Foreign News: A Column of Smoke

Some 20 months ago, a sleek new Comet jet-powered transport plane, the pride of the British Overseas Airways, took off from London Airport to inaugurate a new era of travel in which men could hurry about their business on the globe's shrinking surface at speeds close to eight miles a minute. One day last week, the same plane took off from Rome on the last leg of the now routine jet flight from Singapore to London. Aboard were 35 passengers and crewmen, including Australia's able historian of World War II, Chester Wilmot (The Struggle for Europe).

Half an hour later, an Italian...

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