The Curtis Week

Twelve swart women wrapped in garish blankets squatted around a picnic ground on the bank of the Arkansas River near Kaw, Okla. Five old men the color of tanbark squatted in the middle of the clearing, balancing a broad tom-tom on their crossed feet.

"TOM," went the tom-tom.

Chief Bacon Rind of the Osage tribe arose and intoned, nasally, the saga of "Cousin Charley" Curtis, Republican nominee for Vice President of the U. S.

"Tom-tom-tomma-tom, tom-tomma-tom-tom," went the tom-tom. The squaws rocked on their haunches,...