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Under Secretary of State Dean Acheson, speaking at Wesleyan University's commencement exercises this week, made the bluntest public statement on U.S.-Soviet relations yet made by a U.S. official. Acheson is due to retire to private law practice June 30; his speech was his valedictory. Excerpts:

"The basic, underlying, never-varying tradition of [our] republic is insistence upon . . . the worth of the individual. . . . It seems true in society, as in nature, that the greatest energy is created by releasing the power of the smallest unit. In one case, the individual; in the other case, the atom. . ....

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