THE PRESIDENCY: Sick Secretary

Year ago Franklin Roosevelt did not let a critical Congressional situation keep him from going fishing off Florida. Last week he had another fishing appointment aboard Vincent Astor's Nourmahal but failed to depart as scheduled. His old friend, intimate adviser and No. 1 secretary, Louis McHenry Howe, lay critically ill in his bedroom on the northwest corner of the White House's second floor. The 64-year-old ex-newshawk was being kept alive by oxygen and drugs in spite of heart disease, pleurisy and asthma. "Critical," "grave," "very critical," "steadily failing strength" told the story of...

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