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the Vets? A First-Hand Report on the Florida Hurricane" and have it published in the US communist magazine "New Masses." He pulled no punches describing the gore and destruction, nor did he relent when pushing for answers to the question in the essay's tide. This 2,800-word essay and narration of a film , "The Spanish Earth," are among ve ry few overtly political pieces in Hemingway's stellar literary career. In his lifetime, he was criticized by some-friends and rivals alike-for not taking political stands. To this he responded, " .. . if a m an is capable of writing 'truly,' he did not have to take sides overtly. The right or wrong of the matter would clearly show up in what he wrote." So why write "Who Murdered th e Vets?" There is no clear answer to the question. Hemingway probably anticipated what Scott documents. Following the disaster, there were immediate individual recriminations and governmental finger pointing and hand washing at every level. Co ngressional hearings in 1936 concluded that the tragedy had been an act of God and no one was to blame. The House passed a bill awarding $2 17 per month to the family of each vetera n who died in the storm. It's an old story oft repeated: governmental incompetence, without accountability, leading co human tragedy. Hemingway asked, "And what's the punishment for manslaughter now?" In 1936, it was $2 17 taxpayer dollars per victim per month. P ETER SORENSEN

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