We note that without any announcement of the fact, Samuel Grafton's column ended with the June 18 edition, having been a fixture on the page since December 9, 1942, three years after he began writing the nationally syndicated entry, albeit alternating space each week with the Alsops since they first appeared April 2, 1947. Mr. Grafton was neither on vacation at the Outer Banks bass fishing nor off exploring the vagaries and desultory nature of betel nuts this time. He was gone for good, although continuing to write into the 1980's. (As to the subject of the cited piece by Mr. Grafton, Judge J. Waties Waring, blame not the Judge for his waywardness from the strait and narrow of Southern gentlemanliness, for he apparently was another of the lost souls cornered and brainwashed by that scurrilous scalawag, inimical to everything decent and kind and gentle and sweet about the Southernmost South, W. J. Cash—himself, the victim of bull-walkers of tony dogs.) Among Mr. Grafton's several feathers was the "Grafton Plan", a successful campaign in the spring of 1944 to establish several free ports in the United States for Jewish refugees, not constrained by immigration quotas, resulting in the Oswego, N.Y., free port, saving a thousand lives in the process despite it being authorized by Congress only late in the war. Mr. Grafton lived until December 2, 1997, dying at the age of 90, just a year before this website had its inception. Adios and happy trails, Amigo...
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