Up rose Kansas' florid-faced Senator Clyde Reed, 72, ranking Republican on the Post Office Committee, to demand how it was that private letters were read on the floor of Congress. He referred to the violet-scented correspondence between greying, blue-eyed Vivien Kellems, the Connecticut manufacturess of cable grips, and Count Frederick von Zedlitz, a Nazi engineer in Argentina. The letters had been read into the Congressional Record fortnight ago by Washington's New Dealing John M. Coffee (TIME, April 10).

Clyde Reed well knew, as did all Washington, how the personal letters had become public. As a regular part of its work,...

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