In its genesis there is no question that it was a comedy of misintention. When Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Lincoln C. Andrews laid it upon Mr. Mellon's desk; when Mr. Mellon nodded his head and sent it to the President; when the President looked down at the routine sheet before him and affixed his signature—none of them expected that the little sheet of paper would arouse attention, much less controversy. For two weeks thereafter the little sheet lay around somewhere without exciting any interest, and then...

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