National Affairs: Eligible

. . . Neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have . . . been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

So says the U. S. Constitution, "that office" being the Presidency. Amid last week's boomings was heard some shrill, legalistic pop-gunnery to the effect that Herbert Clark Hoover was ineligible for the Presidency because in 1914 and for several years thereafter he was directing war relief work in Europe.

Such friends and worthy opponents of Mr. Hoover as could take such trifling seriously, soon showed that if...