Men of good will and men with schemes to push pondered last week the riddle of the bear that walks like a man. From the wintry fastness of the Russian plain, the bear had reached out to gash a friend. Moscow's Pravda, highest official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, detonated a seven-day wonder by accusing British "personalities" (or "officials": translations varied) of talking peace with Hitler's Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.

First Blood. Whatever Pravda meant with its "rumor from Cairo," the consequences of publication and later broadcast were swift and frightening. The British Government presented its stern denial...

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