When Harold Ickes returned to Washington from his Olympic National Park vacation this fall, he was even grumpier than when he left. Into the records of the Senate Defense Committee last week went a letter which told why.
Before taking off, Ickes criticized a contract Jesse Jones had negotiated with Aluminum Co. of America for operating three Government-owned aluminum plants, urged that the contract never be signed. It was signed anyway (TIME, Sept. 1). Ickes, in a log cabin 3,000 miles from Washington, sat down and wrote his letter: