Edward John Noble has managed to run his new Civil Aeronautics Authority without calling press conferences. Washington newsmen, therefore, were startled and puzzled when shy Chairman Noble last week had them in for a chat about airline safety.

They shortly learned why. Secretary of Commerce Harry Hopkins had advised Mr. Noble to find an excuse to show himself to the Press. Reason: Mr. Noble was about to become not only big news but a big figure in Hopkins' appeasement of U. S. Business. Ed Noble next day resigned from his $12,000-a-year job at CAA to take a $1-a-year...

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