Foreign News: Rheingoldbricks

Rheingold! Rarest gold!

How pure and bright once didst thou

beam on us!

For thee, O pure one, now we mourn.

Return the gold, O return the pure gold

to us! . . .

Now it is gone to the depths:

False and cowardly are those who laugh

now above!

—Wagner

The Russians last week wailed like so many wronged Rhine nymphs. The Central State Pawnshop of the Soviet Purchasing Commission had bought gold bullion in Berlin—50 million marks' worth of nice, shiny gold for the depleted Soviet treasury. Last week, a frantic message came from Moscow:...

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