National Affairs: Ships and Baskets

Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison is happiest when perched at his piano, dashing off impromptu tunes and boisterous jingles. Unhappily remote from his piano, unable to conjure soothing rhymes was Charlie Edison one day last week. The House Naval Affairs Committee had him on the carpet, explaining a proposal which he recently submitted to Congress.

Mr. Edison's proposal (which he had made at the behest of his admirals and with the knowledge of Franklin Roosevelt) : that Congress empower the President to make U. S. manufacturers take Navy orders on Navy terms....

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