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Two events promised to enliven the U.N.'s opening session at Lake Success (L.I.): 1) Russia's stern-faced Delegate Andrei Gromyko had been caught smiling (see cut); 2) after a 5,500-mile journey, the Mongol delegates had arrived. The cause of Gromyko's smile: U.S. comic strips. Occasion of the Mongols' visit: the question of Outer Mongolia's admission (together with Albania, Portugal, Eire, Iceland, Sweden, Afghanistan and Trans-Jordan) to the U.N. Result (after a stormy exchange between U.S. Delegate Herschel Vespasian Johnson and an unsmiling Gromyko) : three admissions (Afghanistan, Sweden, Iceland); the rest were rejected.

There was one other achievement: during the verbal storm...

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