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ALEXANDRIA DAILY TOWN TALK, ALEXANDRIA-PI NEVILLE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1957 FAC! SIX "All Ready for That First Small 'Integration' in New York Talk of Iie Town By Adras LaBorde r- oughs of New York City vigorously opposed te proposed ordinance which would open un ts to Negroes. Sen. Jaccb K. Javits (R-NY), one cf tue strongest supporters cf a tough civil rights bill affecting t-e South, is among t'nese urging a go-slow approach to the same proposal in New York. the senator is against softening any proposal aimed at the South he appears to be solidly behind moves to keep certain racial restrictions in New York.

Two-facedness is an o'd political game. It has never been practiced with greater skill than in the present civil rights squabble. Northern politicians and journalists would do well to wash their hands before pointing the f.nger of accusation at the South. The hypocrisy cf many supporters of the proposed civl rights bill is cram atic-clly portrayed in the efforts cf New York City to desegregate its own back yard. The New Yck press has been militant in its ce-rands for charges in f-e South 's soc and structure, bot has conveniently igncred probers at fl Currently the Genera! Weifa-e Committee of the Munxipal Council cf the City cf New York is wranglirg ever a proposal which would make it unlawful to establish a racial barrier in dwelling units.

Newspapers and individuals who long have championed civil rights projects for the South have been less enthusiastic about the an.ti-discriminat.on project in their home town. The real estate boards cf all five bor Congress' Tomorrows Ml RATTLINC STEPHEN FOSTER'S BONES Let's tear up the music and change the words in Yankee Doodle. From new on it's get to be Dixie Doodle. If television and radio networks, all controlled by liberal Yankees, can launder Stephen Foster's favorites to delete such words as "darky" and "massa," they'll have to emasculate strictly Northern songs as well or face a mass boycott of their media south of St. Louis.

Come to think about it, why wait until they censor Yankee Doodle? Why not start the boycott right now? This is serious business. It's bound to lead, among other things, to Dixie broadcasting and televising networks. (Whatever happened to the Yankee Network, anyway?) HOLLERING IS IN ORDER The National Broadcasting Co. says it is now using "chillun" instead of "darkies" in Stephen Foster. The Columbia Broadcasting System says it is using "folkses how my heart grows weary" in "Sewanee River." Florida yells that its state song is being tampered with.

Ditto Kentucky over the operation conducted on "My Old Kentucky Home." And why not? Loudest applause for the Yankee networks so far has come from the NAACP, whose officials say they object to any term that denotes a racial slur. These would include, they say, "darky, nigger or coon." NBC and CBS have gone further, striking out "massa," "mammy," and even "old Black Joe." Comes now a peep from South Louisiana objecting to any reference, no matter how inconspicuous, to "Cajun?" DESTROYING FOLK SONGS Stephen Foster wrote his immortal songs realistically. They had the approval of his colored neighbors, and traditionally they were sung with zest by the Negroes. Nobody objected. Had there been a protest, we probably would have never heard of Mr.

Foster, much less of My Old Kentucky Home, Sewanee River, Old Black Joe, et als. So what the radio and television biggies are doing amounts to destroying folk songs characteristic of America. And this revolting turn of events was engineered by some of the people who holler loudest and longest about "censorship." If they are allowed free rein we may wind up with "Yankeeland" instead of "Dixieland," "Down the Hudson" instead of "Red River Valley," and "New England Holiday" instead of "South of the Border." What we need is an announcement every hour on the hour that we're listening to the Rebel Broadcasting System, with the announcer daring anybody on Madison avenue to tamper with "massa" or "mammy." ing in labor unions, but chances are reported slim that Congress will do anything promptly to correct the situation by legislation. Congress has been deferring year after year suggested administration revisions in the Taft-Hartley labor law. And so it gees.

Some measures of consequence do get through the mill, of course, but their number is low. Postponement seems to be the permanent mood of Congress. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow and the day after that? Next year is an election year, and there is no finer excuse for further postponing action. The lawmakers always find is easy to avoid doing something they think might alienate one set or another of voters. There may come a day of reckoning when voters will be more insistent that legislators do what they are sent to Washington for, instead of jockeying for political position so they can get back to the capital to do nothing all over again.

Every ye3r Congress is chided in the spring months for not doing enough. Actually this has been a pretty standard pattern for a long time. Of more crucial concern is a developing congressional habit of putting things off not from month to month but from year to year. The day hardly goes by now without a news story suggesting that one or another piece of major legislation is being shoved aside. It used to be the citizens of Brooklyn who said: "Wait till next year." Now it's the beys on Capitol Hill.

Hardy perennials like statehood for Alaska and Hawaii crowd the list of postponed bills. The issue of federal aid to education, having been kicked around for a decade, still hangs suspended. Obviously it deserves to be settled one way or the other. Uncertainty breeds inaction at the state and local level, where responsibility for school construction and teacher aid rests if there is to be no federal help. This has been a big year for disclosures of racketeering and financial finagl 13---- I --MI These Davs The Father to the Child Nikita's Sheep and threw them out." Nikita may have thought this all very colorful, and rather dramatically put.

But to those of us on the outside who have paid some little attention to the doings of the Kremlin, in Stalin's time and since, the real question seems to be whether there are in fact any white sheep at ail in the herd. From this distance they all seem to be wearing matching black. Nikita Khrushchev, on location in Czechoslovakia, livened up his comments with some figures of speech, as if he were trying to steal Sir Winston ChurchiJI's platform laurels. Discussing the big ouster of Malenkov, Molotov, et the Russian communist party boss said: "We had some black sheep in a good herd. They thought they would take over power, and you know how it ended.

We took the black sheep by the tail Today's Quote "It would be silly indeed to let unsupported and irrational claims as to Soviet capabilities distort and warp sound U.S. policies and programs." W. Kenneth Davis, director of the Atomic Energy Commission's reactor development division, on Russia's grandiose nuclear plans: crime and to get away with it. For murder, he might get a death sentence or life imprisonment, depending upon the state in which he is being tried; for perjury, he gambles five 20 years of his life. Mr.

Justice Brennan says: "That old hobgoblin perjury, invariably raised with every suggested change in procedure to make easier the discovery of the truth, is again disinterred from the grave where I had thought it was forever buried under the overwhelming weight of the complete rebuttal supplied by our experience in civil causes where liberal discovery has been allowed A Political Appointee Then this New Jersey judge who was so suddenly raised to the United States Supreme Court to fit the political requirement of the moment said: "This anachronistic apprehension that liberal discovery if extended to criminal causes will 'inevitably' bring the serious and sinister dangers of perjury in its wake will seem strange to many when coming from this court which has been generally commended for its aggressive sponsorship of liberal discovery and effective pretrial procedures in civil causes and can point to the solid evidence of its beneficial results to the cause of justice without that defeat of justice through perjury foretold by the prophets of doom. There is more of this, but it is apparent that the judge does not understand the difference between civil and criminal cases just as he does not understand the difference By George E. Sokolsky Mr. Justice Brennan of the Supreme Court sired the Jencks decision which effectively opens the FBI files to defendants in courts. Actually this is what is already beginning to happen and the FBI will sooner or later have to withdraw their data in a case because they are bound not to disclose the 60urce of their information.

This could happen in a kidnapping case. Now, going back to June 25, 1953, there is a case, The State of New Jersey vs. John Henry Tune in which Judge William J. Brennan, the same who now sits on the Supreme Court of the United States, gave the dissenting opinion. It is an interesting oipnion because it is the forerunner, the parent, as it were, of the Jencks decision.

A Murder Case This was a murder case involving a confession. The defendant wanted to inspect his confession and other papers in the prosecutor's file. Chief Justice Vander-bilt, a really great jurist, wrote the decision permitting the inspection of some documents but not of the entire file. From this decision, Judge William J. Brennan dissented.

The majority opinion stated: "In criminal proceedings long experience has taught the courts that often discovery will lead not to honest fact-finding, but on the contrary to perjury and the suppression of evidence. Thus the criminal who is aware of the whole case against him will often procure perjured testimony in order to set up a false defense." This is so true. After all, the criminal's business is to commit a between a raw file in the FBI and a file readied for presentation, just as he does not understand the difference between the functions of American political parties and the Kremlin-controlled Communist Party. This is Mr. Justice Brennan's description of the taking of a confession: Not Written By Accused "The charge is murder in the first degree, allegedly committed on August 22, 1952.

In the early morning hours from 12:20 a.m. to 5 a.m. of August 24, in custody and without counsel and surrounded only by police officers, the accused had 'conversations' with detective Lieutenant Neidorf during which not the accused but the lieutenant wrote down 14 pages of 'narrative' which when completed the accused read aloud, had it read back to him by one of the officers, and signed." To this Justice Brennan objected. Precisely how, in a case involving murder, would he have had the confession prepared? Would he have called in a blonde stenographer or would he have had the man arrested for murder talk into a dictating machine? The defendant said, two months later, that he could not remember what he had said in his confession. That is a little hard to believe because this is a man up for murder and one would imagine that his peril would whet his memory.

But Justice Brennan believed him. At any rate, in this 1953 decision, the justice would make it practically impossible for the prosecution to win a case even against a murderer by careful and secret preparation. 'ROBERT E. LEE' NEXT? Funny thing, they won't lay "massa" in the cold, cold ground but it's all right to so dispose of "folkses" or "chillun." Why dont they go whole hog and lay him, her or they in "nice, warm ground?" What will happen to "Basin Street" is chilling to contemplate. It probably will be de-Southernized much like the Kremlin has de-Stalinized Russia.

There may not be any slurry language in that piece, but it certainly smacks of the traditional South; and that, obviously, is repulsive to the do-gooders. Who knows, we may even lose "Red Sails in the Sunset." The Indians were redskins, you know, and the reference to color may be repugnant to somebody in Rockefeller Center who has a soft spot for Indians somewhere in his anatomy. Comes next the laundering of "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" with a solution of NBC and CBS lye? Thinking It Over By Robert L. feffsnbacher, D.D.

25 Years Ago tn the Many tons of glue, cement and other adhesives are used in America every day. These adhesives are used to repair broken objects or to hold fast materials which become unified in the process. As a result of the application of these substances we create unity out of diversity. Almost every object in our hofnes and in our material existence is made of a variety of pieces of material held togeth- er by some cohesive method and substance. Love is the greatest cohesiu in the world.

Love is mors powerful in creating social unity and spiritual unity tiian any other force. Yet we frequently allow Indifference and hatred to dissolve this important element of life. We must eliminate these spiritual solvents so that our lives do not fall apart from lack of love. Alorw Bait mtm STalfc as permitted under the Class-Borah Amendment to the home loan bill continued to flow into the office of the comptroller of the currency. The act permits national banks to issue the currency by depositing with the treasurer of the U.S.

government bonds bearing not more than three and three-eights per cent interest and paying a one-half percent a year charge. The act would permit a maxi News highlights of July 24, 1932: The Long and anti-Long issue is brought squarely into the Louisiana senatorial campaign with the qualification of two candidates for the U.S. Senate in the Sept. 13 primary, which is equal to election. Sen.

Edwin S. Broussard, who is rigidly opposed by Sen. Huey Long, will run against Rep. John H. Overton of Alexandria, whom Long is already actively supporting.

mum expansion of $995 million in the nation's currency. Today in World Affairs An Old Word Loses Its Meaning By Weitbrook breakfast than Darrow absorb- say he would not enjoy the soc- No other word in our langu- ed in a week and very good icty of "good people" or vice age is misused, overworked hygiene, too, for the water was versa. and generally maltreated as polluted and one per cent of But I have followed this long-badly as the name of that rep- all present came down of ty- ing too far from my point, utable penal institution called phoid. Henry Mencken, by the which is that 'Hell'' has be-Hell. This facility is set forth way, was strictly a fan, not come a word of all work and in the propaganda for Heaven, a participant in such sports, no meaning in many uses a revival enterprise, as a per- though he led many a rousing which we put it to.

manent abode of the wicked, cheer for martyrs with only "To Hell and gone" had mer-This prospectus is vague and one liver to give to the cause, it long ago and "hot as Hell" in my opinion hearsay and one I never saw him go beyond needs no apology. But "A is tempted to reflect, in a low yeasted beer in a dozen drink- Hell of a note," "Cold as voice, that if individuals who ings. Hell," who, what, why and have made themselves obnoxi- I remember with longing a where "the Hell" and Hell's ous on earth are sure to be beloved scamp who ran a Bells," all of which trip from encountered in Heaven, then shakedown paper but reversed the fingers as fast as they can the alternative deserves equal the hateful process of the con- write, are as paltry and vealy time on the air venUonal blackmailer by writ- b.njhtcl Some rogues, for the long mg that this or that lady was jess." haul, would be more congenial pretty and sweet as a peach than an old-style Alabama dry in June. He thereby picked up French Had a Word' AUo in a white lawn tie who had accommodations amount- jt U5(j (0 sajd that Pari- a right to believe that he would u-Ln mnl rn'J vnlr" jian Packmen had a strange be whined straight to Heaven Me moving Patter of "partee be wnisKed straight to Heaven Mt guccumbed to his ovations and exclamations, none of for doing the Lord work un- at a Saratoga meet in Auguest, which I have to say, I ever der the 18th Amendment. she bought an entire bond is- heard outside a roomful of Darrow Wi Fraud sue of $25,000 on his weekly American soldiers and corres- uarrew was a rraua publication, the only onr.

by ponrents, There were "kind of I entertained such impieties a-v-, that ever. cimcA a a camel," "kind of a pig," at the scopes-evolution case Play-by-play account of a faro of a and name trial in Dayton, as I Same. fJf a name 0 a name." Per- gazed upon William Jennings ij0 fJit.nnn haps to the French they meant Bryan, the indomitable funda- Un9'r Meaning no more than "it beats Hell" mentalist and glutton, soon to Time marched on and the and "going like Hell" mean to pay for his intemperance with panic of '32 sent her exploring us. his life. However, Clarence the casinos at night.

She ran Time was when "Hell" was Darrow, the mocking atheist, him to earth at Nat Even's an improper expression, but booted an easy chance because Brook Club and said, "You that was long before women this old jury-fixer was a fraud remember, you told me those took to cigarettes and booze as rank as his adversary and bonds were like money in the and grew too sloopy mentally his impudent approval of booze hank." And he, with a light in insist on wit and Imagery, was strictly soapbox. He drank his lauzhing eyes that a writer I am not accusing them of sparingly and got the utmost minht have called a twinkle, all this damage to expression, mileage in print from the least replied, "Little Lady, those But let them climb back on possible octane of Blue Ridge bonds are as good as the day their pedestral and the bucks mule. A dozen locals and visit- you bought them. Put them might at least make the effort ing journalists in Dayton could away and forget about thom." to coin comparisons this side each put away more before On information and belief, I of Hell. WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 24, 1957 Alexandria Daily town Talk DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY AND CHTUSTMA3 McCORMICK AND COMPANY, Proprietors Established 18S3 MRS.

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Several hundred unemployed men rioted in the streets of St. Johns, Newfoundland, today pillaging shops and smashing windows before the riot could be quelled. A stream of inquiries from national banks concerning the possibility of their issuing currency with government bonds as security Bright spots continue to appear on the business map. As an advance in the security market was noted, the Consolidated Oil Co. noted a profit the first six months of 1932; businesses through the nation reported increases in production.

Current Comment Heart of Louisiana OUR Monthly Subscriptions are due on the first of each month. The carrier boy must pay his paper bill on the first so he must collect from his subscribers Strategically located "right in the center of everything," Alexandria has enjoyed a steady and healthy economic growth. Founded by Alexander Fulton, the city was designated the seat of Rapides Parish in 1807. From its parly days as a boat landing on the Red River, from which wagon LITTLE L-IX result is a progressive, prosperous community one which has remained clean and a good place to live. Possessed of a pleasant year-round climate, Alexandria offers abundant opportunity for outdoor sport and entertainment with scores of lakes providing one of the best freshwater fishing areas in the nation.

Ideal, too, for year-round training, this Central Louisiana area is the site of England Air Force Base and Fort Polk both important factors in the economic life of Rapides parish. Honoring the city's steady growth and rich heritage, the Alexandria Scsqulrntennial provided 28 days of fiesta, fun and fellowship during July. All Louisiana joins in paying tribute to those pioneers whose foresight and efforts are reflected in the city's sound prosperity and progressive outlook. Bell Telephone News. trains covering the Natchez trace obtained their supplies, Alexandria has prospered through the development of an abundance of nearby resources.

The geographic heart of the state, the city is the natural distribution point for Central Louisiana's rich agricultural, cattle, and forest industries. Air, rail, bus and truck routes make Alex-dria a transportation hub linking the area with ready markets in the Southeast and Southwest. Population has more than doubled in thirty years. More than 70,000 people live in Alexandria and Pineville. Over 330,000 Central Louisiana residents comprise its trade area.

Fortunately, Alexandria is no boom city. It has been spared the acute growing pains which have taxed the facilities of many American cities. Instead, its economic growth has been stable find facilities have kept pace. The LV Why do so mony women try to hitch fheir wogon to fellow who.

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