The Press: Mr. Graves Takes a Walk

The exits of most hired newsrooms hands are quiet and quick. The exit of John Temple Graves II from the staff of the Birmingham Age-Herald last week was a five-day rowdydow.

For 17 years, Graves's column, "This Morning," had the Age-Herald's Page One, Column One spot. He was stoutly in favor of Southern chivalry, Birmingham-made steel, free enterprise, John Temple Graves II and segregation of Negroes. A round-faced, goggle-eyed Georgian of 53, Graves was editor of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Journal when in 1929 the Age-Herald's late Publisher Victor Hanson hired him away, for $75 a week, and made him a columnist.

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