Foreign News: Ishbel's Tinker

A telephone jangled sharply one morning last week in the redbrick, large-timbered, weather-beaten Plow Inn at Speen, Bucks., a little village nestling among the Chiltern Hills. "It's from London," someone cautioned, and the early customers waited expectantly. "Well, we've done it," giggled a feminine voice from the London end. "They've done it!" shouted the bartender. No explanation was needed for the pub's regular customers. "They" meant the owner of the Plow, plain-featured, 35-year-old Ishbel Allen MacDonald, daughter of the late longtime Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald, and her fiancé of two...