THE TARIFF: Obscenity Bypath

The Senate continued its struggle with the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act. Minute seemed the possibility that it would even begin to debate schedules before the closing of the special session. Yet Senators, unmindful or unworried, last week made little tariff progress, went instead down two attractive bypaths. One bypath was the issue of Philippine Independence (see p. 17). Another was the issue of censor ship, by U. S. Customs officials, of allegedly obscene books imported to U. S. shores.

The decency debate was precipitated by Senator Bronson Cutting, Harvard-educated New Mexico Republican. He maintained...

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