Friction is waste. Friction was removed from a governmental cog, last week, by the appointment of William Smith Culbertson to be U. S. Minister to Rumania. Mr. Culbertson has been a Republican, a Tariff Commissioner and yet— friction's cause—not entirely sympathetic with the epochal Fordney-McCumber tariff. He joined recently with the Democratic Commissioners in officially advising the President to reduce the import duty on sugar—advice which has so far been ignored. But Mr. Culbertson has none of the insurgent's zest for battle. To cause embarrassment, embarrasses him. He was willing to...

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