The Nation: A Long Way from Runnymede

Wayne Hays was unavoidably detained, but nearly a score of other Congressmen made the trip to London, and so, after suitable ceremonies, Magna Carta reached America's shores last week. Actually, the huge Capitol Hill contingent returned to Washington with a gold facsimile ten days before the document itself was flown over.

The original Magna Carta has dis appeared, but the document that will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda for the next year is the first of four copies signed by a reluctant King John at Runnymede in 1215, granting personal and political freedoms to England's rebellious barons. The charter is...

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