THE CAPITAL: Like Elizabeth Arden

When she became the wife of handsome John Davis Lodge in 1929, Italian-born Francesca Braggiotti was famed as a beauty and a dancer. When her husband—Senator Lodge's brother, and once a movie actor—was elected to the House from Connecticut last November, beauteous Mrs. Lodge transplanted her talents to Washington. Last week, they were bearing strange fruit.

At 10:30 one morning, some 30 barefooted, play-suited wives and daughters of Senators and Representatives answered the roll at the Congressional Club. They listened to a short health and diet talk by Mrs. Lodge, then followed her, in their various ways, through...

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