Investigations: More Than an Accent

South Carolina's Democratic Senator J. Strom Thurmond looked across the witness table at Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, and asked: "What is the soh'ce of yo' policy?" Sylvester, who is from Montclair, N.J., was puzzled: "I beg your pardon?" Repeated Thurmond: "What is the soh'ce?" "The what?" "The soh'ce—s-o-u-r-c-e." "Oh, source," "Yes, soh'ce. Ah speak with a Southern accent."

Dark Hint. Before the U.S. Senate's Armed Services Subcommittee hearings on military "muzzling" (TIME, Feb. 2) had gone much farther last week, it was apparent that Strom Thurmond and...

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