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J by HARRY FLEISCHMAN National Labor Service
“Cord cannot expect justice in
• a court1 whose judges are
chickens.” — African proverb
quoted by R a I p h Bu n c h e at
United Auto Workers con
What would you think if Robert
Welch, head of the John Birch So
ciety, were to announce gleefully
that “right-wing extremism is on
the wane in the United States?”
. > That you were in Alice’s Wonder
land? Don’t faint. He didn’t say it.
But Dr. Kenneth D. Wells, presi
dent of Freedom’s Foundation of
Valley Forge, Pa., did make that
statement in Los Angeles recently.
And Wells is a peculiar guy to be
making such comment. The Foun
dation makes awards to deserving
“patriotic” groups and individuals.
Among the most frequent award
winners is one of the most active
extreme -right groups in the
nation, the National Education
Program of Searcy, Ark. NEP’s
film, “Communism on the Map,”
maintains that communism has
already conqured the entire world
except for West Germany, For
mosa, Switzerland and the United
Old Ito. xi CMuaicD Aiwcianoui
socialism with communism. ■
Other “patroits” who have re
ceived awards from Freedom’s
Foundation Include Tom Anderson,
Southern leader of the John Birch
Society, who calls the National
Council of Churches the “National
Council of Judases”; Dr. Nicholas
Nyaradi, whose lectures are dis
tributed by the John Birch Society
, and similiar characters.
, In November 1958, reports the
president Wells addressed some
300 teachers at Lampasas, Texas.
He told them that the Russians
“are warming up for the kill, but
not until we are softened up by
left-wing commentators, left-wing
editorial writers, left-wing
teachers, and left-wing leaders.'*
Added Wells: “I have a daughter 1
In Temple University and she :
comes home in tears almost every 1
night from the socialistic things
she hears there.” Wells went on <
to blame minority racial and reli
gious groups for spreading such i
“Un-American” doctrines. <
It is the same Mr. Wells who is <
now telling his listeners: ’’Freedom ;
is table talk again for the first (
time” and that “the job before all ]
of us is to put our passions aside
and calmly re-examine our Amer- i
ican heritage.” !
It was La Rochefoucald who j
■ i
observed that "Hypocrisy is the
homage that vice pays to virtue."
Ray Nasher of Dallas tells us
that his 9-year-old daughter wrote
a composition for school entitled,
"The Universe and Other Things."
For a day, my 13-year-old son
Peter was a Mexican School
teacher . Well, not really, but that
was his role at a Mexican fiesta
in Levittown, Long Island. The
fete had its inception last summer
when Richard Streb, head of social
studies at the Jonas E. Salk Junior
High School, was vacationing
south of the border. He came upon
Escondia, an isolated village 150
miles west of Mexico City, where
the one-room adobe school had no
running water, no electricity and
no books. But the 45 improverished
Mexican children, 19 of them
orphaned, were thristy for knowl
Back at the well-equipped Salk
School, Streb described to his stu
dents the plight of the youngsters
in Escondida. The 1,300 Salk stu
dents launched a one-day fiesta,
to bring books, clothing and food
to Escondida’s boys and girls. They
boned up on exciting and colorful
Mexican music and folk dances.
Authentic Mexican jewelry, arts
and crafts were on sale. The Fonda
de la Luna, a Mexican - style
restaurant operated by home eco
nomics students, served tortillas,
chili and tacos, while the Restau
rante Norte Americano competed
with hot dogs.
The Salk students, teachers and
parents knew they cannot solve
all of Escondida’s problems. Their
wonderful fiesta did raise $3,000
for Escondida’s youth—certainly a
lively and practical approach to
social studies—and to brotherhood
across borders.
♦New York Painters District
Council 9, faced with a growing
shortage of apprentices has dis
covered the untapped source of
manpower available among the
city’s minority groups. Working
with the Urban League and settle
ment houses, the union has re
cruited 300 new apprentices, 130
)f them Negro and Puerto Rican
youngsters who never had a
chance to learn a skilled trade
♦The New York Typographical
Jnion has a five-year apprentice
;hip program. Five out of the 15
graduates this year were Negroes.
•After much prodding, a leading
Dallas hotel, the Sheraton-Dallas,
>pened its doors to an unsegre
;ated two-day meeting of the
Jnited Packinghouse Workers Dis
rict Five Council. The Manage
nent later invited the union to
nake a return visit.
When we look at the Communist
ecord of broken treaties and im
>erialist aggression, we tend to be
ome complacent about our own
'irtues. I received a useful jolt re
ently when I read of the follow
ing incident in FELIX FRANK
Before World Wa r I, reports
frankfurter, his office adjoined
hat of the Army’s Judge Ad
•wocate General, Enoch H. Crowder.
Just after the U.S. armed forces
seized the customs house at Vera
Cruz in Mexico, Gen. Crowder
said to Frankfurter:
“I’ve just been over to the
White House and I’m asked to
write a memorandum whether
that seizure should be treated as
an act of war and what its status
is in international law. Will you
work with me on that?”
Frankfurter, later to become
a U.S. Supreme Court Judge,
shocked Crowder with this re
ply: “General, I’m going to asked
to be excused. I don’t have to
work on that. I know the answer
to that.”
“You do?”
“Yes, I do.”
“What is the answer?”
“It would be an act of war
against a great nation; it isn’t
against a small nation.”
“I can’t give him that.”
“I know you can’t, but that’s
the answer.”
In the Bible it is written: “Why
beholdest thou the mote that is in
thy brother’s eye but considere«t
not the beam that is in thine own
eye .”
This year, Easter and Pass
over coincided. On Good Friday,
Washington’s National Press Club
had available on every table not
XlUl UUJ)J» 141 J«jj UUl 1V1&IZ.UI1
as well. But they still don’t admit
women to membership!
The world’s oldest peace treaty,
a chunk of baked clay shaped like
a soccer ball and covered with tiny
cuneiform signs, was recently on
display at an exhibition of Yale
University’s Babylonian Collection.
The treaty ended 500 years of
border warfare between the Su
merian states of L a g a s h and
Umma. Maybe there’s hope about
the cold war yet!
Ever since the Luddites in
Britain a hundred and fifty years
ago wrecked machines and burned
factories, man has been trying un
successfully to fight against labor
saving machinery. We can’t lick
automation but it is nice to know
that some men are ingenious
enough to cope with some of its
of a “professor who tried desper
ately to resign from a book club
only to be hounded by new books
and perforated billing cards every
month, in spite of his frenzied
pleas. His ultimate solution was to
punch several new holes in a card,
returning it to the book club with
out comment. He’s been liberated
ever since.’’
If you can’t lick 'em, join ‘em, I
always say.
The Petal Papei
Thursday of every other week by THE
gomery, Ala.
Published by East Publications Co.,
Box 1486. Hattiesburg, Miss.
Entered as second class matter at
the Post Office at Petal. Mississippi,
under Act of March ‘8,* 1879.
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gomery. Ala.
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An Illness At Appomattox
(Continued From Page 2) "
ties as a reporter of significant
Muse has a sense of history, and
the story is cast against the back
drop of the Southern Region in
transition. He identifies trends and
forces in operation, he cites actual
statements, ho takes us behind the
scenes in Virginia’s legislature, he
illustrates his points with anec
dotes. One emerges from reading
his account with a new under
standing of what really happened,
with a sense of having been
through the ordeal. It should be
noted that Ben. Muse, native Vir
ginian, and one-time candidate
for Governor of the Old Dominion,
believes that the Court was right
in its decision, that acceptance of
that decision was mandatory on
the part of all who recognize the
Twentieth Century. Thus, he is
a credit to, and a symbol of the
best that Virginia has produced.
That is quite an accolade consid
ering Virginia’s other famous sons
who have contributed so much to
our democratic philosophy, but it
is one that is given deliberately
for it has been earned.
Quite another sort of book is
Howard Carwile’s Speaking From
Byrdland. This is a collection of
radio broadcasts, short editorial
comments, made during Virginia’^
years of crisis. Mr. Carwile is
angry. He is angry with Mr. Byrd
and all southern politicians, he is
angry with southern moderates, he
is angry with Negro conservatives
and moderates, he is angry with
the inactivity of the national ad
►■ministration. Anger pours forth in
most every article in his book.
Those who are already angry, this
book will make more angry; those
who are not angry, it will stir to
ANCE by Benjamin Muse. (In
diana University Press, Blooming
ton, Indiana. $3.95.)
by Howard H. Carwile. (Lyle
Stuart, New York City 12, $3.00.)
anger. But in neither case will it
focus their anger and convert it to
well thought out action. In many
ways, the book reveals more about
the author than the subject on
which he writes. Yet, it is a book
worth reading for it demonstrates
what frustration can develop
when local politicans stand trying
to hold back the inevitable, pre
tending that Appomatox never
happened or that the Twentieth^
Century is not yet here.
Both books should serve as a
warning to those who profess a
belief in “states’ rights,” for it is
obvious that those who prostitute
the doctrine by identifying it with
unworthy cause® and illegal issues
do it great harm. A proper respect
for state’s rights carries with it a
strong commitment to states’ re
sponsibilities. Among the prime
responsibilities of the states is the
protection of the constitutional
rights of all citizens, respect for
the law of the land, maintenance
of law and order, regard for the
due process of law, and unswerv
ing loyality to justice and free
dom for even the weakest of her
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children's children . . •"
Did you know that—
Geneticists estimate that tests of H-bombs already
completed may ultimately mean 13,000 more deformed
babies born? And that each new test adds unknown
numbers to that tragic total?
The Council of Atomic Scientists in Great Britain
has warned that as many as 50,000 people may get
cancer as a result of tests already performed?
9,235 scientists from many countries, including
36 Nobel Prize winners, have called ending of nuclear
tests “imperative”!
uipiomai ueorge j*. ivennan wmes—
“I have expressly refrained from speaking, in
connection with these other matters, of that aspect of
the atomic problem that now worries many of my
countrymen most of all: namely, the damage that
may be done to our human environment and to- the
genetic make-up of human beings by the mere testing
of these fearful weapons, not to mention their actual
use in war...
“Surely it is better that many of us should die
somewhat before our time, than that we should live
at the cost of prejudicing the conditions of life for our
children. So long therefore, as the scientists disagree
about the effects of all this testing, it is our duty to
be guided by our obligation to other generations—not
just our own”
—George F. Kennan, BBC
December 1, 1957.
Write the President today to stop the testing of nuclear weap
ons. And to find your comrades in the struggle against war
and for peace, write - - -
The Fellowship Of Reconciliation
Box 271 Nyack, N. Y.

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