The U.S. Senate could hardly have been more serene. Debate on the natural-gas bill (TIME, Jan. 30 et seq.) was nearing an end, the opposition was wheezing its last, the votes to pass the bill seemed well in hand. When South Dakota's comma-conscious Republican Senator Francis Case rose to speak, it was the signal for other Senators to burrow deeper into their newspapers or strike up desultory conversation with their neighbors. But by the time Francis Case sat down, he had shaken the Senate to its foundations.

He had been favorably inclined toward the gas bill, Case related, but...

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