POLITICAL NOTES: Always Leave 'Em Laughin'

Genial old Alben Barkley packed up a stock of his best political pleasantries and was off last week by chartered airliner, explaining everything to the voters. From Oshkosh, Wis., through the farm belt and up along the Pacific Coast, the 72-year-old campaigner hustled from airport to auditorium, from speech to banquet to rally, always leaving them laughing.

"When I was in the House," he said before 900 Democrats banqueting at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, "I was told the difference between the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was...

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