National Affairs: Again, Heflin

On May 30, 1923, Harry Micajah Daugherty, then Attorney General, had gone to visit President Harding at the White House. In his apartment at the Wardman Park Hotel, his private secretary heard a shot and a crash. Jesse Smith, a diabetes sufferer, Mr. Daugherty's man Friday, who had a desk but no official position in the Department of Justice, was found dead in the next room. A pistol lay on the floor beside him. He was pronounced a suicide. He had enjoyed life; why had he left it? Washington people said that ill health and...

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