National Affairs: Room 808

It was near midnight. In the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, far above the bedlam on the street below, a waiter picked his way past tired newsmen and rapped on the door of Room 808. On his tray were six slices of cantaloupe and seven of watermelon.

The men that gathered over the melon in Room 808 had been summoned by Tom Dewey to select a Vice President. Some were old Dewey partisans—Congressman Leonard Hall of New York; Dewey's John Foster Dulles; National Committeeman Lew Wentz of Oklahoma; Barak Mattingly of Missouri and Mason Owlett of Pennsylvania....

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