National Affairs: Rats, Roaches

Than Secretary of the Treasury Mellon few persons are more dignified. Than rats and cockroaches few creatures are more undignified. Newsgatherers, who love nothing so well as the incongruous, had fun last week reporting how "rats and cockroaches in force are now picking on" Secretary Mellon. The genesis of these reports was that, with the razing of some old buildings across 15th Street from the Treasury Building in Washington (where the new Department of Commerce building is to rise), rodents and insects were noticed in unusual numbers near the treasury coal and...

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!