INVESTIGATIONS: Embarrassing Echo

On Sept. 29, 1949, Republican Styles Bridges of New Hampshire rose up in the Senate and proposed a salary raise from $10,000 to $14,000 for an "outstanding" public servant, Chief Counsel Charles Oliphant of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Two years later, the outstanding Mr. Oliphant resigned under heavy congressional fire in the tax scandals (TIME, Dec. 17).

Last week in Washington, there was another embarrassing echo of the Senator's interest in Oliphant's welfare. A House subcommittee heard evidence that during the same period when he was trying to get a raise for Oliphant, Bridges was also pressing Oliphant to...

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