In 1925 an American president was inaugurated and departed almost immediately upon a vacation that lasted through the tranquil mid-part of the year. The year 1925 was the subject of a report from the vantage point of 1926, “The year 1925, from the standpoint of national politics and government, was uneventful.” And: “The relations of the United States with foreign countries was almost universally friendly during the year. Practically the only friction was with Mexico.” 1 [Oil, of course.] The year 1925 was the emotional as well as chronological dead center of the decade. Everything of the twenties had arrived, and a new equilibrium of habit, taste, and manner seemed to float securely upon a now that was going to go on into forever.