As thunderclouds of difficulty so often do when "Europe's Smartest Little Statesman," Dr. Eduard Benes, arrives on the scene, the gathering storm of petty opposition among lesser Czechoslovak politicians to his election as President (TIME, Dec. 23) magically cleared on the great day last week. The local Nazis, Fascists and Extreme Rightists sulkily cast 76 blank ballots as the National Assembly polled. The Czech Agrarian Party threw away 24 more by voting for the only candidate who opposed Dr. Benes, a botanist-spellbinder named Bohumil Nemec. All other ballots, totaling 340, went to make President Benes.

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