Husky Ralph J. Bunche, the U.S. diplomat who negotiated the Palestine armistice for U.N., went to the White House last week for a talk with Harry Truman. The President had asked him to become an Assistant Secretary of State, the highest Government post ever offered a Negro. Bunche was greatly honored, he told President Truman—but he had decided to turn it down.

To White House reporters Bunche gave two tactful reasons: he felt his U.N. job (as director of the trusteeship department) was important; he could not afford to take a salary cut from his tax-free $14,000 at U.N. to...

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