National Affairs: REHEARSAL FOR DISASTER

THE soldier often feels a strange disappointment when he sees his first battlefield. A barn still stands with cattle waiting to be fed ; a tree is green and straight against the sky; hollyhocks are in bloom. Later he realizes what has happened to the people.

It was like that last week when reporters first visited the village on Yucca Flat built to test the effect of an atomic blast. The reporters, who had waited 13 days for the explosion and another day to see what had happened, were primed to be shocked. They had seen the fireball dwarf the tiny village...

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