INDIANA: Pump & Gadget

Governor M. Clifford Townsend last month convened Indiana's Legislature in a special session to vote some of the State's widely advertised $25,000,000 surplus into a pump-priming building program. Of greater interest to most Indianians was a much smaller piece of business—reconsideration of a highly unpopular Townsend act called the Gadget Law. Every Indiana motorist was required to buy from the State for 25¢ a celluloid container for his registration card, which he had to stick on his windshield so that his name and address clearly showed. Aside from the probable graft involved in...

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