National Affairs: Byrnes's Boil

South Carolina's Governor Jimmy Byrnes, who has a low boiling point when he believes federal action against race discrimination threatens states' rights, boiled over last week.

The aging (74), onetime Democratic New Deal stalwart (who broke with the national party to support Ike last year) was nettled by a new clause in contracts between the Government and banks which make Government-guaranteed farm price-support loans. The clause would require these banks to hire employees without race discrimination. Egged on by bankers, Byrnes telephoned President Eisenhower in Denver. Said Byrnes: "I talked with the President ... he does not want departments...

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