National Affairs: Bilbo v. Big Four

The State of Mississippi last week, on the word of its stocky little, pecan-growing Governor Theodore Gilmore Bilbo, was confronted with a major catastrophe. Its treasury was practically empty. It had overdrawn its bank balance by $7,000,000. It was on the brink of defaulting on its public debt.* Bankruptcy threatened to close its schools, turn its prisoners out of jail, free its insane. Its air reeked with hidden scandal. Between Governor Bilbo and the Legislature existed a spectacular deadlock to dim the chances of quick political relief. Born in Juniper Grove 53 years...

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