In the green Tea Room of Kansas City's Muehlebach Hotel one morning last week, Dwight Eisenhower sat down with the governors of twelve states to work on a crucial problem: drought. Almost every state in the U.S. has been affected, one way or another, by 1953's hot, dry weather. The first state in which dryness turned to drought and drought turned to disaster was Texas (TIME, July 6). By last week, sections of 13 states* had been declared disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Missouri, where the President and the governors met to attack the problem, was...

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