National Affairs: Prodigious Protocol

George Thomas Summerlin, 67, an urbane West Pointer from Louisiana who rolls his own cigarets, rested last week in Washington after mighty labors. So did Colonel Edward W. Starling. The former as chief of the State Department's Division of Protocol, the latter as chief of the White House detail of Secret Service, are explicitly responsible for the safety of Their Majesties George VI & Elizabeth during their visit to the U. S. this week.

Mr. Summerlin's responsibilities begin when the royal train crosses the international boundary from Canada shortly before midnight Wednesday. They...

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