THE CONGRESS: Fraternity of Peace

The Senate floor last week looked more like rush hour in the wheat pit than a forum for lawmakers. Deprived of their mahogany desks, the Senators sat uncomfortably in chairs so closely wedged to gether that most speakers addressed their colleagues from the front of the chamber.

Returning to their old home (last occupied by the Senate in 1859) while the regular Senate Chamber undergoes repairs, the Senators seemed to take a quickened interest in their work. All week long they turned out in record attendance, jostling through the hordes of clerks, secretaries and minor factotums that clogged the narrow...

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