U.S. At War: Father's Son

A freshman Congressman sat in the House this week, listened with his colleagues while Texas' Martin Dies swirled and gurgled through two hours of oratory about "communists" and "crackpots" in Governmental departments. At the tirade's end the freshman rose, claimed the floor, uttered 39 words:

"I should like it to be known that I disagree with the sentiments expressed, the flamboyant manner of expression used and the use of this great forum as a means of what we in Hollywood would call personal publicity."

Representative Will Rogers Jr., of California, had made his maiden speech.


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