Few weeks ago London's famed Bow Street Police Court had its first day in living memory without a single charge booked. It may have been due to the accident that all the crooks were temporarily quarantined in bomb shelters. But there was unquestionably some connection between London's high wartime morale and London's unprecedented crimelessness.

Lately reports on morale have been less enthusiastic. In grim, off-the-record speeches, British correspondents have warned Americans that it's all very well to cheer undoubted British heroism, but that the British can't be expected to take it forever.

Last week, tagging along like a sinister shadow, came...

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