Sitting up in bed with his morning paper, President Roosevelt found a nasty story glaring him in the face. At a crossing just outside Washington a Baltimore & Ohio express train had whipped into a school bus, scattered the corpses of 14 youngsters over 200 yards of right-of-way (see p. 32). That news provided him with a jumping-off spot for a new task: the job of "personally" spending $4,880,000,000 on work relief. Same day he announced that $200,000,000 would be spent in eliminating grade crossings on main-line tracks.

The announcement disposed of...

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