National Affairs: Knitting

A witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee, meeting in Seattle last week, charged that Eugene V. Dennett was a member of the Communist Party until he was expelled in 1947 as a Trotskyite. The same year, Dennett told reporters, he took up knitting on a dare from his wife.

When Steelworker Dennett took the witness stand, he picked up his needles and, with tight-lipped concentration, knitted at a purple and gold stole. He said that he is not now a Communist Party member, declined, under the Fifth Amendment, to say if he had ever been a Communist, and tugged at the...

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