OVERTIME: "And thus the whirligig of TIME brings in his revenges." Shakespeare.
Censure upon Censure
This week Utah's Republican Senator
Wallace Bennett took up where the Wat-
kins committee left off and authored a
resolution proposing the censure of Joe
McCarthy for behavior in the very recent
past. The Bennett resolution said that
Joe's reference to the Watkins committee
as a Communist "handmaiden" and his
description of the Senate censure debate
as a "lynch bee" were "contrary to good
morals and senatorial ethics and tend
to bring the Senate into dishonor and
disrepute, to obstruct the constitutional
processes of the Senate and to impair its dignity." Bennett's conclusion:
"Such conduct is hereby condemned,
and the Senator from Wisconsin is therefore censured."
Such a resolution, coming from a
strongly conservative Senator, was a setback to the hopes of Joe's hard-core
Senate followers, whose latest gambit had
been to promote talk that McCarthy, if
censured, might bolt the G.O.P. to head a
third party in 1956. Joe's scramble for
martyrdom and his appeal over the Senate
to the people were cited as evidence of
the walkout possibility. It was fairly obvious that Wallace Bennett was one Republican who held scant fear about Joe's
Not to be discouraged by resolutions
from Bennett or anybody else were the
Ten Million Americans Mobilizing for
Justice (Time, Nov. 29), whose efforts on
Joe's behalf continued apace. Last week
T.M.A.M.J. announced that it would take
some ten days for a Manhattan accounting
firm to tally the names on anti-censure
petitions. Boys of grade-school age waved
the Ten Million's petitions on New York
sidewalks, and a Catholic parent wrote
New York's Cardinal Spellman complaining that a nun in a Tuckahoe parochial
school was soliciting signatures from fifth-
Counter-petition groups also began to
appear, e.g., the League of Twenty Million Americans for the Censure of McCarthy, started in Palmer. Mass. by Mrs.
Winifred Swanson. a 30-year-old housewife who had never before belonged to
anything but a sewing circle.
But the man who headed the Select
Senate Committee that recommended censure was not to be swayed by the hue and
cry of either the Ten Million or the
Twenty Million. Said Utah's Republican
Senator Arthur Watkins: Joe's censure
should be decided by facts, not by a
nationwide counting of noses.
Ordeal of Living
Early one frosty, sunny morning at
Lcwisburg, Pa. last week, a mother led
her 13-year-old son into the Federal Penitentiary's Administration Building. She
went up to a handsome. 50-year-old man
who kissed her and said: "Priscilla." Wrapping his arms around the boy, the man
greeted him with a "Hiya, Tony." Then
I'riscilla. .Anthony and Alger Hiss walked
out the door into the sunlight.
After serving three years, eight months
and five days in prison for perjury. Alger
Hiss was paroled (until next September).
Outside the prison a throng of more than
70 newsmen surged around him as he
intoned his careful words: "I am very glad
to use this chance—the first I have had in
nearly four years—to reassert my complete innocence of the charges that were
brought against me by Whit taker Chambers ... I have had to wait in silence
while, in my absence, a myth has been
developed. I hope that the return of the
mere man will help to dispel the myth
... I shall renew my efforts to dispel the
deception that has been foisted on the
American people." He said he hoped to
"allay" the "fear and hysteria of these
times." Asked if he planned to write a
book, he replied: "I certainly intend to
do some writing." A box wrapped in
Manila paper, said to contain Hiss's notes
and papers, was loaded into a red Chevrolet convertible. Then, with his family and
two lawyers, Hiss drove off in the red
convertible to freedom.
In New York City, Hiss will live in
a third-floor Greenwich Village walkup
apartment that his wife and son have
called home. While on parole, he must
avoid "evil companions" and report his
activities monthly to a parole officer. Confined to New York's Southern District, he
may travel upstate almost to Albany, but
not to Brooklyn or New Jersey. Being
disbarred, he may no longer practice law.
The outlook for Hiss was the subject
of some reflection by Whittaker Chambers.
On his Maryland farm, where he is also
doing some writing, Chambers, who is
now much thinner than he was before
his two major heart attacks in the last
two years, observed: "Alger Hiss will
be passing from the ordeal of prison to
the ordeal of daily living, which may "el
prove more trying. Hiss is approachM
the most difficult moment of his life-
Next day, a reporter relayed this though'
to Hiss as he arrived at his Greenvrifl
Village home. Asked Hiss tersely: "W|
that his hope or a statement?"
When another reporter appeared at t^
Chambers farm. Esther Chambers &
him down in front of the kitchen firepl^
to wait while Chambers went to his typl
writer, put a piece of yellow paper in I
and wrote: "The saddest single fact*
about the Hiss case is that nobody c3fi
change the facts as they are know*
Neither Alger Hiss nor I, however muc
we might wish to do so, can change the*
facts. They are there forever. That is v*
inherent tragedy of this case."
Death Among Thieves
The Federal Penitentiary at LewisbuJ
Pa., sometimes called "the country c\w\
is also a rough place, the scene of seV ^
recent beatings and sluggings and j
home of several gangland veterans 0'
1952 riot at the Chillicothe, Ohio pris°J
Last week one, or two. or three Lewisbj
inmates crept into a third-floor, four-m
cell and swung a brick in a knotted w||J
sock down on the head of a sleeping ma
The victim: William Walter RemingWj
B.A.. Phi Beta Kappa (Dartmouth I, >•"
(Columbia), and convicted perjurer. ,
After the attack. Remington crawl
down a flight of steps, was found by •
guard on the second-floor landing. 0*1
and bleeding. In the prison hospital
tried to speak, but the words would 1
come. Next day, a surgeon operated to
move chips of bone and relieve Pre5"-
on the brain from skull fractures. Si** .
hours later, Bill Remington died. ,
Promptly the FBI arrested I
thieves, charging them with murder.
accused: George Junior McCoy, 34'
TONY, Alger & PxisciLLA Hiss
From an old acquaintance, a prediction.
TIME, DECEMBER 6, 1954
"TIME cannot bend the line." Tho\
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