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Gov. Earl K. Long, free to resume his direction of the state government without the threat of legal entanglement, rested quietly shortly before midnight Friday. He was at the Pine Manor motel near this resort city, after three hours of somewhat re-/ strained activity at Room 221 of I jthe Southern hotel. The governor earlier in the! day was freed from an eight-i day-old court commitment sending him to the Southeast Louisiana State Hospital at Mandeville for treatment for "paranoid schizophrenia." This was done through the simple expedient of appointing a new acting superintendent at the hospital who quickly submitted a letter to the state hospital board stating that there was "nothing wrong" with the governor, and announcing he would immediately be released. Despite dire predictions that "heads would roll'* if and when nly known casualties of the ay were: Jesse H. Bankston, director of hospitals. Dr. Charles C. Belcher, act- | ing superintendent of the | Mandeville hospital. Superintendent of State | Police John Nick Brown, J whose troopers had been help- | ing guard the governor at the | Mandeville mental institute. | Action by the newly appoint-1 id acting superintendent at| Mandeville, Dr. Jesse H. Me-1 tendon, Amite, approved by a| aewly appointed director of| jtate hospitals, Charles Rosen-j }lum of Hammond, made un-? lecessary a scheduled courts learing on Gov. Long's movej to achieve freedom through .aj labeas corpus hearing attack-! ing the legality of his commit*; tnent. HOSPITAL BOARD ACTS While a packed courtroom in the junior high school building now being used as a temporary courthouse breathlessly and perspiringly awaited the start of what had been billed in advance as a sensational hearing, a majority of mem« bers of the state hospital board, meeting and acting in conjunction with Gov. Long, Lt-Gov. Lether E. Frazar, and President pro-tern of the state senate Wm. J. Cleveland, solved the problem of the governor's status without the necessity of legal arguments or of a possible court sanity hearing. The crowd gathered for the *<show" early, a few arriving at the building before daybreak. An hour before the scheduled start of the court hearing at 10 p. m. the school gymnasium was packed, and the temperature steadily rose. A meeting of the hospital board had been called for 9 a. m. but half an hour passed before a quorum could be secured. The board met with the governor and other state offi-cals in the police jury room, which was closely guarded. The proceedings were disclosed in resolutions subsequently read in the courtroom. LETTER CLEARS GOVERNOR At the end of an extended recess court was called to order at 10:35, and spontaneous cheers greeted the governor, who walked in and sat on the witness stand near District Judge Robert D. Jones. The governor was already a free man, but the PHOTO: In Sober Mood, Long Listens to Poetry - A LITERARY LEANING IS INDULGED by Gov. Earl K. Long late Friday as he listens to his sister, Mrs. Stewart Hunt, read a stanza or two from William Ernest Henley's "Invic-tus." The governor requested the reading because he said the poem was a favorite of his and of his late brother, Huey P. Long.
|Title||Two studies of Gov. Long after he gained freedom: Bankston, Belcher and Brown Are Fired|
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Hull, Edgar, Dr.
Watkins, Charles, Dr.
Paddison, Richard M., Dr.
|Call Number||1959 p90-91|
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