To hear Donald S. Dawson tell it, his record was as clean as the fur of a royal pastel mink. But Arkansas' Democratic Senator J. William Fulbright thought he detected some spots on the pelt.

Dawson, 42, President Truman's patronage assistant, last week finally showed up before the Fulbright subcommittee to explain his connections with influence peddlers and RFC loans. The subcommittee, which had waited for eleven weeks while Dawson considered its invitation to testify, had its questions all ready. Dawson had his answers ready, too, and most of them began, "Yes,...

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