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Letters To Editor •j K1J.1S & illlUjBKUU Ceruuuu Buonc /vccounumts Clarksaaie, Mississippi Ucujber *a, llttti. yiaa Hazel Brannon, Itexiaguin, Miss., Blear miss Brannon: 1 wish to express my high ad miration for the line coinage whicn you are manifesting in tne conduct of your papers, and to let you Know that 1, along with probably many thousands ol others, commend you lor your efforts in behalf of better government in your county. 1 shall not discuss nor even re fer to the transactions of the last' lew days in your court, in which you have been concerned, nor is any , parallel to be drawn between that; business and anything 1 say. But, looking at the trend of affairs ■ today, our Nation over, and Missis-1 sippi is no exception, and discussing | such trend from a purely academic viewpoint, it is indeed deplorable— it is frightening and ominous—to observe the growing tendency on the part of government, government agencies, and petty officials to throttle, browbeat and intimidate the press and abridge the right of free speech. We daily observe instances of justice being defeated, sometimes by the employment of too finely drawn technical devices, such defeat being countenanced by little judges and abetted by miserably incompetent and untrustworthy public officials, and at the same time our press, in timidated and cringing in fear, stands silently by or at the most is allowed to raise its voice in apolo getic whisper. It would be difficult lor our forefathers to contemplate the America of today where any man is denied the right to express his opinion and our papers are estopped from giving all of the facts to all of the people all of the time. The great trouble is that during th* nn<t twn nr three decades the calibre of our public officials, from the highest to the lowest, with each i succeeding election, has shown smaller and smaller. This, coupled with the well known fact that the ■ ego of the little man is reversely large in proportion to his smallness, has given us generally , today, a hoard of despicably little men in positions of authority, and they conscious of their inferiority and victim of their exaggerated ego, pro ceed to elevate themselves on false pedestals. Too busy with our per sonal affairs, or wanting no punish ment obliquely directed upon us from their position of advantage, we are, too generally, suffering this con dition to continue. The situation needs that we bring these arrogant officials to account, that we bring them to a realization of the fact that they hold no position of superiority among society but that their postion is properly a servile one and that they are accountable to us for their actions, and that we demand that accounting. People generally though, are a peaceful lot and prevailing conditions testify to tiie fact that they will stand much, In fact more than they should, be fore rebelling,—and even then, with- ; out leadership and inspiration, they too often go down in submission. It is therefore up to you and me, I and others, who have the courage and will to self sacrifice, if need be, to continue to cry out from our posi tions of obscurity, to protest on every occasion the abridgement of justice and right in the hope that our lamentations may eventually reach the ears of a Messiah who will, out of great compassion, come among us anH see that justice and democracy again prevail, or, failing in this we might inspire and incite to action the more able among society who will assume leadership in a long overdue fight to put our govern ment, local, State and National, into more trustworthy hands. I realize that yours is perhaps a heartbreaking and discouraging task, but I hope that you will keep it up, for the most hated and despised of all things, in the eyes of the derelict . ' ' — WANTED PECANS PECANS PECANS All sizes. Highest market prices paid in cash. Watson Bargain Store LEXINGTON T * m MISSISSIPPI STATE SENATE EMMETT BUCKLEY 3rd Senatorial District Enterprise, Mississippi Miss Hazel Brannon, Editor of The Lexington Advertiser, Lexington, Mississippi. Dear Miss Brannon: I have just read an account of The Contempt Proceedings in The Circuit Court of Judge S. F. Davis, against you for talking to a witness. It seems from reading the article that the court had issued an order instructing the witness to talk with no one, and presumably for no one to talk with the witness. Your statement in the papers clearly show that you had no know ledge of the instructions or order of the Court, therefore could not be guilty of intentoinally violating the order of the court I feel that the Court committ ed grave error in refusing to accept your full and complete apology, and In refusing to accept your statement of the facts. You have probably been a little hard on the laxity of law en forcement in your county; but may be justified. However, the Court was wrong in striking back at you in a Contempt Proceedings for some thing else, or else the account of the Contempt Proceedings are wrong, as published in The Times-Picayune on October 29. If the account of the contempt proceeding as published, are true, then I trust that the court will right this wrong done you, and set aside the Contempt Order of the Court. Yours very truly, EMMETT BUCKLEY and lne mpetent public officials, or would-be dictators, is the courageous newspaper—be it ever so humble and small While I don't know you I admire fou and trust that you will accept my expressions of the highest isteem and regards, Sincerely yours, JOS. F. ELLIS. 123 W Madison Street Room 1300 Chicago 2, Illinois October 29, 1946 Dear Mias Brannon: You have my sincere congrat ulations on your courageous journ alestic approach which resulted in the contempt citation against you by a judge who must be very stupid and bigoted. I have traveled through the south, have viewed Jim Crow ism with utter horror, and yet real ized, with Jonathon Daniels and others, that intelligent southerners must take up the fight for civil rights on behalf of negros, before northerners can do much good. 1 hope you continue the fight Sincerely, (RABBI) SOLOMAN BERNARDS Box 575 State College Mississippi October 31, 1946 Dear Hazel, When a judge of the bench says, “Law and order cannot be en forced in this county,” something is radically wrong. If such an attitude prevails, we are in a state of social and moral degeneracy, and we can only look forward to seeing the existing order —the features of it we would pre serve—overthrown. As long as there are people like you, I don’t believe it will prevail. I think a statement like the judge’s would justify the proper authority in calling out the militia to restore law and order. Since the proper authority has not seen fit to do that, there is just a possibility that the judge is wrong. Keep up the good fight. Many people here, people who never heard of you before, admire you and are looking forward to a reversal when your case goes to the Supreme | Court. Ever sincerely, W. S. WILBURN Mrs. Russell Durfey of Memphis, Mrs. Walter Rayner of Greenville are guests of their sister, Mrs. G. W. Drane, and Mr. Drane this week. 125 Robins Street Tupelo, Mississippi October 30, 1946 Miss Hazel Brannon, Editor of Lexington Advertiser, Lexington, Mississippi. Dear Miss Brannon, In the Tupelo Daily Journal I read of your recent experience in court. I don’t know whether you deserved the fine and reprimand from the judge or not. I didn’t like what the paper quoted the judge as saying to you in regard to cleaning | up the county. * The purpose of this note is I to express my deep appreciation of I your fight against liquor and gam bling. The same fight needs to be made in every county in the state, so far as I know, but so many news paper editors don’t have the courage to make the fight. I have been recently elected president of the Mississippi W. C. T. U. and I’m interested in better law enforcement in every county. Will you please send me one Cotton Ginning Report Listed For Holmes County Census report shows that 19,768 bales of cotton were ginned in Hol mes coui.ty from the crop of 1946 ' p»ior to October 18th as compared j with 23,473 bales for the crop of ! 1945. copy each of your two papers? I like to subscribe for as many pap ers as I am able—papers taking the stand that you are taking. We need young women in this fight as well as young men. Again I | express my appreciation of your work. Very truly, MRS. ADELE C. BAKER Pres. Mississippi W. C. T. U. ——iy Use The Classified Ads—It Pays "6 B ■? ALFORD'S RADIO SHOP Durant, Miss. 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