FRANCE: The Suitors

The freighter Klim Voroshilov, flying the Hammer & Sickle, wallowed into Marseilles harbor. She had come from Nikolaev, on the Black Sea, with the first 5,234 tons of the 500,000 tons of wheat promised to France by Russia.

Waiting at the dockside to greet her, and to make political capital, was a Communist delegation led by Soviet Ambassador Alexandr Bogomolov. Beside the beaming, suntanned envoy was Madame Bogomolov, carrying a big armload of flowers. While cameras clicked, she exchanged her bouquet for a sheaf of wheat. Briskly the Voroshilov's crew opened the...

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