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What Hit the Dixiecrats?
In *i political column of this newspaper the question of
what hns happened to the Dixiecrats is asked, and no satis
factory answer is given. The generally thesis is that
the Democratic voters of North Carolina are practical, and
refused to follow a cause which first and foremost was lost
from the start, and, second, is based on a faulty concept of
modern American government.
There has been grave danger that North Carolina might
go Dixiecratic, then Republican this year. The two possibili
ties —two months ago they were probabilities—rare bound to
gether; for should the Dixiecrats capture enough Democratic
voters, the subsequent Republican plurality would operate
as a majority.
We believe that President Truman will carry North
Carolina, and we believe that North Carolina will be
everlastingly proud of its electoral action next Tuesday.
A large part in the apparently successful campaign has
been played by capitalizing on the immense personal
popularity of state Democratic leaders and candidates:
Kerr Scott, J. M. Broughton, Harold Cooley, W. B. Um
stead. Thad Eure, and L. Y. Ballentine.
A second and equally important factor is the organiza
tional genius of State Democratic Chairman Capus Way
nick For the second time this year, come Tuesday, he will
have demonstrated his organizational genius. He entered
both the Scott campaign and the State campaign at times
when the outlook was dark; indeed it could hardy have been
worse. Mr. Wavnick saved the day for Mr. Scott; the evi
dence is that he has done the same for Mr. Truman.
Another thing that happened to the Dixiecrats is
Charles Parker, the only newspaperman we ever knew
who can do a job with both efficiency and modesty.
Working with the State chairman, he has done a remark
able job of getting the issues before the people.
These facts are generally known, even to the writer who
wanted to know what had happened to the Dixiecrats. A fact
not generally known is that the man in position to do most
for the Dixiecrats turned them down cold, even after being
offered a fantastic sum to direct their campaign. Experi
enced and accomplished after a lifetime devoted to political
matters, possessing the subtlest mind in North Carolina pol
itics, this man—although personally opposed to Mr. Truman
—has such a love for t’ie true principles of the Democratic
Party and feels such a strong loyalty to Kerr Scott and Cap
us Waynick, that he refused his services to the splinter party.
But the biggest thing that has happened to the Dixie
crats is that the people have been apprised of the facts. To
quote Mr. Waynick, “If the people of North Carolina know
the issues involved in any campaign, they will go to the polls;
and if they know the facts behind the issues, we need have
no sea s he people get to the polls, they will do the
right thing."
The Means To a Necessary End
One of tne major campaign promises made by Kerr
Scott i" his successful gubernatorial effort was a statement
that he would exert his every influence as chief executive of
North Carolina to repeal the mud tax, and get some decent
roads for the farmers of this state.
New we hear talk of the impossibility of carrying out
such a promise. We read that all available highway funds
are being allocated to so-called superhighway projects” and
“crosstown boulevards.” The automotive lobbyists tell us
that a program such as that proposed by Mr. Scott would cost
$150,000,000, and would bankrupt North Carolina. But Kerr
Scott has not budged.
The Govemor-nominate has not yet indicated how
he proposes to raise the money to carry out this phase
of his program of making North Carolina a better place
‘ to live, but a higher gasoline tax must surely be one of
the means he has considered.
Usually farmers are the group most in opposition to in
creased taxes of any kind, but of over a hundred farmers
we have interviewed, not one opposes a gasoline tax that
will mean improved roads for rural areas. These men, who
comprise the largest single group supporting the Alamance
farmer in the 1948 primaries, believe the higher tax is a
means to a necessary end.
If a move should be made in this direction, our farm
people will do well to rally behind it as they rallied behind
the opposition to the bill to kill the co-ops. The battle has
not been won with the nomination and election of one man;
that mar. must have strong support to make good his plans.
The Zebulon Record
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
By Eula Nixon Greenwood
months ago one of the hottest
things going in North Carolina
was the Dixie-crats. Now they
seem to be hardly creating a rip
ple. There may be a few good
Democrats who will vote the way
of the States Righters, but mum
seems to be the word right now,
and reports from the rallies which
the No. 1 party leaders have been
holding throughout the State are
to the effect that the followers of
Wright and Thurmond aren’t cre
ating even a ripple. If there is
strength out there for this camp,
it is certainly very, very silent.
One thing is true, however: The
strong support which the Demo
crats THOUGHT the Progressives
and Dixie-crats and Republicans
had ha'S done more to solidify and
strengthen the Democrats than
anything that has occured in a long
ABSENT State Treasurer
Charles M. Johnson has not par-
The greatest collection of wis
dom literature in the world is the
remarkable group of writing as
sembled in part by King Solomon,
and credited to his authorship by
some biblical scholars. The book
of Proverbs, subject of next Sun
day’s lesson, is as good a guide to
everyday human conduct in the
twentieth century as it was in the
time of David and Solomon.
Every phase of human conduct
is covered in Proverbs: purity,
industriousness, usury, friendli
ness, cruelty, temperance and
drunkenness, and a score of others.
Each selection is notable for its
calm and sober mood, its pointed
ness, and its great common sense.
Collection of the group not as
cribed to Solomon was made,
scholars believe, over a period of
centuries—from 500 to 150 B. C.
By Ruth Current
Many homemakers like the idea
of keeping a bottle of vinegar on
hand with several cloves of garlic
and a few pods of red peppers in
it. Such vinegar is particularly
pleasing in flavor when used in
making mayonnaise or French
dressing for vegetable salads, and
is delicious, too, when poured over
a roast of lamb or beef.
When purchasing a winter coat
it is wise to remember the fact
that the best linings are usually
The names, "spuds” and “yams,”
have never been very popular
around here. Most local people,
ourselves included, simply call
them irish potatoes and sweet po
tatoes, although we note that at all
the hoity-toity restaurants over
Raleigh way they never serve any
candied sweet potatoes; they al
ways serve "candied yams.”
Actually yams include sweet po
tatoes and a host of other members
of the dioscorea family. In the
Philippines, for instance, we en
countered and ate a type of yam
that weighed 60 pounds. The meat
was pure white, and tasted like a
Raleigh Roundup
ticipated in any of these Demo
cratic rallies you have heard so
much about in the past few weeks.
Sour grapes? Well, many are say
ing so—which is only to be expect
ed. Others who are perhaps closer
to the defeated gubernatorial can
didate say that he is very busy this
fall getting everything in shape in
the Treasurer’s office and just
does not have time to be gadding
about. They say further that
Johnson knows he is through po
litically and therefore is not in
terested in making the arduous
Johnson has been in the fore
front of the party for 20 years or
more. The party has done a lot for
him, but he has also done many a
good turn for the party. If he now
wants to call it even-Stephen, no
criticism from this corner, but he
is getting plenty of it from else
anybody who has attended all the
rallies and he will tell you that
Sunday School Lesson
Authorship of these admonitions
is unknown, but can be credited
in part at least to Lemuel, an ob
scure king of the Jews. Included
in this group of sacred writings
are the condemnations of intem
perance (the general subject of
this lesson) and inconstancy in
married life.
The second portion of the scrip
ture lesson is from Ecclesiastes,
another great book also ascribed
to Solomon. This work is thought
by some to be pure cynicism, ex
cept for conventional observations
scattered almost at random
through the text, described by
some scholars as “antidotes for the
virus of cynicism.”
The orthodoxy of the closing
passages, we are told by the an
cient Hebrews, is the basis for
acceptance of Ecclesiastes as a sa-
Farm Home Hints
slippery so that the coat will go
on and off easily; firm so the lining
won’t pull at the seams; color-fast;
pre-shrunk; and of a material that
won’t wrinkle or stain.
The number of outfits a girl
owns has little to do with the use
fulness of her wardrobe. The suit
ability of her clothes is more im
portant than the number.
And the clothes which cost the
most are not the clothes made of
the finest materials. They are the
clothes which hang in the closet,
Seen and Heard
v cross between corn starch and dish
The term "spud” was given to
the irish potato by a few European
who sought to prevent its use be
cause they believed it unhealthful.
Spud was formed by taking each
of the first letters of the name of
the group, Society for Prevention
of Unwholesome Diet.
“Frog” Hopkins was relating last
Saturday the case of one dyed-in
the-wool Republican who unbent
sufficiently to come out to the
State Fair promoted by a Demo
cratic administration. The Repub-
Friday, October 29, 1948
Sen. W. B. Umstead, day in and
day out, has been the most popular
figure participating in them. J. M.
Broughton, who beat him, has had
a better press; but Umstead has re
ceived a better hand.
Umstead isn’t dead politically
by any means. In Raleigh, they are
saying he is the most popular de
feated candidate since O. Max
Gardner in 1920. Another thing:
Since his May 29 downfall, Mr.
Umstead has written around 15,-
000 letters thanking those who
helped him for their support. That
certainly doesn’t sound like a
whipped man.
Sen. Umstead is a very able
man. It is to be regretted that it
is impossible for North Carolina
to have the services of both Mr.
Umstead and J. M. Broughton. At
the time of the late J. W. Bailey’s
death, Senator Umstead was def
initely planning to be a candidate
for Governor this year. In which
event, Kerr Scott would not have
run. It is also doubtful that
Charles M. Johnson would have.
cred work: the man of the world,
having experienced both skepti
cism and cynicism, finds that the
way of the Lord ’s the way to true
happiness (and personal salva
We see that human nature has
changed but little in forty
turies, and basic human problems
have not changed at all. The ques
tion of intemperance versus tem
perance was the same burning is
sue then that we find it today.
And the advice given is good
today—nowhere do we find direc
tion more to the point than in
Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. It ap
pears that we shall shortly have an
opportunity to do something about
the liquor traffic; let us study the
problem in the light of the exper
ience of ages past, and direct our
actions accordingly.
unworn. The actual cost of any
outfit is the cost in dollars and
cents, divided by the number of
times you wear the outfit.
Your hemline is perfect when
it’s barely noticeable. A finished
hem can give your outfit either a
custom-tailored look or a “home
made” effect.
Sandpapering the soles of a
baby’s new shoes before they are
worn may keep him from slipping
and so prevent many falls.
lican sat through the events of the
evening in the grandstand, but
when they started the fireworks
display and showed a picture of
Kerr Scott, identifying it as "your
next governor,” that was too much.
“Come on, Sam” he said to the
man next to him, "let’s get out of
here. This is nothing but a bunch
of Democrats, putting on
a Democratic show, and
they're charging us money for it!”
Pat Farmer’s definition of a
gentleman is a fellow who makes
it a cinch for a women to remain
a lady.

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