National Affairs: Gridiron

President Coolidge, Senator James A. Reed of Missouri, Democratic firebrand, Senator William E. Borah of Idaho, Republican man-of-all-words, spoke in the same room in Washington, D. C., one night last week. Some 150 newsmen heard them. Yet not a word of what they said appeared in the public prints. It was the annual winter dinner of the Gridiron Club; at such a function the club beards itself with the phrase, "reporters are never present."

Members of the Gridiron Club are, nonetheless, reporters. They entertain their distinguished dinner guests (politicians, diplomats, businessmen) with horseplay.

Last week, the horseplay had chiefly to do with the...

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