THE CABINET: Next Best Thing

For three weeks members of the Senate Public Lands Committee have been busily investigating Franklin Roosevelt's nomination of Ebert K. Burlew as First Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Turned up in the process have been lurid stories of "secret police," embezzlement, telephone-tapping (TIME, Jan. 31). But though they kept at work just as busily last week, they turned up only one fact that was even faintly lurid: Harold Ickes has three expensive Government Packards (one sedan, two limousines).

Mr. Burlew: "There was emergency. The Secretary required those cars."

Senator Stelwer: "What was the...

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