The Press: Sniffer & Digger

As he sat down to breakfast one day last week, the New York Herald Tribune's Jack Steele was confronted by his six-year-old son waving a Washington Post. "Daddy," he asked, "what's this woman doing with a gun?" The woman on the front page was Flo Bratten, secretary to Veep Alben Barkley, dressed in her outfit as an honorary Kentucky deputy sheriff, and the gun she held was pointed straight at the reader. Steele grinned; Flo Bratten had reason to draw a bead on him. He had just broken the story of how Mrs. Bratten and Charles Shaver, counsel for the Senate...

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