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No one had filibustered. No Senator had deliberately delayed the debate. The talk had been good, the argument largely honest and toward the point. There had been a minimum of fustian, of rabble-rousing, only one moment of phony melodrama—when Montana's Senator Burton K. Wheeler had displayed British-made toy lead soldiers, had asked the little Redcoats directly: "What are you doing here? What are you doing here?" (The toy soldiers kept a strict military silence.)

After a slumberous afternoon in which the gallery attendants glared at dozers,* the bill came to passage. The Senate voted 50-to-37 to take the neutrality out...

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