Long before New Year's daylight John W. Hunefeld arose in his Washington home on C street, put on his salt-and-pepper suit, breakfasted quickly, and set forth through dark streets for the White House. He would do no odd jobs of painting and-carpentering that day. He was going to meet the President.

Citizen Hunefeld had reason for his early morning haste. Twice before had he proudly led the public line into the White House for the New Year's Day Reception (a custom originated by President John Adams in 1801) and now he almost...

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