RELIEF: California Runaround

Where, demanded a frantic telegram from Los Angeles relief officials to Washington relief officials one day last week, was that check for $2,000,000? It was supposed to have been sent a week ago. Things were getting desperate. One hundred and five thousand families were bawling for their doles.

The check, replied Washington officials, was still in Washington, "awaiting the signature of Governor Merriam of California." Governor Merriam, crackled back Los Angeles officials, was currently doing business in Sacramento, not Washington.

Thus enlightened, Washington...

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