Ominous was the atmosphere of official Washington on the evening last week when President Roosevelt's train rolled into Union Station from the West. Secretary of State Hull, looking grave as granite, stepped aboard before it had stopped rolling. Behind the Secretary of State followed the Secretary of War.

After 20 minutes, Franklin Roosevelt left the train. Photographers recorded the solemn occasion (see cut). It was announced that next day's White House press conference was cancelled lest anything the President might say be misunderstood in war-frightened Europe. The impression was that Washington expected...

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