THE CONGRESS: A Pretty Picture

For long months, Nevada's crusty old Pat McCarran had" fought off the day with secret hearings, long junkets, parliamentary delays and diversionary bellowings. But one day last week he was close to a reckoning: only three hours remained before the long-delayed vote on a new Displaced Persons bill.

Then a very unsenatorial thing happened: the Senate chamber was still, and no one got up to speak. At his front-row desk, McCarran stared stonily at Vice President Alben Barkley in the chair. McCarran's strategy was to allow his opponents to use up all their...