National Affairs: We Are Not Yielding ...

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...

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