THE NATIONS: Obstacle Race

All through the Foreign Ministers' conference Jimmy Byrnes had set the pace. When the bruises from the same old obstacles round the same old course became too painfully familiar last week, he urged a recess to June 15. His equally battered colleagues agreed. Next day, as the adjournment meeting droned to a close, Byrnes made another move. "Gentlemen," he said, "I propose we go to the bar." Replied Viacheslav Molotov: "It will be the only proposal of the conference which was immediately and unanimously adopted."

The Four and their advisers then went and...

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