THE CONGRESS: Back Talk

Attorney-General Murphy's pep meetings for U. S. District Attorneys (see p. 16) and the National Parole Conference were occasions in Washington last week calling for speeches by a man whose thin, shrill voice is seldom heard outside the House of Representatives, though there it commands respect: Representative Hatton Walker Sumners of Dallas, Tex., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Son of a scholarly, war-impoverished Tennessee slaveholder, stringy, hard-jawed Hatton Sumners, 63, is a self-taught authority on law and history (specialty: the 13th Century). When he rises to speak, the House hushes. On an automobile ride in 1937 with...

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