Sad-eyed and forlorn, a high official of the U.S. Government shuffled into the Senate cafeteria on the ground floor of the Capitol one day last week. He had visited several Senators' offices on important national business that morning, but not one of them had invited him to lunch. In the crowded cafeteria, amid the laughing, chattering Senators and their guests, he was utterly alone. Nobody spoke to him, nobody noticed him.

Clutching his tray, he wandered to a table near the wall and sat down to eat, still alone. When, at long last, a chance passer-by said hello to him,...

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