CONFERENCES: The First Step

Through the broad streets of Geneva early this week surged the innumerable supporting troops of diplomacy—reporters, secretaries, protocol officers, and the conspicuously invisible agents of the U.S. State Department's security service, Britain's Special Branch and the Soviet MGB. In villas scattered through the city's parklike suburbs, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. took one last look at their briefs. In the ornate League of Nations Council Chamber overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake of Geneva and facing snow-capped Mont Blanc, workmen shuffled the furniture about. The...

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