CONFERENCES: The Trouble with Horned Toads

Sweltering Paris was deserted except for the Boy Scouts, who were holding their first Jamboree (see EDUCATION) since the war, and the economists, who were trying to implement the "Marshall approach." The Scouts got on fine; their favorite pastime was the barter of their various treasures—scouting insignia, penknives, hats, fountain pens, a flute, a flock of horned toads (brought by delegates from Texas). Essentially, the economists from 16 European nations were engaged in the same activity.

The Hothouse. The Norwegians wanted textiles, offered timber and wood pulp in exchange. Belgium wanted wheat for plate glass. Italy wanted metals for fruit...

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