TAXATION: Reputation v. Reputation

Ostensible purpose of the Board of Tax Appeals hearings which began last week in a courtroom of Pittsburgh's new Federal Building was to determine whether Andrew William Mellon owed the Government $3,075,103 in back income taxes & penalty, or whether the Government owed the onetime (1921-32) Secretary of the Treasury a $139,045 refund. But in effect it was a trial of two great reputations at the bar of public opinion. One reputation seemed bound to emerge incalculably damaged. Mr. Mellon, as an Old Deal statesman, stood to be convicted of a deliberate,...

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