The Press: Scarlet in South Carolina

Smalltown newspapers are fun to publish. Along with the small town and county and state news there sometimes comes a chance to champion a cause, to cry a crime, to excite a people, usually a sluggish, smalltownish people. Such a chance came less than a month ago to "the youngest newspaper staff in the country" (not a man over 32)—the staff of the Cherokee Times of Gaffney, a hilltown on the northern edge of South Carolina with a population of 10,000 (including Negroes).

The cause which Editor-Publisher George B. Lay hit upon seemed germane to the whole state of South Carolina. It...

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