THE ADMINISTRATION: Friend of a Friend

The resignation of able Harold Smith as Director of the U.S. Budget (TIME, July 1) added one more chore to the President's appointment troubles. Last week Harry Truman plugged the $10,000-a-year budget hole in a familiar way.

The President asked close friend John Snyder for a suggestion. The Secretary of the Treasury consulted an assistant, influential Under Secretary O. (for Oliver) Max Gardner. Then the White House announced the new Director: 39-year-old James E. Webb, protege of North Carolina's onetime Governor Gardner.

The surprise appointment of Webb caused Washington to look with respect to a surprising coincidence of Tarheels in...

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