POLITICAL NOTE: Crossing the Line

"A few miles from my home there is an imaginary line. . . ." With these words Pennsylvania's Governor George Howard Earle last week startled 600 members of Washington's Southern Society dining in the Willard Hotel. His hearers, being Southerners, supposed at once that he was referring to the color line. Only two years ago his Legislature passed and he proudly signed a law giving Negroes equal rights with whites in all Pennsylvania's hotels, shops, restaurants, theatres (TIME, Aug. 12, 1935). Useful as that law has been in winning Negro votes for...

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