National Affairs: Snap, Crackle, Pop

The Mead Committee was ready for Kentucky's Andrew Jackson May. Its members and lawyers knew what they wanted to ask the chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee about his tie-in with the Garsson brothers' shell game.

But at the last minute there was a phone call: ailing, 71-year-old Representative May was home in bed with a chronic heart disorder. The Garsson hearings went on, but they gave off only a series of scattered pops.

Mortar Trouble. One of the loudest snaps was touched off by letters from two combat veterans, ripping into the Chemical Warfare Service's highly touted 4.2 mortars. C.W.S.'s Major...

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