THE ADMINISTRATION: So Help Me God

As the Atomic Energy Commission got ready to take formal possession of the Army's Manhattan District on New Year's Day, Washington heard a story which well indicates the mood of the Gods of the Atomic Mountain.

When the commission met Nov. 13 for its lead-off inspection at the Oak Ridge plant, Chairman David Lilienthal did not quite know how to begin the proceedings. Finally, with determined offhandedness, he said: "Well, I guess we might as well start."

Solemnly & silently the commissioners looked at each other. Then Chairman Lilienthal cleared his throat and...

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