The Press: The Campaign Trail

In his vote-hunting expedition across the land, Estes Kefauver and the reporters covering him were dined in Corvallis, Ore. (pop. 16,000) by local Democrats, who asked everyone to get up and introduce himself. One tired reporter arose and announced: "Peter Kumpa, Baltimore Sun, candidate for retirement." Like dozens of bleary-eyed colleagues, Reporter Kumpa, 30, was roughing it on the campaign trail. 1956 airborne style, and finding it rougher than ever.

The almost obsolete campaign train, which will be revived fitfully this month, was relished by none: it once meant days on end without showers, air conditioning or stationary sleep. But the new...

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