Most Washingtonians seemed to read accounts of the Hughes hearing with mixed feelings of amusement, anger and dismay. One who was moved by a different emotion was the New York Times's boss capital correspondent, Pundit Arthur Krock. As he read the testimony, he seemed to be overcome with a certain sadness. Wrote he:

"The capital feels let down, ignored, disregarded. It was the center of planning and procurement during the war. It is the continuous host of Congress, from which all appropriations flow. Yet, except for a few baubles given to the womenfolk of important officials when they smashed bottles...

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