The Congress: Last Gasp

Disorganized, depressed, and debilitated, the Southern bloc in the Senate had faint hope of blocking the Administration-backed voting-rights bill. But last week, more for the record than anything else, the Southerners made their ritual try. The last-gasp effort was somehow symbolized by Mississippi's respected John Stennis, who had scarcely warmed to his subject when he clutched his throat, staggered slightly, fell into his seat. "Get me some water," he gasped to alarmed Senate aides. As it turned out, Stennis had suffered only a temporary throat spasm — a hazard of the trade — and soon recovered.

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