THE PRESIDENCY: The Hoover Week: May 25, 1931

To his Rapidan camp President Hoover last week took his tall, angular friend Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, Secretary of the Interior, and eight Wilbur assistants. Their purpose: to devise Interior economies to help reduce the prospective billion-dollar budget. When the executives came down the mountainside (their cars in low gear because of mud), a plan had been worked out whereby $4,000,000 would be snipped out of Interior expenditures this year, $6,000,000 next year, $8,000,000 the year after. Added to the War Department pruning planned the previous week-end (see p. 19), the...

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