Louisiana Hayride


By Harnett T. KaneMORROW

WRITTEN in good, forthright journalistic style, marred in spots by careless proofreading, this book presents the sad and sorry story of Huey Long and his henchmen and successors. The author, an observant journalist, lived through the dominion of the Kingfish and his gang from 1928 to 1940, and one may take his history as reasonably accurate and his comment as candid. Of that sinister clown, Huey Long, his thesis is that a dictator can arise in one of our sovereign states and, by promises and demagoguery, by giving the people bread and circuses, and by building up an organization of politico beneficiaries, control the state and threaten the White House. It almost happened here — in these United States. Huey Long was killed, and his hangers-on, using his martyrdom as their raison d’être, looted the State of Louisiana incredibly until the Federal Government at last caught up with them. Not the least unhappy note in this sordid story is the implication that the White House played ball with this crew of criminals when political advantage made it seem advisable and turned on them when the wind blew from a different quarter. A horrid story, capably told. R. E. D.