DEMOCRATS: Acres of Folks

As the "Presidential Special" rolled back to Washington, its cargo of frazzled newsmen were frankly horrified at Harry Truman's endless cheerfulness and energy. Despite a sore throat and his 64 years he leaped out of bed at 5 every morning, apparently unable to wait for another exhausting day.

One morning an aide caught him in the act of taking a brisk, two-mile walk. Between breakfast and midnight that day, Harry Truman traveled 500 miles by train, 141 by automobile and bus, made 15 speeches in 15 different towns, changed his clothes eight times and met 250 politicians, labor leaders and...

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