RELIEF: Woe in the Wilderness

SIX WEEKS PASSED, NOTHING DONE. NO HOUSES, WELLS, ROADS. INADEQUATE MACHINERY, TOOLS. GOVERNMENT FOOD UNDELIVERED. COMMISSARY PRICES EXORBITANT. . . . REQUEST IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION.

Thus last week the status and spirit of the New Deal relief colony in Alaska's Matanuska Valley was reported by colonists' telegrams to President Roosevelt, Relief Administrator Hopkins, Senators Couzens, La Follette and Schall, Governor

John W. Troy of Alaska (TIME, June 3 et ante).

Feeble indeed was the seed from which the colony had sprung. One night last year a registered nurse named William Garland Hoffman, having failed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!