THE CONGRESS: A Woman's Conscience

The Senate's only woman member stepped firmly into the congressional ruckus over Communists-in-Government last week and offered her colleagues some advice. "I think," said Maine's earnest, handsomely grey Margaret Chase Smith, "that it is high time for the United States Senate and its members to do some soul searching—for us to weigh our consciences —on the manner in which we are performing our duty to the people of America."

For the past six weeks, Republican Smith had searched her own soul and weighed her conscience. She had also talked things over with fellow members of a small group of Republican...

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