Negro," he said. "I was born right here in California. My old man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten
acres. The white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes I went to play with them, and
some of them was pretty nice. My ol' man didn't like that. I neve
Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock and a singlebarreled shotgun. And he had books, too; a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the
California civil code for 19O5. There were battered magazines and a few
Crooks laughed again. "A guy can talk to you an' be sure you won't go blabbin'. Couple of weeks
an' them pups'll be all right. George knows what he's about. Jus' talks, an' you don't understand
nothing." He leaned forward excitedly. "This is just a nigger
Crooks bored in on him. "Want me ta tell ya what'll happen? They'll take ya to the booby hatch.
They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog." Suddenly Lennie's eyes centered and grew quiet, and
mad. He stood up and walked dangerously toward Crooks. "Who h
Lennie almost shouted, "'Bout the rabbits." "You're nuts," said Crooks. "You're crazy as a wedge.
What rabbits you talkin' about?" "The rabbits we're gonna get, and I get to tend 'em, cut grass an'
give 'em water, an' like that." "Jus' nuts," said Crooks.
Lennie's attention came gradually to what had been said. "What?" he demanded. "I said s'pose
George went into town tonight and you never heard of him no more." Crooks pressed forward
some kind of private victory. "Just s'pose that," he repeated. "He won't
Well, I got a right to have a light. You go on get outa my room. I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse,
and you ain't wanted in my room." "Why ain't you wanted?" Lennie asked. "'Cause I'm black.
They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. They
Slim said, "Carlson, you get the candy wagon hitched up. We'll take 'um into Soledad an' get 'um
fixed up." Carlson hurried out. Slim turned to the whimpering Lennie. "It ain't your fault," he
said. "This punk sure had it comin' to him. But- Jesus! He ain
The Employment Act of 1946
By Anne Scitovszky*
T H E EMPLOYMENT
A C T OF 1946the
final outcome of the various " f u l l employment" bills under considerat i o n by Congress for more t h a n a
yearbecame l a w o n February 20
(Public Law No. 304, 79th Cong