Foreign News: Heather and Steel

The longest name on the British Navy list is that of Admiral the Hon. Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. His friends call him "Old Plunk." In 1914, when he was a young Commander, he accompanied Rear-Admiral (later Admiral of the Fleet, Earl) Beatty on a military mission to the late Tsar Nicholas II—as a step in desperate preparation for World War I, which broke out a few weeks later. Last week, now one of Britain's wisest naval strategists, he set out for Moscow again—in a desperate effort to stave off World War II.

Sailing with Sir Reginald on the specially chartered...

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