THE NATION: Challenge Accepted

This time, when the challenge came, the U.S. accepted it.

The bulletins on the invasion of South Korea jerked Washington out of the wilted weariness of a steamy summer weekend. Secretary of State Dean Acheson first heard the news by telephone at his Sandy Spring, Md. farm, promptly put through a call to Harry Truman, who was off in Independence, Mo. for a "back porch" visit.

At first the President determined to go through with his round of visiting, partly to keep from upsetting the world by a dramatic return to Washington. But by...

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