OKLAHOMA: Free-for-all

Oklahoma has had many bounties. Between 1889 and 1902 some 420,000 U. S. citizens got free homesteads in Oklahoma. Other lucky Oklahomans have struck oil. Their less lucky neighbors have made Oklahoma a No. 1 centre of easy money crusades, including the Townsend Movement, whose Cherokee-blooded onetime Vice President Gomer Smith Oklahoma last year elected to Congress. Last week it appeared, however, that some dishonest Oklahomans had found another bounty, the Social Security Board's old age assistance plan.

Not to be confused with old age insurance (toward which U. S. employers and...

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