The President's press conference was flagging, and a newsman asked half-heartedly whether he was going to have anything to say about the vacancy on the Supreme Court. He certainly was, said the President briskly. In fact, he would tell them about it right now. He had asked Attorney General Tom Clark to be the associate justice and Rhode Island's Senator Howard McGrath, the Democratic National Chairman, to replace Clark at attorney general. Blurted a reporter: "My gosh!"

Thomas Campbell Clark was not surprised : he had been ready and waiting for more than two years. He had, in fact, expected the...

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