National Affairs: Smoot on Smut

Friends of that high-minded Mormon, Senator Reed Smoot of Utah, were startled last week to learn how he was spending his holidays. Thoroughly, searchingly he was reading salacious books, one after another. Carefully he was blue-pencilling the most lascivious passages, turning down pages for future reference.

It was duty, of course, not preference which prompted the Senator's actions. Against his will, the Senate had heeded the plea of New Mexico's Harvard-taught Senator Bronson Cutting, and by amendment removed from the Tariff Bill a provision under which Customs agents could censor imported literature. As...

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