In a voice that was no longer calm and steady the old man said: "My day's work is done."

After more than 21 years (7,829 days) as Canada's Prime Minister, 73-year-old William Lyon Mackenzie King was bowing out. At his final press conference last week he looked ill. His lined face had a sickly flush, and the thin lock of grey hair that slipped over his right temple made him seem older than his years. His hands trembled as he toyed with the black ribbon of his pince-nez. His voice was unusually low, and sometimes he seemed to be groping...

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