POLITICAL NOTES: Presidential Prose

To the world at large a quarter century ago the name of Herbert Clark Hoover meant exactly nothing. But Californians, particularly Stanford alumni, were already proud of Engineer Hoover's success and, regarding him as their most distinguished Londoner, usually carried letters of introduction when they crossed the Atlantic. Hence it was inevitable that when Benjamin Shannon Allen, a scholarly young reporter with an A. B. and A. M. in history from Stanford, was assigned to Associated Press's London bureau in 1910, he should soon make his way to the Hoovers' "Red House."...

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