RADICALS: You Americans . . .

When famed Communist-line Physicist Irène Joliot-Curie arrived from France a fortnight ago, her overnight detention on Ellis Island stirred many a U.S. citizen to protest (TIME, March 29). News of her arrival also stirred the memory of French Expert Adele Starbird, dean of women at St. Louis' Washington University. In her St. Louis Star-Times column last week, Dean Starbird recalled a 1946 interview with Mme. Joliot-Curie in Paris. Some Curie-isms:

"We were kind enough to think that you were merely stupid after the first world war. But really, our charity can scarcely extend so far in the present situation. ....

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