National Affairs: Villains? Goat?

"People are tired of hearing of these oil leases."—Dr. Hubert Work, onetime (1923-28) Secretary of the Interior, now Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The Oil Scandals, as everyone knows, began in the administration of President Harding. It looked last week as though the oldtime sins of commission had been followed, in the Coolidge era, by sins of omission.

Lease. Besides the Teapot Dome oil reserve in Wyoming, whilom Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall leased to Oilman Harry Ford Sinclair a tract adjacent to Teapot Dome on the north, in the field known...