National Affairs: Idle Hands

No mellow statesman is fire-breathing Hamilton Fish, since 1919 the chosen U. S. Representative of the 249,589 inhabitants of Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties in New York. To onetime Tackle Ham Fish, who represents in Harvard football history what the late Big Bill Edwards did in Princeton's, the day is lost that brings no new scrimmage, no fresh fray into which he can charge with windmilling arms, roof-raising voice and not-quite legal logic.

Sharpest possible contrast to loud, big boned Mr. Fish is Virginia's quiet, studious Clifton Alexander Woodrum. If a composite of typical...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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