A Stench

A Democrat writing to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee referred to the disclosures of the Senate Public Lands Committee in regard to leases of Naval oil reserves as "this scandal which is a stench in the nostrils of all decent citizens." The past week did much to shed light on, if not purify, the matter.

The Prelude.

Sept. 27, 1909, President Taft withdrew 3,000,000 acres of public lands in California and Wyoming from "location" under the placer mining law.

Sept. 2, 1912, President Taft created Naval Oil...

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