CONFERENCES: Four Men on a Horse

At one point of the Moscow proceedings last week, Ernie Bevin sighed and asked helplessly: "Where are we?" Said France's Bidault: "God knows." Cracked Bevin: "I didn't know He was a member of the Council."

Obviously, He was not. The godforsaken conference at last got down to brass tacks (thanks largely to George Marshall's drive). But it did not get down to anything like agreement. No sooner had the Ministers tackled the most important points of the German question (reparations, economic and political unification) than the U.S. and Russia—in almost so many words—called each other a couple of horse thieves.

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