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Alaska's three prospective congressmen

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Accompanying news item: Alaska's three prospective congressmen, shown with optimistic car sticker, are (from left), Senator-elect Ernest Gruening, Representative-elect Ralph Rivers, and Senator-elect William Egan. The women are Mrs. Rivers (left) and Mrs. Egan. They averaged 300 miles a day on trip from Fairbanks, used only snow tires with no chains, and drove in 60-below-zero temperatures.

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