GREAT BRITAIN: Battle Joined

Hurrying home to London from an Italian vacation last week, Britain's No. 2 Conservative, Anthony Eden, found himself in a crowded plane seated next to a King's Messenger. Eden dozed off, but awoke with a start when, one of the messenger's heavy briefcases fell off the rack into his lap. It was addressed to "His Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs." Since Eden will certainly hold that job if the Conservatives win the general election three weeks hence, Tories thought it a favorable omen.

Overshadowed by the King's illness and the Iranian crisis,...

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