THE CABINET: Dead-Eye Henry

When Henry Morgenthau became Secretary of the Treasury he had many things to learn about finance. To his surprise he also discovered that among his employes were about 3,000 men who carried pistols—most of whom were sorry pistol shots. So in 1935 Mr. Morgenthau instituted year-round pistol practice, taught by Coast Guard cracks, for all armed agents of his Customs Bureau, Alcohol Tax Unit, Bureau of Narcotics, White House Police, Bureau of the Mint, Secret Service, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Uniformed Force of the Secret Service, Public Health Service. He put...

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