Great Britain: Billets-Doux from Bertie

The third Earl Russell, whose grandfather was a Victorian Prime Minister, often acts as if he had inherited the job along with the family title. Since the Cuban crisis erupted last month, Bertrand Russell (family motto: Che Sara Sara) has been cabling, writing and calling world statesmen with such vim and volubility that the government in Whitehall has had trouble getting a word in edgewise.

From his home in the bleak Welsh town of Penrhyndeudraeth, the philosopher-peer sent Moscow a plea for moderation that prompted Khrushchev's first reaction to the U.S. Cuban blockade, hinting that a summit might be useful. Later,...

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