FOREIGN RELATIONS: House in the Country

Residents of Long Island's fashionable North Shore have been watching Killenworth—the late George Dupont Pratt's fabulous 52-room country house—with jaundiced eyes ever since the Soviet Purchasing Commission bought it in 1946. When the Russians rimmed its 37 acres of lawns with barbed wire, set up playground equipment and converted it into a recreation center, nearby estate owners fairly gobbled with indignation.

The Russians blandly ignored their capitalistic neighbors. This summer, however, the Russians took a more conciliatory tone, and asked the State Department to intercede with local authorities about the $14,000...

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