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As a matter of fact and of record, the President, in his own letter to the Governors, refused to follow the Conference recommendation that he use the power of the Federal Government to regulate development of oil pools, to control pro- The Genesis of NRA Its Character 67 duction or to force even a temporary shutdown of producing oil wells. He stated, "It is obvious that the action proposed to be taken in these paragraphs is within the sole authority and jurisdiction of the interested States," and that "he might be regarded as infringing on the sovereignty of the States" if he should even make such a "suggestion" to the Governors of the States.

He angrily nodded a sullen assent . " I don't know the influence which prompted it, but my mind, in a split fraction of a second, quickly Meet Mr . Ickes 47 glimpsed, in panorama, several of our noted representatives of greatness who had sat in Washington during our history-themselves famed for a wisdom which always was tempered with, if not, indeed, actuated by calmness of mind, tolerance of spirit, mentalities open not only to helpful suggestions but also, indeed, to argument . The profundity of Lincolnesque thinking, for instance, did not go along with explosive and vindictive thrusts shot out in defense of any silly vanity.

Preting' figures which represent actual facts, it will be privileged, I presume, to interpret them in its own way. One or two other individuals, including my own Research Director, Mr. Kemnitzer, attempted to discuss more fully the facts in question, but Mr . Ickes showed great belligerency and even anger as he raised his voice, ignoring, in insulting manner, Mr . Kemnitzer, who attempted vainly to speak . Needless to say, the meeting broke up in quick fashion, the disheartened and chagrined oil men wondering what next was to be done .

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