In deepest Mississippi, 320 candidates have already filed for next August's primary, to select a 189-man legislature. Last week, in Eupora (pop. 1,377), Citizen Phil Bell, hill farmer, backwoods raconteur, onetime moonshiner, felt the urge to serve.

Wrote Citizen Bell to the editor of the Webster Progress:

. . . I am thinking very strongly of entering the race for Representative but am worred to know just what nice things you could say for me like you have all the good fellows that have allready announced as I have no political or public record and I have not done any thing...

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