PENNSYLVANIA: War of Nerves

In the rubber-stamp ranch-house community of Levittown, Pa. (pop. 60,000), the vacant house at 30 Darkleaf Lane last week came alive with a distinction all its own. From one roof peak flew an American flag, and from another—spotlighted by night—the stars and bars of the Confederacy. Each evening the house of the Confederacy was crowded with the members of the newly formed Dogwood Hollow Social Club who worked hard at a hard-boiled bad-neighbor policy. With windows wide open they chattered loudly over coffee, volumed up a phonograph, harmonized on Old Black Joe, aiming all this cacophony at the adjoining...

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