During last week's busy days—while he was preparing for the opening of the first Congress in which his supporters may not have clear sailing—Franklin Delano Roosevelt paused to attend to a seemingly small matter. He picked George MacDonald, rich public utilitarian of Manhattan, to head a committee to distribute 3,000,000 bus. of surplus U. S. wheat to non-combatants in Spain. Giving wheat to Spaniards of both sides impartially amounts to friendly aid to Spanish Loyalists, who need bread far worse than Generalissimo Franco's side. As such it is another gesture of democratic...

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