KANSAS: The Governor Bids a Slam

KANSAS The Governor Bids a Slam

George Docking, the genial, 53-year-old governor of Kansas, and his wife Virginia had just finished a rousing round of duplicate bridge and a lively tournament post-mortem of the play over coffee and ice cream in the Hotel Kansan snackshop, the Purple Cow. It was past midnight in Topeka as Democrat Docking paid the bill, escorted Virginia to his state-owned Cadillac outside, helped her into the car, slid into the driver's seat and purred off into the night.

The governor was in a purring mood—and the fact that he and Virginia...

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