PRIMARIES: Midnight in Columbia

The young moon had set, enough ballots had been counted to show that Governor Olin D. Johnston was beaten, but old Senator Ellison D. ("Cotton Ed") Smith went right on campaigning. On the night of South Carolina's primary day last week, a contingent of his friends motored to Columbia from Orangeburg, 35 miles away. They wore flaming red shirts, in memory of oldtime General Wade Hamp ton, who drove the carpetbaggers back north and preserved "white supremacy." Senator Smith put on one of the shirts and. like a heavy-set Garibaldi, led the...

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