Finnish-Russian peace negotiations were still in the never-never stage of rumor and 'hind-scenes talk. One fact was known: the Finnish Government still refused to accept Russian terms which—to everybody but the Finns—had seemed surprisingly mild.

A supposition abroad had been that the Finnish people, yearning for peace, were kept in the war solely by Nazi pressure and the duplicity of their Russophobic Government. Last week TIME Correspondent John Scott, visiting Helsinki, found evidence that this idea was wishful nonsense. Finland's Nazi allies had indeed brought pressure; the Helsinki Government had indeed been stubborn. But the war also had popular backing; Finns in...

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