FLORIDA: First Lame Duck

Claude Pepper's mother once said of him: "He began to talk when he was nine months old and he's been talking ever since." But last week Senator Pepper was not talking very much. Democratic voters in Florida's primary had made him the 81st Congress' first lame duck.

Pepper began talking politically some 16 years ago. Born on an Alabama farm, a graduate of the University of Alabama and Harvard Law School, he had migrated to Perry, Fla. with the land boom. In 1934 he ran for the Senate, was beaten, but two years later talked Florida voters into electing him...