Wanted: Statesmen

Again a contemptuous laugh went up from the nation. This time it was X-cards for Congressmen.

X Marks The Spot. The men on Capitol Hill, jealous of their old prerogatives, clinging to their oldtime dignity, were bewildered and sore hurt. They were tired of being laughed at. Yet they did not wonder why they no longer commanded respect; instead they seized upon the press. Louisiana's Representative F. Edward Hebert warned darkly: "Unless something is done to curb that section of the press which holds in ridicule the keystone of democracy ....

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