THE PRESIDENCY: Publishers & Pork

After a dinner in Washington one evening last week at which Publisher Frank Knox of the Chicago Daily News was host, 38 potent newspaper publishers proceeded to the White House and filed into the President's study. Notably absent were William Randolph Hearst and Adolph Ochs of the New York Times. But their presence was unnecessary. The President knew they were favorable towards the proposal he had in mind. He wanted to ask the others if they would help drive a Sales Tax through balky Congress.

President Hoover led off with a 45-min. speech. Then each guest was asked to give...