Nation: Keeping the Faith

Lolling at the bar of Washington's Congressional Hotel last week, Adam Clayton Powell looked the very picture of cavalier confidence. Back from a two-month sojourn with his comely receptionist on the Bahamian isle of South Bimini, the Harlem Democrat bragged of his angling prowess. "Are you worried?" asked a reporter. Replied Powell: "Do I look it?" What would he say to the Democratic caucus? "I'm going to tell them," he purred, "to keep the faith, baby."

Congress did indeed keep the faith—with itself and the American people. In the next 48 hours, Powell's House...

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