MISSISSIPPI: No Tickle

When Theodore Bilbo died of cancer last summer (TIME, Sept. i), it did not mean that Mississippi was out of demagogues. Poodle-haired Congressman John E. Rankin automatically succeeded him. Rankin thought he might succeed almost as easily to Bilbo's seat in the U.S. Senate. Apparently he thought wrong.

John Rankin was back home last week, stumping hard for the special senatorial election on Nov. 4. He was trying to make good on his promise to out-Bilbo Bilbo. But few Mississippians were listening.

Hillbilly Come-On. One afternoon when he drove into Mendenhall, seat of...

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