National Affairs: Mr. Ickes Reverses Himself

No. 1 New Deal pinchfist is Harold Le Clair Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, known to one & all as a very tough man with a dollar. He is the only Cabinet member who tiptoes about his Department turning off electric lights and running water fountains; his WPA was managed on a theory of Federal economy directly opposite to that of Harry Hopkins' WPA. But he has long reserved special wrath for a widespread business practice: submitting identical bids on Government contracts. Long ago Mr. Ickes discovered, with a Donald-Ducklike squawk, that there is almost no such thing as a low...

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