National Affairs: Adam's Fall

"Let's put it this way", said California's Democratic Representative Harry Sheppard last week. "The patronage committee is charged with taking care of Democrats. Period." Sheppard was explaining the action, just completed, of the House Democratic Patronage Committee in firing a Negro employee of the House post office and a Negro member of the Capitol police force. Cause for dismissal: both had received their appointments through New York's Democratic Representative Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a Negro who supported Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President because of his civil-rights record.

But if Powell was no longer...

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