The loss of a friend, a desertion from his Cabinet, and finally a moment of deep happiness were combined in one of Dwight Eisenhower's best and worst weeks. Flying overnight to Washington from his Denver vacation headquarters, Ike spent a busy nine hours in conference with top advisers, accepting the resignation of Labor Secretary Durkin, and attending funeral services for his old bridge partner, Chief Justice Fred Vinson.

At the Vinson rites, the President had a tender embrace for Mrs. Vinson, a brief handshake for Harry Truman, who was also among the mourners....

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