HEROES: Ericson, Columbus, St. Brandan

The parliamentary body with the longest continuous history is Iceland's Althing. Founded to settle disputes between bellicose land-owning chieftains, it celebrates its millennial (1,000th anniversary) next year. The U. S. Congress has received an invitation to attend the ceremony, through the Danish Minister.* Last week the house of Representatives accepted the invitation, after curious developments. Representative Olger B. Burtness of North Dakota, large of frame, round and red of cheek, presented a resolution to send five U. S. delegates to Reykjavik next June, to provide them with $50,000 for a statue or...

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