National Affairs: Work Done

The advertised attraction was a full-dress Senate debate on the loan to Britain, but global economics was tough sledding for the speechmakers and for the generously filled galleries.

After a dry-as-dust opening barrage by Majority Leader Alban Barkley, the high chamber floundered bravely for a while in a dismal sea of statistics. When North Dakota's Langer took the floor next day for the opposition, the senatorial audience dropped to a single listener. The Senators discussed wheat prices in Kansas, the profits of Henry J. Kaiser, the sex life of Government employes and, when time hung heavy, the loan.

The minds of most had...