Art: Mellon to U. S.

Two years ago, while Andrew William Mellon was seeking a rebate on overpaid back income taxes after the Treasury had dunned him for underpaid back taxes, his lawyers sought to underscore Mr. Mellon's patriotism by announcing that some day the Republic would fall heir to his $19,000,000 art treasures. Last week that day semi-ofncially arrived.

Three days before Christmas the "Greatest Secretary of the Treasury since Alexander Hamilton" sent a letter to President Roosevelt by way of his uncle, Chairman Frederic A. Delano of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission: "Over...

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