Investigations: Place in History

The Billie Sol Estes scandal just kept growing and growing—and every time an answer turned up, so did a few more questions. Last week the New York Herald Tribune (see THE PRESS) got its eager hands on a copy of the Agriculture Department's secret report on Billie Sol's cotton manipulations. Dated Oct. 27, 1961, the 140-page document clearly warned that Estes was a sleight-of-hand wheeler-dealer. Yet, three weeks after the report was submitted, Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman confirmed Estes' appointment to the National Cotton Advisory Committee, and the Pecos Ponzi was not arrested until last March. Items in the...

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