MASSACHUSETTS: Republican Realism

With old age pensions looming ever larger as a factor in Depression politics, observers were not surprised last week to see a deal consummated in politically sophisticated Massachusetts between one of the major parties and a local politician who had rounded up the Townsend Plan vote. "Buyer" was the Republican candidate for Governor, blue-blooded Leverett Saltonstall. "Seller" was William H. McMasters, 64, of Cambridge, who looks something like old Dr. Francis E. Townsend. Published "price": a promise in Mr. Saltonstall's platform to make "an earnest effort to have this bill [Townsend...