Weiner: I would like to ask you...about an apparent gift of a bracelet to your wife, Barbara. The evidence was that that's a gift that took place in December of 1970...Can you tell us, sir, briefly, how that bracelet came about?
Mandel: At that time I was, of course, going to run for re-election...Sargent Shriver, who was then the ambassador to France, had made an announcement that he was coming back to Maryland and that he was seriously considering running...in the primary against me...
The newspapers, of course, were full of Sargent Shriver's candidacy and how this was going to be a very difficult election: I was going to have all kinds of problems...
One evening we were together at a function...Dale, Harry I think was there, our wives, all of us at this affair, and we got into a very arwid political discussion of its Sargent Shriver going to run or ins't be.
Weiner: Do you remember whether your wife, who was then Barbara,...participated in the disuccion?
Mandel: Yes, sir. We were all participating in it, Dale was of the opinion and so was I that he was going to definitely make a run because he had been visiting every political person in the state, asking for support...I said "Yes, I think he is"...The only dissenting voice was Barbara.
Shw said "He is not going to run." I laughed, Dale said, "Oh yes he is." They got into a back-and-forth discussion and finally at that point Dale said, "Well, if he doesn't run, it is going to be much easier campaign...if he doesn't run, we will buy you a bracelet."
Weiner: It turns out to have been a bet Mr. Hess shouldn't have made. It turned out, didn't it, that Sargent Shriver didn't run?
Mandel: He withdrew from the race not long after that and then the next time we saw Dale, Barbara asked him where was that bracelet...Dale would say..."You keep working hard and campaigning and I'm going to keep my promise."
And finally the election was over and I was re-elected, and shortly thereafter Dale said, "OK I'm going to keep my word."
Weiner: There was a...purchase [of $275 worth of clothes]...in December of 1970...Can you tell us how that came about?
Mandel: Yes, sir, Mr. Kovens saw me one day...-it was right before Christmans - and said. "Go into Herbie's [clothing store owner Herbert Alpert] and get a couple of suits." I didn't go in, I just called Herbie - he had the measurements- and told him to pick out a couple of suits and have them made for me...
Weiner: You knew from the outset...that it was a gift from Mr. Kovens?
Mandel: Yes, there was no question about that...He used to say. "If you're going to be governor, you have to look like one, and you sure don't...You have to understand Mr. Kovens, he loves to rib everybody. CAPTION:
Picture, Gov. Marvin Mandel is comforted by his defence attorney. Arnold Weiner, during a recess in yesterday's trial session. By George Eehin for The Washington Post