NEW MEXICO: A Matter of Principle

In Santa Fe one fine autumn day, the wind tore away the canvas covering a 2-by-4-ft. bas-relief on the wall of an annex to New Mexico's Capitol. The bas-relief looked sullen, weary and very nude and it shocked a passing citizen. At once he told his Baptist minister, who in turn marched off to protest to 65-year-old Governor Thomas J. Mabry that the sculptured figure's reclining position was "extremely suggestive."

The governor could not quite see what the fuss was about. He was "no longer intrigued by the sight of an undressed woman,"...

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