|Hoover during the CRB Days, looking like a |
young Robert Redford.
According to Brown, when the first relief shipment was ready to leave England for Rotterdam, Hoover went to the English War Department with clearance papers for the ship to get through the English blockade. The man at the window asked:
"What's in the ship?"
"Flour," Hoover replied.
"Where's it going?"
"But Belgium's under German occupation," the man said.
"That's why it's going there."
"Well, that's just why it's not," the clerk stated.
"There's no use making a fuss about it," Hoover explained. "The ship's now unloading at Rotterdam."
America's "shirt-sleeve diplomacy" had begun.
|Modern rendition of America's|
"shirt-sleeve diplomacy" :)