National Affairs: Haberdashery & Handclasp

Early this year in Washington, Emil Hurja and Theodore Huntley began to bet. Mr. Hurja, a prime political dopester in his own right, is Postmaster General Farley's second-in-command at Democratic National headquarters. "Ted" Huntley, a pompous little ex-Washington correspondent with an amazing bass voice, is the arch-Republican secretary of Pennsylvania's arch-Republican Senator David Aiken Reed.

Mr. Hurja first bet Mr. Huntley a hat that Democratic Nominee Joseph Guffey would beat Senator Reed this autumn in Pennsylvania. Next time they met, Republican Huntley raised the bet a pair of shoes. Later Mr. Hurja bumped...

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