" 'Smith was a rotten Governor. I did not know it until I got into the governorship myself.' "
This remark, attributed to Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt of New York about Alfred Emanuel Smith, was published as gossip fortnight ago in Collier's in an article by "The Gentleman at the Keyhole." When newsmen at Albany last week asked Governor Roosevelt if he had ever made such a statement, that usually placid gentleman angrily exclaimed:
"Any man who circulates a story of that kind is not only a liar but a contemptible liar!"
He knew, the...