THE NATION: Letter from a Friend

Among British correspondents in the U.S., the London News Chronicle's sallow, serious Robert Waithman was outstanding for his enthusiasm. He liked America, knew more about it than most natives, wrote sympathetically of its powers, fevers, and weaknesses.

Called home after eight years to write a News Chronicle column on British affairs, Bob Waithman published an open letter to Stuart Gelder, his successor on this side of the Atlantic. Said Waithman:

"[You will find in New York that] what the advance advertising did not mention was the ugliness of the fire escapes ... or the noise and grime and smell of the subways,...

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