THE NATION: Spirit of Prometheus

The guide line of U.S. policy, as the Western world's foreign ministers prepared last week for a May 11 conference that would presumably lead to the summit, was firmness against Soviet aggression in Germany or anywhere else. But the guide line of U.S. aims and ambitions, as measured by the human spirit since man saw Prometheus steal fire from the gods, was perhaps better characterized by 1) a mellow old man who had spent his life seeking new frontiers of truth and order, and 2) seven young men on the threshold of high adventure.

The old man was New York's...

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