National Affairs: Hull's Fire

There were still deep fires in the old Tennesseean. For months, in silent retirement, he had smoldered quietly. Now he blazingly erupted.

The object of 74-year-old Cordell Hull's wrath was the Army Investigating Board's Pearl Harbor report (TIME, Sept. 10). The report, branding his note to the Japs on Nov. 26, 1941 as an "ultimatum," had gone on to say: "It was the document that touched the button that started the war, as Ambassador Grew so aptly expressed it."

Before the Pearl Harbor Committee last week, Cordell Hull was asked what he thought about this sentence. His tired voice scarcely rose but...

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