MISSISSIPPI GOODWILL TOUR TO START TODAY


SPECIAL TRAIN WILL VISIT SEVERAL WESTERN STATES
From the Commercial Appeal, Jackson, Miss., Bureau  July 14, 1946

         JACKSON, Miss.,  July 3 -- The annual running of the Know Mississippi Better Train, inaugurated in 1925 but called off during the war, will be resumed Sunday when more than 200 goodwillers begin a two-week special train tour through the West.  Dennis Murphree, former lieutenant-governor and governor, is in charge.

        The goodwill mission, to get better acquainted with citizens of other states and to give them first-hand information on Mississippi was inaugurated in 1925 by Mr. Murphree.  It has visited every state in the Nation except Florida and has made pilgrimages into Mexico and Canada.

        State official making the trip include Dr. F.J. Underwood, state health officer; W.F. Bond, director of public welfare;  Si Corley, commissioner of agriculture; Chairman W.A. Williams of the Senate Finance Committee, and a group of legislators, including Jack Frost of Yalobusha County and Mrs. Zelma Price of Washington County as well as Mrs. Julia Starnes, state librarian.

        Twelve states and Victoria Canada, will be visited.  The train will return July 27.

THUMP IT, GOVERNOR, TO SEE IF IT'S RIPE

        ALBANY, N.Y.., JULY 17 -- (AP) --A good will delegation of 200 Mississippians presented acting New York Gov. Joe R. Hanley with a watermelon Thursday and instructed him to "thump" is to determine if it was ripe.

    "I used to do that when I was a kid," grinned the 70-year-old Lieutenant Governor, formerly of Iowa.  "But I got caught at it."

    Mississippians, headed by three state officials, visited the Capitol briefly when their "Know Mississippi Better" train stopped at Albany en route to Canada.

    The group left Jackson, Miss., July 13 and will return July 25 after visiting Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

    The Mississippi officials were: State Welfare Commissioner W.F. Bon,  Health Commissioner F.J. Underwood and Agriculture Commissioner Si Corley.

(Commercial Appeal July 18, 1947)


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