December's early twilight had barely
faded one chill evening last week, when the President of the U.S. and
his wife arrived on the Ellipse south of the White House. The Marine
Band and a red-robed choir were raising the strains of the Hallelujah
Chorus for a gathering crowd as the President made his way to a stage
near the national Christmas tree, a 67-ft. balsam fir. Dwight
Eisenhower removed his overcoat, stood bareheaded in the night air and
gave his Christmas greetings to the world.
This Christmas, said the President, "the drums of war are still. In
their silence, after...
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