Last week's seven days were long and anxious for U. S. politicos. They were waiting for a deadline—midnight Saturday, last moment when Franklin D. Roosevelt could withdraw his name from the Illinois preferential primary, April 9.

Tanned under his crumpled white hat, the President fished calmly in the Pacific. Far from calm was the Senate. As irritation mounted, Colorado's Johnson, Nevada's McCarran, Indiana's Van Nuys, South Carolina's Smith, Iowa's Gillette, Alabama's John Bankhead, issued statements ranging from plaintive pleading to desperate threats. Saturday Congress had stopped even pretending to keep...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!