THE CONGRESS: Inspection Trip

A scant hundred feet from the Senate Office Building lies a dismal little thoroughfare named Schott's Alley. Its huddled brick houses have no plumbing, heat or electricity. In summer, the stench of its outdoor privies drifts through the open windows of the apartment building where many Senate secretaries live. But few Senators know that it exists.

Last week, as the Senate droned on about slums in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, Illinois' freshman Senator Paul Douglas invited his colleagues to inspect the slums that lie within the shadow of the Capitol. Four Senators made the first trip; seven the second....

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