THE CONGRESS: Cougar in the Caucus Room

The going had been gummy. For seven grinding days, the Senate's three-man War Investigating Subcommittee had groped through a maze of epithets, gags, evasions and contradictory testimony to determine whether Mississippi's Senator Theodore Gilmore Bilbo had shaken down war contractors for campaign money and graft.

Vicksburg Contractor Michael T. Morrissey had testified that he happened to be passing Bilbo's "Dream House No. I" —a 27-room brick mansion near Poplarville, Miss.—one day. He found the Senator trying to build a lake with a mule, a one-armed Negro and two boys. Understandably touched, Morrissey...

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