National Affairs: Coalition Scuttled

One afternoon last fortnight in Topeka, Kans., a lamb-faced, inoffensive oilman was called to the telephone, invited to lunch at the White House with the President. Alfred Mossman Landon, titular chief of the Republican Party, came away worried. He had just issued a statement praising the President's defense speech. Through the U. S. press blew high, windy talk of national unity. It was known that Mr. Roosevelt had offered Republican Frank Knox—for the second time—the Secretaryship of the Navy. It was reported that the Labor portfolio had been offered to New York...

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