INVESTIGATIONS: A Charming Witness

Senators enjoy barking at witnesses much as mastiffs enjoy barking at treed cats. But when Mrs. Olga Konow of Forest Hills, N.Y. took the stand in the Senate's tanker investigation last week, the committee fell instantly into a state of trancelike gallantry. Improbable as it seemed, Mrs. Konow had arranged for the enormously profitable sale of three surplus tankers to United Tanker Corp.—a Chinese firm with a phony U.S. front, which subsequently delivered oil to the Chinese Reds. The Senators loved her.

It was not so much Mrs. Konow's looks —although she cut a striking figure with her prematurely grey...

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