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The Cannonball – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics

(Long) also won many votes by promising that if elected he would force the railroads to extend their services or their lines. It was a pledge of this kind that enabled him to sweep the vote of a hamlet known as Shooter’s Station. Its people had a burning grievance – a train called the Cannonball did not stop there on its way to larger towns. When Huey spoke at Shooter’s, he timed his remarks so that they would be interrupted by the Cannonball, roaring through town with a great whistle. When the noise subsided, he looked up with an expression of surprise and said: “Folks, do you mean to tell me that the Cannonball don’t stop at Shooter’s Station? Well, you elect me and that’ll be changed.”

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