Pale and earnest Hugh Cross seemed destined to warm benches while first-stringers flashed upfield. Eventually he became Republican lieutenant-governor of Illinois, served without public notice for eight years (1940-48) until the Democrats, headed by new Governor Adlai Stevenson, moved into the capitol. In 1949 Harry Truman put Hugh Cross on the bipartisan Interstate Commerce Commission; four months ago, the rotating chairmanship finally reached him. Last week, out in midfield at 59, Hugh Cross was caught in the latest congressional investigation of a conflict-of-interest case.

At issue was the loss by Chicago's ancient Parmelee Transportation Co. of its 102-year-old franchise to...

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