THE unique spectacle of a snooping, smearing, senatorial committee apologizing to the witness it had seemed all set to tear to pieces occurred on the second day of Baruch's appearance before the Nye group. All the barbed arrows of the previous few days, hinted to the newspapers by individual committee members and officials--income-tax returns destroyed, millions of profit, favoritism to friends, etc.--proved boomerangs. Committee members were embarrassed after publication of Baruch's letter. They were still more embarrassed, that morning of the second day, by a surprise appearance of Senator James F. Byrnes, of South Carolina.
"Mr. Chairman," said Senator Byrnes, "I want only a few minutes, and I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to make a short statement, so that I can go to my own committee meeting.
"This morning I read the newspaper report of this hearing yesterday, in which references were made by the witness, Mr. Baruch, to some criticism made heretofore with reference to his financial transactions during the period that he was chairman of the War Industries Board. It caused me to make this request to be heard at this time.
"During the war I was a member of the Deficiency Committee of the Appropriations Committee [of the House of Representatives]. That committee handled nearly all of the appropriations for the conduct of the war. After the Armistice there came