The Strange Death of President Harding: From the Diaries of Gaston B. Means, as Told to May Dixon Thacker

The Strange Death of President Harding: From the Diaries of Gaston B. Means, as Told to May Dixon Thacker

The Strange Death of President Harding: From the Diaries of Gaston B. Means, as Told to May Dixon Thacker

The Strange Death of President Harding: From the Diaries of Gaston B. Means, as Told to May Dixon Thacker

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I first met Gaston B. Means in the Atlanta Penitentiary while making a study of prison conditions in the South. I was introduced to him by the Chaplain. I heard snatches of his story and was deeply interested. I felt at that time that he would be doing a real service to his country if he would, without dissimulation, tell his story to the world.

This he has now done.

The story is in no way a reflection on the American political system. On the contrary, it is a vindication of this system. It clearly reveals how a Great Party was tricked and how it has extricated itself with a dignity and poise and surety of purpose unexcelled in history.

It was the human interest story, however,--not the political--point of view that impressed me most. That this human interest happened to focus on the White House and with the President and his wife made it all the more appealing and important.

My treatment is a sympathetic one.

The facts of the narrative belong to Gaston B. Means. I simply assembled these facts and put them in proper form.

MAY DIXON THACKER.

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