National Affairs: Visitor

Into the House, where gentlemen were delivering themselves of opinions on the pared-down Naval Building Bill, strolled Curtis Dwight Wilbur, towering Secretary of the Navy. With a smile here, a nod there, he took his amiable way to a seat in the front row of the chamber.

The chamber exploded violently. Representative Huddleston, diminutive Democrat from Alabama, trotted down the aisle and went into action under Secretary Wilbur's nose.

"I am against the presence of any Cabinet official on this floor at the time a matter is under consideration in which he is so vitally interested," he told the startled Mr. Wilbur. "I...