THE PRESIDENCY: Blue-Plate Special

The phone rang in the oval study. It was Mary Jane Truman in Grandview, Mo. with distressing news. Old Mrs. Truman, the President's mother, had fallen from her bed the night before and broken her right hip.

It was a serious accident for a woman of 94—though Mrs. Truman has survived two fractures of the left hip and one of the shoulder in the last six years. At 7:45 the next morning Harry Truman took off from Washington in the Sacred Cow.* Five hours later he was in his mother's bedroom, a box full of flowers in his arms.

He...

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