Bounding up Capitol Hill last week with the handshake and "hi ya" enthusiasm of schoolboys beginning a new term, members of that exclusive academy, the U.S. Senate, made a disconcerting discovery. In a body whose love for headlines is exceeded only by its awe of seniority, the new boy from Ohio was focusing attention on himself. Not only were gallery eyes during opening session fixed on stonefaced, wavy-haired Frank Lausche, but the Senate's majority and minority leaders both had to reckon with his presence.

On the chance that Lausche would make good on...

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