INTERNATIONAL: San Francisco Conference

Two Russians with plenty of money to spend bustled around San Francisco last week. They were eager to rent a 35-room furnished house for Andrei Gromyko & Co. during the Japanese peace treaty conference. They had already made a temporary reservation for the entire tenth floor of the St. Francis Hotel.

Bad Weatherman Gromyko, whose head pops out when storms impend, just as Jacob Malik sometimes emerges to indicate clearing skies, might thunder against the Japanese treaty but he could not prevent it. The State Department had drafted a tough set of procedural rules which forbid amendments, limit each delegation...

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