One night last week Secretary of the Interior Harold LeClair Ickes, most vociferous U. S. critic of the U. S. press, rose to tell the New York Newspaper Guild and a radio audience what he thought of "calumnists" (columnists). He prefaced his remarks with one of his own ventures in prosody:
Wouldst know what's right and what is wrong?
Why birdies sing at break of dawn?
Ask the columnists. . . .
W'ho run the earth and sun and moon?
Just Thompson, Lawrence, Franklin, Broun. . . .
When F. D. R. you want to sock,...