Desperately the Finns wanted peace. Last week they took desperate steps to get it.

In the grey-red House of Representatives, Finland's Eduskunta (parliament) met five times in one day. In its fifth fevered session it jolted stubborn, Russophobic President Risto Ryti out of office, gave his job to Finland's one indubitably strong man, stubborn, Russophobic Field Marshal Baron Carl Gustav Mannerheim.

Ryti & Co. had been war-dancing on dangerous ice since last June's sellout to the Nazis (TIME, July 10). The parliamentary pretext for Ryti's dismissal was a letter he wrote Hitler, promising...

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