COMMUNISTS: Unfair Surprise

In the marbled corridor off the pressroom one morning last week, newsmen surrounded blocky Frank Gordon, the assistant U.S. attorney. For 9½ days in Manhattan's federal court, Witness Louis Budenz, the backslid Red, had made out the case against eleven top U.S. Communists charged with conspiring to advocate forcible overthrow of the U.S. Government. Now, the reporters asked, who would the prosecution's next witness be?

Good-naturedly, Gordon fended off questions, held himself to one sententious answer: "All I can tell you is that it's going to be a man." The reason for...

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