THE CABINET: First Fruit

The Senate last week experimented with confirming presidential nominations to the sub-Cabinet in open executive session. The subject of the experiment was Joseph Potter Cotton appointed Undersecretary of State by President Hoover. The experiment was not successful.

Mr. Cotton, a Harvard man and potent Manhattan lawyer, worked with Herbert Hoover in the U. S. Food Administration. Afterwards he became a law partner of William Gibbs McAdoo (1919-21) when the firm of McAdoo, Cotton & Franklin represented the Mexican oil interests of Edward Laurence Doheny. Because...