CANADA: Sergeant Leonard

Eleven years ago in the Regina headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, big-nosed, big-eared Sergeant John Leonard clicked his spurs in his Inspector's office and was given an extraordinary order. Sergeant Leonard went home thoughtfully, put away his uniform. For several days he did not shave, did not wash. Then, calling himself "E. W. Esselwein," he appeared at the Communist headquarters in Regina and swore his devotion to the Red cause.

He ran errands, distributed pamphlets, drummed up recruits among the factories. Communists trusted E. W. Esselwein....

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