The Senate's good humor (see above) did not last long.
As soon as the Chamber was organized, the Republicans began doling out the patronage jobs which fell to them. Out went Senate Secretary Leslie Biffle, to be replaced by sharp-faced Carl Loeffler, who started as a page boy 57 years ago; he had served the Republicans as minority secretary. Biffle will now serve the Democrats as minority secretary.
Then peppery Kenneth Wherry, majority whip, nominated the Rev. Peter Marshall, powerful-speaking Scotsman, pastor of the capital's New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, as the new Senate chaplain.
The Democrats' Barkley deplored such "partisan politics." The...