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of the administration of Title II because he wanted to give his full time to the administration of the main body of the bill, and that Title II wasn't very much anyhow, as public works was not of any great consequence, but purely routine. He even found the strength to say some good words about how Harold Ickes would do this kind of “menial” job very well.

This job was the beginning of Ickes's great reputation. I often have realized how fortunate it was that Ickes was right there and that a man who had that peculiar quality of going after it on the straight line administration, cuestioning everything, suspicious of everybody, was in the Cabinet. He was suspicious of everything that was suggested to him, scrutinized everything from the critical point of view.

Ickes saw the President the next day. Ickes by this time had thought about it overnight. Sure, he liked the job. He not only was willing, but I think he saw and realized that he was the best person to do it. He approved of the idea of having that kind of emergency action located with the regular agencies of government.

PWA was not a relief measure as the WPA was. It was an economic measure to provide useful, well-built, properly constructed buildings, roads and other public works in the

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