Last week, Attorney General Frank Murphy, accompanied by Chief J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI, suddenly appeared in Kansas City, Mo. This was but one stop for them, they said, on a whirlwind, 48-hour "inspection trip" to five big Midwest cities. Mr. Murphy explained that his mission was to tell his U. S. District Attorneys to snap into their work, clean up their dockets, above all not to cringe and flinch before any political overlords.

Newshawks knew that income tax evasion charges against William R. Skidmore, politically potent Chicago gambling tycoon, was...

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