SWEDEN: Merry Dr. Schmidt

Dr. Paul Schmidt of the German Foreign Office was most cordial to the Stockholm newspapermen. He had enjoyed his usual hearty lunch and washed it down with perhaps a little too much good Swedish beer. He beckoned the newsmen close. Because of the "advanced stage" of Swedish-German relations and the "various rumors" that Germany was going to invade Sweden, Herr Schmidt was going to release a secret.

"I now have been informed, strictly confidentially," he said, "that Sweden is occupied by German troops since yesterday." Newsmen gulped, departed, began telephoning frantically for details. When they were gone, Herr Schmidt roared with...

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