If Finland had won its war with Russia last winter, its hero would have been Red-hating Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim. As a loser its hero was stocky President Kyösti Kallio, who was so modest that he shunned interviews, who clicked his heels and bowed low before reporters, who wore a knife in his belt as most Finns do, and who, the war over, turned resolutely to the task of rebuilding his country.

Behind him was 36 years' experience for just such a job. When, peasant-born, sketchily schooled, he won his first Diet...

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