National Affairs: S-4, Finis

To the tragedy of the 54, Secretary of the Navy Wilbur last week composed a final chapter. It was a chapter more rueful than happy, but it brought balm to Rear Admiral Frank H. Brumby who, as commander of the Control Force and officer in charge of the rescue effort, was recommended for demotion by the Navy's court of inquiry (TIME, March 5).

Secretary Wilbur had asked the Court to reconsider its verdict of "unfit" on Admiral Brumby. Given an opportunity to explain himself, Admiral Brumby redescribed his conduct and Secretary Wilbur found it...