Chapter Ten WASHINGTON PARTIES ARE SERIOUS AFFAIRS

IT IS TRUE THAT SOCIAL LIFE IN WASHINGton frequently influences the business of government--seldom in a sinister way, but in the manner of congenial friends meeting often who like to do favors for each other. Therefore it is usually important to entertain and be entertained by people in influential positions, if you want to succeed in politics.

Although the average newspaperman and his wife are not usually invited to diplomatic parties, chiefs of newspaper bureaus and columnists are often included. When Ray and I first began to see the inside of some of those magnificent houses on Sixteenth Street or on Massachusetts Avenue, where Ambassadors and Ministers from foreign countries live, work and entertain, I could not feel at home or at ease. These fabulous houses are beautiful and filled with old world treasures. I hated the dull, stilted protocol that went with dinners and luncheons. My excuse to myself for slackness in social duties was that we held no official position, were just plain midwestern newspaper people and could add no

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