In Prague last week the inveterate optimism of those who regard international sports as international cure-alls was justified for once. An Austrian ice hockey team accomplished what statesmen had tried in vain—to make the Czechs love their former masters.

In the International Amateur Hockey tournament the Austrians won a last-minute victory over Sweden (whose team was suffering from a group hangover after a pre-game celebration). This left Czechoslovakia in top place.

Cheering wildly, Czechs in the grandstands threw their silver cigaret lighters to the Austrians. So many gifts of butter, meat, poultry, chocolate and liquor piled in on the Axa Hotel,...

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