Arizona telephone poles, from the Grand Canyon to the Mexican border, blossomed out last fortnight with posters that screamed:
"Big Arizona Scandal:
$200,000 Phoenix Graft!"
Advertisements in Arizona daily papers repeated the outcry, paid for by the loud Los Angeles Examiner to sell its issue of Sept. 24. The advertisements were an implied wager that no Arizona newspaper would print the scandal story. The Examiner was right.
The Examiner's story alleged that 15 unnamed Phoenix "politicians, businessmen and others" had been paid $200,000 by unnamed contractors, before the awarding of a $2,000,000 pipeline contract. The...