National Affairs: Plum

If shaking the tree would help, long-overripe Generalissimo Francisco Franco of Spain was surely due to fall with the frosts.

As the plum-plump dictator approached his ninth anniversary as Chief of the Spanish State, the tree was shaken vigorously at a typically spectacular rally in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. There Russian anger and British impatience with the lingering Fascist regime were semi-officially proclaimed. Cried Nikolai Novikov, Soviet charge d'affaires in the U.S.: "The peoples of the Soviet Union hope that General Franco, this hireling of Hitler and Mussolini, will receive what is coming to him and his regime of Fascist dictatorship will...

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