THE PRESIDENCY: Return of Welles

Last week the Conte di Savoia brought Sumner Welles back to Manhattan from his 41-day mission to Europe. Ship-news reporters found the Under Secretary of State cold, erect, impenetrable as usual, impeccable in a double-breasted blue suit with a navy-blue tie on his soft-collared white shirt, holding a blue chesterfield overcoat and Homburg hat.

If looking and listening could do it, in those 41 days Sumner Welles had become the best-informed man in the world on the world's biggest problem—World War II. By special train, airplane and steamer he had covered 14,000...

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