National Affairs: A Radical Change

Thirty-one times, Senators of the United States cast their ballots without a majority of them being able to combine in the choice of one man for an important committee chairmanship. On the thirty-second effort they succeeded. Senator Ellison Du Rant Smith, South Carolina Democrat, was elected to the disputed post (TIME, Dec. 24, 31) of Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Committee.

A. B. Cummins of Iowa, President pro tem, of the Senate, was the loser of the Chairmanship. Mr. Cummins, who came to Congress in 1908 as a radical and foe of the railways,...