The Opening

At noon on December 3, both houses of the 68th Congress of the United States assembled for the first time:

The Senate. When the Senators assembled there was amity and friendship and good will, for—if they had had their quarrels in the way of business and had exchanged lusty buffets in many well-remembered battles — they were all good fellows at heart.

Senator Albert Baird Cummins of Iowa assumed his seat as President protern, for the Senate—unlike the House —is a continuing body, two-thirds of its membership...

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