A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 27, 1961

DUSK was gathering over the Kremlin. "As I was walking back to the Congress Palace after the dinner recess the first day," cabled TIME'S veteran Moscow Correspondent Edmund Stevens, "I recognized a familiar figure in a long overcoat walking alone. He waved to me. I walked over and shook hands."

"Isn't it time for you to resume your report?" Stevens asked. "That's just where I'm headed," replied Mr. K. "And if you plan to listen you'd better muster all your patience. It's going to last another full two hours." Stevens listened and cabled his...

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