THE CAPITAL: Let 'em Eat Garlic

When Martha Rountree beckons, big people in Washington come arunning. As mistress of ceremonies of the television show Meet the Press, Florida-born, belle-like Martha controls a precious segment of Sunday evening air for which politicians yearn as the hart panteth after the water-brooks. Last week Martha had a party, the gaudiest since Marie Antoinette opened at the Trianon, or at least since the night when a foreign ingredient got into Mrs. Murphy's chowder.

The occasion was the first anniversary of Martha's marriage to Oliver Presbrey, a New York advertising executive. Millionaire Clendenin Ryan,...

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