MISSISSIPPI: Civil War in Natchez

Mayor William Joseph Byrne of sleepy Natchez, Mass. (pop. 15.296) is a man who likes a fine grimy factory smoking up Southern skies, freight trains bumping and clattering musically on jasmine-scented nights, all the noise, payrolls and progress that come with industrialization. Last week Mayor Byrne was an unhappy man, for commerce was dislocated. The struggle that Natchez has dreaded for four years had begun in earnest: the two garden clubs of the town were in open battle.Natchez citizens heard the sinister sound that is produced only by the flouncing of hoop skirts to the accompaniment of a sniff...

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