Miscellany: Apr. 14, 1930

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Peanuts

In Manhattan the name of Statesman Elihu Root became implicated in a squabble between one Lawyer Thomas J. Meehan and his family. Lawyer Meehan's son Francis, 26, told a story of how his father had eaten and cracked peanuts while Elihu Root was delivering a commencement address at Hamilton College in 1924. Francis Meehan said his father had "gone off to some drinking dive" during the commencement proceedings, but had returned in time to be "the cynosure of all eyes" and, "solely for the purpose of heaping indignity upon my mother," had cracked...

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