Art: Belated Award

Last February the Treasury Department announced a national competition for a 24-ft. mural for the Department of the Interior's new auditorium. The competition closed April 30 with 310 entries. The judges conferred briefly, then voted unanimously for one design.

Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes does not like to delegate authority. To his desk the jury's award went for confirmation, and on his desk it lay for a full five weeks while newshawks waited patiently and 310 artists, many of them nationally prominent, nervously bit their nails. Fortnight ago somebody jogged Secretary Ickes'...