ARMED FORCES: The House of Brass

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Almost before the roof was on, it was a butt of criticism, a begetter of jokes and a breeder of legend. There was the story of the Western Union messenger who went in on a Monday morning, got caught in the red tape, and walked out on Friday a full colonel. There was the man who sat down at an empty desk to rest his feet and forthwith found himself with a phone, blotter, desk set and secretary. And then there was the acutely pregnant woman who accosted a guard and urgently...

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