CORRUPTION: The Sold South

When Postmaster Peterson of Douglas, Ga., committed suicide this spring (TIME, April 16), people said it was because he had gone broke paying the politicians for his job. It aroused a Senate investigation of how Federal patronage is dispensed in the South, an investigation which got afoot last week under the leadership of Iowa's Brookhart. Georgia's George was on the committee, too, and Ohio's newly-seated Locher.

The Peterson scandal—he was supposed to have paid his political overlord some $2,000—soon evaporated. Not to malign a dead man, it seemed sufficient to say that...

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