National Affairs: Balls

The White House birthday party began with a clam cocktail, ended with a modest fruit cake with 21 candles. "In our family," grinned Mrs. Roosevelt, "they never go beyond 21." With only a few of the family present—Elliott and his second wife and Anna Roosevelt Boettiger— President Franklin D. Roosevelt thus unostentatiously observed the end of his 53rd year of life. But out in the night over every horizon, wherever the U. S. flag flew, 4,000,000 of the President's fellow-citizens were marking his birthday with a huge celebration. Communities staged over 7,000 Birthday...

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