KANSAS: You Can Take It with You

During 50 years of farming at Hiawatha, Kans., John M. Davis accumulated a half million dollars and a long white beard. He also developed a turned-down nose, a turned-down mouth and a suspicious and belligerent eye. John M. Davis had a problem and he wrestled with it morning, noon & night. The effort gave him a mean look.

Everybody wanted his money. It seemed to John M. Davis that he couldn't spit, scratch or let down his galluses without somebody scheming up something to do with it. His relatives wanted it. Everybody else wanted it—they wanted him to build a...

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