MACARTHUR HEARING: Impatient Audience

The dramatic thunder & lightning of the big MacArthur hearing had settled into a steady drizzle of repetitious questions and patient, repetitive answers. Testimony scudded close to the million-word mark, and there were still any number of witnesses and weeks of hearings to come. Crowds had thinned. The big Senate caucus room was no longer needed—the Senators moved the show into a smaller committee room.

It was Republican Charles Tobey of New Hampshire who found the drizzle most monotonous. "I am impressed," cried he in soap-opera tremolo, "with the futility of much that is going on here . ....

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