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'Kindling a Bonfire'
We don’t know what you think about it, but in our opinion there
has been “a great rush to do nothing” about the outrageous cross
burnings in Washington, D. C.
With the country as subversion-minded as it has been for the past
decade, you would expect more indignation at the burning of fiery
crosses before the homes of Chief Justice Earl Warren, Associate
Justice Felix Frankfurter, former Solicitor Simon S. Sobeloff and
other high government officials as well as an NAACP leader. Inci
dentally, a partially burned sign in front of Sobeloff’s apartment
house bore the words “Sobeloff..:_Jew.”
President Eisenhower reportedly expressed personal in
terest in the case. Eight D. C. police officers were assigned
to work with the FBI on it. A young man confessed setting
some of the crosses. He was charged with "kindling a bon
fire between sundown and sunrise," forfeited $20 bond and
The whole business reminds us of the attitude toward the Con
federate flag fad that swept the country a few years ago (except
that this is worse).
Why the Civil Rights Bills Failed
By a series of parliamentary maneuvers southern senators, with
the aid of Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, have succeeded in block
ing Senate floor discussion of civil-rights legislation for this session.
One would hardly oppose the broad objective of civil-rights legis
lation: to insure that every American can exercise his right to vote;
that every American can expect a fair and speedy trial. One would
hardly support as a general proposition the tactic of stopping legisla
tion by bottling it up, not voting it down. Yet Senator Johnson and
his followers probably took the only course they could under the
circumstances of the moment.
It has been apparent ever since the civil-rights bill came up
in the House that such legislation either would be shelved in Senator
Eastland’s Judiciary Committee or be filibustered to death on the
Senate floor. In the latter event, as Senator Johnson has pointed
out, no other legislation would be acted on in these closing days of
With these near-certainties writ large, it has been apparent also
that the vote in the House was chiefly to allow a number of northern
congressmen to go on record for certain of their constituents.
As seen by the white South, what came out of Washington as the
tension over desegregation heightened was not an effort to raise a i
biracial leadership seeking orderly adjustments but legislative pro
posals looking like further intrusion of federal action into what has
been deemed the states’ domain.
One could hardly rejoice over these developments. But to under
stand them can help greatly in the long run.
Let's Stay in the Road
If all the road construction planned under the 33 billion dollar
bill approved last week were built in a single lane it would exceed
the distance from the earth to the moon.
The great economic benefits of the road building plan are ob
vious. But there is a price to pay. And the motorist must pay it.
Principal source of revenue for the new highways will be an addi
tional one cent tax on each gallon of gas. Just one cent. Not much
in itsself. But added to all the other pennies that have been tacked
onto the cost of gasoline it comes to a considerable total. California
drivers pay nine cents now on every gallon of gas — six cents state
aiitf three cents federal.
Naiu~d,yi the motorist hopes there will be no further increase
in gas costs eitner «:a taxes or for f»thtr reasons. The gas tax, it
would appear, has jusi about re_£ed the limif of what the traffic—
and the motorist—can be. ~. *s to other costs, tire depletion of our
oil reserves through waste could lead to greatly incre;~'5jed dependence
on foreign imports and result in higher prices. ws,
Effort are now being made to head off this possibility Jirough
the Oil Conservaiton Act which will appear on the November b«Llot
as Proposition No. 4. The elimination of waste and the use of ttu\
most scientific recovery methods which the act would promote could
vastly increase our potential oil reserve.
We must have better roe.ds. But we must watch that the cost
of motoring doesn’t become so excessive as to drive us off the road.
yp* The Crowded Skies
The collision of the two giant airliners over the Arizona Grand
Canyon has given dramatic and tragic emphasis to the fact that air
regulations haven’t kept up with the growing volume of air traffic.
Warnings have been sounded many times about the growing
danger. The Civil Aeronautics Code governing air transportation
was set up more than 20 years ago. Yet the change since then in
traffic volume has been fantastic. In 1938, for instance, there were
22 certified air lines in tne United States. Now there are 56. In
1938 the number of passengers carried was about one and one-half
million. Now it’s over 41 million annually
Back in the 1930’s at many airports where planes arrived and
departed about every half hour or 15 minutes, the traffic now moves
'r and out as fast as the control towers can handle it And even
th«. control facilities are already overtaxed, the worst is yet to
eome. ^fext year the first of the jet airliners will take to the skies
carrying . rny more passengers and moving at greatly increased
There is nee<_ action now to modernize traffic control methods.
Even while studies _ o being made for a complete overhaul of the
control system, some in*. <jdmte improvements can be made. Greater
uk of radar, for one thing, ^either of the planes which collided had
Certainly the intelligence whi«_. Resigns bigger, faster and more
dependable planes can be applied to u > task of keeping these giant
machines out of the way of one another." get with it.
IT’S YOUR MOVE
Here Are Money Savers
News From Around Nebraska
Up at South Sioux City this week the town was all worked
up for awhile over the disappearance of two small boys. The
boys had been playing in their yard Sunday and were first no
ticed missing at about 11 a.m. When the parents of the boys
could not find them at 3:30 that afternoon the fire whistle was
sounded to organize a searching party. Shortly after the whistle
blew the two boys came home and asked. “Is dinner ready yet,
Mom??” The boys had thought the whistle was the noon whistle
and decided they had better go home for dinner. The Dakota
County Star reported that the boys got their dinner and a lecture.
* * *
Very few cities and towns in Nebraska are blessed with peo
ple who really help cement the future of community projects.
At Osceola, Nebraska the Osceola Record reports that Dr. C. W.
Jeffery of that community did a top flight job of cementing a
public School. Dr. Jeffery was asked to lay the cement and
cornerstone for the new school. Previous to Dr. Jeffery’s actual
cementing of the cornerstone of the new institution the Dr.
cemented its financial success by his gift amounting to $140,700
representing approximately half the entire cost of the bonds. The
gift was made by his decision to cancel all bonds, interest and
principal after the year 1969.
The Crete News related a freak accident that took place in
Crete Sunday afternoon. Three teen-age girls were walking down
one of the streets in the Crete Business District. One of the
girls turned suddenly, stumbled backwards and crashed through
a plate glass door of a doctor’s office. The girl was taken to the
Crete Hospital where glass was removed from her arms and deep
cuts stitched. The girl was released from the Hospital the next
• * •
Where ever there is a will there is a way. Out at Hartington,
Nebraska a small kitten got itself into real trouble last week as
it toppled into a deep well. The Cedar County News revealed
that rescue efforts for getting the kitten back up to the surface
were useless. The kitten would not climb into a bucket or jump
onto a board tied to one end of a rope. Finally one of the on
lookers had a thought. A small sparrow was caught. The sparrow
was tied to the end of a rope and lowered into the well. Sure
enough the kitten clamped its jaws arwind the sparrow and the
rope. The kitten was pulled up to safety. The Cedar County
News did not say whether the kitten got to keep the sparrow for
dinner or not.
* * *
Bids will be let soon on a new addition to the Tekamah
High School the Burt County Plaindealer revealed this week. The
Tekamah School is being faced with the same problem most
schools are experiencing—overcrowding. It is hoped the build
ing will be started this summer. The new addition will include
band, home economics, shop and vocational agriculture class
* * *
Every Chamber of Commerce seems to be constantly trying
to think up new ways of creating business for their area. Some
try “Pancake Days,” “Bargain Days,” “Frontier Days,” etc. etc.
The Albion News reports that a new kind of day will be held in
Albion for the second consecutive year. They have what they
call “Stinker Days.” The merchants drag out all the old mer
chandise that they couldn’t sell during the last year and offer the
“stinkers” for sale at prices that will make them move. Last year
the Albion Chamber of Commerce tried the stunt and found it
so successful that they are trying it again this year.
* * *
Oil hopes in the Chadron, Nebraska area were darkened con
siderably this week with the announcement oil rigs were pulling
up stakes. Mr. Eban D. Warner, who has been trying to find oil
in the Chadron area since the 1920’s pulled up stakes and headed
back for Texas. Warner had several successful wells in Texas
and was confident that oil would be as plentiful in the Chadron
area as it is now becoming in other parts of western Nebraska.
Chadron had great hopes for oil earlier in the drillings when one
of the wells spouted gas that would burn directly from the well
casing. The gas well did not produce enough marketable oil or
gas. Mr. Warner said that there was plenty of oil in the Chadron
area but that major oil companies were not ready to pay the
price that it would take to recover the black gold at this time.
* * *
Just to show you that you can get into trouble no matter
what kind of a conveyance you might happen to choose we refer
you to the Chadron Record once again. Out at Chadron it seems
the most dangerous things on the road are combines. The past
week two combines loaded on trucks met on a highway. They
stopped with a bang. Ore of the combines suffered $1500
damages. Later the same, week a combine was being moved
from one field to another down another highway. The combine
was going down a steep canyon road when a drive belt broke.
The brakes would not stop the huge machine and the driver
jumped. A truck followed the machine to the bottom of the
canyon where it clipped off an evergreen tree and smashed against
a bank. The truck clocked the combine at 50 miles an hour.
* ik *
The Papillion Times discovered this week that “Old Dobbin”
is making a comeback. The Times hastily continued that the
saddle horse riding hobby had caused the increase while the farm
work horses are still on the way out. The Sarpy County Assessor
1955 and 1956 assessments indicate the horse and mule popula
tion has advanced from 342 to 364. Riding horses moved from
115 to 168. This indicated the continued drop in work animals.
* * *
The old “before and after” way of selling someone on a
thing was graphically shown in the Schuyler Sun this week. The
Sun showed pictures of fields irrigated and in contrast a barren
strip of land not irrigated. The Schuyler area is turning to ir
rigation rapidly. Also pictured in the Sun were two cucumbers.
The cucumbers were 23% inches long and weighed three pounds
three ounces. The cucumbers were grown (you guessed it) in
an irrigated garden.
• * •
All around the state just like this area the populace has had
great trouble with persons stealing lightning rods and ground
.Sables. The Ord Quis relates that a sharp eyed policeman in that
arct ^caught two of the thieves with the goods this week. In the
Ord an.0 the thefts were even made in broad daylight. The Ord
policeman jgotted the strange car parked at Ord. The car had a
minor mechani'al failure but the policeman investigated. The
back of the car wj* full of lightning rods and cable. Later the
two men admitted the* stolen the rods and cable from nearby
rural schools. Sentences 90 days in jail and $100 fines were
imposed on them.
• • •
The Wahoo Industrial Committee 4# faced with actual but not
very polite ultimatum of “Either put up shut up.” The ultima
tum came from the Commodore Mobile h^’Sjes Corporation of
Omaha. That firm will move to Wahoo if the Wahoo Industrial
Committee can raise $50,000 for a location and buUat&g, If Wahoo
can not raise the money the firm moves to Fall City wi?#re the
money is available. The Wahoo Newspaper stated that is
going to be a real test as to whether Wahoo businessmen a£-d
citizens want industry enough to pay the bill for it. It was point- ’
ed that the firm will employ 100 men with an annual payroll of
. 1 .
* Never Come Back*
Let U* Do Your Printing
WASHINGTON, D. C. — The
White House has announced that
the President’s Committee on
Government Contracts has ap
pointed John Addison Howard as
its Executive Vice Chairman.
Vice President Richard Nixon is
Chairman of the Committee and
Secretary of Labor James P.
Mitchell is Vice hairman.
The Committee, established by
President Eisenhower in August,
1953, is charged with the elimin
ation of discrimination because
of race, religion or national ori
gin, in work done under Govern
In announcing the appoint
ment, James C. Hagerty, President
Eisenhower’s p r e ss secretary,
said that Mr. Howard “will serve
as an ex-officio member of all the
subcommittees and will coordin
| ate the work of these committees
concerned with the elimination
of discrimination wherever it may
appear in the performance of
Mr. Howard was born August
10, 1921 in Evanston, Illinois. He
is the son of Hubert E. Howard,
prominent midwest coal operator
and former chairman, successive
ly, of the Personnel Policy Board
and the Munitions Board, of the
Department of Defense.
He attended Princeton Univer
sity from 1939 until 1942, when
he entered the Army. After mili
tary service, he graduated with
highest honors from the School of
Education of Northwestern Uni
versity, Evanston, in 1947. He
received his Master’s Degree in
Counseling and Guidance at
Northwestern two years later.
He served in the Army from
October, 1942, until December,
1945, and was awarded the Silver
Star, with Oak Leaf Cluster, and
Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clus
ter for his service with the First
Infantry Division during the Nor
mandy invasion, the action at St.
Lo, at Falaise Gap, at Aacehen,
during the Battle of the Bulge and
in the Hartz Mountains. He was
commissioned on the battlefield.
Mr. Howard joined the faculty
of Palos Verdes College, Rolling
Hills, California, as an instructor
in September, 1947, became Dean
of Students in 1949. Vice Presi
dent of the college in 1950 and
President in 1951.
One brother, Hubert E. Howard, |
Jr., is Vice President of the
Shasta Coal Company, Chicago, |
and another, Charles N. Howard ;
is President of Trulite Corp.,
Ceredo, West Virginia. His un
cle, the late Nathaniel L. Howard,
a West Point graduate who served |
as a Colonel in the First World ;
War, was President of the Chicago |
Great Western Railroad and of the
American Car Corporation.
Mr. Howard is married and has
an eight-month-old daughter.
Mrs. Howard is the daughter of
Otto G. Nobis, Davenport, Iowa,
President of the Central Engineer
ing Company and a Director of
the International Livestock Asso
ciation. He is also President of
the American Aberdeen Angus
Until his appointment to the
President’s Committee on Gov
ernment Contracts, Mr. Howard
made his home in Portuguese
TO DEMAND STRONG
SAN FRANCISCO. — More than
20 Negro Democrats leaders from
various northern and border
states, in attendance at the
NACCP convention, today met in
formally to discuss the necessity
of the Democratic Party’ adopting
a strong civil rights plank and
nominating a presidential candi
date who unequivocally will sup
port such a plank.
These leaders stated that they
were convinced that if the Dem
ocratic party is to win the presi
dential and congressional elec
tions in November, it must nom
inate a civil rights plank which
specifically sets forth that the
Democratic party will utilize all
its resources to implement the
Supreme Court’s decisions de
claring segregation unconstitu
It was further agreed that the
performance and voting records
of Democrats in the present Con
gress on pending vital civil rights
bills, including the Powell amend
ment, would be evidence of the
party’s good faith.
They expressed their belief
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date and a weak civil rights plank
would result in the loss of many
Negro and white votes in both
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Representatives of the three
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were Andrew T. Hatcher, West
Coast regional represenative of
the National Stevenson Campaign
committee; Frank D. Reeves, as
sistant to the National Chairman
committee; and Earl Brown, New
York City councilman, and Her
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to the governor of the State of
New York, representing Governor
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son of Berkeley, and Jefferson
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