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once they had sent in their budget.

Q:

Was this something she did on her own initiative, do you think?

Lasker:

Yes.

Q:

And was it perhaps due to her newness in office?

Lasker:

I don't know. I have a copy of her letter and I have copies of columns written by Marquis Childs and Kempton on the subject, which I'll give you. This shows you how just blind people's objections are to being defended against dying.

Q:

Well, I suppose there are so many other immediate considerations which seem to enter into the picture.

Lasker:

I don't know, I don't really know what they were. After all, these were very small amounts in the total picture of the federal budget. I think it's just blind conservatism.

Pierson, Kempton, Childs and Doris Fleeson all commented on Mrs. Hobby's lack of interest in progress in medical research and additional funds.

Q:

You had had that one meeting with Mrs. Hobby shortly after she was appointed. Had you pursued that any further?



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