THE NATIONS: Temperature Down

The fever chart of Big Power relations looked better last week. In Germany especially, distrust subsided. The conquerors were learning more about one another. They seldom liked what they learned, but unpleasant knowledge was less harmful than febrile suspicion.

Steel and Friendship. U.S. Economist Calvin Hoover's recent recommendation that Germany be allowed to keep much of her heavy industry had an unexpected effect. When the U.S. press denounced the Hoover report, the Russians realized the extent of U.S. sentiment for a "hard" peace. In the subsequent efforts to set a temporary level for annual German steel production, the Russians and Americans...

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