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
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 Berlin50 million marks' worth of nice, shiny gold for the depleted Soviet treasury. Last week, a frantic message came from Moscow:...