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The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 1956 - File 001. 1956-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 19, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/southern/item/507/show/504.

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Title The Southern Conservative, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 1956
Contributor
  • Darden, Ida M.
Publisher Southern Conservative
Date May 1956
Language English
Subject
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 10604411
Collection
  • Houston Metropolitan Research Center
  • Ida M. Darden Collection
  • The Southern Conservative
Rights No Copyright - United States: This item is in the public domain in the United States and may be used freely in the United States. The item may not be in the public domain under the copyright laws of other countries.
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.
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Title File 001
Transcript THE SouraERN CoNSERVATIVE -To Pled lor a Return ol Constitutional Government- Vol. 7 FORT WORTH, TEXAS, MAY, 1956 No.5 To Subscribers of The Southern Conservative mce anuary, 1950, I have been putting <Jt ten editions of the Southern Conservative each year and hav never missed an issue except that of June, 19531 when I was I) the hospital six weeks because of an accident. However, there will be no edition during this nonth of May, 1956, because of a circumstance which I can neithe1 understand nor explain. Since the publication of the April edition last mmth, I have worked every day and parts of many nights preparil'l{ copy for the May issue. As always, I placed each editorial whe1 finished jn a large manila packet on my desk marked "Copy for next edi~ tion". This material was to be delivered to the printer on Tuesday, May 15th for putting into type. But sometime during Monday mght, the heavy packet of copy disappeared from my of.ice. AI· though every effort has been made to get some clue to its dis· appearance, city police officials have been most cooperative ~nd I have offered a one hundred-dollar reward for its re(overy, Jt has not been returned and it is now certain that it wiJI r.ot be. Nothing else in the office was disturbed, Under the circumstances, there is nothing I can do f!xcept r~:se~~i~~~i!a~a~:~t:~~e~~~~~~::i~~:~ :~es~~~~~~ers, advance I ronica lly, I h ad felt that the May edition was to be one of my best as the copy contained much material and information which I knew would be of interest to those who subscribe to, or read the Sou thern Conservative. In recent weeks, several persons of high official position in Washington, a nd from whom I had had no previous communi­cation, have sent me, without request on my part, marked copies of official records which give documented proof of corruption , waste and reckless dissipation of public money which is beyond belief. Some of this material had been discussed in the copy that was taken. Special attention was also devoted to Communist-inspired activities concerning integration of the races which continue to break out like cholera epidemics from coast to coast and several references to labor union racketeering, were included in the stolen copy. I have realized from the first, of course, that the editor of any publication- no matter how limited its sphere of influence­which..... exi).O!sses editorial opinion that runs counter to that of the vast Red octupus whose tentacles now reach out into every one of the forty-eight States, was venturing into hostile territory and would, sooner or later, become the victim of acts of petty espionage and deterring tactics. I have been especially mindful of the highly financed and viciously prosecuted campaign for integration of the races and of the large and small scale reprisals visited on those who dare to challenge the motives of Washington puppets who are carry­ing out orders from invisible masters to wipe out States Rights and mongrelize the races of the South as a step in the perfection of a one-world mongrel government. All this I have known and disregarded and have presented to my readers as best I could such evidence of craven concessions by our public servants in furthering this program which could be borne out by documented proof, and have thrown in my own personal opinion for good measure. This I shall continue to do. I am familiar , too, with the harassing and impeding obsta­cles which have been thrown in the way of abler and far more widely-known persons than I, who insist on exposing the many forms of subversion currently being carried on in government, educational, religious, entertainment, journalistic and cultural circles. But, like millions of other Americans who brush off any suggestion concerning the deadly conspiracy against the United States with the giddy comment that 0 it can't happen here", I had. felt that the influence of the Southern Conservative was of too limited a scope to warrant any petty act of espionage ever being directed against me. But it did happen and it not only sabotaged the paper for one edition but it was a sort of sabotage of the spirit for it convinced me that the power and influence of the sinister forces who are gradually throttling the rights and freedom of white Americans is even more far-reaching than even I have claimed. It would be impossible for me to put into words the shock and downright heart-sickness I experienced on discovering that the material into whose preparation I had put more than two hundred hours of hard work and such thought as I am capable of contributing, had actually been removed from my office. It happens that I am not an off-hand and casual writer who can au tomatically turn out copy as I have seen so many othen do. I work h ard at the job and oH.en r e-write an editorial many t imes before I feel that it is worth putting into type, which means that I must put more effort into my work than most writers are compelled to exert. Also, I love doing it and always feel that I put a li ttle bit of myself into everything I write which perhaps accou nts for the reaction I experienced on find­ing that almost a month's time and hard work had been cancelled out. If I am perhaps over-emphasizing the importance of this loss of material , I do so with the full realization that its dis­appearance means nothing on earth to any one except myself and the subscribers and supporters whose confidence and ap-.,., proval has enabled me to continue it from year to year- and of course to those who don't want the paper to come out at alL The vast majority of the American people, of course, never heard of The Southern Conservative and never will and even i( they should most of them would probably pass ofC the warning it seeks to convey concerning a deadly trend in government which is gradually destroying the Republic, as the exaggerated ex­pressions of a "reactionaFy" mind. As I write 11by ear" and under the inspiration of the angry resentment which assails me at each new act of official betrayal, I will not be able to duplicate the copy which was taken but will turn my attention to the preparation of copy fer the June edition which I hope to bring out on time. The only consolation I am able to retrieve from the unhappy experience is that it gives a wholesome and healthy boost to my ego and revives a feeling of self-confidence which sometimes becomes fain t. Since it is only a hit dog that howls, I can but conclude-. that the Southern Conservative is more influential and thought­provoking than I had ever dared to hope and the incident is clear indication that even one small voice crying in the wilder­ness may reverberate in remote areas of the land if the message it carries is convincing and true. Ida M. Darden, Editor, The Southern Conservative Millions of Americ:ans Think It-The Southern Conservative Says It THE SoUTHERN CoNsERVATIVE 703 Flatiron Bulding, Fort Worth', Texas I I I I I I I I I I I Sec. 34.66 P.L.&R. Permit No. 1665 U. S. POST AGE PAID Fort Worth, Texas
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