They had buried Joe Robinson down in Arkansas just three days before the Democrats of the U. S. Senate met to pick his successor as their leader—highest gift in their power. It was the first time Democrats had gathered for such a purpose since Dec. 4, 1923, when the late great Oscar Wilder Underwood's resignation took effect. Joe Robinson had then been chosen unanimously.

As 74 Democrats straggled into the great marble caucus room of the Senate Office Building, all knew that one of two members would be chosen—but far from unanimously....

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