National Affairs: Customs Chief

One day last week an affable little man with round rosy cheeks and thin grey hair entered for the first time an unpretentious office in a temporary building on Washing ton's Mall and there seated himself in one of the most thankless swivel chairs in the Government. The little man was Frank Xavier Alexander Eble, called "Alphabet" by his friend because of his four initials. The chair was that of the Commissioner of Customs to which he had just been appointed by President Hoover. The first day in office Commissioner Eble smiled his...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!