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Labor, recorded that they had had more calls for employment in December than they had had the previous month. It was on that information from William N. Doak that Hoover, without any further critical analysis of it, gave out this big publicity that the depression was going over, was blowing over.

That was totally untrue. Somebody begged me to hold my hand and not go after Hoover, because he probably didn't know any better and this had been handed to him by the Employment Service. This had been printed in the New York Times and before the day was over somebody had figured out that he got this information from the Employment Service. I said, “You and I know that the Employment Service has not got access to statistically accurate and correct figures. Herbert Hoover is an educated man. It isn't as though he was a farmer from Iowa. He's an engineer. He has dealt with statistics all his life. He knows how statistical measurements are made. You don't figure the tensile strength of a certain kind of cable without knowing the tensile strength of a statistical sample. He knows how statistics are arrived at and if he doesn't he ought to. He has given this widespread publicity, and it's just plain wicked. I'm mad - I'm going to dispute it.”

Before the day was over we had all the facts. My





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