National Affairs: Toot Suite

The biggest news in Washington last week was that a House committee very nearly voted out a bill giving the President real wartime price controls. The bill lost by one vote—10 to 9. The man who almost succeeded in persuading the committee to meet the nation's crisis head-on was a tall, hunch-shouldered man in his 80th year — Bernard Baruch.

Glowering over his spectacles, Baruch arrived on Capitol Hill to give the Senate his recommendations for meeting the direst military crisis since Pearl Harbor. Adviser to Presidents and Congresses for more than a quarter of a century, he carried the outraged recollection...

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