PERIPATETICS: Vanishing Act

"Whatever became of that fellow Noel Field, and that girl he married?"

For years this casual question got casual answers: the Fields did not seem to be leading very remarkable lives. Last week the question led the U.S. Department of State down misty avenues to a dead end of mystery.

Harmonious Feeling. Lean, long-legged Noel Haviland Field was born in London of an English mother and an American father. In 1920 he came to the U.S. with his German wife Herta, went to Harvard. In the early '30s he worked for the State Department's Western European section. In 1936 he switched...

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