A President on the way out, especially if he has been beaten by the biggest vote in history, has small authority over a "lame duck" Congress. Yet last week President Hoover sent Congress a special message on debtor relief which touched off sudden springs of electric action on Capitol Hill.

Throughout the nation the poignant wail of the debtor beats relentlessly upon political ears. At Logan, Iowa, last week 400 farmers forcibly halted another mortgage foreclosure sale. At Sidney, Neb. farm leaders prepared to march 200,000 irate debtors to the State Capitol at...

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