March 1961

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  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Potpourri

  • The Philippines

  • Panama

  • Tumult in Transportation

    No individual concerned for our national welfare can escape the impact of the transportation problem often intensified by conflicting statements. Here is one branch o the industry speaking out regarding what they consider harmful misconceptions which are still widely held.

  • The Memorial to f.d.r.: What the President Wanted

    Now that the type of memorial for President Franklin D. Roosevelt has become a matter of public discussion, his own wish regarding it ought to be made known. Reflecting on the matter in 1941. under stress of a family bereavement, he summoned an old friend, Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter, and told him what he would prefer as a memorial, if one should be undertaken, and charged him to remember it “if the time should come.” The conversation was recorded by the Justice at the time. The documents published below were brought to the attention of President Roosevelt s successor promptly upon his accession to the presidency, and later, after Congress had established the Roosevelt National Memorial Committee, the documents were brought to the attention of that committee. In view of the course that events have taken, Mr. Justice Frankfurter feels that President Roosevelts wish ought to be publicly known, and he has therefore consented to the Atlantic’s publication of what follows. — THE EDITOR

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Dirty Money in Boston

    It has been said that the city of Boston is so corrupt that it is no longer aware of its men corruption, heats have been made ever since the wings were added to the original brick State House under Governor MeCall in 1916. The taxpayer himself has wearily shrugged his shoulders with the thought that nothing can be done about graft. But in August of 1960 an inquiry, which had been three years in starting, suddenly broke into the open when it came under the jurisdiction of Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. CHARLES L, WIIIPPLE, who covered the case for the Boston GOLBE,has examined some 40 volumes of testimony resulting in the conviction and sentencing for income tax evasion of Thomas Worcester, a well-known Boston consulting engineer, whose firm had been involved in the building of Massachusetts highways. The pattern of corruption as revealed l>y this inquiry and confirmed by the opinion of the judge is too corroding to be accepted in silence. In how many other American cities has this pattern been duplicated?

  • The Judge's Opinion

    A graduate of Harvard and the Harvard Law School who served as secretary to both Judge Augustus Hand and Judge Learned Hand, and from 1935 to 1937 as special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, JUDGE CHARLES E. WYZANSKI, JR., was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in December, 1951.

  • Accidentally on Purpose

  • A Sparrow Falls

    Author and playwright still in his thirties, JOHN D. STEWARTdevotes his leisure time to writing and his working days to the British civil service. “Border Incident,” a lighthearted story of Irish shenanigans, was published in the ATLANTIClast July; here is another Irish story in a more tragic vein.

  • Scott Fitzgerald and the Tor Girl

    Critic and author, ARTHUR MIZENER has been regarded as an authority on the fiction of the 1920s ever since the publication of his definitive biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE FAR SIDE OF PARADISE,in 1951. Mr. Mizener, who has taught at Yale and at Carleton College, is professor of English at Cornell.

  • The Medical Care Pork Barrel

    A graduate of Harvard and the Harvard Medical School, DR. DAVID D. RUTSTEIN has been professor of preventive medicine and head of the department at the Harvard Medical School since 1947. He is a member of the staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital and live other Boston hospitals.

  • Celebration for a Gray Day

    At no time in our past has the ATLANTICreceived as many poems as are now submitted to us. They are evidence of an interest in poetry which never slackens. As an incentive for writers yet unestablished, twice a year we set aside a number of pages in the ATLANTICto be devoted to the work of young poets.

  • Last Night

  • My Love Goes Swimming

  • Metamorphoses at Rock Harbor

  • The Righteous Major

    After a successful career as a corporation president, FREDERICK W. COPELANDmoved to Southern California, where for the past fifteen years he has been active as a management consultant. He here reveals for ATLANTICreaders and Civil War enthusiasts some hitherto unpublished information regarding his grandfather and how he tried to save the Union.

  • The Age of the Scholar-Teacher

    The failure of the teaching profession to attract competent people in numbers has been a matter of grave concern to our educational leaders. CHARLES R. BEYE,who is currently teaching at Stanford University, tells from his own academic experience some of Ihe factors which he believes contribute to the present situation.

  • Accent on Living

  • I'm Through Being Minglish With the Pseudo-English

  • The Buttons Keep Coming Off

  • Zoological Notes

    For the past thirty years MONA GARDNER has spent most of her time in the Orient. She now lives in Johannesburg, where her husband represents an American bank.

  • They Shall Have Music

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