Education: Power Through Speech

Twenty-one members of the Massachusetts legislature—Republicans to a man —turned out last week for night courses at Brookline's Staley College of the Spoken Word.

Was it a gag? Far from it. Explained one G.O.P. legislator: "It used to be that when the Republicans had control of the House we'd let the Democrats do the talking, and we'd get the votes. But now the Democrats have control, and we've got to find a way to be more effectual."

The first lesson in effectuality was Rienzi to the Romans, from Mary Russell Mitford's old 1828 melodrama. Charles Gibbons, 50, minority leader of the lower house,...

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