, University, Miss.
Miss Ruby Sandifer, Hamilton, Miss.
A. W. Sandifer, Monroe county supervisor, Hamilton, Miss.
Wiley B. Shows, member of Mississippi legislature, Ovett, Miss.
Miss Sara Carr Stewart, secretary to mayor, McComb, Miss.
Mrs. John W. Seale, Calhoun City, Miss.
Miss Catherine Steley, home demonstration agent, Meridian, Miss.
Harry T. Smallwood, merchant, Laurel, Miss.
Miss Ruby E. Shaw, teacher, Europa, Miss. [Eupora]
Miss Catherine Shell, teacher, Houston, Miss.
Mrs. W. A. Spearman, Water Valley, Miss.
Miss Eunice A. Sandlin, private secretary of state superintendent of education, Jackson, Miss.
M. D. Tate, Pearl River county supervisor, Picayune, Miss.
Mrs. M. D. Tate, Picayune, Miss.
M. H. Thompson, Senatobia, Miss.
T. F. Taylor, wholesale lumber dealer, Europa, Miss. [Eupora]
T. F. Taylor, Jr., student, Europa, Miss. [Eupora]
John M. Turnipseed, farmer, McCool, Miss.
W. G. Taylor, hardware dealer, Europa, Miss. [Eupora]
J. M. Turner, Quitman county supervisor, Marks, Miss.
Rev. T. T. Williams, minister, Tunica, Miss.
J. B. Warren, Lauderdale county supervisor, Meridian, Miss.
John T. Wade, chancery clerk, Holly Springs, Miss.
N. E. Wilson, agriculturist, Clay county A. H. S., Pheba, Miss.
M. S. Wilson, Leflore county supervisor, Schalter, Miss.
N. F. Wallace, Carthage, Miss.
E. W. Yates, banker, Macon, Miss.
T. W. Yates, vice president, Commercial National Bank & Trust company, Laurel, Miss.
A. G. Wilkins, merchant, Brooksville, Miss.
Dr. J. P. Wall, surgeon, representing the Kiwanis club, Jackson, Miss.
Miss Katherine White, Mobile, Alabama.
G. M. White, general passenger agent, G. M. & N. R. R., Mobile, Alabama
Mrs. G. M. White, Mobile, Alabama
Mrs. Maud Webb, state board of health, Jackson, Miss.
A. E. Weeks, road commissioner, Kosciusko, Miss.
Mrs. J. T. Webster, Louisville, Miss.
W. B. Whitney Jackson, Miss.
H. P. Luna, banker, Walnut, Miss.
A. F. Fugitt, director, State Teachers College band. Hattiesburg, Miss.
Mrs. A. F. Fugitt, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
G. H. Allen, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Fannie Lou Bennett, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jimmie Caldwell, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Bettie Webb East, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jewell East, State Teachers College, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Mildred East. State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Edith Green, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Fletcher Jackson, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
V. E. Johnson, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
L. L. Magers, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Martha Francis Moore. State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Elzie Penn, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
O. W. Phillips, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
E. E. Cook, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
B. G. Raden. State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
J. B. Ratliff, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
G. H. Russell, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
I. A. Saucier, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Bolivar Lee Sutherland, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Maggie Taylor, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Margaret Thatch, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
H. M. Thomas, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
O. Waites, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
C. E. Turner, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Gladys Turrittin, State Teachers College band, Hattiesburg, Miss.
"Of course, it is an advertising proposition, but not commercialized or connected with real estate selling proposition. That's the first thing. Second, we thought if we could get a large and representative party of people together and keep them on a train in close association for almost a month, they would know each other better and we would all know more about our state and its various committees, so we sailed northward, making our first out of state stop at Jackson, Tennessee, and then heading northward for Chicago.
"We want settlers, we want capital, but more than anything else we want friends and acquaintances.
"Honest government, liberal laws and kindly consideration for new industries and enterprises, have made thousands of people seek our state. "We began to keep track of our own growth in 1921, and in that year $12,641,000 new capital was invested in our state. The next year we got $10,000.000 and followed it with $19,000.000 in 1923. Since then we have had a steady growth, and put the secretary of state to keeping track of the new money being invested in our industries, city business property and banking institutions. The high water mark was reached last year when $607,317,000 went into various developments of our state. The first six months of 1928 has seen $283,000,000 of new capital either raised in the state or sent in there to help intensify our development. That's a lot of money.
"We have more standing timber than any other southern state and more than any state in the union save one. We produce more yellow pine lumber than any other state, and Laurel, one of our manufacturing centers, converts more of this timber into finished products than any other city in the world, while from Gulfport more lumber is shipped than from any other port in the world.
"Not for anything would I have people of Montana think I am bragging about the state which honored me with the governorship but for a state which some think is behind the times, we have been doing very well at road building and now have 4500 miles of hard surfaced roads. Thirty-eight hundred miles of our roads are maintained and controlled by our highway department, while five federal highways cross the state from north to south and four from east to west.
"While all these industrial, highway and agricultural developments are being pushed, we are not neglecting education, which is making agriculture possible and profitable. We have more consolidated schools and more agricultural high schools than any state in the union. We are going to give every child in the state high school advantages and last year we spent over a million dollars transporting children to and from school.
"If I was asked, I might say that during the last five years health work has made more progress than any state in the union. We have the lowest death rate of any state in the south. We now have full time health work in half of our counties affecting 42 per cent of our population, as a result of which malaria and typhoid fever have practically disappeared while tuberculosis has been reduced 51 per cent in cases and 33 per cent in deaths."
Strange as it may seem, Governor Murphree is a democrat, and he makes this significant remark to all who asks: "Anyone who thinks Al Smith will not carry our state is just crazy."
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