THE CONGRESS: Death of a Jovial Guy

When Maryland Representative William O. Mills joined his congressional colleagues for a formal picture-taking session last week he seemed not at all troubled. Those who sat near him that day said he laughed and joked, much as he usually did. The next day, however, Mills was found sprawled in the doorway of a barn about a mile from his home in Easton. A 12-gauge shotgun lay on the floor near by. Mills had been shot once in the chest, an apparent suicide at the age of 48.

The death came only five days after the General Accounting Office disclosed that...

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