The White House staff bristled warily when Harold Stassen telephoned to ask for an appointment with the President. The deep, dark, staff-level suspicion: Childe Harold might be looking for a chance to resign from his job as Disarmament Adviser and claim martyrdom in his lonely campaign to pit Massachusetts Governor Christian Herter against Dick Nixon for the Republican vice-presidential nomination (TIME, Aug. 6). Back went a call to Stassen: Just what did he have in mind? Replied Harold: he wanted the President's permission to take a month's leave to expand his pro-Herter activities. With a sigh of relief the...

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