National Affairs: Envoys from the East

The U.S. caught a glimpse last week of two new envoys from behind the Iron Curtain. The two envoys got a brief glimpse of the U.S. Neither the envoys nor the U.S. seemed to like what they saw.

From Harry Truman's office waddled a barrel-shaped man with a round, glistening face and a bushy mustache. He was Dr. Emil Weil, who gave up his job as government director of Hungary's physicians to become Hungary's new minister to Washington. He had just called to present his credentials. The President barely touched Weil's hand, listened coldly to his prepared statement. Outside the office, the...

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