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necessity to build a strong free western
Europe. The Prime Minister wets seriously handicapped in his anti-Commu-
nisl efforts by the powerful position
which President Roosevell held.
The detailed correspondence between
Churchill and Roosevelt in preparation
of the Yalta meeting reveals the Prime
Minister a- much more thorough, circumspect and responsible than was the
President. Churchill did not waul to go
to Yeilta unless some preliminary understanding nf the Iwo Western powers
could be reached. Roosevell was mosl
e iirt in informing Churchill thai neither
hi' nor his siaff members bail enough
time for thai. A typical Roosevelt mes-
sage lo Churchill reads: "I regret that
in view of the time available' In me fur
ibis journey il will nol be possible for
u- I., ineii your suggestion and have a
British-American stafl meeting eil Malta
before proceeding in Argonaut." I (lode
name For A alia. I
Doggedly Churchill persisted in de-
manding an Anglo-American exchange
of views prior to the Conference. Finally, he w as rewarded with ;tt leasl a
brief meeting ol the Foreign Ministers
en Malta. Yel Roosevell wee- satisfied
with being briefed aboul the Malta
conversations but a few hours liefore
lln- Firsl Plenary Meeting al Yalta.
After much exasperating correspondence with Roosevell re et preparatory
meeting eil Media. Churchill tried hard
In put lhe President in good humor. He
informed him lhal he would be waiting
for him on the epieti. emd he added: "No
more lei us fuller! From Mallei In A eellel.
Lei nobody alter." To ibis pleisant
message. Alt. Roosevelt, in his u icon-
-.ii,liable hurry, answered: "We plan
to arrive bv ship al Malta early forenoon I February and hope lo proceed
eil once [sic! | without faltering. It will
be grand to meet you on the quai."
Roosevelt did not merely seem in
L'real haste tn gel away frnm Churchill
tn be with I n.le Joe I who let him wail
at Mallei anyhow I. he was a speed
demon wilh regard lo the entire conference. "Mv idea of lhe length of the
-leiv eit Argonaut is that it should nut
be more than five nr si\ days," Roosevelt wrote' lo Churchill. In lhat case,
ihe Prime Minister suggested, at leasl
Stettinius might find il possible ie> meet
with Eden fur forty-eight hours al
Mallei. "I do not sec any other way of
realizing our hopes about world organization in five or si\ days. liven the
Almighty look seven. Pray forgive my
CONCEAL RATHER THAN DISCLOSE
Incomplete and mutilated though the
published Yalta Papers are, they afford
us a few glimpses at whal wenl nn.
Grudgingbj ami belatedly given, they
leave many pertinent questions unanswered. There is for instance nothing
lo give us any cue as lo what the
enigmatic Harry Hopkins labeled l.v
senile els lioosev ell's "Rasputin"- advised the President to do. In ihis respeel
we must depend nn such New Deal
sources as Roberl Sherwood's Roosevelt
anil Hopkins. Meetings of Hopkins wilh
Roosevell are merely entered in the log,
and the "editorial note" in the published record informs us thai "nn record
of ihe substance nf ibis meeting has
been found."' Pussil.lv Air. liuhlcn. now
our Ambassador in Moscow, -..me day
will tell n- more aboul this when be will
have reached the stage of doing bis
memoirs. How much he then may re-
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veal remains lo be' seen. Mr. Alger llis-
etlsee se'i'tits hardly lhe type lo disclose
voluntarily even a part of the important
data anil aspects he no doubt knows.
Nor is Vyaeheslav Molotov likely to lei
us in on any of his secrets.
Thc Papers make abundantly clear
thai Soviet Russiei had the upper hand eil
'l alien and that President Roosevell. ad-
viseel by Hopkins and Stettinius (who
was advised by Hiss I. was totally
ignorant of the infamous Communisl
world conspiracy. But lhat had been
known and documented long before the
publication of these' incomplete emd expurgated Yalta Paper-.
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