Science: Fiber Zibethicus

The rains returned, the rivers rose again, and the dikes and bridges, barns, houses and fields of grain in fat Czecho-Slovakia and lower Hungary continued to be inundated and swept away during a fourth week of natural catastrophe (TIME, July 19, INTERNATIONAL). Farmers pled piteously with their governments to "do something." Peasants cursed and blamed the ill-omened new radio stations. Governments lamented, spoke dolefully of sunspots as the cause of disastrous weather. Afflicted mankind was miserable. . . .

But in secret places under Central Europe's dikes, slipping quietly through the floods out...

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