National Affairs: End of Willis

A good deal of legend died last week with Frank Bartlette Willis. The red flares, whose fumes he inhaled fatally during his last triumphal political parade, belonged no more wholly to an old Ohio era than did he.

It was as a truly favorite son that he and his motorcade, preceded by militia and Boy Scouts, blared down the main street of Delaware, his home town. The entire populace had turned out, regardless of party. Other towns in Ohio, "Mother of Presidents," had taught little Delaware how to act now that one of its...