Knife fighter Jim Bowie survives deadly brawl

Natchez, Mississippi: September 20, 1827: Formidable frontier knife fighter Jim Bowie was shot twice, stabbed “many” times, and had a sword impaled in his chest but still managed to stand, fight, and kill in a gentlemen’s duel gone dreadfully wrong.

Since dueling is illegal in Mississippi, it all happened on a sandbar on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River just west of here, yesterday. Samuel Wells of Natchez faced Louisiana doctor Thomas Maddox in a pistol duel. Each man had a large contingency of witnesses. Both men were allowed two shots at each other. Both missed. So, the actual duel ended with a laugh, with a handshake and with the opening of a bottle of wine, celebrating the dueler’s new found “friendship.”

Bowie was Wells’ second in the duel, and Judge R.A. Crane from Louisiana was Dr. Maddox’s second.

Ross Barnett assists Mississippi black woman to go to Medical School

Former gubernatorial candidate and staunch segregationist, Ross Barnett, has assisted the black family of Helen Beatrice Barnes, 22, with a medical school loan. Barnes is a Negro pre-med student, who was born here in Jackson but is a graduate of Hunter College in New York City.

Barnes’ grandmother, Harriet Watson, once worked as a domestic in the Barnett family. Apparently, Watson called Barnett, who practices law here, and told him her gifted granddaughter wanted to go to med school. Since the family had little money for such an expensive education, she asked Barnett how med school could happen.

First all black town in Mississippi founded as Mound Bayou

Two former slaves, Isaiah Montgomery, 40, and his cousin, Benjamin Green, 33, have finally realized a dream they have had since childhood – to establish Mississippi’s first all black town complete with social, economic and political freedom.

Yesterday morning, part of their childhood dreams as young slaves became a reality. They founded their all black community of Mound Bayou, some 10 miles north of here.

Both Montgomery and Green fervently believe true black freedom can be realized only in a segregated, all-black environment. The men contend that only under such racially supportive conditions can former slaves realize opportunities for individual advancement living alongside the white Southern society.

Was Como, Mississippi home a Sears & Roebuck mail-order mansion?

As rumors of a Korean conflict move quickly throughout the world, there is another type of rumor that began zipping throughout our own local world, way down here in Como this week. This local rumor darts from one citizen’s ear to another. Spoken as fact; defended as rumor. So, is this rumor heretical hearsay or historical honesty? Hard to verify. The ears in our town are evenly split over the matter.

This controversy began way back in 1919. One of this area’s successful farmers, Mr. John E. Maddux, 42, and his wife, Willie Mae, had to make a major decision in their lives.

Muppets and Jim Henson get new TV show in Washington DC

Jim Henson, a creative 18 year old puppeteer, who just completed his freshman year at the University of Maryland and who was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and who spent most of his young life in Leland, Mississippi, has just been given what he considers a huge break in his career. He has been given a puppet show called “Sam & Friends” on WRC-TV, the NBC owned station here in the nation’s capital.

What makes this puppet program unusual is that it is not designed for kids. It is produced for adults, but kids, of course, can watch, too.

“Sam & Friends” will air twice daily. First, it will air in the unheard of time slot of 6:25 PM, as a lead in to the top rated Huntley-Brinkley News Report at 6:30, and