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The Southern Democrat, June 18, 1953

Barons sign on infielder at tryout camp

Birmingham’s Barons yesterday signed Billy Deavers of Route 1 Cleveland to a contract and immediately sent the young infielder to Natchez of the Class C Cotton States League, with whom the Barons have a working agreement.

Barons general manager Eddie Glennon signed the young Cleveland prospect after he saw him perform in the Yankee tryout camp at Rickwood Field.

Deavers, recently discharged from the armed forces, is as infielder who bats left handed and throws right handed. Glennon said his performance in the camp was “very impressive.” He may help the last-place Natchez club a lot and, with a little seasoning, might become a regular infielder for the Barons.

Deavers will report to Natchez today. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Deavers of Route 1 Cleveland and a graduate of Cleveland High School.

Grit from Sandy Vale
by Ruby Allgood Paris
DDT – a successful failure

When is a failure not a failure? Well, the German scientist who produced the chemical DDT thought it was a failure. He was trying out an idea as to how certain chemicals could be made to join together and produce DDT, for which he had no use whatever.

During World War II, other inventers found this chemical could be used as a very effective weapon against animals that spread human disease. Its use cut down malaria by killing mosquitoes; its use prevented epidemics of typhus, a disease spread by body lice, and it was used for rats and other pests.

Its greatest use was for peace time protection of crops. So many natural enemies of insects have been killed off that insects and disease have threatened our crops. Here DDT came in to help. But, it also brought the problem of how to prevent its killing off helpful wildlife.

The discovery of DDT could hardly be called a failure. The good it does offsets the evil when it is properly used. Gladioli bulbs stored during dormancy in DDT do need to be soaked in the Lysol solution usually used at planting time.

Sometimes DDT gets the blame for something which it is not responsible. Once, after using DDT, I found a dead cardinal and decided it must have eaten something poisoned by the DDT. Upon examination, the bird’s neck was found to be broken. Looking at the windows above the place we recalled the story of a red bird fighting a mirror thinking his image to be another bird. The glass in the windows probably acted like a mirror on this red bird.