By last week Russia and Japan were talking back & forth about a war as if such a conflict were as certain to come as this year's U. S. baseball season. Each side piously insisted that it would not start it but neither convincingly dissembled its itch for a "defensive fight."

War talk reached a new high in Moscow fortnight ago when Dictator Stalin told the 17th Russian Communist Party Congress: "Those who attack us will get such a decisive blow that they will learn to keep their swinish snouts out of our potato...

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