George Marshall had borne up well under the sustained pressure of his big jobs. He did not smoke, drank very little, took good care of himself. But last, summer, he found that he tired easily; he submitted to his first thorough physical checkup since Pearl Harbor. The doctors found cysts in one kidney. An operation would be necessary.

But despite the backaches he suffered, Old Soldier Marshall insisted upon postponing the surgery. He was afraid that it might affect the election, also he had a date at the United Nations meeting in Paris. Last week, home from Paris, he finally took...

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