Some human, humorous and often very curious anecdotes come out of these 51 years at the White House as experienced by the Chief of Mails. Ira Smith, who served under nine Presidents, has something to say about each of them; from McKinley, when the mail only ran to 100 letters a day, to Theodore Roosevelt and his uninhibited one big happy family. Taft- who had trouble with his food and his fact, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge who receives the kindliest affection of them all, Hoover who played into hard luck, F.D.R. who rolled the circulation up to 8000 a day, and Harry Truman. And you will also meet all kinds of cranks, crackpots, busybodies, wellwishers and serious thinkers as they exercise their inalienable right to sit down and knock off a letter to the President, and send all kinds of presents from gold teeth to a gold plated toilet seat which and up in what is known as the Chamber of Horrors.... Small talk, which provides amusing, indirect reflections of the great.