Letters, Nov. 9, 1953

Bad Old Days Are Here Again

Sir: The sign in the Liquor & Tobacco Shop in Moscow [News in Pictures — Oct. IQ] also reads Priem posudy proisvoditsa vo dvore, which, freely translated, means that the "empties are picked up in the backyard." . . .

The fact that the sign also warns that the place is closed on Tuesday reflects the probability that the joint is overcrowded on Sunday, attended by drunks on Monday who must sober up and who collect strength on Tuesday to start it all over again on Wednesday. This is an encouraging sign. It was so in the...

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