Nation: Shakespeare's Birthday

Compared with the marches of yesteryear, the antiwar demonstrations that sizzled and, in most cases, fizzled from New York to San Francisco last week were downright duds. Only 400 marchers turned up under drizzly skies in Washington's Franklin Park, where their modest demeanor, punctuated with a scattering of McCarthy buttons, struck an odd contrast to the motley of the Pentagon marchers last October. Boston's 500 demonstrators scarcely disrupted the weekend traffic.

In the Sheep Meadow of Manhattan's Central Park, amid a sprinkling of Viet Cong flags, most of the crowd of 40,000 were subdued and conventionally dressed. The only trouble came when...

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