THE CONGRESS: Quiet Leader

Of course, it was the same Senate-the 69th. There was Sen. Charles Curtis, the Republican leader, getting up from his back row seat and going out with Sen. Reed Smoot, the tall, lean Mormon, who is Chairman of the Finance Committee. When the latter speaks, it is with a dry holy passion for financial soundness. Mr. Curtis rarely speaks, but together they steer, or attempt to steer the Senate. Last week they brought peace into the Republican ranks, placated the insurgents with good committeeships.

On the floor the Democrats scoffed at these peace gestures-and who could scoff better than...

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