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nomination in '60. I thought this was a great mistake because I think what you're going to do should be a matter of conjecture and you should be able to decide yourself what you're goingto do later. At any rate, Finletter had more influence than I did in this matter, and his position prevailed.

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, just as a kind of footnote: I've often wondered what kind of condolences one uses at a gathering on the evening of an election when the candidate is defeated. What do you say?

Lasker:

There really is nothing to say. You just have to feel sympathetic.

The night after the defeat Mrs. Dick gave a dinner at her house in Lake Forrest, and Florence Mahoney and I went with Bill Blair to visit his parents' home and its wonderful indoor tennis court, a very chic and beautiful court trimmed with ivy, and to see his brother who was a very imporant businessman in Chicago. Bill Blair said to his brother, who's a Republican, “We're just passing by on our way to a Democratic rally.” This seemed terribly funny at the time that we were in the depths of despair and defeat.

After that Florence Mahoney and I went to stay at Libertyville for a day or two, where there was also Mrs. Ives, Stevenson's sister, and Mrs. Tree came for a day or so. I remember that Harrison Salisbury was the only important newspaperman who was around. When you think that he'd been followed by maybe



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