People, Jan. 1, 1940

Outraged Senator Henry Fountain Ashurst, self-styled "peripatetic bifurcated volcano of language," wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ickes: "The press quotes you as saying Senator Vandenberg is the Senate's greatest mumbler of long words. Why did you do that to me? What have I done to you? You know very well that I am a greater mumbler of long words than Arthur Vandenberg. ..."

Wounded somewhere in England was Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk, second in command of a battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, by a fellow officer who peppered His...

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