Education: For Gentlemen Minks

Lexington, Va. and its 3,500 inhabitants had seldom had such a busy week. Every time the daily "Virginia Creeper" crept into the station, it spilled out more notables onto the platform. They included some 90 deans and presidents from colleges all over the U.S., come to help celebrate the 200th birthday of Washington and Lee University.

Even the Lexington postmaster was swamped. The U.S. Government had just issued a new 3¢ stamp in honor of the occasion, and collectors everywhere were writing in for first-day covers. One Swedish philatelist added that he had been a lifelong admirer of "Sir Washington and Sir...

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