Divine Right!

Save for the President's pew and the diplomatic section, the Senate galleries were crowded long before 11 a. m. People sat on the floor in the aisles, breaking the rules. Word went about that Senator-designate and Senator-elect Frank L. Smith of Illinois was in the Republican cloakroom. Curious first row gallery-sitters craned their necks over the railing, hoping to see something, breaking another Senate rule. The hour of 11 approached. Senators sauntered to their desks, rustled papers. A gratuitous informer in the gallery pointed, whispered: "See that...

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