National Affairs: Secretary Whiting

The country seemed surprised last week when President Coolidge appointed William Fairfield Whiting to the Commerce Secretariat. Mr. Whiting was an "unknown," people said. It was a "personal" appointment. It was calculated to please, encourage and rally the G. O. P. of New England, which is gloomy and restive under the textile industry's depression.

Doubtless, the President, a man of much sly humor, was pleased with the country's surprise. He knew that as people began to learn about his mysterious friend it would gradually dawn on them how unusually "logical" and defensible an appointment...

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