KOREA: Sin Tak

As the new moon showed a faint tip over the saw-toothed mountains that circle the walled Korean capital, feeble lights went on in Seoul's tiny, one-room houses. White-coated Koreans gathered in little groups on street corners or hurried home to join curious family circles, and there was an unaccustomed murmur in the air. All through the city rustled the same earnest talk and in all the talk there was the one phrase "sin tak"—trusteeship.

For the second time since their arrival in Korea, Americans and Russians were meeting to discuss the establishment of a free Korean government—after the period of...

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