As he strode into the Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room last week for the 24th press conference of his Administration, President Eisenhower was beaming with confidence and good humor. At the conference's end, 35 minutes later, he was still going strong.

The President had a New Year's wish for the reporters. "I hope," he said, "that all of you get the New Year's raises you deserve." Merriman Smith of the United Press shouted: "Can we quote you on that, sir?" Ike said they could, if they thought it would do any good. Then he got down to business.

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