The Press: Dabney and the Doukhobors

Tall, scholarly, bespectacled Virginius Dabney, 43, lives like a typical upper-class Southerner in a white frame house in Richmond, Va., with his pretty, vivacious wife "Doug," their three children and a maid of all work named Cora. Last summer, eyeing Cora enviously, a Richmond lady told V Dabney's wife, "If V would stop talking so much we might have some cooks in our kitchens."

V Dabney's talk has long plagued conservative Virginians. As editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he has tilted his pen at almost every Southern household god. He has offended the Solid South by urging its return to the two-party...

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