Foreign News: Don't Laugh, Clown!

Into the tanbark of the Moscow Circus rolled a huge papier-maché head with bulbous nose, watery blue eyes and a patch of wispy hair made of brambles. This, explained Russia's famed Magician Kio, was the head of the U.S. To show his audience what went on inside the head, Kio unscrewed the top. In jumped a masked gunman in evening clothes (U.S. literature), a Western badman (Hollywood), two fat chorus girls (the U.S. theater) and three dwarfs (the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, a slanderer of the U.S.S.R.).

When all the characters were safely in side, Kio carefully screwed down the top....

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