Leathery, poker-faced U.S. Ambassador Alan G. Kirk, Admiral, U.S.N. (ret.), came home for a holiday visit from his Moscow post, where he had found himself a mariner becalmed in the eye of a hurricane. He slipped in quietly to see Harry Truman, reportedly told the President he could detect "absolutely no evidence" that Russia is about to start a war.

To reporters outside, he told how little evidence on any subject a diplomat in Moscow can see. He hadn't talked to Joe Stalin since he presented his credentials 16 months ago, he said. But he did manage to catch long-distance glimpses...

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