The chief of the G-Men, John Edgar Hoover, is an author of no mean capacity. Prolific Mr. Hoover's plots, as he purveys them in magazine articles, on the radio, on public platforms, generally have to do with intrigue, kidnappers, back-room dictators, disaffected aliens, furtive agents conniving against the U. S. Government.

Last week Mr. Hoover had a whiz of a plot. Its characters were mostly people in the swarming ruck of New York City: an elevator mechanic, a telegraph office clerk, a baker, a telephone linesman, a chauffeur, a power company clerk,...

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