International: An Airplane Named Cathay

At an airfield outside London last week a British Overseas Airways Stratocruiser stood waiting, bathed in floodlights. Prime Minister Clement Attlee, wearing a sprig of white heather in his lapel, told newsmen that he was "soberly optimistic" about the prospects of his forthcoming meeting with President Truman. Then the airplane, which bore the name Cathay, took off for Washington, carrying Attlee toward a conference which he hoped would prevent a war with Communist China. With him, the plane carried the hopes & fears of most of western Europe.

Within hours after President Truman's first statement on possible use of the atom bomb...

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