The Question Before the Court
The Supreme Court of North Carolina will shortly de
■cide whether the Dixiecrats shall have a place on the of
ficial ballot this fall. Their decision will be based on the
reasonableness of a regulation of the State Board of Elec
tions that the signers of a petition for a new party must not
have voted in the primary of another party in the same year.
Judge W. C. Harris ruled recently that the pro
vision was unreasonable. His thought on the matter
was that, since the Dixiecrats are running no candidates
for any office except president and vice president and
no primary has been held in North Carolina this year
to determine the choice of the Democratic portion of the
electorate, the Dixiecrats are entitled to make a just
claim to dual personality.
May we hasten to point out that Mary Price, the guber
natorial candidate of the Progressive Party, was not nam
ed a candidate by the primary route. Neither was Mr.
Pritchard, the Republican candidate for the same office.
They were named by their respective conventions, a pro
cedure hitherto considered completely legal. Herein lies
the error in the current reasoning of Judge Harris.
The Democratic Party in North Carolina names its
candidates for state offices in the primary, its dele
gates to the national convention in in its own state con
vention. By participation in a primary after these dele
gates are named, a voter indicates endorsement or at
least acceptance of the convention’s actions.
The place any opposition to President Truman's re
nomination should have been first manifested was the pre
cinct meeting, open to every registered Democratic voter.
Full machinery has been carefully provided for dissenting
party members to take their grievances to a majority of
the voters. If Democrats opposed to Truman were not in
terested enough to participate in these meetings, they have
small room to complain at this late hour.
Judge Harris has in civil actions ruled too many
times in favor of a plaintiff where the defendant made
no answer to the complaint not to appreciate this point.
The analogy is close and true.
The only decision the Supreme Court may render in
accord with its established precedent is a reversal of the
finding of Judge Harris. The people of North Carolina
must not be held responsible for the past inaction of this
disgruntled group of politicians, functioning as an aux
iliary of the Republican Party.
Ethical and Practical Blunder
Along with thousands of other North Carolinians, we
bemoan the egg-throwing experiences Mr. Wallace under
went earlier this week, and the attendant unfavorable pub
licity received by our state. • As much as we disagree with
this particular rabble-rouser, we feel that he cannot be
deserving of such unkind attention.
But Henry Wallace is no fool. He knew what to
expect from certain elements of the voting—and non
voting—public if he flaunted our traditions of segiega
tion. He also knew that such episodes as the Burling
ton and Greensboro outrages would engender sym
pathy for his forlorn cause elsewhere in the nation.
The moral considerations appall, and the practical con
siderations exasperate. The Progressives were hoping for
just such an incident —so said their national treasurer. We
have been outsmarted by the Parlor Pinks again. We gave
vent to our spleen, and increased the vote for Wallace.
Several expanations have been advanced for the
conduct of the Carolina eggthrowers. The most palat
able explanation is the suggestion that the malfactors
were themselves Wallacites seeking to create a stronger
pro-W allace feeling among liberal elements of both the
major political parties.
Unfortunately the evidence does not support this thesis.
The fact apparently is that we simply forgot to act like civ
ilized human beings. An important lesson that must be
learned from this sorry record is that while the South has
a strong tradition of racial segregation, it has equally
strong traditions of hospitality, free speech and good taste.
The Zebulon Record
Ferd Davis Editor
Barrie Davis Publisher
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Entered as second class matter June 26, 1925, at the post office
at Zebulon, North Carolina, under the act of March 3, 1879.
The Zebulon Record
This, That and the Other
By Mrs. Theo B. Davis
Our youngest son, who brought
a stubborn case of malaria home
from Italy, has to keep fighting it
with atabrine. During the last hot
spell he said he left off the remedy
sometimes, because a chill was one
way to get really cool.
For making babies comfortable
in hot weather, mothers have no
better aid than a plain galvanized
tub. In one of these, with luke
warm water deep enough for
splashing, but not of sufficient
depth to upset the little one, a
baby will play happily until
thoroughly cooled off, and also
clean. Something to dip water
with and something to pour it in
to add to the pleasure of a child
who is of an age to enjoy this fas
cinating sport. And if there is
prickly heat evident, dissolve a big
spoonful of baking sjda in the
water before the tubbing begins.
It may be style and fashion
both; but, if so, some one has
blundered. I mean in promoting
wearing at the same time one of
those long, flaring skirts and a
pair of ballerina shoes. For style
is said to enhance the good points
and fashion should add attraction;
and a total lack of heels on shoes
throws a girl too far backward for
a long, circular skirt to hang well.
Scatter rugs on polished floors
are one of the danger spots in the
home. Rug-Anchor or rug under
lay will help prevent falls caused
by the slipping of small rugs. It is
made of sponge rubber, it clings
to the most highly polished floor,
thus holding the lightest scatter
scatter rug firmly in place. Its
cushion effect lessens wear, and
rugs last longer because the rub
ber underlay prevents soil and dirt
from penetrating the back of the
rug. It has another advantage too,
By Carl E. Bjork
It was Sale Time in The Big
City, and Eph, Aitch, and I went
over to spend coin and see the
sights. And as we bumped along
we were exceedingly happy, so
that we did hum and whistle in
And by and by we cometh to
The Big Town, and we did see that
others had come there also to buy
and sell, and perchance to waste
their substance in monkey-busi
ness living. For the streets were
filled with jostlings among the
chariots, and many ran with us,
and many were against us.
Now we did come to The First
Light which is a flickering con
traption that hangeth in The Air
above The Street. And it winketh
Red, and Yellow, and Green. And
it doeth that over and over again.
And this first light showeth Red,
so we halteth, and waiteth for
And it winketh Green at us but
before Eph could place his foot
upon The Clutch, there soundeth a
Long Loud Peep behind us from
someone going- our way.
And Eph stoppeth his humming,
and is clean mad.
No we did come to The Second
Light, and 10, it is Red. So we did
wait for Green, and at last it
cometh but there cometh with it
It takes a lift of the head and a
flick of the heel to attain a grace
ful swirl instead of a dreary flop;
and if you are racked back on your
heels, you can’t flick them.
If you will put all your small
scraps of soap into a container as
they accumulate, and occasionally
pour a little hot water over them,
you will always have on hand that
soap jelly called for by experts to
rub on the most soiled parts of
clothing before beginning the
To be ashmed is to be miser
able. This is true whether the sit
uation is caused by our own acts
or by those of others. Being
ashamed because of lack of mater
ial possessions is painful; but to be
ashamed by behavior is almost ag
onizing. And right now many
North Carolinans are up to their
eyebrows in embarrassment over
the way some of the state’s citi
zens have conducted themselves
with regard to the Progressive
wo may be thankful the egg-and-
Party’s tour of this section.
It makes little difference to say
tomato throwing, the booing and
parading did not take place in
Wake County. That would be too
much like saying my son did not
take part; it was my sister’s son.
It is all in the family, and we can
only wait with what dignity we
Farm Home Hints
it will not harbor moths. *
If Rug-Anchor becomes soiled
or coated with wax from floors, it
is easily cleaned by washing with
lukewarm water and mild soap.
It comes in 24, 32, and 54 inch
widths and may be cut to fit any
size rug. The underlay should be
cut slightly smaller than rug size
—about one to two inches from
ethe edge of the rug—so that it
will not extend beyond the edges
of the rug.
How to dampen clothes for iron-
also A Long Loud Beep from The
Horn Blower Behind.
Now Eph is made mad twice,
and kicketh The Clutch as he let
teth it roll. Moreover he saith to
Aitch, That Man is a Fool. Doth he
not perceive that I have no time to
get rolling, and yet he bloweth
like a whale on these Busy Streets.
Thou speakest the truth, saith
Aitch, Most of these dang drivers
are as nutty as squirrels.
Now we arriveth at The Third
Light, and sure enough it is Red.
And as we waiteth for The Go
Ahead Light, there cometh a man
with a dog across The Busy Street,
and he is a Blind Man.
And when he is in the midst of
the highway, the flickering con
traption turneth Green.
But not one car moveth, yea,
not so much as a foot was pressed
upon the gas, nor hand upon the
horn. All was very quiet while
The Blind Man passeth over the
street with his dog.
Moreover we heard no loud
bleating from the car behind us,
and when the light showeth Green
again we all moved forward as if
nothing had happened save a nice
rest in the sun.
And Eph saith unto Aitch, I did
not hear that Noise Maker that
time. Can it be that he knoweth
the greatest to be Charity?
Friday, September 3,1948
can muster to read what ’eading
publications have to say about us
—much of it justified.
It does no good to say we do not
approve of the formation of the
Progressive Party and disapprove
the nomination of Wallace for
president. If we are wise enough
to know what is best for our
country, we ought also to know
how to behave.
One outcome of the matter is
that we in North Carolina (and it
is useless to say they here; We
shall all be judged together by
those who do not know us.) have
helped to further the new party’s
prospects. Wallace has been made
to appear as a martyr, worldwide
publicity will be given to what
took place in those towns where
he spoke. If only he and his fol
lowers might have been ignored
by all save those in sympathy with
them, they might have said what
they had in mind, spent the nights
where they pleased, and gone on
their way with less rejoicing than
they now feel.
Speaking as one who is afraid
of Wallace’s economic theories, his
emotional reactions and his erratic
changes of principles, and who is
likewise fearful of Miss Mary
Price’s intentions, I shall wish all
might have been said with silence
followed in November by votes,
instead of eggs, tomatoes and ab
ing: Use hot water—it penetrates
the fibers more quickly. Use a
sprinkler that will distribute the
water in a fine spray. Fold clothes
carefully to avoid introducing un
necessary wrinkles. Fold the hems
and double portions to the inside
and roll up, using a slight knead
ing pressure to help the moisture
penetrate. Use less moisture for
machine ironing than for hand
Dampened clothes should “sea
son” at least half an hour.
And Aitch replieth, No doubt he
is not as bad as we did think him
to be. He did remain silent with
us, and showeth himself a gentle
man while The Sightless One went
by. Perhaps we did judge him be
iore the time, and needeth to re
pent our hasty words.
And Eph saith once more, We do
all make fools of ourselves at
times. The Loud Blaster is but a
Nervous Man yet he proveth his
worth when forced to wait for the
light. We surely forgive him and
hope not to err in such decisions
ol speedy judgement ever again.
But now we cometh to The
fourth Light, and it is Very Red.
So we did wait until it turneth
Green, which it did, but before
Eph could use a muscle, there
cometh a Great Blast from The
Car Behind, and Eph did really
jump by reason of the noise.
And alter we had proceeded for
a little space, Eph did shake his
head and remark, One Thing I am
certain of at this moment. I do not
understand Human Nature. What
thinkest thou O Silent Rider?
And 1 cleareth my throat by
reason of not speaking for many
miles and I uttereth a word that
can mean “m e too’ if you desire
Amen, I saith.