THE WHITE HOUSE: Mob Scene

By the time guards threw open the White House gates at 9 a.m.. a crowd of 500 was waiting to get in. President Eisenhower had revived a local tradition, the Easter Monday egg roll on the White House lawn, started in 1877 by Rutherford Hayes and abandoned twelve years ago by Franklin Roosevelt. The Eisenhowers really didn't know what to expect, but the gardeners began a week in advance preparing for the worst, installing storm fences, comfort stations and drinking fountains.

.At 9:35, David and Barbara Anne Eisenhower, carrying Easter baskets, came...