From Clement Attlee's chambermaids to Eleanor Roosevelt's valets at the White House, the Westerners who cast eyes upon the belongings of Vyacheslav Molotov never ceased to be astonished by what they saw. One British chambermaid noted that beneath his pillow the Russian kept a pistol. Mrs. Roosevelt's servants reported that Molotov had brought a chunk of black bread, a roll of sausage, and a pistol. "Mr. Molotov evidently thought he might have to defend himself, and also that he might be hungry," Mrs. Roosevelt confided. "I liked him very much."

In Washington last week, with a somewhat sheepish grin, Secretary...

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