THE CONGRESS: The Prelude of the 83rd

As the new U.S. Senate tuned up last week, the old wit on the rostrum seemed to be stealing the show. Alben Barkley swore in the new and re-elected members with chuckles and flourishes, and cautioned one & all: "Be sure and sign the payroll." When the only woman Senator, Maine's Republican Margaret Chase Smith, appeared with her new colleague, former Governor Frederick G. Payne, Alben Barkley sweepingly kissed her hand as the galleries cheered. The old (75) Veep was having a fine time.

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