THE MOOD: Autumn in the Shade of Watergate

After the anguished and uncertain spring and summer of Watergate, there was something deceptively reassuring in the return to the familiar rhythms of September. For President, Vice President, for the nation, there was as yet no real surcease of crises; all the grave questions were yet to be satisfactorily answered and trust was yet to be restored. But the true American new year begins each autumn with the end of vacations, the recall to jobs and schools, fresh starts on the ordinary business of life, the re sumption of friendly routines.

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