National Affairs: Portland Thorn

At Portland, famed for roses,* the American Legion last week plucked a large political thorn and handed it to the country. Convened in its 14th national convention the Legion, as expected, declared for full, immediate, unconditional payment of the Soldier Bonus at a cost of some $2,300,000,000 to the Treasury. Public esteem for the Legion throughout the land instantly, visibly ebbed, changed to alarm.

Outwardly one Legion convention is much like another. Some 18,000 middle-aging legionaries were in Portland to fight the War over again in hotel...

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