In Moscow last week Communist comrades blinked in amazement at the madness of Americans. The fresh snow in the backyard of the famous Spiridonovskaya Palace was littered with new bathtubs and other plumbing fixtures. One of the handsomest houses in the city, it was built only a few years before the revolution by Spasso, a fur tycoon (soon afterward murdered by his son), and its plumbing, barely 25 years old, is among the most modern in Moscow. But those crazy Americans who rented it as a home for their Ambassador have to have still...

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