OPINION: Chairman Carey's Chickens

Right at the start of their trip to Russia last October, the eleven-man C.I.O. delegation, headed by Secretary-Treasurer Jim Carey, failed to see things eye to eye. En route, in an unheated Paris hotel, one of the delegation's passionate Russophiles griped about the cold water for shaving. In Moscow's National Hotel, the same man thought any complaint about the cold water was Trotskyite sabotage.

Amid factory visits, ballet performances and vodka toasts, Chairman Carey's delegates twittered and taunted each other as stormily as Mother Carey's Chickens. Their visit to Russia lasted eight days. But it took 150 days for them...

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