National Affairs: Colonel House's Rival

After Dramatists Page, Gerard, Tumulty, House, comes Dramatist David Franklin Houston, onetime (1913-20) Secretary of Agriculture; thereafter (1920-21) Secretary of the Treasury, starring War President Wilson. Evidence appears that Secretary Houston stood high in the intimacy of the chief actor whom he served; was heard with respect above other voices at rehearsals; was telephoned for counsel in the night watches, after at least one performance.

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Thou art the man. "Colonel House asked me if I would consider going into the Cabinet. I did not take the inquiry very seriously. ....

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