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THE UNDER SECRETARY OF TH E TREASURY
WASH t NGTON

January 10, 1948

Dear Marriner:

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I guess you have been around this toT.n long
enough to become hardened to the lies and misinformation that newspapermen and columnists put out,
but it gets under my skin for people to make deliberate efforts through the press to stir up trouble
through misstatements of fact,
I ran across the enclosed article by Ray
Tucker referring to you and it is so untrue and
unfair to you that I thought you ought to see it,
I do not know what, if any, action you should
take, but my policy has been when any reporter
published an untruthful statement about the Treasury,
I have asked him to come in and see me and have
straightened him out. In practically every case
the resuit8 have been good, I do not know whether
you Y/ould want to talk to this men Tucker or not.
Tucker's statements about you and the Treasury
are to ridiculously absurd and untrue that nobody
with any knowledge of the facts will be misled.
However, there are a lot of people who do not know
the facts who may believe what Tucker says.
Regards,
Since

Honorable Marriner Eccles
Chairman, Board of Governors
Federal Reserve System
Washington, D. C,




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The citation for the original is:
Tucker, Ray. “Ray Tucker’s Letter.” Brooklyn Eagle, January 2, 1948, p. 6.




January 13,

Dear Lee:
Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending me
the clipping from Bay Tucker's column. I talked to him by
telephone yesterday and let him know that he was just one
hundred per cent wrong. He said he was very sorry about it
and I am satisfied that the article was prompted by ignorance
rather than by malice. He is coming in to see me on Thursday
with a view to writing a correction. I agree with you that
informed people would not be misled but others certainly
would be by this ridiculous article.
We have tried over the years to get these writers
to cheok on their facts before writing stories, but they always seem to be in such a hurry that they write the stories
first and cheok the facts afterward, if at all. I agree with
you also that it is generally helpful to take up misrepresentations of this kind individually with the reporter.
With best regards,
Sincerely yours,

The Honorable A. L. M. Wiggins,
Under Secretary of the Treasury,
Washington 25, D. C.