As he said he would (TIME, June 23), President Hoover last week signed the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Bill. To write the necessary 13 brief words he used six gold pens, which he presented to the conferees on the bill: Senators Smoot, Watson, Shortridge, and Congressmen Hawley, Treadway, Bacharach. During the ceremony, from which photographers, newsgatherers and cinemen were excluded, Secretary of the Treasury Mellon, four of the conferees, Collector of Customs Francis X. A. Eble and the President's three private secretaries, stood by at solemn attention.


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