POLITICAL NOTE: Cribbing

When he was in the White House, Calvin Coolidge was not above cribbing local color verbatim from the office encyclopedia for his minor speeches. Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt lifted his Thanksgiving Day proclamation for 1930 from the Protestant Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Last week careful readers of political addresses discovered what looked like another case of plagiarism.

On April 13 Alfred Emanuel Smith spoke at a Jefferson Day dinner in Washington. On April 18 Governor Roosevelt addressed Democrats at St. Paul. Mr. Smith and Governor Roosevelt are poles apart on some...

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