The Senate and the House were restive. From the White House had come word that the President would send an important message to Congress at 11:30 a.m. The time was postponed to noon, postponed again to 12:30, then to 1 p.m. Fantastic rumors flew about the Capitol: that the U.S. was declaring war on Germany, that a battle had already been fought at sea. . . .
At last the message came. At 1:51, in both chambers, clerks started to read the President's message.
Seven minutes later, they had finished.
Ringing Words. It was a message fairly bristling with indignant phrases, condemning the German...