National Affairs: Act of Humiliation

The Secretary of State nudged his chair up to the green-topped table of the Senate Subcommittee on Appropriations and prepared for trouble. Ostensibly Secretary Acheson was in the drab, denlike hearing room on the Capitol's first floor to talk about next year's budget. But he knew that the committee's Republican lions had long been sharpening their claws over his deliberate declamation at a press conference five weeks before: "I do not intend to turn my back on Alger Hiss."; New Hampshire's Styles Bridges batted first with a soft paw. "Mr. Secretary," he asked across the table, "what do you...

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