OIL: Teapot Dome

Oil was once a word that lubricated the jaws of the nation. Newspapers screamed it, preachers damned it, Mr. Average Citizen swallowed it and was shocked. That was back in 1923 when the Senate was airing the Teapot Dome and Elk Hills oil scandals of the Harding Administration. Soon the tumult died, the people forgot, and the wheels of justice began to churn ponderously.

Last week, the civil proceedings moved another stage nearer completion. The Government won a victory in its attempt to recover the Teapot Dome naval oil reserves which onetime (1921-23) Secretary of the...

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