THE NATION: The Seldom-Fire

The deadly prattle of machine guns fell silent, like an embarrassed gap in conversation. On Korea's freezing hillsides, U.N. soldiers smoked casually in the open and talked of home. On the 3rd Division's front (see WAR IN ASIA), a lieutenant told his men: "There has been an order for a ceasefire, men. Did you get that? A cease-fire." A front-line Associated Press dispatch from Korea reported: "Orders from the highest source, possibly from the White House itself, brought the ground fighting to a complete, if temporary, halt."

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