National Affairs: Baker's D. S. M.

For ten years Newton Diehl Baker, Wartime Secretary of War, has been running away from a Distinguished Service Medal. Last week he was finally cornered in his old office at the War Department and not once but four times was the decoration pinned upon his coat.

A most modest man, Mr. Baker had discouraged all efforts to recognize his services in this fashion. Since last September the medal had been waiting for him but, until last week, he kept out of Washington to avoid its acceptance.

With gleeful gruffness, Maj. Gen. Charles Pelot Summerall, Chief...

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