IS CAROLINA ON YOUR MIND? cried the headline in the Tory Daily Mail.

The nuclear bomb that fell in Florence, S.C. (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) had produced only a low-order explosion in the U.S., but it brought megaton repercussions in Britain. The Labor press broke into "we-told-you-so" editorials. Even the Conservative Daily Sketch had a suggestion about the H-bomb: "Keep it. But keep it on the ground."

The mishap in South Carolina fed fires already raging. By unhappy coincidence, Nikita Khrushchev chose this moment to write Bertrand Russell a 9,000-word letter attacking U.S. Secretary Dulles' stand on disarmament. This letter, published in the...

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