Bright by night is the.white dome of the U. S. Capitol, set like an enormous frosted wedding cake in the glare of encircling batteries of searchlights. Brighter than ever was the dome one evening hour last week when sharp flames leaped up through the Capitol roof.

A guard first spied smoke crawling out of cornices in the House wing close to the dome. Up four flights of circular iron stairs he raced to discover a roaring blaze in a room under the eaves used for storage of old Congressional documents. Also in the...

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