It was regarded as certain that the Ways and Means Committee of the House would take up the case of a soldier bonus before considering Secretary Mellon's tax reduction plan. When the Committee met in its first session, a motion was made to consider tax reduction first. At once the advocates of the bonus made five counter propositions—for considering the bonus first, for considering the bonus when Congress reassembles on Jan. 3, etc.—and all five, were defeated.

The vote was 15 to 8, 14 Republicans and two Democrats voting for immediate consideration of...

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