WOMEN: An Oyster for Perle

For Perle Mesta the call of duty sounded last week above the merry tinkle of cocktail glasses and the clatter of knives & forks. President Truman named his favorite partygiver and Washington's No. 1 hostess to be the first U.S. Minister to the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (pop. 300,000).

Mrs. Mesta, well-heeled oil and machine-tool heiress (TIME, March 14), raised Democratic campaign funds and stuck by Harry Truman last year when the canapes were scarce in Democratic circles. But she really hadn't expected any reward, she said, "not one single thing." "It...

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