International: THE STORIES THEY TELL, Nov. 29, 1948

Here & there last week, as every week, men paused to chat and swap stories:

In Communist Prague, two trash collectors sat in a cafe on St. Wenceslaus Square and compared the grim past with the glorious present. "The worker's lot has improved enormously, of course," said one. "Just the same, before the revolution they promised us that in the future it would be the masters' turn to sweep the streets and collect the garbage. Now what happens? We are still doing the dirty work." The other took a long draught of his beer. "Ah," he replied at last, "you seem to...

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