A Thousand Thanks

The cash was intended for Nancy Reagan. She had consented to be interviewed by a Japanese monthly on the day after she moved into the White House; according to a spokeswoman for the magazine quoted in weekend press reports, an unnamed intermediary had asked for a token of "gratitude." The editors gave a $1,000 honorarium to National Security Adviser Richard Allen. Allen, who passed along the request for the interview but denies that he "arranged" it, says he thought that refusing the cash could cause offense. So he accepted it on Mrs. Reagan's behalf and put it in his office safe....

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