THE PRESIDENCY: The Coolidge Week: Feb. 13, 1928

¶ Is it in defiance of superstition or in deference to colonial tradition that President Coolidge invites 13 guests at a time to breakfast parties? It is neither, but simply that 13 is the number of guests that can be seated comfortably around the White House table without putting in extra table-leaves. Last week there was a series of breakfasts at which the guests were groups of Congressmen 13 strong. Most notable was the Tuesday morning breakfast, attended by Senators sharing President Coolidge's antipathy toward the Jones shipping bill. For all the...

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