National Affairs: Treaty Session

At the call of the President the Senate met in special session last week to debate the London Naval Treaty. To the surprise of Republican Leader Watson, 58 Senators—nine more than the necessary quorum—answered the first roll call. He thought the Senate would dispose of the Treaty favorably in a fortnight, provided a quorum could always be mustered to resist adjournment motions by the opposition, Senator Hiram Johnson of California commanding. So eager was President Hoover to maintain a quorum that he asked Senator Reed Smoot, only three days a bridegroom (see p....

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