National Affairs: Minor Jobs

Private secretary to the Governor of a sovereign State is a position fraught with grave responsibilities. Captain Herman A. MacDonald of Boston has been finding this out lately. Capt. MacDonald is secretary to Governor Alvan Tufts Fuller of Massachusetts. Last month, feeling facetious, Secretary MacDonald wrote and published a letter in which he called a fellow citizen a "Mexican General." The Mexican Consul at Boston took this as a national insult and demanded an apology from Governor Fuller (TIME, April 2).

Last week, Secretary MacDonald wrote another letter, this time to Representative Treadway...