National Affairs: FAITHFUL SERVANT

The day President James Garfield was assassinated, 60 years ago, the U.S. State Department had two wall telephones and a clerk named Sydney Yost Smith. It was Smith who took the call informing the Secretary of State that the President had been shot. Last week the telephones had long been replaced, but Public Servant Smith. 83, was still there—holding a U.S. record for continuous Government service. Congratulated by Secretary Hull for surviving his 60th anniversary with the Department, Oldster Smith said he hoped to stay till he died.


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