Letters, Aug. 1, 1938

Original Mackerel

Sirs:

Representative Hamilton Fish's strictures on the New Deal seem to have overtaxed his native stock of invective and sent him quarrying in the works of our early masters of vituperation. His recent characterization of the WPA ". . . Like a dead mackerel in the moonlight, it stinks and shines and shines and stinks" (TIME, July 18), rather ineptly retains the stench but loses the shine of the original simile which eccentric John Randolph of Roanoke applied to Edward Livingston over a century ago: "Fellow-citizens, he is a man of splendid...

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