At Washington's National Press Club one day last week, capital newsmen gathered to have lunch with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and Chancellor of the Exchequer Richard Austen Butler. For a green vegetable the club chef had provided Brussels sprouts, a depressing staple of the depressing British austerity diet. Said Eden to his hosts: "I did feel you have tried to make me feel at home when I got to those Brussels sprouts. I thought to myself, 'Well, here are some Americans who just can't forget Britain.'"

It was to make sure that Americans would not forget Britain's economic plight...

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