National Affairs: A Private Wire

The Senate Public Lands Committee, investigating oil, discovered that Edward B. McLean, publisher of the Washington Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer, had had a private wire installed between his Washington office and his home at Palm Beach where he was wintering. Besides, it secured copies of about 100 telegrams sent by Mr. McLean to his aides in Washington or by them to him. It was a Brobdingnagian discovery.

Mr. McLean was the man who ex-Secretary Fall had said lent him $100,000. McLean, through his attorney, A. Mitchell Palmer (first Alien Property Custodian and later...

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