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out for that man. He didn't treat Doak fairly, but Doak was so stupid he didn't even know it. That man is a sourpuss and he always puts the worst possible light on things. He's really no good.”

I thanked her, of course, but it was pretty late in the day for me to do anything, because a few weeks earlier I had told him that he could stay on. So there were a few episodes like that and of these two high-binders who were the assistants in the outer office who did try to do me dirt, I think.

I never thought that Doak's secretary really tried to do me dirt, although he didn't do all that he should have done. I've already described how within two weeks he came and told me he ought not to stay, how he was after all a thoroughgoing Republican and it wouldn't do me any good to have him around. The only man I could thoroughly trust was White. Within a few weeks I washed out these two people in the outer office and Doak's secretary. I knew it would be damaging to the morale of the Department if, after having told him he could stay for a while, I turned Mr. Clark out at once. I got somebody else in and I really ran my own publicity, whatever it was. I got Mary LaDame down and she handled it. She came down as one of my assistants. She took the place of one of these high-binders

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