LOUISIANA: Huey's Boy Friends

Columnists Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen in their Washington Merry-Go-Round last week exploded a story, backed by affidavits, about diversion of WPA man power and materials to private uses in Louisiana. Chief privateer mentioned was none other than Governor Richard Webster Leche (rhymes with flesh), 41, the burly New Orleans lawyer whom Huey Long on his deathbed named as his political heir.

When investigators from WPA and the Department of Justice sped to Baton Rouge, Dick Leche welcomed them on his sickbed, where arthritis born of infected teeth had him down. And he announced that illness constrained him to resign,...

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