THE HEARINGS: Witnesses to a Spreading Stain

Sam Ervin pounded his gavel for the last time at 4:45 in the afternoon and then, after a round of handshakes and picture taking, he took the gavel with him as he departed for a surprise party to celebrate Herman E. Talmadge's 60th birthday. After 37 days, 33 witnesses, 7,573 pages of transcript and nearly 2,000,000 words of testimony, just about everybody felt it was time for a rest.

In its final week before the month-long recess, the committee heard testimony from three men who, until a few months ago, were the nation's...

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