National Affairs: Mrs. Feasance

Last autumn and winter, women-in-politics were concerned over the case of Mrs. Florence E. S. Knapp, whom New York elected its first woman Secretary of State for the term of 1924-1926 and who was later charged with "misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance" in office by a onetime subordinate (TIME, Feb. 6). Governor Smith ordered an investigation. The investigator strongly recommended prosecution. Women-in-politics feared that the Knapp case might interest the public more because the defendant was a woman than because of what she was alleged to have done.

Mrs. Knapp, a grey-haired matron of...