HISTORICAL NOTES: Now It Can Be Told

Harold Ickes, onetime Secretary of the Interior, last week confessed to an old sin. He admitted that he was the man behind the mysterious 1945 nomination of Oklahoma Congressman Jed Johnson for a $10,000-a-year lifetime judgeship in the U.S. Customs Court.

Jed had never taken the job. As a Congressman he had enjoyed annoying Harold so much that he preferred to stay where he was. Then, too late, Jed discovered that he had erred. Though he had been in Congress for 20 years, his constituents let him down. He was suddenly out of a job. So this year, when another judgeship...

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