CONFERENCES: In the Shadow of Ai-Dagh

0, geeminy, what a stir there is! What a calling of meetings! What an appointing of committees! What a furbishing up of swallowtail coats!

Such was Yalta when the late, great Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his party of Yankee innocents abroad arrived to visit Tsar Alexander II at his summer estate, Livadia. In the same expanse of gardens and palaces, Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill had their second meeting. Clemens said of the setting:

"The little village of Yalta nestles at the foot of an amphitheatre which slopes backwards and upwards to the...

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