The Nation: Nyet

The high hills of Montana lie covered by one of the biggest snowfalls within memory. With a warming February wind, melted snows began swelling Montana's Madison River east of Butte. Soon the rising waters breached a dike, flooding low-lying farm land and forcing nine families in Three Forks to evacuate their homes.

The locals cannot afford to fix the dike, and so far they have been unable to get state or federal aid. Finally, in exasperation at bureaucracy, Jack Zuelke, the owner of a Three Forks inn with six feet of water in its basement, dispatched a telegram to the Soviet...

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