The First Big Push

It was 7 o'clock Saturday night—1a.m. Sunday in Algiers. The newsmen who cover the White House were at ease, having dinner at home, drinking cocktails at the Press Club. The United Press was throwing a party for a departing desk man.

Suddenly the White House switchboard went into action. Out to the scattered newsmen went a warning: stand by at the pressroom for news. Back to the White House, from home and bar and party, the newsmen scurried. They gathered outside Secretary Stephen Early's office, to whisper, wait and wonder.

They did not have to wait long. At 9 o'clock—3 a.m. on...