Foreign News: Sir Esmond's Hat

Twice last week British Ambassador Sir Esmond Ovey clapped his hat on his bald, aristocratic head and left his Moscow Embassy. First he went over to the office of Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinov to demand the immediate release of four British engineers: W. H. Thornton, W. H. MacDonald, John Cushny, and one Gregory, still held in Soviet jails last week on charges of sabotage (TIME, March 27).

His message was brief: unless the Metropolitan-Yickers engineers were released at once, unless the Soviet Government promised that they would never have to stand trial, Britain will...

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