THE CONGRESS: Death of a Speaker

"Perhaps this is the last time I will address you from this rostrum. [Laughter and applause.] I don't mean to insinuate that I regard it as a probability, but I must admit it is a possibility. The decision lies with none of us here. It is a decision that lies with an all-wise Providence. . . . With whatever Providence may decree, I am abundantly satisfied." [Applause.]

Speaker Nicholas Longworth was addressing his House of Representatives a few minutes before its March 4 adjournment. He was rounding out his...

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