National Affairs: Commissioner Out

"They may be interested in aviation but they don't care a continental damn about prisons abroad," was last week the particular opinion which one U. S. citizen had about U. S. citizens. The one was alert, freckled B. Ogden Chisolm who was testily quitting the post of U. S. International Prison Commissioner, to which President Coolidge appointed him in 1923.

Many a citizen, not unwilling to lend an ear to the plight of "prisons abroad," nevertheless wondered why the President had ever appointed one of their number especially to deal with such a subject. The answer is: In 1878, there were a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!