MAINE: A Yard of Pump Water

Maine's laconic men have never had much natural respect for a woman's judgment. "Give a woman all the advice in the world and then she'll go ashore with both anchors on the bows," they say. But once in a while they have to make an exception. They have made one for Congresswoman Margaret Chase Smith. Elected to finish the term of her deceased husband in 1940, she was regularly re-elected by her Second District constituents. Last year, when aging Senator Wallace White announced his retirement, she announced herself a candidate for the G.O.P. nomination as Senator.

Her opponents were formidable....

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