THE NATION: Our Firm Intentions

Taking a ten-day Thanksgiving holiday in Indian-summery Augusta, Ga., President Eisenhower spent his working hours in the plain little second-floor office set up for him above the golf pro's shop at the Augusta National course. Into the office flowed messages updating the President on the twists and turns of a new crisis: the Russian push to end four-power occupation of Berlin (see FOREIGN NEWS). Whatever the Russian maneuvers meant, there was only one course for the U.S.: to stand steady. Announced President Eisenhower through Press Secretary James Hagerty: "Our firm intentions in West Berlin remain unchanged."

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