National Affairs: Douglas v. Truman

Illinois' rumpled Senator Paul Douglas wet his lips, solemnly cinched up his belt and took his fight with Harry Truman into the open. Slapped down by the President in the choice of two men for vacancies on an Illinois federal district court (TIME, July 23), Senator Douglas persuaded the Chicago Bar Association to take a poll on whether it favored his or the President's choices.

Then, with the firm but nervous air of a bespectacled student standing up to the school bully, ex-Professor Douglas began tapping at the President's chin. In a speech before A.F.L. retail clerks, Douglas, an 80% Fair Dealer,...

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