So ornamentally idle have been the lives of military aides to the President that Army and Navy he-men well have dreaded the assignments, right honorable though they are. The chief duties were: 1) to stand grandly by when the President received new foreign envoys; 2) to pass tea and sandwiches smilingly at White House at-homes; 3) to add splendor to the President's official trips.

When President Coolidge brought into Washington from the plains Col. Osmun Latrobe as his aide, that weather-bitten old soldier was so patiently bored that the President gave him an...

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