THE ATOM: Bull by the Tail

After months of chasing and capturing atomic spies, the FBI finally made an inevitable announcement last week: its Denver agents had arrested an atomic souvenir collector. The G-Men announced the gist of the case with their usual deadpan gravity. The accused was a 28-year-old University of Denver metallurgical engineer named Sanford Lawrence Simons. He had admitted that while working at Los Alamos in 1946 he had stolen a pinhead-sized piece of plutonium and kept it buried under his house for four years.

But when they produced Simons, the affair began to sound oddly like something from a musical comedy. He...

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