Babes in the Wood

Before the Truman Committee, investigating defense contracts, appeared three mysterious and interesting characters. To the committee, they looked a little wolfish.

By their own account, they were innocent babes in the wood.

One was a dumpy, melon-headed promoter from Manhattan, Frank Cohen, who in 18 months had puffed up a $5,000 investment into an ordnance empire with assets of more than $6,000,000 (TIME, Nov. 3). One was Franklin Roosevelt's old friend Thomas Gardiner ("Tommy the Cork") Corcoran. One was a lanky, jug-eared bureaucrat, Charles Franklin West, who no longer has a bureau.

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