THE PRESIDENCY: A Most Happy Evening

From the middle of the speaker's dais, Harry Truman looked out happily over the main ballroom of Washington's Mayflower Hotel, bright with autumn flowers and massed flags. The cream of Democratic womanhood was there—India Edwards, 54, boss of the party's women workers and a rising queenmaker, Nellie Tayloe Ross, who runs the U.S. Mint, Minnesota's Eugenie Anderson, new ambassador to Denmark—to celebrate another Democratic victory in "the making. Between the diamondback terrapin soup and the baked seafood canape, White House Press Secretary Charlie Ross approached the dais with a sheaf of figures in hand. Harry Truman rose, grinning,...

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