.y-jlx k, c, tttat. juxt fc its
. id s . yosed to be a time In which you can catch up
r. According to th advertising, you lie in a hammock .
rutLtd by a breeze and read a good book, tyost of the books
fd as ideal "summer reading" are light, frivolous, frothy stuff,
, oith reading in the first place, You'd get more pleasure from
t, Lining, probably will go to sleep anyway. ,
' Ask yourself what you mean by a good book or a good story. It
you mean a story that will allow, you to escape from reality for the
time you read it, well that's something else. It might do that, but a
'Week, a month, or a year after you had read it, you couldn't remem
ber a thing about it, eould even read it again with only a vague
awareness that It was somehow familar, that you had met the' char -acten
before somewhere, that you. knew in a fashion what would
. happen to tbem, and really you didnt care much one way or another.
A good book, a, good story is hard to find. You can read hundreds of
pages, dozens ,of slick magazines and not find a story t worth the
'name, and certainly not worth the good space it .occupies. There are
lew good books being written these days, and even fewer great ones.
T read constantly. I search hungrily for something worth reading.
; "Most stories leave me with a deep sigh of regret for the time I
'wasted.' But once in a while, every now and then, in places where"
'.I least expect it, I find a really noteworthy story, one that is not only
. ', Interesting and entertaining but which Is worth reading again. That
to me is the critical test, is it worth reading again?
One Bight recently I was tired and took a magazine to bed not to
- read but to glance through. I turned to a story, not the lead story but
:, one ticked away in the body of the magazine, opposite an article
; that I did intend to read .later about the Philadelphia Athletics. The
' story -which is in the Satevepost for June 12 is called Lonely Journey,
; It Is a writer new to me, one. Lawrence Williams.' It is the most sat
':" isfactory and touching short story I have read this year. Read it
. .yourself and find out why.
It is a tale of a lonely boy who is the one realist in a family of
: adults who are lost in a fog of dreams and unreality, adults who
; .escape to a world that never existed. It is sensitive, beautifully writ-
. ten, almost shocking in its impact It is a story that is so true it hurts,
story that is a devastating commentary on the grown-ups of my
: . .generation, those thousands of us who can't face life as it is and who
..live in, some never-never land most of our waking hours.
, , It is a story find really remarkable for its Insight into the heart
of a boy, a boy who has been disillusioned too often by adults who
- promise him things that are never delivered, trips that never material-
iize. It, paints by suggestion as vivid a picture of the shoddy sham and
pretence of those weak individuals who can't face the truth, who
- never dare look at themselves and their pitiful lives as they are.
They .must have delusions of graiydeur to live their pathetic lives.
The boy would rather look at life as it Is, would rather work on a
.garbage truck than pretend he is traveling, to some far away place.
( Me must fight constantly against the fog of this dream world lest
i be become as lost as his parents and his relatives.
, It is such a powerful story that I wish every adult bad to read it,
every adult who came in contact with a child, even those who don't.
'. 'Who knows? They might even see themselves mirrored in the clear
eyes of the boy Jumbo. It wouldn't be a pretty picture, but it might
.show them a whole new way of life and living.
ZPerhaps a few lines from the introductory paragraph will explain
why I think this story should be listed among the best stories of 1954.
"Jumbo had got himself a job, bis first, and it had changed the
. face of his life. He knew he was supposed to be ashamed of his job.
His family was ashamed of it But their dreams for themselves had
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always been very grand dreams, so Jumbo didnt really blame them
for being ashamed. He only knew the rolling white fog banks which
had always mysteriously hedged In his brief years seemed to have
cleared a little since he had got his job. He had always wanted to
fight his way right through the fog, clear it. way forever, but It still
-' kept coming back. What Jumbo didnt know was that a fog bank is -the
toughest adversary on earth, many times tougher than a stone
watt" . ' . . -;-.) v . , , . . t
Although Jumbo was a little boy lost, there was at least 'hope for
him. You feel that he will fight his way through the fog and clear it
away. You know, too,, that his parents, his aunt and uncle,' his
shallow sister will remain lost in the fog. They couldnt stand the ;
bright glase of the sunlight if they ever pushed the fog away. They- ,
dont want to see the world or life in sharp focus.- s ' v -. .
We condemn alcoholics for ) their inability to face life, their com
pulsion to escape In a fog, to remain there, refusing to push away
the misty clouds that surround them. What they do to themselves
Is tragic but what they do to their families is criminal. ,-. , v .
This refusing to grow-up, this immaturity of mind is, alas, not con- ,
fined to those who drink to hide reality.. Too many adults, so-called,
run away from the truth, from themselves, remain lost in a fog of
self-delusion. Even those who know they have lost their direction
lack the courage to try to get their bearings. ; '
' It is especially evident In those pathetic middle-aged people who
talk constantly of what they will do some day. I often wonder if
talking your plans out doesn't weaken the resolution that would
make those dreams come true. The enterprises of great pith and mo-1
ment that lose the name of action through doubt lack of courage are
not confined to Hamlet. '
Somehow our training is wrong, our system of education is faulty.
We are so naive about life that when it doesnt meet our romantic
expectations we say that our luck is bad, the stars are against us.
We want everything to be like an old fairy tale, the vicious doctrine
of the llve-happily-ever-after school. We want the world and life
handed to us on a silver platter without lifting our finger to earn
it When life doesn't turn out to be a fairy tale, then we seek refuge
by living in a dream world where dreams do come true, where a
prince comes riding by on a white horse and rescues us from the
dragon of reality. ,
It is bad enough for us, but it is far worse for our children. We
prepare them so poorly for the life they must face. We surround
them with the fog of superstition and unreality. We give them
exaggerated ideas of what life owes to them, cheating them of their
right to reality. Perhaps those children who grow up on farms are
far more fortunate than the rest. Those kids know what life is about
know that a crop of beans will not grow overnight and make a ladder
to a Jack-And-The Beanstalk treasure. They know it takes hard work
to hoe the beans if they grow at all. They know that you earn your
food by the sweat of your brow and the ache in your back and the
blisters on your hands.
It is quite a story that Lawrence Williams has written. It is a sin
cere and honest piece of writing. It is a story that has deep over
tones and undertones. It lives. I(only wish there were more stories
like Lonely Journey. It makes reading so very worthwhile.
HELEN CALDWELL CUSHMAN
Dot Lake, Alakas,
June 18. 1954.
The Duplin Times,
Kenansville, N. C.
I have been reatiine with Inter.
est the attitudes of Duplinites re
lative to the recent Supreme Court
decisions, relative to seeresation. It
seems to me that our national gov
ernment is gradually takine every
vestige of local government from
the people of our land. It is a high
mark of centralization when even
our state and local schools and in
stitutions are becoming controlled
by the nation. Next comes bans
against marriage and social bar
riersjust as naturally as came the
decision relative to schools. No
longer will even businesses have
the authority to serve whomever it
wants to. Churches will be next
I'm not advocating or condemning
segregation only surmising the dis
appearance of American local free
doms. More and more we are be
coming governed. Less and leas
are the people soverign. Nine men
in roDes or black have condemned
the sacredness of local initiative.
Our government is becoming more
and more a bureacracy that is los
ing its grip on the public pulse. If
we don't elect men to represent us
in Washington who will stem the
trend we will be governed by some
unscrupulous person like Hitler,
Stalin or even McCarthy. There
are those in America who thirst
for such power!
There is nothing we need fear
from without half so much as in
ternal decay. Must we call our
neighbors or fellow citizens Nazis,
Fascists or Communists because we
disagree with them? I believe it
was Thomas Jefferson who remark
ed that he might not agree with
one but that he'd die fighting to
insure that person the right to dis
agree. On the one hand our Federal
bureaucracy destroys the social tra
ditions of our nation as In .the
anti-segregation declarations, and
on the other it is responsible for
we most abject cases of segrega
tion I ever saw. For instance,
here in Alaska the Indian Donula.
tlon has been the ward of the Fed
eral government for three-quarters
of a century, yet the living stan
dards of these people have im
proved little in that time. They
have received millions of dollars
for relief which they immediately
squandered on alcoholic beverages
which further contributed to the
squalor of weir living conditions.
Presently the life expectancy of the
Alaskan Indian is less than 25
Segregation? The Federal gov
ernment maintains separate schools
all over Alaska for the Natives. It
provides hospitalization for them
which whites are denied if
there Is to be no segregation what
about segregation in these schools.
Will the time finally arise when
our government will tell bus sta
tions and other public institutions
that it cant even operate rest, rooms
for men and women separately
because it violates the "equality"
clauses of' the Constitution?
I read everything in the Duplin
paper with great interest. Thank
God that we can yet speak our
minds. Even so it is a very danger
ous thing to do. One naval cadet
in Annapolis was recently refused
a commission because his father
years ago bought him an insurance
policy with a concern that is now
called "subsersive." Even now one
of our greatest scientists is being
denied freedom of following his
work because he visits whomever
he pleases. His great talents are
thus being lost to our nation. Must
this guilt by association continues
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