THE ADMINISTRATION: Mellow Man in Charge

For the first time in Dwight Eisenhower's years in office, the White House last week was headed for a new pace and temper in its vital inner workings. Five days after flinty New Hampshireman Sherman Adams took to television (surprising some viewers with his warmth) to announce his retirement as the President's chief of staff, the President named Adams' successor: Alabama's Wilton Burton Persons, 62, Adams' admiring but totally dissimilar deputy. With Persons in charge, said a White House wag, the difference would be like that between hard cider and mellow bourbon.

Where Adams is brusque and businesslike, Persons is...

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