Foreign News: Warning to Sweden

Sweden's bald, bushy-browed, Social Democratic Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson should have been bowling or playing bridge with Octogenarian King Gustav in the Royal Palace as was his wont. The recent elections had produced no surprises. The Government Coalition had lost moderately to the left, but had still received 94% of all the votes cast.

But Berlin had raised a Red scare. Sweden was "the principle stronghold of Bolshevism in Europe." Boomed Berlin's radio: "Bolshevism has been able to establish new bases in Sweden. . . . [This] will have to be carefully watched by European powers fighting the Bolshevik enemy."

Sweden's conservative...

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