ARKANSAS: My Wife & My Father

Hot Springs was proud of Sid McMath, home-town boy, ex-Marine officer, winner of the Silver Star, courageous politician. As prosecuting attorney, he had broken the 20-year rule of Mayor Leo Patrick McLaughlin, whose bland refusal to enforce the law had made Hot Springs a sanctuary for every gambler, gangster and fast-dollar man in the country. As soon as he took office on the first of the year, the new prosecutor closed Hot Springs' gambling spots and got McLaughlin himself indicted for corruption in office. McLaughlin did not even try to run for...

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