Rarely mentioned about the White House these days is the Wartime period when, as Food Administrator, Herbert Hoover got his political start under a Democratic President. Fortnight ago William Gibbs McAdoo, null Wilson's Secretary of the Treasury and Director-General of Railways, published his autobiography Crowded Years* Politically minded readers thumbed through it to see what this Democrat would say about the man who later became a Republican President. They found two mentions each with a sting in it.

Mr. McAdoo described Mr. Hoover's panicky interview of February 1918. in which he predicted a...

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