THE STATES: Ozark Oligarchy

Arkansas is a "backward commonwealth" according to Arch-Lobbyist Joseph R. Grundy of Pennsylvania (TIME, Nov. 11). His criticism was economic, not social. Last week out of the Ozark back country trickled bits of news which illuminated the Grundy epithet in a new and startling manner.

To the St. James District of the Arkansan Ozarks last winter came Connie Franklin, a shell-shocked War veteran escaped from the Arkansas Hospital for Nervous Diseases. He worked as a farm hand, wooed 16-year-old Tillir Ruminer. One evening last March...

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