It was a moment of extraordinary crisis for the White House police officer. Waiting for President Eisenhower to greet them in the Rose Garden, two of the 416 delegates to the 36th annual conference of the Junior Leagues of America had got the flowers of their spring hats tangled together. There they stood, like two stag elks with antlers interlocked, while the red-faced officer gingerly but successfully untangled them.

A few minutes later the Junior Leaguers added another fascinating episode to White House history. As they trooped into the Blue Room to shake hands with Mamie Eisenhower, a staffer told...

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