The Social Life of Harry T.

In 1929, when Washington eyebrows seemed permanently elevated over Dolly Gann and who-sits-where-at-dinner, a determined social secretary hauled off and settled it all. She wrote a book, which had plenty of ground rules for entertaining the Vice President (e.g., he sits at hostesses' right). Of this official she stated: "His avocation is to replace the President . . . in the political-social life . . . by appearing everywhere. . . ."

Vice President Harry Truman, whose friends never laugh when he sits down at the piano (he plays), probably never read this volume, but last week it looked as...

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