Fortnight ago, the Soviet government sent a formal protest to Washington. U.S. flyers, said the note, were dropping Colorado beetles on East German potato fields. The Estonian republic set up a people's democratic bug watch to crush the six-legged tools of Wall Street. Czechoslovakia's Red regime piped up, six days later, and said that someone had been sprinkling potato bugs on Czech fields, too.

Washington refused even to reply formally to the Soviet note, unofficially dismissed it as an absurd invention of Soviet propagandists* to explain away the failure of the 1950 potato crop in Eastern Germany. But in Prague...

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