GOVERNMENT: The Moneyman

I wish that my Room had a Floor; I don't so much care for a Door. But this walking around without touching the Ground, Is getting to be quite a bore.

—Gelett Burgess

In all Washington bureaucracy no man feels the need of touching the ground more than W. (for Warren) Randolph Burgess (no kin to the poet, whose limerick he likes to quote). As the Treasury's top money expert, Burgess dabbles in such weighty and occult fiscal matters as rediscount rates and refundings, deals in sums that would frighten a lesser man....

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