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did. It was the way that he talked so freely about it that convinced us that he thought he was going to be the head of it. And he wasn't drunk. He'd had something to drink, but he wasn't loose-tongued the way a man is sometimes when he's had too much.

It was obvious that he had this clearly in mind. Mary said, “Well, that's good. At least we know how to plan. His being the head of it is probably all settled.”

I didn't think much about the matter. At that time I had no real evaluation of him. I saw him as a kind of an erratic person, but with streaks of genius. He really had real streaks of genius. His thinking about these problems out at our house, more than around the conference table, was excellent. Around the conference table he was stubborn, mulish, and wouldn't talk. He acted as though it was an awful bore for him to have to be involved in this negotiating with fools who were only politicians. But when he talked with us down in the country, or at our house, he was full of ideas and full of attitudes that partook of genius really. They were first-rate. There was much in the man if he had had some stabilizing elements in his nature too.

I've written in my book that it was probably not a week or ten days before the bill was brought through that Baruch came out to see us one night. The bill was either

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