National Affairs: Active Mr. Madden

Representative Martin B. Madden of Illinois, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is a keen financier and wary junketeer. Since the adjournment of Congress he has traveled some 12,000 miles, visiting the Canal Zone, and in general "sticking his nose" into Government finances. In Panama he is said to have discovered a $7,000,000 surplus of the canal railroad, Government property, the books of which had never been audited by a Government auditor.

According to accounts, he paid for the entire trip out of his own pocket. He is also reported to have written to...

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