ITALY: Parties & Paunches

Many would be the jobs lost, the careers ruined, were U. S. Democratic Party Leader Franklin Delano Roosevelt to ape Italian Fascist Party Leader Benito Mussolini in prescribing gymnastic tests for his party henchmen. Doubtful it is that sickly, 64-year-old Speaker William Bankhead of the House of Representatives, could pass a rope-skipping examination; that suffering Harry L. Hopkins, Federal relief administrator, would survive a pole-vaulting test; that Senate Majority Leader Alben Barkley would fare well with the broad jump, or that bald, short House Majority Leader Sam Rayburn could throw a discus...

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