Last week the continued story of Sumner Welles's mission to Europe was no match for dramatic, high-pressure, Russian-Finnish peace moves in the Baltic (see p. 19). Only the U. S. State Department knew how deeply the U. S. was involved in those moves; officially the U. S. had neither asked nor been asked to mediate. Said White House Spokesman Steve Early, defining the attitude of President Roosevelt: "He didn't close any door, but he didn't open any door either."

In Moscow, Ambassador Laurence A. Steinhardt opened the door of the U. S....

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