THE ADMINISTRATION: First Plunge

With his hands clasped in front of him and his notebook tucked under his arm like a Psalter, Secretary of State Dean Acheson paced down the aisle of the State Department's auditorium last week. The big room was crammed with 200 newsmen for the new Secretary's first press conference. Gravely, he seated himself.

"One of the happy parts of this press conference is that I learned over the radio this morning what it was about," he said. "That seemed to me to be a triumph of modern journalism . . . I think my...

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