National Affairs: Timetables

The prevailing mood in Washington was gloom. Apprehensively the country read the Washington columnists, whose reports of U. S. defense preparations read last week like the opening chapters of so many ghost stories. "We are in a pause," gloomed Columnist Ray Clapper (Scripps-Howard). "Slump," wailed Columnist Dorothy Thompson (New York Herald Tribune), who printed reports that the President is in a "down" mood. Even Franklin Roosevelt's closest adherents questioned his two-week cruise; wondered how he dared leave. Washington seemed to be sinking back into the swamp whence it was reclaimed.

Yet the U....

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