Late Wednesday night last week Franklin Roosevelt called up members of his Cabinet to tell them that he had just received a message from Berlin so important that the usual Friday Cabinet meeting would have to be advanced a day.

When the Cabinet assembled next afternoon, the President, who likes nothing better than to pop a dramatic surprise, was grave. He wanted their opinions, he said, as to whether he should make public the message he had received. He told them what it was. The Secretaries were variously shocked, disgusted, amused. They split,...

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