Nation: On the Receiving End

In the give-and-take of partisan politics, New York's tart-tongued G.O.P. vice-presidential candidate, Bill Miller, usually gives a lot more than he gets. But last week, as Miller swept along a 4,931-mile trail through Indiana, Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Colorado, he found himself on the receiving end for a change, fending off a spate of charges.

No Secret? One was leveled by Mississippi's former Democratic Congressman Frank Smith. In 1951 or 1952, Smith said, Miller offered to get him a $350-to-$500 monthly "public relations" retainer from a...

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