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Citizens, to turn high pressure water hose on people0 Well,
those who have been, and are, doing such things are prod
ucts of the public schools. Think it over, please.
Now7 consider the second item above, public facilities,
other than the schools. That would include a number of
things — parks, golf courses, swimming pools, the high
ways, that kind of thing. So, for the love of Mike, who is
*o foolish as to want to go to a park? Think of it those
damned pigeons, making their foolish noise and expecting
to be fed. And the golf course? Well , that s a mighty long
way to walk just to lose several dollars worth of balls.
And a swimming pool? My good God! That water dries
your skin something awful; beside, too much sun can cause
cancer, or so some researchers have said. So, you see, that s
nothing to get worked up for or about.
As to the highways, I’d advise you to stay off them.
(Have you not noted the line down the middle it s
white!) Beside that, you’d have to buy a car, and that’s one
more costly item. You see, there’s no inducement here
As to public eating places, let me tell you inis, mis i
more more more more more more more more moie omie
Southern fried food will give you an ulcer as quickly as any
thing I know about. Enough said, I think.
Voting, oh, good God! Now listen to this, please. For
almost two hundred years the whites have been voting —
and what, for example, do we have? We have east-land in
the Senate and barnett in the governor’s office. What
makes anyone think they could do better than that!
Well, there you have it. the real meat of the matter. Be
governed according to the logic I’ve shown you.
But wait! I almost forgot one thing — really not im
portant, but it should be mentioned—if you want to be
equal citizens of this nation, equal under the laws of the
land, then. I do reckon you must continue with what you’re
doing. Actually, there is dignity in it, and no man should
be denied the right to attain it.
As bad as things look—indeed, as bad as things are—
there was an incident that gives one a ray of hope. The
story goes like this:
Georgia's Mercer University, a Baptist institution, seems
to have been the beneficiary of a little missionary work in
reverse. So well did Mercer graduate Harris Mobley do his
own missionary work in Africa that one of his converts to
Christianity, Sam Jerry Oni, of Ghana, decided he wanted
to come to the United States and study at Mobley’s alma
mater. Mobley, who had helped finance Oni’s secondary
education, sponsored his application. But Mercer had al
ways been an all-white institution.
Here, indeed, was a dilemma. There were strong pres
sures to keep Mercer segregated. But many argued that
the whole church missionary program was at stake; the
alumni magazine went further, and argued: “Mercer Uni
versity is a Christian institution. A Christian ethic is here
After a good deal of soul-searching—and at the active
urging of Mercer's president. Dr. Rufus C. Harris—the uni
versity decided that it should and would admit Mr. Oni. And,
for full measure, that racial barriers would be dropped for
American Negro applicants as well.
So the missionary work came full cycle ... It shows
what good will can accomplish among people of conscience
I’m willing to bet there are several Baptists who are
thankful that Mercer isn’t in Alabama or Mississippi.
The Woy of Love or the Woy of Deoth
Always there have been two ways open to man: the way
of love and compassion, and the way of violence and death.
In our day the H-bomb and the guided missile bring man face
to face with the fact that this may be the last chance he
will have to choose.
The way of war—the continued manufacture and testing
of nuclear weapons and missiles, the policies of power and
dominance — will lead the world to utter catastrophe in
which human life itself may disappear from the earth.
The way of love, using the new sources of power to
banish poverty and hunger from the earth, could make for all
men lives of beauty and satisfaction. If you choose to turn
your back now on war, you will find many good comrades
in the struggle for peace. Write to—
Box 271
Nyock, New Yerk
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if you want to endure Harry Gold
en at his most.
In the case of this book, the
soap bubble that Harry Golden
raves about was not of such gor
geous coloration at any time, and
now’ it has gone its way with the
snow's of yesteryear. But Harry
Golden saw the iridescence. He
liked it. And when he gets fondly
fond of something, he writes a
book. This time it is about the
Jewish pack-peddler in America.
Sometimes the peddler was on
foot, and we are told how many
pounds the pack weighed out
ward-bound from the warehouse.
It was plenty heavy. In the rugged
pioneer days, when most country
bred Americans w'ashed them
selves and their clothes with
strong yellow home-made lye
soap, the peddler carried little
cakes of magic soap with the
aroma of attar of roses. The price
was not excessive. A woman could
pay for it with egg money, or even
with half a dozen hard-boiled
eggs. After all, he couldn't eat
A couple of years later the ped
dler would turn in his back-break
ing pack and graduate to a sort
of a wagon, drawn by a bony
horse, in which he managed to
carry a good load for a modern
panel truck.
In those days the usual washing
machine was a home-made cedar
tub, with longer staves at opposite
sides perforated for hand-holds. It
was not so bad, and lasted forever.
But the peddler displayed a new
status - symbol, ,the silver - bright
zinc-dipped washtub. So the old
black soot-covered washpot, that
boiled the clothes over a wooden
fire down by the spring, had a
new companion-piece. We look in
vain for the soap-powder, the
Gold Dust Twins. By the time that
came out, the Jew had a depart
ment store on Main Street.
Selling on credit to the Negro
was called “having a book on the
schwartzes,” which meant carry
ing a ledger sheet for a Negro cus
tomer. No disrespect was given or
taken. A customer is an equal,
and when you sell a person mer
chandise on credit you respect him.
In those days the Negro women
did not buy frills or luxuries of
any kind, except a gold - filled
brooch. Hundreds were sold. The
fleur-de-lis design was the most
popular. A gold wedding band cost
ten dollars, and was paid lor at'
The South Will Rise
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move was to nationalize and mo
bilize the Mississippi Guard.
Troops were dispatched to radio
stations and newspaper presses
confiscated. In addition, transpor
tation has been nationalized and
the changing of “Greyhound” to
“Whitehound” on buses belonging
to that company has been labeled
a priority project by a spokesman.
The Greyhound slogan "Take the
Bus and Leave the Driving to Us"
has been changed on the White
hound lane to “Roll w ith Ross."
As a public service the National
Anthem. Go M is-sls-sip - pi. will be
played over loudspeakers on the
buses. Buses are to be furnished
by the Mississippi Dept, of State
to principal capital cities in the
South for the White Freedom Ride
movement. Although denied bv a
spokesman, it can be inferred that
the refugee rate has influenced
the Central Government in its de
cision to provide Whitehound
buses for this service.
APRIL 6: Due to the large num
bers of refugees requesting politi
cal asvlum in Tennessee. Louisi
aba, and Alabama, the State
Department has opened temporary
consulates on the borders of these
states. This problem is particu
larly severe in Louisiana and Ar
kansas due to traffic on the
Mississippi River.
lators are moving into the boat
business in this riverfront metrop
olis—water skiis are at a premium.
Several businessmen have asked
for loans from the “Balance Gov
ernment with Industry Board” of
the nation's Central Government
for the purpose of establishing
water ski factories in Vicksburg
and Natchez. Row-boats, barges,
and pleasure craft of all descrip
tions are practically unobtainable
even at black-market prices.
campus of the University of Mis
sissippi has been made into a de
tention camp for those who have
participated in Un-Mississippi ac
tivities. The Physical Plant Dept,
has been hastily converted into a
maximum security prison. Specu
lation is rampant that members of
the A.A.U.P. will be its first occu
pants. Several A.A.U.P. members
were reported missing during the
night. In rounding up United States
Federal officers, military loyalists,
intellectuals, and people from for
eign nations whose countries are
members of the United Nations,
George Lincoln Rockwell, Director
of the M B.I. (Mississippi Bureau
the rate of twenty-five cents a
The merchant satisfied the
rules of public accommodation in
those days. The Negro women
could try on the ready-to-wear
house dresses over their clothes
on one side of the wagon, while
the white women on the other side
of the wagon (who made their
own clothes) were looking over
the stock of needles, thread, but
tons, ribbons, and lace. They were
all neighbors, at least, sometimes
friends. If a Negro woman wanted
a Sunday dress, and couldn’t pay
for it, she might borrow a dollar
from the white woman, and work
out the lpan in service.
The book goes on & on & on.
You’d better read it.
of Investigation) said, “Patriotic
citizens of the Sovereign Nation
of Mississippi will have nothing'to
fear from these subversive ele
ments. Since we believe in Free
dom of Speech, moderates will not
be jailed at this time.”
This reporter has been under
surveillance by the M B.I. for 48
hours. It is not known how long
these communiques will be trans
It has been rumored that prison
ers on the University campus will
be exchanged for the Mississippi
Delegation to the Congress of the
United States. Former Represen
tative Frank Smith, however, has
been declared persona non grata
by the Benefactor and exchanges
will not be offered for his return.
1 n- Pi’Onn ior \7nr ii'AOrrli o n i
today that ambassadors from the
Union of South Africa, Portugal,
Mississippi and Southern Rhode
I sia will meet next week in this
I capital city to draw up a Mutual
Aggression Pact. The Pact will be
known as WHITE.
13: The Mississippi Greys (named
for their Confederate forebearers)
moved out today; the company
will join a large force in Gulfport
to prepare for embarkation to
Cuba in the near future. Mississip
pi troops will join other WHITE
troops in the liberation of that
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