HOSTAGES: It has been announced that 2,500 hostages are to be released from behind the Iron Curtain. Intensive preparations have been made to house and rehabilitate the returnees so they will immediately receive the necessary attention. Agriculture Minister Mr Levantis, speaking yesterday on the subject, said that so far 3,700 farmers held hostage had been returned from behind the Iron Curtain. (…) For those who have absolutely no farming supplies, the ministry will provide grants of 9,500 drachmas per family, for seed, fertilizer, work animals and farming tools as well as for initial expenses. KINGS AND OTHERS: A second grand ball was held at the palace the day before yesterday in a very warm and lively atmosphere. Queen Frederiki, looking slim and lovely, was wearing an elegant dress in the crinoline style of muslin in two shades of blue. Princess Eleni wore a black muslin gown with wonderful jewels in diamonds and rubies. (…) Also in attendance were Mr and Mrs I. Serpieri, Mr and Mrs C. Katsambas, Mr and Mrs Bodosakis-Anastasiadis and Mr and Mrs A. Gertsou.