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Lying deep in the original contradiction, wherein the race hath both iniquity and grandeur in it by mixture, there are too many reasons for war—revenge, fear, honor, lust for power, delusions of racial and national aggrandizement, ideas of freedom and Justice—but now and for the first time the economic-profit motive is not among them, having deserted to the other side. It is as if in the blind magnificence of his material achievements man had created a defense against himself, better founded upon selfinterest than upon generosity, without knowing what he did or how, or that it would ever happen. For now it is to be perceived that your enemy is also your customer, and indispensable as such. That was the problem that presented itself at the end of the World War. A strong Ger- REDHEAD FROM CARCIL11NA (Continued from Page 19) in the official life of Washington, I will be constantly so engaged." That ended the whispering campaign. Hanes said that now that his critics knew where he stood, all was fair, since he had always known where they stood. Hanes can be equally direct with great financiers. A few months ago he was invited to speak at a large gathering in the East. He was to discuss Government finance. Present was a banker who, he suspected, might prove difficult when the time for questions came. (Hanes has the habit of making his speeches very short and then inviting questions, because, he says, that is the only way he can be sure that his audience will be interested in what he is talking about.) Sure enough, when Hanes invited questions, the first man on his feet was the banker. "I want to ask you, Mr. Secretary, why is it that all business has to be reg- ulated and advised by a lot of crackpots in Washington instead of by able and patriotic people who understand business?" Hanes looked at the banker and said: " I am mighty glad you asked me such an intelligent and straightforward question, and I am gratified that you use the words ' able' and ' patriotic' in describing the kind of person we need in Government work. I know you are able, because you are the president of the largest bank in this city, you own and manage more real estate than anyone else in this section of the country and you are a director in seventy per cent of the corporations in this city. I know you are patriotic, because of the fervor with which you asked your question. These qualifications I know You possess in great measure, and I am glad, because it so happens that there are two vacancies in the Treasury Department at this moment either of which I can recommend to the President be filled with a man whom I suggest, and I am happy to offer you either one of them. One of them pays eighty-five hundred dollars per year and the other pays nine thousand dollars a year. I get ten thousand dollars per year, and whichever one you accept, I will make up the difference to you out of my own salary." The banker discovered that he did not have the time to go to Washington. Hanes observed later that patriotism with most people stops at about $30,000 a year. many, restored by the aid of her trade rivals, would probably fight again; on the other hand, a weak Germany would be a poor customer. The ancients, as Woodlock says in the Wall Street Journal, did it much better. Whom they did not kill on the battlefield, they enslaved, and the surviving people were left to be governed and to pay tribute for the blessings of law and order. But war is no longer battle. It is a total thing. Once it starts, it cannot stop until one people has its foot on the other's neck. Then what will you do?. The cost of this victory is greater than any sum of tribute that can be collected. You cannot kill a people, neither could you afford to do it if you would. Therefore, all you can do is to help your enemy up, dust him off, straighten his tie and put money in his pocket in order to begin trading with him again. Hanes' sense of humor is the kind that permits him not to take himself or the people around him too seriously. When Katharine Hepburn was a house guest of Mrs. Hanes last winter, she complained that the Washington the- ater audiences were not responsive to her comedy lines. Hanes said it wasn't a question of their not being responsive, it was that her lines weren't nearly so funny as the things all of Washington was accustomed to seeing and hearing in official circles every day. One night about ten o'clock, after a hard day, the Under Secretary was sit- ting in the Washington Hotel, across the street from his office, waiting for his car to take him home. A tourist, who was sitting in the chair beside him, turned to Hanes and asked, "Mister, do you know how to get those cards that take you into the Senate Gallery?" "Just ask one of the senators from your state." "Do you work for the Government, mister?" " Yes, I do." "Where do you work ?" "I work over in the Treasury." " Gosh, it must be fine to be around with all that money." "I haven't seen as much as a thin dime since I went to work over there, except when I got my pay check cashed." " Well, when you get further along, maybe they'll let you handle the money." " Yes, maybe they will." "Are you a New Dealer ?" "No, I'm not." "How did you get your job?" "I don't know; it just happened." "Civil Service?" "No." "A friend of Jim Farley's?" "Well, I've met him." "Did he get the job for you?" "No." "Does Morgenthau know much?" "Yes, he knows a whole lot." " What kind of a guy is this fellow John Hanes?" " Well, I'll tell you, he's a pretty tired guy." "Do you know him?" " Yes, I know him." "Like him?" "Not very well, but I get along with him." " Well, if I get over around the Treasury, I'll look you up. What's your name?"
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