THE NATION: The Rarest Emergency

For a few fleeting days of last week the thunder from Asia, Europe and the Middle East retired to quiet mutterings beyond the horizons. In the relative silence the U.S. heard—like the comfortable tickings of a grandfather clock—some of the nostalgic noises of old-fashioned normalcy.

The newspapers screamed the details of Manhattan's great $114,800 jewel robbery (see Crime). Reporters overreached themselves to get something funny out of groundhog day. In New Haven, Conn., a "beautiful blonde divorcee" was sued for $25,000 worth of alienated affections. Politics spun their plots and counterplots and...

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