Cigarettes and chitchat, it was agreed at a White House staff conference, can spoil the efficiency of any office. Out went the word to the 49 typists, stenographers, receptionists, filing clerks, etc. under the over-all eye of Presidential Assistant Sherman Adams: no smoke & gossip sessions when on the job in the White House.

Newsmen quickly pounced on Press Secretary Jim Hagerty and asked him to explain the new rule.

Q. Do the secretaries smoke at their desks?

A. Yes.

Q. They do?

A. Yes . . . There is nothing mysterious about it. It's just that they don't like any of us to...

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