GREAT BRITAIN: A Rap on the Door

A fashionable and distinguished-looking Londoner, Mrs. John R. Bassett, found a Christmas note from her son in the mail one day last week. This commonplace occurrence made headlines all over Britain, for Mrs. Bassett is the mother of Guy Burgess, the young British diplomat who disappeared behind the Iron Curtain more than two years ago with his foreign-office colleague, Donald MacLean.

The note, dated November and written in ink in a hand positively identified as Guy's by Mrs. Bassett, was the first tangible evidence that Burgess is still alive. Beyond that fact, it proved nothing. Written on British stationery and enclosed...

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