Newspapers and magazines thrive on big news, but we’d just as soon it didn’t break late Wednesday. At 2 P.M. on deadline day for this issue we had a nicely polished editorial ready for print in which we urged the Vice-President to resign in the national interest if the legal proceedings were going to drag on for months or years. And at 2:15 we had an obsolete editorial and a page to rethink.

As Halloween rolls around this year, the evil spirits about us are less of a joke. Not only do the overt trappings of the occult seem more obvious than ever, but there also is growing evidence that real sinister forces are hard at work, breaking down the moral fiber that has held our civilization together. The editorial beginning on page 44 recalls some other dark days in history and the potential they held.

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