THE CAPITAL: Blossoms, Budget & Blizzard

More than 600,000 tourists swarmed into Washington to enjoy the esthetic pleasures of the Japanese cherry blossoms. Massachusetts' Republican Representative Edith Nourse Rogers, moved by the daffodils on her House Restaurant table, arose to exclaim: "They were like sunshine, and gladdened our eyes and hearts." The President of the U.S. could almost picture the jonquils around his Gettysburg farmhouse as he led the exodus for the three-day weekend that was the spring standard for official Washington.

On one day the Capitol grounds were redolent with the chicken being barbecued for Congressmen (among the...

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