Nation: Without a Prayer

Everett Dirksen was an eight-term Congressman back in 1948 when his doctors told him that he was losing his eyesight. Though a sure winner, he declined to run for a ninth term and went home to Pekin, Ill., to pray. Dirksen, who today is almost as sound of vision as he is of voice, is genuinely convinced that what saved him from blindness was prayer—and he is determined to pass on its 20/20 benefits to the rest of the U.S.

Last week, fresh from his successful battle to kill the 1966 Civil Rights Act, Dirksen rose in the Senate to introduce his...

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