Foreign News: Bigwigs Bagged

Into the Allied net swam the second biggest fish yet caught: smooth, grey Franz von Papen, 6 5-year-old ex-Chancellor, longtime instrument of German dagger diplomacy. Only Rudolf Hess, who had flopped up on the bank of his own accord, was a greater prize.

A U.S. patrol picked up Papen in the Ruhr. They found him dining alone in elegant splendor. He wore his accustomed knickerbockers (he is proud of his legs); on a couch rested a Tyrolean hat with a rakish feather. "There are no German soldiers here," he said in impeccable English. " I...

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