The House Un-American Activities Committee let the Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers case simmer last week while it hunted for more facts to complete its inquiry. But one of Alger Hiss's strong defenders built a fire under him. The Washington Post, which had been sharply critical of the committee's inquiry and methods, reminded Hiss that a week had passed since Chambers had accepted Hiss's challenge and repeated his accusations at a time and place where he could be sued for slander.

Said the Post: "As yet, no formal action to initiate a suit for slander has publicly been taken by Mr. Hiss...

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