September 16,1952

THE PURITANS: (From «An Athenian’s Notes») Love does not frequent the noisier parts of town. It prefers quiet corners, the outskirts of the city, places where there are not very many people. If a person is not well off, if he does not have his own automobile or cannot afford a taxi, he resorts to the open air. It is the more impecunious lovers (…) who have taken to frequenting the more thickly wooded parts of Athens on these steamy nights, including the lovely garden suburb of Filothei. Young couples wander about under the trees, exchanging vows of love, some of them giving vent to more tangible forms of expression. It is this which has disturbed a writer, a resident of Filothei, who hastened to send the newspaper an angry diatribe against the young lovers (…). Ever since the publication of this outraged correspondent’s epistle, true love has been persecuted. Special patrols have been sent out to find cadets of the officers’ academy because of a suspicion that they have been trysting in the leafy northern suburb (…). This is a ridiculous overreaction. RISK OF ANOTHER WAR: London, 13 – During the course of a reception he gave at his estate in honor of the commander of the US Sixth Fleet, Admiral Cassidy, Field Marshal Tito said the current situation was complicated and sinister. «We are haunted by the risk of another war,» he said.

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