"If nominated I will not accept; if elected I will not serve," wrote General William Tecumseh Sherman to the Republican convention of 1884, in the most emphatic, most widely quoted (and misquoted)* nolo episcopari on record. Last week Minnesota's outspoken Harold Stassen as emphatically announced his determination to win the Republican nomination in 1948. The formal Stassen bid, 18 months before convention time, was as unparalleled as General Sherman's brusque withdrawal.

At a press conference in Washington, Harold Stassen laid it on the line: "I am a candidate. I intend to develop...

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