One day last week, insiders said, two of the President's top czars consulted on the quiet with Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Subject: how to get rid of Under Secretary Sumner Welles.

All were agreed. Best idea was to send him on some very long and difficult diplomatic mission, possibly even to Moscow, as a kind of traveling Ambassador. In the meantime someone else could be inserted in his job, possibly Norman Armour, U.S. Ambassador to Argentina.

Somehow the story leaked to the press. Perhaps it was planted. Insiders said that Sumner Welles then telephoned the White House to see if...

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