WEST GERMANY: After Adenauer

After four weeks in bed with a severe bout of bronchial pneumonia, West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was up and about again. The old man (he will be 80 next January) was still confined to his villa overlooking the Rhine, but he called in his Cabinet officers and kept up with the news from Geneva (see above). Doctors had advised a three-month vacation in Sicily, but der Alte would have none of it. "A leave of convalescence does not seem required," said a bulletin from Bonn.

During the nationwide fretting over the Chancellor's illness, one previously unmentionable subject got talked...

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