GERMANY: Nitrates, Astronomy

Bold barons of finance afloat on a huge white yacht. Big names: Sir Alfred Mond "Biggest British Chemist," Irénée du Pont, and many another. Germans the hosts. Secret talk about nitrates. The yacht steams down the blue Adriatic from Venice to Corfu and returns. Meanwhile banqueting to tempt Lucullus. Scuppers running with champagne. But always more and more earnest talk of nitrates. The whole junket an achievement in making pleasure implicit with business. . . .

Press despatches to the above effect, last week, were exaggerations, but not essentially untrue. The key hyperbole...

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