THE CONGRESS: Author, Author!

Churning through the records of the foundering Lustron Corp., reporters in Columbus, Ohio last week made a headline-making discovery about a man who had been busy putting other people into the headlines. Among the books and papers filed in a U.S. district court was a photostatic copy of a canceled check for $10,000. It was made out to Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, the spy hunter.

The check was Lustron's payment to Joe McCarthy for a plunge into letters—a 10,000-word article on housing legislation written during Republican McCarthy's term as vice chairman of the 80th Congress' joint Housing Committee. It was...

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