THE PRESIDENCY: The President's Week, Oct. 31, 1949

When his good and wealthy friend, Willys-Overland Executive Ward Canaday, asked him to attend a businessman's dinner party at the Statler Hotel last week, Harry Truman obligingly agreed. He was under the impression that no more than 15 or 20 men would attend, and that he would not be obliged to speak. At dinnertime, he got into his dinner jacket, slipped quietly over to the hotel for a few hours of comfortable relaxation.

But when he arrived, accompanied only by his Secret Service shadows, he found himself at a formal banquet with 200 of the nation's...

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