When Dag Hammarskjold first heard the rumors five years ago that he might be the next Secretary-General of the U.N., his comment was: "Amused, but not interested."

Last week, as it came time to elect a Secretary-General for another five years beginning next April, Bachelor Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden was the only candidate for the world's most prestigious and lucrative ($55,000 a year taxfree) civil service job. Though the Russians had been peeved over his role in the U.N.'s handling of the Hungarian revolt, everyone acknowledged that this reticent and precise diplomatic technician,...

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