CONGRESS: Gift Horses

No voice protested at first, when the Pittman neutrality bill proposed to shackle U. S. citizens with 3,500 words that added up to "Stay home under penalty of the law." But loud was the squawk from the shipping tycoons when they found that the bill would straitjacket U. S. shipping into immobility. While Washington wits called Nevada's Key Pittman a Thalassaphobe, and hinted the next step would be to make offshore swimming illegal, ship lobbyists got busy on sympathetic Senator Josiah W. Bailey of North Carolina (TIME, Oct. 23).

Last week Bailey...

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