RELIEF: First Billion

With four billion Work Relief dollars in their pockets, Frank Walker, Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins went to the White House one afternoon last week, spent two hours parceling out the first billion. Half of it went for highways, roads, streets, grade crossings. PWA got a quarter billion dollars for slum clearance, low-cost housing. Rural Resettlement Administrator Rexford Guy Tugwell received a round $100,000,000 to spend as he pleased. Another $100,000,000 went to Army engineers, half of it for dredging the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Two genuinely newsworthy prizes were drawn from the grab-bag by the Democrats of Maine and...

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