Personnel: Mr. Jones's Proteges

When the New Deal was putting over its "Death Sentence" Public Utility Holding Company Act, Associated Gas and Electric's Howard Hopson spent $1,000,000 lobbying against it. With his roly-poly body and ear-to-ear smile, he became the utility industry's "mystery man" and lone wolf. Last week Hopson was hopelessly ill with heart disease, and Associated (a $1,000,000,000 system) was in financial trouble such as never caught up with it when he was at the helm.

When Hopson became ill, Associated was controlled by a junta consisting of his old partner J. I. Mange; Hopson's...

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