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Magusson really turned on him like a tiger. Other
than this there was no discussion of the
funds for the Institutes and by about 7
o'clock at night the bill was passed and
we were relieved.
After that, what about the conference between the
House and the Senate? Would the Senate
take the trouble to resist the onslaught
from the House on the extra 10 million?
Could we get them to hold it, and when
would the conference be?
I went to see Bridges at his hideout office under
the dome of the Capitol, and he told me,
when I inquired, how he got all the work
done, that it was not only the work but
numerous family illnesses which wore him
out and he described them. His sister
had recently fallen off a stepladder and
broken a vertebra. Another sister,
frightened by this, had a heart attack.
His son had just announced, at 20 and
newly-drafted into the Army, that he was
going to be married. Bridges felt very
bedeviled by all these happenings, but
said that his wife told him that trouble
always came in threes, so it was
probably all over.
This did not work out, however, strangely enough.
After various false starts, the day for
the conference was set for the following
Monday at a time that Bridges had
requested, as I had begged him to be
present at the conference. Because, you
know, if there's no one strong for you
at the conference, you'll lose
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