Return Engagement

Washington last week was like a theater just before curtain time: the scenery got a last hasty shove, programs rustled, fiddles tuned up. Out in the country, citizens held on to their hats. The 78th Congress was coming back.

Stage Set. With Ivory soap and water, four Negro men scrubbed away languidly at the 73 bulky figures in Statuary Hall. Capitol Architect David Lynn fretted: 1) this is the year (once in every four) when the Capitol dome should—but will not—be repainted; 2) the statue of Freedom atop the dome needs—but will not get—a touching-up on head, feathers,...

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