The Charlotte News
Wednesday, August 24, 1955
Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that the President this date said that the U.S. was on a "crusade for peace" but could never accept Russian wrongs to men and nations in an "eagerness to avoid war", delivering a prepared address to the American Bar Association in Philadelphia. He stated confidence that the Geneva Big Four summit conference of the prior month had presented an opportunity to advance toward peace "based on justice and security". He said that he believed such a peace was obtainable, but stated that the division of Germany, the domination of captive countries and the use of international subversion were "violations of the rights of men and nations," which probably resulted from "a compound of suspicions and fear," but that such an explanation did not excuse them, that such wrongs could not be accepted as a part of the peace which the U.S. desired and sought. The ABA was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chief Justice John Marshall, who served in that capacity from 1801 through 1835, the fourth Chief Justice. The President said that he was the "foremost leader in developing and maintaining the liberties of the people" and that his decisions "made of the Constitution a vital, dynamic, deathless charter for free and orderly living." He said that he would appoint no one to the Federal judiciary who would not serve in the tradition of Chief Justice Marshall, that he had been patient, tireless, understanding, logical, persistent and a crusader in the cause of interpreting the Constitution "to achieve ordered liberty and justice under law," and that the country now needed the same qualities exampled by the Chief Justice—who had transformed the previously insignificant institution into a vital third branch of the Government as the Founders intended.
In Manston, England, a U.S. Air Force member had gone berserk this date, firing a gun from each hand, killing three persons and wounding a half dozen or more others at the Air Force fighter base in the town. He had commandeered a car by threatening the driver and had fled to a nearby beach resort, terrorizing many of the bathers in the aftermath of the base shootings. Air Force police and British civil police eventually cornered him on the beach, and he was wounded after an ensuing gun battle, British police stating that he had then committed suicide. He had killed an American sergeant, another U.S. serviceman and a Royal Air Force airman at the base. There were conflicting reports on the number of wounded, with the U.S. Air Force placing it at six while the British police said eight. The wounded included American military personnel and British civilians, one of the latter of whom was a woman. When a newsman contacted the Chicago home of the U.S. serviceman and spoke to someone who identified herself as his sister, she said that they had received a letter from him a month earlier, reporting that he "liked" his assignment in England. He had been in the Air Force for about three years and was 21 years old, with no indication of poor prior mental health. The family had received no word of the shooting from the Air Force.
In Cleveland, O., six children, ranging in age from nine weeks to six years, had perished in a fire this date in a tenement house in a crowded eastside black district. The fire had been brought under control within about 30 minutes and the cause was not yet known.
In Old Fort, N.C., five black children were denied admission to the school in the town, a consolidated school for white children and the only school in the town of 771 persons. The superintendent of the McDowell County schools told the parents accompanying the children that principals had been instructed not to enroll children, regardless of race, who had been previously assigned to other schools. A crowd of between 300 and 400 white adults observed, but made no effort to stop the black children and parents, and they walked away from the school without incident. One of the black parents, when told that the children could not be registered, thanked the superintendent and said merely that he had wanted to appear. The superintendent said that the children did not say what grade they had hoped to enter, but had appeared to be of elementary school age. The gathered crowd, who had been apprised the previous night that there would be an attempt to register the five children, had parted to make way for the parents and children as they arrived in the morning. The parents were told that they had the right to appeal to the Board of Education, but that the Board, itself, had stated that there would be no integration during the coming school year, and that in the meantime an integration committee would study the problem locally. Police and special deputies were on hand at the time, and later indicated that the crowd had been quiet and undemonstrative.
Harry Shuford of The News indicates that state, regional and national Civil Defense officials would arrive in Charlotte in November to witness a midtown evacuation exercise, set for the afternoon of November 9. The Charlotte Merchants Association had agreed to cooperate fully with the exercise. The local civil defense director said that he anticipated that at least 100 people from other cities would be present to observe and participate in the evacuation exercise and that observation points would be set up in some of the taller buildings.
Emery Wister of The News indicates that with concrete settling in the wake of the bulldozers' dust, it was full speed ahead on the City's parking lot at the rear of the new Coliseum and Auditorium complex on Independence Boulevard, that the work was being rushed to make the buildings ready for their dedication on September 11. Grading on the quarter-mile long lot had been completed and three streets were being laid out with a crushed stone base, affording access to it. It would accommodate 1,300 automobiles and would connect with a private adjoining lot being developed by the owner, a Charlotte businessman, affording space for another 1,800 automobiles.
Ronald Green, sportswriter for the News, reports on the USGA Women's National Amateur golf competition ongoing at Myers Park Club during the day, with Grace Lenczyk of Newton, Conn., a former National Amateur champion, continuing to play expert golf and staying among the favorites. Another former amateur champion, Mrs. Mark Porter of Philadelphia, was having less good fortune, but was still in the running.
In Munich, West Germany, a district court ruled this date that it was acceptable to sell miniatures of Hitler's head for bottle corks, and acquitted a souvenir shop owner of the charge of "making propaganda with symbols of an outlawed organization." The corks were mainly purchased by American servicemen and tourists, and the court determined that the wooden heads were caricatures, not symbols. The Nazi Party was outlawed in West Germany.
On the editorial page, "Queens Provides Food for Thought" indicates that with the introduction of the Queens College expanded Evening Adult Education program the following month in Charlotte, the city would benefit greatly. The president of the school, Dr. Edwin Walker, and the director of the Evening College, Robert Shaw, had released a full schedule of the courses to be provided, which embraced a wide variety of subjects, including not only technical instruction for business and professional persons, but also courses providing entertainment and worthwhile information to homemakers and parents.
Some of the courses were sewing, sociology, speech, religion, journalism, education and the public schools, international affairs, religion and nursing education. It urges residents to take advantage of the program, which could be attended for reasonable fees and had an experienced faculty. It commends Queens for adding an important facet to the city's educational system.
What about history and civics?
"Connie's Warning Should Be Heeded" indicates that the President's consideration of calling a special session of Congress to address the appropriations for storm damage underscored the fact that Hurricane Connie was nothing less than a national disaster and had to be regarded as such, but that its damage to the Carolinas as a hurricane had been exceeded many times by the massive flooding in the Northeast from the backlash of Hurricane Diane the following week.
The flooding in the Northeast had claimed at least 181 lives and produced an economic and civic paralysis which threatened the livelihood and health of many thousands of people. Connecticut had 64 dead, and 169 towns and cities had been damaged to the extent of a billion dollars. Massachusetts had lost 13 lives and damage was described as being worse than that from the 1954 Hurricanes Carol and Edna combined. In New York, four persons had died, and water and sewage systems had been destroyed in several places. In New Jersey, six persons had died and many communities were still without potable water. Rhode Island had only one death, but thousands of workers were without work because of destruction of the industries and businesses which employed them. In Pennsylvania, the worst hit state, 93 persons had died and eight factories, one employing 10,000 workers and another, 5,000, had been knocked out in the single town of Torrington. Similar conditions and health hazards existed throughout the six-state area impacted by Diane's flooding.
It indicates that it would take years to reconstruct the damaged areas and it could never be done without outside aid. Very little of the loss had been covered by insurance, as premiums on water damage policies were too high for average industrial and residential property owners.
The hurricanes had left a warning that a coordinated effort, reaching from the community level to the Federal level, had to be initiated to protect lives and property in the future. The head of the Army Corps of Engineers civil works division had said the previous week that any shore could be protected from hurricanes by dams, jetties, sea walls and other such structures, but that the cost would be enormous. Flood damage could at least be minimized by a similar program and the huge cost diminished in comparison with the toll being taken by the storms. The President had pledged the formulation by the Federal Government of a long-range protection program, including insurance against losses. Governor Luther Hodges of North Carolina had already set forth the need for such a plan within the state.
It concludes that the time to achieve such programs was the present while the alternative death and destruction remained fresh in the public mind.
"Voices from the Cobwebbed Corners" asks rhetorically who spoke for the South in literature, responds that there were many such voices, according to Walter Spearman, professor of journalism at UNC and head of the North Carolina Scholastic Press Institute at the University, writing in the New Orleans Item. He purposely omitted the works of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Erskine Caldwell and included Harnett Kane, Hamilton Basso, William T. Polk, W. J. Cash, Frances Gray Patton, Robert Tallant, James Street, Thomas Wolfe, Eudora Welty, Ovid Pierce and Shirley Ann Grau.
It indicates that the compilation of a list of books explaining what the South was "really like" was a risky undertaking, as no one really spoke for the South, as it embraced many things and spoke through many voices. It finds that to omit Mr. Faulkner as one of those voices in favor of someone such as Mr. Kane was to leave the South's literary landscape strangely unfinished. It posits that Southern writers, even Messrs. Wolfe and Kane and Ms. Welty, were involved to some extent in immediate and superficial concerns. They did not, to paraphrase John Steinbeck, suggest that their version communicated "the South", rather saying that it was the part they knew and understood and conveyed only their attitude toward that part. The good ones, it ventures, such as Mr. Faulkner, gave the reader insight into a fundamental moral order, portraying the intensity of the life around the writer through a wealth of personal perception.
It suggests that Mr. Faulkner's writing did contain "violence, degeneracy and promiscuity," as Mr. Spearman had put it, but that there were such things present in the "cobwebbed corners" of the region and did not need to be concealed nor taken as a true picture of the whole South. Mr. Faulkner's value as a Southern writer was not confined to his treatment of Southern sin, but provided moral insight into problems as old as mankind.
It quotes from Arthur Mizener: "Faulkner's hell is obviously not a hell for other people; it is a hell for people like Faulkner and us. We recognize ourselves in its worst inhabitants and of its best we feel that there, but for the grace of God and our insufficiency, go we. Faulkner makes us see with something like the awe and terror we feel as we watch the curse on the house of Atreus, the way the terrible curse of slavery breeds in the ordinary lives of generation after generation of southerners. The evil has been repeated and accumulated like original sin because people, black or white, are human, are lonely and love, try to do right and make mistakes, begin in belief and hope and end by repudiating even grief and despair; it is an evil for which no one and everyone is to blame."
A piece from the Greensboro Daily News, titled "Dogs Is Dogs", indicates that the way to eliminate rabies was to eliminate stray dogs, according to Edgar A. Moss, one of 20 dog show superintendents licensed by the American Kennel Club in Guilford County, speaking before a civic club in Greensboro, saying also that he believed that enough taxes were being paid without feeding mongrel dogs. He said that only purebred dogs were permitted in such shows and that he had no use for a mongrel dog. (Bigot! You probably don't like bitches either.)
It says that he was a specialist and different from most people, that dogs and their people had an affection for one another which was not dependent upon pedigrees on either side, as a mongrel dog would love and protect its master, and a "mongrel man" would love and protect his dog, just as much as if they were aristocrats. (Democracy in action!)
It suggests that perhaps the county could reduce rabies and save some tax money by killing stray dogs on sight, but it does not advise the commissioners to try it, as it would be politically inastute to start killing dogs. A stray dog might be a family dog, running loose, but likely to have a master who would raise a commotion if anybody laid a hostile hand on it.
By way of illustration, it provides some doggerel: "I don't care if he is a hound,/ You got to quit kicking my dog around."
It assures that it had nothing against purebred dogs, but confesses that it leaned toward mongrels as they were just as affectionate and often smarter than the purebreds. A story went that one such mongrel was walking down the street one day when he met two purebred French poodles just back from a dog show, and the mongrel politely asked what their names were, the one saying Mimi and the other, Fifi, and after asking the mongrel's name, he retorted Fido, at which point both poodles sniffed superciliously and said: "Humph, what a plebeian name. How do you spell it?" The mongrel replied: "How do you think I spell it? Phideau, of course." It concludes that the moral of the story was that every dog would have his day.
Drew Pearson tells of fired Air Force Secretary Harold Talbott having, at the point of his departure, held a dinner for a group of newsmen and then called one aside to tip him that the next Congressional target for conflict of interest would be Secretary of Commerce Sinclair Weeks. The next morning, Secretary Weeks was tipped on the advice when newsmen asked for comment from the Commerce Department on Mr. Talbott's assertion. Alarmed, the Secretary consulted with the White House and advisers to the President took the matter seriously, determined that the best offense was a good defense and told Mr. Weeks to take the initiative, whereupon he held a press conference on August 11, at which he said that Democrats were staging an attack on free enterprise, indicating that he did not think the American people wanted anyone to play politics with defense or prosperity. He declined to say who was playing politics and remained vague on other matters.
That aroused Congressman Emanuel Celler, who proceeded to tangle with the Secretary. Mr. Pearson says that it was possible that Mr. Talbott only wanted to have a good laugh on the Administration which fired him, for the other Cabinet members not standing up for him in the face of Congressional attack for conflict of interest. The result, regardless, had been three refusals of Secretary Weeks to testify before Mr. Celler's committee, prompting more scrutiny of the business advisers serving under the Secretary, for potential conflicts of interest. There were two types of such people whom the committee wished to investigate, the business advisory council, including some of the biggest names on Wall Street, advising the President on economic policy and even making selections for key positions, and the so-called WOC men, who served "without compensation" while retaining their corporate jobs and receiving $15 per diem in expenses, holding several regular civil service jobs inside the Department.
A letter writer wonders who in Charlotte could remember when the underpass on East Trade Street was a grade crossing or the livery stable on East Trade, or the Chinese laundry and Hop Wo on the same street, the White Elephant Bar, Abernathy's Bar, and two wholesale whiskey houses operated by Norman and Hoover, also on East Trade. He also wonders who remembered the business houses on Independence Square 65 years earlier, answers that he did remember all of those things. He says that the trolley car first made its appearance in Charlotte in 1890, and quizzes on several other such older buildings and hotels, no longer extant. He says in conclusion that he fully realizes that older people were in a different world from the younger and feels that he was in a subconscious state, but tries not to let it worry him too much as he knew that there were millions who were in a far worse state than he, both physically and mentally.
Are you implying that because we cannot remember 1890 that we are somehow mentally and physically decrepit? you sorry old bastard.
A letter writer indicates that as a "WHITE, native son of North Carolina", he was proud of the state and its people, "both white and colored." He states that each race had done much to make the great state what it was. His grandfather had been a Union soldier during the Civil War, fighting on the Northern side because he believed slavery was wrong, which the writer says it was. But his grandfather also, he goes on, did not believe in integration or mixing of the races and had told his grandson that many Union soldiers had refused to mix or serve with black soldiers, even though each was fighting to free the slaves as well as to preserve the Union. In later years, when the writer had gone West and North, he had found that the people in the states there had their own type of segregation, though not enforced legally, managing to keep black patrons out of their places of business by hostile attitudes and providing poor service to them. In Lincoln, Neb., a restaurant manager had told him that he seldom had black patrons because they did not provide them with proper service. Thus, he concludes, blacks in the South were happier being segregated and living where they wanted within the segregated community than those in the North who were able to integrate but were not wanted within the white community. A Northerner had once told him that they did not care how high blacks got, as long as they did not get too close. He thus thinks that if segregation were ended in the South, the white people would become hostile and cold toward blacks and that blacks would find out how unhappy they would become, and there would be nothing anyone could do about it—"not even the nine old men of the Supreme Court who also manage to isolate themselves from the Negro and all the other white people that they do not care to integrate with at any time."
This date, 14-year old Emmett Till
would visit a country store in Money, Miss., Bryant's Grocery, with
his young cousins, and there become the subject of later accusation
from Carolyn Bryant, wife of one of the half-brothers who ran the
store, that the 14-year old boy, whom she only described as a "nigger
man", had engaged in inappropriate conduct with her, entering
the store alone and then, when paying for an item, grabbed her
outstretched hand, that when she had jerked it away, followed her
down the counter, where he placed his hands on either of her hips and
began addressing her as "baby" and an "unspeakable
word", whereupon another "nigger" entered the store
and summoned the "nigger" who had been fresh with her and
they went outside, at which point she exited the store and went to
her sister-in-law's car to retrieve a gun, that Emmett had then
wolf-whistled at her. It would be four days later in the wee hours of Sunday morning
when the two half-brothers, having traced the incident to Emmett, from
Chicago and living with his uncle for the summer, would take Emmett at gunpoint on
a fatal ride during which he was brutally beaten beyond recognition
and then shot in the head, his body weighted with a cotton gin fan
and then thrown in the Tallahatchie River. Carolyn Bryant's testimony
was deemed inadmissible by the trial judge at the subsequent trial in
September of the two half-brothers, for such testimony regarding
prior behavior of the alleged victim of a murder being admissible
under Mississippi law only when the facts tended to establish the
potential for a homicide committed in self-defense or defense of
others, not present in the case. The proffer of her testimony
regarding the alleged incidents in the store, of which she was the
only living witness, and which she would later recant as false, may
be read here by searching "Mrs. Roy Bryant", the proffer having been made by defense counsel to
establish a record on appeal in the event of conviction. The two
brothers would be acquitted, though subsequently in 1956 freely
admitting to reporter William Bradford Huie
It has been suggested, incidentally, that Carolyn Bryant, who at last report was still living and located in North Carolina, should be prosecuted as an accomplice for her false story related about Emmett, leading to his murder. But, according to the statements of the brothers and their wives to Mr. Huie in the Look article, Mrs. Bryant and her sister-in-law had resolved to keep the matter from their husbands and the latter had only become aware of it through a rumor mill and a statement to Roy Bryant by a black acquaintance that there had been "talk" about a black boy from Chicago having spoken out of turn to Mrs. Bryant in the store on Wednesday evening. Mrs. Bryant, upon inquiry, had then told her husband her version of what happened. Thus, there would be scant potential basis for implicating Carolyn Bryant in the murder as an aider and abettor as there was little, if any, evidence that she ever, expressly or implicitly, actually encouraged any criminal conduct against Emmett, the knowledge of Mr. Bryant regarding the alleged conduct in and outside the store apparently having derived through the grapevine from among Emmett's young cousins, ages 13 to 19, who had been with him outside the store on Wednesday evening, and their acquaintances, however innocently imparted, filtering back to Mr. Bryant through a black acquaintance. Teenagers will talk blithely about such things, oblivious sometimes to their impact. Had there been no rumor mill, odds are that the half-brothers would have never known of the alleged conduct at the store and Emmett would have returned to Chicago to his mother at the end of the summer.
The point is that there is no evidence that Mrs. Bryant told her husband about the conduct except on interrogation by her husband after he became aware of the rumor through a third-party black acquaintance. That is too tenuous to support an aiding and abetting charge, despite her later recanting of her statements about the conduct inside the store. Moreover, the brothers stated in the Look article that they had only intended to scare Emmett, that it was his persistent hauty demeanor, never appearing afraid of them, which convinced them to kill him, however irrational that reactive thought process was, thus taking it out of the realm of conspiracy with the wife, as there is no evidence that she knew that her husband and brother-in-law intended to harm Emmett at all. She has claimed in her unpublished memoir that she tried to protect Emmett by refusing to identify him as the boy who had accosted her in the store when he was brought to the store by her husband and brother-in-law for her identification on the following Sunday morning of the murder. But the Look article stated that Emmett had admitted to the brothers that he was the one doing all the talking at the store on Wednesday, and that there had been therefore no reason for them to have taken him back to the store for the wife's identification. Whether that was true or just their way of shielding her from potential prosecution at the time, no one will ever know.
But Emmett's Uncle, Mose Wright, would testify at the trial in September that when the two brothers abducted Emmett from his home in the middle of the night at 2:00 a.m. and took him to a waiting car, he heard one of the brothers ask someone whether Emmett was the boy, to which there had been a reply that he was, stated in a voice seeming to be "lighter" than that of a man. If that voice was of Carolyn Bryant, then clearly, absent any forcible coercion by her husband, she was an aider and abettor at least in kidnaping and thus potentially culpable for felony-murder, that is a murder committed in the course of commission of a felony. The question is, however, absent a confession, how such a tenuous identification of a possibly female voice at the scene of the abduction can be used to connect her, beyond a reasonable doubt, with the criminal conduct which transpired at the hands of her husband and brother-in-law that terrible Sunday. Criminal prosecutions have to be initiated on the basis of probable cause, specific articulable facts, that the accused was engaged in criminal conduct, not as fishing expeditions based on a mere hunch. In any event, a grand jury in Mississippi refused in August, 2022 to indict Carolyn Bryant as an accomplice in the murder.
It might also be noted, as a policy matter, that to indict a person who was never a principal in a murder, decades after the fact, based on their own later statements or recantations of previous statements, disserves the historical record of events, as it inhibits witnesses from ever coming forward with the truth.
A letter from two women of Shallotte comments on the August 12 report by Julian Scheer of The News on the town of Shallotte and its experience with Hurricane Connie, indicating that, as members of the community and as teachers who had taught in both the elementary and high school for 24 years, they found Mr. Scheer to have provided a "very poor and unauthentic description of our community and school." (Better form would have it as "inauthentic", if you want to be good teachers for your students, that is…) They admit that Shallotte was a small town, but venture that it was one which had demonstrated much progress and prosperity, that there were two drugstores, three hardware stores, two furniture stores, a thriving and growing bank, two large general merchandise establishments, two electrical and plumbing houses, the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., a laundry and dry cleaning business, three large supermarkets, a jewelry shop, a wholesale auto parts store, a freezer-locker plant, several insurance offices, nine modern service stations, an ice plant, two oil companies, two movie theaters, a florist and gift shop, a National Guard unit, two restaurants, a very attractive and modern motel, three fertilizer companies, a large feed and seed store, two beauty salons, two barbershops, a dentist and three medical doctors, a Methodist and a Baptist Church, a post office which sold $13,500 worth of stamps during the previous year, an office of the Brunswick County Health Department, a Ford dealership, a Dodge dealership, an outstanding printing office and weekly newspaper, a very active Lions Club and a Business and Professional Woman's Club. (But what if you want to buy a Chevrolet? What's playing at the two theaters? Probably sentimental drivel… And the theaters probably smell bad, like a bunch of sweating farmers and fishermen fresh off the farm and boat.) They go on quite a way defending Shallotte, indicating that its school had a faculty of 40 members and 1,100 students, that it was a rural school but was recognized by leading educators as one of the best in the state. (Well, from the local point of view, they are all one of the best in the state, aren't they?) They wish to know how Mr. Scheer had known that the chemistry lab at the school was "an ancient room with equipment long outdated", because as of the prior May, it contained every item required by the State Department of Public Instruction for any standard school. He had not recognized a new teacher demonstration desk, valued at $375, and did not understand that student tables with acid-resistant tops, Bunsen burners and lavatories would be available to the students the following September. "As for the culture of these dirty, unkempt, and pink-eyed children, we can recall many compliments paid them by artists who have visited the school", such as Dr. Swalin of the North Carolina Symphony, who had remarked that the student body was one of the most appreciative audiences to whom the Symphony had ever played. (Sure, because all they had ever heard at home was hillbilly music and sea shanties, right?) They indicate that as for the old man who was reading the fifth grade history book at the school, there was some good reading in that volume, as it was the story of the state and the authors had given it a touch of glamour and romantic inspiration appealing to the minds of the very young as well as to those who were older. They recommend that Mr. Scheer review it sometime and indicate that if he meant to imply that the old man was reading it because he was too uneducated to read more advanced literature, he should be informed that state laws required that all texts which were owned by the State and rented to pupils during the school year be maintained under lock and key at all times during the summer months, that, therefore, there were no other books available at the school at the time. They invite the newspaper staff to come to Shallotte as their guests to see what the community was really like.
Again, you do not have to worry about Mr. Scheer for the long-term, as by 1962, he will be the chief publicity man for NASA. There are no schools on the moon about which he can provide negative publicity, unless the Russians happen to get up there first. Wow-wee, pretty scary...
A letter writer indicates that
everyone should get on their knees and thank God that they had a
God-loving and fearing man, Governor Hodges, as head of the state.
"When our Supreme Court looks to other books rather than to the
Bible for the basic foundation for our laws, I think all good people
should turn their backs on them." He says that races had not
changed, were still white and black. "Two-thirds of our colored
people are against the NAACP. They are causing each race to resent
the other." He is thankful that I. Beverly Lake—State Assistant
Attorney General, slated to resign his post and enter private
practice on October 1, who had argued before the Supreme Court for
the state's position in the implementing decision of Brown v.
Board of Education, which had decided on May 31 that the states
should, with the guidance of the Federal District Courts, implement
plans "with all deliberate speed" to desegregate the public
school systems, with proper attention given to local conditions,
community by community and state by state—, was going to help them
as "a brilliant law scholar and with 18 years of teaching law"
at Wake Forest. He suggests that as long as the laws were based on
"God's Book", he was completely in favor of upholding
them, but was bitterly opposed to laws made from "man's ideas"
Everybody knows that Jesus said: "Let the niggers be the niggers and let God's chosen people be WHITE." It's right there in the apocrypha of the Revised Klan Edition of the Bible, as edited by Sir Walter Scott, with assistance in simpler, more easily understandable wording from the new Kleagle.
A letter writer wants to know if the Charlotte theaters ever showed movies at regular prices, that he had been attending the movies in Charlotte for the previous three years and had yet to see one at regular prices, that every attraction appeared not to allow special passes and admitted children for a quarter. He says that he was no avid moviegoer and perhaps did not attend at times when regular prices were charged, but had yet to be admitted at regular price. He finds a quarter to be absurd for the admission of a three-year old child.
Well, don't bring your bawling little brat to the movie theater to disturb the other patrons in the first place, and then you can pay the quarter to the babysitter.
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