THE CONGRESS: Retort

Fortnight ago, France, debt-bitter, war-proud, sent to President Coolidge an unpleasant letter demanding debt-sympathy. The letter was written by her 85-year-old "Tiger" Clemenceau's august furious own hand. It was unofficial, all the more notable. Spokesman Coolidge, vexed, shrewd, presumably saw that an emotional argument not answerable in kind is best not answered at all. Secretary of State Frank B. ("Nervous Nellie") Kellogg, as discreet as the famed simian trio, saw no evil, heard no evil, spoke no evil.

But Senator William E. Borah, he-man from Idaho, chairman of the Senate Foreign...

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