DEMOCRATS: Rule of One

Day before Governor Landon accepted the Republican Presidential nomination last week (see p. 9), the White House issued an executive order designed to deflate Republican attacks on Postmaster General Farley and the New Deal's postmaster patronage. Decreed President Roosevelt: All first, second and third-class postmasters*—13,730 in all—will henceforth be subject to civil service regulations.

This shrewdly timed White House order was identical with the Administration's bill which, never a "must" measure, fell before Republican "noes" in the House last June. It provided that all postmasterships shall in future be filled by: 1)...

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