RUSSIA: Tsarol Baubles

Seasoned correspondents who had viewed the crown jewels of the Romanovs with mild amaze cabled that they were "dazzled" last week when the Soviet Government finally placed on display the fabulous toys and baubles of the Tsars.

In a square whitewashed room, brooded over by a death-white plaster bust of Lenin, the toys were laid out on a long table covered with black velvet. Guards stood about, their uniforms utterly without pockets and buttoned tightly at the knees and wrists. As the correspondents filed in, a train 18 inches long was whirring around the table....

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