GREECE: The Dripping Dagger

In Athens' swank Grande Bretagne Hotel, someone slipped a note under the door of the suite occupied by Lieut. General James A. Van Fleet, the U.S. commander in Greece. The note appeared to have been written in blood. It bore the crudely lettered words, "Tomorrow you die," and a picture of a blood-dripping dagger.

Athens was already nervous because of a renewed flurry of Communist sabotage. Some unguarded telephone stations had been blown up, and Communist pamphlets were attacking the new government, U.S. aid, and—most venomously—General Van Fleet, who was referred to as "Murderer Van Flit." Towering, husky Van Fleet, who...

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