National Affairs: Arson

Unperturbed as Nero, husky, hearty, loudspoken William B. Shearer sat last week watching the Washington conflagration which he had touched off become hot and roaring. The igniting spark was his suit against three shipbuilding companies —Bethlehem, Newport News, American Brown Boveri—for $257,655 back pay. He said he had spent amounts "well up in six figures" to "break up the Geneva Disarmament Conference" (1927), that the three shipbuilding companies had already paid him $25,000 for his services, had agreed to pay him much more. On inflammable tinder fell this spark. Up flared a Senate...

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