Mr. Hull Resigns

On his 73rd birthday, last Oct. 2, the Administration's No. 1 Cabinet officer showed up as usual at his office, but he complained: "I'm sick and I know it." Next day he stayed home. For the past five weeks, with an occasional bedside visit from Franklin Roosevelt, good, grey Cordell Hull has lain abed in the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md., under observation and treatment for a throat ailment and exhaustion. This week, reluctantly and on his doctor's advice, Cordell Hull resigned as Secretary of State.

His letter of resignation eloquently told his deep disappointment. "It is a supreme tragedy to...

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