THE COLD WAR: The U.S. on Trial

Aboard a British Comet airliner, the parents of U-2 Pilot Francis Powers landed at a Moscow airport one foggy morning last week, a few days before the start of his trial on charges of espionage. Oliver and Ida Powers were visibly tired, looked around at their new surroundings with wary eyes. "They are only poor country folk," the family doctor, Lewis K. Ingram of Norton, Va., confided to newsmen. "All this has been a terrible strain on them."

Holding a press conference at his Russian hotel, Oliver Powers, tears in his eyes, read from a prepared statement: "I appeal to...

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