THE PRESIDENCY: Personal Proxy

Last week the President appointed Carmi Alderman* Thompson, veteran politician and big iron and coal man of Ohio, to go to the Philippines as his personal representative on a mission of investigation. In the White House announcement nothing was said about prospective Philippine independence. The realist attitude was reflected:

"The decision of the President to take this step follows the increased interest in Congress recently in regard to the Philippine Islands.

"Moreover, the President feels that an intensive study of the possibilities of these...

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