The Press: Cadillac for Harvey

Country Editor George W. Haskett smelt a rat. Some news had filtered into Elizabeth City (N.C.) from nearby Ahoskie that didn't make sense. He sniffed further, and pretty soon he had the rat by the tail. He hung it high in the editorial column of his semiweekly Independent.

The story he had nabbed wasn't pretty: the Ahoskie Kiwanis Club had raffled off a $3,200 Cadillac at a dance for the local poor, and the winning ticket went to a Negro. The dismayed Kiwanians sent a three-man committee (including the sheriff, a Kiwanian) out to the...

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