HUSBANDRY: Simply Got Hungry

Because they are spectacular and photographic, catastrophes like fires and floods stir public imagination, bring generous popular relief. Because they are intangible, slow-working disasters with long-delayed effects, droughts are soon forgotten and minimized by citizens outside the afflicted area. When the Mississippi flooded in 1927 the Red Cross quickly raised $17,000,000 by popular subscription for relief. The Drought of 1930 was left to the Red Cross to relieve with a $5,000,000 "emergency" fund and no special public appeal.

City dwellers last week were sharply reminded of the Drought when 500 half-starved farmers and their wives raided the food...

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