Massachusetts: The Loyal Secretary

For months, like dripping from a leaky faucet, the rumors dribbled out of the Justice Department: at the next go-round between Bernard Goldfine and the Federal Government, sensation would be heaped upon scandal. For accepting Goldfine's vicuna coat, paid-up hotel bills, and other expensive gifts, onetime Presidential Assistant Sherman Adams had long since paid the price of banishment from public life. Now, went the reports, the Justice Department was prepared to lower the boom on other politicians on the gift list of the Massachusetts textile and real estate millionaire.

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