THE PRESIDENCY: Temporary Extinguishment

From President Roosevelt to the State Department's scrub ladies, Washington officials last week had their labors interrupted by the rape of Czecho-Slovakia (see p. 16). The scrub ladies once more found their nocturnal activities impeded by anxious young men decoding dispatches from London, Prague, Paris, Berlin, Bucharest. The President had to decide what to say, what to do. Since he must not say in public what he really thinks of Herr Hitler, his most important statement of the week was made through the icy Bostonian lips of Acting Secretary of State Sumner...

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