One international mystery was still publicly unsolved: why had the Russians withdrawn from the International Civil Aviation Conference in Chicago at the last minute? Russia had announced that it was because Spain, Portugal and Switzerland had been invited (TIME, Nov. 6). The six Russian delegates, who had reached Winnipeg en route to Chicago last week climbed into their plane again, flew back to Russia without touching U.S. soil. From informed Washington sources close to the Russians, some light was shed by this frank explanation of the Russian position:

"There is no hope...

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