THE PRESIDENCY: Farthest North

In Washington last week, the senior officer of the U. S. was Charles Edison, Acting Secretary of the Navy. Every one above him was out of town. But more importantly active than Mr. Edison in Franklin Roosevelt's absence was Mrs. President Roosevelt, who went to bat cleverly in her column to defend an act of her husband's which had stirred the country to its grass roots: shifting Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November (the 30th) to the next-to-last (TIME, Aug. 21).

Only since 1863 has Thanksgiving had a consistent year-to-year day,...

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