THE STATES: Taming Texas

Three years ago there was no Borger, Tex. Then from deep-driven pipes in Hutchinson County spurted oil. Today Borger is a city of 10,000, county seat of Hutchinson, a slovenly clutter sprawling over the prairie with a main street two miles long. In this motley oil town's brief career have been committed 40 murders, with not a single conviction. The killing of District Attorney John A. Holmes last month finally prodded Governor Dan Moody to declare martial law in Borger, to send in National Guardsmen of the 56th Cavalry Brigade under the command of Brigadier General Jacob F. Wolters.


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