KOREA: News from Never-Never Land

With sleepy-eyed cordiality Ed Pauley greeted the six U.S. correspondents who clambered aboard his train at Kaesong, a U.S.-occupied town just south of Korea's 38th parallel. The reporters poised pencils for a walloping exposé of conditions in the Soviet never-never land. But President Truman's special reparations representative just smiled his warmest smile, and, like a well-behaved guest, paid the kindest compliments to the Russians who had been his hosts for five days.

His trip had been "well planned." He had seen 60% of the zone's heavy industry, "speaking in terms of value," and had found it reasonably intact. He had received...