National Affairs: Trouble Shooter

A runty little man with a pistol-butt scar on his hollow cheek pattered into an office in the Department of Agriculture last week. He undid a paper package, produced a pair of shears and two pots of paste. With these arranged neatly on his desk, Theodore Gilmore Bilbo, demagog extraordinary and twice (1916-20, 1928-32) Governor of Mississippi, inducted himself into a job announced officially as "having charge of assembling current information records for the Adjustment Administration from news, magazine and other published sources." Paper-clipper Bilbo's reported salary: $6,000.

Paper-clipper Bilbo's first official...

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