Calvin Coolidge, the Man Who Is President

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CHAPTER XIX
THE DRAGON AT THE GATE

Nine calm months followed the adjournment of Congress and the recess of the Senate in March, 1925. During those months it became certain that the President would formally put forth no legislative program. His speeches indicated no new stirring of his heart. The reporters from day to day had "the White House attitude" first-hand from the President. They seemed to feel and they made it evident to the country that the President was handling the day's work as the day's work; not as part of a program, not as a sequence in the presentation of a cause. Prohibition enforcement came up, a change in the personnel of the enforcing officers was considered and adopted. The Belgian debt was adjusted. The railroad problem from day to day considered; as, for instance, the wisdom of regional railroad mergers, the justice of increased freight rates in the West, and the possibility of slightly lowered freight rates in the East. The anthracite coal strike threatened and was casually considered. The public revenue was discussed and the methods for raising it. The French debt was considered and cov-

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