The Delta Democrat-Times from Greenville, Mississippi on July 12, 1960 · Page 4
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Greenville, Mississippi
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Tuesday, July 12, 1960
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HOODING CARTER Editor mid Publish*: JOHN T. OIHSON General Manager Grccnvlllo, Miss., Tuesday, July 12, I960 Wore it left to me to decide whether wa should hnvo a government without nowsijBpors or newspapers without government, I should not licsitutc a moment to prefer the latter, --Thomas Jefferson Sandbags In An Angry Sea T HERE arc limes In Mississippi when it seems the only voices heard in public discussion are those of the demagogue, the professional bigot, and the political hack. Our headlines are dominated by their utterances, and their policies are often reflected in the policies of the stale government. But headlines do not necessarily reflect the entire picture. Across the state there are men and women who are willing to publicly oppose the latter-day Know-Nothings. Two ot them were in Greenville over the weekend. Both are newspapermen. O n e is Paul Pittman, editor-publisher of the Tylertown Times and president of the Mississippi Young Democrats, who spoke to the Rotary Club last Thursday on the need for reason in approaching our manifold problems. It was not the appeal of a radical, either of the right or left, but of a native son deeply disturbed by the sway which emotion has over our actions and reactions. It is a sign of our sickness that his reasonable, moderate words must have appeared to some in his audience to be near-treason to Mississippi's "way of life." Said Pittman: "I believe our social system can be maintained without undergoing the process of annihilating precious freedoms and can be maintained without book burning, thought control and without the need of making slanderous attacks on good citizens and good Americans." A rational enough statement, but one which many of our legislators and certainly our governor are unwilling to endorse. In tho editorial columns o£ his south Mississippi weekly however, Pitlman is willing to say it over and over again. Therein lies part of the state's hope for the future. And hope, too, can be derived from the editorial job being done by Oliver Emmerich, editor of the Jackson State Times and editor- publisher of the McComb Enterprise-Journal, and his son John Emmerich, managing editor of the McComb paper. Before coming to Greenville for a weekend visit, tho younger Emmerich wrote a column in Friday's E n t e r p r i s e Journal which echoed the sentiments of thousands of Mississippians disturbed by the Citizens Council's $20,000 tax gift from the Sovereignty C o m m i s s i o n . He wrote: "It is the Citizens Council which, while appealing to many persons of respectability, also encourages the hotheads and the violent men of the South who are looking for a reason to do violence in the name of segregation. This the organization may deny, but it is an opinion held by many who have not hastened to join the banner of the Citizens Council. "The fact is, the Citizens Council is not Ihe proper agency to represent Mississippi to the rest of the nation and to the world." Emmerich wrote this on the same day most of the state's papers were busy looking the other way, or pretending the issue of granting tax money to a private organization didn't exist. It is not wise to attack sacred cows in Mississippi, and the Citizens Council is the most sacred cow of all. But Emmerich did publicly disagree with the Sovereignty Commissions action end with the Citizens' Council and Pitlman did give a speech decrying botk burning and emotionalism. These are healthy signs. They are even healthier when it is considered that both me;i are Mississippi-born graduates of the University of Mississippi, whose attachment to their slate is attested by their presence. So long as such men continue to write what they believe, that long will hope exist that Mississippi will inevitably emerge from its present intellectual, political and moral pit. Reason, Pittman quoted William James as writing, is like a sandbag in an angry sea. And when enough sandbags are put into place, a dike is formed behind which rational men and women can plot their future course. No More Lake Vandalism N OW that Mississippi has a pleasure boating law and a commission to enforce it, disputes on the use of our abundant open water need not be settled by midnight skulduggery and damage to public property. We sympathize with fishermen who have been using Lake Ferguson and the Upper Lake for years now that the pleasure boat boom is creating a terrific amount of high speed traffic there. On the other hand, felling trees across the chute connecting the two lakes and deliberately smelling up the beaches with old fish is not the way to secure adequate peace and quiet for fishermen. The first thing necessary is the use of common sense by pleasure boaters. In the Delta, and especially along the Mississippi River, we have a great abundance of lakes and navigable streams. There Is room for every Delta skior and boater -- and for the fishermen too, If the high speed folk practice a little common courtesy. Give fishermen a wide berth and slow down when passing fishermen so high wakes don't disturb them. If these measures fail, we feel that the Mississippi Boating Committee should zone Lake Ferguson lo protect the fishermen. Speed limits in sucli places as the chute may be of value not only to preserve the tranquillity of fishermen but also to protect the pleasure boater. But the practice of courtesy by both fishermen and pleasure boaters could end the vandalism on the lake and the disturbance of fishermen, and make stringent regulations unnecessary. Common sense, not law, is all the situation should require. Marlow Says; Young Leaders Will Face Many New Problems By JAMES MARLOW LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tho 1960 political conventions, although they figure to be the dullest in years, are in a very real sense part of the birth pangs of a new and revolutionary era. It will be a double revolution-in men and events. 1. Almost everywhere around the world before the end of the IMOs a new, younger generation of men will have become the new leaders, none of whom was a dominant figure only 15 years ago when World War II ended. 2. The struggle between the United Slales and communism has within Ihe past few months entered a new, intense, and unpredictable phase which will require new American vision, ef- forls. methods and strategy. The Democratic convention this week and the Republican convention later this month will blaze the way toward the new leadership when they pick (heir presidential candidates. Almost certainly the Democrats will name Sen. John F. Kennedy, 43, while the Republicans will choose Vice President Richard M. Nixon, 47. Only 15 years ago neither of them held any public office nor was known. Tlio oMer generation of leaders --all of whom were dominant figures by the end of the war--is coming to an end, either through retirement or through the disability or death which is the product of old age. President Eisenhower's term ends six months from now. Time eventually will force out such others as France's President Charles de Gaulle, West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, Nationalist China's Chiang Kai-shek, Red China's Mao Tsc- Tung, India's Prime Minister Nehru, and even Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Kennedy has already spoken at some length on the leadership problems ahead. Nixon says he is waiting until nominated lo announce his own programs. Even if Nixon were inclined to follow Eisenhower's conservative policy at home and Eisenhower's foreign policy, which was simply an extension of former President Truman's foreign policy, events would compel a change. For example: In the past few months relations between the United Stales and the Soviet Union have reached their lowest point in years; tiny Cuba has become a major problem Ihrough Russian inlerference; this country will have lo make efforts perhaps far broader and more intense than any ever made before to keep Lalin America on the side of the United States. There will be Ihe task of devising some new means, hardly considered necessary until very recently, to keep Ihe new republics of Africa out of communism; to prevent communism from getting ahead in weapons; to stand off Red China which in these next JO years will probably become powerful and aggressive in a way unimagined now. In these next 10 years, unless the signs are wrong, Ihe world may be in a turmoil yet undreamed of. Letter TO Editor , Now,' Let Us Consider The Next \Ycll-Kuown. Candidate ..." Louis? Eskrlgge Crump'* I ·%·!*?« ' Today In National Affairs Kennedy Has Votes But Many Back Johnson By DAVID LAWRENCE ally bought, but in politics the sory. For the fact Is lhat the LOS ANGELES--It's the pnliti- ambitious are ready to give their Massachusetts senator has solid cal paradox of the century. Sen- support for what they can get commitments. His lieutenants ator Kennedy has the votes lo out of it laler, eilher through ap- have done (heir work well. They win UK nomination, but a mn- pointments to office or other fa- didn't rely on mere promises of jority of the delegates them-' vors in federal, state or city gov- support. They actually selected selves, if Ihey had not been irre- ernments. the delegates in local organiza- The Kennedy strength is incalculably greater than his opponents ever believed. When any thick and thin, candidate gets within hailing dis- Q , lance of a nomination, only a miracle can prevent his winning it. The "stop Kennedy" plots have been numerous, but vocably committed in advance to the Massachusetts senator, would vote this week for Senator Lyndon Johnson. senator For the Texas real choice of t h e delegates here. There's no doubt about it. Every conversation with key men in various delegations confirms that appraisal. The feeling is lhat Johnson could surely win in November and that Kennedy is likely to be beaten by Nixon. The contrast is between a youthful candidate and on experienced leader. Letter To Editor Writer Praises Police Service During Carnival To The Editor: Then why doesn't the conven- (This is a carbon copy of a lion nominate the man of its letter sent to Police Chief W. C. good question, Burnley) choice? That's _ and to answer it one must be I have been instructed by the familiar with the arts of precon- entire membership of the Benpo TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee; for thou. Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. --Psalm 9:10 The Delta Democrat-Times This newspaper welcomes letters to the editor to be published so long as Ihey remain within Ihe boundaries of decency and libel taws. The name of the sender may be wilh h«H on request, bul all tuch letters must be signed and return addresses given if they are to be considered for publication. Published every afternoon (except Saturday) and Sunday by: The Times Publishing Co., Inc., 201 Main St., Greenville, Miss. Subscription Rates Delivery by carrier 35c per week. Mail subscriptions payable in advance to subscribers living in Washington and adjoining counties not served by dealers and carriers, $12.00 per yew, six monlhs, (.50. By mill all other areas within United States: One year 515.CO; 6 months '3,00; onr month JI.50. No Ike To Public The Delta Democrat-Times does not intentionally misinterpret any individual thing. Correction will be cheerfully made of any erroneous statement called to our attention. The Associated Press and United Press are exclusively entitled to use (or rcpublicalion of all the news dispatches credited to them or not otherwise credited in this newspaper. All rights of rcpubliealion herein are also reserved. Entered »s Second Class m«lter »t th« Poit Office l Greenville, Miss., under Act of Mtrcb S, JS7J. Donation To Citizens Council Dismays Writer To The Editor: I must look with growing concern at what is happening in Mississippi today. Many of my friends and acquaintances will remember thai I conferred with the State Sover- eignly Commission shortly alter it was first set up. I received much criticism for this, but I felt, and still feel, that my people should be represented when such agencies act. I have little hope any more that we can be heard by Ihe Sovereignty Commission as it is now organized. I do not feel that we can sit silently by and let what is happening go without protest. It is not right for a state agency to speak with the tongue of a private organization. It is not »ht for J20.000 of our tax money to be given to a group lhat is made up of a minority of our people and who r e p r e s e n t themselves to Ihe rest of the nation as speaking the mind of all Mississippi. I am dslressed by the number of line officials who have been fired from their jobs by the present administration. I cannot believe that what is happening is ',ood for our stale, or t h a i Ihe example we are selling puls our slate in ils best light before the rest of the nation. We must set a good example first before we try lo persuade others that we are right. W. M. Holmes 1014 Nelson Street the Kennedy movement. T h i s means that commitments were made months ago. It shouldn't be inferred lhat votes were aclu- Delta Scene Through (his column we've helped to liud lost dogs, cats, a monkey, and on one occasion a parakeet, but this time we are seeking rt mare named "Mary." She is the beloved property of Mrs. W. J. Hamilton, Highway 82 East whose telephone number is 2-G769. Mary 'a a Tennessee walker, a sorrel, blaze face with two stocking feet and she is slightly swayback. As an added bit of information sho is expecting a colt. And this may be the answer to her disappearance. Mary may not hava liked the maternity arrangements made for her at home and may have set to make hor own. This of course is just guessing, but we do know that she has gone and that her owner is heartbroken and of course very worried because of the approaching accouchement. So if any of you have seen Mary, please contact Mrs. Hamilton. life of a future ballerina was all work and no play. Visti Ann Harvey of Hollaixtale, one of Francis Hickmnn's most promising young dance students of eight years standing, has just relumed from attending the Residential School of Dance, Roads End Farm on Lake Caddo, Karnack, Texas. Five hours of the day devoted to dance study were required. And all types were taught. Heading the school was Denard Haden, who is choreagrarAer for the famous Kilgore Kangereltes o( Kit- gore College, Texas. But there are more than five hours in a day and into these remaining hours a lot of fun was packed. There were swims in the lake and boating and horseback rides as well as all kinds of games and by way of real relaxation of course there were dances. Tourists are flocking into and through Greenville by the hundreds. They are enroute to all parts of the world and service stations of this area are gelling a chance at big sales. My guess is that the Shell filling station on Hghway 82 Hast is attracting a great many of the women drivers. That station has the trim clean appearance that women look for, Colorful shrubs and flowers, and' a well tended look attract the woman driver, and station owners should be looking for that business as over half the cnrs being driven across the country this summer have women at the wheels. I hear that in the recent Clubs Awards program the American Legion Auxiliary won 5 coolers. Now, what n lot of us want lo know is what in the name of heaven are the women going to do with that many coolers? Cone are the days when the David Burpee, a well known member of American horticultural circles, is off to Japan to study the latest techniques used by Japanese horliculturalists in plant hybridizing and seed production. In Japan he will spend most of his time touring Japanese seed industry as a guest of prominent Japanese seed merchants. But don't think Mr. B. has forgotten his home work. Prior to departure he air-expressed two large boxes to American Ambassador Douglas MacArthur II suggesting that the boxes holding "Friendship Flowers" . be presented to the Emperor of Japan" as a slight token of the friendship of the American people for the people of Japan." And I'm sure thnt you don't have to be told thai Mr. B's the "Friendship Flower" is just nno- ther name for his beloved marigolds and that he is still hard at work trying to convince the American people that the nation's flower should be the marigold. lions who would stand by the Massachusetts senator through il, too, about tho religious issue. But it is in a form that's beneficial to Senator Kennedy. Thus in , , . . . . Pennsylvania, whore Governor one by one Ihey are proving ,llu- , awrence has ,,,,,,,, lry - m to steer a middle course, the pressure from down the line, specially at the local precinct level, is substantial. The governor is a Catholic and has dreaded seeing the religious issue dragged into the campaign, but in the end he will have to succumb lo pressure or find himself at odds with large numbers of Catholic voters in his state. Thai's the way Ihe dilemma of the Pennsylvania · governor is described by Pennsylvania sources. Unquestion- Bcnnctt Cerf's Try And Stop now he has to release his delegates to vote as they wish. In state after state the "unit rule" has been a help to Senator Kennedy. It means that "en ably the governor would prefer either Lyndon Johnson or Adlai Stevenson. Perhaps last week the governor thought he could venlion strategy and the influ- Arnold-Knowles American Legion keep his delegation neutral, but ence of organization politics nl Post 32 to exlend a vote of thanks the local level. for the high manner of per- Again and again, as one formance of duty exhibited by talks to delegates of the inde- your policemen during Ihe Green- pendent type, they bemoan the ville Water Carnival. fact lhat deals and trades inside Many out-of-town visitors were a thin majority for a certain the states have, brought Senator here during the holidays and candidate is enough to compel Kennedy his delegate strength, many commendable remarks were the vote of the entire delegation They tell of the enrly efforts of made by them regarding the ef- to be cast for the candidate do- pro-Kennedy men extending back ficiency of our police force. We sired by the majority. In many for four years. are therefore confident that a bet- of these states the minority are It takes time and money to line tor relation with our neighbors outspoken in favor of Senator up a first or second-ballot victory will result from your work. The Johnson. such as Senator Kennedy has success of the Greenville Water Notwithstanding the Kennedy in sight. Some estimates are Carnival was due largely to Tour strength, it is amazing how the that S5.000.000 has been spent in Oe Force on your part. groumlswcll for Lyndon Johnson Charles W. Safford has grown in recent weeks. Bui Adjutant-elect white a groundswell may be a re- The American Legion flection of how Ihe voters in a Beppo-Arnold Knowles Post 32 given stale feel, Ihis docs not Kim Novak was chatting in a Beverly Hills hotel suite when a pnge boy told her. "A lady in the lobby says to tell you the car is wailing." "Are you sure," inquired Kim, "lhat the lady didn't say the coach is waiting?" "She did," smiled the boy, "but t knew sho was putting on the dog." Miss Novak tipped him and went out to meet Iho coach -- her acting conch. A cute student nurse flagged a doctor in Ihe corridor and implored, "Come and look at the patient in Room 807, Ho must be delirious. He keeps asking for his wife," sway the delegates. They are responsive only to the leaders a n d t h e organizations t h a t brought them here and, in many instances, paid their travel and hotel expenses. The Kennedy build-up of (he last few months, including Ihe intensive work done in the primaries on behalf of Senator Kennedy, has paid olf. For everyone who has had experience with past political conventions k n o w s what "bandwagon" psychology is, Most local politicians want to be found with the winner at the moment of his triumph. T h e y watch n first ballot and, even while the voting is in progress, Ihe switching from "favorite sons" or other candidates becomes a kind ol panic. A few The census taker in a backwoods district reported at Ihe end of his first dny: 'There were 41 males, 20 females, and one refused lo answer." (c) I960, by Bennett Cerf Distributed by King Features Syndicate decades ago the late Senator Claude Swanson of Virginia drew up a set of maxims fo rthe guidance of politicians attending national conventions. One piece of wisdom was something to this effect: "Always climb aboard before the last car leaves the station--never be left behind." There are many politicians who are pondering right now whether to desert their respective heroes and clamber aboard the Kennedy "bandwagon," but, even as they do so, they wish Ihey could be cheering for Lyndon Johnson of Texas. For they think lhat, of all the Democratic aspirants, he alone can win in November. (Copyright. 1560, New Herald Tribune Inc.) York Drew Pearson's Convention Sidelights From LA To Pa. LOS ANGELES -- The Kennedy family leaves nothing to chance, Pcler I.awford, brother-in-law of Sen. Kennedy and TV slar in "The Thin Man," corralcd 100 flerlz Drive-lt-Yourself cars in car-scarce Los Angeles, plus 55 limousines. This was on lop of 12 limousines reserved by Sen. Kennedy himself. When delegates want a lift to the convention h a l l , Kennedy cars can take them. Kennedy has made a one- sided bet with Stewart AIsop of the Saturday Evening Post that he will pay AI- sop 525,000 if he, Kennedy, runs for vice president on a Stevenson ticket. Kennedy nrade a firm commitment. Alsop agreed to pay nothing. Opponents of Sen. Kennedy are still probing what it was that Bobby Kenne- kicked in the shins for doing what they didn't do, and belled over the head for being what they're not. To some extent this is true of Ihe two top candidates, Lyndon Johnson and Jack Kennedy, regarding the two top issues fac-' ing the nation. On the question of foreign affairs, Kennedy has been criticized as inexperienced and uncourageous. On the other top problem, the race issue, Johnson has been called soft on civil rights. As I have watched these two men in the Senate, I would say lhat Kennedy has had great courage on foreign policy, I do not agree with Mrs. Roosevelt. He even led the unpopular fight for foreign aid to the satellite countries against the position taken by many of his own churchmen. Johnson, on the other hand, has generally taken the easy- course on foreign affairs. He has gone along with Ike's downward dy held out to Gov. Mike Di Salle skidding foreign policy, and alto make him swing all the Ohio delegates to the Kennedy camp six months before Ihe convention. They're checking on a rendezvous Governor Di Salle is reported to have had in a Pittsburgh mciel with Bobby Kennedy and John Bailey, Kennedy's leader in Connecticut. Bobby Kennedy, then counsel r( Ihe McClellan Committee, had the power of subpoena and used it freely. most every time Ike has skidded further into a rut, Lyndon has slapped him on the back and wrapped the bipartisan flag around his shoulders. Johnson's Criticli However, when It comes to solving the most important do- 1 mestic problem facing the United Slales, it is my opinion that Johnson would do a courageous, constructive job in ironing out South. Many Negro leaders have been critical of Johnson. Their criticism isn't half as virulent as that of his own southern friends when he bulldozed the civil rights bill through the Senate last winter. This was only the second civil rights bill in history to be adopted, and Johnson was largely responsible for passing both. This.brought cries of outrage from the South. "Lyndon Johnson becomes eyesore in U. S. politics." wrote the Mobile Register. "Smart Johnson maneuver may hurt him in South," criticized Ihe Pensacola Journal, while the Florida Times Union editorialized: "South grows crop of Machiswcllis." ' ' "The second face of Lyndon," was the way the Augusta, Ga., Chronicle described Johnson. The Macon, Ga., Telegraph advised "Soulh should look about for Johnson replacement." . . . The Jackson (Miss.) News was the most vitriolic of all. Its editorial was captior.ed: "Lyndon Johnson, the traitor." . . The Columbia (S. C.) State called Lyndon's civil rights move a "slick trick," while the Anderson (S. C.) Independent warned: "Lyndon Johnson could outsmart himself.". . And the what he is." Note--What's needed to solve (he racial problem is statesmanship and understanding. Johnson has both. ing for vice president. Anyway, the head of tha Roosevelt family is slill standing pat for Stevenson. Roosevelt Family Split The Roosevelt family, except for youngest son John, who bolted to Ihe Republicans, has slrxxl like a rock together behind the same candidates. The issue of Jack Kennedy, however, split the family wide open. The matriarch, Eleanor Roosevelt, made her opposition to Sen. Kennedy quite clear in her Saturday Evening Post series March 8, 1958, when she said Kennedy had dodged the issue of McCarthyism. Later, on APC's college press conference, she was even more blunt. "It has seemed to me that what you wanted in your next president was someone whose courage in taking stands was unquestioned. 1 don't Ihink I need repeat here what T have said about Sen. Kennedy a great many times." Mrs. Roosevelt's t h i r d son, Franklin Jr., soon deserted his mother and came out for Kennedy. It's been widely reported that he will be Secretary of Ihe Navy in the Kennedy cabinet. Lai- Nashville Banner, putting John- er Mrs. Roosevelt's eldest son, son in the same category as "such highbinders as Humphrey, Douglas, Javils, and Morse," said "lo- Jimmy, also deserted. came out for Kennedy. less widely reported that Kcnn Two Key Pennsylvanians On small things turn the picking of presidents. The two top political leaders of Pennsylvania, Congressman Bill Green of Philadelphia and Gov. Daviil Lawrence of Pittsburgh, come from opposite ends of the state and don't particularly like each other. But both are Catholics, both Democrats, are! up to a point have to get along with each other. Green can pull the rug out from under Lawrence's shaky support in the stale legislature any time. Lawrence has been against Kennedy, feels that too many Catholics on a Democratic ticket would elect Republicans. Lawrence, who did a great job as mayor of Pittsburgh, wants to do an equally constructive job as govenwr of Pennsylvania. But he can't do it without controlling his legislature. Green, who bosses the politics of heavily Catholic Philadelphia, doesn't worry about the rest of Ihe stale. Privately he has favored Kennedy. On how Ihcse two city bosses solve their differences He too will depend the vote on Pennsyl- It was vania's huge 81-vote delegation which in turn may decide tha Sometimes in politics people get the bitterness thil h*l up}«t tho d«y th« South MM Johnson for edy had talked to him *bout ruruv presidency of thi United Slatti

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