Nation: On Thin Ice

From the moment he first set foot in New Hampshire in his quixotic quest of the presidency, Minnesota's Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy has been about as diffident as a campaigner can be without actually withdrawing from the race. But last week McCarthy finally broke the ice, so to speak.

Arrayed in a red helmet, orange sweat shirt, baggy black pants and borrowed skates, McCarthy gamely ventured onto a rink in Concord for his first hockey match since 1938, when he was high scorer for St. John's University in Minnesota. During nine minutes on the ice, he took one spectacular spill and "got...

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