Publisher's Letter, may 2, 1955

Dear TIME-Reader:

EXPERIENCE paid off last week for TIME. CORRESPONDENT JOHN BEAL of the Washington Bureau is an old hand at covering the Department of State. As a result, when DOS announced that ASSISTANT SECRETARY WALTER S. ROBERTSON and ADMIRAL ARTHUR W. RADFORD were hurrying to Formosa for routine consultations, Beal raised skeptical eyebrows and went to work.

He phoned Robertson, who refused to let him accompany him to the airport. Rushing to the airport alone. Beal questioned DOS men waiting to see the party off. They were noncommittal. But Beal, circulating and asking circumspect questions, picked up the clue that sent him...

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