CATASTROPHE: Renewing New England

Like a physician who cheers up his patient by showing professional enthusiasm over unique features of the case, Secretary of Commerce Hoover, national disaster-doctor, last week told Governor John E. Weeks of Vermont that he "would be delighted to be associated with the people of Vermont" in rehabilitating the state;* that the New England flood was unparalleled because of the rapidity with which so much damage had been done.

From an automobile, Secretary Hoover viewed the water-wrecked Winooski Valley. In Montpelier, Vermont's capital, he sat down and studied reports. Then he went to Springfield,...

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