THE NATION: Rolling Out the Lines

In Meridian, Miss, one night last week, Adlai Stevenson listened to a guitar-twanging singer moan through Mississippi River Blues, then rose to speak. Before him, overflowing Ray Stadium, were 18,000 ballad-loving Democrats who had gathered to observe "National Hillbilly Music Day" and listen to a Democratic speech. At about the same hour, in New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Vice President Richard Nixon sipped a glass of milk* and then stepped up to have his say. Before him sat 2,700 New Yorkers who had paid $100 a place for champagne, milk, rare beef and...

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