The Press: Digging Up the Bodies

Even in West Virginia's Kanawha County, where corrupt elections are no surprise, the primary last May was a standout. The minute the Charleston Gazette (circ. 86,500) saw the returns, it smelled fraud. Many precincts in the capital's county showed a far heavier vote than could be expected from the size of the registrations. City Editor Harry G. Hoffman set two reporters, Charles R. Armentrout and James A. Hill, to work looking for the buried bodies.

It did not take long to dig them up. Reporter Hill went to an outlying district, found that the dead, insane and bedridden sick had been voted....

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