Foreign Trade: The 66 Shiploads

Headline writers, inevitably, called it THE GREAT GRAIN ROBBERY. It was "really big stuff," said Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen. The G.O.P. Senate Policy Committee demanded a special Senate investigation, and Majority Leader Mike Mansfield agreed that the demand deserved "speedy consideration."

Delaware's Republican Senator John J. Williams started these rumblings last week by revealing that 24 million bushels of surplus U.S. livestock feed grains had somehow gone astray. The grain was supposed to have been shipped to Austria between 1959 and 1962 in a complex intergovernmental barter deal, but Administration officials admitted that international grain dealers had apparently reaped lush...

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