KOREA: Old Hero in a Walk

For the first time in their thousands of years of history, South Koreans last week elected a President by popular and secret ballot. President Syngman Rhee, 77, got 5,238,769 of the 7,000,000 votes cast, without making a speech. On election day, the old man went to the polls with his loyal wife, an Austrian woman 20 years his junior whom he met in Geneva in 1932, when he was fighting his country's battles in the League of Nations.

The only other candidate with any considerable following was Lee Bum Suk, who had served Rhee ruthlessly well as Home Minister, and...

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